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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Did I change this pattern enough to count it as my own? on: March 22, 2012 08:17:10 AM
I was testing a pattern for a sock designer. It was a cable that looks a bit like a chainlink fence. As I was testing the pattern I thought it would make a good fingerless mitt.
Here are the changes I would be making: I would have the cable start in another section of the chart and end in a different place. I would also change some of the knits and purls in the cable itself. She has you knit all the stitches that you move around, even if you purl them in the next round, I would purl them as I move them.
Another note is that I wouldn't try and sell this pattern and make any money from this at all.
32  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / I would like some advice on my charity project for the coming new-year. on: November 10, 2011 08:26:03 AM
I've been watching Julie & Julia again and have been inspired to do something great. Last time I did this I spent two months pumping out baby hats for charity like a crazy person. That was loads of fun, but since I was only posting about it on my FaceBook I became a little lax about taking pictures. aka, I stopped taking any after the first month.
Like in the movie, I want to create a blog about my new adventure. This might encourage me to take pictures and it will let people who aren't my friend on FB to see and possibly comment. I want to try a year of charity crafting. In the beginning I will mostly just be knitting and crocheting items and donating them. I'm thinking that if I become popular, I could try and create something pretty (a necklace or pair of earrings) and put it up for auction and donate the money from it.
While I have this awesome plan figured out, I ran into a snag. I have no idea what to call my little project\blog. I want something cute\witty so people will remember it.

33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Fabric card holder on: March 26, 2011 07:36:58 AM
So I've been sewing cute little card holders out of fabric.  They are just a simple little bi-fold with two pockets.  Right now it can hold up to 12 plastic cards.
I'm thinking of selling them on my Etsy store, so I was wondering of that would be big enough.  I could make them a little bigger, but I'm not sure if that would matter or not.
34  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Need some help with inkjet printable fabric. on: February 12, 2011 03:36:27 PM
So I now have some ink-jet printable fabric sheets I got from the quilting section at work. They have washing instructions that pretty much read: don't get this dirty. I want to make some anime card holders for Katsucon. On my way home, I wondered if I should try and buy some really thin clear vinyl to add on as a protector for the outside(the printed fabric), or if there is something better out there?
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Glueing fabric to shoes. on: January 17, 2011 05:31:16 PM
I was looking at random stuff on the internet and found a fun link.  It told me how to cover plain boots with cotton fabric.
I've looked a few places, but I can't seem to find the fabric mod-podge.

I then found a page similar to it.

Now I'm wondering if the fabric-type would help hold it on better?  Could I use another kind of glue that dries clear and flexible?
36  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Fabric covered button kits, which is more secure? on: December 27, 2010 08:55:33 AM
So I was in Jo Anns looking at the little kits that let you make you own covered buttons.  I noticed that I could get one with a tool to help me, or one that has little teeth on the top section and says it needs no tools.  I plan on making things like rings, purse buttons, clothing buttons and thumb-tacks with them and would like to use the one that is easiest and more secure.  While I don't mind testing, I figured it would be easier to see if someone else has before me.
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What bottle-cap item would get more wear and tear on it? on: December 25, 2010 07:53:06 AM
I'm torn between two kinds of clear filling agent for my bottle-caps.  I like both of them, and they both look good.  One is faster (if I mix it right) but the other is easier.  So that only helped me decide a little.  My next idea was to test to see how durable they are.  I'm just not sure what I can make two of, out of bottlecaps, that would get the same wear and tear, and be more than usual.
I know necklaces don't get too much wear and tear.  I was thinking maybe a dangle on my purse, but I'm hoping for some other ideas ^.^
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to finish off these Kukui Nut macrame bracelets? on: November 06, 2010 02:55:14 PM
I got a few different colors of the Kukui Nut Leis when I was on vacation.  I love the way they look, but I knew they would just sit and collect dust as they were.  I let them feel loved, I decided to make bracelets with them.  I quickly figured out most of how I wanted them to look.
I am, however, having problems with the clasp.  My first idea was to make it adjustable, but that seems to be wearing on the cord I used faster than I would like it to.  I then thought I could add a magnetic clasp, but I'm not sure how to attach it.
I'm also not sure which look people might prefer, the floating pearl look, or the tied-in bead look.

Here is a picture that I hopes shows off both well enough.
39  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Need some help sewing a full sized piplup from Pokemon. on: November 03, 2010 08:00:15 AM
I am hoping to go as Dawn/Hikari to a con sometime. I know she always has her piplup. I can't find a plushie the right size, and I probably wouldn't want to know what one that size would cost. I have decided that since I don't have a deadline, I could sew one.

Does anyone know of any good patterns I could use to try and make one?

Also, just as a side question.
What kind of pleats do you think are on her skirt? I used to think regular ones, but now I'm wondering if they are box-pleats...
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / What are some pretty ways to tie a sliding knot for a bracelet? on: October 10, 2010 08:41:49 AM
So I go a fun idea when I was on vacation.  I am going to be making a bracelet with some one of the souvenirs I got.(pics will come later)  I'm going to be starting this bracelet in the middle and working out to the ends.  I am going to be using the cobra knot (or square knot in hemp terms).  My only problem is that I want it to be tight when wearing it, but still be able to get it off.  In the store I've seen some nice looking sliding knots, but can't figure them out.
I've also been googling for some answers.  I've found two I'm considering, but more options is usually not a bad thing.

At first I was thinking something like http://www.how-to-make-jewelry.com/sliding-knot.html, only using one side as the middle and the other as the outer-pieces, instead of a new piece of string.
This is another I ran into that doesn't look too bad: http://www.handwork.org/chinese-knot/how-to-tie-a-sliding-button-knot.html

I'm going to have two strings per side when I'm done with the bracelet.
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