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11  Advice? Best way to secure this? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by PimpernelSmith on: February 20, 2011 10:53:35 AM


I'm working on this 4-braid scarf, and am unsure of the best way to secure the bands. 

Do I need to stitch along the entire length of each line of contact?  Or should I tack every few inches? Or run a stitch through the width of all four bands every couple of inches?

Help??   Huh  Undecided 
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12  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by PimpernelSmith on: January 31, 2011 08:54:21 PM

FINALLY a second thing DONE... In the simple, silly but satisfying caragory:

Worn out flannel sheet converted to rags (edges bound) and put into a holder/dispenser for easy storage.
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13  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by PimpernelSmith on: January 02, 2011 01:42:10 PM

WHOOT! One item done ---

20. Etch 4 glasses for {late} Christmas gift. DONE! Glass Forum
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14  Futurama Glasses - Etched in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by PimpernelSmith on: January 02, 2011 01:37:03 PM


Did these as a present for Futurama addicted friends. The most difficult etches I've done yet!  Mostly happy with the final results, except the edges of Bender are less clean than I want...

Sorry that the photos are all fuzzy; I literally finished them AT the friends' house, so I didn't have the luxury of setting up nice shots....

Bottom of glasses all have Hypnotoad staring at you:


Close up of Bender's sign, from the drinker's POV:


(I should have etched in her tank top...)


I really wish this was in focus, because I am inordinately pleased with the brain slug!

Zyoberg (sp??):

Comments and advice WELCOME!
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15  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by PimpernelSmith on: December 31, 2010 09:00:57 AM
PimpernelSmith's List of 50 Crafts for 2011

1. Bedside Organizer for nephew (sewn)

2. Bedside Organizer for niece (sewn)

3-10. Boxers for DH (sewn) 8 DONE!  

11-15. Undies for me (sewn)1/5 done

16. Sleep mask for DH (sewn)

17. Convert 2nd hand 'damask' bed sheet into hemmed napkins (sewn)

18. Bind edges on flannel rectangles being converted to 'rags' to use in lieu of paper towels (sewn)  DONE

19. Fleece Snug-Sack for me (sewn)

20. Etch 4 glasses for {late} Christmas gift. DONE! Glass Forum

21. Make a thermal/Henley shirt for me (sewn)

22. Tailor man's shirt into something more jacket-like for me. (sewn)

23. Replace lining in favorite leather coat (sewn and all the powers-that-be aide me!)

24. Replace zipper in blue coat.

25. Attempt to remove cap sleeves from otherwise great shirt to convert it to a tank top.

26. Create some sort of structural support for rolling 'closet' before the weight of coats causes it to collapse.

27. Finish set of napkins for godchildren in the hopes they will prefer them to using the sleeves of clothes (embroidery) 2/4 done

28. Embellish my navy blue hoodie (embroidery)

29-31. Alter jeans so that they are not tapered leg (short, 'Rubenesque' hips such as mine do NOT fair well with tapered legs) (sewn)

32. Finish fingerless gauntlets (knit) DONE!       Knitting Board

33. Create gauntlet gloves out of felted sweater and embellish (felt, sew, embroider)

34. Create Thank You letters by way of taking action shots and labeling all the gifts in use in the image. (photography & photoshop)

35. Finish green bamboo yarn scarf (knit)

36. Finish Soleil tank (knit)   http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTsoleil.html

37. Finish Thermal sweater (knit)   http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTthermal.html

38. Attempt to make stole for friend's birthday (knit)  http://frenchgirlknits.com/french_girl_knits_collections/gypsy.php

39. Hanging, discrete trash collector thingy to hang off the side of my computer table
40. Finish bead armband for me (peyote beading) Done...more or less

41. Make progress in silk embroidered scarf for my niece, which at this point I am just hoping to have completed by the time she graduates high school -- in 5 years.....  

