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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Olive the Octopus on: September 29, 2005 10:17:21 PM
So, my girlfriend LOVES octopi!
So I made her Olive, the Octopus, for her birthday. She cried!  The pattern is from World of Knitted Toys.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainy weekend + resin = lots of new jewelry *new pics, page 5 on: July 06, 2005 02:25:46 PM

With the tear drop where did you find the mold?
Also where do you find really good pictures ?

You can get resin molds at alpineimport.com.
Pictures?  You can use just about anything...stickers, stuff from the internet, magazines, etc. Just cover it with glue, so it won't ruin the image if it's paper.  Smiley
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Need swallow tattoo pic to screen on: July 04, 2005 11:23:22 AM
Hey lovely craftsters,
I've seen some cool swallow tattoo stencils, but have not been able to find one to use for a silk screen.  Does anyone know where to find one to use?
I'm just looking for something like this:

I'm NOT trying to have the exact same image...just some variation to work with...

Thanks a gizillion for any possible help!!!!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / my attempt on: July 03, 2005 10:11:18 AM
Thanks for the inspiration!
I tried out the fruit one and choco kitty...here they are  Smiley

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: How to do mosaic tile on an old box tutorial on: April 08, 2005 04:25:54 PM
Your tutorial was great. what is a "special" sponge though?

Hey there,
The special sponge is just one made especially for grouting...it's usually yellow and has a different texture.  Any of those big Home Depot-esque stores have them with the tiling stuff, and so do smaller crafty stores.  Hope that helps!  Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New favorite yarn - Malabrigo Merino on: March 11, 2005 01:15:49 PM
Ooh, thanks for the great suggestion, slick! I think I may try making a felted bag too. And now I have to ask you a bunch of questions: Did you use a pattern for the bag, or did you just wing it? How big did your bag end up after felting, how many skeins did you use, and what size needles did you use? (sorry for all the questions!)

No problem...so
  • I used one skein of that bulky purple and gold, and one tiny bit of another skein of sunset (that's the pure yellow on the very top and handle)
  • I used a size 13 circular
  • It's about ten inches wide by 8 inches tall
  • I winged the pattern...details below

You can follow the Sophie pattern more or less (http://www.magknits.com/warm04/patterns/sophie.htm) but when you get to the top of the bag (however tall you want it), follow a pattern similiar to the marsupial tote in the first snb.  Basically, figure out where you want your hole to be and how big, and just cast off however many stitches in the middle (to get the hole) on each side, and then on your next round cast back on to make the handles and knit a few more rows in the round and bind off.  I hope that makes sense...I think there are some variations on this (free patterns on the web), but once you do it, it makes more sense.  I'm happy to answer more questions if that doesn't add up for you! Wink
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New favorite yarn - Malabrigo Merino on: March 11, 2005 09:07:29 AM

Also, just a note: I got the "handspun bulky" (not the "merino bulky") and isn't as soft as the merino. I should have expected that, but I can't help but be a bit disappointed since my hands have gotten spoiled by the buttery softness of the merino.

Oh yeah, none of them have a vinegar smell. I guess my last order was just a fluke! Smiley

Hey vpop,
Glad you're happy with your yarns, but I know what you mean about the handspun bulky.  Because it's not soft like the merino, I can't wear it. BUT...might I suggest felting with it?  It knits up so fast and the colors felt beautifully.  Here's a clutch I did with purple gold.  It created its own cool pattern again:

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my cabley hoodie on: March 09, 2005 07:59:06 AM
I really love it , i have been wanting to do this pattern for a while now
as my first "for me" project. How did you find the sizing? did it fit
the way it was supposed too? Im so parinoid i will make a medium that
ends up being to small

Well, I made the large, which is a little big, but cozy.  I should have tried it on more as i went; it would be easy to do that (following Barbara Walker's advice in Knitting from the Top) since it is knit from the top down.  That way you could kind of just size it to fit how you want as you go without too much worrying.  I did that with another sweater i made (just followed directions in Knitting from the Top), and it worked well.  Best of luck... Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my cabley hoodie on: March 08, 2005 09:26:21 PM

I do have a question for you: maybe I am skimming the pattern too much, but I do not understand how, if it is worked in the round, it is being split for the zipper?  I am assuming some steaking, but I did not see a mention of that in the instructions?  I must be missing something...

That is a good question:  You do not exactly work in the round...you work all the way around to one front opening and then back the other way to the other side...so you are going back and forth for the main body (there is a a front and a back side), but doing the yoke and arms and all as you go.  Not sure that made sense?!  But definitely no steeking.  Let me know if that didn't make sense, and I'll try to explain better!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: another herringbone scarf on: March 07, 2005 05:54:32 PM
Wow - I love how the yarn produced a pseudo-argyle! I'm working on the same pattern, but am currently stalled due to the mega-slowness of Joann Crafts in their special order capabilities. Hosers! Anyhow, how many stitches did you CO, and did you use a bulky yarn? I may have to try this scarf in a worsted wt. yarn just to see what happens. Nice job!

Thanks! I didn't use bulky; it's worsted weight, and I think I cast on about 26 stitches because I wanted it a little skinny, so that I can wrap it around my neck easily.  Good luck getting your yarn!  Wink
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