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Well, I'm somewhere in the hole. Yesterday, I rounded out my sweater stash for wool crafts - scored 14! 3 are 100% cashmere, several others 100% lambswool, some merino in there, too. I also bought just two yards of linen (for napkins and a nature table cloth). Lastly, I got 1.5 sq ft of leather for $2.50. More than enough for soft soles for shoes for the baby.

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I finished sewing one of the babies. I used a free pattern on the internet for a knot baby, but altered it a tad. I made it to gift to a friend, along with the taggie, for her baby boy. Anyone wanna be honest and tell me if its gift worthy, lol? I was thinking about just keeping it because I'm not sure if it turned out cute, but then I told myself I was just being a silly perfectionist. Anyone wanna share their honest opinion? It is really soft because I used an organic cotton tee shirt to make it. I'm not sure why I thought I'd wear that color shirt, lol. I'm sure it'd look nice on someone, but NOT me. Funny thing is I bought at least 6 of these shirts. All very bright neonish colors. They were on clearance for under $3 and I couldn't pass them up. Now I'm going to find something to make out of all of them. I do like how the taggie turned out.

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I finished sewing one of the babies. I used a free pattern on the internet for a knot baby, but altered it a tad. I made it to gift to a friend, along with the taggie, for her baby boy. Anyone wanna be honest and tell me if its gift worthy, lol? I was thinking about just keeping it because I'm not sure if it turned out cute, but then I told myself I was just being a silly perfectionist. Anyone wanna share their honest opinion? It is really soft because I used an organic cotton tee shirt to make it. I'm not sure why I thought I'd wear that color shirt, lol. I'm sure it'd look nice on someone, but NOT me. Funny thing is I bought at least 6 of these shirts. All very bright neonish colors. They were on clearance for under $3 and I couldn't pass them up. Now I'm going to find something to make out of all of them. I do like how the taggie turned out.

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I definitely think it's gift worthy. Well done!

I finished one of these today. It's for ds' first birthday next month. My dh has the camera today, so, pics probably on Monday. Very happy with it. I even bought their plant dyed felt from their Etsy store. Bought it in December or January. One of the quickest stash to FO projects ever! Yeah!

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At my ILs for the weekend and so far I've finished 3 projects.

-knitted rag rug for the bathroom
-2 felted baskets

I'm starting on more baskets, hoping to finisht them all before I go home on Monday

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I finished:

-a pair of felted wool shoes for my baby. i painted shelf liner and cut out zig zags and sewed it to the bottom for tread. And embellished them with these fab wooden buttons I pulled from a thrifted dress. They are cute and warm and fit him great. The dress will hopefuly become a soft basket and a garden smock sometime next week.

- a gorgeous pair of green and navy suede shoes. alas, they are too small for my son, but I have a cousin expecting a boy soon so I will include them with his gift, and make a larger pair just like these maybe later today for ds.

- a 7" cloth ball in 3 different alphabet prints, with rainbow ribbon taggies, for a friend. Think I might make this into a set of 3.

so that leaves 34/52 remaining.
I have finished the patchwork for a project ordered by dp; hoping to complete the project tonight and give it to him for v day tommorrow. It's a 42" by 21" patchworked Irish flag (the green. white, and orange sections are each made up of 7 2.5"x21" strips with different fabrics of each color strung on). All I have left to do is applique a 4 leaf clover on the white and then quilt and bind it. I would have done this already, but I really wasn't happy with the clover I first made and so I need to design another. Oh, I also need to figure out how to hang it on the wall, as all the quilts I have made thus far were to be used as blankets, not art- so I don't know how to sew a quilt for hanging, tho I am confident I can figure it out, lol.
Also, he told folks about this at work and a friend has ordered a scottish flag. so as soon as I complete dp's, I will start on the Scottish flag, the design of which will be much more complicated than the simple irish flag. But this will be my first paid order- and I am hoping for many more, so I want to take my time and make it perfect.
I am trying to think of cool valentine inspired projects to make up quickly tonight for my boys for tommorrow. I thought of sock monkeys/dogs/creatures made from valentine socks, but thought it might not go over well with my big boy. They might just wind up with homemade heart shaped cookies- maybe i could dip them in chocolate or make them pretty and exciting somehow (I can bake fine, but my cake decorating skills suck and I have never even tried to decorate cookies). But I guess that's ot, sorry!

