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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Advice please - I'm new to this! on: October 13, 2007 11:22:40 AM
Righto - I'm hoping to make something along the lines of this : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176652.0 - for my grandparent's anniversary this year.

I'd love to make the book myself, rather than buy one, and then add all their children and grandchildren to it.
I'm having a little trouble, figuring out how many pages I'll need. I need 18 pages in all, so is that 9 pieces of paper? Or do I go with 10 so I have a blank page at the beginning and end? I'm so confused!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first blanket! on: September 28, 2007 12:14:37 PM
I finally finished my first blanket/patchwork/quilt the other day. It's by no means perfect, but I'm happy with it.











It's made entially from fabric scraps, left over from my last clothing collection. I ended up with a lot of random sized scraps, so I sewed them into strips, and then sewed all the strips together.
I did it all on my machine, which I found quite tough towards the end! Fitting all that fabric through a machine is pretty hard.
I only quilted the green squares. I may do the other solid coloured ones at a later date, before I send it off.
 I used a yellow gingham for the backing, and an old heavy blanket for the batting.
It's for my Nanna's brithday, and it's lap-sized, so she can keep warm while watching telly!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gauge problem - adjusting a pattern on: August 16, 2007 12:46:12 PM
Right-o. I'm planning to knit Picovoli  (http://www.magknits.com/Aug05/picovoli.htm ) But I've got a problem.

I'm using a chunkier weight yarn, and therefore need to do a little maths to change the pattern. I can do this, I've done it before.
But - the numbers aren't working.

The original gauge : 5.5 sts per inch
my gauge : 4 sts per inch

using the magical gauge machine, 4 divided by 5.5 = 0.72

so - my cast on is 136 x 0.72. I put this into the calculator, and I get 97.92

Which is obviously wrong! and won't work.

Something isn't working. Can anybody help?
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Knit and Crochet blanket swap? on: June 11, 2007 02:54:26 PM
Okay, this is gonna be a long-winded one!

I was chatting to the boy last night about knitting a blanket, and I had an idea.
What if there were say 30 people in the swap, each knitted 29 squares to send to 29 craftsters, and recieve 29 sqaures back? By the end, you'd have a full blanket, made by craftsters from all over the world!

You could chose one colour for your blanket so all the squares would be the same colour, just different shades. Of course, crocheter's would be allowed too, and you'd have to stick to a specific size (maybe 6x6 inches?)

I'd need some help organising, since this would be my first, and I'm currently taking part in my first swap on craftster.

Is this a stupid idea?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sleeve Problem on: May 11, 2007 09:18:38 AM
hey Cheesy
 I recently took in a shirt, from large to medium, and all went well. Except - I ended up with a funny 'wing' type thing happening on the sleeves.
Does anyone know of a way to fix this, and keeping it as normal as possible (not gathering etc).
cheers!


Will take just taking in the sleeve help, or will that create too much tightness under the armpit?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gauge help? on: April 27, 2007 01:04:41 PM
I've fallen in love with the cute little tie cardigan from Knitty's 'Surprises' and I'm having a little gauge problem.
The pattern calls for 18sts on 4inches, and I'm getting 20sts. Will this make a huge amount of difference?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Rayon on: April 14, 2007 02:36:43 PM
Right- o, I've got some gorgeous Indian Rayon yarn in my stash, just dying to be used for something pretty.

The only thing is, I can't find much info about the stuff - how does it hang, how to wash it etc.

Anyone got any tips?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace Problem on: April 12, 2007 04:39:52 AM
One os the knitting things I haven't tried much of is lace knitting. My lovely BF bought me a new knitting book, full of gorgeous cable and lace stitches, and I can't wait to make something pretty.
But, I was swatching up yesterday, and came across a problem.



My left slanting eyelets don't work. The pattern is supposed to be the same on each side, and meant to meet in the middle.
They just come out like little garter stitches on the wrong side of the work. The instructions are:
Yarn over, slip one, knit one, passed slip stitch over and repeat 3x

Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Hand Sewing on Bags on: April 05, 2007 09:03:27 AM
I've been making up some prototype bags for selling at craft fairs, and I've come across a bit of a problem.

The bags I'm making have a knitted outer layer, so I have to hand sew the lining to it. I'm happy with the quality of my hand sewing, and every other seam on the bag is done by machine - just not the top.

Would this put people off buying them?


there's the bags, a simple tote style.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitting books on: April 04, 2007 11:36:24 AM
I was wondering if there's any good sites that review knitting books?

It's my 21st birtdhay soon and I'll have a bit of spending money, so what books should I buy? I already have both SnB books, and a couple of Debbie Bliss ones (which I adore).

I think it would be a good idea to havea  page somewhere with reviews of books on it.
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