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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / "Direction of knit"? on: September 08, 2009 07:01:15 PM
This seems like a dumb question I should know the answer to, but whenever I google it or search here I just get stuff about knitting, which is... not what I'm looking for.

I have a burdastyle pattern (the lydia long-sleeve shirt) that has a couple of long arrows with a label that says DIRECTION OF KNIT. This is cool, but I really don't know what a "direction of knit" is. I know which way the fabric stretches (it's a "two way" stretch, I guess, since it only pulls one way) but I'm not sure if the "direction of knit" is parallel or perpendicular to the stretch.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Cotton-y romper: how to put in a zipper? on: August 28, 2009 10:15:38 AM
I'm planning on making a romper/jumper/playsuit/whatever! some time in the next few weeks out of a light cotton-y (or basically just anything light and non-stretchy) fabric, something along these lines: http://www.rampage.com/Sleeveless_Romper_All_In_One/pd/np/24/p/1096.html I used to think they looked kinda dumb, but I saw a girl rockin' one at a music festival and was totally in love with it.

However, I'm still not a huge fan of the ones made out of a stretch/jersey material (which is what all the craftster and DIY tuts I can find on the internet are for). That particular look, cast in any of the fabrics I have, would remind me a little bit too much of a certain alliterative spandex-y store that I've had quite enough of for the moment... Roll Eyes

So right now I'm planning on finding/making a pattern for some shorts and/or a top, and piecing those together. The part I'm kind of ehh about is the zipper -- I'm guessing since I'm using a non-stretch fabric, I'm gonna need a zipper if I want to get into this thing, but I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to get away with doing just a short zipper down to the top of the "shorts." If I put in a zipper that goes over a horizontal seam, how do I do that? Would I have to leave the back of the shorts sort of unfinished when I sewed the two together?

I've only ever put zippers into purses, so I'm kind of at a loss here -- maybe this is a bit too ambitious.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Dance Party in a Box on: July 03, 2009 09:48:16 PM
So I made one of my college friends a mix CD - primarily dancey/electro stuff. I had a few cardboard boxes lying around, so I thought it would be cute if I made it into a "dance party in a box" (she's spending the summer in Nebraska, she could probably use a little excitement).

However, since the primary components of a dance party are music and dancing, and I'm already providing one of those, I'm not really sure what else to put in there. I'm thinking maybe some confetti and a pair of shutter shades... possibly some cheap, goofy colored leggings... but I can't think of anything else. There's gotta be some goofy stuff I can throw in there!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting for Warmth? on: August 05, 2008 10:07:44 AM
I'm heading to the Windy City for college in a few weeks. I live in Houston, so generally when I knit things, the only thing I'm really concerned with is the cuteness factor. Are there any types of yarn, stitches, or patterns that tend to yielder warmer stuff? Should I use real wool? Chunky yarn?

Any suggestions are appreciated.  Grin
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / College student "care packages" - university kids, help me out here! on: September 09, 2007 06:54:41 PM
I'm a senior in high school and, sadly for me, most of my friends have just left town and are starting their first year of college. There are a lot of miles between us now, so I'd like for them to know I'm still thinking of them! I was thinking of putting together little packages to send. Most of the girls are fairly easy, it's the guys I'm never sure about.

So anyone who is currently in college or went to university at any point: is there any stuff you wished you had and never seemed to have enough of? I'm thinking specifically of things I can craft. I'm all for sending jokey stuff like toilet paper and ramen, but I have to consider that postage is a little expensive to be sending stuff that they can pick up anywhere.

More specifically, I have:
(wow, lumping my friends into generic categories, yay)

Subjects A, B, and C: My gal pals from art class, shouldn't be too tough to shop for. They'd probably appreciate any cute, eclectic stuff, but if you've got any more specific ideas, go for it.

Subject D: My pal who lives in Connecticut (darn Yalies!) so knitted stuff would be an option, except she's not exactly the type I see in cute pink mittens. I wouldn't use the word "tomboy," but she's a little more practical than some. Our tastes in music are pretty much polar opposites, so I would have trouble burning a CD. She's into the classics/foreign languages/history like I am, but I have no idea how that translates to something craft-able. A couple of other friends fall into this category as well.

Subjects E, F, G... okay, pretty much all of my male friends: This category consists of your typical overachieving dudes (predominantly Asian, of course). These are the guys that I always just gave naughty cards and money on their birthday. As much as I love them, I have no idea how to shop for them, much less what kind of stuff they're going to need in college (besides sleep and sanity, looking at their schedules!).

Any ideas will be much appreciated!

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