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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Wanting to take up sewing for wee little one. on: October 06, 2008 07:03:45 AM
I have read books and I can sew but mostly blankets. I have only made on shirt and it was a simple tube shirt with shirring.

Other than that I have never made anything with real shape to it.

Is it best to just buy a simple pattern and sit down and start? Is this how most people got started?

I am expecting and I have TONS of fabric and I need to not only use that fabirc to make room for baby but I would love for him/her to have a nice set of mom made outfits. Smiley

Thanks everyone.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Ok so this is more for a help me find the lost needle and thread. on: February 05, 2008 04:55:40 PM
Ok, so I am sure you can relate to being a bit absent minded sometimes. Kids will do that to you, right?

Well I was making some bows and I had a needle with some white thread on it. I was sitting here at the desk while the kids were asleep. YEAH for nap time.

Well I got a knock at the door and left the bow mess behind when I came back I picked everything up and put it away. But I cannot for the life of me find the needle and thread.

Now it could be that I picked it up and put it someplace and just cannot find the dang thing. Or if could be that it was snagged to something else I put away and fell on the floor. Or is lost on the desk.

I do not have one of those wonderful pin magnetic things. Sad

Can you please help me find this freaking needle and thread. I have kids running around and I do not want them to find it in the bottom of their foot. I have locked them out of this room but I know they will rip the door down any minute.

Do you think if I just ran the vac over the area that it would pick it up without breaking the dang machine?

HELP! Please.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Ok so I bought one of those pre-made waffle crochet type beanies. on: February 04, 2008 07:31:07 PM
Now before you all beat me with sticks. LOL Smiley

My friend wants one for her soon to be baby girl. I "normally" would make them with yarn but for some reason she does not like the ones with yarn as much.

She wants one of the waffle weave ones with the huge flower on it that is all the hit on ebay. I am more for the 100% hand crochet kind but to each their own.

So here is the problem. I have a 3" crochet headband. I have heard that beanies can be made from them. I was wondering if anyone knows if I just stitch the top up with right sides facing or weave it or what.

Thanks for any help. I have until May when baby is due but want to get this one out of the way so she can also have so oh so sweet and warm crochet hats too. LOL Smiley

Thanks for any help.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Back yard garden. Small on space, hot weather almost yr round. on: January 04, 2008 11:34:13 AM
I am looking for mostly a veggie type garden. I have always wanted one and I am sick of not having one. I literally have no space on my back yard. The place I am thinking of putting a garden is 11'X5' so really not that big at all. I would plant the rows lengh wise. I live in Tampa Fl so it stays hot most of the year.

Here are some ideas that I have so far
tomoatoes (I love these I do have a pool area that I got a patio tomato plant for)
squash (but I think this needs space??)

I have a ton of fence and wall space so I was thinking of some vine veggies but not sure what. I have heard that scarlet runner beans are pretty and taste good so I might try those but have read that they do not fruit in temps that are over 90and in FL is gets to be that hot or hotter during the summer.

I am going to try my hand at some limas as well.

Does anyone know what sort of beans or peas would do well? Or anyother pretty veggie vine plants? Smiley

I also tend to have a black thumb. Sad My soil is crap so I am trying to add a bit of potting soil and compost to the soil that I do have in hopes that it will do well.

Any veggie growers that know what might do well in a small hot crappy soiled garden. With a lady who is nuts and really wants to eat fresh veggies but for some reason kills even weeds. Smiley

Also what are some cheaper ways to make a trellis? I was thinking of something but I have no idea what it is called but it has a open tirangle type thing in the middle and is made of thin small wood that crosses each other.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Simple but cute hat :) on: December 02, 2007 01:54:52 PM
I have all this ribbon and yarn that it just sits and collects dust, because hate to use it. I love it because it is so pretty just sitting there and I am afraid I will screw it up somehow and it will not be as cute as it was, but I think this hat turned out sorta cute. Smiley

But as you can see where I did a slip stitich you can see that it looks a bit loose, is there anyway I can fix that in the future?

