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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Covered Bottlecaps on: June 27, 2008 06:35:24 AM
ooh...neat idea, and pretty.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty's Nautie Nautilus on: June 26, 2008 12:30:05 PM
I have been looking all over for a free nautilus crochet pattern!

hmmm... there's a crochet nautilus on gooseflesh (I love the stuff there): http://hellejorgensen.typepad.com/photos/artcraft/flickrcephalopod.html though no pattern
if you feel very diy, http://supernaturale.com/articles.html?id=277 might help in figuring out your own way of doing one - I've promised myself I'll attempt it at some point

Thankyou to everyone for the lovely comments Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Journal out of a record on: June 26, 2008 07:36:24 AM
oooh...clever! This is so inventive, your brother is very lucky.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Nautie Nautilus on: June 26, 2008 07:29:22 AM
This was my favourite project to date; and not as scary as I imagined.

The pattern is available at http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/PATTnautie.html ; I see there's been a knitalong for it, I'm not surprised, it is very cool.

I was working on this on the underground (subway) once, and had a friendly argument with a guy about why it wasn't a snail; a rare incidence of human interaction on the tube. I also lied and said it was a bet, because I was embarrassed to admit I was such a nerd Smiley

Have you ever seen nautiluses swimming? They move through the water with a surprisingly graceful rocking movement.

P.S. I hope it's OK me posting a new thread for this, I'm still a bit confused by the structure of Craftster posts.
5  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Moving to London on: June 26, 2008 07:13:42 AM
I Knit London: a yarn store, place to chill out and knit and social event organiser based near Waterloo Station. http://www.iknit.org.uk/ They have a mailing list, which is quite a good way of finding out what is going on in the city as far as knitting and crochet goes. I've only ever been to their big annual event rather than one of the many smaller nights, but they seem to organise a lot. The shop itself is a bit expensive for my liking (but I am stingy), though they do have some cheaper, standard quality yarns alongside some very gorgeous (pricier) things. I think I might develop a sock fetish thanks to this place.

If you don't mind big stores, John Lewis in Oxford Street sells the big brand stuff (a wide range of Debbie Bliss etc.), if you need that kind of thing; (FYI it's a national chain of department stores that is collectively owned by all its employees).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy London. Having moved here a couple of years ago, I know it's easy to feel lost and alone in the city - but going out to meet people with the same interests is the best way to make it feel like home Smiley
6  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: where to buy a sewing machine? on: June 26, 2008 06:54:57 AM
I also went to the Coopers shop in Finchley (it's the same company as the sewingmachinediscount website); I didn't find it especially friendly that day, though it has an excellent range at very reasonable prices - and it offers some free tuition.

Normally, I'd be worried about buying such a big item online, but this business is a major repair center for a couple of the major brands and has a 30-day return policy. They've been around for a long time, and seem to know what they're doing. The shop didn't actually let me try out machines, so you wouldn't be missing out on that advantage  by using the online or telephone ordering either.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Wavy, baubley, Baby Blanket on: June 26, 2008 06:24:27 AM
ooh... this is lovely... and gender neutral colours too Smiley - they look very spring-like.
8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: One skein scarf on: June 25, 2008 03:35:24 PM
You get spirals and squiggles in crochet when you put 'too much' or 'too little' stuff (stitches) into a space - kinda like ruffles formed by sewing a longer piece of fabric to a smaller hem. I guess that's what's happened here; the waves are too small to hold the fabric flat, so push it into a spiral. OK, you've probably figured that out.

It sounds like it might be too fundamentally non-flat to be flattened by blocking...

...then again, from how you've described it, the scarf still sounds pretty, just in a different way.

Sorry, this hasn't been very helpful.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Summer Icies [Tutorial] on: June 25, 2008 11:33:40 AM
Thankyou! That's probably saved me some messy trial-and-error Smiley
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Little Green...um? on: June 25, 2008 11:26:03 AM
I like how you've put it in a frame, it's a nice display touch.
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