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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Ebay Sewing Machine - Vent on: January 27, 2006 10:10:35 AM
eBay can be a really great place to find random things but "caveat emptor" really applies.  I had a similar problem (big ticket item that was NOT as described) and it was such a huge hassle to get my $ back. 

Basically now I'm a little leery of buying things from eBay unless it's for an amount of money I feel I can lose without breaking the bank if something goes wrong.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 3 Months of Mail Love Swap Gallery on: December 23, 2005 05:48:50 PM
It's December...If the other swappers are anything like me they are frantically trying to finish all the crafted gifts they promised people and don't have much time to come to craftster and post.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Who is in holiday trouble right now? on: December 22, 2005 10:57:08 AM
LOL!!!  Yeah, I proscratinate too... My sister had begged for a knit hat, scarf and mitt set for Christmas.  I found the patterns, I ordered the wool she wanted and when it arrived (in early October) I tossed it under my bed since I was super bogged down with some other projects.  I pulled the wool out last night when I had an "OH NO!!!" moment.  LUCKILY, my sister is away at university and I often make up packages to send to her (she stresses easily) so I had a box of scented soap, flannel pj's, a mixed CD, slippers and a few misc items that can be wrapped up and turned into a Xmas gift.

I'm still on the hook for the scarf, hat and mitts though, I told her I was a little delayed on the project but they would DEFINITELY be ready for Xmas 2006.  Undecided
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Proven Home Remedies for Craft Injuries - Natural Result of "Crafty But Stupid" on: December 16, 2005 06:36:12 AM
Okay, I'm not a doctor but I've worked on a "first response" team (kinda like paramedics without an ambulance in my small town) for 5 years.  You can decide if you want to follow this advice or not.

DON'T put oily or petroleum based products on burns.  It creates a mini "greenhouse gas effect" in your skin which can actually cause the burn to get worse.  The heat is trying to escape from the burn (out through your skin) but is trapped by the greasy cream or ointment so it just kinda bounces around in there.  I arrived on so many scenes where somebody trying to be helpful had smeared cream/butter/vaseline/etc on a burn and we would take it right off so the heat could dissipate.  For burns, run cool/cold water on it, keep doing this even when the burn doesn't feel warm to the touch since there will still be heat further down.

From an even more personal perspective,  I know not to use ointments as I'm the burn queen.  If a cast iron frypan has been in a 450 degree oven for 40 minutes, I will still manage to pick it up with bare hands, cross half the room before realizing how hot it is and then walk back to the counter to put it down (so as not to break my toes by dropping a cast iron pan on them).  The skin on my palm fused together and I was left with this weird claw-shaped hand until a doctor was able to cut the melted section apart.  That's why I stopped cooking and started crafting...slightly safer.  lol 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What happened to fingers?? on: November 24, 2005 07:39:59 PM
Check the library for a book called A Knitter's Handy Guide to Patterns (I think).  It's by Ann Budd.  I feel like a bit of a dork because I always recommend her book but it has patterns for gloves using whatever gauge and yarn you choose.  The chart format LOOKS daunting but it's super easy once you realize how it's set up.

The book also had patterns for mitts, hats, sweaters...you know, most "basic" knit items.  There aren't any fun stripes or intarsia to these patterns but you can always customize it to suit your needs.

Good luck!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 3 Months of Mail Love Swap Gallery on: November 16, 2005 10:22:52 AM

I had to google the guys name to be sure but no, it's not David Cross.  It was a compilation of readings by David Sedaris.  Seriously...they were tooo funny.  I had to stop listening when my eyes started tearing up since I love my car too much to crash it. 

But I have to wonder...do I live under a rock?  I had never heard of David Sedaris before and I've never heard of David Cross either...  I need to get out more.   Embarrassed
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 3 Months of Mail Love Swap Gallery on: November 16, 2005 09:13:01 AM

I'm soooo happy you liked the package.  I just remembered that when I was really into decoupage and collage I tended to have all these cut out images laying around on my floor and thought that a portfolio would come in handy.  The Grease album cover was PURE luck...I was at my neighbourhood thrift shop and saw the Grease records in amongst the "Rudy Goldstein sings the classics" and "Frank and his Happy Polka Players" albums.  I grabbed it right away because it seemed perfect (who DOESN'T love Grease?!?) but I didn't realize you had a record player...I was thinking more along the lines of you might want to make those record bowls.  I suppose listening to them would be more fun...  ;o)

I'm super pleased that you liked it.  It was really one of those things where I felt like I had a good idea but when I started to work on it I started to become really doubtful (I CANNOT be the only one who goes through that).

And seriously, I LOVED the stuff you sent me.  The CD's are great, just what I needed for my commute (although I laugh maybe a little too hard when listening to the CD with that David guy...I should perhaps save that for when I don't need to concentrate on the road).  And the cards are fantastic.  I'm a bit of a letter writer although I was starting to fall out of the habit...the stationary you sent me definitely reminded me to get my butt back in gear.  I'm going to post pics when I can *ahem* find my digital camera but seriously, thanks so much...it was a GREAT package!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wanted: Fingerless gloves pattern that uses worsted weight wool. on: October 12, 2005 07:29:02 AM
There's a book out by Ann Budd I believe (The Knitter's Book of Handy patterns) which has some standard patterns (basic sweaters, hats, socks, scarves, etc.).  The book is set up for you to find your gauge and then use the corresponding set of numbers, so it can be used for all types of yarns.  I'm not sure if I explained that well but basically, you knit up a swatch with whatever you want to use and then just look at the charts given to "make up" a suitable pattern.  They do all the "knitter's math" for you.

The format looks complicated but it's actually REALLY simple and it's a very versatile book since you can use it to get a pattern for basically any yarn weight or regardless of if you knit tightly or loosely.  They have a glove pattern (in child, woman and man sizes) that you could use and just bind off the fingers early.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Project ideas for an uber-newbie knitter? on: October 11, 2005 11:07:17 AM
Heh...it took me forever to move past flat knitting so I can suggest things like the fraggle rock hat somewhere around Craftster.  Try doing a search (maybe "beginner knit projects") here too.  I can't remember what my search terms were but when I was new I found a lot of great suggestions here.  I even found a thread (of course I can't find it now) that had a list of suggested projects and what skills you would learn from them.

In general, I would say look for patterns for hats, bags, arm or legwarmers...they're all good little projects where you can learn new skills and not be committed too long to one project.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to learn the german way of knitting. Help. on: October 11, 2005 10:58:39 AM
Lothruin...that's actually really interesting.  Where do you find these factoids???  I'm all about random trivia and you seem to pop up with cool tidbits all over Craftster (not that I'm stalking you...we *ahem* just frequent the same boards and whatnot).

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