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Nov. 16th, 2015

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Hematite Necklace & Amythst Watch

I'm not so sure about the clasp on the watch. I had a request for magnetic clasps and I hid it inside a bead covering. I wish I could find small thick magnetic  clasps that don't look industrial. Hmm perhaps I need to go to pinterest to see what others are doing. 
I like the effect on the hematite necklace with the tiny spacers. I have another with hematite all around the neck with no spacer, and I thought I'd try something different. 
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Sep. 11th, 2015

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Monster Sweater for Etsy?

This sweater will fit a 2-4 year old. It will be a hoodie with some sort of monster embellishment.
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Sep. 7th, 2015

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Handmade TOTORO

From the movie "My Neighbor Totoro" this character is protective and friendly.  I started this knit over 2 years ago and placed it in my unfinished box. This week has been about taking care of ALLTHE THINGS! Since my husband has given me a cuddley replica of this guy, I thought I'd put him on Estsy. However in the last few days I've fallen in love with him. He will visit with us for however long he wishes to stay, before he searches for his forever home.
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Aug. 13th, 2015

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Sneaker slippers almost there!

Just need the converse logo.
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Aug. 7th, 2015

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Slipper update - one shoe has half a hightop

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Jul. 30th, 2015

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Stretches and Tips for Knitting During a Long Period of Time

I wrote this as a comment to the LJ group Knitting that had a post regarding neck and shoulder problems and whether anyone had tips. This person specifically has fibromyalgia (which I also have), but if you don't spend a lot of time knitting, it can really hurt if you try to knit a whole day's worth of knitting.

For your shoulders, you can do door way stretches which not only stretch your neck and shoulder muscles but roll your shoulders back where they should be. Stand even with a door frame. Put your hand on the door frame (higher or lower than your shoulder, depends on your stretching needs). Make sure your hand is rotated so your thumb is straight UP towards the ceiling. Make sure your back and neck are straight. Take a small step forward till you feel a gentle stretch. Swivel your head over the opposite shoulder, continue the rotation with your eyes looking over the opposite shoulder. Again, a gentle stretch. As you know with FM, too much of a good stretch will make you flare.

For your neck, here are some proper body mechanics tips. When you knit, and when you do the shoulder stretches above, make sure that your chin is tucked back and your head floats upward. To get there, push your finger on your chin so that your head slides back (like a turtle pulling its head into a shell) and your neck feels straighter (removing the forward head carriage we get from fixating on knitting and working on computers). Then imagine a string is attached at the top of your head and it floats upward. This will remove the double chin effect from turtling your head back. Take a deep breath and roll your shoulders back. Tilt your sternum on your chest upwards (as if you had a batman logo on it and your very proud of it).

I've been knitting for 4 years, and every year I seem to be able to knit for longer periods of time. I think over time your hands, forearms and shoulders become stronger. If my neck is really tight, I will I often put a pillow on my lap and rest my arms. This puts the knitting closer to my face reducing me from pulling my head forward. Also the muscles in your neck and shoulder will relax since your arms are being supported not hanging out in the air like a T-rex.

I am not a doctor, but I've had A LOT of work done for my FM which turns out was undiagnosed Lyme Disease for 13 years. I am not responsible if you hurt yourself and other legal mumbo jumbo stuff applies. I hope all this info helps. It's good for anyone with neck and shoulder issues often due to sitting hunched over.

Jul. 29th, 2015

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Slipper Update

I've been doing these slippers two at a time to avoid the one sock/slipper syndrome. I'm glad I have.  Knitting charisma yarn with smaller needles than called for (size 9) is really hard on the hands. I wish I had chosen wool, but this is what I had in the house, and darnnit they are going to be great.  Right now I'm chain crocheting the black line around the bottom of the slipper.

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I wanted a picture to post this morning and I through this composition up on a table that I had already prepped to do some easel painting on. I draped the easal and afterward I realized I posed the slippers in a classic "lets use shoes as still life" drawing class.

Any opinions on whether this picture should be brightened up?
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Jul. 23rd, 2015

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Gryffindor Sweater Update

I took a poll on Face Book and most agree having this yellow piping  makes the sweater pop. Items left to do:
- knit piping
- make pocket
- get/make a Gryfindor House Crest patch.
- order and install zipper.

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Jul. 22nd, 2015

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Converse knitted slippers

I found this pattern on Pinterest and it made me nostalgic for my high school sneakers. I started these before the weekend and they are coming along nicely. I don't often pick up stitches along the edge of my knitting, let alone knit  a few rows over too, so this is a new technique for me. I've used this yarn for slipper socks and they do wear out after a year. I knitted them tighter (Charisma yarn with no. 9 US needles ) as tighter knitting creates less frictiin and slower wear patterns. I've also made a second set of soles to make the bottoms a double thickness. I plan on sewing them on the bottom so they can be easily removed and reknitted when they wear out. Plus it will make them extra soft to walk on.  
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Jul. 13th, 2015

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Dalek Caffeinate! Now with probes

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I finished up my Dalek this weekend. It probably doesn't look that much different than my previous post, but believe me I cleaned up a lot of loose ends. I added buttons, and knitted probes (the two appendages sticking out at right angles to the cylindrical body). I used my jewelry wire to create an "egg beater" probe, and to make them both stick out from the body.
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