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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Help! Resizing knee-high boots on: March 04, 2010 01:08:25 AM
Ok first of all:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Faded-Glory-Women-s-Sylvia-Boots/11964356
here are the boots I'm working with. I'm going to post a better picture later but wanted to get this posted before I forgot about it and ran out of time to make changes.

Back story: I'm going to Megacon March 12th as Batgirl. I have numerous Batgirl costumes as I dress up as her almost as often as I do zombies or Triana Orpheus (which is quite often). I was determined to make this year's Batgirl better than any other and still do it 90% handmade. So far my unitard, gloves, and mask have all failed me. I will not give up though!

I'm going to spray paint these boots yellow but here's the issue. I have very muscular calves. Disproportionally so.
I went up 1.5 sizes in the boots and still they're too tight around the widest part of my leg. So in my frustration, I cut open the back
until they would fit and ended up cutting a little less than halfway down.

I'm tempted to just say screw it and leave the gap there but I thought I'd see if any craftster people had a better idea for what to do with the gap. Should I sew a panel of stretchy fabric in there? Really wide elastic maybe? I don't have the right kind of punch to be able to do laces unfortunately but I'm open to any suggestion cuz I'm really stumped.

Thanks in advance! Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Have you ever... on: April 29, 2009 10:13:51 PM
This is a mix of a WWYD? and a Have you ever...? that begins with a story.

A couple years ago a former coworker gave me a big bag of yarn. I ended up hating most of it but kept some that I have plans for and in among that were 8 balls of this acrylic viscose sportweight yarn in a blue almost the same shade as the lines on the craftster background. I'll post a picture of it when my camera battery finishes charging. My point is that I have been trying to destash for 2009 and everytime I come around to the blue yarn I start a project and end up hating it. I don't know if it's the color or the feel or what, but everything I make with this yarn, I hate. I can't bear to take it to my local thrift store, I know it will sit there for years and never be picked up and it seems like such a waste of such a good yarn. I simply can't seem to find a single thing I would like to make with it though. It's torturing me.

So I ask you fellow craftster's. What would you do? and Have you ever had this happen to you? Where you had a yarn you really wanted to use and just couldn't find the right project?

Also, if anyone reading this thinks they have the perfect project for 8 balls of pale blue acrylic viscose sportweight yarn, speak up, I wouldn't mind giving it away if I knew it was going to be used because otherwise I fear it will sit here and bug me to death.
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Bavarian Rockstar Socks on: January 06, 2009 06:52:35 PM
I'm sucking it up and knitting my first pair of socks - the Bavarian Rockstar Socks from the 2008 SnB calendar.

Has anybody else knit these? When I dig up my camera I'll post pictures.
they're a little intimidating but i'm tenacious! Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / very modified r31 laptop case on: August 07, 2008 09:25:08 PM
This laptop case was made from a very modified version of this pattern:
http://web.archive.org/web/20070315144058/http://www.magknits.com/Jan07/patterns/r31.htm
and the 600 yards of cherry kool-aid dyed wool from this post:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251173.msg2793094#msg2793094

My laptop is...chunky I guess is the right word, so I had to redo the pattern to fit the awkward wedge-shaped dimensions of my computer and as a result flipped the pocket to open horizontally instead of vertically and I hand-felted rather than machine felt so that I would have more control. ANYwho - onto the pictures - they make more sense than my rambling:

the case itself:


the pocket:


and the lining:


I've only used it a few times so far, and I think before school starts I'm going to had some interfacing and batting for more padding and to help it keep it's shape. Overall, I'm very happy with it.
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Little Pic Heavy - Kool-Aid Adventures on: June 11, 2008 09:40:24 PM
well it took me 2 years but i finally got around to my second round of kool-aid dying but here it is!

this was done awhile ago but i never posted it. it's self striping (an arbitrary length). i can't remember the flavors i used, but i think it was pineapple, blue raspberry, lemon lime, and one of those changing strange colors.


here is a small swatch ,knit and felted, of the blue green, i love how the yellow pops out.


