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71  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sweater Arm Holes are too tight. on: January 11, 2009 12:41:27 PM
So, I finally got around to sewing the seams and finishing a sweater I knit a year ago, and when I went to try it on after finishing sewing the sleeves, the arm holes are too tight.  One is just uncomfortable, but the other is so tight it will not even sit on my shoulder.

Is there any way to fix this other than ripping out my sleeve and shoulder seams and joining yarn and adding rows to the front pieces?

Any help would be greatly appreciated (especially if anyone knows of any kind of quick-fix type solution). 
72  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / [Shaun the] Sheep Waffles!!! on: November 10, 2008 05:14:46 PM
For my husband's 26th birthday I wanted to do something special (and very age appropriate) for him.  So I was inspired by that lovable clay-mation sheep--Shaun (of Wallace and Gromit fame).

Here they are:

And here's how I made them:
To start I made the heads, legs, and pupils with melted chocolate.  I melted some chocolate (and I think a bit of butter) and spooned it onto wax paper in the shapes I wanted.  I drew the heads onto the foil before I started with a butter knife.  I just winged the rest (you can see how well that turned out by looking at the eyes...  Grin). 

The chocolate bits hardened in the fridge over night. 

In the morning I made waffles (by a mix), and then I fried some bananas in butter and maple syrup and placed them on top of the waffles.

Next I covered them in whipped cream, added the chocolate appendages, and quick took pictures as the chocolate was melting. 
(the pupils are so big, because it was next to impossible to assemble the little pupils without them melting)

I think these were the tastyest sheep ever (although it was hard to eat something this cute  Wink)   
73  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Jack Skellington Magnets on: October 21, 2008 12:09:00 PM
So these were a Christmas present that I started, finished, and finally gave to the recipient in June...

They are white and glow in the Dark poly-clay, and the faces are drawn on with Sharpies.  I tries to do the faces with clay too, but my skills aren't quite at that level yet (this was my third time making anything with poly-clay).  The magnets were just strip magnet stuck on the back.

Any comments, criticisms, or suggestions for improvement would be greatly appreciated. 
74  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Awesome Fruit Salad with Easy Dressing on: September 23, 2008 07:06:02 AM
So I made some Fruit Salad yesterday (sorry no picture as we ate it too fast  Wink ). 
So now, what I did.

I just used the fruit we had on hand from the market this week, you could use what ever you have...
What I used:

3 small apples (2 macs and a honeycrisp)
1 peach (it was beautiful and fresh, yay Beamsville growers at the Ottawa Market)
fresh grapes (see above comment)
and a banana (sadly from the grocery store...)

Now for the dressing:
I added some lemon juice so the fruit wouldn't brown (just squirted it in the bowl and tossed the fruit with a spoon).
Next I added 2 spoonfulls of honey (I used fresh stuff from the market, but any will work).
I sprinkled in a bunch of cinnamon into the bowl.
The last thing I added was a couple of big spoonfuls of yogurt (we have Liberty plain yogurt, with about 3% MF).

It was great, I recommend you all try it while fruit is good and in season...

Let me know if you try it and it works... I just used what i had here, so I figure you can do the same. 
75  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Anapaulaoli's Anatolia Doll on: September 22, 2008 04:15:24 PM
For my Goddaughter's 4th birthday I decided to make her a doll.  I think she turned out pretty well for my first attempt at embroidery (and if I remember correctly this was my first actual crochet project, I made this a little while ago (started before her January birthday, completed and gave it to her finally in June)). 

I modified the pattern (which can be purchased from here http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=9639) so that the doll doesn't have a permanent dress on, and I also tried to give her more realistic (or at least more groovy girl-ish) hands and feet. 

So without further ado here she is in all her naked glory.


If you have any questions, comments, or sarcastic remarks I look forward to reading them (or suggestions for embroidering on crocheted pieces...). 

If you want to see her wardrobe it is posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270096.0

76  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Crocheted Doll's Wardrobe on: September 22, 2008 04:08:35 PM
I crocheted a doll for my Goddaughter's birthday this year (you can see her post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270098.0), and the pattern had you make the doll with a permanent dress, but I figured that took most of the fun out of having a doll, so I also made the doll some clothes, and a sleeping bag.  I just based everything off of the doll's measurements and hoped everything looked okay when I was done.  Ziggy seemed to like it, although I think I should have put easier to use fasteners on the clothing given that she is only 4. 

Crocheted Top, and Denim Skirt

Sleepwear and Sleeping Bag (the sleeping bag is just a fleece rectangle, sewn up the sides decorated with ribbon).

The Doll's very own Infinity Dress (made out of part of an old t-shirt).  I think this would have worked better if the doll had curves  Wink

Tube Dress

I hope you all like these.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns... you know what to do.

