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on: August 29, 2010 05:11:10 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by rockon
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Here are pictures of the crayon factory:

And the hat:

on: January 05, 2010 06:32:18 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by pinkricepudding
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Those coasters are simply sublime.

Inspired by all of the already wonderful gifts posted here, I whipped up a few quick stocking stuffers for friend's and family.

To start off with, for one of my best friends, a hardware/steampunk inspired bracelet.

She's very into bracelets (she wears about 20 on each arm) so I know she'll appreciate this.
For that same friend, I also made hanging beaded bobby-pins because of a discussion we had about them over Christmas break.
(they are for your hair)

For my lovely niece, I whipped up a burgundy finger-knit scarf, and a miniature one for the doll or stuffed animal that I'm planning on making her.

And finally, for one of my older sister's, I made a crystal heart necklace. She's always been one of my more favored sisters, and since she's getting married and moving away sometime after next Christmas, I wanted to make her something that would remind her of how much I love her and that I'll miss her even though I'm happy for her.
on: January 05, 2010 04:34:10 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by lapoli
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January's theme is perfect, as I've already cast on (and finished) two ornaments for the holidays 2010:

I've actually finished two ornaments, but only photographed one.  Smiley

In other holiday knitting, I've finished two ballband dishcloths for my parent's holiday basket (they're the two blue ones):

..and cast on for a scarf for my mom:

on: February 07, 2010 08:39:38 AM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by pinkricepudding
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In the spirit of last months theme, I'm still making little stocking stuffers and ornaments (I have a rather large family, it makes more sense to just get them all out of the way now)

I made four ornaments, both for siblings of mine who plan to get married this year, and play makeup for my oldest niece. (It's really simple, just find some old makeup containers that are either empty or that you no longer use and fill them with nail polish... It takes a couple of days to dry/for the smell to go away, but the finished product is really nice.)

So without further ado, here are some pictures...

I plan on making a bunch of mini books in the courtesy of http://papernstitchblog.com/2008/12/22/charley-harper-notepad-tutorial/ today, so everyone's stocking stuffers can finally get off my to-do list.
on: February 28, 2010 12:45:03 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by Odri
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For the February theme, I decided to make something for my sister, who loves tie dye. The colors are not very vibrant, I think due to the fact that the socks were new and I didn't wash them beforehand.
Well, it was only my second time doing tie dye so I can only get better!  Wink

on: June 05, 2010 03:30:28 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by rockon
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As promised, here are pictures of the advent calendar I made.  I used a calendar here on Craftster as inspiration (though mine used different base materials and is not nearly as awesome). This is the link to the post:

I used a prestretched, cheapo canvas from Michael's, painted it red, cut windows in the canvas, covered old flooring samples with scrapbooking paper, used stickers for the numbers and words, cut out a couple of santas from magazines and glued them on, and attached the covered flooring samples with (very cute) star brads.  I then went to town at Toys R Us, buying little miniature toys for my step-nephew (age 4, almost 5).  I first used an old piece of cardboard to tape the toys to but it didn't work as they didn't line up with the windows, so I taped the toys to the back of the canvas and reinforced with strips of packing tape along the back.  It was a ton of fun, and I will be making more for my friends 2 girls (4 & 5).  I am excited about it.  If anyone has suggestions for how to improve on the next one, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks for looking!


on: July 21, 2010 03:20:58 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by oneredboot
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These month's Xmas project:  three double-sided super warm hats.  I used Elizabeth Zimmerman's "very warm hat" pattern, with vintage 100% wool from the thrift store and some leftover stash yarn.  They are so warm and fuzzy--perfect for those Northerners on my list!

on: September 13, 2010 01:59:42 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by stoliedina
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More socks! These are for another sister-in-law. Same pattern as before...

on: November 02, 2010 06:35:58 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by rockon
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I made a couple eye pillows to give away as gifts, and have the materials for lots more (yay!).  I thought I would make some hot/cold packs, also, different sizes.

The printed fabrics are cases that close with Velcro, inside is a muslin pouch.  I like the Asian-inspired flannel with "calm" "serene" etc on it for eye pillows.  Very apropos.  The orange fabric has swirlies/spirals on it in a lighter orange. Can't really see it in the pics.I take awful pics.


