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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Loom & I'm an idiot that can't figure it out, help? on: December 22, 2009 03:08:52 PM
I was given a set of circle looms today. I've tried ALL day to figure out how to make something on them, but all I get is a knotted mess that I end up having to cut off of the looms.  I've thrown away a lot of yarn today.

I follow the directions about wrapping loosely around each peg twice, then grabbing the bottom and pulling it over the top.  The directions then say to make another two rows, pull the bottom one over the top, etc and that the "finished knitting will emerge from the inside of the hoop".  But this doesn't happen.  It just gets tighter and tighter until the pegs are completely wrapped in yarn and there is nowhere else to go.

I've tried three different sizes, I've tried different types of yarns, I've tried making them tighter, looser, everything I can think of but NOTHING is working.  I do not know how to knit with knitting needles so none of the terms (cast off, cast on, purl, etc) mean anything to me.  I've tried watching videos on youtube, etc., but they always just do the first two rows, then skip to the end, not ever showing how they get to that point.

Can anyone help me with VERY detailed, preferably with photos of every single step necessary?  I tried to learn to knit the regular way and it was a disaster so I was so excited when I got these. 

I'm such an idiot, thanks for any help.   Cry
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / This sweater needs to be a pillow on: November 17, 2009 09:55:20 AM
This is a favorite sweater sent to me by a friend.  She LOVES it, but her snooty friends make fun of her for wearing it (it's just for Christmas, no other time).  I offered to make it into a pillow for her and it just arrived today.  However, the cat is not centered, it's close to the top and I want to make a really cool pillow for her.  I can't knit, only sew.  The cat must be included.  Any suggestions??? Thanks!!!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / I sent, she rec'd but now silence from gifted and organizer - what to do? on: November 16, 2009 11:14:10 AM
I signed up for a birthday swap.  I was chosen and rec'd my gifts on my birthday (yay!).  I let the sender know, I let the organizer know, I posted pictures in the forum and sent a snail mail card as I was supposed to.

I also chose a birthday girl.  I sent her item and the DC# says she's rec'd it but she's never let me know what she thought, never posted photos, never sent me a PM saying it got there.  I see that she's online nearly every day, so I'm not sure what happened.  I haven't checked the forum today to see if she's posted anything, but usually I get an email when someone posts - so it's possible I didn't get that email......

I let the organizer know that I've done my part and wondering if I could have feedback for the swap since but I have heard anything from her either.

Now I don't know what to do.  Of course, your feelings get a little hurt when someone doesn't acknowledge a gift (esp. since what I sent her wasn't cheap and I put a lot of effort into it - twice since the first item was ruined by someone spilling bleach on it!) but now I just want my feedback so I can be done with it all.  Any suggestions?
4  COOKING / Dessert / Zombie Brains Cupcake on: October 14, 2009 12:45:46 PM
This is the cupcake I made for my 12 year old to pass to his friends on his birthday on October 13th.  It was a HUGE hit, even to the point that his art teacher took photos of it and 2 girls in his class refused to touch the brain.

They taste really good, despite the way they look.  They are made of red velvet cake mix, cream cheese frosting and the brains are made of chocolate using a miniature brain candy mold.  Super simple to make if you can find the mold.  I found mine on eBay but I know they're sold elsewhere online (with outrageous shipping prices, IMO).  The chocolates can be found in any cake decorating section of craft stores (Michael's, JoAnn, etc.), the cake mix and frosting can be made from scratch or purchased at any grocery store.

