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1  EUROPE / SCANDINAVIAN/NORDIC / Stockholm crafty advice? on: May 24, 2006 06:22:23 AM
I'm going to Stockhold and Visby next week. I've been doing a lot of research on visiting various museums, design shoppes, etc. Does anyone have any advice for where to shop for fabric? Yarn? Craft books and patterns? I'm assuming things are more readily available than in the states, but any help, URL's or shop names you could give me would be very much appreciated! Thanks!  Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt on: March 13, 2006 10:10:54 AM
Hi,
I'm in completion mode these days and have finally finished a few projects that have been lingering in my craft room for quite some time. This is a quilt I made for my friend's baby (Maeve). She was born in December, so March isn't too late, I hope! Smiley It's all flannel, so I think it'll be very warm. I got the cute animal flannel at Joann's a few months ago on super sale ($2/yard or so).



Here's a little detail of the embroidered corner of the quilt. I wanted to do something a little more elaborate by was worried that I wouldn't finish while the baby is still. . a baby! Smiley

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T-shirt quilt! on: March 13, 2006 09:59:29 AM
I know there are a few people who've made these before, but after a long time I finally helped finished this one:



It ended up being about 3 sessions. My friends Craig and Jon have a beavy of awesome t-shirts (as evidenced here!) and asked me and a crafty pal of mine, Stacie, to help them with making a t-shirt quilt. We made each square 12" X 12". We alternated the t-shirts with dark green flannel; the backing is pieced flannel (so it'll be super warm hopefully!). It's such a pain sewing with t-shirt material, so if you look too closely you can tell that some of the pieces don't square up perfectly. If we'd thought about it beforehand we probably would have used a stabilizer.

We also ended up making our own bias tape for the edging, which I highly recommend! You can learn how to do it here[/url.
But as it is, it turned out well and they loved it.
4  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Bazaar Bizarre in Cambridge December 11 on: December 03, 2004 11:47:38 AM
Hey all--
Check out the Bazaar Bizarre in Cambridge, MA at the YWCA on December 11 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm. If you missed it last year, definitely make a plan to stop by--loads of lovely craftsters will be on hand (including Craftster Leah!). The website: http://www.bazaarbizarre.org for more info.
--Simone
5  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Bazaar Bizarre - website help? on: September 14, 2004 07:38:05 AM
Hi all,
We're lookin' for a website desginer for some help--see info below, but feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be interested.
Thanks!
--Simone
simone@bazaarbizarre.org

The Bazaar Bizarre (www.bazaarbizarre.org) is looking
for a web designer to re-design their site. Were in
deparate need of a volunteer to help us design a site
that can support our various events (currently in
three different states). If youre interested, please
send your contact info and links to any websites
youve designed to simone@bazaarbizarre.org

About:
The Bazaar Bizarre is an annual DIY craft fair that
started in Somerville, MA in 2001. The BB started as
an alternative to the usual, churchy or hippie craft
fair. So far each event has had hundreds of attendees
and last year we expanded to the west coast. This
years events (Boston, LA, and Cleveland) will take
place in early December.

Requirements:
The site needs to have one splash page with link to
all the BBs. Currently there are links to Boston, LA,
and Cleveland. We expect to have more cities in the
next year, so those have to be able to be added
easily. Site should be able to be easily maintained.
Site must be able to support the vendor submission
form (currently in Perl).

All sites need to have the same, cohesive look and
feel. Well use the Steve Weisman artwork for all
sites. See: http://www.bazaarbizarre.org/la/

Architecture of all sites will be the same, but
content will vary.
6  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Bazaar Bizarre needs a new home! on: September 07, 2004 12:40:13 PM
Hi all!
The Bazaar Bizarre is looking for a new home. We've had the big DIY craft event at the VFW in Davis Square for the past several years and we've totally loved being there (near the T, cheap bar, awesome people, and cheap!), but I think we're outgrowing it. Last year there was a line around the door. . . which, while kinda cool is just annoying for those having to face the freezing temperatures just for a chance to do some decent holiday shopping.

So, please email me if you have any suggestions for spaces that might work. Our perfect venue would have most (but not all) of the following characteristics:
--easy access to the T
--large, spacious room(s)
--bar
--PA system
--most importantly, we need a space that won't cost us an arm and a leg! We don't want to charge access and only want to charge vendors just enough to cover the venue and table rental.

If you have any suggestions or are interested in volunteering, I'd *love* to hear from you.
Thanks!
-Simone

simone@bazaarbizarre.org
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mag Knits - new knitting website! on: March 01, 2004 10:07:15 AM
Hi all,
This is a new knitting website in the vein of Knitty (www.knitty.com--in case you don't know!):

http://www.magknits.com/

I'm printing out the felted poppy pattern and knitting them up tonight!
--Simone


8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Stitch 'n Bitch Projects on: November 16, 2003 08:56:13 AM
Hey all,
So I know all you devoted knitters are mostly likely in love with the new Debbie Stoller book, "Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook," and most likely following her book tour blog (http://www.knithappens.com/), right?

Well, I thought it'd be cool to post finished projects from this most awesome book.

So, here goes:

I started out with the "Powerful Wrist Protection" cuffs.

Here they are:


I love this project because they're wicked cute and I churned one out in an hours. I didn't use the recommended yarn (Katia Mississippi) only because I thought this would be a good opportunity to use up some of my ridiculously huge yarn stash.

Then, yesterday I headed to a new-ish yarn store in Arlington, MA (http://www.knitroomboston.com/) and picked up the supplies for the "Coney Island Fireworks Scarf."

Here's the scarf:


And, here's a close-up:


Since it's knit up on #15's, it went super fast (~2-3 hours). I know I should be knitting holidays gifts for people. . . but I just might have to hold onto this one for myself!

Does anyone else have finished projects from "Stitch 'n Bitch?" Please post 'em!

--Simone




 
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fuzzy Boa Scarf on: September 22, 2003 08:19:41 AM
I've started making lotsa stuff for the upcoming holidays. One really easy, cheap item I've made is this fuzzy, boa scarf:

It's not a great pic, but it's basically a very long, ultra-fuzzy scarf. The great thing is that it's so inexpensive and quick (took me about 2 one-hour sittings) to make.
Here's what I used:
yarn: Splash brand ($10)
needles: #17
Here's how I made it:
I casted on 10 stitches and just did garter stitch (knit every row) until I got to the length I wanted. It's a little tough to get used to the gigantic needles and the weird yarn, but it's so fast! I even had quite a bit of leftover that I think I'm going to use as cuff yarn for some mittens.
For you Boston-types: I got the yarn at Woolcott in Harvard Square. They used to have a more expensive yarn similar to this, but check out the stock towards the back of the store.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Pot Holder Fabric? on: September 19, 2003 03:47:12 PM
[Not sure if this should be in a more sewing-centric section]

So, I make these potholders:


and:


Now, in the past I've used just cotton fabric for the front, heavy duty quilting, and thick upholstery. But I'm wondering if there's any place that I can purchase that silvery, quilty (heat-resistant?) fabric. I've done a few online queries, but haven't come up with anything promising.
Anyone have any ideas? Lemme know!
Thanks!
-Simone
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