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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cutting down on glasses on: February 25, 2008 12:20:04 AM
Ok every day I go to the dishwasher to start it (because the kids seem to not recall everyday even if they put detergent in) and I open it to find a rack and a 1/2 of glasses and the cupboard just about void of all glasses...gggrrrr

I'm sick of washing every glass we own daily especially since I use 1 glass for water, 1 for coffee, rinse and reuse and so does the hubby so we know it's the kids. So I have made it a policy they get 1 glass a day and to be able to differentiate between them I made these up with scrap yarns, buttons from my button drawer and about 30 minutes of time.

the 2 teens glasses didn't make the picture, there are 6 in total, all favorite colors of the respective child...now they have no more excuses!
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Now I Know! helpers for my resolution(s)-image obese on: February 02, 2008 10:00:05 PM
Ok my resolutions first:
1. craft for swaps and the family without destroying the house
2. be a more attentive student to finish my degree this year
3. revolve the stash of supplies more often instead of just buying it because you can't find it
4. finish (or actually start and then finish) those large projects I special ordered materials for (ie. slip cover sofa, chair and 1/2, arm chair, roman shades for both boys rooms....)

So what I really needed was my own room! I was evicted from the guest room/craft room/closet/junk room/ throw it in there when companies coming and we don't know where to put it room, when the exchange student moved in. So all that craft stuff, junk, crap, bedding, extra clothes you name it all had to find a new home. Then we have a home office but with laptop we almost never use it, but, I should use it to keep my research items in order and to study in as well as I am tired of "where did that piece of mail go" and then I thought hmmm it would also make a great craft room because in reality I craft far more often then I want to study.

So here's what I crafted to help with these resolutions:

Now my LYS gives away a free tri-fold hook organizer and there are plenty out there on Ravelry and other sites for either knitting needles, or crochet hooks, or some needles some hooks but none had enough room for straight needles, dpns, circs, crochet hooks, thread hooks and Tunisian hooks so I created my own so I could keep this in my purse and know what I had before buying yet again another G hook or size 3 dpns.

But, you have to also be able to find the needles/hooks so you don't have to find them so I made these:

Now I can find all my hooks, needles, Tunisian hooks, cable needles, gauges and the like. This way I'm using what I have and I can now work on that stash.

But, sometimes to use the stash I need to find the pattern or the magazine so I'm not re-buying a magazine I already own because the one I just purchased got stuffed somewhere. I saw these and thought OMG I need some! So I took all the boxes I have been getting swap in and ones for parts, books and the liek and made myself some:

I made 7 in total, had a plastic one I re purposed for the craft room, left books out and then had letter sorters I used on the bottom shelf because this does have to act like a craft room with a side of office.

But, knitting and crocheting are not the only crafts I do. My house is an old house, large, but, small rooms and almost no closets on the 1st floor. So, most of my craft stuff was stored in under bed containers, in what closets we have, in the basement, on the enclosed porches, all over really and I needed to get it all together so I know what I have to use this stash and to be able to craft without destroying the rest of the house. So I saw this idea and ran with it.

I used the hubbies desk, which he only uses to store some paper work in but never to sit at, to make a cutting table and then hung peg board over the top, painted it out and trimmed it. I then gathered all those random supplies from all over the house and could now really see what I really have to work with. It's been great. I received the fill a flat rate box swap packages and could open them right there and put them right away and then craft right away with the cool supplies I had just received because I could find them WOOT! You can also see on the left hand side of the peg board several papers hanging with yarn off the end. I did craft these but years ago so didn't add them in this, but, thats my yarn inventory. I have 12 - 50 gallon sized rubber maid tubs of yarn but it has to be stored in the dry basement because theres just no room in the house. So instead of going down and tearing through everything to find what I want I keep a clipping upstairs with a list of the brand, color, amount, weight etc.

