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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for a storage/in-transit bag for messy materials? on: July 11, 2009 05:21:09 PM
Alright, so I got accepted into school for this coming fall (which is a huge deal, but also a completely different story), into a really fantastic Interior Design program.

In my acceptance package, I was also sent a "school supply list" - flashback to like, elementary school with the "one package of 24 pencil crayons, 2 glue sticks, 10 HB pencils", except foooorrr... the majority of this stuff, is new to me!  Things I've never used... things I'm excited to figure out how... what exactly they're for, and plenty of drafting supplies.  So, over $400 later, and three pages of listed supplies... and me in art supply stores (very dangerous combination, let me tell you), I have piles of this stuff on my bedroom floor.

I'm crazy when it comes to having everything organized.  I have a great big soft-sided carrying case that I got with one of the kits we needed to buy.  It fits my great big drawing boards, cutting mats, large pads of paper, etc.  It's great, I quite enjoy it, and if I figure after the first week of classes, I can get away with it, I already have plans to dress it up.

But I have tons and tons of little odds and ends.  Charcoal, graphite sticks, conte "crayons", tons of pencils and lead holders, also lead refills, a sharpener, a lead sharpener, three different kinds of erasers, drafting tape, and all sorts of little things.  I also have a bunch of drafting triangles, a protractor, a compass, an irregular curve, an architect's triangular scale/ruler, a regular metal ruler (24"), some specific paint brushes and a couple of templates (circle, symbol, ellipse, etc).

Going back to the beginning... the very first thing on the list, is a supply kit/case/toolbox for your supplies.  But, being me... why buy something, when you can make it, yes?

Easier said than done though, I'm thinking.  I have no idea how to accommodate things like messy graphite sticks and how to wrap/roll/store all of my drawing pencils without getting the lead messy all over the case.  No to mention, I have no idea what to do with all of the drafting supplies, like the triangles, rulers, protractor, irregular curve, etc.

So I'm looking for ideas!!!  Has anyone made something to accommodate messy materials like this, and if so, how did you work it?  Or how WOULD you work it?  Not only am I crazy about being organized, but I'm also pretty crazy about being... well, NOT messy.  I'm looking to put something together for all the small bits, and then something different for all the drafting supplies, since they're bigger and can't be rolled, like I might end up doing with all my pencils, pens, brushes, etc.  Unless it just... doesn't seem practical, I haven't really decided, yet.  I made and used a small pencil/pen roll for the college semester I took last year, and I got a little sick of rolling it up all the time, when I was done, and got lazy about tying it.  But at the same time, I don't want to always be rummaging through a pencil case trying to find something, either...

ANY ideas are welcome!!  Pleeeaasseee, I need to be inspired!

Also... I'm no stranger to complication.  I put together a pretty intense knitting case with a million zippers, pockets, straps, etc.  So go ahead and lay it on me, if you've got something exciting!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Turn A Square Hat! on: November 29, 2008 02:12:25 PM
Alright... so my brother has been admiring my increasing knowledge of knitting skills recently... so for Christmas, I decided to knit him an awesome hat.  He's trying to get into snowboarding, so I thought it would be a good idea!

This is the first time that I have ever done any sort of color work.  It's the first project that involves more than one color!  I'm so proud of the way it turned out.  It only took me about seven or eight hours to do.  I started last night, and I finished today.

Where I left off last night:

Modeled by my lovely ceramic juice jug, haha:

Anyways, I'm so proud of this, and I really hope that he likes it, come Christmas time!

Let me know what you think!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Tweed Scarf on: November 17, 2008 08:30:53 PM
Alright... so I remember there being a post, quite some time ago... let me see if I can find it, and post it...

Update:  Here's the link - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266884.0

Anywho, it was a cabled men's scarf, and I quite liked it!  I had showed it to my boy, and he came to like it as well, and hinted that I should make him one for when he goes to Chicago (the "windy city") for Thanksgiving this November!  So I happily took on the project!

It was the first time I knit something for someone else!

I used the photo from the previous board as inspiration.  I used a cable pattern in one of my books, and someone on Ravelry suggested the border idea, to keep it from rolling in.  I love the way that everything came together.  I also kept track of the pattern I used... so if anyone is curious, I have it all written down and I wouldn't mind typing it up for those who want it.

The last photo was from when I had just started.  It shows the color of the scarf a lot better!

