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1  Re: 2010 Hot Weather Sewalong! in Clothing Sewalongs by lolaforpresident on: June 07, 2010 09:39:25 AM
I figure, 'why suffer with modest clothing in the hottest of months because I am bigger. Who actually likes how their arms and back look. So I made this shirt this week. Here's the pattern: http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diytops/ss/Apron_Top.htm

So here is the first thing that I have sewed from scratch and I am actually brave enough to wear. Yay.

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2  Re: Baby items Knitalong in Knitalongs by lolaforpresident on: January 07, 2010 02:29:07 PM
I am sorry I have neglected this KAL but here is the finished product. I still need to make an i-cord and add a button, but the cardigan is finished and fits wonderfully.

Next up, I need to make a hat since he lost his infant hat that I made for him. Then maybe a bib since those sound easy. Is anyone else still knitting?
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3  Re: 10 Minute Craft Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lolaforpresident on: December 04, 2009 07:31:10 PM
I received from Ariethine today. What a great surprise since everything has been kind of crazy and my world seems to be breaking. This was such a great package. I like swapping!

Here are some awesome bookmarks that might turn into bracelets because they are too darn cute to hide in a book. I love those little beads. And all the yarns are so soft.

And here is a picture of the hat I stole from Azimuth. It fits bot of us so know it is mine. It will cover the stupid sprig of hair that sticks straight up in the back of my head. We can share it, because it is so lovely and soft.

As you can see, I love bright colors.

And here is a pic of the whole package. I didn't get a good pic of the scarf, but it is so nice and I am so wearing it more than the one I have, which actually belongs on Craftastrophe.

Thank you for being my very first partner. This swap was great. Not too much time investment.
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4  Re: Turtle-Along, anyone? in Crochetalongs by lolaforpresident on: November 02, 2009 07:20:05 PM
Here is the newest edition to our household. Minty wandered into our loves very slowly.

I apologize for the darkness of these pictures. I have misplaced my easy camera and had to use DH's super ultra complicated camera/torture device.

When I find my camera, I will add better photos

Here are the new best friends having a snack

I have a few questions. The poly fill keeps showing through the yarn. Am I using to big of a hook? Also, I can never get the tails not to show. Any advice is appreciated.

And one more picture for the road.

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5  Help with cardigan in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lolaforpresident on: October 27, 2009 06:14:33 PM
I have a vintage baby cardigan pattern from shibuiknits. I have been working on this for over a year now and I am trying to finish it for my son's birthday at the start of November. Here is where my trouble begins.

I have completed the directions to the tee, except for the mod on the right side of the picture. (I will focus on the left side, then I can adapt to the modified side.) So the pattern says to "join shoulder seams using 3 needle bind off, then sew under arms seams." The problem is, if I do this there will be no back of the arm. There will just be a stupid flap in front. Can anyone tell me if I am reading this wrong, or if I should just finish and make some flaps to cover the back of the arms?

Hopefully these pictures can help make sense of what I am saying.

Here it is folded over. It looks great except that the back of the arm will be completely exposed.

Here is the cardigan laying flat.

Honestly this is the first and last time I buy a pattern. I paid $6 for something that isn't adequately described. At least when I create my own stuff I know what I am doing and only have myself to blame in the end.

Thanks in Advance for any help you can offer me. Smiley You guys rock!
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6  The Uniflap AKA The Hat That No One Will Wear in Knitting: Completed Projects by lolaforpresident on: October 25, 2009 07:02:53 PM
So I don't know if we are supposed to use a current project or if we can use one from our stash, but I had to share this one. This hat is a testament to my new rule, "Do not design something when you are drunk/stoned". This rule goes hand in hand with the rule that states, "Do not continue a project that you have invested more than an hour into while drunk/stoned". These were very important rules in my house before we had a baby. Now the rule is, "Don't leave your knitting on the floor or on anything that is not more than a foot off the ground."

Anyways, my husband designed this (wouldn't it be cool if there was a hat that instead of having two flaps, just had one). I crocheted the top and added the bottom with my husband egging me on. When it was done and I presented it to him his responses were, "I don't really wear hats" and "It seemed like a better idea at the time".