Aren't they awesome?Huh

**note:  the photos I took of my creation were deleted from my camera when my husband tried to download them, so the photos shown here belong to Flickr user xsomnis.  She has given permission to use them as long as I gave her credit for them.  Check out her Flickr photo stream, she does amazing art!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Swing Jacket or Coat on: September 04, 2009 12:40:10 PM
I have 2 yards of some yummy gray felt that I'd love to make a simple swing jacket or coat.  Buying a new pattern isn't that helpful and I can't afford to spend money on that OR a vintage pattern.  Any suggestions on how to do without...or am I completely nuts? Smiley
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / What happens if a swap pkg can't be delivered? on: August 25, 2009 05:23:10 PM
I'm wondering what happens if I send a swap package and the DC says the USPS attempted to deliver it but wasn't able and that the recipient needs to pick it up within 15 days or it will be returned to me (how's that for a run-on sentence?  Wink )

I know there's still plenty of time left since this just happened on the 22nd, but then I started wondering what would happen in any swap if this happened? (yes, I'm one of those people who has to worry about everything  Roll Eyes
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Keep It Under Your Hat Swap on: August 17, 2009 03:50:49 PM
This has probably been done before (how could it not?!) but my son really wants me to see if there is any interest in doing a hat swap.  But not just hats, anything that would be worn on the head (that way if you can't knit or crochet, you could still participate since things like headbands, bandanas, fleece, etc. can be sewn).

So the deal would be anything that can be worn on the head and would be a 6 point swap, worked out however you like just as long as it equals 6 points.  For instance, if you knitted or crocheted an item, that would most likely be considered a 6 point item since it takes longer.  It could be open to international swappers and would have a generous crafting period of 4-6 weeks.

I've never organized a swap before but I'd like to give it a try if there is enough interest. Smiley

....sombrero, beret, beanie, pork pie, Stetson, derby, baseball cap, Cowboy, sailor, stovepipe, bowler, fedora, Panama, helmet, chef's hat, Jester hat, coonskin, pillbox, mitre, boater, crown, tiara, deerstalker, Tam o'shanter, kippah, balaclava, fez, turban, dew rag, Bonnet, yarmulke, wool, tricorn, hard hat, bowler's hat, watch cap, chef's cap.......
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sew over the pins or remove them first? on: May 22, 2009 12:57:07 PM
I have a question that would probably have a very obvious answer, but I'm a dork.

When I pin (using a straight pin) a piece of fabric for sewing, I constantly have to stop and remove the pins as I come to them while using a sewing machine.  I seem to remember my grandma sewing right over the pins and removing them after she was done sewing (does that make sense?) 

I've tried sewing over the pins but I've broken the needle a couple of times to I stopped.  Am I doing it wrong or are you just not supposed to do that?

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thanks for the memories..... on: April 07, 2009 10:45:26 PM
I am an obsessive receipt, ticket, brochure, etc. hoarder when I travel.  I love fonts and words and finding them in foreign languages is like a gold mine to me.  This past summer, my husband and I took our children to visit my bestest and dearest friend in Sweden.  This required traveling from Ohio to Toronto to catch our flight, then to Amsterdam, then to Copenhagen and when we returned home 2 weeks later, Stockholm to Delft to Amsterdam to Toronto.  LOTS of opportunities for little pieces of paper  Cheesy  I wanted a neat way to have a reason to keep these bits an pieces and I'm too lazy to scrapbook, so I took an IKEA end table (the cheapie type that costs about $10 and did a receipt/brochure/etc. collage then used polyurethene to seal it all up with.  I don't think it turn out too terribly and it certainly is a conversation piece.  Plus my kids love to look at it and say "hey, I remember that place"  Grin

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / It's All About Me Swap on: March 22, 2009 07:30:16 PM
I've been wishing for awhile that there was an international only swap where the swappers make a 3-D collage of different things that represents their country, their culture, the area where they live and the swapper.  Stuff like stickers, postage stamps, tickets (train, tram, concert, etc), postcards, etc. and all of the writing (if any) would be written in the language of the swappers.  The 3-D part would be that the swappers couldn't just make a photo collage and glue it on to something, they would actually have to be willing to get an original item and make glue (or attach somehow) the item on to a piece of sturdy cardboard or wood.  It would have to be rather small, since the postage could quickly add up, maybe something like no bigger than 8 x 10 (or A4 I think?)

But how would I go about making such a thing a reality?  Would anyone be interested in doing something like this?  I love learning about foreign countries and how people live, so I thought maybe I'm not the only one! Smiley
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