Let me know what you think!  I really hope he likes it...  Embarrassed

The finished product is 57" long, and I would estimate about 10" wide!
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Fall/Winter Scarf Knitalong (Any Pattern)! on: October 20, 2008 08:42:51 PM
So I have this boy... who is going to Chicago for the US of A's Thanksgiving at the end of November, and of course, being the "windy city", he thinks it would be wise to have a scarf to take with him... and who better to ask, than the girl friend who knits!

I didn't really choose a specific pattern.  However, this scarf is my inspiration:

I am casting on/binding off/doing the edges with this pattern:

Otherwise, I have a book full of Cable and Aran patterns that I have selected the proper cable pattern from.

I'm using some Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds yarn in an "Earthy Brown".

I'm just casting on tonight!

So... since it's that time of the year, I thought I might as well open this up to anyone else who's getting into some fall/winter projects, and getting a head start on their scarves for the season!  Anyone, with any scarf sort of pattern is more than welcome to join in.  I'll post pictures of my first night's work in a few hours, before bed.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Canning/Jarring/Preservatives on: October 04, 2008 03:54:53 PM
Hey there!

I haven't ever posted on this board... I generally frequent the knitting, crochet and sewing boards only.  I am nineteen years old, and totally in love with all kinds of baking!  I love the kitchen, I love being productive, I love playing around and trying all kinds of cool new things, and so this fall... I've decided to make some preservatives!

My family used to be really big into it.  I remember when I was little, we used to grow tons of beets to put in jars(/pickle, I guess?) and my brother and I were always in charge of picking the nanking cherries off of the bushes to make jam.  My grandparents always brought fresh blueberries from the west coast to make jam with too.  I remember the one year that we really got into it and made TONS of stuff... we installed a new shelf system in our basement to store everything on.  Well... later one evening, my brother and I were playing basketball out in the alley, and... CRASSSHHH.  We lost more than half of what we made, because the shelf broke!  And I think, judging even by just the dust on all of the canning pots and jars I found in the garage and expiry dates on the certo packets, they lost all interest after that year.

I promised myself this year, all of my gifts for Christmas are going to be hand-made, and I would really love to dress up some jars of goodies to give along with them!

I'm planning (and have some pretty basic recipes to start with) to make apple jelly, apple-mint jelly, strawberry jam, peach mango jam (I froze them together... so if I can manage to figure out which is which while they're frozen, I may make peach spread and mango jam separately), apple pie in a jar, and just some homemade apple juice/sauce.

Here's the thing... my mom isn't keen on helping, and my dad works tons so I don't know how much he'll be around to help me out.  Other than touching things I shouldn't have and "getting in the way" while my parents used to make them, I've only ever made one jar of jam (in a grade seven foods class) myself.

So I'm wondering... if anyone has some tips or secrets or suggestions that might come in handy for me, while I'm busy this weekend/week?

I've researched plenty of the basics - hot jars, hot lids, hot liquids.  I have tons of big pots and tongs.  I've also read that once you put the jam/jelly into a jar, to close the lids "finger tight" and then boil them completely submerged, upside down for 15 minutes, before letting them cool and tightening the lids more.  Is that a good idea to do?

I also realize that since this is my first try, things could go wrong, and I could make mistakes.  If a lid doesn't seal one a jar of jam the first night or whatever, can I still keep it in the fridge to use for two or three weeks?  Or does it have to go in the garbage?

Anything you can help me out with would be suuuuper helpful!  Thanks!
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Namaste Yoga Mat Bag on: September 28, 2008 07:14:45 PM
Hey there!

I tried to look through and search past Knit-a-longs... but I didn't see anything for this pattern!


I cast on two weeks ago... thinking I would have it done for this weekend (I have yoga teacher training every second weekend)... but I was so busy, and I had a really good friend come visit for five days, so my second weekend of classes is over, and my bag is still not finished!  I hope to finish it for the next weekend (October 10th)... or at least before it starts snowing.

I am juuuust closing in on 50% completed... but I was wondering if anyone else would like to jump on board?  I realize it's not something for everyone to knit... since not everyone has a yoga mat... but maybe for Christmas gifts?   Tongue

I'm using a wine/purple-red color for mine (it's a 50% acrylic, 50% cotton blend)... and I plan on using a thick white ribbon (what I have been tying my mat up with recently) as the drawstring.  I still haven't decided what I'm going to do about the strap yet, though.

