Rotterdam

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Pillows


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My first patchwork and my first quilting. I made them as a present, but I do see some mistakes and I doubt the person I meant to give them to will like them, so I'll keep them myself.

Violets

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Pride and Prejudice

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E. is going to a fantasy fair and had to have a costume. After some discussion about what outfit would be acceptable (not too revealing and not too hard to make) she and her friends decided to make a dress from Pride and Prejudice.
We had to do a little guessing (since the only "pattern" I had was a few blurry pictures of the real pattern her friend mailed) but I think we did rather well.

Poncho

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I finally finished my poncho. It's really simple, just two rectangles sewn together, but I do like it.

Needle roll

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I have a new sewing machine! My old machine always had issues and since I'm doing a lot of sewing lately I decided I needed a new one. Still a cheap and simple one, but it works really well.

To get a feel for it I needed a project with lots of stitching, so I made this needle roll to house my growing collection of knitting needles.

In the garden

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Egg warmers

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I made these egg warmers for Easter as a gift to my parents and in-laws.  Actually, I made four of them but the last two were finished in the car so I don't have pictures of them.

I tried to write out the pattern for those of you who want to try making them for themselves. Let me know if you have any questions.

I used fuzzy yellow and orange yarn I had in my stash and 4mm needles (US size 6)
Cast on 25 stitches in yellow.
Rows 1-8: seed stitch (knit 1, purl 1, etc.)
Row 9: knit across
Row 10: purl across
Row 11: k 2, k2tog, k 4, k2tog, k 5, ssk, k 4, ssk, k 2
Row 12: p 21
Row 13: k 2, k2tog, k 3, k2tog, k 3, ssk, k3, ssk, k 2
Row 14: p 17
Row 15: k 1, k2tog, k 2, k2tog, k 3, ssk, k 2, ssk, k1
Row 16: p 13 Cut off the yarn, leave about 30 centimeters (12 inches). thread the end through the stitches you have left and pull to close. Use the rest of the cut off end to sew the backseam.

For the wings (also yellow):
cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: k 3
Row 2: p 3
Row 3: make one stitch extra by knitting in the front and the back of the same stitch, k across
Row 4: p 4
Row 5: make one stitch extra by knitting in the front and the back of the same stitch, k across
Row 6: p 5
Row 7: make one stitch extra by knitting in the front and the back of the same stitch, k across
Row 8: cast off six stitches (purl)

The other wing is the opposite.
Making a stitch while purling was a bit tricky but it looked alright.
Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: p 3
Row 2: k 3
Row 3: make one stitch extra by purling in the front and the back of the same stitch, p across
Row 4: k 4
Row 5: make one stitch extra by purling in the front and the back of the same stitch, p across
Row 6: k 5
Row 7: make one stitch extra by purling in the front and the back of the same stitch, p across
Row 8: cast off six stitches (knit)
Sew the wings on, the straight side should be facing front.

Beak (in orange):
Cast on 5
Row 1: k 5
Row 2: k2tog, k1, ssk
Row 3: k2tog, k1
Row 4: k2 tog
Pull thread through last stitch
Weave in the ends.
The beak will not be a perfect triangle, I corrected this by using the ends to fill it out a bit. Sew the beak on.
Use black (or any other color) yarn for the eyes. I just made a cross stitch and knotted the ends on the inside.
Cut five orange threads about 15 centimeters (6 inches). Pull them through two top stitches (I used a crochet hook, but you could also pull them with a needle one by one. Make a knot in the ten ends close to the top and trim to desired length.

Decorating for Easter

My parents gave me this beautiful Easter bouquet

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And that inspired me to finally put out some Eastern branches.

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In the garden




A bag for my camera

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I was inspired by Amanda to make a little bag for my camera. So much easier to take it with me now.