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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What does this yarn want to become? on: November 12, 2007 02:31:54 AM
So, I bought five skeins or so of this gorgeous, soft, beaded yarn called Fever at Joann Fabrics in camel with red beads.  It's got a boucle texture, but it's soft as chenille.  The red beads match the Caron claret acrylic worsted I'm using to make a hat and mittens a bit more sophisticated than my high school spirit striped ones, and thus, I would like to make it a scarf as I've already got one cabled mitten done (and I don't want to frog an entire cabled mitten). While this Fever yarn would make wonderfully soft mittens, I'd never want to work it in the round.

So far, I've tried a beautiful cabled scarf from Knitty (Elbac) which looked not-so-cabled as I'd have liked, so I frogged the foot of it I had done.  I then tried a mistake rib pattern, simple, yet pretty.  Didn't show up either.  I've now finished two pattern repeats of the Branching Out pattern from Knitty, a simple lace, and even THAT isn't showing up on size 10.5 needles.  I'd like to have some sort of pattern, as I feel the beauty of this yarn wouldn't be properly showcased in a simple garter or stockinette stitch, but WHAT? 

Any suggestions GREATLY appreciated!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Prom dress modification ideas? on: May 29, 2006 08:12:58 PM
Here's the deal- I'm making my prom dress. It's strapless, princess seamed with a skirt overlay. I'm using Simplicity 5207, view A, but I want to do a band around the top of the bodice, but instead of just stopping at being a band around the top, I want those long tails, if you will, flowing down off the ends near the center back. I know how to go about the band, because the pattern has a facing band that I can make another of to go around the outside, and just make a pretty hem, but I have no clue how to go about making the tails. Any ideas from you lovely talented craftsters?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black satin, old fabric, and boredom = new halter on: January 01, 2006 10:30:49 PM
Ok, so it's not QUITE finished, I still need the black ribbon for the tie and to cover the seam between the tube and the front panel, but it's getting there.

I just took a rectangle of black satin that I found and wanted to make something snazzy out of, OTHER than my usual purse projects. I added to that a rectangle of the purple fabric scrap that I found in my attic courtesy of my mom, measured to the width I'd need to add to the satin to actually fit my ginormousness, stitched it, put it on, fitted it, went through about 2 hours of fitting and refitting and ripping seams, etc. Added another rectangle of the purple to make the front neck panel, did all the hemming on that, while watching POTO, and voila, a halter that just needs some ribbon and trimming of the excess after hemming.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for powderpuff coach/ crush as a thanks and "Hey, I'm g/f material" present on: November 11, 2005 12:06:36 PM
Alrighty, so here's the deal:

I'm playing offensive/defensive line for my school's powderpuff football team. The line coach is awesome and deserves a humongous thanks for sacrificing his time, and I happen to have a crush on him. We're into a lot of the same things like country music, blue collar comedy, football (obviously), and I REALLY like him. The catch is, we're both seniors and didn't know each other until a month or so ago.

I want to give him something really cool as a thank you, but also as a "notice me as being a cool girlfriend type" gift, but not something that's over the top, because I don't want to weird him out. He likes hunting, camping, he's a firefighter, he drives a really cool truck, and is your average "good ol' boy", "All-American boy next door" kinda guy. I really don't want to do something to scare him off, because I REALLY like him, personality and all. I also don't want to buy a whole lot of stuff that anyone could do without putting thought into it.

I also want to give this to him right around the end of November or beginning of December, because the day after Christmas is the Christmas Ball, and I kinda sorta would LOVE being at least really good friends by mid-December.

Any help is appreciated. THANKS!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / One band geek's competition bus pillow on: July 21, 2005 09:34:54 PM
Because school bus windows are just NOT comfortable at 11 pm.

Made with quilter's quarters from Michael's, it's a bit less than 18x22.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I got some awesome fabric on clearance at the store... on: July 21, 2005 09:31:45 PM
And got crafty. Well...not TOO crafty. Just...sew-sew.

I ended up with this:


The lining:

And the topstitching. I tried for scalloped embroidery on my mom's machine, however, I apparently set the length TOO long.

Made with the Tuck pattern from this book:
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Making stationery on: June 23, 2005 08:45:36 AM
I want to make my friend a stationery set for college, but I don't know how to adorn the paper. Should I stamp and emboss, just stamp, print a faint graphic, etc? Where should I stamp it? I was thinking maybe in the top center and the lower right corner, but...I don't know.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / What to do when funky upholstery cotton is looming over your shoulder? on: June 15, 2005 07:47:40 PM
Make a funky wrap skirt.

So, these were just chilling in the corner behind my computer chair.

So I made a simple pattern for a panel, cut out six, hemmed and stitched accordingly, then decided it was too short, so I did the snip n' rip with the rose print and made free-form pleats (The pleats stop so that they don't overlap much in the front).

And the close up of the prints:

I made the pattern 'round 4:15, started cutting the fabric once I got home from my flute lesson-ish (after surfing craftster for a while), continued after dinner, and I finished the work for tonight around 9:45.
I still have to hem the bottom of the rose fabric, and add the ties, loops, and buttonholes, but for the most part it's done.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Awesome fabric find in the ATTIC. on: March 28, 2005 09:11:53 PM
Ok, so my family is not human, we're rats. Pack rats. Well, on my hunt for funky fabrics in the attic, I came across this fantabulous pink white and beige striped fabric, feels almost like a stretch jersey, but synthetic. I didn't plan it this way, but my new color scheme (peach, cream, and pink) goes divinely with this fabric. I don't know if I want to make large pillows (I could make four king size shams/pillows, 8 throw pillows, or two interestingly large floor cushions for friends to use when the come over and we do homework or whatever) or if I should try to find a coordinating fabric to stich onto the back and make a light quilt for my bed. I could go with a pretty beige or pink solid, I suppose, but it would have to be preshrunk, right, or at least a material that won't shrink or stretch?

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated, as spring break is over and it's back to school 7:30-3 I go, with Solo/Ensemble (we're hosting), spring APs, Finals, projects, NYSSMA Majors (we're hosting these too, bah), and DM tryouts all coming up. I have so little time as it is, and I need to find another job to support my shopping/crafting habits, and to save for car insurance, college, all that schnazzy stuff.
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Shoe box storage question on: March 23, 2005 03:23:23 PM
Ok, so, I need storage in my room. I plan on covering old shoe boxes (because I love shoes) in wrapping paper to make storage sets. My question is, how can I preserve the paper from getting beat up by use? I was thinking about coating it in a thin layer of dilluted white glue, but that would make the colors bleed, wouldn't it? Maybe just clear packing tape?
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