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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 2 ENTRIES / If you ain't got elegance... goodwill style! on: June 28, 2005 07:59:33 PM
I loved this challenge!  I hit the Goodwill on fifty percent off day and filled my basket.

http://members.cox.net/bsalgat/goodwill%20challenge%20before

This is what I started with:
A full length skirt that hit the tops of my feet (I think it was supposed to be mid-calf but I have stumpy legs)  $2.50
A medium sized cable knit sweater 50%cotton/50%viscose  $2.50
Great sexy shoes that actually fit me (rare in thrift shops)  $2.00
A man's extra large t-shirt  $1.00
Total:  $8.00

The sweater got unravelled.

http://members.cox.net/bsalgat/goodwill%20challenge%20sweater%20to%20yarn

I used about one and a half of these balls of yarn to crochet a tank top.  The skirt had to be hemmed about five inches, and now that I'm seeing these pictures I'm thinking I could go another inch or two.  I used the t-shirt to line the tank top.  The shoes weren't changed at all, but they're totally cute and sexy, so they belong to the outfit.   Smiley

http://members.cox.net/bsalgat/goodwill%20challenge%20full%20length

I might make a shrug to go with it since I have tons of the yarn left.

Here's a close up of the lace pattern:

http://members.cox.net/bsalgat/goodwill%20challenge%20extreme%20closeup

Things I would do differently?
I would change the shape to add a bit more coverage to la cleavage.
I'd start a lot sooner so I wouldn't have to spend a day straight crocheting to hit the deadline.   Cheesy
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Panda Hat on: June 08, 2005 06:08:23 PM
This was a custom order.  My customer requested a hat that had panda ears.  I made it in simply soft, which is just about the best acrylic that I know of, I just love it.

http://members.cox.net/bsalgat/Panda%20Hat.JPG

I do know that it's not really colored right for a panda, but that's what she requested because she wanted it to look like a hat that had been lost.
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / "Old School" Duffle Bag on: May 23, 2005 06:15:40 PM
So this is a duffle bag that my younger brother commissioned me to make for him.  He's my biggest source of new projects, and most are pretty challenging.

I drafted the pattern by tracing a dinner plate for the ends and then using my feeble math skills to form a rectangle of the correct size to make the tube part.  I say feeble because I was wrong and had to slice open the bottom and insert a bottom panel to make it large enough.  And then I was wrong again and had to rip out all those seams and cut more off the bag and reinsert the panel for it to finally go together right.  One end has a pocket made of two layers of vinyl with a zipper that's the size of the whole circle for damp things.  And since I was putting in the panel anyway, I lined it with vinyl in case it got set in something damp and piped those seams in a total "i meant to do that" attempt.

http://members.cox.net/bsalgat/duffle%20bag.JPG

I'd say the hardest part was finding white hardware for the adjust-o shoulder strap.  I didn't find the pieces I was actually looking for and made do with others instead.  The only change I'm thinking of making is doing that fold the hand straps in half and stitching them to make them narrow and tube-y thing.
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Silk Summer Poncho: A Story of Yarn Recycling and Cleavage Camoflauge on: May 23, 2005 10:08:55 AM
So this project actually has a long winded story behind it.

I bought this cute shirt at Lane Bryant that fit really well and made my husband say wow everytime he saw me in it, but its cleavage inducing properties made it indecent for solo wear.  I decided that if I ever wanted to wear it in public, I needed to make a lacey summer poncho thing to wear with it.

I went to the Goodwill and found a cardigan (donna karen, actually) that was 70%silk 30% cotton in a kind of bone color.  I think it was medium.  Sorry for no before pics, but it was just a standard buttoned cardi.  I took it apart and unraveled it.  All that delicious silk blend yarn then got dyed to a chocolatey brown color with cocoa colored Rit dye.  I wound it into balls with the help of my skein holding friend Julie.  Since it was a little thin and had a tiny gague, I used it doubled.

I started with some swatching till I found a big meshy stitch I liked and combined it with some solid areas for more structure and interest, and then went at it.  This is how it turned out:

http://members.cox.net/bsalgat/silk%20poncho.JPG

It's the kind that only has a point in the front and goes straight across around the back.  I'm thinking I'll submit the pattern to CrochetMe for their late summer issue.  What do you all think?  Would they like it?
15  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Mini SnB meeting May 9th on: May 08, 2005 09:35:35 AM
There's a few Stitch and Bitchers getting together on Monday the ninth at 10am at Coffee Rush.  If any knitting or crocheting Arizona craftsters are interested, it'd be great if you'd like to stop by.
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tatting Rocks! on: April 07, 2005 10:48:51 AM
I saw Anna's thread about her doily  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=31113.0  (which is beautiful by the way) and just had to post some of my tatted things.

Here's a sample board I made to advertise the tatting class I teach

http://www.members.cox.net/bsalgat/valentine%20display.JPG

And here are some random little things that I use as examples in my class

http://www.members.cox.net/bsalgat/cross.JPG

http://www.members.cox.net/bsalgat/edging.JPG

http://www.members.cox.net/bsalgat/edgingshamrocks.jpg

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / how to do single french knots? on: February 27, 2005 06:36:49 AM
Hi all!
I was wondering, when you're doing a design that has single french knots all over it, too far apart to just carry the thread from one to the other, how the heck do you start and finish off at each one?  It just seems like there's not a good way to do it without using lots of knots on the back.
18  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Crochetalong? on: November 17, 2004 05:15:58 PM
I'm wondering, with all the knitalongs that are happening, maybe some crocheters would like to join the groupthink fun?  Suggestions could be posted here.  I'm thinking... poncho?  Or has that been done to death? 
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / American Flag Afghan on: November 11, 2004 07:36:10 AM
Okay, so for the last two months, I've been working on this afghan as a Christmas present for my parents.  It actually took about half that time, but there was a big space of no work being done in the middle because Someone didn't realize that there's a difference in color between the red heart giant pounders and the same name in the red heart classic.  In other words, red heart classic has dye lots and giant pounders do not.  So Someone had to order more and wait for it to come in the mail because Someone shops at wal-mart where they don't keep things in stock.

The pattern is from this book:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0942237552/qid=1100186955/sr=8-4/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i4_xgl14/002-7175327-5769610?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

So, here's my finished product:
http://members.cox.net/bsalgat/Flag%20Afghan

I'd definately reccomend this pattern if you're looking for a flag afghan.  I think it's a lot more fun than the ones that are just endless rows of single crochet.  This is the biggest thing I've made so far, so it did get a little tedious, but I don't think I would have finished if I'd tried the sc one.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Glueing together a broken bowl? on: October 27, 2004 09:30:25 AM
Does anyone know if there's a kind of glue that you can use on pottery/crockery that will allow you to still use it for mixing?
I broke one of my crockery mixing bowls last night, and i'd really love to be able to glue it together so it's still safe to use.
Thanks!
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