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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Advice on how to finish this rug? on: August 18, 2013 08:52:25 AM
I made a living room rug to sit under my coffee table and I'm not sure how to finish it. I made up the pattern as I went, knitting three strands together, using up all my scraps of blue to give it a sort of gradient look.

(Excuse the crafting/cleaning/redecorating mess...)

It's clearly too short, but I've basically run out of blue and am close to running out of white. (With what I have left, I could probably add...three inches to the end?

So here are my questions - how much longer do you think I should make it? Considering that I don't want to spend more money on yarn for it and use up the stuff I have, could I make a wide border around the entire thing in a different color? I have tons of off white, lots of teal, and then a couple balls each of green, brown, and purple. (And this funky grey texture that could probably give me two rows around the whole thing.

To give you an idea of the color palette I'm working with, I'm currently redecorating, planning on adding curtains with some yellow in them, and keeping the furniture black and brown, with some new accent pillows.

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / GIANT striped blanket on: March 22, 2013 12:09:30 PM
It took me about two to three months of solid work, but I finally completed my giant crocheted blanket! It's part of my effort to redecorate my room, going for more classic black and white themes.

The blanket is approximately 7'x7', and has sixteen alternating black and white stripes. Each stripe has seventeen rows of SC, and each row took 10 minutes to complete from beginning to end.

I lost some progress on this about halfway through, as my first six rows were pulled too tight, resulting in narrower stripes and an uneven edge. I had to undo several weeks worth of work, but I'm glad I did. The end result was just a bit too narrow for my bed (which is somewhere between a full and a twin - it's one of those oddly-shaped Ikea futons) so I had to add a few extra inches of border on each side.

It took six pounds of yarn to complete this, and ended up being a much more expensive undertaking than I predicted, but I would totally do this again.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Silly beginner's question about descending stitches on: May 22, 2012 12:47:05 PM
So I somewhat recently picked up knitting. (Currently I'm in a small apartment that won't fit my sew-a-palooza, and it was a more space-efficient way of being creative.)

I'm attempting to knit my first bag, following these instructions: http://www.ehow.com/how_5997575_directions-knitting-beginners-market-bag.html.

Steps 4-8 are confusing me. I understand how to do YO k2t and SSK, but those are both descending stitches, right? I repeated the pattern of four rows twice before I read step 8, where I'm supposed to still apparently have my original number of stitches to bind off. Huh? Is this a fault of the directions or the hapless knitter (e.g. myself)?

I'll also add that when I was making the bottom of the bag, I discovered that I had been my counting rows wrong - instead of knitting 32, I knitted 64. So instead of binding off 16 in step 8, I'll be binding off 32. Once I figured that part out, I didn't think it'd affect the rest of the pattern, since it'd just give me a bigger bag, but I'm starting to wonder if that'll become a problem too.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Overnight Nightmare on: June 26, 2009 08:56:58 AM
This enormous bag was a nightmare to make. I put down the project for about a month halfway through because I got so frustrated when I accidentally made the zippered laptop part of it taller than the rest. (facepalm)

Overall, though, I'm really very happy with how it turned out. It's the perfect bag for taking with you on short vacations. The outside of it used to be a set of heavy curtains, and then the inside is just a patchwork of scraps I needed to get rid of. I really like the fastening mechanism I devised -- which just involves a bit of ribbon and a button to wrap it around. It doesn't come apart and this way you can stuff your bag as full as you want without worrying that it'll flap open!

look! I even made a mini-makeup bag to match!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Literal Basketcase on: June 26, 2009 08:45:51 AM
I've become recently obsessed with making baskets out of magazines while I watch TV. I found it's not only easy, but also remarkably relaxing! Now I just need to figure out what to do with all of them. Mostly I've been using them as trash cans or for holding things under the sink. They're sturdy, long-lasting, and make great gifts!


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6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / De-Clutterify my life: Covering up power cords on: December 07, 2007 05:40:58 PM
So I have a problem: I'm cleaning and (attempting to) de-clutter my room, but I have this ugly powerstrip hanging on the side of my bookcase/computer desk.

I can't move it anywhere because my computer/light/whatever cords won't reach that far, so it's a convenient location.

...but that doesn't excuse the fact that it's ugly.

Any ideas on how to cover this baby up so that it looks less protruding?


Further Away

Also, any tips for organizing cluttered spaces?
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