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Fastest baby booties ever!

Posted by craftyangie August 19th, 2009 in general crafts, knitting | Comments Off on Fastest baby booties ever!

booties1… After having been left with so much yarn from Pound of Love, viagra 40mg I decided to continue the baby-gift-making-fest.

Jeannette, one of the wonderful knitting ladies in my Stitch & Bitch, was making a lot of these cute booties around the time I was making the blanket. She was pregnant and wanted to make these for her daughter, but instead kept on giving them to friends that were also due soon.

She shared the link to the pattern, Sullivan’s baby booties, with the knitting group, and I started making them right away. In no time I had two pairs of booties, which was perfect to go with the two blankets ready to be gift wrapped!

These baby booties are extremely easy; just follow the link and see for yourself. They didn’t really make a dent on the remaining Pound of Love ball, so I’m guessing i’m going to have to make another baby blanket!

Also, because I was asked on Flickr, I am translating the pattern into Spanish below:

Este patrón de botitas de bebe es super fácil; alguien, via Flickr, me pidió el traducir el patrón, asi que aquí esta:

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Alex’s blanket

Posted by craftyangie August 16th, 2009 in crafts, general crafts, knitting | 20 Comments »

Having finally finished the DNA scarf, more about I didn’t now what project to start next (I’ve found that since I joined the knitting group, try I am more encouraged to finish projects!). I wasn’t interested in knitting another scarf. Luckily for me, right about that time Jess announced that she’d be having a baby. I decided I wanted to knit a baby “something” for her.

I scoured the internets for a project; something pretty, something not too girlie (Jess didn’t know the gender yet) and something not too complicated as I wanted to complete the project before the baby was born.

I also wanted to start using a recently purchased a “stitchionary”, Lace & eyelets, that I had gotten with a gift certificate Boombadeus’ mom had given me for my birthday…but I was still intimidated by the eyelets…but the eyelets and lace look so pretty! Oh, what to do?

I started looking at baby blanket patterns on Ravelry, but most had hearts, bears, and simple squares. Don’t get me wrong, I like hearts, bears and simple squares…but Jess has lots of crochet/knitting relatives…I wanted to do something that was going to be different…then I found this blanket by maggiecrafts. I was saved! Not only did it look beautiful, she mentioned that she had whipped it up in no time. Well, I was new at the eyelet/lace thing…but heck, it looked so pretty, how about I give eyelets and lace a try?

I chose Tulip Lace from my stitchionary, and off I went. I can’t remember how many stitches I cast…probably whatever they recommended in the ball of yarn (Pound of love) and I started.

At the beginning I was knitting on two needles; a few inches after I started it was getting heavy. My wrists were starting to hurt from holding all the weight with only one hand…so off I went to Rosie’s and purchased 36″ circulars. Oh, what a difference that made!! I loved it!

Less than two months later it was done! Since I tend to mostly knit on Tuesdays, at the knitting group, the timing wasn’t so bad for a first timer at lace, right?

Note: when i first wrote this pattern (for myself and friends) a lot of people have had trouble following. I’ve updated this pattern and hope this helps. If you’d like to download the updated pattern, click here.

Minolta Hi-Matic 9

Posted by boombadeus June 28th, 2009 in geeky, hobbies, photography | 3 Comments »
Self Portrait

Self Portrait

The last time Craftyangie and I visited my parents, eczema my father dug through his collection and found a treasure: my Grandmother’s old Minolta Hi-Matic 9. It’s a late ’60s 35mm rangefinder camera, information pills with a 45mm f/1.7 lens. It features fully automatic exposure, but also allows full manual exposure control. Like so many hand-me-downs in my family, even though this camera was used extensively by my grandmother, it’s in absolutely perfect cosmetic condition.

Hi-Matic 9, straight on

Hi-Matic 9, straight on

Of course, there’s always a catch to these things. (There kind of has to be!) In this case, there were a couple of catches. It originally took one of those nasty old Mercury cell batteries, that are now illegal in the US. And, as we played around with it, we discovered that the shutter didn’t always fire. In fact, while playing around with it, the shutter stopped working entirely. You’d hear a “click”, but nothing would happen. Fortunately, I was able to fix both problems… Read the rest of this entry »

Spring cleaning and crafting

Posted by craftyangie May 3rd, 2009 in crafts, general crafts, general home, knitting, sewing | Comments Off on Spring cleaning and crafting

While I’ve been quiet around here, side effects it hasn’t been the case around my sewing machine and crafts.

I’ve been working on a few projects that I couldn’t upload right away; also known as baby shower gifts. There were also projects that I completely forgot to take pictures of…oh well!

Besides the crafts I’ve also been getting organized. While Ravelry helped me get my yarns organized this past winter, sickness in the form of pictures and amounts of yarn, I still needed to do something desperately about my needles. They were just… everywhere!

