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11  CANADA / British Columbia / Lye (sodium hydroxide) source in Vancouver area? on: June 22, 2008 06:09:23 PM
I really want to try cold-process soap making but haven't been able to find a source for lye (sodium hydroxide) anywhere around Vancouver....  anyone know of any??
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Diagonal Box Stitch Scarf of Awesomeness on: May 19, 2008 11:37:40 AM
I saw this project on someone's Ravelry and had to do a version of it - it's so simple but looks so much more complicated!

It's just a diagonal box stitch with SWS yarn....

It now lives happily with my mom in New Brunswick where it will get much use during the cold winters!

(Here's the link to the original on Ravelry, if you've got Ravelry access: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Hookandyarn/harmony-scarf )
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fingerless gloves on: March 27, 2008 10:02:13 PM
Finally - after having cold hands for months while at work I finally made myself some fingerless gloves!

I used the pattern from crochet me: http://crochetme.com/patterns/basic-fingerless-mittens  which was very straightforward and easy to modify to get a good fit....  they're nothin fancy but they do the job!

Excuse the enormo pictures!

14  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Leclerc Medico loom? on: March 15, 2008 10:10:41 AM
Does anyone here have experience with the Leclerc Medico table loom?  I'm wondering if it's as noisy as the Dorothy (which sounds like a drawer full of cutlery is being dumped on the floor everytime you change sheds)??
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Tiramisu ribbon decision - help! on: February 10, 2008 10:31:34 AM
My latest almost-done project is a crocheted baby blanket for some friends who are about to have a very long-awaited baby. I followed Alicia Paulson's (http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/) pattern Tiramisu (http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/TiramisuBlanket.pdf) which I've seen fabulous examples of on Ravelry.

Now that the blanket is done I need to pick the ribbon! Eek! I came back from the craft store quite muddled about what I should use. I'm going to put some of the options up here - please weigh in with your fave! The mom is not quite as bold as I tend to be - she's more conservative... so I'm leaning towards the yellow on yellow which seems a bit dull but also classy... but let me know what you think!

(click here to go to a gallery with larger images: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v109/lbrideau/ribbon/)

The options are:

1. Yellow Polka Dot
2. Orange Polka Dot
3. Black Flowers
4. Green

16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Critique? on: October 10, 2007 07:10:16 PM
Hi - I've partnered with some friends (we met at a local craftster meetup!) and we've launched ourselves online and could use any feedback anyone has to give:  http://maked.ca

I'm especially needing to know if the site displays right... it looks all right when I test it but apparently there are a few issues on Macs?

But any comments are appreciated!

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sewing Machine Cover for my new machine! on: September 20, 2007 01:21:48 AM
After several years of too-much hand sewing I have finally scored myself a sewing machine (and a computerized one at that!  And for a bargin!).   First things first, I sewed a cover for it - especially since the machine lives on my desk where everyone can see it all the time.   I'm quite impressed with myself that it actually covers the machine!

Here it is:

And here's my baby:

I'm off to the sewing thread for inspiration!
18  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / 3/1 Twill Scarf on: August 20, 2007 05:34:33 PM

I rented a table loom from my local weaving guild so I could give this weaving thing a try after being inspired by the work of this artist: http://sweetgeorgia.planetfishdesign.com/

And after doing a sample piece that is quite hideous, I launched into my first project - a scarf.

I did a 3/1 twill with grey warp threads and light pink weft thread which turned out much more subtle than I expected, but not bad.  I also had to learn the floating selvedges trick to get this to work, that wasn't bad.   It ended up 64" (163cm) long which seems just right for me.   Made from some soft but cheap acrylic yarn (I dream of the day I can afford to work with natural fibres!).   Also, you'll see I put some beads on the fringe to add some sparkle...

I love it when you guys post lots of pictures of your weaving projects, so pardon if I overkill here with photos; I'm just so pleased to have finished!

I loved weaving it except that my table loom is ridiculously noisy.  Every time I changed sheds it sounded like I was dumping a cutlery tray onto the floor.  My cats hide under the bed when I weave.  So, I'll continue with weaving one day when I can get my hands on a quieter loom!
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 10th anniversary party/party instead of wedding ideas on: January 05, 2007 05:29:00 PM
Since my partner and I are never getting married, we figured it was about time we gathered our friends and family together and threw a party.  This summer is our 10th anniversary, so we're thinking that's a good time to have a shindig.  Problem is - what do we do?    Huh

I'd really like to do something different.... the last thing I want is a typical party with people mingling with strangers and feeling ackward.   So far the only idea is maybe white water rafting/river float?   

I'd love to hear some ideas from craftsters!   Activity-oriented stuff is probably more our speed - ideally mixed with time out for chilling.  It'll probably be a smallish group, certainly not more than 30.  We're stumped.  (We're also just exiting from poor student status.)  And we're located in Vancouver, BC so there's ocean, mountains, and city at our disposal.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Another round ripple blanket? yes, indeed! on: November 27, 2006 08:56:19 PM
I'm hooked on these round ripple blankets [insert groan here for awful pun]!

Here's my latest for a friend who's due in February, done in Bernat satin yarn and a 5mm hook:

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