But, I didn't end there! This craft room/office is where I need to study as well so I can find everything and it needs to stay semi neat as it's right off our main living space so people can see in here and until I get some type of custom made french doors it's all visible. So, I took an antique treadle sewing machine that doesn't work because the belt is broken, and I don't see myself treadling away anytime soon, so I used all that extra cardboard and glued it together to form a board I could cut to the size of the opening in the machine. I then placed my machine on top and made a dust cover for it out of the same material I will eventually use to slip cover one of the desk chairs and an arm chair in the living room so everything will be tied together.

Then I re-purposed a lot of items that were left in the house when we moved here. I used old pottery pieces and candy jars to house scrap yarn and beads. I used an old fish bowl for zippers, a microfilm case for peg board accessories...

Here is where I started, now who can study in this let alone craft or do any filing?

And here it is now:

I really think everything I crafted and re-purposed is really going to help with these resolutions because these are images I took after I had already completed 3 swaps, am in the process of working on 3 swaps, I have been studying, doing my taxes and year end filing and you can't tell. All the baskets around the room hold 1 WIP a piece with the needles/hooks, patterns and supplies needed to complete the project so I don't have to search for anything. The bottom of the book cases (which the book case originally were in the living room so re-purposed as well) hold all the research materials I need but don't need sprawled out all over the desk tops. I know everyday where to find my books, papers, folders, pencils. And, since the needle/hook inventory  has been created and the wall hangers I haven't purchased needles and hooks I already own and am increasing the size of my collection by adding needles and such I don't yet own.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Illusion Crochet Quarter Note with Tutorial on: January 13, 2008 03:19:08 AM
Ok hopefully this is simple and easier to understand how the actual graph is made.
I have made 2 graphs they are identical stitch wise, however, for one I left where the illusion pattern is worked in white, for the other I filled in the whole graph.
The pink lines represent pink in my finished photo
the yellow lines represent white in my photo
when you come upon a white square in the graph keep going with the same color you are using in that row, just change the stitch you are doing.

chain 14 with background color (or any more then 14 and place this in there but has to be at least 14)
then starting from the bottom work up the graph (left to right or right to left doesn't matter as long as you always work the same way)
Carry your colors up the side and don't cut. If you do this nicely you'll have a fairly nice edge to either crochet a border to or to leave alone as is.

 oops forgot a key
sc = single crochet
bl = sc in back loop only
f = sc in free loop from row below

here is the graph with the pattern stitches whited out

same exact graph just all colored in to see it's 2 lines of background color and then 2 lines of image color worked in stripes

finished straight on view.
You will see a little bit of the pattern depending on the yarn you chose, how tight your stitches are and such. You can play around with the ridges raising them up more so you don't see as much of the image straight on, and, the camera is actually picking up more of the illusion image here then the naked eye sees.

sorry it's blurry but you still see it. Here's a half note done in illusion crochet.

I used worsted weight yarn for this (white was RHSS, pink was caron simply soft) a size g hook
Gauge: in pattern stitch 4 stitches by 5 rows = 1x1 inch
my finished piece is 3.25 x 6.25 inches as pictured above
These pieces generally do not require blocking, but, if you do block them or find a need you can steam them from the back or front but don't press an iron to the material as it will flatten and possibly distort the ridge.

Adding: The yarn you chose makes a slight difference. The bulkier the yarn the more elongated the illusion pattern, the smaller the yarn the more squatty the illusion pattern, just like in illusion knitting if you know how.
So if you want a longer (top to bottom) note, use a bulkier yarn, if you want maybe a fatter yet shorter note use baby weight or even thread (which is totally cool this can be done in thread as most knitters don't use crochet thread)

Now you can take this graph and expand upon it (for personal use only please) if you want notes right next to one another then add a few stitches in between the illusion image. Like on the graph above on the right hand side you should see there are 2 stitches bordering the image all the way up. If you'd like to add another note to the right just add 2 more of the same stitches following each line to separate it out more (or however many you would like to)
If you would like notes on top of one another finish the graph then
line 35: sc in free loop on row below across in illusion color
line 36: sc across in illusion color
then start over again from line 1 on the graph or keep going with line 33-36 until you have the space desired before the next note starts.

