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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Resize too-big jeans TUTORIAL on: June 26, 2009 12:46:12 PM
i'm trying this but not quite understanding how you're doing step 6 so that it lines up somewhat neatly and without a lot of extra bulkiness.  i put the right sides of the unfolded band together but it made a weird pucker at the top.  the belt loop would've probably covered it up but it was bulky enough to seem like it was going to be uncomfortable to wear. 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / something's not adding up! on: December 14, 2008 10:43:56 AM
Hi!  Wondering if someone could help me figure out what's going on here...I'm trying to make this scarf (the version without fringe) 


and it says to cast on 31 stitches.  But then for row two, doesn't that come out to be more than 31 (I'm getting 41)?  Both adding it up mentally and trying it out, it's not working out right.  I'm sure it's probably me doing something wrong rather than a pattern typo.  Hmmm... 

Here I'm trying to explain how I understand it, the numbers in parentheses being number of stitches...hope it makes some sense.

k1 (1) [yo, k1 (1), slip 1 (2), k2tog (4), psso (6), k1 (7), yo, k1 ( 8 )]

so the stuff in the brackets adds up to 8 for me, times 5 as it instructs equals 40, plus the k1 at the beginning equals 41.   Huh
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Naughty Knitting, Anyone? on: December 14, 2008 10:37:54 AM
Are you on Ravelry?  There is a free (in English) pattern on there for equally comfy-looking felted handcuffs on there, called "Fuzzackles".  As well as some other naughties.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Baby food jars on: September 30, 2008 11:39:57 PM
not so crafty but i love small jars for keeping herbs/spices/tea, especially since i tend to buy them in bulk.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / i need, rather than have, something to recycle for this one... on: September 30, 2008 11:34:34 PM
i'm looking for creative ways to recycle something to package my handmade jewelry!  anyone have any ideas, sites, anything?  thought about (well washed) squares of styrofoam trays that things like mushrooms sometimes come on for earring cards. 
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 3" x 4" plastic sleeves on: September 17, 2008 06:29:49 PM
i think they were originally for my brother's "magic: the gathering" cards or something similar...  got 12 of 'em.  might do something not-so-crafty and just write quotes or something and use these instead of laminating. 
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / nets that potatoes/onions/citrus come in on: September 14, 2008 09:54:50 PM
any crafty ideas on what to do with these?  other than maybe cutting into strips and knitting/crocheting into scrubbies for either dishes or shower...which is fine, but one only needs so many scrubbies!  and i've got a HEAP of these things...  in winter they are good to hold suet for the birds.  what else?
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Persian Waxing on: May 09, 2008 09:10:25 PM
yeah, definitely no need to buy special fabric...a cotton sheet should work fine!   Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / katamari ball on: April 30, 2008 04:13:18 PM
wondering if anyone has tried the magnetic katamari ball pattern here: 

i'm in the assembly stages and having a really hard time trying to sew on the last four "nubs" onto the overstuffed ball...  i tried with a plastic yarn needle which got all bent out of shape and then a sharp metal needle with an eye barely big enough to fit the yarn, and i can't it all the way through the stitches.  hmmm...
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / just ranting... on: April 28, 2008 10:29:57 AM
i started the Janis Tank here  http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_5188912,00.html

i didn't use any of the yarns they mention, just looked at the weights and yardage, etc. and picked my own and ended up with TLC Cotton Plus and Lion Brand Incredible.  the Incredible was one lone skein in the clearance aisle, but according to my "calculations" it would be enough.  well.  here i am in the middle of the second front piece, still got the whole back to do, and i'm almost out.  ack!  (i admit i did not do a gauge swatch.  i know i generally tend to be a tight knitter...for this i went up half a needle size and made an effort to be a little looser.)  anyway, so i guess once again i've learned my lesson of gauging...  and maybe don't go with the clearance yarns i might not be able to find again.  here i was thinking i was gonna get away with making something awesome for less than $5!  i'm about to start a sweater, the last one i tried i think the pattern was way off, but i'll tell you i DID gauge that sucker, over and over, never got it just right but close enough, and for all that trouble had to scrap it anyway.  grr.  i think i'm gonna retire from knitting temporarily! 
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