here is what the blue/green/yellow started out as


and now for story time.
I had roughly about 1400 yards of this off-white itchy wool (the one in the picture above) that I bought off ebay for playing around with dying and felting. Well, I liked the colors in my dying so much that I wanted to make things out of them, but oh poo! the wool is so itchy! so I soaked the undyed skeins in a big tub of wool wash and let them all dry and they were still itchy! I was so grumpy about it I put them away and never wanted to see them again. skip to 2 years later - I get hungry for a crafty project to help me relax from a difficult summer class and it's raining like crazy, so what do i have on hand? 10 packets of cherry kool-aid left over from the previous attempts (my first go with cherry left me with a blood-colored yarn i didn't care for at the time). so i pull out 3 skeins of ole itchy and soak it in the sink, prepare the dye bath, and voila - enough yarn for exactly the project i want to start tomorrow. what project is that? you'll have to wait and see. Wink

for now, here's a pic of the approx 600 yards in the bath


and here it is hanging to dry


the picture of it in the soup pot is the most accurate picture of the color.

EDIT: I finally finished the project with the red yarn!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262001.msg2937595#msg2937595
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Unconditional Swap July - Gallery on: July 16, 2006 05:48:23 PM
original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=106545.0

someone sent out so here's the thread to show off all the goodies! Smiley
i can't wait to see what everyone is sending!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! too much Patons Grace! on: July 15, 2006 10:27:44 PM
I'm trying to bust some of my stash before I move so I don't have to haul so much yarn (i'm not throwing it out - are you nuts!?).

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a pattern I could use for 4-5 balls Patons Grace 100% mercenized cotton. I have 4 balls apricot and 1 ball in a pale tan color (I can't remember the name and don't have the label anymore).

The gauge says 24st = 4"(10cm) on size 6 (4mm) needles.
I've had this yarn forever and have no clue what to do with it. I was thinking the razor shell lace cami ohmystars designed (seen here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=96299.0) but this yarn has zero stretch and it seems her camisole needs some give.
Please help - I'm lost Sad
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Kanzashi Glue Question on: July 13, 2006 10:28:36 PM
I hope I'm posting this in the right board...

Anywho - I'm doing a DIY panel on Tsunami Kanzashi for an anime convention coming up in about two weeks and it just now occured to me that I won't have access to 7 outlets in the hotel workshop room. Oops!

So now I need some craftster help. I've tried the rice glue, and it's way too slow-drying to use for a panel especially in Florida's humid environment. I also tried Allene's tacky glue and that just made a huge mess. Hot glue is definately out because there's no way to get a power strip in the room (i asked Sad ).

Anyone have any suggestions for a quick-drying glue with decent hold? I would really like my attendees to have a finished pin when they leave.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Unconditional Swap - July on: July 10, 2006 09:11:28 PM
 
PLEASE READ ALL DETAILS AND RULES VERY CAREFULLY!


Swap name: Unconditional Swap July
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: lechaton, Hookin Flamingo, and Krysta (Organizers will change every month)
Sign-up date range: July 1st - July 27th
Date to send item by: Must send out item within 2 weeks of picking a partner
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Non-U.S. participants allowed? Of course!
All ages allowed? Or 18+? Yes, but make sure your parents are okay with it and that you'll have a ride to the post office!
Organizer is aware of users with negative feedback and will not allow those members to participate: Yes

For those of you who joined this swap in June:
Feel free to post any 3 wishes you please (AFTER you've been APPROVED), they do not have to be the same as last month!

Please remember to send in the form even if you had a list in June. I am a new organizer, and I don't have your information!

You must PM the organizer when you post your list, so she knows that you have done so and can check it. PLEASE DO NOT post anything other than your wishlist (new OR old) and a little bit of info about you, any questions or comments can go here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50691.0



SWAP DETAILS

-- Each person interested will post a list of maximum THREE items they want. (Try and list items that you cannot make, but would like to have). These items must be reasonable; it must not be ones that would cost someone a truckload of money to make for you!

-- Once you have given your three items good thought, reply to this thread and post your 3 wishes, along with any other information that will be helpful for those looking to craft for you. (Color preferences, style, size, design, etc)

-- Those coming along this thread will scroll and read all sign ups, and decide if they want to craft for someone. Those who sign up as well are free to craft for another.

