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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet/knitting scholarships! on: February 20, 2011 04:14:15 PM
Yes. It does actually exist.

I belong to a couple of scholarship-search websites (because college students can always use free money), and it matched me up with this scholarship. It's put on by Jimmy Beans Wool, which is an online yarn store that I've never heard of . . . but they give out six $3,000 awards. All you have to do is submit an original pattern or photo of a recent project you've crocheted/knit, fill out an application form, and there's a short essay question at the end about what you plan to do in the next 5 years education-wise.

I know I'm just creating more competition for myself, but hey . . . there's six awards to go around, right? Cheesy

I hope this is the right place to post this, if it's not, mods please move it. Smiley For all you other college yarnies out there, click the link below if you are interested:

12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "The Guild" swap? on: February 19, 2011 06:16:51 PM
I'm not sure if there are a lot of people on here who watch The Guild (although I know there's at least one, because she was my partner in my last swap Tongue). It's a web series about gamers, it's completely nerdy . . . and AWESOME.

I think this would be a super-fun swap. Any Guildies interested? I'd be willing to organize - it'd be my first swap, so it'd have to be small (unless someone wants to volunteer to co-organize, depending on how many people there are). Any takers?
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / YOs are too tight - HELP! on: February 10, 2011 12:46:15 PM
Whilst trying to make these gloves - http://knitting-and.com/wiki/Mrs_Lovett%27s_Mitts - I discovered that when I try to [k1, yo, k2tog] my stitches are so tight from the previous row it is nearly impossible to k2tog. What am I doing wrong? I purposely have loosened my grip on the yarn so there's extra yarn in the stitches, but I always seem to end up with the same problem . . .

Urg. This is why I crochet, knitting hates me. >.<
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Where to buy cheap charms? on: February 06, 2011 02:28:10 PM
I love the look of loaded charm bracelets, so I was thinking about making one . . . but when I started looking at charms, it made me a little nervous. At $2-3 a charm, this bracelet is going to quickly turn into the most expensive piece of jewelry I've ever made!

Does anyone have any place where they get their charms for less? Or is $2-3 pretty standard?
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Can I use milk in melt-and-pour soap? on: January 22, 2011 04:55:01 PM
I am not, in any way, a "serious" soapmaker. The whole idea for this stemmed from the fact that a friend gave me some organic oatmeal-and-goat-milk soap, and it was the most FABULOUS soap I have ever used in my life. However, after I ran out, I couldn't quite justify paying $5-7 a bar at the local health food store. So I figured I would try to make my own.

I found a couple of different recipes for melt-and-pour soup - one involves melting an opaque base, a transparent base, mixing them together and adding oatmeal. The other is a cheater's way of making soap, by grating up a Dove beauty bar, melting it with a little water, and stirring oatmeal into it until it sets up again. I was wondering if there was any way to incorporate milk into either of these without completely throwing off the chemistry of the soap. I haven't the first clue about making soap, so any advice would be helpful. Cheesy
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Why buy it when I can make it? on: January 20, 2011 07:46:28 AM
So I've discovered a really bad habit about myself. The other day I was walking around our local Dillard's department store, and I noticed they had a whole rack of scarves and hats that were knit and crocheted out of super-chunky yarn. I kind of liked the look of them, so I checked the price tag - and they wanted $35 for one of these chunky scarves! It wasn't a particularly complicated stitch pattern (the crocheted ones looked like your basic sc scarf, and the knitted ones were just knit-purl-knit-purl), and I didn't see the point in spending $35 on it when I could just go to the LYS, buy a skein of chunky yarn for $5, and make my own.

Crocheted stuff (vests, hats, scarves, etc) have gotten really popular in the past couple of years, and I just can't justify spending that kind of money on it when I know it would be cheaper to buy my own yarn and make it (or something similar) myself. Anybody else do this, too? Or am I just a weirdo? Tongue
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / We...are...PARAMORE! Messenger Bag on: September 10, 2010 09:42:13 PM
Sooooo . . . some friends and I have tickets for the Honda Civic Tour, which will be here next week, and Paramore is the headline act this year. Woohoo! Cheesy So, I got inspired to make this bag to take with me . . . who knows, maybe the band will see it and think it is awesome. Smiley

The bag:

Crocheted in Red Heart SS in light blue and . . . musty green. XD. I'm not sure what the exact color is, my dad brought it home from a thrift store for me.

Close-up of the butterfly, which is based off of Paramore's "Brand New Eyes" album:

The inside:

And a close-up of the fabric, because it is beautiful and I love it Smiley :

The bag actually didn't cost too much to make. Even though it was thrift store yarn, if you counted it as buying it brand new, 2 skeins of yarn ($6) + 2/3 yard of fabric on sale ($3) = about $10, give or take, to make it. The most costly part was crafting time - overall I think it's about 10-12 hours worth of crafting. Meep.

Comments/constructive criticism welcome. Smiley Not bad, considering I basically free-formed the whole thing.
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Patterns for a bridal garter? on: September 07, 2010 05:02:36 PM
My best friend is getting "legally" married in October before her fiance ships out to go overseas with the US Army. (Legally, as in they will be married on paper but will not be having a big ceremony until he comes home in a year or so.) So to make her day a little more special, since there's no ceremony, I want to send her a little wedding package with the traditional "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue".

I would love to make her a wedding garter, and I know there are some beautiful crocheted ones done in bedspread weight cotton, but for the life of me I can't find any patterns. I've found pre-made garters on Etsy, but I think it would mean more if I actually made it for her. Any ideas on where to find a basic garter pattern?
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Sharpening the edges of graph crochet on: September 01, 2010 08:21:48 PM
I'm currently working on a purse, and since I wanted to put a design on it I am doing a graph in single crochet. However, my letters came out funny:

See the gaps where I overlapped the green? I don't know how to sharpen up the edges so you can actually read it! (I'd really rather not frog the whole thing and do it over.) I had a thought about embroidering around the edges with thread, but I'm not sure how that would look . . .
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Best fabric to use as a lining? on: August 31, 2010 08:06:40 PM
I'm working on a tote-style purse that is crocheted, and I want to line it so the stitches don't all stretch out and make the bag look funny. But since I don't sew or anything like that, I have no clue what kind of fabric to use. Is there a certain fabric that is better than the other? Or certain ones I should absolutely avoid?

In the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby, they had some jersey cotton that had a cute print, and I thought that might work. But I wanted to ask people smarter than me before I bought anything. Tongue
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