42. Make another clapotis (knit)  http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTclapotis.html

43. Make topper for our Christmas tree (1/3rd done!)

44. Design and make a jacket for the alien I made for a nephew some time back. (sewn)  

45. Use needle felting to embellish a tea cozy I crocheted and felted 2 years ago.

46. Learn to make wool/fulled hats!!!!!

47. Learn even-count peyote beading

48. Make dust covers for seldom used appliances (sewn)

49. TONS & TONS of mending...not sure how to count this....Done  

50. Reversible, double-knit hat for DH (knit)


Craft Annex!
           *a.k.a. the list of all the stuff YOUR lists are making me think of....*

a) sand and spray paint metal patio table
b) non-skid cozy for the steel blender so that it can be held without our fingers sticking to the sides a la  the flag pole in "Christmas Story"
c) some sort of hook/reel/containment system for the audio cable I use in my car to plug my iPod into the cassette deck
d) hammered copper or brass liner for the bottom of our incense burner, so that the ashes don't fall out.
e) finish patchwork backgammon set I started in 8th Grade Home Ec.
f)  HOW COOULD I FOGET? Design & make a turtle pin cushion that won't roll off the table like all those damn, store bought, tomato ones do.
g) Tea pot drip catchers
h) Cozy for French Press pot
i) (I keep forgetting these because they intimidate me so! I've got everything but the hardware...) Roman blinds for the bedroom, with blackout fabric on the backj)
j) Craft a dust skirt of some sort to disguise ugly drip tray and roller needed for big houseplant.
k) Create an advent calendar/DT.
l) Create suitable bail for glass pendant, so that it hangs correctly
m) Sew a tiny pouch that can ride on my belt loop/hand sanitizer/carabeaner (sp??) watch that will hold medical gloves so that I have them at hand anyplace in my workplaceDONE!
n) Re-do popped quilting on the quilt my grandma gave me
o) Finish afghan for my brother
p) Get my hands of a mini sandblaster for etching..$$$...?
q) make a plastic, durable mat to catch the mess when I work with plants indoors.
r) tea wallet DONE

s) start garden seeds DONE!
t) get herb and vegetable gardens planted
q) Dora nap set for niece's birthday.DONE!

(*what's this make....68 now?!*)

Accomplish all of the above without doing anything to myself that might require: a) stitches b) a tetanus booster or c) a prosthesis.
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16  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by PimpernelSmith on: August 16, 2010 10:03:50 AM
Nobody faint: I finished something!!

I was going to embroider it, but in the interest of the baby getting to use it while still a baby....

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17  Nibbler Bib in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by PimpernelSmith on: August 16, 2010 10:00:00 AM
Well, I finally got something finished!

The bib blank was from Sublime Stitching.  I had originally intended to embroider the image -- which would have looked more crisp -- but I wanted to finish it before the baby was in high school, so I painted it.

Initially, I used Pebeo Fabric Markers, but they didn't give dense enough coverage on the terry cloth, so I went over the figure again with Pebeo Fabric Paint. (The curly-cues are just marker.)

Comments and tips for the future welcome!  Smiley
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18  Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster in Latest News by PimpernelSmith on: May 20, 2010 09:23:51 AM

I'm pretty adept at ignoring all the ads we have now, since fewer and fewer have anything to do with crafting, but this one was so tacky looking that it caught my eye...and upon reading looks outright bogus --?

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19  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by PimpernelSmith on: May 15, 2010 08:26:01 PM
Okay. Two jobs and gardening have slowed crafting to a standstill, but I have gotten one, tiny thing done!

Lip Balm Bandolier

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20  Lip Balm Bandolier in Completed Projects by PimpernelSmith on: May 15, 2010 08:17:50 PM
No, I am not addicted, per se, but I do have to keep my lips balmed &/or sun-screened every day, and my favorite (Rachael Perry, Lip Lover, RaspberryCherry) has been discontinued -- I have been FORCED to buy many different sticks in an effort to find an acceptable replacement....

Problem is, lip balms are generally in round tubes, and when you get a lot of them together they like to go diving off counters!  (Alleviates the boredom when not in use, I guess.)  Wink

SO, I designed a Lip Balm Bandolier to hold them all.  I'm not really satisfied with it; it does not hang as smoothly as I would like, and I don't have the heavy wire I need to form the hanger I desire...But at least it WORKS.  Grin



Anyone have any tips on how to make the ribbon hang smoothly while keeping the elastic snug enough to do its job?  Let me know --
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