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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My new and imporved eyeball door knob cover. on: June 16, 2011 01:45:58 PM
Some of you may remember my first (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=189436.msg1988290#msg1988290) eyeball door knob cover. I was never completely happy with it.  It stretched out after a day of use and made opening doors impossible. I also never really liked how the crocheted version looked.  Since then, I've taught myself how to knit (with the help of the internet, of course) and have been knitting a lot.  Yesterday, I decided to make a better one.  And this was born.  It keeps its shape, it bounces back, thanks to the addition of dots of puff paint on the inside, it doesn't slip when you try to open the door.  Finally, but definitely one of the best parts, this one has an open pupil so you can still unlock your door with out having to take it off!  I might ad some veins coming up from the back of the eye. 

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP! - Loose stitches in my ribbing on: December 27, 2009 02:33:16 PM
I taught myself to knit and have been doing pretty well with it.  My problem right now is my ribbing... and well, in turn my cabling too.  What's wrong: Say I'm using a 2x2 rib, the stitch on the right looks perfectly fine, but the stitch on the left is loose and slightly open.  I have tried holding the yarn tighter for the second stitch and just keeping the tension even all across and still end up with the same problem.  It also effects my cabling.  No matter how nice it is, the final stitch on the left is too loose and just makes everything look stupid.  Is this something that I just have to keep working on and will eventually fix? If I wash it, will the yarn even its self out (I'm using acrylics right now until I find something I actually do well enough to use my wool with)?  I have also tried pulling the finished off piece in all different directions but, it just goes back after it relaxes for awhile.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you so much for your time.

Picture added:
It's a bad picture, but you can see on the column where the needle points, my ribs have a space in them.  This is a 1x1 rib, when I do a 2x2 rib, of the two knit stitches facing me, the one on the left is always open like these are but the one on the right is always nice and tight.  Hope that helps some.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace Knitting - 'No Stitch'??? on: June 12, 2009 07:58:39 PM
I taught myself how to knit, read patterns both written and charted and also semi-successfully knit from them.  Except the whole 'no stitch' grey boxes in charts.  WHAT IS THAT?!  I've spent days searching, trying to figure out what I'm supposed to do.... but... nothing.  Can anyone explain this make-my-life-miserable thing to me, please?!?!  I will love you forever. 

If you're not entirely sure what I'm talking about (god, I hope you are), here's a link to the Windermere Scarf http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall07/images/muirBIG.jpg.  Chart's on page 4.  I want to eventually make this one.  Right now, I want to start the Muir shawl from Knitty.

Please help me!!!!!!!

Thank you in advance.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / First Raw Fleece: Picking, Washing & A Question on: April 10, 2009 06:28:22 PM
How I got it: I called a friend who gave me the phone number of a couple that live across the street that raise sheep.  I called just mid December and was told they were going to sheer mid-March.  The lady called back April 3rd and told me to come pick up a fleece.  My mom was in the hospital so, my husband and I stole her car and went to get it.  They gave me a garbage bag full!  I'm so excited.  They were extremely nice.  Her husband made sure to give me good, usable stuff and took out parts that were garbage or just wasn't usable.

Over the last couple days I've been picking out hay and picking apart clumps of dirt.  I looked up how to process it and have washed a couple handfulls of it.  It turned amazingly white.

My problem: There's still some dirt that I can't get off.  It's been soaking for just barely under two days now.  I routinely change the water and have been using shampoo.  What should I do about the dirt that refuses to come out???  Do I cut it off?  Will it come out when I use the carders?


The dirt: (I do know some of it is hay)

(clicky pictures)
My bag of wool:


Some Post-Picking:

Now, my question:
Does anyone know where I can get hand carders cheap?  Or, anyone have any (or know anyone that has any) that they won't be using any more?  I'll take good care of them! lol.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Woodstock!! (from Peanuts) on: April 09, 2009 09:05:10 PM
My mom has always loved Woodstock and kind of identified herself with him.  She got a tattoo of him on her wrist a few months ago too lol.  I made this for her probably, close to a year ago now.  My husband and I recently borrowed her car to go pick up some wool and this was in her car.  I figured I should take advantage of the moment and finally get pictures of him.  I used the Fone Bone pattern for the head, the rest was free-handed.  The only thing that I don't like about him.... I don't think I put enough stuffing in him.

(I also crocheted the little pig in the background.  It's an angel piggy haha)
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dorodango!!! (Mud ball) on: February 24, 2009 03:40:41 PM
I saw this on Mythbusters and immediately started researching it.  I loved the idea and loved making it.  It's supprisingly relaxing.  After two days of playing with mud..... I got my ball!  It's supposed to be shiny but, I didn't want to shine it.  I decided that I liked it the way it was.

