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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: "The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: March 18, 2009 05:46:35 AM
I love this! I always wanted a alice themed tea party for one of my birthdays!

In regards to the chess pieces, are you making all the pieces? It might be awesome if you could make them out of something like clay so you could keep them forever and have them as a garden game. It would be such a lovely keepsake for you to enjoy for ever! I'll try to see if I can source something, that way its less damaging than styrofoam!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Extreme confusion over flat to circular in bootie pattern on: August 18, 2008 05:17:38 PM
Well I went ahead and did it. It did turn out with a random half row. But like the baby's going to be able to tell! It'll be questioning where it's toes have gone first!

I know what you mean about knitting wrong. I've been knitting and purling all my stitches through the back for eleven years!  Shocked
To be honest I don't think it made that much difference apart from the whole decreasing thing. I've been looking at knittinghelp.com to retrain myself and really want to knit continental style. It looks so much fun!

Anyways, thanks for all your help! I'll be sure to post the finished set when its all done and blocked, by the looks of things its going to need a whole lot of blocking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Extreme confusion over flat to circular in bootie pattern on: August 18, 2008 11:44:04 AM
What i did was put the last 8 on a third DPN, Knit the 8 on needle one, turn, and use that needle to purl the remaining 8 from needle three, you should end up with all 16 on needle one and ready to purl!

Thats what I thought I would do but thought it would create an extra half row and make it a bit wonky or something. Is it obvious that there is an extra half row or does it blend in?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Extreme confusion over flat to circular in bootie pattern on: August 17, 2008 06:04:04 PM
So being the lovely kind person I am, I offered to knit a baby hat and bootie set for a coworker who's just about to go on maternity leave. I finished the hat and after all the tedious flat knitting I was looking forward to the booties. However I am stumped.

I have searched far and wide for the answer to this problem, I've looked on Ravelry to see if other people have had problems with the pattern, I;ve searched through this board, I've even searched for errata that may exist as the issue sure seems like a typo to me! I'm using the Grape Fizz pattern from Babyknits Hats and Booties: 15 Matching Sets for Noggins and Tootsies. The issue is on the bootie after I've finished the flat knitting.

The pattern reads as follows
"Slip sts to dpns as follows: place 8 sts on the first dpn;  place next 16 sts on second dpn (instep sts); place last 8 sts on the first dpn.

Next 11 rows: Slipping the first st of each row pwise, work back and forth in Stst on the 16 sts on the first needle only!"

So I follow the instructions and slip all the stitches where they should be and I end up with this (Sorry about the poor paint quality!)



The top "needle" is the second needle and the bottom "needle" is the first needle.  The random pink parentheses are supposed to represent how the stitches 'flow' on the needle. The pink squiggle thing is my yarn. The yarn that I should be knitting with.

Should my working yarn be in the middle of the row? Have I slipped the stitches incorrectly? If this is right should I just knit from the middle of the row and turn? In doing this wouldn't I just be creating an even and extra half row in my knitting? I;m so confused!

Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Leopard Poo Print and Memory Cupcakes (pic heavy) on: August 06, 2008 05:41:21 PM
So one of my best buds, who I work with is leaving me and moving to london  Cry
As we were all getting together I thought that I'd make her an edible present that everyone enjoys and decided on my patented everyone loves cupcakes! So I stole my mothers stand mixer and proceeded to bake approximately 54 cupcakes on the Sunday which I then frosted on Monday and presented to her on Tuesday. Time for pics methinks!

The lovely yummy batter


Baked Cupcakes


Yummy frosting


As my girl is rarely seen without some form of leopard print I thought it would be awesome to make them all leopard print... How wrong I was! Where I had used a plain old round tip for the brown spots, it had the effect of making it look like my cat had been very angry at me and decided to crap on my cakes as some sort of revenge!


Luckily enough I had made ridiculous amounts of frosting and had enough to frost the cakes white and have black writing and patterns on the rest. Not all of my friends can be open minded and we had to force them on people!
Instead I decorated some with a basic skull and polka dot patterns.

The rest got given the word treatment! Loads of different words that relate to awesome times we've had and would make her laugh as she read and remembered them


Some of my favourites were
"Child Hands" a reference to my tiny child like hands (we are simple folk)
"5:1" Gem's hand to boob ratio, basically the number of hands it takes to hold one of her well endowed boobs, I didn't use mine as it seems to be a pitiful comparison
"Hut Pies" a reference to the sign writing abilities, or lack thereof, of our favourite barkeeps where he intended to write hot pies but didn't quite join up the "O" properly
"Meerkat" a reference to the game at work were we would randomly move behind fixtures of clothing (we work in retail therefore easily bored) and poke our heads out in a crazy hide and seek fashion.

