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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Back-up GI Tract on: April 29, 2010 08:52:19 AM
My friend Laura has been battling Crohn's disease, and recently came through (hopefully) her last surgery.  One day, while we were chatting about crafts, she said to me, "I wish someone would make me a new colon!"  I immediately knew what I had to do.  My original intention was to make her a plushie colon.  But a colon all on his own seems pretty dull.  Then I got to thinking that it could be a game - "How Well Do You Know Your GI Tract?"  I would have all the organs, and she would have to place them on some sort of mat, or a t-shirt.  I began making patterns and cutting fabric, but I was plagued by the pronoun "your."  Laura's had multiple surgeries, and I have no idea what her GI tract looks like.  I didn't want to accidentally rub it in her face that her colon isn't picture perfect.

As I sewed the velcro to the back of the organs, it struck me.  It's not a gameshow.  It's a survival kit.

So here it is.  "For the Modern Girl (with Crohn's) on-the-go..."  (that's what it said on the box I gave her) :

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help - knitter has a question! [about project bags] on: February 20, 2010 03:42:14 PM
Hello crocheters.  I salute you and come in peace from the land of knitting.

I am in a swap, and am hoping to create a cool independent crochet project bag for my partner.  Trouble is, I don't really know what would make a great crochet project bag!  I'm guessing it's close to what I'd want for a knitting project bag, but I want it to be really perfect and amazing!

So, what would YOU want in a great crochet project bag?
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Chirp the Bird: My Very First Needle Felting Experience! on: February 11, 2010 09:53:48 PM
I took a needle felting class tonight at my local independent bookstore (they are amazing), and look what I brought home!

I've named him Chirp.  Here's a side view so you can see his tail.  (Sorry for the dark pictures; the light in my kitchen in horrendous.)

He fits in the palm of my hand, and makes me happy.  Smiley
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My Very First Paper Craft! on: February 10, 2010 12:52:50 PM
Hello paper crafters!  I come to you from the land of knitting and beading, to bring to you my very first paper craft: a valentine for my best friend Kati & her hubby Steve!

I work at a girls boarding school, and for Valentine's Day, we put out a table of card making supplies and had each girl make a valentine for someone else.  I walked by the table of papers every day, and finally decided I would give it a go.  I know it's simple, but I'm super happy with it:

It's just plain pink cardstock, with some green scrapbook paper pasted on for the heart.  The back white is recycled computer paper.  I did the lettering freehand, based off of Californian font, in my favorite ultra-fine Sharpie.  The back is set up like a postcard, with little pink boxes for the message and the address and the stamp.  (Since it's already addressed, I didn't want to post that picture, obviously!)

I had so much fun making this card, that I have a feeling I have many more in my future!

Happy Valentine's Day!
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Donate stash fabric, help families in need! on: November 20, 2008 06:22:14 AM
I'm not sure if this is the best board to post this on, but I figured it was a question of sorts, and deals most likely with you lovely sewing queens.

I am currently serving an Americorps term of service with the Centre County Youth Service Bureau in Pennsylvania.  We serve a variety of families, teenagers, young kids, and new parents who are in need of extra services.  One of our programs, Youth and Family Services, uses an in-home family focused approach in order to secure a safe and permanent home for children who have been separated from their families due to abuse, neglect/dependency or delinquency issues.  As you can imagine, we become very close with these families, and try to find ways to support them outside of the counseling process.

As an Americorps team, we have taken on a project to spread the word about energy efficiency to local families.  Part of the project involves making and donating "Draft Dodgers," those little bean/rice-filled tubes that you put in front of your doors to keep the draft out and the heat in. 

Our budget for this project is $0, so we are looking for donations.  A local grocery store has generously offered to donate the rice and beans as fillers, but we need fabric!

I immediately thought of my own fabric stash - scraps or spare yards that I bought and don't need, or finished the project and can't throw away, etc.  When I thought of how much fabric is out there, waiting for a good project, I knew we might be on to something.

