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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: ~Travelin' Tomten~ on: September 08, 2007 09:40:05 PM
Wonderful!  Any chance we could see how it fits?  Any mods for the adult size?  I love it!
2  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Larger Than Life bag on: July 01, 2007 11:01:51 PM
Hey everyone!  I'm pretty far along on the LTL Bag - I've been a little obsessed with it!  Here is a photo of some of my progress.

I am using Tahki Cotton Classic, and I am loving it.  I have all twelve squares now, and I am currently trying to decide which color to use on a border around each block.

I have been very inspired by the Crochet-Along that the pattern's author created here (link) and the Flickr Group (link). 

My blog has the whole story from day one here.  Looking forward to seeing everyone else's bags!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Forest Theme Lap Quilt on: February 07, 2007 03:14:24 PM
Great job!  I love crazy quilts, and the bears in the middle are a nice touch.  Be proud of this one!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First Quilt - Bright cheery little girl quilt on: January 28, 2007 10:17:24 AM
Huzzah!  A wonderful job, and particularly impressive for a first quilt!  Your eye for color is great, and will serve you well in the future.  Am looking forward to seeing what is next from you!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: t shirt quilt? on: January 22, 2007 11:18:32 AM
Here is an old thread that has some good information in it: LINK.

Have fun - t-shirt quilts are great!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Short Row Hat by Veronik Avery on: January 20, 2007 12:07:49 PM
Thanks for the compliments!  The hat wasn't difficult, but I've used short rows in a couple of other projects, so I was familiar with the concepts. I tried knitting the hat about a year ago and struggled with it.  If you try it, just follow the pattern and keep knitting - it will look strange at first, but once you get going it will become clear where the pattern is going.

The look similar to entrelac (link), which is how the Danica scarf (link) is made, but this pattern actually uses short rows. The advantage is that you don't have to pick up stitches, which some people don't like to do.

The free patten is here (it's a pdf): link.

If you start the hat and need help - let me know!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Short Row Hat by Veronik Avery on: January 19, 2007 05:39:48 PM
You've seen this hat a couple of times on Craftster already, but it's been a while since I posted so I thought I would add mine to the mix.

And, I'm a "nubbin" kind of gal, so I went ahead and followed the pattern to finish the top:

Project: Short Row Hat (pdf), by Veronik Avery from Winter 2005 Interweave Knits.
Yarn: Faith in colorway A-50, by AmiAmi, distributed by Ami-Itoya
Needles: Takumi bamboo straights, 7US (4.5mm)
Recipient: Me!
Notes: For more info, check my blog.
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: November 07, 2006 11:10:33 AM
Here is another self-striping Jaywalker sock (in progress).

I used Eunny's tutorial and Wilton's Icing dyes. So much fun!!  Thanks for all of the inspiration, ladies!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt Made From T-Shirts on: September 19, 2006 02:01:35 PM
I'm kinda clueless about the whole batting thing--do you just create knots at intervals throughout the quilt so the thing will stay together?  Do you do anything to the edges to keep it all together?
Hi Reba.  Whether or not you use batting, you will want to either tie knots periodically or sew all the layers of the quilt together.  Did you find info on knot tying?  I've used embroidery thread for this, and it works really well. Just thread a needle, bring the thread down from the top though the layers, and back up through to the top again, and tie the ends together on top of the quilt. Or, vice versa if you want the ends to decorate the bottom side of the quilt.

I'm thinking I might just do fleece for the border of the quilt and the backing, as someone on this thread mentioned.  Has anyone done this?  With the interfacing, and without batting, does the quilt get too stiff?  I know that there are degrees of how thick fusible interfacing is--I guess I just need to find a balance where it's stiff enough to sew but not so stiff that the finished product is like a board.
Find a good balance of stiffness, and you'll be fine.  Also, the interfacing should get softer after you wash the finished project.

And if I do just do the front and then fleece for the back, I'd still need to create some knots at the square corners, right?
Yes, definitely. In my experience, if you are using fleece for the back, you don't need batting. Unless you want a really warm blanket.  Wink
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt Made From T-Shirts on: September 14, 2006 11:03:47 AM
Hi Reba,

Yes, interfacing will allow you to sew stretchy fabric (like t-shirts) on your machine.  After you iron it on, the fabric will not longer stretch at all (or only a little bit).  It's amazing stuff!  It comes in different levels of stiffness, so be sure to consider how stiff you want your final product to be.  Good luck!
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