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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a specific pattern for a felted purse on: September 06, 2010 09:23:17 PM
I am trying to find the pattern for a felted handbag I saw in a magazine Summer 2007.  I cannot remember the name of the magazine or the name of the pattern but these are the features:

Felted knit fabric, standard bucket bag worked in 3 (?) broad stripes of doubled yarn with the transition from one color to another was several rows of the first color combined wth the second color, then switching the first color out for the second (I hope that made sense).  The top edge of the bag was a loop stitch made with a ribbon yarn worked into the top edge.

I have the supplies, just cannot find the pattern...can anyone help me?
I have googled for it, but have not found it.

TIA
SewNutzz
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Fabric Discovery north of Jacksonville, Fla. on: August 27, 2010 03:39:07 PM
I just had to share this info for folks who live near Brunswick, GA.  I have discovered a great resource for _cheap_ upholstery fabrics at Antiques, Etc. on Newcastle St. in downtown Brunswick, GA (about midway between Savannah and Jacksonville).

One of the booths has started carrying upholstery remnants from furniture manufacturers in Hickory, NC.  I pawed through what she had, and there were lots of remnants plenty large enough for bags, pillows, and other small projects, as well as a number of rolls of fabric from 3-10 yards.  She does not cut yardage, it is priced by the piece, but her prices are outstanding.  No online sales, either. 

But if you are traveling between Savannah and Jacksonville, it could be a nice stop on the way.

It is a booth at Antiques, Etc. on Newcastle St.

Happy Hunting!
SewNutzz
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day....baking tips on: September 23, 2009 08:02:41 AM
Artisan Bread in 5 minutes is a wonderful way to produce delicious bread in a short amount of time. There are now 2 books on the subject, and I have been baking it for over a year with never a failure.  Here are my tips:

You do not have to have a baking stone to bake this bread.  You can use a cast iron fry pan instead, preheating like you would the stone.  No greasing of the pan either.

Even better, bake in a cast iron dutch oven (you can use any heavy covered casserole, like the enameled ones).  You eliminate the need for a stone and you do not need to have a pan of water in the oven to create the steam necessary for the crust.  Here is how:
    Place your loaf on a piece of parchment paper (helps in transferring to the dutch oven, not absolutely necessary,but it must be baking parchment paper...do not use wax paper or other types of paper).  Let rest 20 minutes, then turn on your oven to preheat to 425F.  Make sure your dutch oven and lid are in the oven so they can pre-heat.  Once your oven has pre-heated, carefully take the hot dutch oven out of the oven and transfer bread dough to the dutch oven (you just lift the parchment paper with the loaf on it and drop into the dutch oven, paper and all).  Put the lid on and pop back into the oven,setting your timer for 15 minutes.  When 15-20 minutes has passed, take the hot lid off the dutch oven (your loaf has had enough steaming with the lid on)  and continue baking for an additional 30+/- minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 200F.  Carefully remove hot bread from dutch oven and allow to cool (if you can wait that long).

Basic recipe is 3 cups warm water, 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon each of yeast and salt,and 6 1/2 cups of all purpose flour.  You can vary the recipe's flour by replacing cup for cup any other flour you like...whole wheat, oalmeal, multigrain hot cereal, buckwheat, rye, etc.  I have not replaced all of the all purpose flour with another flour, usually only half or less.   Mix together in a large bowl and let rise approximately 2 hours (if you forget and it rises longer,does not matter,if you need to pop it intot the fridge, it will continue to rise overnight). Pull off about a melon-size (about 1 1/2 pound loaf) form into a round loaf and put it on your parchment paper.   Put the rest of the dough back in the fridge. It will keep for a couple of weeks.

Don't worry if you see some water seperating from the dough.  Also, don't worry about cleaning your storage bowl between batches.  You get a sour dough lovliness by mixing in the old with the new.

I have also frozen boules of dough successfully. Let rize one time, then refrigerate at least 12 hours to stop/slow rizing.Shape into boules, wrap and freeze.  When ready to sue, take out of freezed, unwrap and let defrost/rise on counter for a couple of hours.  Then bake as ususal.

You can also bakethis bread in a loaf pan.

Enjoy...I have not purchased bread in over a year.

Anne
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for "One True Thing" hat pattern on: August 14, 2008 06:45:26 AM
Was watching the movie One True Thing last night and fell in love with the hat Meryl Streep was wearing in the Christmas sceens....the toque with holly leaves.  I did a quick search of the boards and did  not turn up any hits (but my google-foo is not very good).

Does anyone have a pattern or know where to find the pattern?

Thanks in advance,
AnneWynne/SewNutzz/KnitNutzz on Ravelry
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / SCORE!!! on: August 09, 2008 08:25:38 PM
 Grin   While this has little to do with bags, I post to this board more than any other....Don't hate me...lol Roll Eyes  I just have to gloat.....

