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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: $6 Regency Inspired Gingham Dress on: June 11, 2007 07:21:09 AM
That's super cute!  The front fits perfectly- you don't look pregnant at all. 

Maybe a white or blue bow with wider grosgrain ribbon???

Anyway- I'm inspired and in love with it!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Crafting software suggestions??? on: August 31, 2006 07:13:33 PM
Hi,
Thanks for responding.  I'm thinking of actual software...built to help a crafter with their craft, for example I knit, so there are a few different tools that I wish existed so I'm building them.  I do occasionally compile some cool things, but usefull software is really my main focus. 

Thanks,
Karen
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Crafting software suggestions??? on: August 30, 2006 09:17:28 AM
Hi,
I love to craft, and I love to make software....I want to combine my 2 loves, and create some cool software for crafting. 

What software tools would be fun and interesting for you to use?  Anything goes!

Thanks!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Link Ebay or not? on: August 30, 2006 09:09:59 AM
If it were me I wouldn't link to eBay unless I needed to boost my feedback.   Why pay the fees if you don't have to?  You may consider dropping your prices to be more in line with your eBay prices, so that if someone doesn't want to purchase on eBay they have the option of paying the same price on your site. 
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: the yarn car on: December 17, 2005 06:53:00 AM
That's so cool!  I always wanted to drive an art car.  My friend had one that was painted like a cow and it was always so much fun to ride around with her.  Every trip was an adventure because you meet really cool people.  Whenever I had a car that I felt comfortable turning into a piece of art (ie one that won't depreciate anymore) I never had the money to do the project.  I always wanted one that was like a Magrite painting...but let me tell you, spray painting a car ain't all it's cracked up to be. 

I still have an obesssion with putting flames on the side of a car.  I had an El Camino that would have been perfect, but the husband...and the car was a piece of junk so the flames would have been a little too ironic.  Gave up that idea and painted the flames on the side of our shed instead.    Every once in a while I threaten to do it to our Benz (1984 diesel...a $1500 eBay find), but again with the husband and the irony.  Doh!

Happy Holidays!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is next? on: December 17, 2005 06:32:00 AM
Hi,
I agree about learning to knit and making scarves...I taught myself how to knit and crochet by making washcloths and hats (they have just about all of the design and stitch elements you need, and it gives you a nice feeling of accomplishment).

I'm a complete knitting newbie (started over Thanksgiving), and I just finished the Coronet hat pattern from Knitty.  It's not too hard to make, and you get to cable and work in the round.  I don't know if anyone has tipped you off to the "magic loop" method of knitting in the round, but it was a life-saver for me (there are a lot of sites that show you the technique...google for it and find one that makes sense to you).  I kept dropping stitches when I worked with the double points for the decrease rounds, and the magic loop really helped with that.

Here's the link to the Coronet pattern.
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTcoronet.html

Good luck!  I'm off to get more yarn!
Karen
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Trigger finger mittens! on: December 09, 2005 08:29:27 PM
These are so fricken cool I just can't beleive it!  I'm in NY and it gets darn cold here too (9 degrees this AM). 
Pretty pretty pretty please post the pattern (or even a few hints).
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What tools can't you live without? on: December 08, 2005 04:24:43 AM
Hi,
Thanks for the great ideas.  I think we're making some needles this weekend, and the stitch gauge would be really cool.  The swift is something my husband made for me last year.  He based it on something his mother had back in Finland and it works really well.  There's a pic of it here

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28513.0

They're super easy to make...the cord is a piece of jumprope!  I've also seen really cool ones made out of legos, and kinex toys. 

Our local AC Moore had the knitting machines on sale, and then I used a 50% off coupon so it set me back about $75.00.  I'm not a big fan of it...it's tedious, and gets boring after a while.  It's also very intimidating to have 100 needles staring at you.  That's why I finally taught myself to knit.  Even at my super-pokey beginner speed I can do some things faster by hand...but it's great if you want to make a bunch of scarves for gifts. 

Thanks again for all of your suggestions! 

Karen
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What brand of yarn is the softest and most economical? on: December 08, 2005 04:03:19 AM
I'm a huge fan of the Simply Soft, but it gets really cold here, and sometimes it's just not warm enough so I have to reach for something with some wool in it.  I like the Wool Ease (I think it's Lion Brand)...about $2.50 a skein and it's very soft and nice.  If I want 100% wool I go for the Pattons Classic merino.  It's about $5.00, nice and soft and it felts beautifully.  There's also Red Heart Light and Lofty (about $5.00), and I can't remember the name of the yarn but Red Heart makes a nice fuzzy yarn for about $5.00 that makes beautiful fluffy scarves and wraps.  My only reservation with that yarn is that if you make a mistake it doesn't let you tear it out easily. 

Good luck!
Karen
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What tools can't you live without? on: December 07, 2005 04:10:37 PM
Hi,
I'm brand new to knitting, and I'm asking for knitting stuff for Christmas.  I'm tough to buy for, and this year I think my husband is pretty releived that I'm asking for something even if it means going to a craft store (normally I say I'm not sure...a pain, I know).  I have a set of interchangeable round needles, some stitch markers, a few straight needles, stitch holders, a few cable needles, and a ton of yarn (I never have enough...but there's no way he'll get me any more, and I can't ask him with a straight face).  My mom is making me a knitting bag, and a needle case. I have her on the lookout for cool pattern books (she loves the thrift stores).   I also have an Ultimate Sweater Machine, felting needles, yarn swift, and winder.

What should I ask him for?  What tools do you have that you can't live without?  What would be good to get?  I'm thinking of an assortment of needles and some books, but what do you have that you like?  What are your favorite books?

Happy Holidays,
Karen
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