Sunday, October 30, 2005

Show N Tell: Debbi's Entry

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Hi, Just in time for Halloween......a Pumpkin Patch. I made these for my nephew's Pre-K class. I found the pattern at I included the two Jack-o-Lanterns in the pictures to show how they look done up that way, but I decided to leave the faces off the others because of the ages of the children. I used a bright orange and dark green Red Heart worsted weight yarn, the pumpkins are crocheted with a size "F" hook, the "Jacks" with size "G" and "H" hooks. I used the green for the first round of the lid instead of the orange called for in the pattern. The lid is attached in the back and opens to reveal the "Treats". My name is Debbi, I am a 47 yr old widow and Grandma living in the Orlando area and providing daycare for my 5 yr old nephew and 3 yr old niece. I finally learned how to crochet three years ago while visiting with my extremely talented friend, Cheryl. My other hobbies include making Rosaries, French Beaded Flowers, bead-weaving, cross-stitching, and I am learning knitting.


Saturday, October 29, 2005


This is a great picture of Rob with his favorite plane, a P51 Mustang! Doesn't he look happy!? Not to mention he looks pretty H-O-T I must say! <grin> He took some pictures during his flight up to Maine and back and I'll share those with you too when I get them.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005


I spent the evening in tangled yarn hell!! I am knitting a scarf for a yarn shop and the helpful wonderful pattern says, "Wind skeins of Eros and Electra on a ball winder and pull from the center and the outside for 2 strands." The lovely pattern didn't say how big of a pain in the butt it is to use Eros with a ball wander (it's super slippery), and how much trouble you can get yourself into when it doesn't work. I figured I would have the scarf completed this evening but instead spent the whole evening untangling Eros. I must say, this is one of the coolest novelty yarn scarves I have seen in a while, and the colors are fantastic!

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Well there you have my scarf mess. What you see here is Odyssey Glitz 4796, Eros Extreme 4796, Eros 4796, Electra 201, Parrot 4796, and Jungle 4796. The scarf is knit longways alternating between these six yarns. It can easily be finished in an evening as long as you don't go whacko with a ball winder like I did. I had a much better success rate using this method.

Coming soon will be pictures of the Lacy Wrap from the Fall 2005 Vogue I'm working on, and a felted bag with matching cell phone holder (in it's unfelted state) I knit for class. Can you tell I've been busy?

Monday, October 24, 2005

Show N Tell: Dale's Entry

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I made this hat for my sci-fi loving son. It's a take-off of a hat worn by a character named Jayne Cobb in the TV series Firefly. Apparently the hat was made for Jayne by his mother, so this is appropriate! The colors are very bright - orange, yellow and rust. I used Lamb's Pride and a size 11 needle. The gauge is loose but since he lives in the south, he doesn't want this hat for warmth! He also has an extra large head size so I needed the extra size the bigger needles gave me. The hat is for his birthday and he hasn't seen it yet! It was so simple to do - a tall stocking cap with a pom-pom and then long ear flaps!

~Be a hero, be a marrow donor

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Long Awaited Shawl Picture!!

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In case you didn't catch this insane and barely coherent entry I figured I should give more info about the shawl in yesterday's picture. The wonderful, beautiful, gorgeous, fabulous, awesome, I'm running out of adjectives, shawl was knit by none other than Becky from Knitting Interrupted. She donated it as a prize for Give A Little Katrina Relief which has now raised over $100,000!!! Becky is too awesome for words give away such a fantabulous (i'm just going to start inventing adjectives) knitted shawl, and I'm just too lucky for words to have won it. Right now Becky is collecting snippets of yarn for her Snippets Journal project. You can read all about it here. Becky, thank you again for the shawl!! I will love and cherish it always :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Good News and Bad News

Before I tell you the news, I want to tell you about the poll results. Baby Clothes won by a landslide! There are literally hundreds of baby clothes patterns online, so I'm not going to post every one I come across. It's still going to be a pretty large list of links, no worries.

Now for the good news. I always liked good news first. I got my replacement battery in the mail! It works great and I can take pictures again. First and foremost I owe you a picture of me and my pretty blue shawl. Don't think I have forgotten. Hard to forget something so beautiful especially since I curl up with it almost every night.

And now we have the bad news. I CAN'T FIND THE STUPID CORD TO MY CAMERA!! You know the one you have to have in order to put the pictures ON THE COMPUTER! Yeah that thing. It's gone. Of course it's gone. But in the famous words of my husband, "It's around here somewhere." The hunt is on people. The hunt is on!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Show N Tell: Veronica's Entry


I went to England and visited a well known dollmaker and sculptor. I spent 3 weeks and, along with a few other things, this is what we made. She's a rendition of "My Fair Lady".For anyone who is a dollmaker and wants details...

She is 25 inches tall. Her face is cloth over modeled baked clay then coloured using Water Colour Pencils.  The hair is processed mohair. The dress is stretchy velvet, pulled, tucked and stitched into position directly onto the body in many areas and the seam up the front is covered with a string of tiny pearls. The body is tight weave cotton and stuffed firmly, and her little boots are Apoxie Sculpt molded right onto her fabric leg then painted with 3 coats of white and shimmer white. There are hollow rods in her legs that fit over smaller rods protruding from the base so that she is free standing. It's not an easy feat stuffing the legs around those!