She loved them!

If any one wants any recipe that I've used, and I PERSONALLY recommend the chocolate cake recipe as I have been promoted to favourite person and had marriage offers based on them thar cupcakes, let me know and I'll edit it in.

And of course as visual proof that these were well recieved



any comments or advice on leopard print icing techniques, I'll be happy to hear!
 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: CRAFT: subscription help.... on: August 06, 2008 12:23:43 PM
I've emailed them three times. Once to ask why the account was cancelled, which is where they informed me of the my card being declined and that to continue I needed to provide payment information. Once to state that I had a full year subscription so should still be able to acces my digital editions, ask why I wasn't informed of the account being cancelled and given an oppurtunity to change my payment details and included my original payment information. I also asked if there was a way to reinstate my subscription untill the term has officially expired. They replied stating
"We apologize for all the inconvenience.  Vol 8 was the last issue and you should have just received that.  The latest renewal was declined so the account is canceled.  To renew, please go to the following link." 
Which still didn't answer my question about why the subscription was renewed before the end of the term, why it affecte my digital editions or why I wasn't informed.
I have since sent a third email saying that I was very much dissappointed at the way these questions weren't answered and that they were only able to repeat, twice now, that the account was cancelled due to my card being declined. I find it very frustrating that I have paid for the full year of print and digital and have been denied acess to the digital issues before the year was up!
I understand that issue 8 has only just come off the printer so I may not recieve it yet due to me living in England, but I would have least have thought I should be able to access my account online. Each of their replies have taken at least two days to come through.

I really enjoyed the magazine and would have loved to have continued my subscription. This situation has made me question everything, they've essentially cut my subscription short and keep dodging my questions. I'm wondering what they have to hide as they won't answer them...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Military men dress on: August 06, 2008 02:58:50 AM
Absolutely amazing!
Wish I had your mad sewing skills and that fabric kicks ass!
Nice job!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / CRAFT: subscription help.... on: August 06, 2008 02:40:58 AM
Does anyone here have a subscription to CRAFT:?

Basically I purchased the full print and digital one year subscription last September and therefore thought that it would end this September.

I then wanted to find something that I was sure I had seen in an old issue. I couldn't find the print copy so I thought that I'd check online seeing as I did have the full subscription.

However after I pressed log in, I was sent to a random page that stated that my account was cancelled at MY REQUEST. This was obviously not the case as I was quite shocked.

I know that when you sign up for an account they automatically renew the subscription for the convenience of the customer (!) however the card I used to purchase the subscription was declined as it was out of date. Apparently this was why my account was cancelled!

Now I may not work in the magazine business but surely they should have informed me that my supscrition renewal failed? They didn't and despite emails, they haven't explained why they didn't inform me and instead cancelled my account, with one month still left on my year subscription.

Has anyone else had issues with their subscription??
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Presents..? on: July 19, 2008 05:30:33 AM
I love this thread!
I have sooo many people that to give presents! Relationships with my parternal side of the family can be very strained so often they recieve nothing from me, however in the spirit of maturity and acceptance I will attempt to gift for them. Have decided this year to go at least 80% homedmade as I know a couple things like CD's and Computer Games may be required.  My crafting skills are somewhat limited to knitting, crochet, needlepoint and stencilling. So I've also decided to etsy what I can't make myself! However I am well known for not finishing projects quickly. Thinking about it, I still haven't finished the needlepointed DS cover for my best friends 21st birthday, he'll be 22 on the 15th of august!
Here's the list of presents I need to make
BF - Making a Gir Amigurumi, both robot and dog if I'm feeling adventurous!
Mother - No idea what I'm crafting but something dragonfly related!
Brother - again no idea...
Paternal Grandparents - Some kind of photo album and diabetic baked goods
Maternal Oma - Croheted teddy bear and photo album
Dad - Baked goods and photo album.
BF's Dad & siblings - Baked goods and
BFs Mom & siblings - Baked goods and
BFs Paternal Grandmother - Baked goods
BFs Maternal Grandparents -Baked goods
Housemates - no idea
Best friends  - no idea

Ah well, at least the baked goods will be somewhat simple to organise!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: thesis show: alterations (explorations of gender identity) extremely img heavy!! on: April 19, 2008 11:16:27 AM
There are no words.
Only a speechless face of awe!
Amazing job!
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