Phew, that's a long title. Anyhow, I have a question - as craftsters, we all have our kinks and quirks. We have stuff that we are really good at, stuff that we love to do, and stuff that you are just adding to your repertoire.
If it's a big swap and has a long crafting time - do you choose something that you can do well or do you venture out into new territory? I'm crafting for the dollar store swap right now, and it's giving me a severe case of the jitters - especially since I said I'd be spoiling my first timer partner.
I have two needles of similar gauges - one is aluminium with a coating, the other is bamboo. I worked with the aluminium ones first, knitting with tee-shirt yarn, and other stuff. Some of the smooth coating has been chipped off, and now it has a rather "catchy" feel to the knitting movements. (It's harder to remove the yarn from the needle.)
The bamboo needles are shorter, but they are size 7 US. They are very smooth and result in a very controlled knit. (I knit a garter stitch washcloth with it - it's a very good pair of needles.)
Is there any way to refinish the aluminium needles to their prior state? Or will I have to live with crappy needles? (I rather not spend more money on another pair, but I will if I absolutely have to...)
And - what do you guys find better? Bamboo or aluminum? The aluminum seems heavier, and I get less stitching done than I need to...(I have tiny hands - I still can wear kids gloves...)
I'm involved in a personal swap! My stamps are going to a nice home...
Ignore the bad photography skills!
Also, Speedy-Carve isn't too bad. No wonder the letterboxing community calls it "the pink stuff". I think I'd pick up another sheet of it, but locally. I turned out a shedload of stamps using a $20 sheet.
Well, I'm new to polyclay. I admit, I bought a chunk of Sculpey 3 when it was on sale for the purposes of modeling a necklace for a cosplay idea. That fell through, and now I'm thinking about creating stamped pendants with it.
I don't have a dedicated oven for this stuff, and I rather not use the only toaster oven in the house (considering that it is very uneven, and that my poly clay will possibly burn).
I'm going to coat it in whatever varnish is best to protect it at the end too. Any recommendations?
I wanted something to label my craftster swap packages...so I decided on the scissors, yarn, sewing machine, glue bottle, and thread logo. It's approximately 1 inch by 1.5 inches high, and is a pretty good label!
The glue bottle was tiny and almost impossible to do.
So, wanting to celebrate my last day of school for this year, I decided to do a great simple dessert! Grilled Pears with rum sauce! So simple, but so good.
Ingredients - hon li pears (love these, they are less gritty than normal bartlett pears and have a higher sugar content!) --> translates to fragrant pear. - two pinches of sugar - a glug of dark rum (I had chocolate infused dark rum...so good)
Add sliced pears to a rocket hot pan. Grill them until brown on both cut sides. Mix sugar and a glug of rum. Take pears off heat, and add sauce to them. Inhale with glee! (The pears will absorb some of the sauce.)
I'm thinking of creating and selling a set of Harry Potter house crest stamps. (That's Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gyrffindor in one set.) How much should I charge then? (It usually takes me a couple of days to make these...)
Also, my packaging is of concern. I imprint the image on a piece of paper, and then shove it into a small polybag (like for extra buttons). Does this exude a professional feel, or not?