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1931  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wrist popping?! on: September 05, 2005 06:56:21 PM
Hey, y'all--I saw this thread show up on the home page, and I feel compelled to respond....Doing exercises for your hands & wrists is a good thing--but PLEASE get it checked out by a doctor if you feel pain in your joints!  It's not something to ignore--especially if you plan to use them for many years to come.  I know going to the doctor for a "crochet injury" may sound silly, but imagine what could result if you don't.  Problems in the joints often don't just go away, and in fact can get much worse with time.  (Imagine toughing through it now, but then not being able to crochet at all later...AAAARGH!)

I'm particularly sesitive to this, since I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis (yep, the old lady kind) in my twenties.  It's in a very early stage, and it doesn't usually bother me--and I'd like to keep it that way.  PLEASE (I'm saying it again), PLEASE see a doctor to rule out potentially serious problems--it'll be good for your peace of mind AND for your future crochet projects!  Wink  And besides, your doctor may have simple solutions and/or adaptations that simply will make your hands & wrists feel better.
1932  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 4 ENTRIES / Re: Duran Duran Worship (80's new wave Gods now older but still hot!) on: August 31, 2005 08:14:27 PM
I got on Craftster too late to catch this challenge until it was over.  It was definitely my favorite topic to read, and these candles are so great.  This gets me thinking, "Hmmm....if I were do rip this idea off, who would I put on the candles?"  And I'm thinking, "Cher."  Especially a picture of her wearing a big, crazy costume and one of those gracious stage smiles.  Or maybe even pictures of friends, just to be silly (or to give to someone who's moving away...a funny sort of "don't forget to think about us all the time" gift).  Nothing like putting yourself on a candle with a halo of sorts behind your head and elevating yourself to sainthood.  But I think Duran Duran will always be the best!  Well done!
1933  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Senior Year Autograph Sweatshirt on: August 31, 2005 07:55:40 PM
Glad y'all enjoyed my handiwork!  I hear you, Bluecat, about the people you graduated with...that's why I decided to go on my own and get just anybody who I wanted (family, friends from other classes & towns, those friends' wee li'l sibs, etc).  Anybody I preferred to forget didn't make it on!  Wink  And it was a good way to learn how to embroider, since it really was a bunch of individual small projects.

PinkBalletShoes:  If you decide to try something like thismake sure your background color is light enough so the markered signatures show up & you can work with them, and also dark enough so it doesn't look too nastified from all the markering & handling.  That eliminated my preferred colors (black, dark purple, light gray, etc.), so I ended up with cheesy turquoise, but I wish I'd chosen something more "classic" like a dark gray.
1934  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Salt-n-Pepa Shaker! on: August 29, 2005 08:21:04 PM
So glad y'all share my sense of humor!   Wink
1935  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Senior Year Autograph Sweatshirt on: August 29, 2005 07:45:31 PM
I had quite a few shirts with markered signatures on them, too...and they always got worn out so fast.  And I didn't want that cheesy "slick paint" look all over something I'd wear!
1936  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Senior Year Autograph Sweatshirt on: August 28, 2005 10:30:20 PM
When I was in high school, a friend at camp had us all sign her jeans.  A couple months later, I saw her wearing the jeans--and she had embroidered over all the signatures.  I didn't know how to embroider, and I figured denim would be really hard to work with, but I thought that was the greatest idea ever, and I decided to make my own senior year sweatshirt.
Front:

Back:
(in case you're wondering, our school mascot was the beaver)
Like I said, I figured out how to embroider by doing this sweatshirt.  I felt pretty accomplished when I could figure out how to make the stitched-over version look like a natural signature, including all the stray penstrokes but not making them look too significant.

I figured out how to do rough versions of the chain stitch and the satin stitch (and they got much better as the project went on).  Chain stitch was faster, but satin stitch was necessary when I had to cover thick marker lines.

The work got tedious at times, but it got much easier as I figured out how to embroider.  I didn't do it all at once.  Each time I wore it, I got more signatures.  Once I had those embroidered, I'd wear it again and get more.  I took it to school, to family gatherings, and to places where I'd see friends from other towns.  I started in the fall of my senior year, and ended at graduation.  When I went to college out of state, it was really nice to sort of have all those people with me.  And pulling it out of the closet today brought back a flood of memories--and puzzled head-scratches (because some of those people were close friends, while others were short-term acquaintances). 

I'll probably never wear this sweatshirt again--after all, it's a huge sweatshirt in the style of the early 1990s--but it's the only item in my closet that is guaranteed never to end its life as a shower-scrubbin' rag!
1937  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Salt-n-Pepa Shaker! on: August 28, 2005 09:50:56 PM
I'm new to Craftster, and I loved looking at the entries to the 1980s Band Homage Challenge.  I was surprised that nobody made Salt-n-Pepa shakers, so I decided to do it myself!
 
I had to do a little research to figure out who was "Salt" and who was "Pepa," because it would be a shame to put Salt on the pepper...
1938  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: "Dangerous" Cape (no pics though) on: August 25, 2005 10:07:06 PM
You used cooking spray on the plastic and the needles?  I never would have thought of that, but it's a great idea.
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