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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly 80's sweater to mittens, scarf, and slouchy hat on: November 30, 2007 02:06:00 PM
I entered a contest at http://nannybird.blogspot.com/ She had a contest to reuse for her 100th post. Very cool stuff there anyway this was my entry

I was so pleased I actually managed to make a slouchy hat. I've added a bow to the front since then since my little princess is all about girly things. She's really happy. It was so easy. There's a picture of it before on my blog, I couldn't get that picture to upload here for some reason. I hope you all like it, I think I may make some more sets for the holidays.
2  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Local Japanese Craft Books? on: September 20, 2007 11:51:31 AM
I was wondering if anyone had any sources for Japanese Craft Books. I was in Beadworks in Cambridge yesterday and saw one for jewelry. I didn't buy it, stupid budget. Anyway I didn't think I could find them at all here and once I saw that I figured some other stores have them. Does anyone know any local sources for any more of these books? TIA
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Could someone answer a question about white acrylic for me? on: September 14, 2007 03:53:05 PM
If you stain it, with say coffee, dirty children's hands or a dog getting mud on you will it come out? I have some Simply Soft that I would like to use for a pattern in Vintage Vogue Knits. I am terrified that I'm going to make it and have it get stained. I have three kids, a dog, and a husband. Someone is always getting something on me. Does anyone know if it stains right away, or if there's a chance to get it out? TIA
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My friend made the most BEAUTFUL portraits of my girls.... on: June 24, 2007 04:24:34 PM
I myself could never do this, but I had to share anyway. It's fantastic. He totally captured my kids spirit in these.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anyone have Pattern Suggestions for my REALLY long road trip on: February 18, 2007 06:25:39 PM
I am embarking on a crazy long road trip soon. We're driving from Interior Alaska to MA. I'm going to have my kids and animals with us. I want to find a project to take on the road with us. I just learned to crochet and know the basics. I can knit too but think travelling with the hook would be easier. Anyway I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for a project for me. Preferably something easy and repetitive so I can keep my hands busy but can still talk to the kiddos and stuff. I'm up for anything. We're going to be travelling for a while so I'd like something that I can work on the whole way. Any suggestions or links would be great. Thanks so much.  Grin
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Look at me I crocheted!!!! on: January 10, 2007 12:26:14 PM
I have been struggling with crochet since I was really young. I gave up and learned to knit. I really wanted to make some stuffies with crochet but couldn't figure it out, so I found a pattern on this website http://www.hooked-on-crochet.com/. I figure what could it hurt I had some yarn leftover that would be perfect. Other than posting a silly question here after no sleep and I'm pretty sure fudging it a bit I made

Please excuse the crappy pics, it looks a lot better in person. I know it's not perfect but I CROCHETED!
So now I'm hooked (pun totally intenended" so I had to make a scarf from The Happy Hooker
Please excuse the baby feet. I tried to crochet a hat to go with it, and it wasn't working out for me so now I'm knitting one. All in all I'm thrilled and am so happy I can do it. It's still not easy but it seems to be clicking much faster than knitting did when I first learned. Plus this is great for stash busting.
 Does anyone have any favorite beginner patterns they want to share I'm so psyched I can do this now, I want to do more!!

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Please help me understand this pattern on: January 04, 2007 04:15:50 AM
I found this pattern http://www.hooked-on-crochet.com/pages/features.php?_id=64&sectiontitle=Features&category=freepatterns and fell in love with it. The only other thing I've ever crocheted is two washcloths, basically practice swatches of single and double crochet. Anyway when I saw this I actually it clicked for me. I was super excited and couldn't wait to start. I made the bag itself, but am on the bunny face,
Line 16 says: Now working in rnds around outer edge, sc in end of each row across, working in starting ch on opposite side of row 1, sc in each ch across, sc in each row across, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st, join in beg sc. Fasten off.
Huh? Does that mean I continue going around the stitches in the same direction, turn my work around? I'm sorry this is probably such a silly question but it's 3am here and I can't sleep because it's driving me batty. I thought maybe I could try again tomorrow but I don't see it suddenly clicking.
If you've made it this far thanks, any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I made Ruby, you know the bunny on: December 22, 2006 06:04:27 AM
Alright I am excited I finished, and not so happy it didn't turn out the way I intended. I ran out of time, but my daughter will be thrilled regardless. I made Ruby from Max and Ruby the cartoon, my daughter adores her. It's my first stuffed animal, so considering that, I'm proud. Alright enough over tired babbling. Introducing Ruby
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone do "heirloom sewing? on: September 26, 2006 12:06:40 PM
I was wondering if anyone on here did heirloom sewing. I picked up a few Sew Beautiful magazines at Value Village, and would love to be able to make some of the dresses in the magazines. I don't know anyone that sews, and am just learning myself (slowly at that). Does anyone here use that style of sewing with the smocking and the pleating? Are there any good online resources for learning more? Books would work too, but because I am such a visual learner something with clear step by step pics, or video would be better. Anything would help though I am at a loss and can't seem to find the information myself. Thanks in advance for your help. Oh and any stores that are best ordering from I know there are dots? or the pleating machines, that kind of stuff
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I used a sewing pattern and made the cutest pj pants EVER on: September 22, 2006 05:42:57 PM
Ok, I understand nothing about patterns, they confuse me to NO END. I know it's silly but they do, my daughter needs pj's for winter and for $25 dollars at Walmart I decided to pull out a pattern I bought before I realized I understood not a thing of sewing patterns. It's McCall's M4708 Sassy Girl , and it's marked easy. I bought it for the ruffly pants, so I made the ruffly pants. Here is the one pic.

I am sorry for the crappy pic but my daughter is dancing around in them and this is the only one that kind of shows them. I am so proud though, I learned a ton of new sewing terms. I need to alter them a little next time because my daughter is such a skinny minnie, when I measured her it was prior growth spurt so it worked now they are a little big in the waist and legs, so they keep sliding down. Now I know, and can use the pattern so it's all good! Thanks for looking.
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