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11  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Soles? on: November 14, 2006 03:39:17 PM
Okay, I've searched the boards here a bit, and have looked on line on & off for about 3 years, hoping someone reading this can help me find a resource for commercial-quality shoe soles with some arch support built in.
That means plain, flat, moccasin-type leather is out. I'm also un-interested in cannibalizing a new pair of shoes....

I've seen beautiful piecework leather art shoes at a craft center on the blueridge parkway in the past, but had no luck finding manufacturing information on them, but darn it, that crafts person obviously had a resource, and given the price of the finished shoe, it couldn't have been that pricey a component in the finished product.

Any one?.

Thanks
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cheap yarn alert on: May 25, 2006 04:39:07 AM
Just saw this over on the crochet board
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97395.0
Hey, kookoosp, I might need to make a road trip out your way!!!!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help...I want the brim of my hat to be flat! on: March 11, 2006 08:23:28 AM
So I've made flat crochets circles before, I know the formula. Now, I'm trying to apply that formula to the crown

of a hat I've made, and it's coming out quite wavy instead of flat.
The formula I use indicates that one make a chain, join it, then make 2 SCs in each CS. I figured the last row of

the crown of my hat looked like a joined chain, so I made 2 SCs in each stitch, and had the beginnings of a nice,

flat brim.
The formula then indicates:
Round two: 2 SCs in each SC
Round 3: 2 SCs in first stitch, one SC in next stitch. Repeat around
Round 4:  2 SCs in first stitch, one SC in next 2 stitches. Repeat around
Round 5:  2 SCs in first stitch, one SC in next 3 stitches. Repeat around
Etc., etc.
The problem is that when I do round two, it's just waaaaay to wavy, not at all flat. So I took that round out and

skipped straight to round 3, but it still seems too wavy. 
Any tips on how to figure this out, other than just constantly ripping back?

BTW the crown of my hat is 54 sts, and it is worked up at a fairly firm gauge...maybe this is why it's getting

wavy instead of lying flat?
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Parrot on a perch on: February 14, 2006 07:41:46 AM
I crocheted this for regansbox in the recent pirate swap. It was the most ambitious thing I've crocheted since leaning back in August 2005. The pattern was pretty good, but it didnt' have instructions for claws, so I made that part up.
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Wire + Beads = Baskety Goodness on: January 13, 2006 02:31:32 PM
After a somewhat un-exciting experience at a basket-making workshop (nothing wrong with the basket maker or supplies, or anything...just not my cup of tea), I made this little basket with aluminum wire and glass pony beads.

I liked working with the wire a whole lot more that the reeds, and I use it to hold little cables on my computer desk.
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help me figure out what's wrong in this pattern. on: January 11, 2006 04:20:37 PM
Okay, so I've triple checked my type up, and now present to you instructions for rounds 9 and 10 of this pattern I'm working on:
BTW Previous round was a total of 28 sc's...Also, even though it says "round" at this point in the pattern I'm supposed to be working flat...this will be stitched up and stuffed eventually

ROUND 9: 1 sc and 2 hdc's in next 10 sc's, 1 sc in each of remaining sc's to end of round - 48 stitches made
Round 10: 1 hdc in next 11 hdc's, 2 hdc's in next hdc, 1 hdc in each of remaining hdc's - 49 hdc's made.

Uhm, following instructions for round 9, based on the 28 stitches of the previous row, I did end up with a total of 48 stitches (some sc's and some hdc's, obviously)

It seems that Round 10 is wanting me to end up with a total of 49 stitches (hdc's), with one increase being made, however the previous round only had 20 hdc's total, not 48 like this round (10) of instructions seems to be based on.

What do you think...is round 10 written wrong, or round 9? Or am I totally missing something here???
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anyone familiar with this pattern? on: January 09, 2006 07:11:43 AM
This is the pattern I'm interested in:
http://www.wizardsofthe.com/parrot/
I'm more than willing to pay for it, but I've emailed the "parrot shop" for further information & I'm not entirely sure it went through. Also, there's no direct email address listed, nor phone number or physical address, and the site hasn't been updated since 2003.
Like to hear if anyone else here has recently (in past year) had any transactions with this site and/or has more specific contact info.
Thanks!
This sure is a cool looking bird.
EDIT: I just got an email back from the pattern seller, and am corresponding with her about speedy delivery options.  Will update this when I know more.
2nd Edit: This lady was terrific to work with...She got the pattern to me (via fax) withing 24 hours of my payment.  Will post finished product...soon.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Fleck Stone Have you used it? on: January 03, 2006 01:00:53 PM
Hey,
I've already searched these forums, as well as the product website,
http://www.plasti-kote.com/plastikote/homefash/template.jsp?searchcode=FLE&product=Fleckstone
 and don't see what I'm wondering about. It's a spray paint, two part process that produces a faux stone finish.
I'm wondering if any of you have used this stuff, how it worked out for you (I know basic ways to control spraying all over the place, so that advice isn't what I'm looking for)? Also, I'm hoping to use it on glass...will it adhere? Also, the surface might get a little rough handling in some areas...
BTW already have the stuff, so not looking for suggestions on substitutes.
TIA
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How far will you drive for yarn? on: December 31, 2005 07:05:41 AM
So I just posted on a thread mentioning yarn from Hobby Lobby.  I've got a few LYSs here in my metropolitan area, but I just lust for some of that HL-specific stuff, however it's at least a 100 mile round trip, so I only do it when I have a minimum of half a day free for a yarn outing. There's also one of my favorite LYSs of all time, mid-state - about a 2.5 hour drive one way.  I try to combine my visits with other business I have in that area, but did make the trip specifically once just to shop.
Just wondering what lengths (har, har) any of you would go to for a 3D yarn purchasing expedition?
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Report the crafty goodness that Santa (or, whoever) brought you. on: December 25, 2005 12:08:48 PM
Yippee!!!! I got a variable speed dremel ... it etches glass ... no empty wine bottle will ever be safe in my house again ... mwahahahaha ....
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