In my hand, for size.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How much roving do I need??? on: December 28, 2008 12:14:42 PM
I have been really interested in making my own yarn.  So, I ordered s drop spindle kit and it should be here soon.  I've also been looking at roving and raw wool online.  I was just wonderint how much (in weight) I would actually need to get a good amount of yarn to be able to do something with.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Old books, should I cut them up??? on: October 09, 2008 05:30:53 PM
Where they came from: Years ago, my grandpa saw some hanging book shelves at a garage sale.  The lady told him that he'd have to take all the books if he wanted the shelves.  He agreed and bought the shelves and hung them in his garage (it's relatively big and has no door).  He never got rid of the books or used the shelves.  They've just hung there for years.

How I got them: My grandparents don't care what happens to the books so, randomly, when I'm there, I go through them and I'll take a couple.  They're all really old (I've gotten one or two from the 1930's out of there).

My Problem: These three were the last ones that I got.  They're georgous.  I absolutely love old books.  I already have eight others that I've brought home and never read.  They're all just so pretty.  I got these three with the intention to cut out the centers and make them into a box and line it with velvet.  After I got home, I opened them up to look at the copyright date, only to find that the bottom one is from 1942, the middle one is from 1948 and the top one is from 1960.

Let me tell you about them before you decide what I should do.
The bottom one: is called Van Loon's LIVES.  It's about different famous people in history and his meetings with them (fiction of course).  He drew all the pictures in it and it's a relatively long book.  A little over 600 pages, I think.

The middle one: Is called Ghandi Lives.  Obviously about Ghandi and has several pictures of him.

The top one: Is called Come With Me Home.  I don't know anything about it.  All three of these books are in really great condition.  Especially since they've been sitting in an open garage, covered in dust and bugs for as long as I can remember.  Now, on to the pictures.

All Three of them:

Van Loon's Lives:

Ghandi Lives:

I'm torn between cutting them up to make a box and keeping them.  My husband already doesn't like the other like... 8 that I have lol.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My beloved Cheeto purse on: August 26, 2008 04:50:07 PM
I made this months ago and didn't think to take pictures untill after about a month and a half after I had already been using it.  It did look a good bit better when I first made it.  Now I'm sad because it's starting to die.  On the back, the printed sheet is starting to peel off the shiny part of the bag.......

One of the best parts of this purse is, if I don't feel like taking it into the store, I can just push it up against the seat and no one will think it's anything but a bag of chips.  A couple times, checkers have tried to ring it up at the store before they realized that it's not Cheetos lol.  But, in light of the recent peeling of my beloved purse, I've been using a smaller one I made from a mini Cheeto bag.  It's probably about a quarter the size and only holds my ID, Bank Card, Discount Card, Keys, Chapstick and A Couple Scrunchies.  These bags are very sturdy and take a lot of crap.  No, it doesn't crinkle when I use it because of the way I made it.  And no, I don't eat all these chips.  My husband and daugter do.  I'm not much of a chip person unless I'm putting them in a sandwhich.  I also made one for my mom (who refuses to carry a purse so she uses an actual backpack....) out of a Lays Classic bag.  She loves it and has gotten a lot of compliments on it and has only had it for two days!
10  COOKING / Dessert / Boob Cake!!! on: August 11, 2008 08:21:05 PM
Our good friend, Erik, turned 20 this month (August) and in the spirit of a fun birthday that would be filled with guys, I thought a boob cake seemed apropriate.  I had origionally planned to use that Marshmallow Fondant.  I made it but let me tell you.  That was the worst two days of my life.  Ever.  So, I ripped off the fondant, sent my understanding boyfriend to the store at 1am (he gets off at midnight so it wasn't really that bad) to get me some white frosting so I could dye it and use that.  I eight thin cakes which took four boxes.  So, I baked eight seperate thin cakes and every time, I had to wash and dry and use everything eight friggin times because I only had one of the round cake pans I needed (the bottom is removable and it's not spring form).  It literally took all day long to do.  One boob is carrot cake (his favorite kind of cake), the other boob is alternating layers of chocolate and yellow cake.  My cakes came out amazing.  All perfectly moist and not crumbly in the littlest bit. 

Another guy with his hands over the boobs.

I also have to mention that this is only the third cake that I've ever decorated and my first non-rectangle cake.  I do bake alot, I just never decorate it.
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