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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: felted entrelac bag on: July 07, 2004 12:19:27 PM
Entrelac is easy, if you have good instructions and if your brain wraps itself around the technique -- just like everything else about knitting, I think Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: felted entrelac bag on: July 07, 2004 10:58:23 AM
The technique is called entrelac, and isn't either of the things you said Smiley  If you Google for it, you'll find some good pages about it, but also this particular handbag pattern has extensive instructions.  It's fun!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pretty in pink! on: May 13, 2004 11:01:03 AM
A hook-and-eye at the top of the zipper would be a nice seamstress-y touch... and the puckering is probably because you have a sliiiightly shorter torso than their fit model for that size.  Next time you can just cut a bit less just above the waistline -- the pattern should have a 'shorten here' mark thereabouts.

The fabrics are amazingly beautiful... keep up the good work!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re:tropical print quilt on: March 18, 2004 07:35:17 AM
Thanks so much for the kind comments!

"very nice with the triangle effect... did you find it difficult??"

Nope, not at all -- in fact the material I was using did not lend itself to rectangles (at least not small ones).  And in the layout I chose, all the triangles are sewn hypotenuse-to-hypotenuse to make a square -- after that, it was just sewing squares to squares!  Very easy.

"why didn't you like machine quilting?"

It's just too hard to control where the stitches are going.  I did stitch-in-the-ditch, in addition to the other stitches, and it kept wiggling around.  If it had been done by hand, it would've been totally trivial to stay in the ditch.  Maybe it just means I'm not that great with a sewing machine Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / tropical print quilt on: March 17, 2004 07:13:15 AM
I just finished my very first quilt!  It's 48"x48" or so, intended as a baby or lap quilt. (More photos here.)

The entire quilt top (except for thread) is "post-consumer recycled content" -- fabrics scavenged from a friend's charity bag!  I used a piece of flannel sheet for the batting, since I didn't want it to be thick.  The backing is new fabric because I couldn't scrounge something that worked.  It's machine-pieced and machine-quilted, and from now on I will be doing hand-quilting -- it takes longer, but the machine was such a pain and it's MUCH harder to control how it comes out.

I'm already at work on the next similar-size quilt -- made out of recycled flannel shirts!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Problem with row gauge on: February 18, 2004 07:34:00 PM
I just had to make this exact adjustment for an entire sweater.  It took a bit of time, but it was well worth it.  Kayray is right that what you want to calculate is (1) the inches they mean, then (2) the # of rows that converts to in your row gauge.  Good luck!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:yarn questions from a beginning knitter on: February 18, 2004 07:32:00 PM
Kaleidoscope is great.  Also KnitPicks and The Yarn Co. (New York). Also Elann!

You can block cotton, but not acrylic.  You can't felt acrylic either (unless it's predominantly wool, with just a touch of acrylic).

If you find a pattern you like in wool, but want to make it in cotton, you're better off looking for a similar pattern that's designed for the kind of yarn you want.  There are plenty of long-sleeved, cabled sweaters designed for cotton if you want one like that; conversely, there are plenty of tank-tops for wool.

You can also go for Mission Falls 1824 patterns (check out Camilla Valley Farm's online store), which are designed to be interchangeable with either their wool or cotton yarn (both yarns are delightful to work with).
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / what to do with yearbooks? on: February 11, 2004 01:43:26 PM
I have several yearbooks -- from middle school and high school -- that I am really, really SICK of lugging around from apartment to apartment.  But I don't quite want to give them all up -- I think if they went away I'd regret it when I'm 50 or whatever.  Does anyone have any good ideas for how to put them to some kind of good use?  I'm not attached to the bindings, etc., just parts of the insides -- photos, messages, all that.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:ortho pill packs on: February 06, 2004 12:23:43 PM
My generic pills just come in a foil-pack in a cardboard sleeve.  Maybe y'all should switch over  Grin
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:capn' crunch handbag! on: January 27, 2004 01:29:05 PM
That is CHOICE!

How is it assembled?  Laminated?
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