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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / baby sweaters are fun! on: May 12, 2004 12:59:45 PM
I knitted up this baby sweater from my favorite pattern (from Lane Borgesia's Oh baby,baby II - the M&M cardigan, with different yarn) -the baby was due Monday, but I haven't heard anything yet....
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/spraguesweater.JPG.jpg
(It isn't all rumpled like that in real life, just careless picture taking...)
32  CANADA / Ontario / Hamilton get together? on: May 10, 2004 01:27:47 PM
Hey guys,
anyone interested in a craft night in Hamilton?  I was thinking we could try it out once, and if there are enough people/it's fun enough, we could do it on a semi-regular basis.  Whaddya say?
33  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / knitting for charity in Canada? on: May 06, 2004 12:39:14 PM
Does anyone know of any charitable orgs in Canada that want donations of hand knit items?  The only ones I've been able to find are strictly interested in blankets, which are just too boring for me to knit - I guess there's a limit to my altruism Wink
Years ago my mom would knit hats for preemies that would be donated to the neonatal ICU at a local hospital .  That was idea (small, cute, quick projects that you can do in between other things) - but that was in Massachusetts, and she doesn't live there anymore....

Any suggestions?
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / short row w&t help on: May 05, 2004 09:35:04 AM
So i've googled short rows and couldn't find the answer to my question.

I just finished (ok, I haven't actually done the finishing yet) my first project with short rows, and I'm not sure if I did it entirely right.
The instructions go something like this
short row 1: k to last 7 sts, w&t
short row 2; p to last 7 sts, w&t
short rows 3&4 repeat rows 1&2
so that 7th stitch on each end has 2 wraps?  and you knit those together with the 7th st?  It later mentioned kniting the wrap (singular) together with the stitch, so i wasn't sure if I was supposed to only wrap it once?  Or maybe do something to the previous wrapping when I get back for the second wrapping?  Am I just making this harder than it really is?
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / ooooh gel gems are coool! on: May 04, 2004 09:20:33 AM
I just got some of these gel gems in a late birthday package.  They are sooo cool.  Like brightly colored, transparent, shaped boogers that you can stick on glass/metal/tile/whatever.  I can't wait to get home and try them out on my windows!  Mine are dots in different colors and sizes ranging from about 1/2" (1.5cm) to 1 3/4" (4.5cm)  in diameter (I also got a super groovy retractable tape measure with a koosh-like tassel at the end from pylones, hence the dual system measurements)
36  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Apron Swap (Sign up CLOSED; send by May 31) on: May 03, 2004 09:32:42 AM
APRON SWAP

It's time for an apron swap!
Remember in kindergarten when you brought in one of your dad's old shirts to cover your clothes during arts and crafts time?  Well crafting can still be messy, but now our clothing protection can be much more interesting.

You can sew/knit/whatever an apron from scratch, or you can buy a plain one and embellish it with embroidery, paint, beads, extra pockets, whatever!   What counts as an apron? Anything from frilly 50s style 'hostess' aprons, to regular cooking aprons, to 'craftster tool belts.'  Let your imagination run wild.

Here are some links to get your creative juices running:
tactical sewing apron
Martha Stewart dish towel apron
easy breezy apron
knitty's party apron
foxy/crafty toolbelt from bust's boobtique

To Join:
If you would like to join the swap, please PM me the following information:
Screen Name
Real Name
Snail Mail Address
Gender
Email Address
Is it ok to post pictures of the apron you made?
Do you have a digital camera/scanner/other method of posting pictures?

Optional Information:
Age
Size
Preferred mode of crafting
Anything else you'd like the person making your apron to know

How it works:
When I receive your PM, I will PM you back, confirming you have been added to the swap.  On about May 18 you will receive the info from the person you will be sending to.   Please send out your apron by May 31.  (You may want to take a picture of your apron before sending it out, as your recipient may not have a digital camera. )
When you receive your apron, please PM me or post to the forum, so that I can keep track of who got their stuff.

To send me a PM, click on my screen name, this will take you to my profile page, then scroll down to the "additional information" section and click on "Send this member a private message"
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / So excited! Just bought a pattern mag on: April 28, 2004 06:29:50 AM
So recently I decided to concentrate most of my crafting energy on knitting so that I would make less of a mess.  Last night I went to the bookstore looking to buy a copy of ReadyMade (they didn't have one) and instead got the Spring/Summer issue of Vogue Knitting International.  There are so many cool patterns in there!  I don't know what to start with.  As soon as I finish the baby sweater I'm working on,  I'll get to make something for me.  Greedy, greedy me Wink
38  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / embroidered purse on: April 20, 2004 07:33:13 AM
I wasn't quite sure where to put this - so I put it in purses, but I'm linking here, since I thought you guys might be interested
http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=11;action=display;threadid=5083
i made one of the famous Jordy bags, but I embroidered an abstract viney pattern across the front.  Turned out pretty neat.  
The pattern is from the DMC Linea line, which is supposedly going to be available in the states this month - I got the patterns over Christmas in Europe.  For anyone looking for a fairly painless intro to embroidery I highly recommend this line.  The designs are aimed at a younger crowd (no geese in bonnets) and they're fairly simple and only use 3 basic stitches (running stitch, stem stitch, and backstitch) and the super thick DMC Pearl floss - so it goes fast.  I did the whole purse, including the embroidery, last night in maybe 3 hours.
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / hairball shawl on: April 19, 2004 08:05:50 PM
Well, this shawl didn't turn out quite as pretty as I was hoping - is it just me or does it look like it's made of cat hairballs?
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/hairballshawl.jpg
The yarn is a new one by Bernat which isn't yet listed on their site  and it was about $5(Can) for a 50g (60yard) ball
here's the label
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/label.jpg
It was my first chance at something with alpaca that wasn't outrageously expensive.

The shawl is knit on US15s and the pattern is: cast on 3, on each  row  K1, yo, K to end of row.  until you run out of yarn.  (I used 3 balls of this stuff.)
40  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / embroidered jordy w/flap on: April 19, 2004 07:59:54 PM
Here's my latest offering on the Jordy altar of bags:
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/yellowbag.jpg
The embroidery is hand done, to a slightly altered pattern from DMC Linea - I used the DMC Pearl floss, which is really thick - the stems are in stem stitch and the curly bits are running stitch.
I lined the inside in green to match the embroidery and put a yellow pocket inside (to match the outside)
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/yellowbagin.jpg
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