77  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Weights? on: September 16, 2008 09:47:16 AM
Hey everyone...
This may just prove how dense I am, but I am wondering what exactly pattern weights are, and if there are good vs bad ways to use them.  I have been hearing about them in various places around the board and am now curious.  I frequently short cut while cutting out patterns and use VHS tapes to hold the pattern down, and I thought this made me the worst sewer in the world, but now I am wondering if there is some legitimacy to this technique  Shocked

Along with this does anyone have any material suggestions, or ideas for what makes the best pattern weights. 
78  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Dress fit for a Black Tie Disney Wedding on: June 02, 2008 01:01:22 PM
So my sister-in-law just got married at Disney World, and by some brilliant decision the wedding was "Black Tie" (my mother-in-law did this because a) "If you don't make it black tie people wear awful things" (she said this in reference to our wedding) and b) "For what we're paying...", you get the idea).  So needless to say not only did we have to travel 2000 km but I needed a dress to wear to a Black Tie wedding.  I first threatened to wear my wedding dress since I didn't own anything suitable for a formal Florida wedding, but I'm a) not that mean, and b) given the snowflakes on the bottom of my wedding dress it wasn't appropriate either.  So long story short I opted to make myself a dress suitable for the occasion.

So on to the dress.  I decided to make a short dress (I guess cocktail length) so that in theory I can wear it again (although my formal events are few and far between).  I also wanted to be able to wear a real bra (ie not strapless), so things started to get a little difficult.  Also given that I live in the land of no decent fabric stores, this was a very interesting project. 

The pattern:  I couldn't find a dress pattern that I liked, so I combined a top and skirt pattern from an old issue of Burda World of Fashion Magazine (from 2004 I believe).  I also did my first attempt at doing a large bust adjustment to accommodate my DDs.  Fitting this dress proved to be a nightmare, even though i made a mock up of the bodice.  But needless to say this dress caused a few panic attacks while I was trying to give it shape (quite literally, I was crying on the floor only hours before the plane took off trying to make this thing presentable).  I also think the waistline could have been better, but by the time I realized this I couldn't really do anything about it (I had used this skirt pattern to make a dress in a similar fashion before and it worked so I hadn't given it much thought before cutting). Anyway this is already getting too long...

The Fabric: As a treat, I got silk from the super expensive fabric store here in Ottawa and at $30 and $40 per metre I was terrified of using it.  It was okay to work with but i should have thought about finishing my seams as it frays like crazy.

On to the Pictures (what you've been patiently waiting for)
Unfortunately given my spazing out while finishing the dress we didn't get any photos before we left, and the wedding was kind of busy, so the only photos (at this point) are from when we went into the Magic Kingdom after the wedding (which was a lot of fun).  It was raining though so even these photos aren't great (sorry). 

Full Dress (and don't worry I didn't wear the plaid flip flops to the wedding, my heels just didn't suit for running around in the park)

Up close of the Bodice (I know it's blurry but it's the only one)

If you have any questions please ask, and if there are any tips for further taking the dress in through the waist (that maybe don't include riping out the zipper) I would really appreciate them as sadly after weeks of fitting work it still doesn't fit quite the way I wanted it too. 

Thanks for looking. 
79  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mickey Mouse Afghan on: May 28, 2008 08:04:48 AM
So my sister-in-law just got married at Walt Disney World and I wanted to give them a present suitable for Disney Nuts (they are planning on living in Florida and working at WDW... they are quite smitten with the place), anyway enough about that.  So I decided to make them a Disney themed afghan for their wedding gift.  The groom loves Mickey (and I figured he was one of the easiest characters to crochet), and the bride's favourite colour is blue, so I combined them to make this afghan.  It's all Double Crochet, on a 10 mm hook.  I used Bernat Softee Chunky (3 shades of blue) and I used a little less than 3 balls of the 2 lighter colours and just cracked the 4th ball of the darkest colour to finish the edging.  I made up the pattern (just circles (the ears were attached with whip stitches, and the heads were single crocheted to each other).  I did a shell stitch border.  My gauge ended up being quite variable from start to finish (really it had nothing to do with the fact I completed most of the circles in class, really it didn't), so the Mickys didn't line up as well as I had hoped.  Due to this there is also one Minnie hiding in the afghan to fill a rather large gap between heads. 

From the Bottom:

From the Side:

Up close and personal:

If there are any questions I'd be happy to answer them.   
80  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Soccer Afghan made by my husband on: May 28, 2008 06:08:12 AM
Friends of ours got married in January, and we wanted to make them a special gift, so my husband designed and made them a soccer afghan (they are big Brazilian Soccer Fans).  It was completed with Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn and a 9mm hook.  It is all single crochet, and I can post the chart if people are interested. 

Here's the full length afghan.

The pattern up close.

All wrapped up.

Thanks for looking.  I'll pass on any comments to my wonderfully crafty husband. 
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