Sorry for the long story. Without further ado, I present to you the uniflap:

Gah!!! Where did all that lint come from? Like I said this came from my stash since no one has been brave/stupid enough to wear it. *Pretends her house isn't covered in cat hair*

And this one should show the key element of the hat a bit better.

Maybe no points for craftsmanship, but it is original, right?

Haha. You can get babies to wear anything. Please disregard our messy house. Smiley

Edited to add action shot.

Thanks for looking.
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7  Organs!!! AKA What happens when bread and food coloring mix - Morbidly Pic Obese in Recipes and Cooking Tips by lolaforpresident on: September 18, 2009 06:38:47 PM
I saw a lot of people experimenting with food coloring on this site and I thought I would join the fun. I don't have an oven (do to an unfortunate accident) but we have learned to steam bread in our wok. So I bought some food coloring and went for it.

I used a standard bread recipe and added 1/2 tablespoon of red liquid food coloring (hubby thought green would look moldy). The color turned out well and they look like brains or pancreases or some other kind of organ. These are perfect for Halloween.

Maybe next time I will make rainbow bread. Now onto the pictures.

Here is the mixture before I added more flour. You can't tell the batter from the bowl. lol

Here is my loyal helper. He likes to stay up when he is too tired to enjoy being awake.

The dough in one big pile.

And here it is in the pan.

Then husband caught me and told me to cut it up otherwise it would take forever to cook, so I tried to cut it up like a pizza.

The first batch. The back one looks like brains.

My helper eating his share. He is still tired.

Here is the second batch. It looks like pancreases.

When I do them again, I would shape the dough into rolls. I think hubby is not as scared of the color green anymore so I would probably use more colors next time. They make kickin sandwiches, I never thought a Peanut butter sandwich could be so fun.
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8  Baby Formula Containers and Arcade Tickets - Pics Provided in What the heck can I do with THIS? by lolaforpresident on: April 18, 2009 12:23:21 PM
I have about five baby formula containers and a bunch more on the way. I have a pic below. I have been using them as containers and a place to put old grease. But I thought there would be a more craftier purpose for them. Any ideas?

And the inside. The containers have an odd shape to them. Not sure if this would hinder or help creativity.

Also, my husband and I have been gathering tickets from an arcade. We intended to cash them out, but the arcade closed. I was wondering if there was anything I could do to display them in a creative fashion with minimal resources. Any ideas?

Thanks for any and all ideas.
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9  Now What? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by lolaforpresident on: March 14, 2009 08:34:25 PM
Let's say somebody wanted to experiment with other other fibers and collected a bunch of cottonwood pods from trees. This 'somebody' left it in a corner for a year and feared the aphid population that might reside, despite the washing and chemical treatment. When 'somebody' bravely opened the bag, they found that the pods had sprung open and were aphid-free Shocked This I was not expected.

Here are some pictures of the end product:

My question is: How do I separate all the 'junk' from the soft lovely fibers? What is the cheapest way? Can I use cat hair brushes like from walmart or do I need to shell out $$ for the real brushes? If so, Where do I find the brushes to do this for as cheap as possible. Are there any other supplies I need? Keep in mind, I am very cheap, so if there can be a substitution I would love to know about it.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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10  Chawlie the three legged octopus in Knitting: Completed Projects by lolaforpresident on: March 09, 2009 11:27:14 AM
This is Chawlie. All the other octopuses laugh at him because he only has three legs, or tentacles if thats what you want to call them. He decided to move into our home and live with my four month old son. I like to think he is very happy here. He is only one leg short in our household. In octopus world he is missing four legs.

I started making my husband a knit birthday hat (his idea), then it turned into a jelly fish hat, and then I bound off to tightly and Chawlie was born. I used a mixture of cheap yarns, and put him on DPN, but I have no pattern otherwise I would post it. Chawlie was free hand. I hope you like him. My son, Azimuth, sure does.
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