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Jewelry Pics As Promised

Here are pictures of the jewelry that I made Grandmommy. I am still sans camera and Terry was nice enough to snap some pictures for me.

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This set is made with Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, and sterling silver findings. I just made it about two or three days ago. We were going to have one of our girls days, and I told her to make sure that she wore pink. Since she had picked out the beads, she pretty much knew what I was up to. She was very happy when she saw her set. I think I ought to make her a matching bracelet now.

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I made this set for her a while ago. This set is made up completely of Swarovski Crystals, and all of the findings are sterling silver. I seriously enjoy making jewelry with the Swarovskis. I have always been a sucker for anything that sparkles. <grin>

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Camera Update and Stuff

Before I say anything, I must mention the horrible earthquake that happened recently and say once again the people affected by yet another horrible tragedy are in my thoughts and prayers. Something's gotta give. Right?

I bought a battery for my camera on Ebay. Hopefully it will get here very soon! It is driving me crazy that I can't post pictures of what I am doing. I started a really cute felted bag in Purple Lamb's pride with Mulitfizz mixed in. It is going to be super cute! I am also going to make a matching felted cell phone case. These are samples for future beginner knitting classes. There is nothing better than felting for a beginner class. Uneven stitches?? What? Who cares! It will all felt out! This is great for the self esteem of a new knitter and eases a lot of frustration. If you teach crochet or knitting I highly recommend adding felting to your classes.

Take a sec to vote on the next pattern search. I'm going to close the poll Friday which will give me the weekend to find the links. Sunday is the start of my vacation yay! Hopefully I'll have a battery for my camera by then so that I can get some long overdue pictures taken. The main one being the picture of my beautiful blue shawl. No I haven't forgotten about that :)

I should have pictures tomorrow of the latest jewelry set I made for my grandma. She's going to take them tomorrow. I'm actually pretty proud of this set. The chandelier earrings came out very well if I do say so myself :) I just love designing and creating my own jewelry. It is so much fun to have that near instant gratification. I am planning on getting into more complicated projects as soon as I can allot the time for it. That is easier said than done. Have a great Wednesday everyone and don't forget to vote!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Show N Tell: Liz's Entry

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The first picture is my Daughter, Emily's Easter dress, which was made by my Mother, with a little help from me. (She's three in this picture)I don't remember the pattern number. The fabric and pattern, are both by Daisy Kingdom. The other pictures are of my first knitted sweater ever! It's the must have cardigan by Patons, made with Patons Classic Merino. I love love love this sweater. I finished it right before summer, so I haven't been able to wear it out yet. The first cold day though, she's coming out!

Enjoy! Liz

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


I am having camera issues. My battery no longer charges and now my stinking ac adapter has a short in it or something. Now I can't even plug the darn thing in to take pictures. If I could, I would show that I am halfway finished with my Lacey ChicKami. Insert mental image here. Haha! I am currently trying to track down a replacement battery which isn't easy or very affordable. It is at least a bit more affordable than buying a whole new camera. Hopefully I will remedy this situation very soon. What is a knitting blog without pictures?

Well there are always the links :) That is one thing I can do that is very helpful, and doesn't take a camera. What I want to know is what links would you like to have next? The holidays are rapidly approaching and I'm sure that there is something you are looking for. Give me some requests and we'll vote on the next hunt.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Show N Tell

Hi everyone! I have some good news. Show N Tell is going to resume. I have received some new entries, and I have also been informed that some entries were sent in and apparently lost. If you have sent and entry in to me, and you haven't seen it posted. Please contact me a faercrafty at gmail dot com. I apologize for any misplaced entries, and I am working on a more organized way to store them. Hopefully, they will keep flowing in. Remember that any craft is eligible for Show N Tell, and you can participate even if you already have a website or blog. You may get some new visitors and make some new friends. Thanks again to everyone who has participated. I have greatly enjoyed seeing and reading about your creations.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Free Bolero and Shrug Links

  1. Alpaca Plus Inc. Shrug (K)
  2. Ann Cannon-Brown's Far East Peacock Plumes Bolero (K)
  3. Augustus Butera's Cropped Bolero Vest (K)
  4. Barbara Breiter's Bolero Jacket (K)
  5. Beatknit's Bell Sleeve Shrug (K)
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  7. Blue Alvarez Designs' Hot Lava Bolero (K)
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  32. Josie Walker's Cotton Candy Shrug (C)
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  43. Linda Wish's Shrug-Shawl Bedjacket (K)
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  60. The Knitting Fiend's Shrug Pattern Generator (K)
  61. Two Sister's Vintage Shrugs (K)
  62. Virginia's Armor Wool Shrug (scroll down) (K)
  63. Wendy Bernard's Girlfriend Shrug (K)
  64. White Lies Designs' Lacy Shrug (K)
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