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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / UPDATED! WWSIP Day 09.15.12 on: May 31, 2009 09:28:34 PM
Yes Spinderellas, why should knitters and hookers have all the fun? We deserve our own day to let our craft shine!

World Wide SPIN in Public Day is Saturday Sept 15, 2012

Spinners know a thing or two about DIY (Do It Yourself). Here is your handy guide to having a wonderful WWSIP Day.

Step 1: Find a local event, or dont be shy about organizing your own.
Step 2: Tell all your fiber-loving friends, and even the non-fiber-loving ones about WWSIP Day.
Step 3: On Saturday 09.15.12, shine up your wheel or drop spindle and prepare to show her off.
Step 4: Have a fun fiber-filled day with other spinners. Dazzle passersby with your craft and maybe teach a newbie a few basic techniques.
Step 5: Take home the lovely handspun yarn you made. Enjoy the envious glances and longing looks.

Spinners, fiber shop and LYS owners hosting an event, plug it here.
Spinning and other other Fiber Arts Guilds, post it up.

Spread the word.

I also created a Ravelry group here: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/2012-wwsip-day also spininpublic.com has a website with more info

Get your spin on!

EDIT:  Updated info for 2012
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / New Knitter makes Poor Son Wear her Ugly First Attempts on: February 14, 2008 11:48:03 AM
This past November, I learned to knit at my husband's urging.  Now I can't stop!
This was my first project, the now infamous Jayne hat I sent to Iraq: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208149

Here are projects 2, 3, and 4 for my poor unsuspecting son. 

He is way too polite to tell me they are ugly.  When I look at the projects I see TONS of mistakes, but he insists they are warm, snuggly, and awesome... So I can't argue with that.  I've made the boy a Mickey Mouse beanie, doubleknit in garter stitch in the round - with crocheted ears (finally learned to crochet in the round AND have it lie flat, after a week of scary results... and I still don't know how to knit a circle)
My first sweater, seamed with raglan sleeves. with a duplicate stitch Jolly Roger (as I was too intimidated to try fair isle yet).

Then the piano vest - that I created myself without a pattern just by taking his measurements and figuring out gauge, etc... , this was also my first fair isle project, and my first 'top' knit in the round.

I've discovered several things, mostly what NOT to do, but here are the Top Five:
1) I HATE seaming. 
2) When doing Fair Isle, I should go up one needle size.  No matter how much I tug, the tension will be just a little bit tighter throughout that section than the solid color.
3) Next time I make sleeves, I will knit them together side by side on one long circular so they come out the same length and width.
4) Double-ended stitchholders are the greatest thing since chocolate pudding.
5) I am raising an exceptionally polite child that has never hurt my feelings by telling me my FOs are ugly, even when they obviously are!

Comments, Criticism, and Cash always welcome.   Grin
3  UNITED STATES / Nebraska / Calling all Nebraska Knitters! on: December 12, 2007 08:59:39 AM
Lincoln: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lincolnknitters
Omaha: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Renegade_Nebraska_Knitters

The Omaha group meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Borders Bookstore Cafe in Shadow Lake (Papillion) from 7-9pm.  A small group met last night 12/11, but since so many couldn't make it due to the rough weather, there will be another meeting next Tuesday 12/18.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 1st Knitting Project: an Iraqi-bound Jayne hat for Hubby *new pic added* on: November 14, 2007 09:42:30 PM
So all you evil knitters, that have been making me look bad these past several months, I have finally joined your ranks!


I joined Craftster in July this year and one of the first things I spotted a lot of were 'Jayne hats'.  My hubby, Firefly/Serenity geek that he is, became a petulant pouty child and has been constantly nagging me to knit him one.

Jeepchick BEFORE Craftster would have gotten out the Visa and ordered one from any of the knitters selling these online.

Hubby has been deployed since August and at least once a week, he asks me on the phone - don't forget my JAYNE HAT.  Mind you, he insists I KNIT one, not buy one.  Slight hiccup:  I haven't picked up knitting needles in over 23 years ( I am 35).

Enter Jeepchick AFTER Craftster.

My grandma taught me when I was 9, but I haven't attempted anything since I was 11 or 12.  Resourceful little craft vixen that I am, I tried to teach myself with books, podcasts, and videos.  To no avail.  I am just not wired to learn that way.