Please PM me if you would like to donate.  I will be doing most of the sewing of these little guys, so any size fabric will do - I'll patchwork ones that look cute together.  :0)

I appreciate all of your help, and your generosity.  Have a wonderful, warm holiday season.  :0)

(You can check out all of our programs at www.ccysb.com)
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Seattle Wall Decal on: November 09, 2008 10:10:16 AM
At the beginning of September, I moved from my beloved Seattle to central Pennsylvania.  Although PA is lovely, I miss Seattle greatly.  I also moved into an apartment with large expanses of white walls, unable to be painted (thanks, landlord).  I had one particular wall, which faced my bed, which just ached for something awesome.  So I came Crafster searching, and was assailed with awesome ideas.  I saw a post (which of course I now can't find to give proper credit) of someone doing these really awesome ravens on their walls in black contact paper.  Ah ha! 

I started by doing a rough sketch of what the Seattle skyline looks like, and how it would look in silhouette.   

I measured it and saw that it was about 3.5" x 5", and I figured I could just make those into feet and that'd be big enough.  (PS, that's REALLY big, but I wouldn't figure that out until later.)  At this stage in the game, I was also planning a plain black border around it, like a frame.  So I made a grid from which to work.

Next came the tedious task of transferring the grid to the back of my contact paper.  This was made all the more tedious by my forgetting that I needed to draw it in reverse, so I had to erase the original drawing and do it all over again.  For the first drawing, I just drew the entire bottom row - so that's five feet of contact paper by one foot. 

Hilarity ensued when I tried to put up that five foot strip of contact paper.  Luckily it peels right off and you can put it on again. 

I already started to ditch the exactness of the grid, as some things were just solid black for two grid blocks high, so I just cut them that way once instead of doing two separate ones that I'd have to match up edge to edge.  But I still used my grid as a map.

For instance, good ol' Smith Tower, there, spanned two grid blocks.  No way was I going to cut those out separately and try to attach them.  So it went up as one giant piece.  This means that there's actually a bit of overlap on the piece itself, which I can sort of see when the light hits it right, but oh well.

Mount Rainer makes an appearance... clearly this silhouette is from somewhere on the edge of Queen Anne or something.

And finally, today, the Space Needle rose into view.

Here's a view with my bed involved so you can get an idea of the scale.  And how cute my cat is.  (He was surprisingly well behaved...kept his "destroy crafts" impulses under wraps for once.)

Now I see Seattle every day, even when it's 3000 miles away.  :0)

(In retrospect, I find that the Space Needle's spaceship part is a little too round on the top for my liking.  I may go in with an exacto knife and fix that later, but for now it's going to live just like that.)

Thanks again to whomever had those awesome ravens perched on their doorways!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sleeves on waste yarn - now how do I get them onto my shrug? on: October 14, 2008 05:19:27 AM
I have been making the Shimmer Shrug (http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter03/PATTshimmer.html) from Knitty Winter 03.  The pattern calls to knit both sleeves first (in the round), finishing by binding off 8 of the stitches and putting the rest on scrap yarn.  Then you knit the back piece (which, hurrah, I did the lozenge pattern without screwing it up).  Once the back is the width you want, the instructions go as follows:

"Armhole shaping
In patt, work to 8 sts before first marker. BO 8 sts. Purl across to 2nd marker. BO 8 sts. Work to end of row.

Join sleeves
K 8[11, 14, 17], pm, k sts from first sleeve, pm, work back sts in patt [row 5 of lozenge pattern], pm, k sts from second sleeve, pm, k to end of row -- 186[218, 250, 282] sts on needle

That italicized part is the part that's really throwing me for a loop.  I have tried knitting into the live loops on my first sleeve, except towards the end it gets so tight I can barely make it happen (as I'm trying to basically squeeze a circle of knitting onto a straight needle base).  Is this really right?  Am I missing something key here?  All the instructions I find for sleeves are for sleeves which are bound off.  Help, please!
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