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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / inundated with one kind of yarn-- what to make? on: June 18, 2004 02:43:32 PM
through various chance encounters and christmas presents, i have found myself in possession of about... 6kg of Berocco Bernat Illusions in 4 colorways (2kg light browns, 2kg cream, 500g violets, and 1.5kg "autumn" aka "meatball"). Illusions is a synthetic boucle, very soft, that knits at a bulky gauge.

i made a great short poncho out of the meatball stuff, and have about 500g left.

i tried to make a sweater out of the browns, but it makes such a bulky fabric that i had trouble coming up with a flattering design (the cover pattern of the first issue of knitty doesn't really appeal to me).

i don't wear white/cream. i have lots of scarves. i can't imagine using a knitted blanket.

what to do? anybody have great patterns or just project ideas for soft, warm, bulky boucle? i'd really like to clean out this part of my stash!
22  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / "No Standardized Intertype Has Ever Become Obsolete" on: June 18, 2004 01:26:36 PM
I found a little typesetting line composing tool (I think) in a salvage shop for 99 cents, that really appealed to the typography geek in me.


I'm thinking of just framing it on some bright paper, maybe with a knitting needle gauge for a companion.

Anybody...

1. Have other ideas for great ways to repurpose this funny little metal thing?

2. Have ideas for more types of metal measuring plates to seek out for this collection? ...or,

3. Actually know how I could use this beast as originally intended?

23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / self-employment assistance programs on: June 16, 2004 05:18:41 PM
I'm in the process of applying for a self-employment assistance program through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (i.e., the federal government) and I thought I'd start a thread about assistance programs. This one pays you to stay home and work on a new business for one year, and provides free business classes. Hot! It is a federal program available across Canada, to anyone who has been on EI in the last 3 years or parental leave in the last 5 years (and who has an acceptable business idea).

http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/me00076e.html

I didn't know there was such a large program available in Canada, and thought some other crafty types might be interested. Does anyone have other programs to share?
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / slo-o-o-ow project pep talk! on: June 14, 2004 02:37:17 PM
ahoy! i am making a braided rug. the braid is done and beautiful, and i had gotten myself in deep denial about how much hand-stitching lay in my future. i cannot see the end. every coil takes longer to stitch up.

who else gets themself committed to monstrously labour-intensive projects? i need some pep talk love! anybody need to commiserate on how big projects are so satisfying to finish, and how they become such a part of your household, and so on?
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fuzzy, shiny purse shaped like a vulva on: June 01, 2004 03:44:43 PM
My Arts & Crafts e-zine is up at All About My Vagina!

That means I am allowed to post some finished-object show-and-tell! Full instructions are included in the zine (plus interviews, art, crafty book excerpts, etc.)

Despite my minimal sewing skills, I managed to make a coinpurse shaped like a vulva. I'm not entirely sure I want to use this (still trying to resist vagina-saturation), but it is really soft and nice to hold. You can keep extra treasure under the big lips.


That is the craft I was most proud of. I had never designed anything more complicated than a skirt to sew. Fun! Hope you like the other crafts, too Smiley
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / 1952 eyebrows (and wraps) on: May 07, 2004 11:24:31 AM
Church sale score! My knitwear model fetish continues, but this time I actually want to knit some of the patterns, too. From "New Stoles and Cover-Ups to Knit and Crochet" by Bernhard Ulmann Co.:

On the back cover, an "Angora Cape Shawl"


And the only thing that has ever made me want to crochet:


I can post patterns if anyone is inspired. Unfortunately there are no make-up tutorials included in the booklet. Holy eyebrows, batman.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / stitch dictionary recommendations? on: April 21, 2004 09:08:22 PM
i crave a stitch dictionary. none of my local yarn shops, libraries, or book stores have much selection, so i'll be ordering something in. that means i can't flip through it. any helpers?

i have specific criteria:

- a minimum of knit and purl texture patterns (e.g., bumps arranged in pyramids, checkers...).

- a minimum of color patterns (checkers, stripes, etc.)

- a moderate amount of interesting eyelets and lace

- a moderate amount of interesting cabling

- a monstrous amount of weird textural stitches where you loop things from rows below, twist stitches, use different needle sizes, and make fabrics that look braided, woven, webbed, waffled, or otherwise freaky.

thanks!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / RIP getcrafty + Glitter boards? on: April 09, 2004 10:48:17 AM
anybody else kind of sad?
29  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / banana bread french toast on: April 05, 2004 12:43:10 AM
banana bread french toast is the road to enlightenment!

very simply, make french toast as usual using banana bread instead of plain bread. holy smokes. very excellent with warm raspberries, blueberries, or chocolate.

i bet other loaves would be really yummy too! lemon bread and chocolate zucchini bread come to mind.

i was converted to this dish many months ago by a restaurant brunch special that my entire table ordered unanimously, and my enthusiasm has recently been revived.
30  CANADA / British Columbia / victoria craft hangouts on: March 23, 2004 01:22:59 PM
anybody else in victoria bc? where do you like to craft in public? i always run into other knitters at bean around the world, and often at solstice cafe. any other ideas?

i'm trying to find some places to leave handbills asking for submissions to the arts + crafts issue of my vagina website (details at http://myvag.net/submit/ if you want to submit!).
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