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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: EcoCraft Eco-Friendly Fiberfill on: September 16, 2007 08:32:33 PM
I know this might not be up your alley but since someone was talking about what poly-fill actually is, would it be possible to take some plastic bags and manipulate them to create a recycled polyfill? No matter how hard I try I always have them laying around from ordering things online or getting something from a package.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / I Want to Make a Sensory Integration Room for my Autistic Son! on: September 16, 2007 08:30:10 PM
Hey everyone,
Does anyone have a kid with autism who has undergone sensory integration therapy?
I saw a video on YouTube where a girl built a large tent-like room for her brother who is an adult with autism.
It looked like tarp walls with lights behind them the slowly changed color, a bunch of ballpit-style balls and one of those water machines that makes bubbling sounds.
I am not sure where to start or how sensory integration works but I would really like to get some ideas so I can make a little one for him to hang out in!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Water Wieners?! on: September 01, 2007 04:51:15 PM
Does anyone remember "water wieners" (also known as "slippery snakes")? It was like a medium sized phallic-looking thing filled with water and glitter with a soft plastic sleeve?

I want to make them and give them out for Halloween (its always nice to get toys in addition to the run-of-the-mill candy) and am curious as to how to make them. It looks like there are two sleeves on them... any ideas?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: MAJOR Knitting Debacle. What did I do?! Please help! on: February 28, 2007 01:35:44 PM
Ahhh! Thanks everyone. I don't feel like a moron anymore. I started a new project and have been carefully counting my stitches every few rows. Its kind of a pain but so far I am doing well.

I think what may have happened (in conjunction with a bunch of other stich-related screw-ups) is that I had a really cheap yarn. It would shred and I think instead of looping all the yarn together on one stitch, I stitched it where it separated, thereby adding tons of loops. I got some better-quality yarn and things are going well.

Thanks for your hugs and pats and reassurance! I feel way better now...
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felted Pincushion Tutorial/Instructions? on: February 19, 2007 10:01:31 AM
Thank you Calysa! You made my week! Step two: Get old sweaters.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / MAJOR Knitting Debacle. What did I do?! Please help! on: February 19, 2007 09:54:53 AM
Hey everyone,

So I posted a topic bragging about how I just learned to knit and was feeling really confident about it (I got lots of good replies) and then something HORRIBLE happened.

I'm knitting along, tra-la-la-la, and after a while I am like, "Hey, it seems like its taking a lot longer to finish a row than it did when I started." But the scarf was taking a long time and I figured it was just my brain making it SEEM longer because it was becoming a little tedious and tiresome.

After a while of slaving away, I start to think something is not right. I look at the scarf and its way wider at the end. I count the stitchy-knitty-loopy things, and there is about a hundred. Then I count the stitchy-knitty-loopy things at the BEGINNING of the scarf. FIFTY FIVE. I felt REALLY stupid. REALLY EFFING STUPID.

I don't know how its possible that I added THAT many. I want to know how this could have possibly happened! Has it ever happened to anyone else, or am I some kind of knitting mutant?! I mean, I was making a SCARF, which I hear is pretty hard to screw up. Its a freakin' rectangle, for Corn's Sake.

If I am not the only one who has massacred a scarf (while giving themselves a massive case of Carpal Tunnel), I would like to know- is there any way I can possibly FIX it? And if not, how can I make sure this never happens to me again?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kimono style shirt....men's dress shirt no more! on: February 12, 2007 06:45:49 AM
Wow!  Shocked Great job! I think that you had the right idea making it into a kimono- the print looks so Japanese! I would have never thought of it...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Knitter! WOO! I need some help though.... on: February 12, 2007 06:43:44 AM

3. You can either cast on with larger needles, and then change to the smaller ones a couple of rows in - or block your stuff. Blocking is a process where you basically wet the item, and then pin it out flat so it dries in a flatter shape.
This page is helpful for knowing how to block particualr types of yarn.

Thanks! I was wondering about blocking. But I agree with everyone that my problems probaby stem from a)death-gripping the needles and yarn (its a bad habit that I am trying to break myself of), and b) casting on too tightly. It doesn't look like there are more rows than the rest of the scarf but the beginning part looks way tighter. I bookmarked the page on blocking and will have to try it out!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Knitter! WOO! I need some help though.... on: February 12, 2007 06:39:21 AM

3.  How tight do you cast on?  If your first few rows are smaller than the rest, and you aren't adding stitches accidently (I did that a LOT at first - I had to count stitches and go back quite frequently), then it's probably your casting on.  Relax your wrists, maybe do the two-needle casting on she describes in the original S&B (just casting on to both needles then pulling one out before starting to knit).  That would also help with the curling if it's caused by really tight stitches... Although, if you're knitting in stockinette, curling is a fact of life.  Blocking afterward  helps though.

I am not really sure how tightly I cast on. The project I am doing now is just a continuation of my initial trial knitting (I made two rows and then said, "What the hell; I'll make a scarf and get some serious practice in).

I did the two-needle cast-on which I think is great. But I know I am using really cheap aluminum needles and really cheap yarn (the acrylic Super Saver kind)... would that make the end curl up at all?

I am sure its in the book, but I have to learn more about blocking. I know its my first project and I want it to look kind of nice... even though its got some holes from skipped stitches.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felted Pincushion Tutorial/Instructions? on: February 12, 2007 06:33:26 AM
Kewl, so are the instructions on Marthas website or?

$25 really isnt that much for a unique handmade item like that...IMHO, mind you I like to be paid a decent wage, otherwise I might as well go get a job somewhere...



Oh, I fully agree Brenda. $25 is not bad for a hand-crafted piece. In fact, I found out about Betz White's stuff because we did the same craft show last summer!

But the more I get into this "crafty business" the more I realize that its hard to buy someone else's stuff when you are a "starving artist" yourself. I am so glad Betz White was generous enough to share her technique on Martha Stewart so that those who couldn't easily afford to buy her stuff could take a crack at making it ourselves.
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