The pillows together:

And separately:

Rock on
on: December 05, 2010 03:01:04 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by rockon
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Hi guys!  So last night this early morning (2 a.m.) a friend and I finished a huge project that was in the works for a week and a half.  Advent calendars for her two girls (aged 4 and 5).  Now, she is not a crafter at heart, and I am not as exacting as she is, but between the two of us we made 2 calendars that are a) pretty cute and b) fit all the packages.  I learned a lot from this process (top of the list -- INSIST she begin crafting with me in OCTOBER next year, don't let her wait til the last minute) and am looking forward to making another cloth calendar for my nephew (after some recovery time).  I made him an upcycled canvas/laminate sample/papercrafty one (posted back a way in this thread) that he LOVES but that was not the best construction; my sis had to untape all the gifts from the back and tape them back on one at a time.  But it has been a HUGE hit, and he needs one he can keep and use year after year.   

But I digress -- onto the photos taken earlier today (with action shots).  The girls got to open 5 gifts today as we are 5 days late finishing.  It is okay though, they were thrilled.

The calendar itself:

Action Shot:

And this posed shot, taken before we mean grown ups allowed them to break into the pockets (The little one was not happy about the photo) Smiley

Anyway, that is one major project done, now onto cabled legwarmers for my sis (to match her scarf) and coasters, placemats, and napkins for my mom and her partner!

Rock on all -- only 20 more days!

on: January 23, 2010 05:23:54 AM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by oneredboot
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I have a few new items this month!  

First, I made next year's xmas cards.  I used a package of old cards / envelopes that i found in the bottom of the xmas crate this year, combined with cut-up, sewn-on strips of the cards we received this year:

The socks were a hit this year (remember my anxieties last year about whether people would like them?  total waste of time!), so a few special people on my list will get another pair this year.  These are for an elderly aunt:

[How do ya' like my new sock blockers?  Made from a placemat.  They show off the socks much more clearly!]

I'm currently working on another, more complicated pair of socks--fair isle!--for Mr. Boot's grandmother.  

What have you guys made this month?
on: January 27, 2010 06:16:57 AM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by karin_
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I finally managed to finish some things for January! I really went with the "start small" idea, I made one ornament (I'm planning to make one ornament a month to give to my sister for Christmas) and one Christmas card. Both were made using this really beautiful wooden stamp my friends brought me from their trip to India. I want to play with it lost more soon!

I'll be making more of these Christmas cards too, so simple and fun!

on: January 31, 2010 09:52:35 AM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by lapoli
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Odri, your card is beautiful! And karin_, I love the ornament!

As for this month's FOs, I haven't been quite as productive as I had originally wanted due to some unexpected giant real life news, but I have finished up a couple of projects:

I finished up four dishcloths for both my mom and dad and my in-laws:

... and I've finished up two ornaments:

My dad's first sock is about 70% finished. I've turned the heel, finished the gusset and I'm working on the foot now.  My mom's scarf is about 80% done, though, if I start dreading it, I think I can bind off and block it a little more harshly than I normally would and I'd be okay.  

Well, at least it's a start!
on: February 26, 2010 10:08:36 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by christephi
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Congrats katara!  I'm doing wedding stuff too!  My sister's wedding...her dress, bridesmaid dress, flowergirl dress.  Whew!  But that'll all be over the first week of May, so then I'll get back to Christmas stuff.

I did, however, pull off a few Christmas ornaments this week, five to be exact.  They're just from kits my mom gave me (she bought 'em from the Oriental Trading Company).

on: February 28, 2010 04:10:34 PM 
Started by stoliedina, Message by oneredboot
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Here are the berets I knit this month:

Made from vintage yarn.  Here's a better shot of the pattern (with Valentine's roses!):

I actually made four of these this month, but I gave one away already.  Smiley 

I'm also slowly working on a long-term project:  three sets of appliqued, "counting" bean bags for kids in the family.  I pull out the sewing machine on weekends and do a little work on that project (and a non-holiday-related scrap quilt project that's in progress) each week.  It feels great to work slowly and steadily, without the stress of a deadline.  I love getting a little done each week--I'm slowly moving toward my goals!

Finally, I'm working on knitting some simple cowls out of luxe materials for my grandmother and elderly aunts (materials are 100% silk, a gift from the generous and lovely AsphaltQueen, and some recycled cashmere that I claimed from lapoli in STS many rounds ago--nice!)   Will post photos when they are done, hopefully next month. 
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