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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about hat pattern on: December 20, 2010 06:40:12 PM
I did a quick search through the help topics, but didn't find anything that really matched my question, but apologies if I've missed the answer...

I want to knit my first hat. I've played with circular needles before, so that's not an issue.  The pattern calls for a size 11, 16" circular needle and a set of size 11 dpns.  You switch to the circulars towards the end.  I'd like to knit it entirely on circulars, but I can't figure out how to join the 12 cast on stitches.  Is it possible to do this entirely on the circular needles, or am I just going to have to start it on the dpns?

Thanks for your help!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / How much money have you wasted on soapmaking? on: May 07, 2010 06:47:33 PM
I am a very new newbie to CP soapmaking.  Of the 3 attempts I've made, 2 of them have had to be trashed.  All that coconut oil and olive oil down the drain!

So how much money have you wasted?  I think I'm just trying to feel better about this!  Cheesy
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Chinese Coins lap quilt - Completed!!! on: August 04, 2009 02:39:47 PM
It's not completed yet, but I had to post a picture of the first quilt I'm making for myself  Cheesy  I've made two baby quilts before, so I'm excited to have something for my very own Wink

Inspired by several Chinese Coins quilts I've seen on here (and I'm sorry for not giving credit - I can't recall who all inspired me) I pulled out the Ziploc baggie full of 4" x 4" squares I had of various purple-ish fabrics, the bag of fabric I had no idea what to do with.  And this is the result!







I haven't picked out backing for it yet; Joann's is having a mega sale this weekend so I'll end up picking up fabric then, and I'll post pictures when it's fully done.  And it's a little wonky; it's a bit difficult to get those rows to line up perfectly!


Edit:  I actually ended up finishing this a few weeks ago but am just now getting around to posting pics:

The completed quilt


Front and back


What am I most proud of


This is the first time that I've done something other than prepackaged blanket binding, so I am proud as hell of the binding on this quilt.  Look at that mitered corner!  Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Beginning sewer - need help with pattern instructions on: May 09, 2009 05:00:25 PM
Hey all!  I am a VERY new sewer to clothing, and I am stuck at a point in my pattern.  I am currently working on See & Sew pattern 4957, which is a dress with a lined bodice.  I have NEVER in my limited sewing experience worked with a lining, and I'm confused.  I cut out the lining and sewed it to the fabric just like in the instructions, but here's where I'm stuck:

According to the instructions, I am to "pin lining to bodice.  Stitch neck edges, pivoting at small circle.  Stitch armhole edges below small circle, as shown.  Understitch as far as possible.  Turn lining to inside.  Press"

Ok, I've got this done.  The lining is now on the inside of the bodice where it's supposed to be.  Now here's the challenge:

"Open out lining at shoulders.  Pin front and back together at shoulders; pin lining edges together.  Stitch in one continuous seam."

What exactly am I supposed to be doing on that last instruction?  Cheesy
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby quilt for friend's first on: February 21, 2009 08:29:34 PM
It's been a really long time since I last posted anything!

Here is a baby quilt I made for a friend's first child.  It's finished and is still sitting on my table as I have yet to make it out to her house to give it to her!

I just used a plain muslin backing for it, as they're very nature-oriented and kind of bohemian, and I thought it would work better.  The quilting was done by machine as I attempted to do something a bit more complicated than straight lines.  It's a bit wonky in some places, as it's only my second quilt, but I'm proud of it and pleased with it.


Close up of the leaf quilting


Close up of the flower quilting


Bottom, top, and the blanket binding


Close up of one of the squares


The whole quilt
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Outlet pictures / memories (updated new pics!) on: March 10, 2007 12:46:05 PM
Oh, and first craft post!

I decided to put this here, instead of in scrapbooking.  I used regular outlet covers that you can find at the hardware store, jazzed them up with scrapbooking papers, phrases, and stickers, and put pictures of my husband and I from early in our relationship as well as a wedding picture.  I only have the one picture now, but if anyone would like to see up close pictures, let me know.

I got this idea from a book on layering / collages. 



As requested, here are a few up close pictures:

The left side. 


The little definitions I got from a piece of scrapbook paper.  They show the definitions of giggle, love, and romance.  The little conversation hearts are beads I got from Oriental Trading.

The center.


It's not the greatest picture, but the background paper says "I love you", it has the definition of heart, and the metal piece at the bottom says 'memories'.

The right side


The 'time goes by' is a sticker.  The plate is covered with parchment paper, and I glued on some tulle I saved from another wedding.  The key symbolizes 'the key to my heart'.  The right side is one of our wedding pictures, and the tiny word says 'marriage'.

And the back: 


Black cardstock cut to fit, and a tiny hinge.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / What do you do with handmade journals? on: October 03, 2006 07:25:58 AM
Ok, I searched through the Discussions and Questions and didn't really find an answer so....

I bought a beautiful, handmade journal (yes, I know, not very Craftster of me!) with a handmade cover and papers inside.  It's GORGEOUS!  If I use it, I want it to be for something special, not for to-do lists like most of my notebooks.  I don't really keep a journal / diary.  So what do you use your handmade papers / books for? 
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Attention all dear Craftsters on: September 24, 2006 01:59:48 PM
Please stop bidding on all the altoid tin auctions on Ebay!  I keep getting outbid!  Give me a chance, please!  lol  Cheesy Grin
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / PC Stitch -- I need help with the chart on: August 28, 2006 12:27:46 PM
I did a search and didn't see anything on this, so I'm sorry if I missed it and it's a repeat!


I downloaded a copy of PC Stitch off their site and have a question.  I went through the tutorials offered by the site, but did not see anything regarding the full and half cross stitches.  Is this done automatically by the color chart?  It was very confusing to me trying to figure it out!

Plus, I think I'm going to have to pay the $40 to buy it so I can print off the pattern.  Trying to work with it on my laptop could get very frustrating.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Polka Dot Score! on: August 25, 2006 06:39:38 AM
I won these polka dot fabrics off ebay, and they arrived today!  All are 4 x 4 inch fabrics, and there are 48 of them.  I can't wait to use them!

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