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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Facebook Snapshot

What really got me about this article, was when Roger Ebert explained the cravings for the foods he could no longer eat. He craved foods that had a long history with his life. Childhood candy flavors and dinner favorites. He didn't crave any foods from famous restaurants or chefs. I thought that was a bit of truth about never forgetting where you came from especially if it was a good place or subconsciously wanting the foods that are comforting.


Claude is just a little off sometimes.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bird Charm Bracelet Re-shoot

Well, I'll try again in the morning.



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Jewelry Repair

This poor necklace was in pieces. I don't know how Granny broke it. I had to figure out where to put the charms. I tried to use symmetry. Now that I see it in photo form, I'm thinking that it's too much symmetry. Besides one of the anchor's looks lopsided. Granny's repaired Nautical Enameled necklace. It's now ready for the next nautical season.

Baby Bamboo Sweater

My newest creation for Baby Mahdi. I'm very proud of this sweater, if you can't tell already. Also, playing around with my camera and Photoshop again. I used Baby Boo by Knit One Crochet Too, Bamboo and Nylon in Olive. This isn't my favorite stuff to knit which is too bad because I have loads of it. This little sweater only consumed two balls. I don't like the feel of it, nor do I like the loose ply. I think the nylon is there to give it shine. You can see how the camera picks up the reflective properties of the nylon. I'm not going to rag on it too much because it works well with this particular pattern. It gives it good weight and the gauge works with size five needles. The neck has an opening over the left shoulder for the baby's head. I crocheted the button loops. Yes, I used a hook and didn't muck it up! The closure doesn't overlap completely but it's fine. I constructed this using The Complete Fabrication's (Jack) Seamless Baby Kimono as a size reference. I don't need to tell you how much I adore her patterns. I also used concepts and formula's from Barbara G. Walker's Knitting From The Top down. Sometimes I'm a slow learner. It's taken me four patterns and ten projects later to finally fully understand this book. Did I ever say how much I love Schoolhouse Press? I think the lovely wooden buttons are German and therefore not cheap. I'm trying to decide on which material to use next just in case the success of this sweater was a fluke. I'll tweak the neck opening along the way. Wish me luck!



Thursday, July 22, 2010

No Superwash?

Why doesn't Elann.com keep superwash wool in stock? I can never get enough of the stuff and they're my main mail order supplier. It's difficult to get the yarn I need living in the U.A.E. Not very many yarn companies ship here. My next trip to the U.S. isn't going to happen for a few months. Elann.com let me down.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dress Forms


This is my collection of dress forms bought at various stores here in Dubai. I was amazed when I saw my first one. I'd never seen anything like them in the States. Of course I had to have them all. I was experimenting again with photoshop and with my camera. I don't know what I was thinking by arranging the plant like that. Maybe I'm just proud to have a healthy plant. As if no one would believe me if I didn't take a picture of it.
I decided to change the look of the mosaic. I think the black border makes them look professional. Big Huge Labs is my favorite new website.




Mosaics

After looking at Steph's Flickr page, I decided to try a mosaic. It works better if you have the correct ratio of images. I'll be more careful the next time I edit a set.
I'm still learning to use my new camera. A new light bulb comes on every time I use it. I've started using a UV filter and little different colored flash diffusers. I also love the portrait setting and adep setting.




I knit these booties for Baby Oliver using Lorna's Laces, superwash worsted in Camo. I can't correctly remember the circa 2005? Pattern by Uniform Studio, but I think I found the pattern first on Ravelry.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Johanna and Hassan's Wedding

It was an experience that I'll never forget. Everything was perfect. I was a little tired after working a twelve hour shift. The picture with the bride shows my tired eyes.

Gemma, Theresa and I





The Beautiful Bride and I



Later that night at the bar next door. Dodging creeps and hookers.



Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies. I haven't made these in years!


My Craftland in Dubai

New purchases from CraftLand. Bear shaped buttons, Louet Gems in Baby Aqua, Baby Willow, and Aqua.


















Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cari's Bracelet

This is Cari's wedding bracelet. It took three different tries to finally setttle on this design. I added the chain as a size extention. I ran out of crystals and one more pattern repeat would've been too long anyway. I used swarovski crystals and silver plated TOHO beads. I'll make matching hair combs next.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Baby Kimono

The pattern Seamless Baby Kimono is by Jacki Kelly. I found it fun and easy to knit. It's also pretty fast for those last minute surprises. This was supposed to be Baby Author’s sweater but he’s growing too fast. Too bad this is more like a dress :( I think Derrick will forgive me. I knitted the hat randomly. I used Hand Jive Knits Nature's Palette Fingering Spring Grass colorway. The dye rubbed off on my needles and my fingers, otherwise it's good stuff. I added little metal snaps on the inside closure.

I have no idea why this loaded sideways. I'll fix it later.




Vintage Lampwork and Peridot Bracelet



I made this bracelet for a coworker who decided not to buy it. It was based off an earlier design. It's made with brown vintage lampwork beads, faceted Peridot roundels, and Bali Silver. I put it up for sell at Letoyagoff.Etsy.com.






I really love faceted roundels. I found these on Ebay. The lampwork beads are from a thrift store necklace.