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Wow happy birthday to you and wishing many more years of happiness and success:) I was just thinking yesterday how much I love your blog and how much I appreciate you being such a generous person and sharing some of your patterns and many of your clever tips. It's great to see someone "who's made it" but still is generous in spirit and knowledge/experience sharing. I'm glad you haven't become "stingy";) on the way. Anyway, I would have loved joining your bag making course I had been living in the same country as you (consider expanding to Norway, will you?:) If I was going to your bag making course; I think I would have wanted to learn how to make an across the shoulder/chest messenger type bag. One that is cleverly organized and...pretty:) I always drag tonnes of stuff in my bag to work: crime novel, private sketchbook, work sketchbook, moleskin, a snack, a scarf, some work in progress knitting or embroidery project...and the list goes on:) With 2hours to work that includes: a bike ride, a long train journey and a shorter bus journey; I need plenty of stuff and a nice comfortable/safe(thinking of busy hands in busy places)/pretty bag to pack it all in:) Yes, so that is the bag I would have liked to be making, a bag I think you would/could design perfectly:) My second choice I think would be a well-organized week-end type bag with a retro feeling which would be almost too pretty to use but so intrinsically associated with vacation and bliss that even looking at it would make one's mind thrift off to exotic (and homely) places:) All my very best, Christina
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tusen takk skal du ha:)
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2007 on Little gifts at Wardrobe ReFashion
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To start up with the "not impressed"; I should say his lack of care in his general appearance. For instance, he will let his beard and hair grow until he no longer can see, nor hear and eats his beard together with his food;) On the "impressed" side; I could mention his unlimited generosity, his kindness; the way he will meet me on my way home from university when it is dark, cold and very late at night:)Or even the way he makes me feel like wherever we are on this planet, or the other side; as long as we are together, we will be "home":) He loves me unconditionally, and so do I and that is pretty "impressive" in my books;) all the best, from a "still very much in love seven years after" Christina
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Penny, It can actually be very liberating to knit WITHOUT a pattern as you don't really have an expectation of what the end result "should" look like. I highly recommend you give it a try. Very often if it doesn't turn out the way you had envisioned; you can repurpose the thing you have knitted, possibly felt it/embellish it or if nothing else works you can always frog it;) Nothing lost, just a bit of your time and tonnes of experience gained:)
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Hi Millie, Here are the instructions from Knitty I used to dye the laptop sleeve using kool-aid: http://www.knitty.com/issuefall02/FEATdyedwool.html It was really fun and easy:) I would recommend doing it. According to Knitty; it doesn't wash out. I think this is true as, as I was "cooking" the sleeve; I could originally see the dye on the whole sleeve but as it warmed up; it adhered only to the wool (not the fleece); it was as if the yarn "sucked" up the dye and in the end the water was TOTALLY clear. I had to rinse the sleeve once I was done and honestly the water was once again totally clear, it doesn't seem like the dye would "bleed". Hope that answers your question. I have great plans of dying an unflattering cardigan I knitted (I first need to get a huge saucepan and check the grey wool takes the dye). And Caz: I think fabric sleeves are great and much more practical for my laptop as I always walk around with a backpack. Christina
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Hi Melissa:) I love your blog; I check it everyday...several times a day! :) My name is Christina, I am currently living and studying in Scotland (for another month); doing a master in architecture...and yes I should really be writing my dissertation right now but I felt the need for delurking;) I am half French (dad) and half Norwegian (mom) and will hopefully get married in October or November...though I'm not sure as it's a "surprise wedding" so we haven't told anyone yet. The reason it's a surprise is that we want to fund it ourselves and make all the decisions; like, only inviting our closest family and friends, having a vegetarian meal (yes, I'm a freak! my boyfriend is not vegetarian but it was his idea...who am I to complain?!), possibly making it alcohol-free as some of our friends for various reasons do not drink and asking for donations to charity instead of cutlery matching the showercurtain;) Gosh, that was a bit of a "delurking", sorry! I think I came across your blog when whip-up showed your wonderful tutorial for the bag...it feels like ages ago now. I better go and work now; and pardon my rambling, please:) All the best, Christina
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2007 on thank you at tiny happy
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Hi:) First of all, this is a beautiful design for a skirt. hum...I don't have a clear idea of which side is the 'right' side but I would also go with the textured side. That's what I normally do because I think it almost always is the most interesting side (even if it is 'wrong';). I was also thinking about your backside (hum...of your skirt, not yours, really) and I was going to suggest to maybe add a bow or ties at the back to distract from the ill-fitted derrière or maybe adding pin tucks or even a cool tied tuck design? I have been trying to find images to illustrate the pin or tied tucks I have in mind but unfortunately I found none:( But if you look at a book called "The art of manipulating fabric", I'm sure you would find lots of inspiration:) All my best, Christina
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2007 on WIP at Wardrobe ReFashion
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Those are fabulous! :) I went and had a look at your link too and I must say they would anybody's dream kitchen care package:) I think your dishcloth is adorable. On your blog you wrote you could put a tutorial together and I would love that; unfortunately I do not know how to crochet:( You wouldn't happen to know how to achieve a similar knitted dishcloth now, would you? Anyway, these are amazing; although not clothes, I think they definitely deserve their place here on wardrobe refashion...and if you think about it; they are any good cook's "accessories";) All my best and thanks for the inspiration.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2007 on Not clothing but itsalligot at Wardrobe ReFashion
