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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Melbourne, Vintage cork, givaway. on: September 19, 2008 09:12:48 PM

My parents had a gift shop (Gaslight Interiors) in the '70 in Railway Avenue, East Ringwood.

Being the good hoarders that they are, recently when they were pulling stuff out from under the house to put more stuff in, out came this box of cork that had been used for display purposes in the shop. It's chocolate brown in colour. Sadly its a bit fragile and tends to break and crumble.

I grabbed it because I thought I might be able to come up with something to do with it, maybe I could stop the crumble etc etc.

Anyway I have FAR TOO MANY unfinished projects and no more room. It has to go. So I'm offering it for free if anyone wants it.

If I can't give it away it might end up in landfill, as I don't want to put it in the compost as I don't know what's in it.

I'm also gonna post this on ravelry and freecycle later in the week.
I may try giving it to reverse garbage also.

Anyway....anyone interested? You will need to come to Ringwood to get it in the not too distant future.

Actually, it might be the kind of thing someone who displays stuff at craft markets might like....
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace patchwork curtain knit from plastic bags and assorted found objects. on: September 26, 2007 02:21:49 AM
Hows that for a title!

Ta daaa!!! Here it is, I've been working on this for months, and I've entered it in the local (ie Melbourne) Fringe Furniture Exhibition http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/season/2007/show/323/. I've knit other things out of plastic bags and one morning (or afternoon) I was lying in bed pondering when a vision came to me of a curtain knit out of plastic bags, all white and clear and dreamy. It could be used as a shower curtain too.

So I did it, I made it, AND I entered it in Fringe Furniture as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 07. I'm very excited, as I have plenty of ideas, but it's another thing to follow through on them.

I'm not completely happy with the pic but, it's all I have, as I was rushing to meet a deadline, and I'd had two nights of about 4 hrs sleep.



The title of the piece is "Where Plastic Bags Go When They Die". And among other things I wanted to inspire people to think up creative ways to reuse plastic bags. In this case it's actually called up cycling, where you give the material your reusing more value than it had in the first place.

I've been reading and commenting on craftster for years now, but this is the first time I've posted a finished object.  Smiley Smiley Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Log Cabin How to... on: September 10, 2007 10:29:45 AM
I want to make a dishcloth, Log Cabin style, and I was wondering, do different gauges and weights of yarn matter?

Because it's a stash buster, I thought you'd probably be able to use different thickness's of yarn, but I'm not really sure.
Do people swatch in the different yarns to figure out gauge and then pick up that number of stitches?

I did search craftster on this topic but haven't been able to come up with anything.

Anyone made anything Log Cabin style?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Vintage craft board on: August 30, 2007 08:25:35 PM


Is anyone else finding this board hard to find after the Craftster makeover?

I think they moved miscellaneous topics.

I had to go into my bookmarks to find it. Which kinda means people are less likely to surf on in here.  Sad
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Melbourne Fringe Festival Furniture Rant!!!!!!!!(With update and pic) on: August 02, 2007 01:00:32 AM
I have been working on a project over the last few months. It's a knitted object about the size of a afghan and I'm making it entirely out of reused plastic shopping bags and other found objects. (I'm actually keeping what it actually is under wraps untill I exhibit it).

So this is a big thing for me, and I've been putting HEAPS of time into it. Not to mention getting grabbing bundles of plastic bags out of those Coles bins and separating the clean ones from the not clean ones, I mean - Yuck!

And all this time looking forward to entering my thing into fringe furniture. My first exhibit (as an adult anyway). My first fringe participation. Today I went to the web site to down load all the application forms etc. I fixed the (*&%&^ printer so I could fill them out, and I noticed a little detail that I hadn't noticed before.

Now I've also been building some furniture from recycled stuff. All very cute and I'm planning to put them all in together with some other knitted plastic bag objects of mine, but I'll have to rethink that now because......they want a registration fee of $80- per item.

So if I put in what I'm making and two other things, I'll be up for $240-!

If you'r a full time student with id they want $60-. I'm sure a lot of full time students can scrape that up no worries.

This is the Fringe Festival people. It's meant to be an alternative to the mainstream. I was considering asking one of my "clients" (I work with people with intellectual disabilities) if she wanted to put together some of her knitting and include it with mine. There's no way she could pay $80.

