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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Generic Gifts for Friend's families on: August 11, 2011 12:41:31 AM
I go to college very far from home and often find myself crashing at a friend's house during breaks/weekends. Sometimes I'll be there for over a week and I feel like I should give them gifts because they take such wonderful care of me.
I saw a lot of topics about gifts for host families in other countries, but we live in the same country, just other sides, so it's not like I can take some amazing USA thing to them. I live in California and they live in the northeast. Also, I rarely know the family before going to live with them and I also have no clue ahead of time where I'm going, so I was trying to think of some generic gifts that I can make for them. I'm not very good at "generic" gifts; I really have no clue what they'd be.
I already have gifts made ahead of time for the ones I know, but I want to be prepared for my new families. Smiley

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Smiley

Also: My crafting isn't limited; I'll attempt anything.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Something fishy going on here... on: July 03, 2011 12:57:02 PM
This is adorable.
I love your instructions. It looks like you're giving a diagram on how to cut the fish. hahaha. Cheesy
I think my cat would like it.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pretty Purple Sweater on: June 23, 2011 03:11:37 PM
I've been thinking about this sweater for days now... and i was wondering if you would share the raglan pattern you used? I really want to make myself a sweater, but i don't know where to begin. And i just really love the shape of this.

Woo! I haven't been on Craftster in a while! Too much school. Sorry for the late reply. Smiley

The raglan pattern is really easy. There's a website that's got some formula stuff here that seems pretty good. http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html
However, it's ridiculous. That's way too much work and arithmetic.
Basically, I got my size 8 16" circular needle and cast on somewhere around 100 stitches. The beautiful thing about raglan sweaters is that if you cast on too many, it'll just have a wider neck and you won't really screw up anything. Just try to make sure you can get your head through it. I just cast on around 10 more stitches than I usually do for hats.
Then I do a rib or whatever you want for the neck for about an inch or so, I really can't stand to knit rib for any longer, and then divide it up with stitch markers. Take the number of stitches that you have and do some very simple math. 23% 27% 23% 27% Put a stitch marker between each one. If it's uneven, just use your judgement on where you believe the extra stitches should go when rounding. Just make sure the back(27%) equals the front (27%). When you start knitting the body, increase one stitch on both sides of the stitch marker, then knit a row without any increases, then another with increases and so on. When you think it's getting long enough to divide it up start knitting the body and ditch the sleeves, put it on a piece of scrap yarn or long flexible needles and try it on. If it goes to the right place below your armpits, put the sleeve stitches on scrap yarn and just knit together the body. Some people do fancy stuff under the arm, I don't bother with it. Then just knit all the way down until it's long enough, bind off and return to the sleeves.
I would advise that you be patient when knitting the yoke because I have, many times, decided to stop to early and ended up with a sweater that dug into my armpits. Smiley

I hope this helps. If you have any more questions just ask. I'd be happy to help.
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: eggplant pesto stuffed shells on: August 23, 2010 12:32:53 AM
That sounds soooooooo delicious! My stomach is rumbling now hahaha.

I'll have to try making this soon!
Thank you for sharing this!!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP - going against recommendations? on: August 10, 2010 05:13:04 PM
I do this all the time! It's not much of a problem. Just make sure you get the same gauge with your yarn as the gauge given for the pattern.

I don't live in the UK, but I do know how to be cheap. When I was making my boyfriend a sweater, I bought a big sweater with nice yarn from a thrift store and unraveled it and used that yarn to make him a sweater. I ended up saving a ton of money. Even if I had used cheap yarn, I spent less. Grin
Here's a topic where someone asked about recycling yarn from a sweater and got some pretty good answers: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354140.0

Good luck with your knitting. Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Who loves Puck.. I know you Gleeks are out there :) (Photo-fat) on: July 15, 2010 03:10:43 AM
That is awesome! And it's cute Cheesy It looks very well made.
Nice job. Wink
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Tips on how to ripen avocados??? on: July 13, 2010 04:06:14 PM
It takes a day or two, but I put them in a paper bag and put them in the pantry or somewhere kind of dark. Apparently it'll work faster if you put an apple in the bag also. I usually just put them in a bag by themselves. Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Corn!! on: July 12, 2010 09:13:49 PM
ha! fantastico!


Muchos thank you! Cheesy

What a fun play on words, and I love those tighty whities!  Cheesy

I featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page today. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
Aw, thank you. Smiley
Seor Elote says thank you also. Cheesy

Muy lindo!  Smiley
Gracias! Grin

Hahaha I love it!!
Thank youuuuuu!

This is completely adorable, and the little underpants made me laugh out loud! What a hilarious and sweet present for your BF!   Cheesy
Thank youuuu! His underoos make me laugh, too. Every time I see them. So I make him keep his husk on. Wink

That is the best mexicorm ever.
Yup. Not too spicy.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Corn!! on: July 11, 2010 11:20:36 PM
I made this for my boyfriend! His birthday is in a couple of days, so I thought this would be the perfect present. Wink

He's Mexican and we always joke around about the stereotypical Mexican stuff. So I made him Mexican corn. Or, Seor Elote. hahaha.
I used this pattern for the corn and husk: http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/knit-patterns-corn.html
And I made the accessories up. Cheesy

He has a little sombrero!

And what's that under his husk?  Huh



I haven't given him to my boyfriend yet and I can't wait until I do! I hope he'll like it.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Is it really that bad? on: July 07, 2010 02:25:01 AM
I love it. It's super cute. I don't see anything ghastly about it at all. Smiley
I would keep it if I were you.
My family tends to think that things I make are hideous, but then they get used to them. I like to think that they start to like them. Or forget that they're hideous. Wink
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