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11  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Who wants to knit socks with me? on: February 05, 2015 11:04:58 AM
Sorry for the late reply! I'm still working on the cuff. I've been having some pain and stiffness in my hands that I haven't had before, so tried out if not knitting / crocheting / stitching for a while would help. Good thing is not knitting meant having time to  sew a quilt top from blocks that have been lying around for forever. An hour ago when I was really nearly done and literally was going to start sewing the very last seam, I hit a pin and broke my last needle. As I haven't knitted in at least a week, I think I'm ready to try it again.

So far, I've knitted about 1.5 inch of the cuff and I've been having the tightness problem as well. I'm also not normally a tight knitter.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 on: January 18, 2015 08:10:40 AM
I plan to graduate this year, so I'm definitely not going to make it to 15. I have exams in the last week of Jan. and when I'm done with them, I'm going to pack my books away for a week and replace them with my sewing machine and fabrics and hopefully tick off the first two off the list.

1. Finish flower fabric baby quilt
2. Finish jeans quilt
3. Autumn leaves table runner
4. Slayer wall hanging I've been promising my bf for forever.
13  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Who wants to knit socks with me? on: January 18, 2015 07:57:16 AM
I'm still in, I just decided to stay way from Craftster until after the exam period (end of January). I broke my promise as you can see  Grin

I like the Ravelry pattern, it definitely looks like something I should be able to do. I see it's not done in sock yarn but in worsted weight. I have some gifted yarn I could use for that. Once everyone has got the basics down, we can try a more elaborate sock?
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting on: December 07, 2014 09:59:21 AM
I made a few Christmas cards yesterday! They're from a free kit that came with the UK Cross stitcher some years ago.
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: 3D Christmas cards on: December 06, 2014 03:48:30 AM
I used to get those cards from my grandma! She passed away nearly 15 years ago but I still have a box of them somewhere upstairs. I remember she would never let me use the coloured sand (in hindsight, very understandable... ) . I think they're very cute Smiley
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do you charge your friends for commissioned gifts for others? on: December 04, 2014 10:30:08 AM
Even when it's not your business, I'd charge. The rate would depend not just on cost (it seems totally obvious to me that anyone requesting an item from you should cover the costs you make) but also on how much you like doing it, how much time it would cost and how much these people mean to you.

In this case, the yarn was cheap, ruffle scarves don't take too much time, you know the receipient, I'd probably charge a small amount, $5-10 or she could buy you lunch or a fancy coffee or something. Just something for the effort.

It has happened to me quite a few times that people come up to me with their repair work "because I like sewing and the tailor shop is asking $15". I hate repairs just as much as the next person, I'd be willing to do it if people pay because I could use the money, but I can't imagine I'd be much cheaper than the shop. Their prices are fairly realistic, many people just don't know or don't appreciate the time that goes into simple repairs / any kind of craft really. Sometimes I'm amazed that people I barely know ask me to fix stuff for them for free. Just because they work in construction, doesn't mean I ask them to fix my bathroom for free.... but "that's different, that's work".
17  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Who wants to knit socks with me? on: December 02, 2014 07:14:44 AM
After Christmas is fine! I haven't found a pattern yet, I have tried to search but I never truly understand them (which annoys me as I'm not a novice knitter, this is just a huge gap in my knitting knowledge) I guess we could do the same pattern so we can help each other whenever that's necessary, but then again no one should knit socks they're not going to wear afterwards.

Recently I did try to knit a lace pattern sock from The Knitter which I figured out should be do-able as I've done lace before, but I totally messed up. After 20 rows it wasn't recognizable as either lace or sock.
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting on: November 29, 2014 02:47:35 PM
I crocheted a weeping angel tree ornament for my brother, sort of on a whim. I came across the pattern and I made it right away. It's not perfect, I've never made anything other than granny squares before, but it's quite ok for a first time. Should have used a smaller hook though, the filling shines through. Standard size needle for scale.

19  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Who wants to knit socks with me? on: November 28, 2014 03:29:28 PM
I've decided I want to learn how to knit socks. Anyone wants to join me?
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! on: November 28, 2014 03:11:25 PM
Wow, lots of hard work by everyone! I'm admiring them from a distance.

My machine is back from the shop, some minor part had to be replaced, but I'm currently just too out of concentration to actually do anything, everything I do ends up as a disaster. I was going to make a simple summer dress and  messed it up by cutting a piece wrong side up. Of course you never do that when there's plenty of leftover fabric ...

I did rip up some five more pairs of jeans and later this week I'll cut them into 12 cm w x  fabric length strips. I hope these will be the last pairs I'll need for my jeans quilt.
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