Finally I said the heck with it, and I signed up for a Knifty Knitting and Crochet class at my nearest Michael's.  Happy DAY!  Yesterday I went for my lesson and found I was the only pupil.  My grandmotherly instructor (with the mouth of a sailor) and I had a swell time.  I had my very own personal knitting tutor for two entire hours.  I told her I was hoping it would be like riding a bike, that it would just 'come back to me'.  She told me it was more like sex. This was our first verbal exchange to one another, and I was too shocked to reply.  Shocked Too bad I didn't. I now find myself wanting to know what she meant exactly. Huh

Well, after some trial and error, it finally did come back to me.  Apparently, my grandmother had taught me a speedy version of something called the continental method.  It was frustrating at first because my instructor kept scolding me for not using my right hand to pick the yarn up and I appeared to be knitting the wrong way.  She reminded me of the nuns at school from when I was a kid.  (Well, except for her potty-mouth.)  I swear I expected her to rap my knuckles with a ruler.  We finally got it all worked out though and I 'found my rhythmn' and was knitting like a champ only one hour into the lesson. 

I had brought in the pattern from http://redshirtknitting.com/?page_id=222 and she took some time to patiently decipher and demonstrate the mysterious terms like k2, purl, cast, and bind.  She also explained things like dye lots, types of yarn, needle sizes, gauge, etc.  I got the ribbing done and the first 2 rows after that, and then my class was over.

Last night I put my son to bed and settled in for a night of knitting, I got into my groove and tore through my project.  By the time I had 'decreased' the top of the hat and was ready to bind, I realized I had forgotten how to do it.  eek!!!   I ended up destroying the last 20 minutes of work and it looked like some yarn monster had taken a big jagged bite out of my project (4 rows worth).  Not knowing how to fix the big chunk missing, I had to undo those rows in their entirety (which was a pain, because every other one was decreasing) and reknit them.  It looked almost as good, but not quite.  Still by the time I got to the end, I did not know how to bind off.  I  scoured my knitting books, laminated drawings, and You Tube knitting videos - but I was hopeless without my surrogate knitting granny.

I wish I could tell you what I did, but I am not exactly sure.  I can tell you that the top row ended up being something like a drawstring opening.  I pulled the yarn through tightly and was able to close the opening that way.

I knit the red ear flaps right onto the orange part of the hat.  One side looks perfect, the other one, I must have done something wrong because the orange is showing through as a thin line in my top row of red.  I forgot exactly how I started the first earflap by the time I started the second.  Oh well.  At 7:40 am this morning, it was all DONE!

You may wonder why the rush, since I waited this long already.  Well, tonight our Air Force base held an event called Project Happy Holidays.  They were photos with Santa, crafting tables for kids (none for grownups - wahhh!), and several tables full of free goodies like books, christmas music CDs, toiletries, and snacks, snacks, and more snacks.  Add food, a 4 piece band playing holiday tunes, and a play area for kids and you get some idea of the madness taking place.  In short, we had everything we needed to prepare awesome, diabetic-coma-inducing postage-free Holiday care packages to our deployed family member.

*NEW PIC* HUBBY FINALLY FINALLY Sent me a pic taken with his isight cam.   Actually he sent me a little video  and this is a screen grab.  Trust me - you DON't want to see the vid.  PLEASE IGNORE Hubby's absolutely HIDEOUS Deployment moustache.
I think the hat adds a nice bit of color to an otherwise blah monochromatic outfit of tan flight suit and tan boots.  It is colder there than I would expect, plus the planes themselves are cold - so he wears it all the time.  (He better - as much as I sweated over it!)  Two more months and I can finally start preparing for him to come home.  (sigh)


This first photo is my son wearing Daddy's hat just before it went into the box bound for Iraq.  The pom-pom doesn't show up well, as the oversized hat just flopped towards the back on his tiny head.  The other photos are of myself with our son making a foam photo frame, and our boy with the wall of Holiday boxes.  Our box to Daddy is easy to spot, as it is the only box on the entire wall covered in stickers.  It is also directly over his head.

So now, I am going to bed early to make up for last night's lack of sleep.  Tomorrow, I will start on a matching Little Jayne hat for my son.  Although since I don't know to make the pattern smaller, I may just duplicate it exactly and run it through the washer and dryer until it fits.   Huh  Any suggestions on pattern modification would be appreciated.

My hubby has been gone since this summer and isn't due home for another 3 and half months.  Craftster has been a life-saver to me on many a lonely evening.  I have been frequenting the sewing board and am thrilled to finally make it over to the knitting board (where all the cool kids hang).  I am looking forward to many more knitting projects this winter, now that I am finally got back on my bike and learned to knit.  Sad to realize though, over seven months without a spouse, when he gets back, I will be lucky if the sex is just like knitting. Lips sealed
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Pillow type Book Rest - Sewing Help Request on: November 06, 2007 06:27:57 AM

So I have been eyeing these for over a year now.  I am not such a fan of silk though and have lightweight denim or a fun cotton print in mind. 

I would really like to stitch up one of these for my sis as a Christmas gift.

