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1501  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! on: September 08, 2008 09:08:55 AM
Your dress is gorgeous! I think the hem looks pretty the way it is in the pictures (although who really knows, because I know jack about sewing, except how to pull a needle with thread through a garment), but it looks very pretty. I can't wait to see it on you! :-D

Oh gosh...I am already tear-ing up!!!
1502  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Bowser Costume on: September 08, 2008 08:54:22 AM

That has to be the most FUNNY and AWESOME thing I have seen in a really long time.

Wow. I am totally saving one of those pictures!
1503  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: huge attic room completed...promptly moved out (pic morbidly obese) on: September 08, 2008 08:51:00 AM
Whoa! That room looks a gajillion times better than the last time I saw it...WOW! I didn't think the attic was capable of looking that good, lol!
1504  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: First Project: Half a Pillow! on: September 08, 2008 08:42:53 AM
YAY! I am so excited to see your wedding stuffs! I will have to try and figure out how to find it, but that's ok because I have an hour lunch coming up soon!

The knitting patterns aren't that hard to follow. Well at least, this one wasn't. It was kind of sad actually, I had to actually WRITE out the pattern because it gave you rows 1-8 and then you had to repeat it 7 times. So I actually wrote out 56 or so rows of pattern! This way it was easy for me to cross out a row when I was done with it and I would always know were I left off. Also, I had this thing with counting...I constantly lost track!!! For instance a couple of rows were purl 3, knit 5 and alternate these 2 stitches down the row...well half way down I would realize that I had accidentally purled 5 instead of 3..so I'd have to take out those stitches and redo them. Got really good at that, though, so it was good practice. Sometimes I would also end up with extra stitches on the needle. There were 45 stitches in a row and I would get to the end of one, and realize that the pattern was messed up (I needed to purl 3 but there were only 2 stitches left). When going back I realized when I had purled or knitted I had the yarn in the wrong place. (With knit stitches you need to have the yarn in back and the purl the yarn in front). So then I had to undo almost a whole row to go back. But the pattern was technically an easy one. I'm sure whenever I progress to sweaters, they will be hella-ugly with all the increasing and decreasing I will have to do.

Right now, I just got the yarn to make a scarf! This one is all knit stitches (garter pattern) so it should be easy. I decided to make one for James first and if it comes out good, one for myself. (Isn't that terrible that I'm using him for a guinea pig? If it comes out hideous, he will still wear it out of obligation).

6 more days!!!!! :-D :-D
1505  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sailor Moon and crossword puzzle corsets! on: September 06, 2008 08:45:30 PM
Wow! Those are very cute yet unique corsets!!! I really like the SailorMoon one. Was really into that back in the day. What a great use of the fabric! Kudos!  Grin
1506  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Project: Half a Pillow! on: September 06, 2008 08:37:25 PM
Hello fellow Craftsters! This is my very first project, a Chunky Checks pillow! Technically it is only half of the pillow and there are several reasons why I only did half of the project which I will get into later in this post. The pattern I used was from Learn to Knit in Just One Day by the American School of Needlework. I bought this because not only did it have instructions to teach knitting but it also has a bunch of easy/beginner patterns to choose from! So without further ado, let me present the pictures!

I definitely like the wrong side pattern better than the right side of this. I'm pretty sure it is because of the thick yarn. If I had the right weight it would have looked better on the right side (which is the point, right?)

Here are the reasons why I did not actually finish the other half of the pillow:
1.) I ended up getting *too* bulky of a yarn. I got the brand and the color that the pattern used as their example,  but not the weight. It is way too big to be a pillow because of this (around 25" square!) I'm thinking of stuffing it to make a triangle-like pillow so it doesn't totally go to waste, but we will see.
2.) I didn't want to go buy more of the same bulky yarn to make the other half. I got the recommended amount of balls, but because the weight was too big, I would have had to buy more and since I wasn't going to have a pillow that big, I decided it was a waste of money. Besides, that money could be spent on new yarn for my next project! Smiley
3.) Now that autumn is approaching in New England, I really wanted to get going on one of the scarf or shawl patterns, considering heating the house is going to be a b*tch this winter.

So those are pretty much the reasons. Since this was my first knitting project, I feel like I should say what I learned.
1.) Check and double check the weight of the yarn when you are in the craft store
2.) Don't be lazy and do a gauge swatch (I really wanted to get started and because I'm REALLY slow, I was eager to see a finished project...but now I know better Smiley )
3.) Learned how to hold my hands and the yarn better as I went along. I think the technical term here is yarn tension (?)
4.) Learned how to change yarn

So all in all it was a good 1st project...if you can have a first project that isn't technically finished.

1507  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rogue extended version on: September 05, 2008 10:27:02 AM
I don't even have the words for how gorgeous I think your sweater is  Shocked. I'm a HUGE sweater fan and I've actually been teaching myself to knit for the sole purpose of making sweaters. Seeing your work is a super-motivator for me to keep practicing!! Thanks for sharing  Grin
1508  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: So I made a cozy for my birth control pills... on: September 05, 2008 09:00:38 AM
Wow that's pretty awesome! My friends and I call the pill "Anti-baby candy" so that cozy sums it up perfectly!
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