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All the projects are great so far! I love seeing pictures.

I definitely think the green baby is gift-worthy. I would give it eyes...

My DD and I made cards and gift card holders today for her twin cousins' birthday. We've been ill and the cards are late, but the boys are 16 and apparently are most interested in getting their driving learner's permits. The iTunes gift cards pale in comparison to learning to drive, but they like them and use them.

I also altered a few cards for a friend, adding some fun elements to a commercial card and changing a (previously made) homemade card a bit to suit the recipient.

I'm counting all those together as 1.

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A small miracle has happened- after six weeks of not having one hand free, let alone two, I got some time to spin, and to finish off a hat for myself- so I'm on 3 projects down, 49 to go

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Well on vacation I knit a feb little girl sweater for DD out of some handdyed by me. It fits her perfectly! I used a custom raglan calculator to size it. Right before I left I handdyed some yarn for a pair of new baby longies. Awesome primary rainbow colors. But while on vacation I purchased a hank of gorgeous handspun. The handspun will become a hat for spring for DD- I am thinking kind of beret style. So I guess I am 36/52.

I really need to evaluate where I am. I need to figure out an easter dress for DD- and now I really want to make her a cute skirt for her new sweater. Also- I need to remake a dress for myself that ended up looking horrid and well there aren't words to describe how awful it looks. I am just not ready to write it off yet. And perhaps a knitpurl poncho for my sister for bfing her baby. Mine was the best thing ever. But first I must finish DHs felted slippers. (And flapjack- I want a spindle. Like bad.)

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honeybunmom- Thanks . That ball looks awesome! I'm adding it to my craft to do links.

sunnysandiegan- Thanks to you as well . I'm feeling much better about it now. I thought about whether or not to give it a face for quite a bit. I googled knot dolls for babies, and it seemed most were faceless. When I went through my threads none looked like they would go well with that bright green, sooooo, that about decided it for me. I do hope the no face doesn't creep my friend out, lol.

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I cut out some suede cloth liners for my friend's cloth diapers, 9 or more, can't remember. So, I'll count that as one. She's asked me to make her some custom nighttime inserts and sent the suede cloth to do it. I've started that project as well. I have the four pieces of suede cloth cut and need to cut 8 pieces of flannel, then sew them together to make 4 inserts. I'll probably count them as one too. That should help ease my conscience over some of the new stuff I've bought. My dd's b-day is next weekend so I bought some materials to make her some dress up skirts. She'll be two. Yay!


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A small miracle has happened- after six weeks of not having one hand free, let alone two, I got some time to spin, and to finish off a hat for myself- so I'm on 3 projects down, 49 to go

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Iowaorganic, you could always try the redondo skirt pattern. I really like it! Your dd could twirl and twirl with her new sweater ....

Jenn - you've finished an amazing # of projects while at the IL's. Congratulations!

Ms. Shell, you're really knocking off projects!

MissRubyandKen, I think the knot doll looks great! I don't think I've seen one with a face, actually.

Honeybunmom, I love the little felted ball.

How's the cross stitch coming, Zebra15?

Congratulations to flapjack and all the others who are kick-starting things.

End of Week 7:
My tally is 42/52.
I finished the little embroidered denim redondo skirt tonight, for dd2. I much prefer the modifications I did to the sewing instructions, it turned out great. I haven't decided what I'm making this coming week -- I need to re-prioritize my sewing list, as spring and summer are coming up faster than I want to acknowledge! I think this coming week will be more fleece pj's though, because they are quick and easy and take up a lot of space in my 'to sew' pile.