Let me know if anyone feels inspired to join!!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / If I'm a few yards short... on: September 15, 2008 03:59:37 PM
Okay, my question is, if I'm short a few yards (meaning, I have 414 yards and the pattern asks for approximately 434 yards)... how can I conserve some yarn so that I have enough to finish the pattern?  Would using needles one size larger, be of any use?

It's possible that I can maybe shorten the pattern a little, and have it still fit... but I just want to know in advance, in case shortening it only amounts to an extra 10 ish yards, right?

Anywho, if anyone can help me out a bit with this, I would be very grateful.

Thanks in advance!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Really quick lace pattern? on: September 10, 2008 06:27:35 PM
Hey there!  I'm fairly new to the knitting scene, but I feel like I comprehend it very well.  I'm starting a Yoga Teacher Training program Friday evening, to which I have to commute quite a ways on the train and by walking... but I just remembered that I don't have any sort of bag/carrying tool!  I've just been binding it up with a nice big ribbon.

I would like to make a bag of some sort for it, so that I can put a strap on it, to carry (on one shoulder or something).  Since I would like to have it by Friday evening (I work most of tomorrow, and I have yoga teacher training all weekend - this leaves me just with Friday to finish it), I'm looking for something that works quickly and fairly easily.  But I need it to be sturdy, so that the strap can hold it fairly!  I was thinking maybe a lace type of pattern would be best, so that it's a bit mesh-y, and my mat can breathe.

This gives you an idea of what yoga mat bags generally look like (in case you've never seen one).  I'll figure out a way to knit some sort of stiffer/stronger circular base for it, and then I'm thinking about knitting in the round, all the way up.

I have a 16" (which should be perfect) US size 8 knitting needle, that I was thinking about using.  But in case a larger size would be more reasonable, I have some size 10 dpns I could knit in the round with instead?  And I'm planning on using the same ribbon as a draw string around the top, if it will weave through well enough.

If anyone has an idea for a stitch that would be good for this, or suggestions or anything, I would really appreciate it!!  (I'm not looking for an entire tutorial, unless you happen to know of one.  Just ideas one what to use for a stitch pattern would be great, and I can figure out the rest!)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace Hat on: September 10, 2008 02:24:56 PM
So... back in *coughJunecough* I had a month or two where I had pretty much nothing to do.  My summer programs for work weren't starting quite yet, and my spring programs had all finished.  So I occupied myself with baking a lot and also with crocheting.  My friend asked me... if I had so much time, if I wouldn't mind making her a couple of hats for the fall?  I said sure, as long as she gathered the materials.

She gave me her KnitSimple magazine, two patterns, a bunch of yarn and even some needles.  One was crochet, and one was knit.  Long story short, I went on a road trip, and didn't get back to it until now... and now that I have, I haven't finished the crocheted hat, but I HAVE completed the knit hat, and needless to say, I am very pleased with it.  We'll see how she likes it tomorrow!

This was my first time working with any sort of lace pattern - k2tog, ssk, etc.  Also, it was the first time I've knit a hat!

Her head is "large and worth $30,000" so it's a 22" circumference.  It was made with RYC "ClassicYarns" Soft Lux (64% extra fine merino wool, 10% angra, 24% nylon and 2% metallic fibre).  And I think the color was "sable".  It's sort of a pale purple-y grey.

I've never looked so great in hats, but I felt it needed to be modeled somehow:

Let me know what you think!  Thanks so much for looking!!   Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet Grocery Bags on: September 05, 2008 02:33:35 PM
Alright... I've seen people crocheting some of those super nifty, stretchy, mesh-style grocery bags in a few different places.  And wouldn't you know it... as soon as I start looking for the patterns, they are no where to be found!  (Knit ones are also acceptable, but I think the ones I'm specifically looking for have been crocheted.)

So first off... does anyone have a really excellent pattern for crocheted grocery bags hanging around in their Favorites list?

Second off... I'm curious to know, what the best kind of yarn to use for them, is?  I would assume no wool, and I'm not so convinced about acrylic, so would cotton be the best way to go?

I'm thinking this is one of the many "handmade" ideas I'm going to use for Christmas gifts this season, so I should probably get started early.

Just in case there's confusion:  I'm not looking for the ones that are crocheted using plastic grocery bags or anything.  Just the ones made with yarn.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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