I'm just so pissed off.

And I don't mind paying, maybe $20 or something, but $80-. What are they gonna spend it on?
The venue is Melbourne Museum so it's not like they're renting the space, and even if they are, couldn't they come up with a better plane than this.


preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', 'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhh')
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Witterings pattern help please. on: May 28, 2007 11:10:36 AM

Has anyone knitted this hat?

http://autoscopia.com/amelia/archives/2006/07/witterings.html

I am being challenged by the outer edge of the brim. Basically the pattern says to knit into the front and back of every stitch (this is the start of the edging Huh). This causes a frill effect. In the picture the hat has a nice clean edge. I'm not sure if this frill will be eliminated in blocking or if there's a mistake in the pattern.

 Undecided

Can anyone help?
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Melbourne Fill the MCG on: November 28, 2006 08:34:28 AM


Anyone else going on Thursday?

I'm going, and I'm taking me knitting.  Tongue
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Dayflower Lace is making me CRAZY!!!!! on: October 15, 2006 12:02:52 AM


OK, that might be a slight exaggeration, but anyway...on to my problem.

Can anyone please help me with this?
When I knit the 4th row, which is the right side, I always end up with too few stitches at the end of the row. The last four stitches of row 4 (I'm reading left to right, for the right side) are :- k2tog, yo, k and k, then there's three more k's as the edging. But when I get to the end of the row after the yo, I only have four stitches left on the needle, where I should have five.  Huh Huh Huh

I've tried counting the stitches on each row, 19 (not including three each end for edging) on row 2 and 17 on row 17. This makes sense. I just dont know where that stitch is going!

This is very frustrating, and what I like least about knitting. Grrrrr.

Is this just a flaw in the pattern? Does it just work out anyway? Do I just ignore it? Or do I need to make some adjustment.

I'm so frustrated!!!!Thank God for Crafster.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Some more vintage knitting patterns. on: October 07, 2006 12:33:49 PM


Look what I found on my travels through cyber space.

http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/pottercraftnews/mar06/pattern.html

http://www.realisinghumanpotential.com/knitting/patpandv.htm

The first one is a vintage pattern for a shrug, which has been updated. The second is a link to knitted panties and a vest, on the side there are some other free vintage knitting patterns, though with some of them, it's not quite clear if they're vintage or not. I'm also going to post these links up in the free knitting pattern thread under Discussions and Questions.

I also found this site where you can buy vintage patterns. I hadn't seen it before so I'm posting it here, just in case anyone's interested. It's worth having a look at just to see the beautiful designs.

http://www.ivarose.com/home
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / More Arty stuff. on: August 10, 2006 03:39:26 AM

Here are some recent arty knitting sites/articles I've found.

Enjoy.    ... and comment please.  Wink

I Knit- Knit a river.
A project to raise awareness of WaterAid.

http://www.iknit.org.uk/knitariver.html

An idea for those who like to experiment with non-traditional materials, or for those who have run out of yarn.

http://www.sleekmag.com/sitemap/is_11/Rijkeboer/home.html

In the same cybermag, an article about our favourie knitted bunny...... wish I had a bed big enough to fit that one in.  Wink (Sorry I'm going off on a magazine editor fantasy here.)

http://www.sleekmag.com/sitemap/is_11/Gelitin/home.html

Here's the index for issue 11, many interesitng articls to explore there if you are so inclined.

http://www.sleekmag.com/sitemap/is_11/inhalt.html

All about knitting a shoe .....
http://walkaboutknitter.blogspot.com/2006/06/all-wired-up-shoe-edition.html

From the same blog, for those into knit design, some insight into how a pattern may evolve (later to be seen in knitty).

http://walkaboutknitter.blogspot.com/2006/07/ooops-to-oooh.html

Craft sanity gets people connected.

http://homepage.mac.com/jeffhaywood/craftsanity/page22/page22.html

And last but not least, an article on an aritist who covers things with crochet. She from my home town.  Smiley Smiley Smiley So of course I love her even more.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/06/1065292523247.html?from=storyrhs

And here's some more of her work. http://www.darrenknightgallery.com/artists/weaver/otherwork/index.htm

Ok, your 5000 wrd essays are due on Friday.
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