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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I would like to knit two socks at a time from the toe up. on: August 08, 2010 12:13:31 PM

As the subject says, I would like to knit two socks at a time from the toe up. All the books and instructions I have found online are for knitting them cuff down.

Does anyone know of a book, pattern, or instructions for toe-up two-at-a time socks?

Thank you for any input.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / sticky fat quarters on: September 21, 2009 10:15:28 PM
Some of the sticker residue from some fat quarters I unfolded tonight is not coming off the fabric. Any suggestions on how to get the sticky off?

I don't pre-wash my quilting fabrics, but maybe that's all I need to do. I dunno, though - never had this problem before tonight. They were 0.99 fat quarters on sale at Joann. The fabric isn't the best quality to begin with and picking at the sticky stuff is kind of making the threads pucker so I probably shouldn't even use them at all, but I really like them so I'd like to get them fixed up.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I need suggestions for a white/beige quilt block pattern on: July 02, 2009 09:32:53 PM
My mom and I are making each other quilts for Christmas this year. She has requested a quilt made all from white and off-white fabrics.

I'm a bit new to quilting and I don't mind a challenge, but I'm stumped about what kind of piecing pattern will work with fabrics that are all pretty much the same color.

My mom prefers non-traditional patterns and wonky patterns, but I'm not knowledgeable enough to know what blocks to look for.

I will buy a quilt pattern if it seems to be the right one so I'm open to all suggestions.

4  Illinois / Illinois: North / Is there a cold-process soap making supply place in Chicago? on: March 02, 2009 06:51:28 AM
I would like to make some soap. I've tried the melt-n-pour and now I want to try the other kind - cold-process or hot-process, I believe the technique is called. Where in town can I get supplies for that?


5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [SOLVED] Suggestion - Manage Notifications on: March 02, 2009 06:48:58 AM
I love the bookmarks feature and I wish the topics that don't have a bookmark option, but have a notification option, could have a way to manage notifications like how we can manage bookmarks.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Duvet Set to Bathroom Decor on: February 14, 2009 08:52:18 AM
I moved into my apartment back in June '08 and I needed a new shower curtain. I wanted something big and luxurious. In stores I could only find small and average.

While wandering around Ikea, I saw a duvet set in the exact colors I wanted for the bathroom and in a pattern I love. I decided to try to transform it into my dream shower curtain.

The duvet set came with two pillow cases which I turned into a bonus matching runner for the bathroom dresser.

The duvet had the blue fabric on one side and the white fabric on the other. I ripped the seams of one of the sides and the bottom. (This left the blue and white still attached, but as one gigundo piece of fabric instead of the big sack it used to be. I did that so there'd be just one less seam I would have to sew later.) Then I cut the blue piece in half and sewed the cut-off half to the ripped side of the white. Then I hemmed the bottom and put big silver grommets on the top. The top was already hemmed because it was where buttons and button-holes were.

For the runner, I ripped the pillow cases apart and sewed them back together somehow so they would make one long tube. I don't quite remember how I did this one, but it was pretty easy to figure out at the time.

They were both fun, easy projects with results I love.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES / Customized Financial Tracking Device on: February 01, 2009 08:05:48 PM
This financial tracking device will help me realize my New Year's Resolution to track my daily spending and reduce it. Okay, so it's not a high-tech thingy, it's a low-tech notebook with a high-style hand-crafted cover.

I didn't want to spend any money on the materials used for this craft as reducing my spending is the point, so everything I used are items I had on hand.

The base of it is a barely-used notebook I've had laying around for a while. It allows me to fit a lot on its pages and it has a neat pocket in the front.

I toyed with the idea of making a money collage with real paper money, of hot-gluing pennies all over the cover or spelling something out with them, but those ideas were a waste of money and not in keeping with my "theme."

Then I thought about the various green fabrics I have left over from a recent quilting project and the idea started from there.

First, one morning at work, I scanned the dollar bills I had in my wallet at the time. Luckily, I had gotten there early so I was alone and didn't have to explain myself.

Second, I ironed three fabric pieces onto one piece of freezer paper cut to 8.5" x 11" so it could go through the printer (inkjet) to print the money I scanned*. This is the first time I have ever done this technique and I am very impressed. It worked perfectly! I used the instructions found here: http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imagefabric.html

Next I used Heat-n-bond to affix the printed fabric to a piece of muslin so I could add some sewing embellishments. I sewed around the bills and I used the lettering feature of my machine for the first time ever.

Lastly, I hot-glued the fabric to the cover of the notebook and covered the frayed edges on the inside with a piece of paper to remind me what the book is for.

What a craft-o-rama of a project! Even though there is a thing or two I would have done differently to make it a little better, I am very happy with the end result and I love using it.

* There is something wickedly fun about printing money. I even felt a thrill just scanning it.

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