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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Need help with fairly easy fair isle sweater!!! on: April 17, 2006 04:38:54 AM
Thank you very much!  That was a great help!!  Have a good day!
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Need help with fairly easy fair isle sweater!!! on: April 16, 2006 09:15:58 AM
I just got to my parents for the holiday, and learned my yarn arrived, but I accidently forgot Stitch n Bitch Nation. Could someone please  give me the Casts on for the small size, and then just those first directions about how many rows of  garter and how long of stockinette for the fairly easy fair isle  cardigan?


3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Record Bowl Light Fixture on: July 31, 2005 01:41:50 PM
Here's my new usage for record bowls:  

First, I took a record, drilled a 1" hole in the middle, and drilled smallerholes all along the outside edge.
Then I used my boiling water method to get it bowl shaped.
http://img304.imageshack.us/img304/4822/hpim21756mh.th.jpg[/imgNext I took down the light fixture in my bedroom, tossed the record up there and plugged the lightbulb in there.  I already had a bunch of CDs glued label-to-label hanging on my curtain rods and I took a few of those and hung them from the holes on the outside edges of the record.

It isn't very pretty, because this was just a practice trial to see whether or not the holes would warp or if the lightbulb would cause the record to melt.  Originally, my idea had been to do this with translucent colored vinyl, but I wanted to practice on cheaper records.  After about 10-15 minutes, the record did indeed start to melt and stick to the lightbulb.  If anybody has any ideas for how to avoid that, it would be greatly appreciated.  
I had a couple of other ideas for the bowls. My first thought was to drill a bunch of holes in varying styles to let light shine through for either floor/table lampshades or ceiling fixtures.  Another thought was to put two bowls together (like a giant clam shell) and put a string of Christmas lights inside and poke the lights out of pre-drilled holes.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Record bowls, easiest gift ever! on: July 31, 2005 05:42:15 AM
I started fiddling around with my own record bowls last night.  I used the hot water method because of the possibility of fumes.  I'm not sure how other people are doing the hot water method but tried a lot of different procedures before I found one that makes them look almost exactly like the oven ones (nice and deep).

Find a bowl with a mouth that is just slightly more wide than the record.
Place the record on the mouth of the bowl (bowl is right-side up).
Boil a pot of water.
Pour the water on top of the record.
Push the record into the bowl, manipulate edges with gloved hands.

The soft record will sink down into the bowl thanks to gravity, and start to take that bowl-ish shape.  An extra shove downward with help this.  Then, when you've pushed the record down into the bowl, it'll still be sitting in the hot water, giving you extra time to fiddle with the edges while it's still soft.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: competive knitter? on: October 04, 2004 11:37:46 AM
I think some of you guys might be reading too much into punkrockmom's post.  I don't really think she looks down on anyone or judges anyone, but just finds it interesting to think about people's levels of experience when she sees others knitting out in public.  It's an instant connection with someone, and that's an awesome thing, and yes, knitting is all about being an open and accepting community.  But I doubt any of you could say that you haven't seen someone knitting in public and thought maybe their yarn or pattern or technique was ugly or strange, compared to your own tastes.  I think that might have been more of what punkrockmom was getting at. Not so much competition, but comparision and curisoity. While Punkrockmom could probably word things a little more clearly or nicely,I think she seems perceptive, not pretentious. 
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bunny Hat on: September 23, 2004 11:41:15 AM
woah, those are awesome!!  Your ears look a lot more rigid and sturdy than mine.  Mine are pretty floppy.  Looking at your hats give me ideas to modify the ears into horns, and make goat hats...  Grin
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bunny Hat on: September 20, 2004 06:11:30 PM
Oh, duh... I see the pattern now, and I read all the posts the first time Undecided
I feel embarrased.... sorry.

Don't worry about it!! No reason to be sorry!

And thanks everybody!!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bunny Hat on: September 17, 2004 04:39:49 AM
The "pattern" is pretty much laid out in my earlier posts.  I'm too lazy to actually write a real structured pattern out, sorry.  Read what I posted earlier and if you have questions, post them.  Ask anything at all and I'll answer.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dorm Room Ideas... on: September 04, 2004 11:44:06 AM
Okay, so I just finished making a closet organizer for my dorm room.  I hate taking up drawer space with little things that I never fold or put away neatly - things like underwear, bras, socks, stockings - so I decided to make this closet organizer with big pockets for that stuff.  I chose the most girly fabric I could find which is ironic because I am in no way a "girly" girl.  I don't own a single item of makeup.  Anyway, the organizer was pretty straight forward.  The only tricky part is making the pockets wider than the base and then running a line of basting (long stitches) along the bottom.  Leave long threads on the end.  Then pull one of the threads so that the fabric scrunches up.  Space the gathers along the pocket evenly until the bottom of the pocket is the same width as the organizer base, then pin the pocket on and sew.  This makes the pockets bellow out some, so they are not flat and will fit more stuff.  I put velcro on the pockets to keep the closed too.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dorm lighting! on: September 03, 2004 07:52:50 PM
I highly suggest full spectrum bulbs for whatever lamp situation you get going.  Most lightulbs emit a light that is yellow or synthetic white in color but these emit every color in the rainbow, creating a natural white light that is extremely similar to that of sunlight.  They help ward off depression related to change in season, homesickness, being in small spaces, and working alot, making them absolutely perfect for college.  I'm bringing a gooseneck lamp to school with one of these bulbs, and might end up getting a floor lamp or something with one too.
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