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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help needed, charity knitting, rough handspun....What to do???? on: June 11, 2007 09:45:38 AM
I was given some handspun wool to knit for charity with, it is spun
wonderfully at a worsted weight, but it is the roughest wool I have
ever encountered. My first inclination would be to make anything that
would not come into contact with a human body. If it must come into
contact with a person, it will need to be lined.
I tried felting it to no avail and even after washing it did not soften
up at all.
So does anyone know of a charity I could knit for (this stipulation of
the spinner was that the wool be used for charity) with very rough wool
and what on earth could I knit? I have 700 yards of the stuff....
I am thinking lined hats, but really will take any ideas at this point
in time....
Oh and I consider myself and advanced beginner/medium skill level
knitter.

Thanks for any help!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cute Booties on: April 02, 2007 11:38:47 AM
Ok I feel silly for even posting these, but I can't help it!! I am so new to this knitting thing, and I love it!
So my knitting history to date is:
Calorimetry (x2)
then I made me some worsted weight socks...
Then I got carried away and made a baby sweater (no finished pics yet, it is blocking) and finally, this sunday I made THESE... these are my favorite so far! I just love them!  They are from Knit Simple magazine (so is the sweater I made) and would not be here except for the magazine has a great picture by picture tutorial for them!!!!
anyhoo... enough babble :-)

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Begging the assistance of the fabric goddesses..... on: March 14, 2007 12:30:05 PM
I am making a quilt with a tea party theme for a new niece due to join our family soon.  With the wealth of amazing fabrics, I thought finding a pink fabric with teacups on it would be no big thang....
Man was I wrong....
PLEASE if you know of any teacup/teapot/tea party fabrics out there can you let me know??
I would also be willing to swap for stash if you have anything......

This seemed like such a clever idea when I started embroidering teapots.... but now I am once again wondering what the holy batpuke I was thinking when I started this!!!

4  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Monkey Pillowcases on: February 27, 2007 08:08:52 AM
I made some Monkey pillowcases for a personal swap, and I was just so thrilled with how they came out.....they are bases on some in her wists by catpants...http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94274.80
(you have to scroll down a little....)



My favorite part is the banana....I thought the outline would make it a little bare, so I filled it in with a seed stitch, and its just looks so banana-ish :-)



just more proof Sublime Stitching patterns rock :-)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitted holiday USPS stamps....(warning large picture) on: February 23, 2007 02:17:52 PM
Check out the Knitted Holiday stamps for when x-mas 07 rolls around....You have to scroll to the bottom, but they are kind of cute...


http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007stamps/welcome.htm?from=bannercommunications&page=07comstamps

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / iron on transfers and "shadows" on: February 22, 2007 12:36:55 PM
Recently, I had a crafting heart attack.  I ironed on a stitching pattern only to find the areas where it had been folded over on itself, and the ink lightly transferred onto the paper in the middle of another design transferred too!!!

So I had remnants from another design actually set into my fabric!! Luckily I was using white, and was able to bleach them out afterwards..... but has anyone else ever experienced this?  When you see a design has "transferred" to another part of the sheet, or into the middle of the one you intend to use...what do you do???
I though about setting it a couple of times first, then hopefully the fade you would typically experience would fade the shadows out of existance??

I have a couple other ideas to try, but thought I would ask and see if anyone has experienced this before and already had a solution......
7  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Buttons :-) on: February 22, 2007 12:18:24 PM
Because I can, I made these cute buttons....all Sublime from the book :-)
These are the snap together buttons you can buy at the craft store, and I kind of did a  "yo-yo" around the back....I think they turned out way better than I though they would :-)
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Skeletons and Skulls on: October 30, 2006 10:13:20 AM
Hey a bag challenge I have a bag for :-) I sent this one off in a swap, now I wish I had taken more pictures.....
Anyway here is the skeleton/skull themed purse I made, It is round with pockets on each side, the inside is lined with the same purple that tops the pockets....and a purple ribbon drawstring ties it up.  It really isn't lopsided, the pic is just questionable....



9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Can you help me find the name and brand of this pattern? on: October 11, 2006 11:15:37 AM
My Grandmother made this for my son....and I LOVE the donkeys (I know they are hard to see) short of pulling this thing off my wall and scanning it, I would like to find the pattern...any idea what brand this transfer is or even the name of it?Huh Thanks for any help...

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fleece curtains on: October 01, 2006 09:03:08 PM
OK, this weekend was filled with CURTAINS, I only succeeded in getting one window done, but done it is. 
 
It all began with what should have been an uneventful shopping trip.  Prior to shopping I had figured yardage needed and hoped to get a deco fabric as it would be wide enough to do two panels otherwise if I got 45" wide I would need twice as much yardage. 
Anyway at the store my daughter proved to be more difficult than I ever could have imagined.  If there was a cute affordable fabric, she hated it. If it was gaudy or impossible to make curtains with she loved it!!
 
Finally we found a beautiful duck cloth/canvas material, it would have been gorgeous.  Really...but I couldn't help looking at it and thinking how in two years she was going to hate these and want something else...and because of the width of the fabric I was going to need some serious yardage.  Fortuneately we found the fleece.  I am pretty sure the designer of these curtains never intended them to be made of fleece, But I can't help but be happy with the results.  Cute, (OK, slightly circus like, but great compared to some of the stuff she wanted at first!) super thick, I am sure they will help keep out the cold in the winter, and you can't see a thing from the outside when they are closed.  I have one more window to go, but they go fairly fast once all the shopping is done.
 
Anyway at least if she decides she hates these in a year I won't feel too badly :-)



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