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1  Re: Please help my newbie knitting self learn how to purl stitch! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by craft minded on: August 08, 2010 11:58:22 AM
I'm a crocheter turned knitter who knits continentally and just recently got comfortable with purling the correct way.

How I finally got it was by figuring out a way to hold the working yarn: I wrap it once around my pinkie and twice around the top section of my pointer finger.

This keeps it tight and easy to grab. I have to hold my purling yarn tighter than my knitting yarn, which may be the case with you, too, to help tight up your stitches a bit.

I had been purling the wrong way (by grabbing the working yarn so it was behind my needle), but that only meant that I had to knit through the back loop. I will probably continue to do it that way when I just do straight stockinette on something because it is soooo much easier to purl that way.

However, I started the Clapotis (which is the project in the picture), which meant I had to learn how to purl the right way because the Clapotis pattern makes you knit through both the front loop and the back loop, so the way I was used to knitting would have been too confusing for me.

Good luck and I hope this helps a bit.
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2  Re: Quilt Block Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craft minded on: July 05, 2010 01:39:45 PM
I'm making some progress on my quilt. The borders are looking great and thought it would be nice to share:

I'll just be doing the flying geese, then another round of white fabric. I'll bind it with something colorful and I can't wait to see it done!!!
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3  Re: The IT Crowd Swap R2 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craft minded on: June 10, 2010 07:09:03 PM
WhiteSheeps package came today! She sent me a triptych painting of Moss with some of my favorite quotes:

Such a cool idea. Thank you, WhiteSheep!
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4  Re: Quilt Block Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craft minded on: May 23, 2010 06:59:23 AM
Pics as promised:

First off, while waiting for all my quilt blocks here, I started making some wonky house blocks for myself to turn them into pillows. So far, only one of them has become a pillow:

Yesterday I put together the quilt top of the blocks everyone sent me.

One lovely lady sent beautiful string squares, which I turned into Scrappy Xs by cutting off some corners:

I wrestled with doing this because A) I wasn't sure I could make them into the right size and B) I really do want a string square quilt one of these days. But it worked out great as you can see below:

It is gorgeous and super cute just as it is, but, since there was no sashing, I would like to make it bigger by adding a border. I was thinking of incorporating the corners I saved from the string blocks and also another one of my partners sent along a bit of extra fabric that I can use, too.

Would a solid white border look good? That's what I've been thinking of doing then adding another border around that with the corners and colored fabric. I will play around with it in photoshop I guess. That might help me figure it out.
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5  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craft minded on: March 11, 2010 04:17:02 PM
My angel, Magadoo, quickly came to my rescue with a beautiful landscape quilt of a mountain scene. It makes me feel like I'm looking out a window at a gorgeous view!

I love the little detailing she did like the decorative stitching on the binding and the lines in the earth and grass:

It's dark-ish here because it's all cloudy and rainy, which I suspect it will be until May so the pictures aren't the best. Magadoo, if you have better pictures, please share them with everyone.

Magadoo, thank you for a wonderful work of fabric art that just brightens the room!!!
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6  Re: Quilt Block Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craft minded on: March 06, 2010 04:51:49 AM
Donniesgirl, I am loving those Three Triple Irish Chain blocks - very nice!

SimplySandy, this one's for you!

My first wonky house block ever and it turned out pretty good! Here are the other two:

KwiltyKate, here's yours:

Jenniegram, you have one, too!

And here's a bit of the progress:

Ok, MareMare, here's something for you!

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7  Re: Givers and Needers Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craft minded on: February 28, 2010 09:38:44 AM
My thank you gift arrived!

Supermedic crocheted some washcloths and a shower puff for me. I love these!

She also sent me some gift cards. Ice cream and coffee - two of my favorite things!

Supermedic, thank you for a wonderful thank you package!
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8  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craft minded on: December 31, 2009 07:24:51 AM

This is the mini art quilt I sent to CohesiveChaos, about 16" x 16". It is supposed to be a gnarled tree stump. I hand-painted and distressed the fabrics I used for the bark and the bark pieces were sewn together with curved seams! I quilted some wool yarn on there for the knots. Although it ended up a more simple conception than I had originally planned, I like how it came together. I really like painting my own fabrics so I think I'll be doing more of that in the future.
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9  Re: A week in the life of... Photo swap round 3 in The Swap Gallery by craft minded on: September 16, 2009 06:03:32 AM
All right! Both my partners received so here are a couple photos I sent them:

Some wonky log cabin quilt squares I started before taking pictures:

I finished piecing the whole quilt top by the end of the photo week.

The back end of the El (aka subway) I ride every day:

The library on State St.:

My 'hood, Chinatown:

Went to the Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park:

Going for a drive to the 'burbs:

I helped the kids decorate cupcakes at my bf's parents' house:
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10  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craft minded on: July 15, 2009 04:31:59 PM
Today I got crosswind's beautiful art quilt. She chose my theme of nature and she might be a little psychic because she put one of my favorite trees on it and I didn't ever name any trees - birch!

The background is pieced with little squares going from green at the bottom for grass, blue in the middle for sky, and white at the top for clouds.

It even has 3-D elements. The branches stick out and the knots in the tree are real holes!

I love how delicate this is and how artistic it is with all the different techniques.

Thank you, crosswind, for this gorgeous piece of art!!!

Edited to fix the photos - I hope they work now!
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