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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Horrible Old Furniture into New Sleek Black and Gold Set (Image Heavy) on: September 06, 2009 07:44:09 AM
Me and my boyfriend hoped to get a new unfurnished flat to move in together a few months ago. I saw his horrible old furniture and decided that we really needed to do something about it before I would let it into a nice new home. Thankfully, the chest of drawers and cabinet in his bedroom were solid wood and very sturdy. We decided to recondition them and save ourselves the walletache of having to purchase new.


And together in use in our new home:


What we did:

Originally we painted them in black gloss, but I found it too 'polished' so we went over again with matt black spray paint. I then masked the edges of the drawers and tops with masking tape so that we could spray paint a gold outline. We tried putting a stencil on the top of the cabinet but it didn't come out 100% perfect and the stencil (though apparently re-usable) was rendered unusable so we couldn't repeat the process for the drawers.

We then replaced all the old knobs with brand new crystal knobs, and lined the inside of the drawers and cabinet with some pretty patterned and soft textured wallpaper. Both of these things we obtained from our local hardware store. The total cost was quite high, but not as high as trying to buy brand new bedside cabinets and drawers, so we are happy. Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help With Baby Socks Pattern (rejoin yarn, pick up and knit) on: September 06, 2009 07:06:29 AM
I was trying to make the socks described in this premature baby set pattern, for my bro and sis-in-laws new baby who was 2 months premature (don't worry, mum and baby are in hospital but doing fine Cheesy). I've never knitted socks before (or anything shaped in this manner, for that matter).

I got totally stuck after breaking off my yarn. I've included a picture below, and I'm wondering where exactly I go next. I can't find an adequate enough tutorial for picking up and knitting stitches that is followable for this type of work.

I'm assuming that I would pick up and knit eight of the nine stitches on the right hand needle onto the left hand needle, then knit eight stitches on the left hand needle onto the right hand needle, slip the 8 stitches from the 'flap' onto the right hand needle, then knit eight of the nine stitches remaining on the left hand needle. Am I right?

If I'm not, direction would be appreciated. Smiley

Thanks in advance.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 'Period Pouch' - a sanitary towel cosy :P (with tutorial) on: March 12, 2008 06:28:06 PM
The story goes like this. I'm going to London tomorrow, and I'm on my period. I suffer from very bad PMS and have recently started using towels as opposed to tampons, because tampons give me headaches. Anyway, Kitten Wrangler made me this lovely little bag in the Make a Friend swap which I'm dying to use. It just so happens that a lot of my things match it - but there was a problem! The sanitary towel wrappers are green, oh the clashes of colour, the horror! I couldn't put them straight into the bag. So, I dug out some chunky pink yarn, a 5mm hook and spent approximately a Family Guy's episode worth of my life creating a little pouch that will happily contain three normal sized sanitary towels, but I suppose you could also use it for tampons or, well, just about anything else you fancy.

This is the result:

And here's a tutorial, just in case you ever got into a similar dilemma to me. Cheesy Since it is so simple and quick to make, it is probably also a suitable first crochet project, and practical too. Wink It can probably be made from yarn scraps and the pattern could be adapted to different styles.

This is what you need:

I used a fairly small amount of Sirdar Hugs yarn (mellow) which is a pink and white chunky weight yarn (similar could be substituted easily - I believe Sirdar Hugs is a UK yarn, so it might be harder to find elsewhere), a 5mm crochet hook and a yarn needle.

The pattern:
Row 1. chain 30 (this can be increased/decreased accordingly - I chained as far as just over double the height of a sanitary towel)
Row 2. turn and double crochet (UK triple crochet) all the way back
Row 3. chain 3 (this will be used to create a 'ruffle'), turn, double crochet the whole way across including the very first stitch
Row 5-10. repeat row 3 (the number of rows can also be increase/decreased according to towel size)

Then, to finish off, fold the crochet fabric in half so that the 'ruffles' are at the opening of the pouch, and sew down the sides using the tail of the fabric, or another cut of yarn. Your new pouch is now ready to be used. Cheesy Enjoy.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Heart Keychain - Help? :D on: November 18, 2007 03:51:04 PM
Hey all crocheters,

I wanted to make my boyfriend a little crochet heart keychain for Christmas, and was wondering how to go about it. It doesn't really matter if I should make a 3D stuffed heart or a flat heart, but I'm having trouble finding a suitable pattern. If anyone has any ideas on creating my own pattern (any stitch sequences that might create a vague heart shape Tongue) or knows where I might obtain one it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance Smiley
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Plastic/Glass Eyes on: November 10, 2007 01:00:06 AM
Apparently craft stores here don't like to supply us with plastic eyes with washers (like teddy bear eyes). I'd like to get hold of some in various colours, but the only online store I can find is horrendously expensive.

A little help in finding an online retailer (or offline in London, Preston or Dorset) with various coloured eyes is greatly appreciated.
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