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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: My wife is creeped out by me chrocheting....... on: January 21, 2006 10:18:06 PM
I hope it her crochetted underwear....Sorry. Had to say it.
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: My wife is creeped out by me chrocheting....... on: January 21, 2006 09:43:39 AM
OK, looks like we all agree to keep your hobby!  Kiss

Now, I shall tell you my uncle's story.  He has been crochetting since he learned in as a boy from his scout troop (I have no clue which kind of scout troop).   Since he is now over 60 years old, that's a long time.  He is very good at it, should be after 50 years but he didn't want to hear the comments that his fellow manly-men would say.  (He's one of those outdoor type.  Picture a over 6 ft tall bear of a man.)  So, he also took up knotting rope and does that now and again for wall art and usable stuff like a trivet.  Anyway, since he does both and to an untrained eye they use the same type of skill, he calls his hobby knotwork.  Here's what knotwork looks like for any who don't know:
http://www.seacoastdetails.com/knotwork.html
He makes those flat ones as trivets.  (No, that's not his site.  That just shows some of the stuff I've seen him make.)  None of his buddy say a thing and his wife doesn't mind as it keeps him busy.  His daughter didn't even know the truth until lately.  Everyone just says he does knotwork and leaves it at that.  So there you go: the way my uncle managed to crochet through the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s without hearing crap about it not being "manly" from those who have a "woman's place is in the kitchen" view.

Anyway, if your wife seems to be embarrassed for some reason about it, which I guess some who don't craft are, maybe try your hand at knotwork, do a few pieces now and again and call everything using yarn or rope knotwork.  There you go.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Plumb Harlequin Foyer Wall on: January 18, 2006 06:35:34 PM
Thanks Kappy and PinkyK!  I'll do some measuring and with your notes should be able to do it.   I think I may do it on my long wall in my currently boring master bedroom.  It's just cream right now and looks too much like a Pottery Barn catalog even though the furniture is antique.  How I managed that, I have no clue.  Really wasn't the look I wanted in there.  I think this on the main wall would be great since that wall is the largest and has the bed on it.  Unluckily, I'll have wait for warmer weather so I can open the windows when I paint!
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Plumb Harlequin Foyer Wall on: December 26, 2005 09:05:14 AM
I think arygle normally has the XXXX pattern over it.  Sort of like it's plaid with the little lines and a checkerboard pattern without.    But that may be oversimplified since I am too lazy to actually look it up anywhere. LOL 
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Holiday Handmade gift dissapointment :( on: December 25, 2005 10:10:19 AM
RobynLisa,

I won't go into the details but a certain relative of mine and I no longer get along because of a similar event.  I purchased gifts for next 10 years and wrapped them all at once.  She's been getting store bought earrings every year and I have no clue which is which.  I found a cheap sale so they will probably change color but I don't care.  Since it has been 5 years since the incident, I think she has caught on that being ungrateful for handmade items means I buy you boring gifts while giving others get my handmade items.  She's dropped hints lately but I am ignoring them.

When it happened, I was in tears about it for days and it was awhile before I would make gifts for anyone.  Now I make myself stuff and remember who comments on an item.  I make them that handmade item for a gift because I know they would like it.  There are people out there who just don't see the work you put into a gift and realize that it means more than just stuff bought from the store because you took the time to make it.  I've noticed they normally come in groups so it is unluckily found yourself with some.  I'm sorry.  Just know that all of us on Craftster would probably be delighted to receive a handmade gift so it is probably just the people.  (My friend just gave me a bracelet she made for our December gift exchange and I love it.  She made it and that is what I love about it.  It could be horrid and I probably still love it.  It isn't though.)
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reshape a Hockey Jersey? on: December 25, 2005 07:58:41 AM
Concept used with a hockey jersey:

Don't pick! Yes, the Blue Jackets aren't doing well this season but 1) at least it's hockey and 2) the colors were similar to the original photo.  Anyway, she looks better as a hockey fan.  This may work with a kids jersey on a women if you are one the size 8 and under, I think.  As long as you can stretch it around yourself and it fits in the shoulders, I think it would work.  May even be better since most jerseys are large enough to fit over pads and the like.  Both the neck ribbing and the breast ribbing look to be not part of the original jersey but ribbing from the fabric store.  The rest looks to be parts of the original jersey.  Thoughts?

The question is will my husband kill me if I transform one of MY jerseys. (Insert smiley)
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reshape a Hockey Jersey? on: December 25, 2005 07:04:18 AM
Oh! That is so shiny! I'm loving it! It looks pretty easy and with it being 2 pieces, you could change it out a bit.

Hmmm....How would it look with a hockey jersey? Put the team emblem on back or on front (like normal)?  Let me play with the photo and see what we think.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Plumb Harlequin Foyer Wall on: December 24, 2005 05:35:39 PM
PinkyK - Questions!

After seeing this, I've decided to paint one wall in our master bedroom like this only in a different color but I'm having trouble figuring what size to make the diamonds.  How did you pick what size to paint?  What size DID you pick?  The taping off should be easy as I am a bit like your husband and love the math involved. Smiley  I'd hate to have to redo it because the size is way too big or way too small.
19  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Amy Butler Patterns on: December 24, 2005 05:22:34 PM
Old thread but a post all the same since it is in the pattern review.  I shortened the width of the purse Madison Bags' Downtown purse by folding about 1 inch into the fold line and it is great.  Take the pattern and on the pieces for the flap and sides/bottom fold 1 inch where it says to place on the fabric fold.  This shortens the purse by 2 inches and it becomes a slightly more "square".  It looks like a different purse pattern when it is done.  I also changed the strap length to about 24 inches and that is nice too.  I love this pattern.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet + Tutorial! on: December 24, 2005 04:47:43 PM
Does anyone know how much extra yarn is needed to make to this a longer sleeve?  Say wrist length? I may not have enough of one color on hand.  Cry
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