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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: for the older babies -- keep 'em busy!! (now with photo links) on: November 05, 2005 11:34:49 AM
Oh my gosh!  I had one of these when I was a kid.  Mostly cause I couldn't keep my mouth shut in church either.  It was called my "Busy Book" and had all sorts of cool pages.  A shoe to tie, buttons to button, a clock to set the hands on, a train with little fabric pockets for cars that I could put things in, a set of shapes to snap into outlines, ladybugs that velcro on and off a sunflower.  It is sooo cool.  In fact, I still have it and my 5 year old nephew loves to play with it when he comes to stay.  A fantastic present!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Star Shaped Baby Blanket on: October 03, 2005 09:22:45 PM
Okay, so I don't know how to crochet, but who says I can't learn?  My newest nephew (Owen) is due in 6 weeks and his mommy is doing his room in stars and moons.  So, of course I have to make this.  What good aunt wouldn't?  Besides, MY mommy will be here this weekend and she can shake her head in horror and then show me how to get this thing started.  It's the same look she had last fall when I announced I would make my husband a quilt out of old t-shirts for Christmas.  Did I mention that sewing machines usually reduced me to tears prior to that?  It turned out FANTASTIC!!!  =)  So since I don't know how to crochet I can imagine the same look headed my way.  I will post pictures as soon as I get started.  Or as soon as I am reduced to tears.  Either way.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Star Lamp! on: May 06, 2004 02:50:40 PM
I am forwarding this to my DH right now!  He has been trying to make me one out of balsa wood and tissue paper for months.  It is still in many pieces and DH is very frustrated.  This version looks MUCH easier and faster! Thanks and GREAT job!!!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: pinup girl mirror on: May 06, 2004 02:43:27 PM
You have inspired me!  Grin  I must make one for my husbands "Man Room".

What is a "Man Room" you ask?  Oh lets just say it is the grown up equivelant of a tree house with a "NO GIRLS ALLOWED!!!" sign on the door.   Roll Eyes When it is done it will have 1) The playstation, 2) a pool table, 3) a pinball machine, and 4) as much retro pinup girl stuff that we can find and maybe a red-velvet-I-belong-in-a-Vegas-Lounge couch!

Clearly such a room MUST have a mirror as fantastic as this!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re:Quilt from old clothes on: May 04, 2004 10:02:14 AM
Very Cool!  I have a pile of my husbands old clothes that I intend to turn into a quilt, but I haven't gotten very far yet.  I have a question for you though......how did you deal with the different thicknesses of fabric?  Or was it even a problem?  I have all different thicknesses from t-shirts and sweatshirts to jeans and even an old suit.  I was thinking about fusing the lighter weight stuff (like the t-shirts) to some muslin to make it a little more durable.  Any suggestions or recomendations?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Reconstructed Table on: April 28, 2004 10:30:41 AM
Very nice!  I passed one of those double decker tables up on the side of the road just this past weekend.   Sad  "What would I do with that?" says me.  Now I know!  Groovy abstract table for my guest room.  Hum......wonder if it is still there?  Huh
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first knitting project!!! on: April 23, 2004 09:50:41 AM
Well, here it is!  My very first completed project.  It looks more snake than scarf, but I am going to try blocking it this weekend to see if that will help.  If not.........well I guess I have a lovely wool snake to wear around my neck!  Roll Eyes

http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/hockeygirl658/album?.dir=/a4d5&.src=ph

This scarf was really easy.  The pattern was given to me by my knitting teacher Kristin Spurkland @ Yarn Garden in Portland, OR.

It was done on US #8 Needles with Lions Brand Worsted Wool in "Woods".  The pattern is as follows:

CO 20.  K3 Rows
*K3, P14, K3
K20
*repeat from here to desired length.  I used the whole skein of yarn.

When you reach the end then
K3 Rows
BO

If I did this again I might do more garter stitch on the outside edges or maybe a knit row every 10 rows to keep it from being so snakey!

Then again, maybe it will be less snakey after blocking.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:What am I doing wrong? on: April 21, 2004 10:15:18 AM
Thanks for all the advice!  Glad to know that it wasn't me.  Roll Eyes  I am working on a scarf in a basket weave design right now and am happy to report.........NO ROLLING!  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What am I doing wrong? on: April 16, 2004 11:31:07 AM
Okay, I just started knitting about a month ago.  My first project was a VERY basic  scarf with 3 rows of garter stich around the outside edge and stockinette in the middle.  However about 20 rows into it the scarf started to curl up on itself.  Now that I am done it is more like a giant snake than a scarf.

So I thought..."maybe it was the yarn?"  Project 2 was a novelty scarf for my best friend.  She wanted eylash yarn that I combined with a chunky chenille on #11 needles.  All garter stitch.  Totally cute!!!  She loves it.  If I can get it away from her I will take photos.

However, I had about 15 yards of leftover chenille that I decided to do a quick choker out of.  Mostly cause I needed something to do on the rest of the bus ride home from work.  4 stitches wide.  All in stockinette stitch.  10 rows in the d@rn thing started rolling up on itself!!!!

Soooooooo..............what am I doing wrong?  I want to tackle something besides scarfs, but I don't want to make a bunch of projects that turn into snake like projects!  Wink

Thanks for your help!
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