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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Official Kittyville hat on: September 02, 2005 12:19:23 AM




I used two and a bit balls of Debbie Bliss Merino chunky and 5mm double pointed needles. My gauge was off so a few bits needed working out, but after figuring out the right amount to cast on it mostly ended up being things like picking up a couple less stitches for the earflaps etc. On my first try I placed the kitty ears too far back on the head so I unravelled them and moved them two centimetres forward. It was only my second try working with double pointed needles and I found it much more comfortable working with the chunky yarn. My last try was on a sock with tiny 3mm needles - maybe now I've more practice I could go back to the sock! I'd been meaning to make this hat for ages and now I've found out how easy it is I'm sure I'll make many more as presents for friends.

The pattern can also be found online here: http://kittyville.com/knit/kitty_hat.html
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Peg-spring jewelry on: May 18, 2004 11:29:36 AM
Peg-spring bracelets and necklaces are cute, easy and quick to make and require no tools (except the pegs!). Here's how:

http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/peg1.jpg
http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/peg2.jpg

1. Start with a pack of washing line pegs. They can be either new from the shop (you can get some very cheap plastic ones) or old from the line (make sure you leave some for the washing...) but make sure they are the larger size pegs. Smaller pegs can be used but I had to use wire cutters to snip some of the end off to make them fit into each other. These pegs are about 3 and a half inches long and the springs are an inch long.

http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/peg3.jpg
http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/peg4.jpg

2. Measure your wrist or neck to work out how many pegs you'll need. I used 7 for my bracelet and 16 for my necklace. Remove the spring from each peg. The main plastic parts are not needed and I've not yet come up with any ideas of what to do with these. Any suggestions?

http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/peg5.jpg
http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/peg6.jpg

3. I'm not sure how to explain this part. Each spring should have two arms bending out from the main coil. Hook one arm into the coil of another spring and then bend the second arm up and into the same coil.

4. Continue doing this until you have formed a chain of the right length. Then take the two ends of the chain and link them together. Your jewelry is complete!

http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/pegbracelet.jpg
Here is a bracelet I made.

http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/pegnecklace.jpg
And here is a necklace.

http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/heartpadlock.jpg
I added this heart padlock I got from a Christmas cracker last year.

http://members.lycos.co.uk/gillygilly/craftster/pegnecklaceheart.jpg
Ta-da!

I hope you enjoyed that.
3  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / UK crafty magazines on: March 12, 2004 03:03:39 AM
I wasn't sure whether I should post this under the magazine or the England section, in the end England won because it's more relevant to people in the UK.

I've just been looking at the website for the American magazine Ready Made (http://www.readymademag.com/) and I was thinking I'd really love to get a copy of it but I don't really want to have to take out a yearlong subscription!

Does someone know if I can get it anywhere in the UK?

Or even better, are there any fantastic English magazines out there that are similar?

What's your favourite crafty/design magazine?
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