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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone here used/tried a nostepinne? on: July 04, 2008 05:54:56 PM
Best nostepinne ever: Empty 600ml pop bottle (preferably not Coke or anything too curvy)

Wind the yarn around the neck to anchor it, and go to town! If you use a flexible, plastic one, it'll crush a bit as you go (keep the cap on to reduce said crushing), but that's ok, it still works. It's what I've been using for awhile, and it's awesome. Hasn't failed me yet! And it's still large enough to handle easily.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Teacosy - has irony, honest. on: July 04, 2008 05:40:45 PM
nice. I go through tea too fast to use the cozy as well.

Doesn't stop me from making them, though.
23  CANADA / Saskatchewan / Re: The Saskatoon Fringe! on: July 04, 2008 05:35:06 PM
Considering it. Have to get my butt in gear Smiley
24  CANADA / Saskatchewan / Stitch & Chat at the Saskatoon Library on: July 04, 2008 05:33:59 PM
Hey all! Thought I'd bring this to our collective attention.
<a href="http://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca">The Saskatoon Public Library</a>
is hosting weekly, ongoing Stitch & Chats (needlecrafts of all kinds, and it seems as if coffee will be served)

Mondays are at Carlyle King, 1-3pm
Tuesdays are at Cliff Wright, 1-3pm (in the auditorium)
Wednesdays are at Rusty Macdonald, 1-4pm (in the meeting room)

Aside from stitching, they are also hosting a ton of crafting programs, most of them free, for kids as well as adults. Check out the link for more info, cause I don't feel like typing it all here. Smiley
25  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Miscellaneous Occasion/Holiday Crafting on: June 11, 2008 05:49:34 PM
I would definitely like to see this one.
26  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Mom I Want to Craft Too - Sharing your kids crafts and craft ideas for kids on: June 11, 2008 05:46:23 PM
The other reason I would like to see a kid's board in particular, rather than posting them under already existing boards with the adult projects, is that Craftster is an inspiration source for many, and while we might appreciate our 5 year old's knitted swatch, it doesn't necessarily belong with the other Completed Projects. If our five year old made a potholder or something, it would fit more with the other, finished projects. As proud as parents and caregivers are, most kid's crafts are, sadly, still not necessarily appreciated by the kidless.

Also, many kid's crafts are not functional, working pieces. They are decorative, but still not exactly in keeping with the More Art, Less Craft board.

A perfect example was posted, I believe in Clothing, of someone's young child learning to sew on a paper heart (sorry, can't find it now! Argh!). Not Clothing, but where else would you put something like that?

I don't know. I doubt the board will be made, but it would be nice.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: The Fruits of my Recent Labour - cloth diapers on: June 11, 2008 10:14:12 AM
They look great!  Smiley You really did a good job with the elastic. That's always my weak point. Do you have any tips for putting in elastic?

What I do, is after I attach the soaker pad, I sew in the elastic, stretched, with a zigzag stitch, about an 1/2inch to an inch in from the edge. I top the top layer of the diaper on, serge 3 of the four sides together, flip it inside out, put in the back elastic, and topstitch around the edges. Voila! The elastic is only sewn into once, and retains elasticity

To everyone else: Hijack away Smiley It's still on topic, as far as I'm concerned.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The Fruits of my Recent Labour - cloth diapers on: June 10, 2008 12:41:16 PM
All thumbnails are clickable to see the full file.

First, a group shot of my first and second batches.

The white one on the far left is a commercial pre-fitted cloth diaper leftover from my Munchkin's babydays, included for comparison purposes.

Next, we have an all-in-one (ie, cover included) with side gussets to help prevent leaking. This was my first effort, and as it was experimental, it is made of clearance flannel, so I do not have any more of that colour. I do, however, have a bit more of the flowered cover left. As my mother put it, "Heh, he'll be fertilizing the flowers." Yes Mom. Yes he will.

Second effort. A patterned pre-fitted cloth diaper, with binding. The binding is really not worth it, for a functional diaper. It does nothing but cost more, take more time, but yes, looks prettier. I'm not going to do more like this for myself. Covers need the binding, but diapers don't. I have a second one similar, without the binding on the edges, but I don't like the way the serged edges look. So I found a better way (IMO).

Here's a shot of Cleo helping me today. Thanks, cat.

And here is the first of the three I made last night. I've got a much better idea of what I'm doing now, I've had time to tweak the pattern a bit. This one is made of plain diaper flannel (good quality too, in my opinion), with elasticized leg openings, and elasticized back gathering for a better fit. This is by far and away my favourite.

Going forward, any patterned diapers will be done with the white diaper flannel inside. It is of better quality for moisture retention, easier to keep clean, and costs roughly half what the patterned stuff does.

The patterned stuff is darn cute, though, and with the white interior, it would only cost slightly more than the plain ones.

I think I've decided on separate diapers and diaper covers for my own personal use, for a few reasons. First, easier to make them separately, and the function is the same. Second, you really only need maybe 6 or 7 covers total, so why make more than I need? Third, cover material is EXPENSIVE. Must be waterproof, breathable, and strong. I have not yet found my preference in covers. I'm weighing between flannel-backed vinyl, fleece, and wool knitted covers. Personal opinions online seems to sing the praises of wool knitted covers, but I don't want to spend that much extra time (and money, let's face it, I'm cheap). Probably still what I'll end up doing, though, as I really like the way they look and work.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Surfer girl diapers! on: June 07, 2008 06:25:18 PM
re: the leakage problem for some

An extra little bit of fabric (I'm thinking it's called a leg gusset? Ok, I've had that stuck in my head while I've been working on mine today, I have no clue what it's really called) can help stop the leaks. It's like a long half-moon shape about an inch tall that has elastic run along the flat end, and the curved end is sewn along the elasticized leg part.

Sorry for the bad description. A few hours sewing and my brain is a bit fried. Tongue
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Junk into slightly more attractive junk! on: June 05, 2008 08:46:29 AM
Damn, I wonder how much it would cost to get you to send it to the Canadian Prairies Smiley

My grandma had a chair exactly like that. My cousins and I would fight (and I mean, physically <i>fight</i>) over who got to sit in it. I've had my eye out for one of those for awhile.

PM me if you want to sell it.
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