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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention- Ideas? on: August 26, 2010 10:49:19 AM
I thought of that actually but they're pretty big.  Its kind of hard to tell from the pic i included but they're a couple inches across... that plus the shiny factor would definitely make it less wearable in my eyes (at least for everyday occasions Grin)- though it might be cute if I could find similarly colored origami paper and make mini ones for jewelery and hair accessories. 
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention- Ideas? on: August 26, 2010 08:09:08 AM
Hi Guys!
I work with a non-profit organization that's looking to get involved with Prevent Child Abuse America's campaign called "Pinwheels for Prevention"  The idea is that the pinwheel is a symbol of child abuse prevention and we want to give our constituents ideas for how to use these pinwheels in creative and visible ways.
Here's a picture of what the pinwheel looks like:

Now, a lot of people nationwide have used them in Pinwheel gardens- here are some really great examples from their website:
http://www.pinwheelsforprevention.org/gallery/1.html
-and also Pinwheel flower boxes, etc.

I'm trying to think of other creative uses and would love some help! Here's what I've come up with so far:
-Pinwheel Bouquets, either made up entirely of Pinwheels or by adding Pinwheels to an actual flower bouquet
-Pinwheel wreath (like the kind that goes on people's front doors)
-If you take of the 'stem' they could be used a Christmas ornaments

Any other ideas? Any and all help is appreciated!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A soda tab skirt for my college portfolio - NEED INPUT!! on: October 30, 2009 08:30:55 AM
Depending on what you mean by modern... (modern = mod, as in uber simple clean lines or modern = non-chainmail) what I thought when I looked at the skirt was that the bottom edge of the tabs looked almost lacy, especially in that last picture.  If you're going for the pop-tabs-as-fabric idea adding the sort-of contrasting lace (either actual fabric lace or crochet lace which could actually be crocheted through the tab holes) might help. sort of along this idea:
http://www.style.com/blogs/voguedaily/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/00240m-1.jpg
or:
http://www.shopbop.com/garbo-lace-skirt-bb-dakota/vp/v=1/845524441854924.htm?folderID=2534374302084993&extid=affprg
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: question about urchin hat.. on: February 04, 2009 09:44:23 AM
Ah HA!
Thanks!
I'll have to give this a try as soon as I can sit down with my yarn  Grin
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: question about urchin hat.. on: February 03, 2009 01:30:19 PM
Hi, I also have a question about this pattern so hopefully I'm in the right place. 
I'm really confused in general so I'll just go through the whole process.

Row 1 [rs]: K to last 2 sts, W&T So: 1.) KNIT: knit to the last 2 sts, 2.) WRAP: bring the yarn forward, slip the next stitch, [second to last stitch], on your Left Needle onto your Right needle, bring the yarn to the back Do I slip the stitch back onto the Left needle? 3.) TURN because of how the stitch was wrapped, now I'm in a position to purl, but in order to knit on the next row I bring the yarn to the back and in effect wrap the same stitch again?
Row 2 [ws]: k to end
Row 3 [rs]: k to last st before wrapped st of previous row, W&T So, knit to the last 3 sts, W&T

Repeat these rows [2] times more.  [4] sts have been wrapped in total.

Row 4 [ws]: K to last 4 sts, W&T Got it, I'm now wrapping stitches on both ends of the wedge
Row 5: K to last st before wrapped st of previous row, W&T

Repeat this row 8 times more.  so does this mean that on the RS of the fabric I will be wrapping sts in addition to the 4 that have already been wrapped (in rows 2 and 3,) and on the WS that the one wrapped st of row 4 will now be added to. OR does this mean I will be wrapping stitches on both ends of the wedge for all right and wrong side rows for 8 rows?

There are 5 wrapped sts on the wider side of the wedge, there are [9] wrapped sts on the narrower side of the wedge
I don't get where these numbers come from  Huh
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first ever needle knit item! on: January 15, 2009 12:37:14 PM
That was an awesome video! I'm a thrower and I'm really tempted to try this out!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Belated Razor Cami on: July 17, 2008 02:05:03 PM
I made this a while ago and I'm just now posting it- oops.

Anyway, I made this out of Hempathy which is a bamboo and hemp and something else mix.  It feels really good but i noticed it does leave little fuzzies.

Flaws that I see: I'm not thrilled about where the straps ended up attaching- in the future I would divide the front and back differently (I think I just divided it in half, I'd prefer it if the straps attached an inch or two further in over my shoulders) I do like straps crossed though, so that was serindipidous.  The purple ribbon on the back is there because I was running out of yarn at that point and the ribbon on the front is there to keep the top from sagging/cowling in the middle.
I plan on altering the brown shirt I'm wearing here and essentially building it into the razor cami so in the future I don't have to worry about the weird strap thing I have going on in these pictures.

Otherwise- very happy with how it came out, and plan on wearing it out and about once I alter the under-cami.  (oh- also, the under-cami is tucked in in this pic, but in the future it won't be)

Oh also it feels quite soft and smooth and quite sturdy for such a lacy top.
Thanks for looking!

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Close up of front:


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8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shortened Skirt on: July 17, 2008 01:49:26 PM
Hi all! First of all, Thanks for looking!

Well have you ever found some item that had such potential, so you bought it and start altering it... and find the simplest alteration makes it look so much better? Well that's essentially what happened here. 

This skirt is a wrap (it actually overlaps in the back so you cant see it) and it has deep pockets and with 2 pleats right next to them.  It's made of a mid-weight cotton and I love the pattern on it- somewhere between safari-print and those old blue/white porcelain plates I like. Well, it Also used to be mid-calf length and super frumpy looking. 
My original intent was to shorten it and reconstruct it into a basic a-line-esque wrap but upon shortening it, (about a food mind,) I decided I liked it's poofiness and got a petticoat (the white skirt you see at the bottom) to make sure my point wasn't missed.
Now- depending on where you wrap it on your waist- it's about knee length, above the knee if you wear it as a high-waisted skirt as you see here.

That's enough talking: here we are!

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Close up: (you can actually see the high-waisted-ness peeking out through the shirt)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: own design: hooded tunic on: June 06, 2008 10:13:41 AM
Not only do I love the entire thing as a person that likes beautiful things, I love the way you did the shaping! And it def does have that 'organic' feel- you did an amazing job!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: remedies for very dry, damaged hair on: June 04, 2008 11:15:18 AM
I definitely think cutting out shampoo and loading up the conditioner is the way to go- in addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle but I can tell you what I've been told which seems to work super well for me:
I also have curly hair and for a while now I've been getting my hair cut at a NY salon that specializes in curly hair- its amazing but that's beside the point.  What they suggest, especially for curly haired people, is to only use shampoo 1 or 2 times a week.  The rest of the time just use the creamy natural/homemade/whatever conditioner of your choice (as a shampoo replacement) and gentle friction to cleanse your scalp.  (And if there is just that one spot that is really grimy or itchy- use a dab of shampoo to 'spot clean' like doing laundry) 
Also- because my hair is usually on the dry side I also follow that up with conditioner on the rest of the hair shaft and a quick blast of water.  (As in- your hair is still slippery from the conditioner)  Don't get me wrong- its weird the first week when you just dont shampoo your hair but my hair is now curly- not fuzzy, healthy, and i never get split ends despite the fact that I get my hair cut about 2 times a year.
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