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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: FREE chair re-upholstered for a new life on: August 26, 2008 04:24:12 PM
That's so amazing!  I love quilts and re-upholstered furniture.... that means I just love this chair!!!  Such an awesome job-- I'm sure it took forever to perfect.  Kudos Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I'm a completely wonderful sister. on: August 23, 2008 06:50:51 PM
Seriously.  So my little sister (not so little-- we're 21 months apart) just started college!  She's got a really keen eye for decorating, but not really the crafty gene... I guess just I got that one.  So she was trying to come up with ideas to spice up the dorm room, and she wanted me to make one of those memo boards (you know the type... a fabric covered board, with ribbons crisscrossing to make slots for notes/pictures etc) to hang on her closet door.  Well the kid doesn't just want one of these... she wants 8 small ones in different fabrics.  Well, a trip to Hancock later (I think you'll like the fabric designs she picked out- she really does have a good eye), we had a pile of fabric, ribbon, and batting.  "This won't take very long, sis," she enthused.  About two hours later (after going back and forth about the virtues of cardboard vs foam board and designing and then redesigning countless sizes she wanted), she had gotten as far as cutting out the cardboard before quitting and leaving the cutting the fabric and batting, hot-gluing them to the cardboard, and then designing the ribbon crisscrosses, and then adding the button embellishments.... well sis, it kind of took a long time.  But I like how it turned out, and to be honest, she'll probably have the only 8-handmade-memo-boards-closet-door-covering on campus.  And to think we could have just hung a poster.

Anyway, after it was all done, and I was totally spent (I also made a huge photo collage, covered a tin can in the dark teal fabric as a pencil holder, and fixed a necklace of hers), I was like, "Dang, anything else?" and she just said, "I like it when you magically fix things."  Oh to be 18.

In action:

Close-up of one of the boards:

Zeroing in on one of the buttons... it was awesome b/c our mom had a bunch of very neat buttons to embellish this project!  Each board has a different button on it Smiley  This right here is actually 2 buttons nested together.

And a little side project (I was waiting on more ribbon and she wanted a key hook), with the coolest buttons of all.  Those letters are her and her roommate's first initials.

3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Long Open Shawl Crochet-a-long. on: July 04, 2008 08:17:36 PM
faerubin, your purple scarf looks great!  I especially love the fringe on yours, for some reason.  What type of yarn did you use?
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: RAINBOWTASTIC TASK MONITOR!! on: February 27, 2008 01:28:34 PM
This is a really cool idea.  Once I was cleaning off my desk (which happens about once every three months, if I'm motivated), and unearthed a partially completed to-do list which read, among other things, "Clean off desk."  This after cleaning off the desk for about 20 minutes.  Maybe I need a poster on my wall to tell me to do my chores?  Cool stuff.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Fetching" from Knitty: Summer 2006 on: October 07, 2007 01:28:42 PM
Oh fetching how I love you!

Here are some pics of one of my fetchings.  Sis's bday is in November, what shall I do till then!??!  I can't wait that long to give them to her!

Sorry that I wasn't feeling too inspired photographically speaking, but this is what you get!

Size 6 needles, using Bernat Cashmere (which is actually a cashmere/acrylic blend... more affordable you know) in Earth.  I ended up not quite having enough with one skein and went back and bought some more.  Oh well!

6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Fetching" from Knitty: Summer 2006 on: October 05, 2007 09:42:14 PM
Quick question (I'm almost there, couldn't help but cast on...hehe);

When the pattern says to knit 7 using waste yarn, does that mean cast on 7 with waste yarn and knit, or knit 7 sts you already have with waste yarn? Since the pattern is a 5 sts repeat, the number 7 doesn't make sense to me in the latter option....Huh

Oh, and I'm using Misti Alpaca Worsted in Rainforest (dark green) on US 5 DPNs - very nice!

knit the 7 stitches with waste yarn (ie don't cast on 7 new stitches)  don't tie them off anywhere; you'll take them out later and use the resulting hole as the base of the thumb!

In other news, I'm all done with my fetchings!  I'll add some pictures tomorrow or the next day, but I'm so proud of them (and the fact I did them in the 2 most busy weeks of my whole life!!) Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Fetching" from Knitty: Summer 2006 on: September 27, 2007 07:05:07 AM
Don't worry they are really easy and fast! These were my first project in the round and my first cables and I had no problems! I'd have to devote a lot of time to get a pair finished in two days, but four evenings of knitting would be sweet.

Thanks for the encouragement!  I am almost done with the left hand (just have to finish the thumb), and so it's coming along quite nicely.... at the expense of studying for my exam today.... OH WELL right.  I love this project and I don't know if I can wait until November to give them to my sister!  I think I'm going to make these for a bunch of my friends, since they are so quick/easy/inexpensive.

I had to leave my knitting bag at home today in order to ensure that I would study for my test on breaks instead of knitting Wink  I'm fairly positive I'd be done if I weren't a college student with too many classes, a job, and too many clubs.  And I have to eat.  Lame! Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Fetching" from Knitty: Summer 2006 on: September 25, 2007 08:38:00 PM
Hey knitters!  I'm joining this KAL in hopes to keep me accountable for my Bday/Christmas knitting blitz-  sister's bday is in november, want to have these done by then, AND a considerable amount of other knitting.

Started the left hand.... so far not encountering any problems aside from learning how to use dpns AND cabling.  It's been fun!  I'll post a pic of my progress when I get a chance Smiley

PS I have LOVED some of the other fetchings I've seen... they're really inspiring Wink
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Seventeen: They Finally Caught On on: September 13, 2007 01:31:26 PM

Fall issue of Seventeen Magazine.... they figured out what we've been talking about for AGES.... "It's going to get cold, but you'll look hot (and stay warm) in these chunky knits."

Uh Huh.

That SAID.... I'm in looove with the dress and the tan short sleeve sweater... has anyone seen a similar pattern?
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Altar cloth?? Design stumper on: August 12, 2007 09:16:18 PM
My grandma made an altar cloth once. We are catholic, so maybe some patterns are specifically catholic.

I believe she used cotton, but I'm not sure. Just plain white fabric from a fabric store.

She drew on certain christian motives, like a fish and a cross, and also added hymns and prayers in Latin. It's beautiful. My aunt has it now. She just drew these on the fabric and embroidered them, I don't know if she traced existing patterns or not. Probably she did.

The colour .. in the catholic church every event has a colour. In liturgy, the colour purple means acknowledging Jesus as a king, and it's used during the forty day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter. I'm not sure about other churches though.

I tried google to search for images of altar cloths, you can find some beautiful ones but you'll also find a lot of wiccan altar cloths.

Thank you for understanding the purple season... it seems silly, but I can't imagine not having the color-coded liturgy.... just feels right, but then I'm a cradle Episcopalian, which is similar to Catholic in a lot of ways.

I'm really thankful for all your thoughtful comments and suggestions, and really freakin' excited to get started with the embroidery... I've been testing out some designs and my skills, and it should be a doozy of a project, but I think I'm up to it.... 

I like the idea of linen as the base- it is not too tightly woven that it would be an issue to sew, and also always looks classy.  I'm still a little iffy on the "assembly" ie should i just seam the edges, or make it double sided? 

As to the design, googling some images has really helped, and I think this project should shape up nicely, and I have plenty of time before purple rolls around Smiley (We're snug in Green right now)

If anyone happens to come upon some interesting religious imagery that would translate nicely to embroidery, please post it here!

Many thanks Smiley
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