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / New to the sewing world on: November 28, 2007 05:41:10 AM
but I am getting a brand new baby niece or nephew in a few mths (6 really). So I want to learn to sew. I do own sewing machines and have made ugly purses, and pillowcase dresses but aside from that I really suck.

So what are somethings I should try to learn to sew first? OR should I just get a pattern (easy one) and take my time with it. I think that might be half my problem is when I have a pattern I tend to want it done now and I do not have the time to make it now so I end up going to fast and messing up something major.

How long did it take you to get to where you are now with sewing. I am amazed by the work you all put out and would love to one day be as good as you , even if it means my own children will look like slops but my grandchildren will be in style. LOL Smiley

Thanks for any tips and pointers.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Not sure if this goes here or not but I think you can help me, :) on: November 27, 2007 11:39:46 AM
I am in a helping hands program, where we help make sure little ones do not go without for Christmas. I was lucky enough to get a sweet little girl (nothing wrong with boys but I have a harder time making things for them) beyond what I get this sweet little one like toys, ect.. what sort of things would a child this young need to wear. She is 11mths and lives in tampa, FL, it really does not get too cool here.

I have until Dec. 7th to make some things. So I need your help, pleae.

I can sew sorta and crochet. Any ideas please. Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / kids halter pattern help pls! on: November 27, 2007 07:58:57 AM
Ok so I just got a book called "Summer Crochet Fun". I am getting a head start on some halters for my neices. Only problem is I am about half way done with the top and now I cannot for the life of me figure out what the heck the pattern is wanting me to do.

Here is the pattern for the bodice (that is where the problem for me starts).

It says:
 with right sides facing, and working in free loops of beginning ch, skip first 16 chns and join blue with a sc in next chn, dv in nrxt 19 chns, leave remaining 30 chns on worked. 20sc

(ok so I get this part this next part is when the trouble starts)

Rows 2-5 Ch 1, turn: work beginning decrease, sc in each sc across to last 2 sc decrease: 12sc

(so I am not sure how the math equals to 12 am I missing something??)

Next 1 row: ch 1, turn: sc in each sc across do not finish off

( ok so here am I only sc in each of the privous 12 or am I going all around even in the unworked ones??)

First strap
Row 1 Ch 1. turn sc in first 3 sc. leave remaining sc unworked.
Row 2 thru 12 ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
(do you think here I am only sc in the 3 sc from row 1 or what? )

row 13 Pull up a loop in each sc across YOP and draw through all 4 loops on hool: do not finish off
(this I am sure makes since once I get to this point but I cannot get past the other things)

ch 18 finish off.

Ok so any help please. I mostly need help with the items colored in blue. Thanks so very mich for ANY help.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help, not sure if I am reading the patter right or not. on: November 11, 2007 05:30:12 PM
I am making a friend of mine who is due in Dec. and baby sweater. I love the pattern "Baby It's Cold Outside" but I am a bit confussed. Not sure if it is that fact that I was up at 4am after only 3hrs of sleep or if I am just hard headed.

Here is a link to the pattern I am talking about


That part that I am lost on is this

Row 11: Add sleeves: Ch 15(17). With right side facing, Hdc into 1 st st, where you fastened off (leaving chain hanging off the hook, wrap the yarn over the hook, insert into first st and complete Hdc). Hdc across. Ch 16(18), turn.

Ok I understand with right sides facing but not sure what to do after that, I have made the chain know to put it where I ended, but where am I to HDC? in the chain? in the back piece? where? Does that chain just stay hanging because I am starting a new 16 ch after all the hdc.

Am I the only one. Looking at the pattern it looks very easy and very well written. So what in the world am I missing.

Thanks for ANY help. Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I am not new to crochet but am new to garment crochet on: November 08, 2007 11:05:18 AM
I however live in FL and cannot wear many of the warm items that I love. So unless I can talk DH into moving (umm I really have hinted around and it looks like this wont be happening) I need to find some great ideas of items I can crochet and wear in warm weather. Smiley

Anyone have any ideas? I have done beanies but really cannot wear as many as I have made because it does not get that cool here.

Thanks so much for any ideas.
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