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How's the cross stitch coming, Zebra15?
Zebra here..... Cross stitch is going well...

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I have the small cloud finished, the flowers done and I just started the large cloud....Hopefully I will finish the 2nd cloud tonight and tomorrow along with the butterflies... THen I will need to figure out Eeyore. He is going to be a challenge.

I also have a small dishcloth that I am crocheting as well to give my eyes a break and a large blanket that I may finish sometime this decade. LOL

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i freaking finished something! woo!

i made 17 little valentine bracelets for ds's preschool group (and both my boys & ds1's teacher). i bought a package of hair elastics, cut out 34 felt hearts (okay, maybe a few extras too!) and attached two hearts of different colors, layered on top of each other, to each hair elastic with a little "X" of red twine. most of the bracelets included a red or pink heart along with a blue, grey or coral heart. some of them were pink & red, and some were blue & grey, but most had one valentine color or the other. the hair elastics were all different colors. they turned out insanely cute.

so . . . i think that is project 3 out of 52. i swear, i'm going to catch up!
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As of Friday, these were my projects to be completed in 3 weeks time. I'm updating this list first:

-2nd knitted rag rug for bathroom DONE
-silk drapes for living room
-felted basket DONE
-felted basket DONE
-felted basket DONE
-felted basket DONE
-felted basket DONE
-throw pillow
-throw pillow
-patchwork rug for 1/2 bath
-mat for under dishrack

While at my ILs, I finished all the felted baskets and the knitted rug. So I'm at 12 projects completed or 40/52.

And here I'm going to update my main project list:

-Fornicating Deer hat for BIL (this is going to count as 2 b/c of the time required w/ stranded knitting) DONE
-4prs lounge pants for DS1
-4prs lounge pants for DD1
-4prs lounge pants for DS2
-knitted rag rug for bathroom DONE
-2nd knitted rag rug for bathroom DONE
-silk drapes for living room
-wool felt birthday crown for DS1
-wool felt birthday crown for DD1
-wool felt birthday crown for DS2
-wool felt birthday crown for DD2
-6 VB fitteds for DD2 (these are currently cut out- they need elastic, serging, and snaps)
-quilt for DH
-felted basket DONE
-felted basket DONE
-felted basket DONE
-felted basket DONE
-felted basket DONE
-felted basket DONE
-sand/ paint curio cabinet
-sand/ paint computer table
-throw pillow
-throw pillow
-felted wall hanging for DS1 (these will be Christmas gifts)
-felted wall hanging for DD1
-felted wall hanging for DS2
-felted wall hanging for DD2
-patchwork rug for 1/2 bath
-mat for under dishrack
-scarf for me
-mouse pad wrist pillow for FIL DONE
-mouse pad wrist pillow DONE
-mouse pad wrist pillow for DH's office DONE
-mouse pad wrist pillow for DH home office

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Between yesterday and today, DD & I finished a few items that I am going to count as 1 project.

She started a scrapbook at a friend's birthday party back in mid-January. We finished it yesterday! (I get some credit because I did all the cutting - at her request - and provided nonstop feedback and advice - also at her insistent request. I couldn't get anything of my own done while she was working on this project, so we're calling it "our" project. DD knows about this challenge. )

When we were cleaning her bedroom top to bottom today, I needed a stool in order to put away two blankets DD no longer wanted out. So... I also grabbed the hammer and nails. We hung up two little hand-painted, kiln-fired ceramic decorations DD made months ago at a ceramics cafe with friends.

While I was at it, I found the envelope of extra pictures I had printed for this purpose back in December (most were for photo calendar gifts) and DD & I matched pictures to frames in her bedroom. The frames have been empty for years! They are very cute frames in the decor that goes in her bedroom, so they just blended in. Now, they are all filled!

I'm giving myself one point total since none of these fully count, but all are related to the idea behind this challenge.

I finished three scrapbook pages of my own last night after DD went to bed. When I finish 1989 altogether, then I will count.

