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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Blanket pattern question on: January 11, 2011 09:10:27 PM
So, a couple more months here and I get to be a granny. YAY  Grin

my stepdaughter wants me to do a blanket, which is cool, but she saw one she fell in love with. She said it was a square blanket, with a circular swirl coming out from the center in like a burnt orange and wine purple. (sounds odd, but I've seen this on other things and it works) ... but I don't think I've ever seen a swirl pattern except for a jacket thing that was worked in like 6 colors and confused me. LOL

Any suggestions where to look? I'm not having much luck finding anything like it. Cheap patterns are good, free is better to be honest. MUCH better.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Construction barricade to folding chair on: July 15, 2009 08:14:10 PM
My friend has a construction barricade, looks kinda like this - http://www.trafficwks.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=7, but it's wood and metal instead of plastic. Well, I have it now, because I mentioned seeing a site somewhere that showed how to turn one into a folding chair.

Of course, now I can't find the site ... Has anyone else seen this? I tried looking here, thinking this is where I see a lot of really cool recon ideas, but no luck. Maybe I'm searching for the wrong thing? But I swear I couldn't make something like this up  Grin
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pocket change-purse on: July 08, 2009 06:18:53 PM
Made from a pocket off a shirt I'm getting ready to recon and a scrap of fabric.

It was an 8 am idea - I ride the bus on the average of once a week home from work. (don't like it, love the people that give me rides!  Grin ) So, since I don't need a bus pass, which would fit nicely in my wallet, I just need a pocket for my tokens and transfer money.

 I grabbed the pocket and a scrap that looked like it would fit, took it to work, and worked on it between calls. I'll have to do it again, a little smoother next time wityh measurements and stuff, and see if it's any better. I'm quite happy with this, though, and since it's got pockets, I can keep my change from rattling around in the bottom of my purse, too

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Would you say this is an allergy? on: January 28, 2009 08:38:41 AM
And if this is in the wrong topic, feel free to move it wherever it needs to go.

Anyway, to the topic at hand ... which is my hands. Lately (like ... past few months lately) whenever I'm crocheting, the skin on my fingertips and around my nails gets thick, flakes off (ewwww!), and cracks. I've tried lotion, even this cracked skin creme that's kinda pricey, and it just seems to keep happening. My doctor thought maybe it was stress-induced, since I'm doing this stupid drawn-out divorce thing.

Now, here's where the question comes in. I picked up some cotton yarn to try making some dishcloth scrubbies with. I didn't get the same reaction. Two days of cotton yarn, no thickening skin, no cracks. Yet, I go to do a scarf for my dad out of acrylic, and BANG! An hour or so later, my fingers hurt and they've already started to crack.

The good news is, the scarf is done. The bad news - I really like this yarn. It's the perfect color and very soft, but still acrylic. (Bernat Softee Chunkee, btw)
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Challenge 8 - Hat and Scarf on: January 25, 2009 07:06:51 PM
Two skeins of Caron's Simply Soft Eco, $3.29 each (I believe ... I know it wasn't more than that), and my own pattern.

It started with a hat, because it's that time of year, right?

And a hat without a scarf is kind of pointless in the winter

Unfortunately, my 'model' (aka the recipient of the set) was sick today, so you'll have to make due with my bear

The hat is adult-sized, and the scarf is about 5 1/2 feet long, about 7 inches wide, and has cured me of ever wanting to do that many stripes ever again.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / GIANT knitting on: November 15, 2008 07:06:48 PM
I'm really not much of a knitter, but this is the perfect forum for this. Has anybody else seen this? http://www.style-files.com/2006/12/09/christien-meindertmas-giant-knitwork/

Those knitting needles are like curtain rods ... but with points. I'm slow enough with what I have, thank you, but I really admire the stick-to-it that something like this must take.
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