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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / German-English knitting translation--help! on: August 17, 2009 02:42:34 AM
I live in Bulgaria, where there are no English magazines. I found a pattern that I would really like to knit, so I bought it, even though the pattern is in German, and I speak no German at all. Is there anyone who speaks German that can help translate? I tried using online translators, but it didn't help, since the words are technical words.

Here's the first part; sorry, but I can't figure out how to put in some of the German letters!

Rippenmuster: Rdm, 1 M re, 1M li im Wechsel, enden mit 1M re, Rdm. In den Ruckr die M str, wie sie erscheinen.
GI re: Hinr re M, Ruckr li M
GI li: Hinr li M, Ruckr li M.
Kr re: Hin- und Ruckr re M.

Strukturmuster: M-Zahl teilbar durch 10 + 1 +2 Rdm. Lt Strickschrift arb. Es sind nur Hinr gezeichnet. In den Ruckr die M str, wie angegeben. Mit Rdm und den M vor dem MS beginnen, den MS stets wdh, ended mit den M nach dem MS und Rdm. Die 1.-10. R stets wdh.


Okay, there's more but I'll wait and see if anyone can help before posting more, as it's somewhat lengthy. Does anyone know a site with common knitting abbreviations and terms in German? Thanks!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans + Skirt...Who doesn't love a free purse??? on: May 11, 2009 01:22:51 PM
I had a pair of jeans that were falling apart, but still had good large areas on the legs. I also had a (pretty ugly but I wore it anyways) skirt that caught on a fence and tore a huge hole. Combine that with a zipper salvaged from a broke-up old purse, and you get this little beauty!

I didn't bother taking any photos of the lining, since I was too lazy to put in any fun pockets or anything, so I'm sure you can imagine what a bright green plain lining looks like! I didn't follow a pattern, or even bother measuring before I started cutting. I really love it, and I spent most of a recent sick day handsewing this bad boy. Enjoy!

Side view:

This is my favorite part: the waistband closure, and the zipper. I didn't really know how to install a zipper gusset, so I kind of winged it (that means I had to rip out my stitching at least twice) and I'm really proud of it!

More zippery goodness:

Just for laughs, a closeup of my handstitching, which could use some work.  Grin :
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / No interfacing! Need creative substitution! on: March 05, 2009 12:54:00 PM
So I live in a country that doesn't have interfacing. I've looked in all the fabric stores, but a "fabric store" means just fabric, no notions, etc. and it's fabrics for making traditional or Muslim garments, primarily (which are beautifully embellished with sequins and flowers, etc.). I'm making a purse out of some old ripped jeans, and would like it to be stiff enough to have a little shape, but I don't want it to be super-stiff, if that makes sense. I've read that you can use dryer sheets, but I live in a country that also has no dryers. Smiley

Would something like the cover of a school notebook work? Would it be too flimsy or bend and lose its shape really quickly? The purse will be lined, but I'm using an old skirt that is really lightweight, so it won't help hold up the purse any. I tried a piece of cardboard cut out from a care package from my mom, but that was too stiff (I figured I could just glue it in, right?) Thanks for any suggestions you have!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / X-stitchers: Do you finish a color or an area first? on: February 03, 2009 08:24:03 AM
Do you normally work on a certain area until it's finished, and then move on to another area, or do you work in one color until it's finished, and then move on to another color? I'm new to cross stitching, and it makes more sense to me to work in one color first (of course, if the same color isn't anywhere near the area I'm working in, I save it), but I think I'd feel less bored and also feel like I was making more progress if I could see more color on the canvas sooner. Just trying to get an idea of what other, more experienced, cross stitchers are doing! By the way, I'm talking about when you are doing larger pieces with a lot of stuff filled in, rather than lettering, etc.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fingerless gloves--my 1st knitting pattern! on: January 13, 2009 02:50:01 AM
So I kinda made up a pattern for this as I went along, and I didn't bother to write anything down because I wasn't sure if it would turn out nice, so these gloves are ever-so-slightly different from each other! But I love them--they keep my hands and wrists warmer, but I can still do small things like dig for keys or push buttons on my mp3 player. I have no idea what yarn this is; I bought it at the bazaar for 50 cents with no label!

With my beloved scoodie, made with vegbee's tutorial (somewhere on Craftster!).

Close up.