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i haven't worked on dp's irish patchwork at all
but today i started and finished slippers for him- he will soon be home to try them; i think they will fit. I didn't love the way they look (tho they should hopefully fit and be warm and liked by him) and thought of something better, which i tried out by making a pair for myself...they fit perfectly, are super comfy and cute. I made both pairs from felted sweaters and on mine i was able to use some pretty blue embroidered ribbon trim which hasn't been right for anything else yet but matched the blue sweater i used perfectly. I LOVE my slippers and I hope dp likes his, too. I'll count both pairs as a project, bringing me to 19 completed.

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I found a must do project. The pair of longies I made needs some work. I should have known the waist ribbing wouldn't be enough to hold them up. The pattern didn't call for a drawstring or elastic. The ribbing was extra long and looked like it cinched up alot, so I went for it. Mistake, lol. I've been wondering how to save them. The rise is actually quite short once they're on dd, so folding the ribbing and encasing elastic didn't seem like an option. Ripping out stitches and putting in holes for a drawstring is not gonna happen either. It took me forever to finish these longies, I'm not revisiting it. This morning I found this! Perfect fix! Might not look as nice as a drawstring, but hey this should work. She so wants to wear them and I hated to tell her no after I figured out they just wouldn't stay up. I have to finish a few other things first, but this is definitely high on my priority list.

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35/52 I finished DHs felted slippers.

I am trying to figure out what to make for my mom for her bday next week. It has snuck up on me. I started a lace scarf (beautiful) last night- but I don't think there is anyway on earth I can get that done by next weekend. I am going to have to go through my stash and see what I can come up with that she would love. Maybe a pair of bella mittens- those knit up insanely fast....

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I this thread. Its really helping me alot. I was feeling like I wasn't getting anything done before and now I can see what I'm accomplishing and be encouraged to get more done. I finished the four custom diaper inserts. So that's-


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Today I'm hoping to get some sewing done on a dress up skirt for dd's 2nd birthday coming up this weekend.

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I found a must do project. The pair of longies I made needs some work. I should have known the waist ribbing wouldn't be enough to hold them up. The pattern didn't call for a drawstring or elastic. The ribbing was extra long and looked like it cinched up alot, so I went for it. Mistake, lol. I've been wondering how to save them. The rise is actually quite short once they're on dd, so folding the ribbing and encasing elastic didn't seem like an option. Ripping out stitches and putting in holes for a drawstring is not gonna happen either. It took me forever to finish these longies, I'm not revisiting it. This morning I found this! Perfect fix! Might not look as nice as a drawstring, but hey this should work. She so wants to wear them and I hated to tell her no after I figured out they just wouldn't stay up. I have to finish a few other things first, but this is definitely high on my priority list.
I have a pair my gma made for DS- I am going to have to try that out. Uh add to that a second pair of longies she knit for DD- neither have been used cause I had no idea what to do. Will have to find some contrasting yarn. Thanks!

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I'm adding more to the list of things I'd like to get done by the first weekend of March.

-silk drapes for living room
-patchwork rug for 1/2 bath
-throw pillow
-throw pillow
-mat for under dishrack
-patchwork rug for kitchen
-curtain for kitchen

I washed all the fabric for the projects and pressed what needed to be pressed. hopefully tonight I'll have the chance to sit down and cut some of them out.

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You may get to it before me, will you let me know how it goes?


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I have a pair my gma made for DS- I am going to have to try that out. Uh add to that a second pair of longies she knit for DD- neither have been used cause I had no idea what to do. Will have to find some contrasting yarn. Thanks!

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You may get to it before me, will you let me know how it goes?
yup. I need them done too- all the ones I knit for DS2 are too small and most left over from DS1 look sooo shabby since they are really left from DD. Although I love yellow longies I should have known better than to knit them at the toddler stage- especially living on a farm....

I started bellas for my mom- but I am shortening the cuff by 24 rows. In a very pretty rust colored pf from my stash. good grief I didn't realize I could get quite so much out of my stash- it just didn't seem that big.