I had seen pencil cases being used for paint brush and knitting needle storage; and I had already made some over a year ago; gifts for the cute flower girl and ring bearer in our wedding. So, why not make one for my needles? Read the rest of this entry »

World’s Largest Hasselblad

Posted by boombadeus March 17th, 2009 in geeky, hobbies, photography | 2 Comments »
Graflex RB Super D SLR 3x4 camera

Graflex RB Super D SLR 3x4 camera

Amazingly, visit a couple of people have actually asked me what ever happened with the Graflex RB Super D 3×4 large format SLR Marisa gave me some time ago. Good grief, prostate you people are actually paying attention to me?? 😉 Ahh, but seriously, it’s a good question.

To tell the truth, I’ve run two rolls of film through the RB Super D already, in fact, the first one was developed maybe a month after I got the camera (and 120 6×6 roll film back). So where is it? Wellll… it’s finally been long enough that I don’t feel totally stupid saying what happened with it… Read the rest of this entry »

Vest Pocket, Revisited

Posted by boombadeus March 7th, 2009 in geeky, hobbies, photography | Comments Off on Vest Pocket, Revisited
Vest Pocket Kodak ready to go

Vest Pocket Kodak ready to go

No, dentist I didn’t take any more pictures with the Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak camera. I think one experiment with it was enough… But, adiposity my father (who you might have seen commenting as “D’Dude” on this blog) scanned in some of the prints of some photos he took with it years ago; and I re-scanned the negatives with some different scanning software that allows me more flexibility when scanning.

I think it’s worth doing this quick follow-up to give a better sense of the results the Vest Pocket camera was capable of.

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Manual Lenses, EOS Bodies

Posted by boombadeus March 1st, 2009 in geeky, hobbies, photography | 14 Comments »
Pentax K to EOS EF adapter

Pentax K to EOS EF adapter

Christmas arrived a little late this year, nurse but today, find I finally got the Pentax K manual lens adapter for Canon EOS cameras I’ve wanted for some time. A less paranoid friend of mine, pharm Kent, ordered one from some random guy in Hong Kong via eBay and PayPal for me. Fortunately, he had no problems with the transaction, as it arrived about 8 days after clicking on “buy it now” and paying. The only sketchy thing about the whole process is that the seller marked on the customs form “gift”. However, that’s up to him, as it’s up to the person shipping an item to sign off on it. Read the rest of this entry »

Vest Pocket

Posted by boombadeus February 22nd, 2009 in geeky, history, hobbies, photography | 5 Comments »
2009 or 1919?

2009 or 1919?

What happens when you take a camera made some 90 years ago, nurse designed to use an obsolete format of film, symptoms and make it work again? Here’s your answer!

Since I started in with this photography hobby in earnest, my father gave this Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak camera to me about six months ago. Yesterday, I decided to take pictures with it. Today, I did! Here’s how I did it… Read the rest of this entry »

Llama, llama, llama, llama!

Posted by craftyangie January 17th, 2009 in knitting | 2 Comments »

If you follow me on Flickr, viagra last week you found out about a dark (or colorful, patient depending on how you look at it) secret I’ve been hiding: My yarn stash.

I love to buy yarn as much as fabric. I love soft yarn, erectile yarn that makes me feel warm, yarn in bright, solid colors and my favorite: hand painted or hand dyed yarn…

In one of our Boston area visits, Boombadeus mentioned there was a farm that had llamas close by… and that they sold yarn made from the llamas! We just had to stop by and pick up some to make him a scarf.

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The geekiest scarf ever.

Posted by craftyangie January 11th, 2009 in crafts, geeky, knitting | 7 Comments »

While I never make New Year’s resolutions -I believe ideas/learning/projects/resolutions should be a year round thing-, erectile this year I have a resolution to make. I would like to finish my DNA double helix scarf.

I started the DNA Scarf about 2 or 3 years ago, price but has become an UFO (knitter speak for UnFinished Object). Every time I re-start, I knit a few rows, get distracted and stop. The project only gets re-started when I have a few moments away from busy daily life and the knitting bag is close by, which isn’t very often.

I first came upon the DNA double helix scarf in the Fall of 2003 Interweave Knits magazine, where the pattern was featured. According to the article, June Oshiro was in the middle of a lecture when the idea came to her. She turned on her voice recorder (obviously to not miss the rest of her class, in bio classes we tend to get tested in things that are mentioned for 2 mins in class) and she started to draw the now famous pattern. This pattern isn’t just famous around knitters, it has even appeared in Nature Genetics!

For this scarf I chose a beautiful yarn I found while perusing the yarn at Iron Horse Farm, a farm in Sherborn, MA. I had gone there to purchased some of their llama yarn (they grow llamas and make yarn!) which was to become a scarf for Boombadeus…but that’s a different blog post.

While looking for that yarn, I happened to touch this one. I liked that the reddish yarn had bits of color here and there; from white to yellow, pinks and even a beautiful blue. It claimed to be 50% “soy silk” (I had never heard yarn made from soy) which I thought was weird but interesting, so I thought “why not try?”. Read the rest of this entry »