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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Friendship bracelet problem (what is this, third grade?) on: March 06, 2009 01:02:53 AM
As for tension, I dunno... cuz in messing around with it, I've tried knotting very tightly, I've tried knotting very loosely... In both cases, that lean still occurs, which is weird I'll grant. It looks like that little bit of thread on the left of the knot (that's pushing it to the right, so to speak) could just be taken into the knot with a tighter pull. But it happens every time, regardless.  Undecided
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Friendship bracelet problem (what is this, third grade?) on: March 05, 2009 07:35:49 AM
So I've taken to friendship bracelets probably 10-15 years too late. I'm enjoying it, though.

Anyhoo, here's my problem. I'm kind of working my way through a couple basic patterns in the process of getting the swing of things... and I'm stuck on a criss-cross style.

See? The 3 rows of 3 knots kind of lean to the right (or to the left if I switch the knot type - I've tried messing around with a few different ways to no avail) and doesn't correct itself once I move on to the next step.

I'm working from this lovely website (http://www.steffe.se/fb/step_by_step.php) and, more specifically, this lovely step-by-step (http://www.steffe.se/fb/pdf/patterns/squares.pdf)... and as you can see, it's Step 9 that is giving me problems.

Can anyone offer any pointers, tips, solutions, or even patterns or methods alternate to the one used on the site?

Thanks in advance!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Rotary Cutters and/or Pinking Shears on: December 29, 2008 03:49:29 AM
Hey guys. So, with my holiday money, I'm planning to invest in a few much-longed-for sewing tools. I'd really like a rotary cutter and a pair of pinking shears. My question is... do I really need both? It seems they're both good for cutting fabric cleanly so it won't fray, be jagged, or choppy at the ends. What do you think? And also, could you suggest which brand or model for either that you like best?

Thanks in advance!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Domokun! on: August 29, 2008 03:24:46 PM

How'd you get him to stand up? Is your stuffing just real strong or did you put in some weights?
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mmmm sushi! on: August 27, 2008 03:58:36 PM

I stitched this up into a patch for a bag I made.

 It's mostly straight stitch and satin stitch, with a couple french knots on the Salmon Roe, woven straight stitch for the nori. On the tuna and whitefish, you can see that I stitched in curves to make it look like the threads in the meat. On the tamagoyaki (Japanese egg cake -- the yellow one!), you can see the implied ridges. The rice is made with seed stitchesI'm pretty happy with how it turned out and I like how the green fabric makes it look.. I don't know, like sickly but in a good way? lol.

Here's a shot of the bag in action!

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: the "it looks like you made it" bag on: August 21, 2008 07:14:56 AM
Well your photos make it look fantastic! I love that stitching on the flap and that is a very gorgeous fabric!

Something looking hand-made isn't always a bad thing, and it doesn't mean (always) that it also looks cheap. This definitely doesn't look cheap. Maybe you've got friends like I have friends, we all treat each other like crap because we love each other the most lol.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Comic covered birthday - lots of pics! on: June 28, 2008 11:49:47 AM
Those shoes are so awesome that I cannot even breathe! Seriously... I'm a huge Mike Turner fan...

Whereby, I just gotta say... WHAT ARE THE ODDS?! These awesome shoes, and now... The News...

Mike Turner RIP 1971-2008
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Muno! Yo Gabba Gabba cyclops amigurumi! on: June 28, 2008 09:51:18 AM
Aww that's awesome!! I saw a Muno ami before, but I really like the bumps on yours!

*customary pattern request*
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Metalocalypse Murderface Needlebook on: May 07, 2008 01:28:52 PM
That's so awesome!! *sigh* I love crafty Metalocalypse fans!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scrap Granny Square Afghan... Oooh the colors! on: April 24, 2008 08:25:57 AM
Wooo! Finally, after all this time, my first post! Thank you, digicam gods!

Anywho, I don't know if you guys experience this too, but every year, right after the December holidays, I just get so antsy. Why? All December, my hands were busy busy busy making gifts nonstop. And now that the gifting is over... must...continue...crochet!! Can't stop!

LOL So something like this usually happens. In addition to a couple skeins of black and white for border, these lil grannies are the remains of my holiday gifting yarn hoard.

Here's a shot of the pre-assembly layout process. Funny story: see how the edges on them are all rounded? Learning experience! I soon after went completely insane, ripped the edging out of ALL of them, and redid them with a couple added chains to make the corners sharper. *sigh* commitment, y'all.

And here's the finished product! It feels a little... De Stijl to me.

And of course, the customary dog-on-the-new-afghan pic. Hi Ruby!

Thanks for looking!
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