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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Potentially crazy idea...knitting 2 fingerless gloves at once? on: August 23, 2010 07:29:05 AM
I've noticed that there are patterns for knitting 2 socks at once (which I'll probably attempt one day). But I was wondering if there was a way to knit 2 fingerless gloves at once? Or a way to convert a pattern to be able to do it? I'm a relatively new knitter, long time crocheter (thank you ladies for helping me figure out how to purl!), and I can for the most part figure out patterns fairly easily. And well...I'm lazy, haha, I'd like to be able to make a pair at one time instead of individually.

Any help/advice is gratefully appreciated! Smiley
22  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / It's a giant Heffalump! on: August 06, 2010 08:22:33 AM
I've been informed by my coworkers that this isn't an elephant, its a heffalump. I made him for the Poppet/Ami swap, for my partner Ilianora. And the pics don't do his size justice, he's huge, he filled a copy paper box! I took a leisure arts pattern (I can find the book later if someone wants to know), and pretty much quadrupled the size. I also redesigned the head to look more accurate.

from the side:

Just his body around is 23"!!!

He is by far the biggest ami I've ever made, and took about 15 hrs to crochet and assemble, which I ended up doing all the assembling with slip stitches. I was sad to see him go, but he's going to a good home!

I'd love to know what you think! Wink
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Please help my newbie knitting self learn how to purl stitch! on: July 29, 2010 08:00:04 AM
Okay, so backstory: I've crocheted for about 18 years now (YIKES!). I taught myself tunisian stitch, yada yada, decided it was time to learn how to knit.

I figured out how to mostly follow basic/newbie patterns, only made a few scarves so far...the problem is, I can't seem to pull off a purl stitch! Knit stitch, no problem what so ever, but purl.... I can't get my hands to cooperate, it doesn't feel comfortable/natural. Idk if it's because I've crocheted and held my hands a certain way for so many years that they fear change? I knit stitch very similar to how I would crochet, so I'm comfortable with it. I've continually tried a few techniques for purl, and sat there diligently keeping at it thinking it would become more comfortable as I go along, and it isn't.

So my cry for help is to all longtime crocheters to new knitters, new knitters, knitting jedi masters... Is there a certain way, method that was more comfortable for you to learn?
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Who says a cat tower has to cost a fortune! on: July 10, 2010 11:37:35 AM
What do you do when you have a cat that uses your carpets as a scratching post instead of the ones you buy him, and you absolutely flat refuse to buy a cat tower from a store that costs a minimum of a RIDONKULOUS 100 bucks!

Why, you beg and beg your wonderful Dad to make you one! This is after making the argument that if he can make stuff (awesome rocking horses tables/chairs/etc) for his grandchildren (my bro's kids), then why can't he build something for who he calls his "Grand-cat", Murphy? I even provided the rug, which he previously used as a scratching board in my apartment. 

So on father's day...I went home to surprise my dad and he surprised me instead!

You can kinda see on the sides where he's already scratched it up

The happy new owner!

It will have cushions in it eventually for him and my roommates cat to lay on, but for now its too hot and they like laying just on the plywood. And they finally stopped scratching our other rugs!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My fabulous new clay pot on: July 10, 2010 11:26:24 AM
So instead of crocheting for a swap I'm in....I'm being bad and procrastinating. And by procrastinating, I mean working on other crafts Roll Eyes! Several of my plants need transplanting, including my aloe, so I went in hunt of new pots this morning. I found clay pots at joann's for 1.99 and the lightbulb went off, because the plain clay color just won't do! Using some acrylic I had left over I attacked the clay pot and this is what I came up with:

what it looks like with the aloe (which isn't really planted in it yet):

Im obviously not a professional painter, but I think it looks soooo much better now! C&C welcome!
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / It's Francesca the Frankenmonkey on: May 11, 2010 05:08:56 PM
This is Francesca the Frankenmonkey. She's the survivor of an unfortunate accident (doesn't like to talk about it). She was found by a doctor who patched her up and brought her back to life on a stormy night. Sadly, the people of the local village didn't understand the phenomenal work the doctor was doing and burned down his family manor with him inside. Francesca managed to escape, heartbroken, for she grew to love the doctor, and made her way to America.

