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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Building Your Own PVC Wheel- Image Heavy on: March 18, 2012 10:11:32 PM
I've seen that tutorial. So cool! I love the pictures! I wonder how difficult it would be to add a basic manual pedal to it....
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: New Easter Dress for DD... on: March 18, 2012 10:06:39 PM
That's not what I remember easter dresses being, but I suppose the most important part of easter dresses is the princess being happy. It's very cute!
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My wallet is bigger on the inside on: March 18, 2012 09:34:29 PM
That's so cool!! All this Dr Who crafty stuff keeps making me think I should make something Dr Who themed for my own Doctor fan.
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A couple of Owl Hats for Tsuki on: March 17, 2012 08:16:19 PM
I love the face Tsuki is making in the second picture. Adorable! And so are the owl hats! Smiley
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Weird Spinning Questions on: March 16, 2012 11:21:14 PM
I never thought of putting it in where the drill bit goes! That's ingenious! I will definitely have to try that....
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Should I Use Plarn or Yarn? on: March 16, 2012 02:29:49 PM
I can't say what sells better, as I don't have experience selling them, however, I can say that a plarn can cozy doesn't jive in my head. A can cozy should (a) keep the can cold and (b) keep your hand dry. I'd think plarn wouldn't work for at least the last part of that; that all the moisture could just seep through onto your hand. :/ Admittedly, making it out of a fiber that's absorbent AND somewhat mildew resistant would probably be best...

That's not to say you couldn't make some with plarn. Some people might like it. But I don't think the majority of them should be, as they don't seem as practical; they're more of a novelty thing.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stupid Yarn Sales... Stupid Newbie Yarn Mistake on: March 16, 2012 02:11:38 PM
it would make some wonderful "sprang" bags, a sort of hand weaving or twisting you can do without a real loom.  there are some n the fiber arts forum underweaving.  i have used peaches and cream and it works out great.

We actually have a hammock swing that's made that way and my sweetheart suggested I make another one. It really doesn't appeal to me that much, though. I won't completely rule it out, it just doesn't inspire me the same way.

Why not have a look on some pattern sites like Ravelry.?

You can search by yarn weight and it might give you some inspiration.

I have done that. I went through all the free patterns, and I think some of the paid ones. My final assesment was that it would make great tote bags (as if I need any more), rugs (I hate rugs), or storage baskets (which are unfortunately not kitty-proof). If the right situation arose, a storage basket might be a good option, possibly a meditation mat or lacey shawl thing. I have been told that I am not allowed to spend a bunch of time making us a picnic blanket that will get thrown on the ground.

So for now, I've listed the 3 blue skeins as will sell or trade on Ravelry, and am holding onto the other two skeins to see if inspiration arises. It's a good thing I got them on sale, otherwise I'd feel REALLY stupid about this purchase.
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Questions on: March 15, 2012 03:38:51 PM
About the cat...

Make sure that you *always* put the thread away and/or cover the machine so that the cat cannot get at any of the thread. Cats have a tendency to eat thread, and that can kill them.

My cat survived, happily, but it was close.

I got a Clover Stack and Store Bobbin Holder at my local sewing shop (at Amazon) and it's been a real life and thread saver. Even when I forget to put my thread back in the drawer, it's always clipped in, so I can always find it all. It's a little pricey for just starting out, but once you get enough bobbins that they start becoming cat toys, it's definitely worth it.
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: This is how I fangirl. on: March 14, 2012 07:28:45 PM
These guys are so awesome! And big enough to really snuggle with. Wink They would have taken me years to make!
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: He's ALIVE!!!! on: March 14, 2012 04:51:16 PM
So cute!! He reminds me of those shorts I saw on a movie channel where they recreate famous movies in 30 seconds and make everyone bunnies. Tongue
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