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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn Use Question on: December 07, 2008 12:55:52 PM
My best friend sent me a skein of boucle for Christmas a while ago, and I only recently worked it up... the fuzziness that's so appealing in the skein is murder on your eyes and patience when it's on your hook! 

However, I just got a Crochet Lite http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2873&PRODID=prd58617 hook, and it's WONDERFUL for yarns where stiches are hard to see!  Since the hook itself lights up, you can use it to backlight the yarn and find each stich you need!

The only heads-up you need is that the lighted hook portion is plastic, so 1) it may feel "squeaky" with certain yarns if you crochet tightly, so try to keep it a little more relaxed than with a metal hook, and 2) if you push or pull too hard while crocheting (hey! I said keep it loose!) you can cause stress fractures in the plastic, which could eventually cause it to break. 

Aside from that (and you'll always use it gently from now on, right? Right?)  it's the very best way I've found to work up all the fun textured yarns without getting frustrated and tossing a partially-finished project to the bottom of my WIP basket  Wink
2  California / California: Central / Paper Habit in Modesto--making double-plus ungood changes on: October 27, 2008 08:13:03 PM
If anyone else is here in Modesto, you'll probably be as bummed as I am that The Paper Habit (aka the only specialty yarn shop around) is closing out its yarn department. 

They're currently having a 30-50% off sale on all their yarn stock (and probably hardware too, but it's mostly geared towards knitters) until they're out...

So... great prices on very very nice fibers, but after a month or so, it's going to be online ordering for most of us who want something beyond the acrylic/wool selections at Joann's, Michael's, and Beverly's, and don't have the gas or gumption to drive to Sacramento.   Sad
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro Handbag, modelled by Jamesir Bensonmum on: September 28, 2008 01:30:39 PM
I dig your purse!  And *Jamesir* seems to have modelling in his bones...
you have buns?  Where are they?! where are the buns!
No monsieur! The bones in his body!
aaaach... you should not speak with an accent when you know I am so hungry!

 Cheesy  you get a bonus 50 points from me, simply for having excellent cinematic tastes!
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ami Discworld! on: September 06, 2008 02:39:31 PM
Holy cannoli, this is STUNNING!!!

Beautiful, beautiful work... love the detail, love the stoic lil elephants, j'adore A'Tuin!

I don't know you personally, but right now I want to give you a monster hug while jumping up and down Smiley
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing Dog Kennel Mats-Need some help with fabrics on: September 03, 2008 09:36:15 PM
What I used for my two girls (when they were pups) was actually just a bath sheet (HUGE bath towel) sewn like a pillow sham... as in, folded almost in half, so one end is about 4" longer than the other, then sewing both short sides closed.  That way, you can slip your pillow/filler in and flip the whole thing over to protect the opening.  The towel worked great, as it was snuggly through the winter and spring, but being cotton, it didn't hold the heat in the summer. 

And a lil tip from working at a kennel and training center, the best way to prevent a puppy soiling his bedding is to go SMALLER.  I know we all want our pooches to have huge, floofy beds with a dust ruffle, but to a puppy that says "ok, I can pee over here, then sleep on this side! Brilliant!"  While you're getting your new fella used to the house, his or her sleeping area should be just big enough to stand up, turn around, and lie down in.  That's it.  The yard is for potty, the living area is for play, the kitchin is for food, and the kennel is for quiet time/sleeping. 

That is, of course, until they're housebroken, and then you can pile all the towel mats into a pillowy cottony raft of decadence and snuggle with them on it  Wink
6  California / California: Central / Re: Any 209 crafters ? on: September 03, 2008 09:05:48 PM
I'm in Modesto, transplanted from Pasadena (biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig change  Smiley )
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: Legitimately Ironic Tea Cozy! (pic heavy) on: September 03, 2008 07:21:58 PM
Thanks, everyone!  Your comments are making me crack up... and my dogs are wondering why I'm laughing at a lighted box (reading is beyond them, y'see)    Cheesy
It's really nice to know that stuff like this is appreciated-- since most people I know aren't crafty, they have no idea of the time, planning, and enjoyment that goes into all the pieces on this site... You all are really sweet, thanks again!
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: always fresh egg(s) cozy on: September 03, 2008 07:14:45 PM
Hahaha  I <3 Alton Brown! 

Your chicken is very, very awesome  Smiley 
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Legitimately Ironic Tea Cozy! (pic heavy) on: September 03, 2008 12:17:31 AM
Oh Boy!  You gotta love irony-- it's literature's way of saying GOTCHA!!!!
Now, to understand my project here, we'll make like an old-timey movie... words... illustration... words... illustration... ready? ok!

My mom told me that when she was growing up, women of the house and young single ladies would certainly drink socially... sort of.  It was considered rude to be obvious, so the gals found a way around that little obstacle

Fast-forward roughly 35 years, and chickies my age have a whole 'nother issue... Street Cred. (In a manner of speaking)

As a 20-something California girl who has attended University, I am expected to be able to drink my weight in liquor.  But since I have other things on my mind (husband, job, dogs, mortgage, crocheting, reading, etc.) sobriety is a definite plus.  In fact, I was more excited to receive an authentic Japanese tea pot from my bro, than a free bottle of wine from our neighbor... But WAIT! 

SO! after a quick trip to the yarns 'n' hooks purse in the living room

and with the aid of one day off, two dogs, and season 3 of The Golden Girls

I whipped out this little sucker to prove to ANY disbeliever that I can still take a shot like a champ!

It's nice to know that more than three decades after women were encouraged to disguise their hooch as coffee, now I'm trying to pass off my green tea as booze-- now that's ironic  Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: circle skirts: which waist opening? on: April 17, 2008 08:27:39 PM
whoo! Thanks a ton!

I had tried making a mock-up, but it was really too small to clarify matters...

If you want the hem even all the way around, cut the skirt, hanging it up by the waist for 48 hours & then trim the hem evenly.

48 hours hmm...?  guess I'll be able to actually work on more than ONE project per night! Cheesy   wheee! Thanks again, ladies!
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