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I'm nearly out of adhesive, so I went hunting for more yesterday. Only found one that will work in my SEVEN different dispensers, so I searched online last night and found a few more and placed an order (enough to get free shipping ). I threw out the dispensers that I could not find any refills for any longer. I read a tip online for finding my favorite refill, so I am off to hopefully find some today in person. I'm not counting adhesive against me since it is directly needed in order to finish my scrapbooks and DD's birthday invitations and so many more paper crafts.

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I finished a cowl today! I'm still working on my sweater and finishing the button bands on a sweater for my boy. On one side I picked up too many stitches, so, it kind of ruffles. On the other side, too few, so, it looks shrunken! Thank goodness it's baby sized or I'd be tearing my hair out. Never mind that I have to add button bands to my sweater when I finish the sleeves. I'll have to see what I've accomplished and update my total done. I won't worry about the demerits I picked up for filling out my wool sweater stash for the year (ok, more like half the year).

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making no progress..... maybe this weekend....

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I can relate... Monday was house-cleaning tasks (good progress there); Tuesday was finance and paperwork tasks (did weekly work plus extra tasks AND our taxes are finished now); Wednesday is usually my project day, but I was out of adhesive and went searching for some locally and ran other errands (not much progress there; I had better luck online and those orders haven't arrived yet); Thursday was a crazy busy day out of the house (activities galore and errands squeezed in-between); and today was another crazy busy day out of the house (unusual for us to have so many busy days in the same week). This weekend has potential for some down time and possible craft time. Just one confirmed/committed activity tomorrow morning and some household tasks on the agenda, but not required. The main issue for me, though, has been wanting to watch the Olympics and they are on so late at night here that I am not getting anything done during the time I usually do (I don't usually watch TV at all) and then being so tired from staying up late that I haven't had the energy or motivation to squeeze anything in. I attend a monthly lecture series and went last night. Usually I bring my beginning knitting projects. Not last night. Too tired to remember it....

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Oh, dear!

I went following a few links posted in the "sew, serge, embroider" forum, and have found new projects. Fortunately, they are the sort which use up odds and ends of fabric, and/or repurpose old tshirts/shirts. So .... I wouldn't be buying new fabric to do any of these. And I honestly did need some patterns like this.

I just don't want to sew the fleece jacket and flannel pjs that I have cut out, because I'd rather do THESE instead. I guess I'll need to use that desire to motivate me.

Because I know several of you are also working on trying to recycle old shirts etc., and because if I'm going to be this derailed, I want to share the madness -- here are links.

http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/...ute-shirt.html (knit envelope-style toddler shirt from recycled tshirts) - I have probably ten old tshirts that I can repurpose for this project. They're all stacked with my fabric stash, and I'd been looking for a nice knit shirt pattern to use to make more shirts. I'd been looking for a 'girly' shirt but these will do very nicely anyway. And I'll probably still make a few others using my dd2's favorite knit shirt as a pattern, anyway.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170402.0 (girl's sundress from old men's cotton shirt)

http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/...ket-skirt.html (basic gathered tiered skirt that would use up strips of fabric)

http://www.oliverands.com/blog/2008/...e-pattern.html (basic skirt, with ribbon trim hem, also would use up fabric scrap - I believe I'll repurpose an old linen dress and use some matching ribbon trim that has horses on it).

And another blog with several different girl's skirt tutorials on it. http://ikatbag.blogspot.com/2009/07/...eat-sheet.html

There's a reason I hadn't been looking for blogs to follow, and I believe the above madness is it! I have been surfing blogs yesterday and today, instead of working on any of my projects (sewing or otherwise).

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That tshirt tut rocks. I love long sleeved tshirts and longies for DS and it is sooo hard to find that style (we need it- he has an incredibly large head!).

I finished my mom's bday mittens and started a pair of wristwarmers in a lush llama for myself. 34/52

I dedicate the coming week for sewing! (After the wristwarmers of course).

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