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This was again for the Douglas Adams Swap. My partner wanted something to get organized.

"42" Wall organizer

"42" Wall organizer

Action Shot!

Action Shot!

It looked really nice until I appliquéd the “42” on the front pocket and added the bias tape. The bias tape was the worst thing I’ve had to do in a long time! It wouldn’t go nicely around the curves and it wasn’t the same lenght in the from as in the back so it was all wonky… I swore I would never use it again!

The straps don’t actually close with the buttons, they have velcro. The buttons are just decoration!

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This is another item I made for the Douglas Adams Swap on Craftster. My partner had in her wists an earring rack made out of a picture frame and window screen material. Pretty easy!

Marvin was her favourite character (visually, she like the movie version, because he’s so cute!) and her favourite quote was: “Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to take you down to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction? ‘Cos I don’t!” She also loved black stuff with rainbow accents. I think it pretty much sums it up!

Marvin Earring Rack

Marvin Earring Rack

I bought the picture frame at the pharmacy for about 6$ and painted it with black acrylic paint. Then I stenciled the little Marvin. (I learned that plain paper isn’t very good for stenciling! The paint glued it to the frame!) Finally, I used pébéo “touch deco” paint pens to write the quote, colour Marvin’s eyes and do the little rainbow dots all around the frame. I finished it with a couple of layers of matte acrylic varnish. This made the black paint leak into the white in Marvin’s head… I think I should have treated the frame beforehand so the black paint stuck to it better.

Close-up of Marvin

Close-up of Marvin

Close-up of the quote and the dots

Close-up of the quote and the dots

I had my parents help me glue the screen to the frame. Six hands are better than two! We used bamboo skewers to hold the screen while we glued it. When it was dry, I painted the glue black also so it didn’t show too much.

Finally, I nailed two picture frame hangers on the back in case she put heavier earings on one side!

It was her favourite item that I made her!

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I got into swapping on Craftster. Now I’m totally addicted! I spent most of my summer money on that! Uh oh… Anyways, this was for my first ever swap, the Douglas Adams Swap. I’m a huge fan of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I haven’t heard the radio episodes though, it is on my to-do-eventually list! I thought the movie was horrible and I started cursing in the first minute when the dolphins started singing… Horrible stuff… At least Marvin’s design was cool and Alan Rickman was awesome as usual.

My favourite thing in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the total randomness of everything… It’s hard to explain, but you know how the author just goes off on an explanation about some alien planet that has nothing to do with anything? Or better even, you remember the alien (I can’t recall his name, sorry!) who is so bored he insults everybody in alphabetical order? Who would’ve thought of that?! It’s so awesome!

This is a quote from the first book. In the begining, Arthur Dent, the main character, is about to have is house detroyed, against his will, to make way for a bypass. The guy with the bulldozers tells him that the plans have been on display for a very long time and that he could have complained then, that now it was too late. Arthur says he went to find the documents:

“I eventually had to go down to the cellar…”
“That’s the display department.”
“…with a torch”
“the lights had probably gone”
“so had the stairs”
“well you found the notice didn’t you?”
“Yes. The plans were on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet, stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard'”
(source: Wikiquote)

Isn’t it so random?! “Beware of the Leopard”! The man is a freaking genius!

Beware of the leopard

Beware of the leopard

I think that would be my second favourite thing I’ve made to this day! There are 2056 stitches on there! It took me so long! I don’t know exactly how much time it took me to do everything. I only counted the hours for the green ornaments and they took me 4½ hours to stitch. Am I a slow stitcher or what? Is it supposed to take that long??

At first I wanted it to look very bureaucratical. So I chose the squarest letters I could find and did them in black thread. Then I thought it was ugly… So I added the green ornaments for more kitschyness…

The letters are from this website: http://www.freepatternsonline.com/xscharts/page/abc19.htm
I doubled them so they would take up more space. So every square on this pattern was four stitches on mine.
The flourishes are from the Subversive Cross Stitch book by Julie Jackson. I don’t own the book, I only took the pattern for the “Search inside” feature from Amazon. Again I doubled it up, so it would take more space.

Of course, when I wanted to frame it, I cut the fabric too small. So I sewed it on a plain black fabric with a zig-zag stitch. I think it looks nicer this way. I should have folded the edges though because you can see the Aida is fraying… Oh well!

