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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / seeking basic instructions for a double-sided mug rug on: November 10, 2012 07:23:09 AM
I was at the thrift store and found a plastic canvas "mug rug" for just $.05. It looks like many of the yarn mug rugs with the coffee cup, except it does not have fringe. I can tell it's two pieces of square canvas.  The front has the vintage mug rug design (gray and white) and the back is a solid (gray) color.  It looks like they did the front and back separately then bound the two together.  It's nice, thick and very absorbent.

How do you estimate how much yarn is needed to complete one solid coaster?

ANSWER:  approx 7 yds per side without the edge.

just wondering if I have enough yarn for a set of coasters.
The plastic canvas looks to be about 4" square.
If I understand it correctly, it has 7 stitches to the inch.

I thought for sure I would find this pattern on the net, but no luck.
In fact, I haven't found any coasters that are double-sided on the web.
Every design I found is felt backed, but this coaster looks a lot better.

I would appreciate some info on double-sided coasters.  

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / choosing the right size hook for tarn (t-shirt yarn) - Is there a tarn guide? on: August 19, 2012 06:22:28 PM
There are tons of tutorials for cutting t-shirt yarn.  

Which hook to use for 1/2" wide strips of tarn.

What is the standard width of tarn?  

Does one t-shirt make one ball of tarn?

Shirts come in different thickness and will affect the outcome.

I plan to stitch a gauge swatch, but need a starting place.  

I saw a place on the web with this info, but lost my bookmark.

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / determining approximate yarn weight without a label on: March 17, 2012 06:31:20 AM
I was given tons of yarn, most without labels. I have pulled out all the worsted weight yarn, but don't know what size the rest is.

Is there a width measurement for yarn weight or pictures to compare for approx weight?

Most of these are novelty yarns and I don't even know where to begin.

For example:  I have six ball of this fun blue/yellow ribbon yarn.  It's slighter thicker than a shoelace, but the same width. Defintely heaver than a worsted weight, but ?

I have about 12 balls of yarn in various colors.  It reminds me of a silk/rayon sweater I used to own. It's smaller the the size 4 worsted, but is it a 3?

I don't have any yarn in other weights to compare it too?

Once I figure out the approx weight, is there a way to estimate how much yarn is on each ball.  


exactly what I wanted to know.  I am off to test and and label some of my yarn.

14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Oh what a tangled yarn we weave- (how do you store balls of yarn?) on: December 07, 2011 03:51:18 AM
I have at least 30 balls of yarn.  It turns out it's closer to 80.  Most of it was given to me and already wound in balls. I was also given a large fabric tote to store them in.  How do you keep the balls of yarn from getting tangled? I tried tying the end to the ball, but it still came undone.  I have seen some ideas on the web, but they are for just a few balls of yarn.  Not really feasible for larger quantities.  What about storing the tiny balls of yarn, leftover from projects.  I also have dozens of those than are no more than 2" in size.  

I am currently organizing them. I am also on the lookout for the giant plastic ice cream tubs with lids for my smaller balls of yarn.   I may have to give in and buy ice cream.  Too bad.  I am using the oversized ziploc bags to sort the skeins and balls out.  The XL bags are big even to hold about a dozen skeins. I also have several 2 gallon size bags. It's really nice to see the similar yarns and colors grouped together.  One bag has nothing, but metallic yarn.  Another bag has this silk type yarn in it.  I feel inspiration coming on. Thanks again for everyones suggestions. 
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / newbie questions : crocheting in rounds, versus joining or turning -bad idea? on: September 10, 2011 05:41:16 AM
This is only the second item I have ever crocheted, so my terminology might not make any sense. Anyway...

I am making very simple chemo hats and have a basic question.  The hat is made in rounds using single crochet stitch.  I don't like turning, so I chose to use the joining method after each row. Once I finished the crown of the hat (60 sc) it repeats until the hat is long enough, roughly 8" from the top of head.  When the hat is done, I should still have 60 sc around the brim.

If I work the last section in a continuous round, what will happen?  
I realize I will have to join the last stitch, so the edge will be even.
Will the hat stretch out of shape?
Will a dc or taller stitch worked in a continuous round, be very noticable on the last row?
I have theories on how to resolve the problem, but I thought I would ask the experts.

I did the very first one that way and like how easy it was.
(I didn't read the instructions correctly, but I do like the results)
No ugly seam (except on top)
No turning.
I joined the 2nd to last row with a slip stitch, then turned and sc around the hat.
I just want a tiny edge decoration.

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Vintage inspired chemo hat with a sheer ribbon rosette - hdc stitch on: August 20, 2011 10:52:46 AM
I have never crocheted before, but easily made this hat. 

inspiration:  Crochet Chemo Cap With Scarf Tie by Barbara at Headhuggers.
I did make a few adjustments to it, but overall it's the same pattern
Almost the whole hat is made in the same stitch (half double crochet) 
It took me less than 24 hours to complete.
I would have finished in one afternoon, but I kept ripping out stitches. 

I replaced the scarf with a 1" wide sheer ribbon and sewed a rosette out of the ends of the ribbon. 
It has a cute scallop around the face (more half double crochet). 

If I can do it, anyone can.

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I'm yarn challenged and need a chemo hat on: July 19, 2011 04:20:05 PM
I don't knit or crochet and no time to learn.

Looking for something whimsical or vintage, but still appropriate for work in retail.

I have searched the web for days and followed every link on craftster and dozens on the internet. 

I love the idea of the old flapper style hat's. 

I am not set on the 1920's theme, but really would like something with a vintage look.

I have search several different pattern companies and don't seem what I want.

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / de-stashing my cluttered sewing room with NewLook pattern 6871 on: June 10, 2011 09:23:01 AM
Great pattern and very simple to make. Here's the first three tops I made.  Pattern versions include sleeveless, short sleeves, or 3/4 sleeves.  Three yoke variations.  Four main pieces (yoke front, yoke back, shirt front, shirt back)

I plan to make a different version for everyday of the week.
Only one rule: I can't purchase anything.  
Next I plan to use of some of my sari/saree fabric.

#1 my favorite. prefer the band at bottom, since it was a time saver.
#2 new, vintage denim sheet and denim fabric, turq/blue beads
#3 broomstick skirt fabric, turq beads, and silky turq. fabric.

19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / beaded Sari (Saree) fabric - can you machine sew it? on: April 22, 2011 06:04:44 PM
I keep my eyes open for free stuff in my area and I hit the jackpot again.

I received a whole lawn leaf bag full of new Sari fabric.

Half of it is silk and half sheer fabric.

(the lilac fabric is sheer)

Most of it is heavily beaded at the edges or one end.

Just a few shown below, but I received about 35 different pieces.

They are at least 6 yards long.

I would like to make some simple wispy summer tops.

Thanks for the expert advice on sewing Sari fabric with a machine.   Definitely going to crush the beads to avoid breaking the thread.  I can't wait to make a hankerchief-hem tank top (maybe several) 
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 9 feet of wasted kitchen space - on: February 06, 2011 07:30:08 AM

new natural oak kitchen cabinets
white ceiling and bright yellow walls
boring kitchen soffit 9' long by 3' tall
(only one section is shown in the photo)

It would be nice to use a little bit for storage.

I thought about floating shelves above the cabinets.

kitchen related storage items, like picnic baskets.

Wish I had something tall, like an old butter churn and some vintage appliances.

Bring on your ideas and photos.

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