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831  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ballet-style top and necktie shirt (with tutorials!) on: January 16, 2005 08:07:38 PM

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, and the Salvo.


832  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halter Neck - all sparkly! on: January 16, 2005 07:31:47 PM

Let me be the first to say - CONGRATULATIONS, that is AWESOME!

Now the next thing for you to make is something that covers your arms and neck and head and stomach - to prevent any errant sparks that might be floating through the air from those bush fires.
833  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: January 16, 2005 07:05:19 PM
Started reading this thread - from the beginning! - several hours ago.
(Does it count as a craft-related injury that I am not going to get very much knitting done tonight - if any at all?)

Waaay back on one of first few pages was a story that brought my most major crafting injury to mind. It happened many, many years ago. At a silversmithing workshop, at one of the national parks in New Brunswick.

I had "punched" with the metal punch - not onto the sheet of silver, but onto my finger. Onto the nail of one of my fingers. As I held it under runnng water to lessen the swelling, I remembered what my mother had said some time previously about banging one's nail. (She was probably referring to mashing a fingernail when using a hammer, as we had several people in the family who were/are incompetent with woodworking tools.)

What she had said was that sometimes, after a fingernail incident - such as this one - the hospital would drill a hole into the fingernail to relieve the pressure.

That thought caused me to pass out. And down I went.

My next realization, as I looked up at numerous people's legs surrounding me, was that someone was trying to steal my tongue.

So in good "keeper" fashion - I bit down as hard as I could!

The outcry (scream?) that ensued brought me further back to being totally aware of everything.
The instructor (or another participant?) of the workshop had been trying to stop me from swallowing my tongue, so she/he had put their fingers in my mouth to stop that.

My fingernail is fine now. I did not have to go to the hospital for any drilling (or anything else). I have a fine, finished, silver ring that I still wear constantly. But I don't remember if I thanked my "rescuer" and that is what has remained with me for over 35 years.

834  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: skull illusion chart on: January 16, 2005 03:44:07 PM

Have you gotten the chance to do the tute on making an illusion chart yet?

I really need something to look forward to when I get finished what I am currently working on! Like a lot of others have said, I am not a "skull" person.

835  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ballet-style top and necktie shirt (with tutorials!) on: January 16, 2005 12:43:30 PM
A note to socomfyhere, re using a silk tie:

I regularly machine wash any silk ties I get - and also silk blouses - instead of drycleaning them, with no problem. If they are washed in cold water.

I have found that it is mainly a dye loss problem being the reason silk items call for drycleaning instead of machine washing. And a cold machine wash keeps that to a minimum.

The stiffening inside the necktie sometimes goes a bit wonky, but that just takes some re-adjusting by hand and an ironing job.
836  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: See my Flower Washcloth on: January 13, 2005 08:15:37 PM

Thanks for your quick answer.
I've thought of buying Chrystal Palace online ... but I'm an old fashioned gal and would rather go to an actual store to look at the real yarn "in person".
And to feel it, if truth be told.

I only thought of mentioning my little "phobia" just as I hit the Post button.
837  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: See my Flower Washcloth on: January 13, 2005 07:51:58 PM
Almost an off-topic question:

Is there any company that sells *cotton* chenille yarn - other than Crystal Palace?

The closest yarn store to me that is officially listed as selling Crystal Palace yarn is two hours drive away. And it is in a direction of travel that I can't think of  going for anything other than the yarn.
Which makes it too expensive for me to "just pop in and get" - especially since I don't think I can find the Flower Washcloth pattern. (I borrowed a magazine (?) with it in, and I've either returned the magazine or lost it.)
838  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: CAT SWEATER!- Rectangle Knitting Tutorial, super easy for beginners!! on: January 09, 2005 12:27:38 PM
Be careful Kategirl.

The knitter's curse about knitting sweaters for BFs might apply to knitting sweaters for their cats too!

How did it turn out BTW?
839  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: How Much is too Much? on: December 30, 2004 05:42:13 PM
I LIKE it!
And would probably wear it too. As long as I wasn't doing any cooking for the party she must be going to.

Am not too sure about her hair tho - looks like she stuck her finger in an electric socket.

a lone voice of dissent,
840  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: More Free Stuff. on: December 30, 2004 05:33:09 PM

For a picture of muffatees - and a bilingual pattern (in german and english) go to:

Don't know whether they are the same as salmonberry's pattern though.

Oops. Didn't notice - until just now - how far back in time this post is.
Suitable when viewing such old, old patterns?

Thank you, salmonberry.
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