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301  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Twine is fine! on: May 11, 2007 11:51:34 AM
That pencil cup is awesome! The button details are the perfect touch. All those creations make me want to get some twine now and try it out. But um, in case I mess up, how hard was the twine to work with. Could it be ripped up ok?
302  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knit Boquet - Just mailed for Mother's Day (LALA Scarf) on: May 11, 2007 11:40:04 AM
That is soooooooo pretty! It looks like the perfect spring shawl. And I really like the way you wrapped it up. It looks like a bouquet of morning glories or something.
303  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Too Sexy" Reversible Kitschy Tote and scrap cupcake patch on: May 09, 2007 06:04:27 AM
I adore those tie straps! Methinks I'll have to incorporate that idea into my next bag.

And about the cupcake.........is it supposed to be one of those things that has no wrong answer, kinda like those ink blots? Because the first time I saw it, I just saw a cupcake with a bite out of it. Then I looked again and I kinda saw something like those animal skulls you would see on ranches.
304  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: To specialize in one craft or flirt with many different ones? on: May 08, 2007 02:52:56 PM
I think dabbling in many different crafts helps compliment others. Like right now, I am sewing up this awesome new needle case that I drafted myself for my new knitting needles. And I used to scrapbook a lot, so I implement that into prettifying my project notebooks.

Perpetuating the cycle! (I think that's what I'm trying to say. I'm burnt out from studying for finals. )

Anyway, I think I took up sewing first when I was about 12,
then scrapbooking around 15,
then knitting and crochet around 18
embroidery 19
and now at 20, I'm trying to pick up beading and painting

305  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Crafty Penpals! on: May 08, 2007 12:32:23 PM
Hi!
My name is ElizabethGrace, but most of the time I just go by Liz. I just turned 20 two weeks ago, and I am from Virginia. I grew up by the beach (Hampton Roads area) but I moved to the mountains (Winchester) for school. I am a biology major, which really wasn't a good idea for someone with cataracts, considering biology revolves around microscopes. Ah well, maybe I"ll switch to chemistry.

I have dabbled in pretty much every type of needlework- sewing, embroidery, crochet, knitting- but I haven't really perfected my technique in any of them. But I've been working on projects a lot more lately to help ease my discomfort from my migraines. I pretty much have a migraine all day every day and my medicines aren't helping much, but I find crafting to be really relaxing.

I am also an anime/manga fanatic. The stories just seem so much more creative and alive than others. Arina Tanemura is my favorite! The music and subplots and everything for FullMoon was just amazing. And, recently my boyfriend got me watching BLEACH. I don't normally like shonen, but at least it's not oozing testosterone.

I used to be really big into music when I was in high school, but I guess I've become disconnected. I've been stuck in this rut of anime soundtracks and Nickelback and the all american rejects for a few months now. I was in the concert and marching bands, and everyone was always sharing commentaries about new bands and reviews for cds and concerts. So I was totally in the know about good bands. But now, other than the conservatory, I don't have really have that here. It makes me sad.

Let's see, what else is there?
Oh, I am a total sucker for all things cute and colorful. Especially anything with pink, purple and spring green together. Except now I am trying to learn that things need a function. I can't have really cute but non-useful things littered around my apartment.

I have a little calico named Skittles, she is more entertaining than most things on TV. I even think it's funny when she goes into heat and bothers my male roommates.

I would be ecstatic to have a creative penpal. It would be a pleasant retreat from all the sheep that surround me.

EDIT MAY 11: I have two domestic penpals, but I would still like to have an international penpal.
306  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / anyone used a knitwit? on: May 08, 2007 12:00:18 PM
I am trying to make a blanket for my boyfriend's sister. It's supposed to be kinda like a quilt with her cat's face on it. I bought one of those knitwit tools because it said it could make really pretty rosettes a lot more easily than the traditional way. But the problem I'm having is that once I pop my squares off of the tool, the shape gets all distorted, like a pentagon or some other kind of polygon, but hardly ever a square. Am I doing something wrong? Or could it just be that I'm using the wrong kind of yarn? I have been using Sugar n Cream, but that was before I read that it isn't really good for anything other than dishcloths.

Sorry I don't have pictures to describe what I'm talking about. The poor college student that is me doesn't have a camera.
307  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Knitting/Crocheting Goodie Bag on: May 08, 2007 11:48:45 AM
Oh, I would love to be in on this! I think this would give me a lot of incentive to work on my skills. I'm not terribly proficient in knitting (the only thing I can do that actually looks like it's supposed to is a garter stitch) and I'm just starting to learn to crochet. But at least I have a good hoard of supplies, to cover all my bases.   Would the swap also include things like those stitch encyclopedias? I am in dire need of one of those, but can never find one when I go to Borders.
308  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: bamboo facelift on: May 07, 2007 05:51:20 PM
Would those needle sizers work with homemade needles too? Because I think that's what I have. If they did, that would be a better alternative than taking a marker of paint to my needles, I could avoid crappy looking streaks that I would inevitably make.
309  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / bamboo facelift on: May 07, 2007 02:13:39 PM
So I just got these beautiful bamboo needles from ebay today. The thing is, the sizes are kinda woodburned into the sides, close to the end. I have cataracts, so it's hard to see some of the labels. I was wondering if I could do anything to color-code the little knobs on the end. What, if any, kind of paint/stain would work without completely destroying the natural beauty? Or would I just have to resort to tying different colored ponytail elastics to the ends?
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