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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Regarding Fiber Friday on: January 02, 2013 10:59:45 AM
I haven't been really active on this board, but it was because of FF that I was inspired to take up spinning. I lurked on here for over a year before I took the plunge and ordered a set of drop spindles, then about a year after that I ordered a spinning wheel. I just wanted to say that no matter where, or how, completed yarns are posted I am always inspired by what others share here. I'd like to post more regularly, myself. I'm one of those people who usually doesn't spin much in the Summer, because the fiber tends to stick to my sweaty palms. Come to think of it, I don't do much knitting in the Summer months either. I need to fix that.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fighting homespun yarn! on: October 21, 2010 01:10:13 PM
I can't work the Homespun unless I'm doing double crochet and using a size P hook. It's not fun to work with. There is zero stitch definition to use as a reference as to where you need to insert your hook and it has absolutely no elasticity, no give. I find I'm usually fighting with it every step of the way.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion on: December 03, 2009 09:09:37 PM
Well, boo. I may not be able to participate in this month's swap Sad

I had my craft area set up in the finished basement and we ended up having to put our Christmas tree up in the same spot. So I have all of my paper and whatnot in a storage bin until after the Holidays. That and I have a bunch of gift crafting left to do and only three weeks to do it. I had so much fun doing the November swap, though, and I plan on participating in January.

Speaking of the swaps, does anyone know if spookygrrly received the angel card or if BattleMaidenStudio received her Letter R card from me? I hadn't heard anything so I was getting worried.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap November '09 Gallery on: December 03, 2009 09:05:18 PM
Thank you for posting those, Bunnyface! I love them so much. I have all of the cards I've received in this swap in my ATC binder. My brother made it for me for Christmas 2006, right after I did my first ATC swap here. I need to take pictures of the others I have received. I think I have only one more coming my way. I had a blast doing this swap and I cherish each and every card I received. Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion on: November 20, 2009 10:54:48 AM
yup, i've been in touch with her, she's getting over a bad cold/flu and is trying to catch up.

Bless her heart. I'm glad she's on the mend. There's some nasty stuff going around here. Fortunately swine flu has tapered off some in my state, but now there is some sort of wicked cold virus going around, Norovirus and (shockingly enough) seasonal flu already. A teenage girl from Atlanta was hospitalized with seasonal flu not long ago.

My sister had a cold a few weeks ago. I pestered her every day via text message, asking her if she had been overthrown by Hamthrax. She finally texted me back and said, "for god's sake, woman! It's not the swine flu! It's a damn cold!" But my sister has asthma and an immune deficiency, so she picks up every little bug and it always hits her harder than anyone else in the family. She missed five days of work, but said she never had body aches, nausea or a bad cough. She was mostly just really stuffy and "swimmy headed" from the sinus congestion.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: new favorite hat ***link to free pattern on: November 19, 2009 11:23:31 PM
I love...LOVE this hat! Last year I knitted the pattern using Patons SWS, but I like how yours turned out better because of all the fantastic colors. Entrelac is super simple, particularly once you learn backwards knitting. Holy crap, I can't fathom working entrelac and turning my work to purl any more.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Elle the Elephant on: November 19, 2009 11:20:02 PM
I absolutely adore this pattern! I've had it queued on Ravelry forever and have never gotten around to making it. Elle is adorable. I love the colors you selected. Is the yarn Sugar 'n Cream?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: basic set of needles to have? on: November 19, 2009 11:16:20 PM
I used only metal to learn on and for many years after, never had a problem with dropping sts or them falling off. Wonder why that is....?   Huh

I never did either. I did, however, break more than one acrylic needle in the beginning because I kept a kung-fu death grip on the sticks  Cheesy I think some metal needles have a slicker surface than others. For example, I find Susan Bates Silvalumes have a fairly decent grip to them whereas my Addi Turbos are as slick as oil on a sidewalk. If I were new to knitting I may have had trouble with Addis. Being more confident in my knitting, however, I prefer not having to contend with yarn sticking to my needle tips.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: small space, lots of clutter, mismatched furniture...HELP! on: November 19, 2009 11:09:22 PM
I'm sorry for what you've had to deal with the past couple of years. I can sympathize, as we lost our home to a fire a few years ago. We lived in my grandfather's RV for six months and I remember how displaced I felt.

A couple of suggestions. First of all, consider donating items that were donated to your family that your family is no longer in need of. Passing on a benevolent act is nothing to feel guilty about or ashamed of. Perhaps a family is in a similar position right now that you were in when you lost your home. Culling items that are no long of use to you (a good rule of thumb is if you haven't used an item in six months and really can't foresee  yourself using it within the next six months, it's time to part with it, save for sentimental objects) can be very liberating and make your living space seem less overwhelming.

Right now you're using boxes to store items on shelves such as toys, games, etc. Perhaps you could cover them with some denim fabric to look similar to these. Fabric bins never go out of style and they can fashionably store and conceal objects.

Do you have any furniture that can be stripped and refinished at a reasonable cost? Drawer pulls can be insanely expensive, but if they are metal you can cover them in polymer clay in any design you want (I saw a cute child's dresser online with fishy knobs) and bake them according to the directions. Check stores like Lowe's and Home Depot for "Ooops" paint, the paint that was mixed incorrectly or a customer brought in the wrong color sample. I painted an entire bathroom in oops paint once. Paint that was originally way out of my budget ended up costing me substantially less by purchasing from the "ooops" pallet.

I think one of the most difficult aspects of losing a home under any sort of disastrous circumstances (flood, fire, tornado/hurricane, etc.) is that while you're grateful for your lives, it's hard to come to grips with the magnitude of losing your possessions. Most of the things that were lost could be replaced, but some things could not. It's difficult to not hoard things after you've lost personal belongings. It took me a couple of years to where I was willing to part with a lot of my clutter.

Even if you make a small, redecorated space (such as making storage bins or reupholstering a chair or making a braided rug) you will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride and that tends to affect the whole family positively. Keep your chin up. Things get better and they tend to get better when you least expect it.  Smiley
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion on: November 19, 2009 10:19:58 PM
Has anyone heard from spookygrrrly lately? Last I heard she had taken ill. I hope she's feeling better. I also know the weather and blackouts in her area have been terrible. I have a friend who lives in Puyallup and she said it's been awful Sad. I just hope spooky is doing alright and all of our Washington State ATC'ers are safe.
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