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1  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Anyone around? on: July 03, 2013 09:45:57 PM
So after years living all over the place, I moved to DC and decided to log back into Craftster... Is anyone still around in the DC area? 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First sock! 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.

3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Roll your own! 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.

4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Newsboy cap with variegated yarn 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.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Massive messenger bag from old jeans (IMG heavy) 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.

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 7 ENTRIES / Headboard organizer for non sewers (img heavy) 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!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Placing zippers in the round on: May 18, 2005 11:30:04 AM
How to place a zip around a 4 inch diameter circle? I'm trying to make a coin purse using rigid material as the sides *cardboard and plastic* and am having too many problems getting the machine to sew around the edge.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Clothing Pet Peeves on: May 11, 2005 08:35:36 AM
I have to vent on clothing issues that are driving me insane!

Sizing: Why can I walk into store A and fit in their medium, then go next door and not be able to squeeze into their XL clothing?  Why can't I shop for jeans like men do? Inseam and waist measurements instead of the cryptic size 1, 2, 3 's or 11-12, 13-14? or S, M, L?

Why is clothing for larger women made of the same materials and styles as the baby t's for the xtra thin woman? Form fitting spandex can look wonderful stretched over washboard abs, but not over my lumpy belly! And what about longer shirts? And fitted clothing that actually works with the curves?

Shirts that can't be worn with bras, but sized for 36 D breasts. Bad news for natural bodies.

Dressing rooms without mirrors on the inside of the booth, so I have to walk outside in front of total strangers to confirm to myself and the world that indeed, the article of clothing looks like terrible on me.

dressing rooms without benches. So pants look wonderful and feel great when I'm standing up. But sit down and they leave my bum exposed and the button digs in and the zipper slides down. Only I don't discover that until I take my new pants out for a spin.

Phew! feel better already!
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