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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Mardi Gras Bead Scarf on: August 23, 2005 11:36:19 AM
That is AMAZING! Brilliant!
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Denim Hat (img heavy) on: August 22, 2005 11:32:05 AM
Hee hee-- I know how you feel! I posted my entry yesterday, and I kept checking every 5 minutes, all pouty because people were VIEWING but not posting...don't be sad! Think of how often (if you are like me, at least) you look at all the new projects, and say to yourself "Wow! That looks great!" but how rarely you probably actually post a reply. Luckily for me, a side discussion of the word "pram" got going in my project topic, so now I feel way better when I look at the "replies". Okay, I know, that's absurd, but true...it still makes me happy!

Anyway, on to the praise: Your hat is super cute, especially on! Don't fear too much about the fragile fabric strips. Some of mine were popping apart, and I would just tie a new knot. The texture of the bag has just gotten more interesting and unique as I pull two broken ends together and tie a new knot.

Great job!
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Grocery Bag Rain Coat and Umbrella on: August 22, 2005 11:23:11 AM
That is really amazing. Nicely done!
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Re: Shiny Green Knit Satin Purse on: August 22, 2005 11:21:27 AM
Thanks for the nice comments (and I am enjoying the pram discussion)!

 I think "pram" is short for perambulator, which is indeed a very long-winded way of saying BOTH baby carriage and something that measures distance traveled by a wheel (who knew? Not me!). I think the Latin it comes from translates literally as "one who walks about".
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Shiny Green Knit Satin Purse on: August 21, 2005 01:25:27 PM
Well, I know that knitting with bias-cut fabric strips has been done by many a craftster, so this isn't the most original alternative material...but do I get extra consideration for the fact that the handles are made of "not approved for use in icemakers (ummm...okay?)" clear plastic tubing from Home Depot? Pretty please?

Close-up view:

The fabric is really cheap-looking polyester satin, but the color was soooo pretty that I had to buy it anyway. The bias strips were tied together end-to-end, and the fraying and irregularity seemed like they added to the fun texture. Cutting the strips on the bias cut down on the amount of crazy-long fraying threads, and made the fabric a little stretchy.

This was a very fast, fun knit. It was just a rectangle, then I used another fabric strip and a giant yarn needle to sew up the sides. Then, I realized that I didn't have any purse handles (or any patience), so I found the plastic tubing I had bought a while back with the intention of trying to make my own addi-turbo-style circular needles https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25372.120, and I used more fabric strips to gather the tops of the knitted rectangle around the tubing.

The two lengths of tubing were formed into circles with an overlap of about 4 inches, which I wrapped in (forgive me)...duct tape. To hide this ghastly makeshiftiness, I tightly wrapped more satin strips around the duct-tape covered areas of the handles and tied it in messy knots.

Of course, I realized that this purse would never hold anything, and that it would stretch out like crazy and quickly fall apart... so I used a rectangle of the satin to make a crude lining and stitched it to the handles and fabric wrapped around the handles.

It is actually very sturdy now, and fun to carry. It did grab a doorknob once, and nearly pulled me down onto the sidewalk, but the purse was fine!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Punk Rock Backpack (My version) on: March 26, 2005 09:08:07 PM

Here's a super graph-paper generator:

17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: virgin of guadalupe embroidery on: February 08, 2005 07:33:17 PM
There is a store in Nashville, TN called Katy K's Ranch Dressing which sells Western/ Rockabilly pieces of much less impressive quality (machine embroidery?) at similar (if not higher) prices.


Your work is beautiful!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Experience buying yarn from overseas? (from outside US to US) on: January 12, 2005 06:30:40 PM
Although it isn't directly from the source country, I have purchased twice from an eBay store in the UK (named Cucumberpatch UK) and was really pleased with the prices. My yarn arrived in less than a week, and I believe the shipping was five or six dollars. Considering how much money I saved (the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino I needed was $29.99 for 10 skeins versus $8 each at my local shop, so I saved $50) it seemed well worth it.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: free dog sweater patterns? on: January 10, 2005 07:39:40 PM
Here you go!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: mittens! on: December 03, 2004 11:53:43 PM
This link is from a GREAT sock tutorial, but the last few pages (page 5 and 6) give the toe shaping and the kitchener stitch/grafting for the end of the toe, which would be a beautiful way to finish mittens.


The kitchener stitch looks super-confusing and intimidating (and the first time that I tried it I got VERY frustrated), but another site recommended that I turn off the TV, music, etc., and make sure nobody would distract me for just a few minutes...

I tried again with ideal conditions and the above tutorial, and the results are totally worth it! It's like magic when the two opposing sides of your tube are invisibly turned into one smooth end-piece!
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