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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What in the world is going on here? on: December 17, 2008 11:05:14 AM
Thanks for all the help, guys!

I used the longtail CO as shown on www.knittinghelp.com. Tried it again after I posted and it's still being weird. I'll try a different CO and maybe get some less-slippery yarn. The stuff I'm using there is a Christmas present from my roommate, who knows that I've been crocheting my entire life, so she went out and got me...a set of knitting needles, because they were cheaper than those silly crochet ones and it's pretty much the same thing, right? And some yarn made of bamboo because I'm all eco-friendly and I mentioned bamboo being really eco-friendly once. Grin

UNfortunately I know about as much about knitting as she does crochet, so I've been sitting here practicing and getting nowhere Sad

I'll let you guys know how it goes.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What in the world is going on here? on: December 16, 2008 09:10:08 PM
Hi Craftster Knit Squad! I'm trying to teach myself to knit, but right off the bat I'm coming into some problems.



What is happening here?  Huh

I was doing a knit swatch just for practice, and found that the space between the needles kept getting bigger....and bigger...and bigger...

I don't know if it's the cast on being too loose or the knit being too tight or what, but I suspect this just ain't right.

Also, what do you do with the loose end of your cast on when you're ready to start knitting? Do you weave it in or knot it and then cut it off or what? I'm using the long tail cast on from www.knittinghelp.com.

Thanks in advance!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Blossom Zippered Tote on: January 06, 2008 12:37:19 PM
So for my speech class, our final exam is a 5-10 minute speech on 'How to make/do _______.' Now, not wanting to be yet another explanation of how to make PB&J or chocolate chip cookies, I decided to make this here tote, with the accompanying powerpoint to show all the steps.



There's the bag. I'm not terribly happy with the kanji embroidered in the bottom left...quite frankly, it looks like crap, IMO. I'm considering ripping it out and trying again with a satin stitch instead of the backstitching, or just painting it on with some acrylic. Still haven't decided yet. But still, I had to have it done for tomorrow, so there you have it.

The original tute can be found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=76577.0

I just added the 'applique and crappy embroidery' step in between the 'sew on handles' and 'baste lining to outside' steps.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beauty Sercrets Here on: December 31, 2007 10:22:41 AM
surprisingly enough, this book right here: http://www.klutz.com/catalog/product/1150

that I got when I was about 12 or so is the most useful damn thing I've ever found when it comes to DIY beauty. it has recipies for hair and face masks, soaks for feet, just about everything you could possibly want, all of which can be made with things you find in your own kitchen.

It really got me onto the miracle that is almond oil, though. It's gentle on my (ridiculously oversensitive) skin, moisturises without being disgusting and greasy, and when mixed with a bit of sea salt and some essential oil (one of my favorite recipes out of that book) makes one of the best effin' salt scrubs out there; you don't even need to moisturise afterwards.

recipe for body scrub:

1 cup fine sea salt (coarse is waaaaaay too abrasive and won't absorb the oil as well)
2-4 tablespoons almond oil
a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I am in love with both peppermint and lavender)

mix in a bowl til the salt is moist and clumping together. store in a tightly sealed jar (should last around 4 months). Put into a plastic bowl when you're gonna use it in the shower or bath; the mixture is slippery and oily and dropping glass in the bathtub is generally dangerous. rub the mixture onto your skinuntil the salt is mostly dissolved, then rinse. be careful on your face (should you decide to use it there, it's too harsh for that in my opinion)because it's hard to get salt out of your eyes. step out, towel off, marvel at your amazingly soft skin.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage 'dos and make-up (Come share your secrets!) on: December 06, 2007 07:03:12 PM
I may have to try some pincurls tonight, I've always wanted to try and make my curly hair even more curly. Will post pictures tomorrow before soccer practice ruins it!
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: October 01, 2007 02:57:23 PM
The secret is more than a few who flat-iron only do it about once every three days, and yes they skip showering for two days :-o !!

This is sadly not an option, as I have daily soccer practice and there's no way in hell I'm skipping showers after those. Sad
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: September 30, 2007 06:06:10 PM
thanks! We probably won't be seeing TOO much of the style in the first pic because I can't bring myself to flatiron my hair every day (too lazy, for one, and it's just difficult for another). The second picture is my natural texture...wash, air-dry, add a little Fructis curl creme to avoid the frizzies. Imagine straightening that every day.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: September 30, 2007 05:58:08 PM
Ok, remember me saying I'm a huge freak about my hair?

Throw that out the window. I was feeling impulsive, so I scheduled an appointment with my stylist and got it cut and highlighted. went from the really huge long fuzzy mess to:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/Allison_the_Wise/100_5422.jpg

or, alternatively:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/Allison_the_Wise/100_5442.jpg

You can see the highlights better in the second picture...they're coppery red, which works much better with my coloring than flat-out blonde. Platinum streaks in chestnut hair only works for certain people, and I am not one of them.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: September 20, 2007 05:36:37 PM
I had synthetic dreads at the time. now my hair is short and black and pink Smiley

I swear to god you either are my friend Daunn, or her doppelganger.

And I'm planning on chopping my hair off at about chin-level on tuesday, maybe razoring it and such so it looks cool. I'll have to see what my stylist thinks.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Royal blue infinity dress! on: September 17, 2007 03:38:27 PM
I did indeed use the waistband, mainly because I fail at math and cut the waist in the center of the skirt a few inches too big. I'm gonna get a piece of elastic in there this weekend, hopefully that works better. If you happen to get the waistband right, then all it does is give the back a finished edge instead of the raw edge flopping this way and that and not lying straight.

I am liking these here shoes: http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/26198008/c/632.html

Those and a silver necklace or two, and we're set!
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