Was driving down the road, running errands when I spotted an estate sale sign...now it was mid-morning Saturday and the sale started on Friday, but something told me to turn myself around and check it out.

The deceased was a seamstress!!!   I scored with around 20 zippers (for all those zippered pockets I put in bags) plus.......wait for it.......

A Kenmore Sewing machine (relatively new...a 385-1652800) that is really a Janome in Kenmore clothing, sews like a dream and had all of the accessory feet...  AND  (there is more!!)

A steam generator iron (this has a seperate tank for the water so there is little spitting of water when you iron, plus you can hold it with the plate vertical to steam clothing on the hanger)   AND  (even more!!)

An Orrick fancy dancy steam iron....heavy with stand to set it on so you don't scorch your ironing board.  AND  (one more thing!)

A Singer Magic Press...this is hard to explain, so go to this link to see a photo of one: http://stockton.craigslist.org/for/770554357.html
The Magic Press is great for fusing interfacing to fabric...lots of coverage, plenty of _even_ pressure.  If you need steam, just give it a spritz of water with a spray bottle....I could have used one of these when making the magazine bags that the paper is fused to vinyl.

I scored all of this for $120!!!!! Grin

Only other stitchers would understand the rush I experienced when I heard that the deceased was a professional sewist....and that there was great stuff left (including fabric, which I did not get)...wow!!!

The lesson for today is, trust your intuition, check out the estate sales, and be willing to risk a few dollars to score equipment that will make sewing "sew" much easier and better.

Where is that cigarette???  (and I don't even smoke, it was that good!)

SewNutzz/AnneWynne
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ashley's bag on: July 16, 2008 02:54:48 PM
This is a bag I made for a friend so she can carry her knitting around with her.  The base is ultrasuede, the other fabrics are quilting cottons. 

Interfacing is warm and natural with a plastic needle point canvas base. 

Basic pattern is the Jordy, but I added lots of pockets, both zippered and open, including one that a magazine will fit into.  I also included a snap she can fasten her keys to. 

Monogram done on a Pfaff 7570 using Origins software for digitizing and polyester machine embroidery thread.

Outside front of the bag:



Closeup of outside front:


Inside, showing divided pocket with zipper pocket in front, and key snap:


Interior showing the many pockets:


Feedback welcome!
SewNutzz
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question re: heels and 2 socks/2 circs, toe up on: March 19, 2008 10:01:27 AM
I taught myself how to start 2 socks on 2 circs, toe-up last weekend and am now to the heel.  As this is a learning experience, I am looking at different heel techniques that may work with these socks.  

I am a novice at socks having only done about 4 pairs, all different instructions, and am still needing to finish one of the socks for one of the pairs (I screwed up the toe.)  I decided to teach myself the 2socks/2 cirs, toe-up to avoid Single Sox Syndrome, avoid tension differences between socks, have identical socks, and to fit my large, chunky feet.  So far it is going well and I really like the technique.

Now I am ready to do the heel and am thinking about using the Sherman Heel.  I have searched for the instructions, found some, but none address doing 2 at once.  So how would it be done?  Do I work back and forth across both of the heels on the one circ, or should I transfer the heel stitches to DPNs and leave the instep stitches on the other circular needle (use it like a stitch holder).

Any imput will be greatly appreciated....I want to get on with this project!

AnneWynne/SewNutzz
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Question re: how best to sell equipment on: March 18, 2008 07:11:24 AM
My step-friend is going into a retirement home and is not able to take all of her jewelry making equipment.  My question is where are the best places for her to liquidate what she cannot take with her. 

I do not know what equipment she has, but I know she does casting, stone setting, and other artistic jewelry, so I am looking for sites she can post items for sale to that are more for the artistic jeweler who does creations out of raw materials rather than beaders and essentially assemblers of component pieces (no offense, these jewelry craftsters can be very artistic).

Any suggestions are welcome.
thanks,
SewNutzz (who is usually found on the purses and bags board)
annewynneATcharteri nternetDOTcom
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Online Stitchionary? on: February 19, 2008 09:09:00 PM
Anyone know of any good sites with an online stitchionary?

thanks in advance.
SewNutzz/KnitNutzz
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for pattern...help please! on: February 08, 2008 08:21:26 AM
I am looking for a pattern for a felted purse with a loopy ribbon border that was in a knitting magazine last spring.  It was striped, with the stripes kind of blending into each other, and the stripes were fairly broad. 

I bought the magazine, bought the supplies, then lost the magazine.  I would like to know which magazine it was in so I can check to see if I can order a duplicate copy.  Frustrating!  And I know that as soon as I order a duplicate magazine, the original will turn up!

Thanks,
SewNutzz/KnitNutzz/AnneWynne
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