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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Couple questions for those who recycle... on: June 13, 2007 04:18:15 PM
My first attempt at recycling (machined silk cardi, very fine gauge) was a disaster. Wound, tied, rinsed only to have the tied hanks turn into giant tangled mess. Was sweater I owned so no big loss. Taught me a few lessons.

I picked up three cotton sweaters at thrift shop a couple days ago. They came apart easily and I've wound the yarn (again, machined and very fine) onto old record album covers (at least they're good for something!).

Don't own a ball winder so is that a must? (Can't envision hand winding such fine yarn but suppose I could try to work with it off the album covers.) Also, is there any way to calculate yardage? Lastly, one of the recycled is a two-tone chambray. I have some Reynolds Saucy in dark blue that is perfect match with the recycled. Working them tog brings me to exact gauge for pattern I have. How does working the two tog affect my net yardage of the Saucy? (If at all.) The same or slightly extended due to the addition?

Looking for insights that will ensure the usability factor.

TIA,

cam
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can this sweatshirt be helped? on: May 26, 2007 11:50:11 AM
My fave, old sweatshirt but it now has a few holes. Any ideas on how to salvage? I'm a long-time sewer, can be creative, but am limited to my old Singer (no zigzag), and handwork. Replacing the sleeves wouldn't deal with the underarm hole. I'd like to buy it a bit of time. (second pic is repeat of underarm and elbow of opposite sleeve)





Feedback appreciated.

cam
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Spice rack.... on: April 28, 2007 07:17:40 PM
I've lived in my small apt, with equally small kitchen with little storage, for many years. Never had a spot for ready access to spices. Picked the most logical spot in my kitchen but that meant the unit had to be shallow enough to allow for fridge door on one side, utility door on the other. So drew up plans but didn't have chance to see them come to fruition til I visited family in the Midwest a couple years ago. Gave the plans to one of my bros who does woodworking on the side. He agreed to cut all the pieces, save for the back, from scraps in his workshop and would send them to me (in CA) in a mailing tube.

Once rec'd I ran to Home Depot and picked up a small sheet of pressed board for the back. (Had the bldg maintenance guy cut it to size. No saw in my toolbox at the time.) Put it tog with carpenter's glue and small nails. Got a few bottles of the inexpensive acrylic crafting paint and varnish at JoAnn. The apples are freehand after drawing an outline for each; the 'checkerboard' (hard to see in the bg of each section) was done by masking off with tape (bit of a PITA). I bought red, green, white and yellow paint and mixed a combo of them to arrive at a match for the wall (creamy beige) as I wanted the back to disappear as tho the unit was 'floating.' It sits over my circuit breaker panel so had to put horizontal spacers top and bottom to set it out a bit.

It fell off the wall once (no thanks to the bad suggestion the maint guy made for hangers). There was only a teeny break of one front stop, which I was able to repair and rehung it using picture wire and hooks. I wonder how I managed without it and love that I also planned for it to have towel bar as my kitchen has none (save for squeezing one thru the narrow handle on the stove).

As indicated by the array of 'inexpensive' spices, my budget is very small. All told, I think I spent under $10 to make the spice rack. (Sorry the pics are rather blurry. Was given old dig cam by another bro few weeks ago and in dire need of tripod.)

cam

Original plans...
http://www.angelsacolyte.com/cam/spice-rack_drawing_front_web.jpg
http://www.angelsacolyte.com/cam/spice-rack_drawing_side_web.jpg
My little kitchen...
http://www.angelsacolyte.com/cam/kitchen_a_web.jpg
Some detail...
http://www.angelsacolyte.com/cam/spice-rack_detail_web.jpg
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need ideas (old jeans).... on: March 21, 2007 02:51:31 PM
I've mostly dismantled two old pairs of jeans (removed waistband on each, cut side seams so four u-shaped pieces w/back pockets). One pair is so faded they're nearly white, the other very pale blue. I've been sewing/tailoring for many decades, designed some of my own pieces (jackets, coats, pants, etc.) And I've reworked some items over the years (long skirts into pants, etc.) Normally start with larger pieces of fabric to work with so these jean pieces are presenting a challenge.

I live in SoCal so have a lot of use for light jackets (hip, thigh length). Had thought about doing some kind of minimal patchwork and then knitting sleeves to blend (in something like Peaches & Creme Shaded/Faded Denim). Not sure that strikes my fancy, tho.

Looking for any suggestions from you creative types.

TIA,

cam
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to brighten 'dark' metal? on: February 09, 2007 09:45:22 AM
I've googled with no success so am hoping someone here can help.

I have two old necklaces that were at one time very shiny and bright but now are dark, with even a bit of milkiness/cloudiness. I've cleaned them (ammonia solution), tried toothpaste, but the actual metal remains dark, much like old nickel coins (and I assume due to their inexpensiveness they contain a lot of nickel). I've also attempted hand rubbing with jewelry cleaning cloths to no avail.

Is there anything that'll get rid of the pseudo 'gunmetal gray' look?

TIA,

cam
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need insights on tote.... on: July 07, 2006 11:11:22 PM
Looking to make this http://http://www.angelscrochet.com/patterns/appletotepat.php

With cotton, should I be concerned with the red (black, green) bleeding onto the bg (which I'm planning to do in linen)? I'm thinking of using either Sugar'n Cream or Aunt Lydia's Classic. I've made string totes with AL's and regular string....all turned out great...but any recommendations would be appreciated.

For crochet cottons that are sold by yardage, how do I best calc how many balls I need when pattern says '1/2 lb'?

TIA,

cam
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Favorite tote? on: June 10, 2006 03:45:19 PM
I ordered some Sugar'n Cream for a (knit) sweater and will most likely have some extra when all's said and done. Thinking of doing a sturdy tote. I've done crocheted string totes with actual string and Aunt Lydia's Denim but want something more durable with a more structured silhouette. Any ideas appreciated.

TIA,

cam
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery on crochet... on: April 02, 2006 01:35:04 PM
I have a very old afghan pattern that calls for making 14" squares, tracing floral images onto bond...then crepe paper...and then basting those pieces to the squares. Embroider thru paper and rip away as completed. I've ascertained that newer products are used in lieu of the crepe paper but see there are quite a few options. I don't want to spend a lot (like for large roll) as there'll probably be only 4-6 emb squares (images are 12"). Your suggestions for the best combo of tracing and tearaway (or similar stabilizer)? I was also considering using something along the lines of a very thin Pellon.

BTW, altho the pattern doesn't indicate reducing the number of plys from the orig 4-ply, seems as tho I should be. One, two (four seems like it would be too heavy)? I fear having to buy more tapestry needles if not as none of mine will accommodate more than two. Is it preferable to attempt to work the image on only the right side?

TIA for any feedback.

cam
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Overalls pattern for teddy bear? on: March 24, 2006 07:23:33 PM
Just crocheted a teddy bear (~12") for my new nephew and thought about making a pair of overalls...or similar...for it from leftover denim pieces I have. Can someone point me in the direction of such a pattern (freebie)?

TIA,

cam
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need less expensive yarn sub ideas... on: February 16, 2006 07:26:21 PM
Looking to make sweater like the one shown on right here:http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Classic+Elite+Leaflet+9048+%2D+Sand&Cat=&ProductType=4&Count=1 But need cheaper yarn options. I live in SoCal where this would become year-round jacket so cotton blend would work.

In calc'ing amt needed, how closely can I depend on subbing weight/yardage numbers even tho I'd opt to replace the chunky Elite with with something that would produce a cleaner, flatter finish?

Any feedback appreciated.

TIA,

cam
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