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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Question about using screws in walls! on: June 17, 2011 07:38:49 PM
So I'm in desperate need of storage space, so I decided to go grab myself a shelf that needs to be installed in the wall. Now, I've installed stuff before, but with this, well, maybe I'm just being a n00bcake.

One of the brackets supporting the shelf went on fine. However, the other is doing strange things and laughing at me. I'll begin to screwing in, and then the screw will stop moving in and just start digging out small bits of plaster in the threads. I was wondering if maybe I hit a stud or if it just hates me (which I wouldnt be surprised). But then, aren't you suppsed to nail into studs anyway? Not that it should matter since my house was built only about 20 years ago.

I'm still new at this; any help is much appreciated~~ Lips sealed
2  Texas / Texas: Coastal / Re: Houstoner looking for friends on: November 11, 2010 01:08:49 PM
Hallo. :3

I'm an 18 year-old Houstonian who crochets as well, granted I've made Amigurumi only a handful of times.
What side of town do you live on? Want to meet up sometime, maybe? (In a public place, of course @_@, After all, for all we know, we could both be creepers.)

--Prince Yuuri
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / woodwork question: making a hat block on: November 07, 2010 12:47:46 PM
I love millinery and want to make my own hat block (aka hunk of shaped wood) instead of dropping at least $50 on a hunk of shaped wood. What I'm looking to make, at least at first, is just a simple round hat block. Nothing complicated about it.


I'm looking to use a softwood, so I can manipulate it by hand, since not only do I not have access to power tools, but said tools also scare me to death. Cry

I was thinking basswood. If people are making blocks from foam, basswood should be ok, right? Also, how would I finish it off? Do I use some sort of finish or varnish? I'll be using plastic wrap around it, but it's still going to be exposed to a lot of moisture.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My little Dracula on: April 08, 2010 10:47:59 PM
Mmm, thank you. Cheesy
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: mah very first crochet projects/first ever post (drawstring bag & mehh..hat) :D on: April 07, 2010 02:08:38 PM
Actually, they look pretty good, especially for a first project. Just keep it up!! Cheesy

It was frustrating for me too when my grandma taught me, but about 6 years later, I'm a beast at crocheting, if I do say so myself.  Lips sealed The best part: it's like riding a bike, you never forget.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My little Dracula on: April 07, 2010 02:03:02 PM
//loves vamps too//

As long as they're the b.a vampires and not those sissy twilight ones, your daughter's cool in my book Grin

Ah! but cute and dark? I love it! Did the pattern come from a package of Lion Brand's yarn? I've been seeing ads for them talking about having a bunch of free patterns. Are they online?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Out of curiosity on: April 06, 2010 05:52:11 PM
It depends on how you wrap the purls and sometimes the knits. If  you wrap the purls backwards, like you just scoop the yarn as in crochet, and knit the st on the next row in the front leg, they'll twist. You can knit them in the back leg and they won't be twisted. This is called 'combined' and you can see that here - http://www.anniemodesitt.com

But if you wrap the purls the same way as the knits you won't have this problem. Look at the continental videos at knitting help to see how you wrap and work the sts.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit

Thank you so much, Soozeq! Smiley

Apparently Mrs. Kjersti already taught me how to purl, and it was the Norwegian way, too. She just didn't call it purling; she just said it was a backward stitch.

Once again, thank you! I'm not near as super intimidated. :]

Quote from: soorawn
...it looks more complicated and completely different to the usual purl.

Actually, it was super easy to pick up, but then again, it's how I first learned.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Out of curiosity on: April 04, 2010 10:38:12 PM
I hope nobody minds me asking on this thread since it's still in the same spirit.

I'm learning how to knit the continental way from my boyfriend's mom (the whole family is from Norway), and my grandmother first learned to knit the continental way from a woman who learned from a German woman during the war. But the thing is that my grandmother told me that knitting the continental way comes out backwards and that I wouldn't be able to use any American patterns because the purling and the different cables were completely different. She ended up relearning how to knit, only in the American/English way. I haven't gotten to asking Mrs.Kjersti, the woman teaching me, about cables and purling, but does learning the continental way going to make life very difficult for me in using American patterns? I really like knitting the continental way since the American/English method seems so tedious when I look at it.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: chopstick/dowel knitting needle tutorial on: April 04, 2010 10:21:42 PM
Wow, it's so simple. Shocked

//n00bness showing//
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to sew Thigh Highs Socks??? on: April 04, 2010 10:10:02 PM
I have made stockings out of silver lam fabric, which I guess is pretty close to knit. I just used a straight fold down the front and sewed the seam in the back, from top to toe. The only problem is that you have to wear them with high-heeled shoes, or there is a big 'kink' in the front where it doesn't quite stretch right. Just a 1/8" seam, which was reinforced by zig-zag, since I don't have a serger, but I guess it all depends on what you want to wear them with. Mine didn't stay up, so I put elastic along the top formed into little loops for the woman I made them for to attach to her garter belt. If you want, I can take pix or give you a mini-tutorial for this, even though it's been quite a while ago.

Ah! You should! I'm finding myself in a similar dilemma since I need some vertical striped stockings for prom (and some that won't snag and/or run like the store-bought nylon ones)

Erm, out of curiosity, would this go under clothing: general instead of shoes? I mean, I get the whole footwear connection, it's just that... euh... //n00bish uncomfort// Lips sealed
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