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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Decemberists swap on: February 04, 2008 06:52:30 PM
Is anyone interested in a Decemberists swap? (The band, not the Russian revolutionaries, in case anyone is confused...)

I've never organized a swap, but have been in many, and would be willing to give it a shot. I've seen some great Decemberists-related crafts on here and they're one of my favorite bands ever. I thought of this just before the holidays but decided to wait a bit before throwing it out there.
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Brown and Aqua Fit to be Tied bag on: September 29, 2007 07:44:39 PM
I realized I needed a brown bag to match a dress I bought, so I whipped up a Fit to be Tied bag. It's my second real crochet project, and I love it. I do feel like the handles could be a little sturdier, but I am taking this to a wedding so I won't have anything too heavy in the bag anyway. I think if I made it again I'd alter it to be a little less wide, maybe cast on 40 stitches instead of 45.


3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Giant Granny Square Baby Afghan on: September 15, 2007 12:55:27 PM
I made this as a baby gift for a friend of mine who is pregnant. It's basic, just a giant granny square, but I think it's cute and fun. The purple is some nubbly cotton yarn I got on a cone, and the white is Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. I just kept going until I felt it was big enough to be a good crib cover or stroller coverup.

I'm still fairly new to crochet, so this was a great project to practice on. I feel pretty confident about moving on to new stitches now, I think I have this down Smiley

4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Variegated One Skein Scarf on: September 15, 2007 12:51:15 PM
This is my first non-granny square crochet project, and I love it. It's getting cooler here and I should be able to wear it in a few weeks. I used just under a skein of Patons Classic Merino.

Close up of the colors:

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yet another pair of fingerless gloves... on: October 09, 2006 09:35:29 AM
They're like the least exciting fingerless gloves ever, but I love the way they came out, so I thought I'd share. They're just a basic 2x2 rib with a buttonhole for the thumb, and are knit from Malabrigo yarn in burgundy. They're incredibly soft, and incredibly warm, perfect for New England autumn nights. This may also be my favorite yarn ever, or pretty close.

Here's an action shot of me at work:

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Painted ceramic Dia de los Muertos skull on: October 09, 2006 09:28:09 AM
Last month a friend and I went to one of the paint-your-own-pottery places, and I painted this dia de los muertos skull. They had some new puffy paints, which was what inspired me to choose this design. Also, it's in my favorite colors.

I'm also a huge LOST fan, and only after I got the skull home did I realize the swirly on his head reminded me of the Oceanic Airlines logo  Roll Eyes
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wee felt TV characters - Img Heavy! on: August 30, 2006 07:33:10 AM
I was on a felt doll-making kick last month, and made several as gifts for friends or for swap partners.

First, I made Sawyer and Kate from Lost for my LOST swap partner earlier this summer:

I then made two House MD dolls for a couple of friends, complete with canes and Vicodin:

as well as Lorelai Gilmore, with her cup of coffee:

Draco Malfoy:

and Stephen Colbert from the Daily Show, raised eyebrow and all:

The dolls are based on patterns from Lovable Mini-Dolls, which is a hard to find Japanese book that I was lucky enough to find a copy of. They're a lot of fun to make, but I'm a little burnt out on the doll-making for the moment.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Irish Hiking Bag (based on Irish Hiking Scarf) - pics on: April 25, 2006 12:42:33 PM
I made a bag based on the pattern for the Irish Hiking Scarf. I started knitting the scarf as a practice project with cables, and decided it was taking too long to complete as a scarf(and was also incredibly heavy and non-flexible) and I didn't know anyone to give it to since I didn't want to keep it for myself. I have too many scarves. So...with some creative folding and seaming, I took what I had and sewed it into a bag with a flap. I altered the cable pattern slightly to make a strap, and then added a small crochet button loop and a lining. The button was dug out of my gram's "ye old button tin". The strap is backed with some black fabric for stability and to keep it from curling.

The second picture is closest to the true color of the yarn...it's Valley Yarns Berkshire in Turquoise:http://www.yarn.com/yarns-knitting/valley-berkshire.html

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Completed Castle Sampler - cross stitch tapestry on: April 13, 2006 01:56:10 PM
Last week I finished this cross stitch piece, which has been an on-again, off-again project for me since 1999(seriously). It's designed by Teresa Wentzlerhttp://www.twdesignworks.com and is called, fittingly enough, the Castle Sampler. It's stitched on evenweave, and has portions of over one and over two stitching.

I know it's a little more...intense...than some of the stitching on here, but I like the complicated detailed stuff. Or I might just be insane...it's hard to tell some days what the difference is Smiley

Anyway, on to the pictures!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Jack Sparrow cross stitch on: January 16, 2006 03:59:46 PM
I made this pillow for a friend for Christmas. The pattern was in a UK stitching magazine called Cross Stitch Crazy, I'm pretty srue it was either the January or February 2005 issue. I can check if anyone wants to know.

You can't really tell in the picture, but there are gold and silver metallics in the hair ornament Smiley I stitched the design first, then sewed it to a piece of the black fabric and fringed it, then sewed a backing to it and stuffed it to make a pillow. She loved it Smiley

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