So you can see the Frankensteinish seam!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Journals~Christmas gifts on: December 23, 2008 07:17:38 AM
I'm a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria and will be spending Christmas with my host family, who I lived with for 3 months during training. I have pretty much no money, so I was happy when I found these plain black journal/appointment books  Huh at a 1 lev store. They are from 2008, but it only says that on the first page, which I ripped out, and each page has a space at the top to write the current date. I painted their names on the front covers with cheapo acrylics and the only paintbrush I could find, which fell apart on me as I was using it! I'm not really very good at painting, but I think they'll like them! They're like 8x10 I suppose?

From L to R: For my host sister Simona (her nickname is Moni), my other sister Radostina (nickname Radi), and my mom Emilia. I used the Cyrillic alphabet for their names; So "Moni" looks like "Mohu" but trust me, it's Moni.

Just Moni's. It's hard to tell, but I painted over it with glittery nail polish to help protect the acrylic paint.

This is what I started with~I could never quite get that stupid silver feather covered!:
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Free 2-needle sock pattern on: November 07, 2008 08:13:30 AM

I am living in a country which happily is abundantly supplied with locally-grown and handspun, dyed, etc. yarn, and where when you go for a walk in the afternoon, there are groups of women knitting outside their homes. However, there are no dpn's or circulars to be found, and even regular knitting needles are harder to find, and I really want to knit up some socks.

Does anyone know of a good, free 2-needle sock pattern? I don't want anything too fancy, since my knitting skills are not perfect, but just something to keep me busy during the cold winter that suddenly arrived yesterday.

Thanks for any help you can give!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Amazingly beautiful Chinese embroidery (many photos!) on: June 26, 2008 07:54:11 AM
I did not make this, but I thought you might also like to see some stunning embroidery. My great-uncle was a National Geographic photographer for many years and spent a lot of time traveling mostly throughout Eastern Europe and Asia. On one of his many trips to China he went to a small town which is very proud of their handcrafts, which he was photgraphing for a story. He visited an embroidery factory where all the workers are young girls because by the time they are 20-25 their eyes aren't good enough for the fine detail work they do. He was so impressed with the craftsmanship he made a special trip back to purchase a piece and had a special display frame made for it, which is where I saw it when visiting him for the first time on a recent road trip.

I think it's approx. 10x14 inches and the entire thing was done by hand on super fine silk with silk thread that's about the same thickness as regular sewing thread. I took some detail pictures so you can appreciate the fine craftsmanship and all the work that went into creating this.

This is the artist's "signature"

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Journal out of a record on: June 26, 2008 06:52:14 AM
This was a gift for my brother, and it started out really cool, but didn't really work out. This was the first time I tried any kind of book/journalmaking, and I think I have a lot of room for improvement! My brother is a music major, so I thought a record would be appropriate.

I thought this idea up on my own, and spent a lot of time thinking about how to make it work so that the record would open into a journal, but would look like a record when closed. There's a small piece of wood I painted black in between the records. I sawed off part of the top record and drilled holes and used hinges to hold it all together. Here it is open:

I think it's really cool, but it doesn't work, because there's nowhere for the paper to go when the record is open, since it doesn't lie flat with the piece of wood there. The paper came unglued from the back cover really quickly. If you have any ideas how to make it work next time, I would LOVE to hear them!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Photo box: the coolest thing I have EVER made! on: June 25, 2008 09:08:24 AM
This is a beautiful way to showcase family photos. And it's more compact than a photo album, since it's a 3x3.5 little box! When you take off the lid and untie the pretty bow, it folds out into an accordian-like photo album. I don't have a photo of it closed, because my family wouldn't stop looking at it! I think there are about 150 photos in the box.

I have made my mom's Christmas gift almost every year since I was like 5. I left in March for Eastern Europe as a Peace Corps volunteer, where I will be for at least 2 years, so I wanted to make my mom something extra special! Yes, I know it was a Christmas gift and it's almost July now, but give me a break; I've been busy.  Embarrassed

This was a dinky little cardboard box that I covered in pretty paper. After hours of cutting and gluing paper accordian-style and taking pictures of family photos with my digital camera and then printing them, this amazing box was finished. The photos are held in there with photo corners, so they can be switched out with other ones if wanted.

I consider it successful because my mom, who is not an emotional person, cried when she opened it, and then my brothers and sisters sat around it on the floor looking at all the pictures and talking about when we were little. Some of these pictures were thought to be lost forever, but I found in a box while moving. I didn't say anything to my mom about them at the time, though.  Grin

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