Now I would never dissuade a new crocheter from trying this and it's not hard, it's all single crochet, but, you need to know the make up of a stitch well and have fairly consistent gauge.
You'll need to know how to single crochet, crochet in the back loop only, know the construction of a stitch (both loops, back and front loops), how to pick up the free loop, how to turn, where the end stitch is, how to carry the colors up the side.
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Illusion Crochet Tutorial FINALLY!!! on: January 11, 2008 12:28:44 AM
If you saw this post and were wondering how to do that, this is a little tutorial to help you figure it all out.

Here's the graph you will work from:

with color A chain 16
row 1: turn and sc in second ch from hook and each ch across (you have now completed the bottom row on the graph)
row 2: chain 1 then follow the 2nd row from the bottom on the graph across, on the last stitch yo, draw through loop, pick up color b and complete sc to change colors
Just drop color A do not cut
row 3: chain 1 turn and complete 3rd row from bottom on graph

keep going in this manner until the whole graph is completed. You should end up with 4 ends in total to weave in at the end by carrying the yarn up one side.

Your finished piece will look like this:

and this when viewed from the side
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Tunisian Smidge on: October 06, 2007 01:08:29 PM
Inspired by the Pidge I made my version in Tunisian crochet

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Burp Clothes made pretty on: September 01, 2007 02:45:39 PM
These were so easy and look a bit nicer for a mom then reusable nappys

I rolled them all like this for presentation

but it's really just a nice piece of fabric backed with an absorbent cloth.
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Little Baby Mits on: September 01, 2007 02:41:17 PM
More from the baby shower via USPS
Some thumbless mittens
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Illusion Crochet Baby Blanket ~semi image heavy~ on: September 01, 2007 02:39:26 PM
A friend of mine has 1 bio child and adopted 4 others. She said to me, after I was semi complaining about going to the 12th baby shower in 2 years to only 4 parents (meaning they are having baby showers for every kid they have every year), that she never had a baby shower. When she had her bio child she was very ill and no one wanted to jinks it. With the adopted children no one ever thought to throw her one. So I did via USPS. Here's one of the results a cute cute baby afghan

The camera pics up the hearts more then they show by the naked eye. You really see stripes of blue and white
Then when you lay the blanket down you see this
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help with an intarsia chart on: August 28, 2007 06:51:36 PM
I don't understand the chart in figure c
What I don't understand is what are the numbers for on the top of the chart?
I understand the written instructions and then figure b is the chart for row by row. So it's my belief you start as they say and for each row you follow chart b, doing rows of a solid color or rows of intarsia mapped out in figure c. But figure c has me confused, I don't know what the numbers mean at the top of the chart and don't see any explanation to them. I don't understand why there are sections clumped together but separated either lie the chart goes A D A B A C AA....why 2 A sections?

I wanted to try this out as I saw the book and love some of the designs in it but I don't want to purchase it if I am never going to be able to figure out the instructions Sad
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / My Sofa likes to Dance on: August 23, 2007 10:55:22 PM
I have a large Ethan Allen sofa and can't afford to replace it right now, I'm also in the process of slip covering it so would like to keep it. The issue I have is even though its a good sized piece it slides all over wood floors. I have tried felt and carpet glue to the feet, both end up eventually ripping off as the dang thing moves every time you sit down. I have tried placing the front feet on the area rug I have but it still slides right off and moves all over the floor.
I have tried furniture feet cups hoping the hard rubber would keep it somewhat in place, to no avail the rubber moved with it and nicked into the floor.
I tried no skid mats and they just imprinted themselves into the wood floors.
It's driving me nuts! The sofa is actually heavy, I can lift about 80lbs bending at the knees and lifting up and this sofa takes some work for me to lift, but, as soon as even my 10 yr old flops down on it....across the floor it goes.
Other then cutting holes in the floor and permanently sinking my sofa in place does anyone have any ideas to make my sofa stay put?
and in the spot were I would like it there isn't room to have any furniture behind it to stabilize it. This is kind of the problem. Theres about 2 ft behind the sofa to use as the main walk way through the house and most days it's slid back so far, and of course NO ONE noticed and put it back, that you can't walk through the front door. So a heavy sofa table is out as theres just not enough room.
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