I've made clothing, stuffies, and bags, but am intimidated by the 'stuffed AND quilted'.  I have NO clue how to sew up the 'wedge' or the 'bottom shelf' with stuffing inside.  Do I stuff it after sewing?  How do I do this?  Huh Huh Huh

Any veteran pillow makers out there willing to share their thoughts?

6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / It's Me! But Flatter on: September 13, 2007 08:32:50 PM
I think many of us played with paper dolls at some point during our childhood.

I thought of Paper or "Paper-style" Dolls.

A flat doll of yourself, your kid, Brad, Angelina, whoever...

With interchangeable wardrobe options of course.

This would be a fair and inclusive challenge for the artists, photographers, photoshoppers, scrapbookers, knitters, sewers, crocheters, woodworkers, clay crafters, etc.

I suggest limiting size to 12" standard fashion doll height and also keeping doll to two-dimensional status (i.e. must be FLAT).  He/she could be cardboard, wood, sheetmetal, or paper.  So long as he/she is flat.

Clothing and accessories materials can be metal, cardboard, felt, wire, papier mache, fimo clay, beads, yarn, fabric, glitter, cotton balls, foil, duct tape, nature objects, anything really!

I don't know if this has been done before as I am relatively new to craftster, but I think it could be a lot of fun.  And if nothing else, we have a flat version of ourselves that we could use for all kinds of funny situations.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 Malfoy Quidditch Jerseys *Image Heavy* on: July 20, 2007 05:53:48 PM
We weren't planning to dress up for the Harry Potter Book Release.  But...

Right around 1pm, I was leaving a Dr's appointment and noticed the Salvation Army across the street.

Doesn't hurt to take a peek right?  And everything was half off today... heh heh heh  Wink

15 min and $7 lighter I find myself heading to Michaels.  I grabbed a few iron-on letters and numbers and off I went.

I got these two jerseys done in about 2 hours.  

This is my first sewing project using my new Hello Kitty machine and the last time I used a sewing machine was 1983 in 7th grade Home Ec class...   Embarrassed I wasn't expecting it to turn out well at all.   Comments appreciated

July 24 added more photos and instructions

My hubby doing his Malfoy scowl.

Started with this reversible Green and White basketball jersey


and this black and grey windbreaker hoodie:

I used my seam ripper and removed the white jersey, then layered over the black windbreaker hoodie to look like this:


Cut out the snaps at the neckline, cut out windbreaker front pockets (to reduce bulkiness under jersey), yanked out hoodie drawstring and waistband drawstring and used for lacing the holes where snaps had been.

Iron on - Malfoy on back, Seeker and a large S on front.

I also bought oversize numbers that would NOT adhere to the jersey material no matter what I did. I was about to give up but then I ironed them onto white felt, cut them out and tried to sew them into place.  The jersey fabric kept catching/snagging on my machine's metal plate and the rubbery numbers kept getting stuck on my sewing foot, so I covered both sides with tissue paper to get them to slide under the sewing foot. Then just ripped tissue paper off when I was done.  (I picked up that tip here on Craftster - I would not have known what to do otherwise except hand sew... so YAY Craftster!) Wink


Finally I trimmed down the neckline of the jersey and sewed it down right onto the windbreaker.  I left the armholes and body free for ease of movement and it worked out best that way.





I also got a green and black American Eagle rugby jersey for $1.25
Back - just iron on letters

Front - just cut a slit, added lacing

We had a nice time at the book release and I spent close to the entire weekend reading the book.  Unfortunately I got word yesterday that my husband will have to go to Iraq in two weeks time for over 7 months,  and he isn't getting any days off before he goes.  Cry After he broke the bad news and told me he will miss our son's birthday, our daughter's birthday, his birthday, my birthday, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, AND Christmas - he said - oh and I won't get a chance to read HP7 before I go either.   Roll Eyes

I squirted him with a nearby watergun in lieu of throwing the 759 page hardback at his head.  
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Clear Vinyl + Piping + Floaty Seahorse = CUTENESS on: July 17, 2007 05:08:26 PM

Saw this bag and fell utterly in LOVE.  I might even leave my husband and run off with this purse.  I adore seahorses and I know I can make one just as cute.

There are deep side pockets and the front is clear vinyl over blue vinyl with a seahorse 'floating' in between the layers.

I don't have a clue where to start.  I checked my local JoAnn but didn't see any vinyl.

Need to find clear and colored vinyl fabric, vinyl piping, a heavy duty zipper, and vinyl paint to write a cute slogan, decorate seahorse, add bubbles, etc.

I don't have a pattern either, but I think I can make up one myself. (HA HA HA)

I also have to hope my little Janome can handle this.  (crossing fingers) Undecided
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