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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first quilling project :) on: April 17, 2010 03:43:53 PM
I just started quilling on Thursday after buying a Klutz book on the subject at Michael's, haha Smiley  This is a Mother's Day card for my mom:

The sand is real!  Cheesy
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Rapunzel scarf yarn swap? on: October 05, 2007 09:37:05 AM
It's about to get cold, so I'm wondering if anyone is interesting in another round of yarn swapping for Rapunzel scarves! Smiley  I'm dying to make one, and that would be the perfect way to get different kinds of yarn to do it!  I'm not sure I could organize it by myself, but I would be happy to co-organize.

Any interest? Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Pearls? on: August 21, 2007 08:16:11 PM
Does anyone know of a website where I can find lonnnnngggg strings of craft-quality pearls?  Specifically, I'd like to find about 6 mm of them in ivory.  I need yards and yards and yards of them for my centerpieces.  I want to use them as strings, not loose.  Any ideas would be appreciated!  Thanks in advance! Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitpicks Ambrosia or Panache? on: August 08, 2007 07:36:20 AM
Well, it's time for me to start ordering yarn for the Christmas presents, if I ever want to finish. Smiley  I'd like to make my future mother-in-law a scarf (though if she keeps driving me insane during the wedding planning process, I may frog the whole thing in a fit of rage and throw the tangle of yarn at her).

I'd like it to be a cashmere blend, and Knitpicks is in my grad student budget (bless them).  I'm wondering which yarn is nicer...  Ambrosia or Panache?  I know that they're completely different weights, but it's okay; I haven't picked the pattern yet.  I'd like it to be functional as a warm object, so I'm not going to make it lacy or anything.  Maybe some cabling.  I'd like to use pink or blue, which both yarns come in; I'm wondering specifically about the mulled wine.  Is it more red or more pink in person?

I'd appreciate any advice you have!  If you know of other cashmere blends that are affordable and not Knitpicks, I'm open to that too.  And hey, if you know a great mother-in-law scarf pattern for a 50 year old lady, let me know. Wink

Thanks in advance! Smiley
5  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Yarn in Columbus? on: August 02, 2007 09:37:31 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm from another state, and I will be visiting Columbus soon with my fiance, who is meeting with some people at OSU in a couple of weeks about doing his Ph.D. there.  They have him scheduled from 9-4 in meetings with professors and sitting in on classes, so I'm going to have to entertain myself for the day. Smiley  I'll probably play at Polaris or Easton some, but I was wondering if there are any great yarn stores downtown that I should check out while I'm in the area. Smiley  I knit more than I do anything else, but I like all kinds of crafts, so other craft store ideas would also be welcome. Smiley  Any advice would be appreciated!  Thanks in advance!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Color changing problems (with pic) on: July 05, 2007 12:58:28 PM
I tried searching, but I couldn't find anything...  Possibly because I don't know what to call my problem.

I decided to make a Ribbed for Her Pleasure scarf from Stitch n Bitch for my second knitting project in my school colors.  Everything was going fine until I decided to change colors.  I didn't learn how to change in my knitting class at Michael's, so I followed the directions in Stitch n Bitch.  That went pretty well, until this happened...

What did I do wrong to make the colors do that?  Huh  More importantly, is there a way to fix it and make the color transition more seamless?  I decided to stop and come here to ask.  Obviously, it's very noticeable since the colors are complete opposites, but I'm hoping that means someone will be able to see what I did wrong and help me fix it. Smiley  Any help is appreciated!  Thanks in advance.  Grin

Edited to add: This is a few stitches into the second row of the new color.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first project - a cotton bag :) on: July 02, 2007 05:56:48 PM
I learned to knit at Michael's over the course of three weeks.  I had this awesome lady named Dolly for an instructor, and I learned so much.  The project for the class was a cotton bag of Dolly's design made from Sugar n' Cream (a yarn I'm not crazy about, but I lived with it, lol).  It's done in seed stitch and stockinette.  Here it is:

It's shaped a little better than the picture looks.  It's not perfect, but I'm pretty excited since it's my first!  I'm definitely addicted now. Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Am I knitting? (Warning: Lefty) on: February 21, 2007 01:27:36 PM
Okay, I apologize in advance for what may be the dumbest question that has ever been asked on Craftster...  But in my defense, I'm trying to teach myself to knit from books and videos online, and I have no idea if what I'm doing is right.  I'm a crocheter, I've been trying off and on for a few months to learn to knit with no luck.  I finally broke down and bought some bamboo needles, size 13.  Suddenly, things I read clicked, and I started creating fabric last night...  The thing is...  I have no idea if I'm actually knitting or if I'm just making random knots or something.  There's really no one I can ask in person, because I don't know any Continental knitters...  So I thought I would ask here. Smiley  Is what I have here actually knitting?

Here is a picture of what I have:

And here is a link to a much larger version of the picture, where you can see the stitches much more clearly:


If I am actually getting the process down right, I'm clearly doing something else wrong...  Maybe it's my tension?  I'm using merino wool, if that matters.  Help?  Advice?  Comments?  I would appreciate any of them greatly!  I really want to learn, but I'm kind of lost without anyone to teach me.
9  UNITED STATES / West Virginia / Our board is dead! on: January 05, 2007 12:56:09 PM
Let's try to change that!  How about we do this, and maybe revitalize things a bit?:

Some things about yourself
Favorite kind of craft to do
Craft currently working on
Craft you wish you knew how to do
How did you find Craftster?
Anything else?

I'll go first. Smiley  I'm Shainna, and I'm in Morgantown.  I'm a grad student at WVU, and I'm engaged to be married next year.  My favorite craft is crocheting, but embroidery is a close second.  I haven't done any crafting for a little while, as I was burned out from holiday crafting, but I'm about to pick embroidery up again.  I wish I knew how to knit.  I keep trying, but I just poke myself in the head with the needles. Wink  I think I found Craftster through a craft community on Live Journal.

Anyone else want to have a go? Smiley  I think it'd be awesome if we'd be more chatty! Smiley

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Scarf adornments? on: October 24, 2006 09:42:34 AM
Okay, if you are my swap partner for the Make Me a Scarf 2 swap (ahem, lelila), and you happen to have popped in here, then stop reading right now if you want to be surprised!
Okay, so I need some help with the scarf I'm making for that swap.  My partner says she's not really a girly-girl, so I went for simple double-crochet with yarn that looks really neat because it's stripey (it's Bernat Softee Chunky in Circus).  However, I'd like to jazz the thing up with some sort of adornment, since it's fairly simple and since she's not a girly girl, I want to steer clear of flowers (unless it's some really awesome funky flower).  I might like to make some sort of pin so it would be detachable, in case she doesn't like it.  Any ideas for (removable) adornments that aren't flowers?
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