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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first pair of culottes! on: March 08, 2014 10:58:12 AM
Always having a bit of tomboy running in my veins I find myself in very "un-ladylike" positions and these are wonderful to me. Best of both worlds because they look nicer than shorts, but have the advantages.

Love the waist band and two color option you used, splendid choice of detailing. They look great on you and will be ideal for biking.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Circle skirt (with tutorial images) and maxi skirt. on: March 08, 2014 10:52:37 AM
I adore the fabric in the first skirt, it is beautiful and works splendidly for the circle skirt.

I tend to wear the longer skirts more often and was fascinated by your comment that the maxi has a drawstring waist! I'm going to have to give that a try, maybe some 3/4" elastic in most of the casing with bulky cord on both sides so it holds up the casing like a waist band but has the comfort of a drawstring? Thanks for the idea.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TUTORIAL: Reconstructed Men's Shirt to Button-down Tank Top! (surgery prep) on: July 11, 2011 02:31:03 PM
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Come to think of it, I'd love to make a romper but I'd have to find two of the same shirts probably!

Not if you did some color blocking like a quilt. Use an accent solid for a panel with matching casing on the top for the drawstring and on the hemline, with a rectangular section in the middle to lengthen as necessary. Then use the sleeves on the rectangle for patch pockets, in the same shape as the top ones if there are any, to reintroduce the color.

This could be a good summer top or dress pattern for wheel chair bound since it has buttons or snaps to be put on easily. Carry a shawl for evening.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Sweaters that don't fit. on: April 14, 2011 05:44:38 PM
Not that you can wear them, but the ones I love too much to part with I turn into pillow covers, since they are washable.  I could not afford pillows so wonderful.  I use the others that I don't send for others to love and the parts left from my pillow making to make gloves to donate.  The cuff and collar work at the wrist, but there isn't enough, so make them longer and turn over for two rows of elastic or use ribbing.  I like to make them large and double the layers for really warm mittens since it gets very cold here.  They make a wonderful lap warmer for the car if you stitch a couple sections together that don't clash.  Have fun!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: STUPID EYES!!! PLEASE HELP BEFORE I GO NUTS AND BREAK MY FINGERS OFF!! on: May 29, 2007 10:36:31 AM
The retainer rings I used to put on the eyes on my teddy bears were impossible by hand, but I had the sets from putting those snaps and washer things, can't think of the real name, but they are for lacing straps through leather and tarps and curtains (I used a lot of them for a while) and they worked great.  I could never make the hand clamp tool work, it didn't set them evenly, but the metal set that you tap with a hammer lightly worked super on those rings for me and it was what I used on the eyes since it had the deep hole in the center.  Eyelets!  That was the name.  Eyelet and snap setters.  Check with your friends and see if they don't have them setting around.  Not the tool, the metal pieces you hit with the hammer.  They work nicely, though get used rarely.  Maybe you could substitute a thread spool or something similar around the eye post and tap the ring on with a small mallet.  It'd be the same thing, just different tools.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with tiny thin yarn on: May 29, 2007 10:22:31 AM
Another thought is to combine it with a regular yarn and use them together to get more mileage, so to speak, out of the cashmere which will soften the look and feel of any yarn except wool.  You'd double your length for a longer project, like a scarf and hat.
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a pattern - inuyasha amigurumi on: May 29, 2007 10:16:54 AM
What kind of pattern?  To make what?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: URGENT:Quick easy question! on: May 29, 2007 10:15:44 AM
Depends on what kind of crocheting they do.  The real fine cotton ones can be as skinny as a tooth pick and I have some of those, but she could put three or four of them into one slot if you make it for standard hooks. 

I also have monster hooks for speedy afghans that are huge, but they are the exception. 

Standard hooks are about the size of a mechanical pencil, at least the one I have sitting right here next to the pen and pencil are about the same size.  Make your pockets big enough for a pen with a cap or mechanical pencil with a bit of head room to slip into easily and you'll have it made.  Don't forget to have a flap to roll over the top to the inside to keep them from falling out the top when she rolls it up and you've got it covered even if it's too tall!  Have fun!
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