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1  Re: First sock! in Knitting: Completed Projects by medea on: December 27, 2007 08:21:55 PM
Not only did I finish the other sock, I already knit a second pair!

These are broadripple on the knitty issue. Amazing socks to knit. I mixed the short row heel with the sl1k1 double thickness, and got extra sturdy heels. It was HARD to pick up the 5 wraps on the edges of the short rows, but I got it done!

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2  First sock! in Knitting: Completed Projects by medea on: October 07, 2007 10:00:01 PM
I obviously fell in love with self striping yarn, and realized that stocking stitch makes for boring sock making.

I think I justa wanted to finish this sock, and made it too short. I forgot that knit elastic when stretched... shrinks in length. It stays up, though.

Now I just have to knit the next one, and hope they match.

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3  Roll your own! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by medea on: October 07, 2007 08:57:11 PM
I did the needle roll, but for smaller needles: dpns, crochet hooks and circulars.

Actually: I used the pattern for my dental tech tools, but then decided I liked it too much to get it all soiled with waxes and fluxes and plasters.

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4  Newsboy cap with variegated yarn in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by medea on: October 07, 2007 08:52:39 PM

The picture doesnt do it much justice.

I knit the ribbing with elastic just to try that out, so it scrunches and holds its shape on my head... I played it by ear with the needle sizes and just used what I had.

I think that the cables get lost in the business of this yarn, if i were to knit it again, Id choose a yarn with less texture.
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5  Massive messenger bag from old jeans (IMG heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by medea on: October 07, 2007 08:31:18 PM
So I followed Threadbangers idea to reuse old jeans into a bag. The idea is anything but creative, but I think I did well!
(link to threadbanger http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/THR_20070914)

I have lost quite a bit of weight in the past 8 months: about 14 kilograms or 30 pounds. I had this pair of jeans that I wore to death: they were comfy, roomy and made me feel beautiful. Sadly, I wore a patch in the inner thigh from having them rub together, and I had to stop wearing them. Then I lost the weight and couldnt wear them anymore but didnt want to part with them. It was too tempting to keep them as "fat clothes", even in their sad condition. I decided to make them into a bag I can wear all the time regardless of my weight!

I lined the bag with plaid fabric I had in my donated stash, and used only notions I already had lying around.

inside: I kept the original waistband design, because it was one of the things I loved to death about this jean

details: the key fob and metal ring to adjust the strap

 This pocket in the lined strap closes using velcro.

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6  Headboard organizer for non sewers (img heavy) in CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES by medea on: November 09, 2005 03:30:35 PM
I took this challenge as a challenge. I've recycled clothing in general into potholders, aprons, quilts, pillows, bags or just rag mops (after all, it's cotton, right?). However, how are those who are just NOT sewing savvy to reuse their beloved jeans? I decided I wouldn't pull out my sewing machine for this one. So I pulled out my staple gun.

This headboard requires absolutely NO sewing skills, so it's perfect for anyone who doesn't sew, doesn't have a machine or just doesn't want to pull it out.

All pockets for keepsakes and necessary items are from the jeans themselves. I used about 3 different pairs of jeans for this project, scissors, 2 slabs of presentation cardboard and a staple gun.

The board is thin enough that you can hammer it directly into a wooden wall and light enough that it doesn't need much bracing. You can even hang it as you would a picture, with wire and picture hooks. I just stapled it into the wall above my bed.

I ripped up the jeans into random shapes, kept the pockets and detailing when possible, kept seams and other details when handy and then set to work. I arranged the large pieces on the board, then positioned the pockets and I stapled away. I kept the staples from being too visible by stapling on the edges where other pieces would overlap, right close to a seam or inside pockets. Then when the front was all stuck onto the board, I turned it around and stapled the edges to the back so it would look nice from the sides.

 I first tried to do an upholstered headboard, but with the denim and batting, staples wouldn't go all the way into the board and would tend to fall out. If someone has a stapler that fits the reeeeeally long staples, i would give it a shot. However, with a leftover jean leg I made a neck roll pillow, stuffed it with the rolled up batting I wasn't able to use and that's where I'll put my head if needed.

This is my sofa wearing the headboard because in the dark pit of slumber that is my room no pictures would come out. It is a little wider than my twin sized bed.

The great thing about a stapled headboard is that you can add on as much as you want. Halfway through I decided it was missing a bag for my knitting, so I just stapled it on. It fits a one ball project, basically the stuff I do right before going to bed. The advantage? you can design pockets and add them in whichever size you like, or change your mind, pry the staples off and rearrange. Very forgiving and a lot less painful than using the seam ripper on sewn crafts. You don't even have to use it as a headboard, now that I think about it. I just needed a place to put the odds and ends I don't want my cats to play with while I sleep.

Here is the needle pocket being put to another use

On the lower left hand corner is where my cell phone lives at night.

Took me less than 3 hours from start to finish. This was my inspiration picture, I got it by typing in "denim headboard" on google:

Hope you like it!
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7  Re: Hemming Jeans...again... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by medea on: November 02, 2005 02:29:54 PM
I made this a while back, it is for jeans with straight legs. If the jeans you bought are flared, you will loose some of the width and will have to adjust the original hem to fit the pant width at the new length.

This reattachment works for jeans which are distressed at the hem or have a funky colored thread instead of the regular gold toned thick thread. Read instructions down the first column and then down the one beside it.

hope it helps!

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8  Re: Keeping your thread neat. in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by medea on: September 28, 2005 10:16:05 AM
oh.. i made a combination out of both products! The long bobbin and the cardboard short ones. So now i can have the economic cheap way of organizing with the advantages of the more expensive one.

I've made a couple and am testing them out, the hardest part was making the slit for the identifying tag. On the next ones i'll just write it down or tape it down, not worth the hassle for me.
I can put them on shoeboxes, lay them on their side, and they look pretty. The one downside is that if i place them on their sides, i can't see the thread color, but if I stand them up it's quite easy!

It's just a 5 inch long cardboard rectangle, as wide as bobbins generally are, and with a hole punch i made the top and bottom indentations and then just connected the edges to remove that section. I believe that the hooky edges keep my thread "safer", maybe because it looks like the bobbin has fangs, but you could just round all corners.
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9  Re: Please help me to find the correct pattern --- dreamy fabric pic in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by medea on: May 30, 2005 03:31:03 PM
Is that the true size of the pattern? or is it scaled?

Does it have an obvious UP and Down direction? if you place the fabric on its side or on an angle, is it obvious?

If not, a great way to use a fantastic fabric is to  break up the patternby using a gored skirt pattern:

If you make the waistband from t shirt fabric or a wide tube of the same fabric you're using for the skirt (if it is stretchy). Those waistbands do wonders for "potbellys" since they don't pinch the skin creating bulges and rolls.

Add a single color shirt and you're set!

Another way to use excellent fabric is to make a handbag or purse and wear it everywhere!

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10  Re: want curtains, but I rent! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by medea on: May 30, 2005 02:23:22 PM
What i did in my apt:

My blinds were attached by plastic brackets: they were hinged on one side and the other side attached to the wall. When I removed the blinds, I discovered it left to square "loops" already stuck on the wall! I threaded a dowel through the holes, then placed my tab tob curtains on top and positioned a tab so it covered the plastic bracket. I don't know if your blinds are attached the same way, but you could check and see: you don't have to make any holes, and the blinds just clip on or off the brackets.

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