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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / gorgeous afghan pattern!! on: September 14, 2004 10:43:05 AM
Just finished perusing the new patterns on the Lion Brand site (the ones you have to pay for) and found a gorgeous afghan that I must knit.  It's got a ton of colors and it's knitted in the round and has a funky shape... not your standard rectangular afghan -- gotta love the uniquness of that!!  Thought I'd share the pattern I found because it is different and much more hip than a typical afghan.

It's called the 'Artful Elegance Afghan'.  Here's a link to it:


And again, in a couple more color options:



I must knit this, but on #8 needles?  Whoa man, talk about time intensive.  Think I'm going to have to pick up my supplies this weekend and get started.  If anyone else decides to try this, I'd love to hear how it is coming along!
12  Ohio / Ohio: Northeast / Cleveland piercing places and/or craft shops? on: August 16, 2004 06:18:57 AM
A girlfriend of mine just moved to Cleveland, and I'm heading out there for a visit this weekend.  While I'm out there, I'd like to get my nose pierced (yeah, could do that here in WI, but thought it'd be a little adventure while on vacation!).

So -- does anyone know of a good piercing place in Cleveland?

Also, been reading other threads here about cool thrift shops, yarn stores and crafty places to go to, but if anyone has any other recommendations for places to visit, please share!

Thanks all!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Trinity Stitch Help!! on: July 08, 2004 10:48:04 AM
I just picked up the book "Zen and the Art of Knitting" (good read, if anyone is curious), and the author posted a pattern for doing the trinity stitch.  I'm still a newbie at knitting, and am a definate visual person -- not a pattern reader, so I'm not quite sure on this one.  If anyone could help, it would be much appreciated.

The instructions are:

Great texture, perfect for aghans.  Must be worked over a number of stitches than can be multiplied by 4.

Row 1: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 into first stitch, then purl 3 together -- repeat this sequence all the way across.

Row 2 and all even numbered rows: purl across

Row 3: purl 3 together, then knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 into next stitch -- repeat this sequence all the way across.

My questions:

how do I 'knit into the first stitch' on row 1?  Do I move my two new stitches back onto my left needle, knit the 1, and then do the purl of 3?

And for Row 3, I get the first 3 steps, but what does 'knit 1 into next stitch' mean?  After I knitted that last 1, do I then do the purl 3 again, or am I missing something?

And for the stupidest question: after I purl row 4, do I start over at row 1 insturctions, or row 3 instructions?

I wish there were pictures in this book!!  Thanks for the help!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Tulip Fabric Paint on: January 28, 2004 10:36:32 AM
Hey everyone!  I have a question about fabric paint.  Been getting into painting stuff on purses and t-shirts recently, and have been using the Soft Brushable Tulip fabric paint.  I love it!  It's fabulous and comes out as I want it... however I have one question.

Tulip makes a Velveteen fabric paint - what the hell is that?  Anyone ever use it before?  Does it have some sort of texture to it?

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Not quite crafty, but... on: December 05, 2003 11:04:07 PM
thought it was so cool I had to share.  Here's a fabulous site to find that extra special something for part of a gift:


They have poetic magnets for personality types (kinky, freak, hippie, etc.), body wash and "detergent" (goddess, sassy, drama queen, etc) and dress me up magnets (diva david, g.i. venus, etc).  Really cool and fun stuff.  A nice little something extra for x-mas gifts.  All soap-y and magnet type things.  Can get custom stuff too.

Oh, and they some cool things on sale too.  Can buy a box of 48 flat condom magnets about 5/8" square for $3.75  (http://www.fridgefun.com/mpb/conditsy.shtml)They would be cool all micro-beaded!

Just wanted to share - highly recommend checking it out.  May provide some crafty inspiration!

Edit: OH!!  You have to check this out.  They have these things called 'tub spinners' that are bottles of bath soap with a little arrow you spin around.  There's a therapy one, voodoo and foreplay with sayings like: "talk dirty to me", "wiggle on my lap", "tickle my fancy", etc.  Too cute!  http://www.fridgefun.com/search/sitesearch.cgi?cat=13
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Found a new craft supplies site... on: November 19, 2003 07:16:02 PM
Not sure if anyone out there has seen this site before, but they have a ton of stuff and their prices look pretty reasonable.


- Colored glass bead mixes: 80-100 beads for $2.09

- Dried lavender flowers: $7.32/lb

- 2 and 5/8" clear ornament balls (9 count) for $4.89

- E6000 glue 3.7 oz for $3.99

Etc. Not sure how great all of this stuff is compared to finding in local craft shops, but thought I'd share.

Oh, they also have huge clear glass marbles (1.5" to 2") for around $3 a dozen.  Would love to see some magnets made out of them.  And it looks like they offer discounts on some items when buying in bulk.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Lingerie/underwear rubber stamps/clipart wanted! on: November 19, 2003 12:00:55 PM
Hey craftsters - I need your help!

Just wondering if any of you have seen any lingerie or underwear rubber stamps or clipart somewhere out on the web. I've checked my usual resources and have come up empty.

I'm thinking a stamped or lightly embroidered pair of panties or a bra or a lacy camisole would look so cute on the lavendar sachets I'm making for christmas this year.

So if anyone has ideas where I can look for such images, I'd be grateful!  Oh, and I posted this on GetCrafty as well, so sorry if you've read it twice!
18  UNITED STATES / Wisconsin / WI Craft Fairs - FYI on: October 05, 2003 08:42:14 PM
Found a cool site today that lists all craft fairs/art shows in Wisconsin.  Thought I'd throw the link out here for any of you in or around WI that need a crafty outlet!

Here's the link:

Only 2003 calendar year is posted, but I can only assume they'll post a 2004 soon.

Happy Crafting!
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Sassy x-mas Stockings on: September 23, 2003 08:26:07 PM
Yup, finally decided to get a jump on my Christmas presents this year so I wouldn't have to scramble at the last minute!  I'm making stockings for my girlfriends for christmas (stuffed with homemade recipe books, spice rubs, ornaments and a few other store-bought goodies!)


(not sure if that worked, so try this link:  http://home.wi.rr.com/flamgirlant/x-mas%20stocking.jpg

I made a pattern out of a grocery bag.  My inspiration was the shoe section of a Frederick's of Hollywood catalog!  After a couple of samples and a few pattern changes, this is what I came up with.

I used grommets in the front and 'laced' the boot up with organza ribbon.  The bottom of the stocking is stuffed so there is some dimension and it's fully lined - plenty of room for a wine bottle to fit snuggly inside!

Nothing says Christmas like a leopard print high heeled boot!

***This is my first post with a pic, so hopefully I did it right!!
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