I’m so proud of this! My swap partner liked it. And later, she sent me a link to a blog where my project was featured! That really made my day! Here is the blog post.

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From my absolute favourite New Who episode: Doomsday. I cried for days after that one! I loved Rose so much! So  when I saw this pattern, I absolutely had to make it!

It was my first try at cables, my first try at thumbs (they are really ugly!) and my first gauge swatch knitting. Oh! And my first pattern alteration because I couldn’t get the right gauge. I bought sock yarn and no matter what needle I used, I just couldn’t get it. So they don’t look like the pattern at all, but I love them to bits, and I think they’re gorgeous (except the thumbs). And they are my absolute favourite thing I have made so far (to this day!).

Rose's Wristwarmers

Rose's Wristwarmers

Rose's Wristwarmers

Rose's Wristwarmers

Close-up of the seed stitch between the cables. I think it looks like a flower! If I had to do it again, I’d thread little beads in the little bumps.

Close-up of the seed stitch

Close-up of the seed stitch

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Backlog project: Tea-Cosy Hat

 

So I wanted a warm hat for winter because I had lost mine (still can’t find it… It was one of those aviator style hats with the ear flaps, so warm! And the fuzzy inside matched the one in my coat!). When I saw this post on Craftster, I knew I hat to make it!

Unfortunately, it didn’t go as well as I hoped. I knew nothing of gauge at that point, so the hat is too big for my head! And it’s not as warm as I thought it would be! In the harsh Canadian winter, it doesn’t do the job!

I don’t have an official photo, but here is one from my trip to Washington, D.C.

Me in front of the Washington monument, with my hat!

Me in front of the Washington monument, with my hat!

Here’s the link to the pattern, if you want to try it:

http://www.woollywormhead.co.uk/userimages/WW016FTeaCozyHat.pdf

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This is a baby blanket I knitted for a friend (or for his baby daugther, actually!) in January and February. It was my first major project since I started knitting again.

Knitted Baby Blanket

Knitted Baby Blanket

I knitted it quite loose and with large needles. That’s why there seems to be holes in it. It wasn’t intentional, I just didn’t know that much about gauge and needle sizes at that point! The pattern said to use #7 needles (that would be 4,5mm), so I used the ones that had a “7” on it, but they turned out to be 7mm! I think it looks nice anyways, it looks weaved. And it is very extensible because it’s so loose.

Here are close-ups of the texture:

texture_petite

Balnket texture

Blanket texture with flash

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The blog age

Woo! I got a blog! I feel so 21st century!

So I’m going to use this to show off the stuff I handmake for myself and other people in my life. I’ve been crafting all my life, my mom being a crafter extraordinaire and my dad the DIY guy, only more seriously and more intensely since this winter. I have done a *lot* of stuff since then and I never had one single place to show them all. I just posted them on different sites, mainly Craftster and Ravelry. (Or not posting them at all, not thinking them worthy of these communities.)

I have been toying with the idea of a craft journal in the form of a blog for a while now. Some technical details have been holding me back, like the name of the blog and the language I would write it in.  The name came to me after a bit of searching. Simple, to the point, I think it’s ok! The language is another story.

I’ve always been quite pretentious when it comes to my native language, wanting it preserved in a country and a world where English prevails. My friends will probably be shocked to the point of disowning me when they see this… The main reason I chose to do this journal in English is because all the crafting Websites and communities I participate in are in English. Therefore if people from there decide to come see my blog, they will understand what I’m writing, whatever their native language is. The other major reason has to do with the name. I couldn’t find an adequate translation of the word “craft” in French. It is sometimes translated as “métier”, but that’s not what I am doing at all. Most of the time, it is translated as “artisanat”. I don’t think that’s what I do either. I don’t consider myself as an “artisane”. It could also be “bricolage”, but that’s what kids do in kindergarten, and as far as I know I’m not a kid. I craft as a hobby, not because I’m an artist, because I’m definitely not an artist, nor because it’s my job, because it isn’t. So I decided to simply go with “craft” as I do in my everyday speech (yes, I use “craft” when I speak French!), but with the rest of the language it comes from.

So that’s it! Welcome to my craft journal!I hope you will enjoy my evolution in the new blog age!

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