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141  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: craft fair location on: May 03, 2005 02:52:43 PM
What town?
142  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Can I modify my bike so jerks won't steal it? on: April 24, 2005 09:32:02 PM
Actually, he DOES have a U-lock.  Unfortunately that doesn't protect the wheels, seat or handlebars.  And no chain I know of is impervious to bolt cutters, which thieves in my town do carry. Also, they're now using car jacks to pop open U-locks so they're not as safe as they used to be.

As far as uglifiing the bike goes, he doesn't want an ugly bike!  What we want to do is something akin to turning the bike into a perpetual Mardi Gras float that would be too weird and recognizable to be resalable. 

Does anyone have an idea of something outlandish we can do that would keep the bike rideable?
143  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Can I glamify my bike so jerks won't steal it? on: April 24, 2005 01:09:49 PM
My boyfriend had both the wheels stolen off his bike a few months ago and the seat stolen after that.  Just the other day we found that someone tried to cut through his cable lock.  I've heard of people painting their bikes to cover up the brandname, but by most accounts this doesn't really work.

What can we do to his bike that will A:  Make his bike look really cool and B:  Stop people wanting to steal it (at least for monetary gain)!  The only stipulations are that it has to be weatherproof and not affect the bike's rideability.

I'm thinking fake fur, but I don't know if that would stand up to the rain.
Streamers?
Papier mache dinosaur head?

Please help!
144  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what am i doing wrong? /getting revs. stockinette on: April 20, 2005 10:23:45 AM
Whatever you did wrong (you probably picked up the stitches going counterclockwise instead of clockswise - I've done it myself a few times) your solution is simple:  Instead of knitting, purl the thumbs to length.  You're reverse stockinette should reverse itself back.
145  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Just in time for summer: Three Neckwarmers on: April 19, 2005 11:28:01 AM
Thank you, Piyolet and sadsadturtle!  I keep telling him how adorable he is but I don't think he believes me.  I showed him your posts and he turned bright pink.  So cute.

And the second neckwarmer is Woolease.  I got really sick of Jiffy after making the first one.  It just feels so acrylic-y to me.
146  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: biology nerd swap on: April 19, 2005 11:19:20 AM
What a great idea!  I, for one, am such a science nerd I'm about to graduate with a triple major: Biology, Psychology and "General Science" (Chemistry and Math).

As far as format goes, what if we give a suggestion of what sort of science-y items we'd like (i.e. bag/scarf/refrigerator magnet) and then their partner can craft it with the theme of their choice and include a little description/explanation of the item's theme.  That way it wouldn't just be crafty, it would be EDUCATIONAL as well!  What's nerdier than that?
147  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Just in time for summer: Three Neckwarmers on: April 18, 2005 01:32:56 PM
The first one is really just a tube, knit in the round.  I just cast on 120 sts and kept going until I used up two skeins of lion brand Jiffy.  The pattern is a sort of woven rib thing I invented because I wanted it to be reversible.  It goes something like this:

Cast on a multiple of 6 (instructions are written for working in the round, for working on two needles you'd have to reverse every other row)
Rounds 1-4: K3, P3  repeat
Round 5: Cable 3 fwd, working all stitches as they appear
Rounds 6-9: Work all stitches as they appear
Round 10: Work 3 stitches as they appear, *cable 3 back, working all stitches as they appear.  Repeat from * to end of round.  (You actually end up working the first 3 stitches again in order to make all the cables, this is OK).
Repeat rounds 1-10 for pattern

I hope this makes sense.
148  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Check out my gorgeous boyfriend! (Three Neckwarmers) on: April 18, 2005 06:29:05 AM
I made two neckwarmers over the winter (I was never fond of scarves) and just finished a third, lighter version.  I wanted something I could cram down the neck of my jacket that would block the wind but not be too hot.

Here's the first one, it's more of a cowl, really: bulky and shapeless.


The second is my favorite.  It's loosely based on this pattern http://www.needlebeetle.com/free/nw.htm

If it looks a little stretched out it's because I made it to fit myself but my much more photogenic (if slightly larger-necked) BF is modeling.

The third I knit in garter stitch with short row shaping.



That's it.  Just some FOs; I thought I'd post for closure.
149  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Re: Planning a trip to New Orleans - any suggestions? on: April 11, 2005 07:10:20 AM
Thanks for the suggestions!  I've got a couple of tourist guides and I've been looking a lot of stuff up online so I don't think we'll run out of stuff to do, I was just wondering if there was anything specifically interesting to those of a crafty bent that I wouldn't want to miss.
Unfortunately none of us drink and one of us is underage so bars are not really an option.  Can you think of anything else we can do after dark (once we've run out of haunted walking tours, that is).
150  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Planning a trip to New Orleans - any suggestions? on: April 11, 2005 12:39:01 AM
I'm going to be visiting New Orleans with my family for about a week this June.  Can anyone give me suggestions of fun crafty/voodoo-y/piratical things to do and see?  My sister and I are trying to fill out our itinerary so we don't get dragged to the D-Day museum by our father. 
Ideas of stuff a bunch of teetotalers can do during the twilight hours would be especially appreciated.
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