-- The catch to this is you cannot expect anything in return for your efforts except a thank you. That is why it's called an unconditional swap. You can hope that someone else or maybe that same person would want to make you something as well and then craft for you. And knowing the great craftsters here, I'm sure everyone will receive something.

-- Each month the organizer will change. All information of the swap will be transferred to the next organizer. An announcement will be posted about this change. This month (July 1st - July 27th) is lechaton. From the first of every other month, a new organizer will be in charge.

-- Each person can be picked 2 TIMES! This means that only 2 people can send to someone. Within those 2 people, the person may receive all 3 items. I.e. "A" and "B" are sending to "X". A chooses to send 1 item off the list, while B chooses to send the other 2 items. Therefore fulfilling all 3 wishes of "X".
Now, it is not necessary to fulfill all three 3 wishes..."A" could send just one item and "B" could choose to send one item thereby fulfilling two wishes on "X's" wish list.

-- When you post your wish list be sure to mention the country you are in on that post. For example:

I am in India.
Wish 1
Wish 2
Wish 3

-- Once you have been picked twice your name will be crossed out in red on the list. You can be on the list again the next month, when the organizer changes.

-- The crossed out names can be back on the list once the organizer changes (every month).

-- As soon as anyone picks a partner, you have to ship them their stuff within 2 weeks.

-- If more than one person picks a person and wants to make them the same item, then the person who Pmed the organizer first will get preference to make that item.

I would appreciate if you could PM me with the DC number or scan the receipt. And - Please DO NOT write your original post in any other color but black. This will make it easier to sort through.

-- All in all this is sort of a good karma swap. Give unconditionally is your motto my fellow craftsters.

-- All regular swap rules do apply for this. All of you who sign up will be screened to see if you are eligible to join the swap, including Newbies.

-- Positive and Negative feedback will be given for this swap. Your feedback will reflect the number of people you send to that month.

-- When you PM me your wish choices, please include their craftster name, wish # and wish.


I will continue the trend of posting who has chosen who.

"There's been a lot of talk about flaking and since this swap has a higher potential for flaking than others, I've taken the suggestion to post who is taking who's wishes in a format similar to the Ongoing Wish Swaps. If you really want to keep it a secret, thats fine, just let me know when you pm with your choice(s). I am just giving this a try to see how it goes, the next organizer may choose not to do it this way. My intention is to cut down on the amount of flaking that is happening with this swap."

I WILL NOT KEEP PARTNERS A SECRET, IM SORRY!


Please DO NOT post your lists until AFTER I've told you you're in.

When you have been picked PLEASE crossout and change the colour of your post accordingly
(green for one wish, red for two-three wishes fulfilled). If you need help with that, feel free to PM me.

PLEASE PM THE ORGANIZER WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE:

___________________ ___________________ _________________
Name of swap: Unconditional Swap July
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Do you understand the way this swap works?

Please remember to wait for me to okay you before you post your list
Note from lechaton - Please don't let this swap die!  Embarrassed this is my very first time organizing so let's make it a good one! after July 27th I won't have internet, so any empty feedback after that point will be filled in by Hookin Flamingo - thanks for the help! Smiley

Gallery Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107819.0


VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE: from now on, send all choosing/sending/etc. info to Hookin Flamingo, she will also fill in feedback. I will still be available until Thursday if there are any questions about anything sent in before this week, after that I won't have internet until who knows when. Thanks for making this a great swap everyone!! Smiley
10  Georgia / Georgia: Central / HELP! Crafty Tourist in need of Stash! on: February 27, 2006 08:09:49 PM
So I've looked through a couple other posts and didn't see anything -specifically- regarding what I'm looking for.

I'm going to be visiting GA for spring break (avoiding all the snow birds coming down here to FL) and I am in desperate need of some yarn, sewing, anything crafty type stores that I could visit.
The problem is that they have to be within walking distance of a MARTA station or shuttle stop.
Just for clarification - my idea of walking distance is 5 miles into unfamiliar territory with -very- good directions.

I would also love some thrift stores or craft fairs that anyone knows about!

Thanks so much!!
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