As you can imagine from her accident, she was pretty beat up, and required some major surgery. But the doctor found her beautiful, and so do I.
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / My cat is a recovering soap licker...and an observation or 2 or 3 or 4! on: April 22, 2010 08:19:24 AM
Finally ran out of the soap I had made from just that one gladware container! So, in making another batch I forgot to add the stearic acid... melted it, had it sitting ready...on the counter behind where I was working D'OH! But decided, no big deal, its not hurting anything, but I noticed it makes a BIG difference in the lather department. I got so much more lather from the last batch that did have it, then I did this one. No big deal, its just for me, still works fine, I don't smell like a swamp rat Cheesy, but I'd still rather have a bit o' lather next time around. Maybe it's because it was the all natural goat milk base? Only the Shadow knows Wink I also made a scrub bar this time around with apricot seeds, but have yet to try it out, it did make the bar a lovely brown color tho.

Found out another good thing about adding the stearic acid, it prevents the soap from sweating! Holy funky looking bar whenever I take a shower batman! C'est la vie, Live and learn, I'm just glad this is only for myself and not something I gifted to someone Tongue

Also, instead of using the gladware mold, I was wandering Joann's one day and they had wilton silicone muffin pans on sale for $3! Yoink! While gladware is the cheap, easily available solution, the soap made in the muffin mold fits perfectly in my hand and still measures out to a 4oz bar of soap.

And as for Murphy, the soap licker....he discovered he hates soap with apricot scrub in it Tongue

In the words of a friend of mine.... "Now what did you learn?"
  • Put all your soap ingredients on the same counter where you're working!
  • Stearic acid is your friend in a multitude of ways (makes a harder bar of soap, prevents sweating and it makes the bar last longer, also increases lather) (It's also good to use in candles for a harder candle!)
  • Must acquire more FO's, while I love the lemongrass sage, I must feed my soap addictions! Tongue
28  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Garlicky snack of Awesomeness! on: April 14, 2010 05:29:39 PM

After watching Julie and Julia today I got extremely hungry...so off to the store and kitchen I went!

Its garlic artisan bread, toasted under the broiler (keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn!). While that was going, I diced up green, red and yellow bell peppers and sauteed them with some olive oil and garlic. I threw in a can of partially drained diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic. Cooked it down til only a little liquid remained. Then buttered one side of the bread, topped it with the mix from the pan and some mozzarella and threw it back under the broiler til the cheese melted.

It was absolutely delicious, if I do say so myself Grin
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland Charm bracelet on: April 04, 2010 06:00:12 PM
This is the first "real" jewelry I've ever made. I usually stick to hemp and friendship bracelet type things.

I've always loved Alice in Wonderland and since the movie came out, I love it even more! It's given me so many ideas for crafts, and one of them was a charm bracelet. This is for some of my favorite characters:

Sorry the pics are a little blurry. There's a white rabbit, a tea pot, a pocket watch, the mad hatter's hat, a teacup and the clasp is a lock and key. The charms are separated by a pearl, a garnet tear drop and black glass beads, which represent the white queen, the red queen and tweedle dee & tweedle dum

Please let me know what ya think Grin

30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Question for the soapy moms! on: March 24, 2010 07:38:47 AM
I'm working on a project for my niece and nephew (ages 3 & 2). They live in Florida, spend a ton of time outside and on a concrete patio, and are almost always barefoot. So they get what my sister in law and I call "caveman feet", the 2 of us hate to wear shoes also Roll Eyes. I'm making them each a bath bucket, and I want to put in some kind of scrub bar to get the dirt and grime off them, but I don't want something too abrasive. I have apricot seeds that I could use, and its what I use in a scrub for my face. Would that be too harsh for the munchkin's feet? Just maybe cut back on the amount to use?
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