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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / String Market Bag on: February 18, 2008 12:22:05 PM
I know that a string market bag is out of season, but I had been wanting one for quite a while. I attempted a number of patterns but ended up frogging the bag over and over. Enough was enough and I finally cobbled together a pattern from two other patterns on the web and sheer necessity!



Lace credit goes to crafty galore on livejournal. I didn't use circulars so I had to edit the lace a bit.
Her lace pattern was
A: k2tog, yo*
B:knit
Mine ended up being
A: K1,*yo, k2tog*
B: knit

Handles and top of bag credit goes to disdressed. Her edits were way helpful and the pictures made it easy too!

Lowdown:
yarn: less than one ball sugar and cream in teal
needles: 13 ( wooden is way easier than aluminum!)
New techniques: Kitchner stitch and using stitch holders

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My So Called Scarf on: February 18, 2008 12:05:03 PM
I found the pattern for this scarf on the Sheep in the City blog and had to have it!  The name makes me think of 'My So Called Life'- early 90's anyone? Either way, the pattern was easy and it knit up pretty quick. I am a big fan of the scarf as it is warm and brings a much needed splash of color to a grey winter!

The lowdown:
Yarn: Lion Brand Landscapes in Summer Fields
Amount: 3 balls since I like my scaves long
Needles: Size 13








3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Clothes pin bag on: October 07, 2007 02:06:45 PM
Background: We wanted to get away from using our dryer everytime we did laundry. We have a wooden laundry rack that expands but needed a bit more drying space. Up went the clothes line and out came the clothes pins!

The bag was created a bit out of necessity. My girlfriend will not wear an apron to hold the pins when she puts out laundry and I hated forgetting the pins inside while hanging laundry. The design is based off of the chalk bags that climbers use. The top has a piece of plastic in it to keep it open. It hooks to your pants/belt loops via a carabiner.

The bag works and both of us actually use it. Less time with the dryer running is good all around!



4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Free coffee grounds on: October 07, 2007 01:39:19 PM
I have only recently learned that Starbucks will give you their coffee grounds. All you have to do is stop in one of their stores and ask for them! The stand alone store is the only one is town that will give them away, as the Starbucks in the grocery store dosen't have loose grounds.

I got between 5-10 lbs of grounds which are now making the compost pile and backyard smell like a coffee shop.

Just wanted to give folks a heads up in case they wanted the grounds for the compost pile or what ever else you can think of.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Curtain to apron on: May 24, 2007 09:01:20 PM
The apron was a brithday gift for a friend who is a great cook. Luckliy, she loved the apron! The red fabric use to be curtains, but I really can't imagine them in my or anyone elses house. The rickrack was added, because well..I love rickrack and every apron needs some. The ties are long enough to tie in a big fat bow in the back. Next, bring on the cupcakes! ( and cookies and pie and other tasty baked goods!)





6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Needle roll on: April 27, 2007 03:58:17 PM
My needle roll is based off of the one in Stitch'n'Bitch. I had to make the roll quite a bit smaller, as the dimensions of the pattern in the book were huge!

It holds the needles I have and leaves me room for more! Whee!

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Feminism+totebag=strange looks at grocery store on: April 27, 2007 03:55:17 PM
I had a premade totebag that needed a little feminist love. Red just seemed to pop, so that is what I went with. The stencil is from stencilry...not my design.



I do get some stange looks at the grocery store. I'm liking it and gets my feelings out there!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yoga mat bag on: April 27, 2007 03:44:29 PM
I needed a bag to carry my yoga mat around in ( and to store it when I am slacking and not doing yoga). I was looking for simple and here simple is. I wanted to avoid sewing straps and adding toggles to close the top, so the handle is also a drawstring. The bag is not lined as the fabric is a bit heavy. It works quite well and I'm enjoying it!



9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / sewing paper on: November 28, 2006 07:54:00 AM
Hello to all!

I have a quick question about sewing paper for cards. Do you just run it through your sewing machine? What needle size(s) do you use? Does it work the same way if you are sewing fabric to paper?

I figured that I would toss this out there to y'all since Craftsters know all! Thanks for the help.
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / gaiters/shoe covers on: August 30, 2006 01:13:13 PM
I am looking to make some gaiters to cover hiking boots as well as a pair to help transform a pair of dressy shoes into 'psuedo-boots' for Halloween.

Has anyone made anything like this? Does any one have tips on how to secure them under your shoes? I was thinking elastic.

Perhaps rather similar to this...http://campmor.stores.yahoo.net/11607.html

Thanks in advance to all you crafty folks!
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