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WOW, that dress, well actually your whole outfit is gorgeous!!! Really nice colour combo and a feminine nice fit. If you find the pattern nr; I would love to know what it is. Your sister looks great in her kimono too:) Christina
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2007 on Another New Dress Post at Wardrobe ReFashion
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Hi:) I don't think you should beat yourself up with the swimsuit thing. I seem to remember we're allowed to buy such "specialist" items as sport's equipment and underwear and I guess a swimsuit falls right into that. However I was just thinking that if you ever felt like crocheting or knitting a bikini/swimsuit; Ashley Paige's book "Sexy little knits" is a good starting point. I have only tried knitting a bikini top from the book and it was really easy -however as I'm a 38DD-F it didn't cover quite enough;) I think next time I will use a cute stretchy lace bit sewn to the bikini cups so as to cover the "in-between part". Oh, and I really like you top by the way:)
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2007 on A confession and a shirt at Wardrobe ReFashion
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Thanks for the comments and the kool aid tip. I didn't think I could get it in the uk but after some research I found an internet supplier. I just ordered a few different "tastes" to try and dye my laptop sleeve; I'm excited like a wee kid to get my package:) Christina
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.......if you have any spare after you have sorted which ones you like; I would be delighted to take one or two off your hands:) All the best, Christina chrichrimano(at)yahoo(dot)com
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2007 on Jackpot! at Wardrobe ReFashion
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My favourite "beauty product" is sweet almond oil. I use it on my hair (a couple of drops will do) after I wash it; it tames fly aways and prevents split ends. I also use the oil when my heels are cracked in winter or whenever/wherever I need some extra moisture; it's wonderful! Also if I have shoes that make me "blister-prone" (aka highheels from death); I just rub my feet in with a little oil and magic: *no blisters*! Best part is it only costs a couple of pounds:)
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2007 on Feeling Fabulous Friday Freebie! at U-handblog
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Wow! Your bags are gorgeous:) This is high quality refashion, in my opinion;) You have managed to make them look great and in no way do they look like their previous lives (meant in a good way). My favourite one is the green one; that's because I love this type of print. Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the good work. C.
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Sorry, I forgot to give a link for the flower. Here it is: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTpetals.html I used the third of the flowers but I sewed/put it together differently and I also "embroidered" the leaves. It was really easy, finished it within one CSI episode;) Have fun with it!
Toggle Commented May 20, 2007 on Bits and pieces at Wardrobe ReFashion
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Sorry, but that isn't the lawn of St. Luke's... I'm guessing St. Luke is in the States (?) since, again I'm guessing, "Phi house" must be a fraternity house and we don't have them here. This is actually Edinburgh, Scotland, in a public park called the Meadows, sort of in the old town, very close to the university of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art. The building in the background is actually a tenement -not the American sense of the word- in other words an apartment building (late 1800 I'd say, very typical sandstone building in Edinburgh) where regular folks live;)
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2007 on New and refashioned top at Wardrobe ReFashion
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Thanks:) Hadn't made pompoms in ages and I didn't remember how big you needed the circles to be to make a pompom so my first one turned huge, but in a nice and fluffy way... If you would like to make your own bunny, go to Betz White's website; this is the permalink with her tutorial: http://www.betzwhite.com/blog/2007/03/cashmere-bunny-tutorial.html Christina
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Thanks guys! No I am not putting any batting in between so I was also concerned the stripes would show through. I think I will go for light green fleece (if I can find it) because colour-wise I don't think that the front and back match. I will always find a use for the "neon coloured" fleece, maybe I'll make a toy or something:) Once I've found backing material and finished the quilt I'll post a picture so you can see it. Thanks for your insightful comments, it means a lot to me. Christina
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2007 on Advice needed at Wardrobe ReFashion
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Thanks guys, these are good suggestions; don't know if I should try and felt it a little bit or just frogg the whole thing (and dye the yarn some funkier colours like Robyn suggested). Such a shame because it did take a while to knit but then again there's no point in having a cardigan you don't wear...
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2007 on Knitted cardigan :( at Wardrobe ReFashion
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hi sorry to be picky but my name isn't Barbara but Christina....I don't know if you meant to thank Barbara or me but at least I was the one who suggested the sleeveless version.... anywho...
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Hia When I originally read your post and you said you'd "spotted this lovely knitted vest"; in a weird kind of way I thought of "vest" as "veste" in French which means jacket......and somehow I twisted the meaning in my mind so I thought you meant a sleeveless jacket. I also thought that it looked great and I couldn't understand the problem since it looked finished.....that's until my brain started working again and I understood that you had cut the sleeves too short and wanted to elongate them with a patch. In my mind you have 3 solutions: 1. make it a sleeveless jacket; it already looks great 2. make 3/4 length sleeves (or whatever you can cover with your too short sleeves) 3. insert a really contrasting patch (colour/texture/pattern)to elongate the sleeve so it looks like it's done on purpose Sorry for the long comment but that's my take on it anyway;) Great refashion so far, btw
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2007 on Same idea, new material at Wardrobe ReFashion
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