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1  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / looking to learn to knit in cary/raleigh on: March 21, 2009 12:39:50 PM
Hey everyone, I desperately want to learn to knit better, it's so much easier when I have an instructor rather than the books/tutorials.  So I'm looking to take a class, I was wondering if there was anyone that had had a good experience with this, if you could point out a place to take a class, whether it an LYS or what, I haven't had much luck in finding a listing of sorts.  Thanks!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / having problems with my current project (please help :D) on: January 17, 2009 11:39:15 AM
Ok so this is the thing I really want to make some of these bowls
I got all or my supplies together that were listed (except for the fact that i have nylon rope instead of cotton) and thought that it would go very simply.  My problem is that i will get to about 3 rounds and will have problems thinking that the needle is catching b/c i've bent it but when i get the project out of the machine (which is very difficult for some reason) the back is all crazy loopy like the tension is off or something.  I tried adjusting the tension, it's not helping at all, and I made sure that it sews properly on a plain piece of scrap fabric and it does.  Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong or trouble shooting idea, could it really be that I just need to go get cotton rope? I haven't tried that b/c I didn't think that it would make a big difference.  Thank you for your help in advance Cheesy I just don't know how to fix it
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / ever lasting crosstitch on: December 17, 2008 12:13:20 PM
I finished this not long ago. I love it even if it did seem like I would NEVER finish. Now I just have to have it framed and hung on the wall properly.

Here are some close ups.
I'm off to contemplate how I want to frame it.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / sparkles for a bride on: December 05, 2008 09:09:15 AM
I recently attended a bridal shower for a friend that had been looking at some very expensive (in comparison to what it would take to make it) jewelry.  So I made her a necklace and earrings, I'm not sure if she was more taken aback that I'd made them for her or that it was the jewelry.

It's sterling chain and findings with swarovski crystals

I wish I could figure out how to get better pictures of my stuff.  I feel like I'm fairly proficient with photographing everything except jewelry.  I mean I have photos that I've taken hanging in my house, and I just can't seem to get this right.  Are there any pointers that you could share with me?  Thanks!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / hot off the hook on: September 20, 2008 10:08:29 PM
I just finished this! It's for a co-worker and his wife is ready to pop at any moment, so just in the knick of time it's done -- how most of my projects happen. Smiley

this one is just about the whole thing, best shot i got, it's about 3x4
so lemme ask y'all though, they are having a little boy, i started the blanket b4 they knew what they were having, so i figured that it was pretty unisex, but do you think that it's too girl-y for a boy Huh  i mean with the hearts and all?  I asked the BF and he wasn't really of any help....
thanks for the feedback Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / mary jane kiddo shoes/slippers on: September 20, 2008 03:36:58 PM
I just finished these for a fellow craftster, they turned out so cute i'll be sad to see them go.  But you can be sure that there will be at least another pair or two in my future. 
here is a link to the inspiration
and here are my little ones

and now they are off to the mail Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my outrageous new laptop bag on: August 17, 2008 08:42:55 PM
So I have this friend that is an artist, she does mostly abstract stuff, and she was commissioned to some light pole banners (you know the kind that you see in college towns a lot).  Well the whole project was a nightmare for her and the first time around they printed her banners incorrectly where one side of them was upside down when they were hanging, so then she had all of these banners she didn't know what to do with.  We were having a crafty play date and she gave me a couple of the banners to do something with....  They were made of vinyl so I thought that one of them would make a great water proof (maybe..we aren't going to test it hopefully) laptop bag! I started cutting and this is what i came up with.  The colors aren't something that i would have picked up in a store originally but i love it.  And after this project if there were any doubts as to my love for my machine there are none now it was a beast, did way better than i thought it would do! Anyways on to the pics!

this is kind of an up close of the type of imaging that is on it

this is the front of the bag in all its glory

inside/under the flap where you can see the separate compartment w/foam padding (the bf insisted that it be nice and secure for the lappytop)

that being said a pic where you can see where i reinforced the straps and the large pocket on the side

and a pseudo action shot i should have put the laptop in there too as a demo i guess ....

I'll keep you posted when i think of something crafty to do with the others, or if y'all have an ideas i'm taking suggestions...
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / screen names on: August 06, 2008 07:39:30 PM
So..... I know this may sound a little flaky but I want to change my screen name and I was wondering if there was some way to go about that if even at all.  I mean I realize that I could just create a new account but i thought that the question might be worth asking.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / gem stone trees on: July 20, 2008 07:53:53 AM
I've finally decided to actually post something that i've done!!

Ok so here is the thing by BF is fantastic, so fantastic that the last bead show i wanted to go to he insisted that we go together b/c it was a saturday and that's our day together. So after he realized that it was totally boring standing next to me playing with all the beads, he wandered out on his own, only to find the little man in the back that makes the gemstone trees, who's wife decorates them.  He was soooooo excited about how cool they were and how i had to see them.  I went and saw them, and on the sly bought one of the little kits with instructions to surprise him b/c of his awesomeness.

Here is my first attempt:

(it's about 3" tall)

It was a hit! So for his birthday recently (As a surprise) I made him a much larger one:

and here is a comparison shot so you can see the difference:

i like the way that the large one turned out, by fingers hurt for awhile from all the twisting of the wire, I think that the hardest part was keeping it a secret/hiding the thing in progress. But it was worth it!

Sorry i'm so long winded, but i just get so dern excited.
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