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51  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Handpainted lotus bowl on: August 21, 2005 10:41:07 AM
It's my grandma's birthday today, and I spent all of last night painting this:

It's a floating candle bowl, so I painted on the bottom (to lessen risks of the paint chipping.)

All the pretty flowers....

Golden butterfly and creamy lotus.

*hopes this is the right board for this.* Oh ho ho! No need to worry now that Craftster has a glass board!
52  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Should I frog? Should I not? 4-ply yarn is driving me NUTS. on: August 20, 2005 04:26:57 AM
I'm having a big of a crisis here:

I am knitting a cloche cap for a swap. I really want to make it, because my partner really wanted one. I thought that cloche cap patterns were all crocheted, but I found a ("genuine vintage") Sirdar pattern from the 70s. It's knit with TINY needles, and 4-ply yarn. Casting on the 183 stitches left my wrists so sore, I can barely type now. I also gauged.

Thing is, I think that the cap is turning out 2 inches bigger! It's really hard to measure it, esp. as the yarn in nylon/acrylic rather than wool (I'm broke.) I've knitted 7 rows, but they're just so painful. It's a lace pattern.

I'm so irraitated. Should I frog and start again with a size smaller pair of needles? Or should I continue? Help!!!  Embarrassed
53  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / The Amazing Knicker Swap! on: August 18, 2005 01:01:54 AM
I hope no one's posted something similar before, but here was an idea of mine...

About 5 years or so ago (give or take...) my mum got an email, which was basically that there are 15 people, and you buy 15 pairs of  knickers, and send them out to everyone one by one. So you end up with 15 new pairs of knickers.

My idea of the swap was:

+ 10- people sign up
+ 1 month to make 10 or so pairs of knickers. These don't have to be made from scratch, you can just buy plain ones and adorn them.
+ Start sending! There would be a list like a 'ring', so once you had recieved one pair, you would send out the next.

Anyone like the idea?
54  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Now-official Stepdad and Grandma-who-has-everything have Birthdays. (HELP!!!!) on: August 14, 2005 03:55:05 AM
I really need help.

1) My grandmother will be 63 on August 21. She has everything, and says that she doesn't want anything. HOWEVER, if I don't get her anything, she'll be really offended. Last year I made her some candleholders (I do glasspainting), which she really liked, but keeps on saying that she doesn't need any more.

2) My now-official stepdad (married on July 27th) has his birthday on August 23. He says he doesn't want anything, but my mum will kill me if I don't get him anything. Last year I got him a CD he wanted, which he liked, and for Xmas I got him the Star Wars DVDs. I don't think he'd appreciate really delicate handmade stuff that much, being a bloke. I'm also not very close to him.

Further notes....
I don't have that much money, I'm very short of time to make these presents in, having just got back from holiday, and I'm really busy with other stuff too, like websites, swaps, visiting people.

I'd really appreciate help! Thanks!
55  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making labels and packaging stuff on: July 30, 2005 12:21:32 PM
It's not the items that I have problems with: it's the "final touches", like making labels and presenting the stuff.

When I wrap gifts, I usually use cheap pound store tissue paper and lots of ribbon. But you know the little lables which come with the item, telling you what it is, the logo, etc? I can never make 'em.

Could any of you give me a hand?

Thanks - nushybum.

(Still clueless? On shop websites they often show the item with the label; I know that www.knittingpanda.com does.)
56  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Spiderweb capelet (HELP!) on: July 18, 2005 02:01:24 PM
OK, so basically:

I really want to start the spiderweb capelet from SnBN but have not even bothered getting the reccomended yarn - I'm going to use some rowan cotton chenille. I've got some huge needles too. But I'm seriously confused over the 2nd row, with the YOs. I cast on, mucked it up, then had to frog me 3 rows.

Basically, do you:

A - Knit 1 stitch,
B - wrap the yarn over, then knit into the following stitch
A - Knit
B (etc etc)

OR, do you:
C - knit 1 stitch,
D - wrap yarn round
C - knit the rest of the stitch
D - wrap yarn round
D (etc)

I am SO confused!!! This is my first lace project. (I'm making some Mary-Jane slippers while I try to work it out, so I'm actually DOING something. Not wasting precious time..)

Please please please can someone help me - and maybe give me a few more tips? It's a pressie for my aunt.

Thanks! nushey x
57  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Calling all 'cellists! Groovy VJ swap // Or a String Instrument Geek swap? on: July 09, 2005 09:55:05 AM
I just had this great idea for a swap:

I play the 'cello, and not-very-recently, my VJ (spikeholder) snapped. It was the wooden kind, with metal legs - one of the bits which go round the chair legs snapped off. That VJ has lasted me seven years: as long as I've played the 'cello.

So I need a new one, and thought that it would be fun to jazz one up. But wouldn't it be even better if someone else did one for you?

I think it'd be good, but who plays the 'cello here? Let me know, please! I'm all excited!
58  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Book reccomendations needed!! on: June 29, 2005 01:35:14 PM
Hi there - it's my birthday soon (i'm going to be 14!) and have absolutely no clue what to ask for. Unlike me.

I wondered if you knew of any *really* good knitting books? I'm definately going to ask for Stitch 'n Bitch, though I'm not sure that I really like SnBN. I would just go to Waterstones or whatever and have a look, but I'm really busy every weekend, and have no time. I dunno.

It would be great if the book was readily available on Amazon (and has a discount on Amazon.co.uk)

Thanks - I hope you can help!  Cheesy
------- nush
59  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Alien Illusion Scarf - knitalong on: June 18, 2005 08:29:38 AM
Hi there,

I wanted to make the alien illusion scarf in SnB, and was wondering if anyone wanted to join me, to do a knitalong? I've bought the yarn already (yesterday) and have started, BUT, I'm a slow knitter....

So......is anyone interested?

60  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Look at my sadly rubbish tote! From a too-tight skirt! on: June 12, 2005 07:58:15 AM
Look at it! I spent AGES on it today (the sewing machine kept on breaking) and it breaks my heart that it's so crap. Gr. But, anyhoo....

The outside. Modelled by a chair:

The lining. Note the loose threads that I've been too lazy to cut off. And the pocket. It fits my German book in (shown):

What do you think? Is that bad? Straps are lovely thick ribbon, it's made from a glittery denim skirt that's too tight to breathe in. And the lining is scraps of old quilt.

EDIT: Ha ha. Got the pictures the wrong way round.
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