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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Any Hope for my stockinette scarf to un-curl? on: January 14, 2012 06:59:45 PM
 I don't know what I was thinking really...knitting my daughter a scarf using stockinette stitch and for some reason I thought two knit stitches along the edges would keep it from curling but it's not. It's about a foot and a half long already...I could start over but don't really want to. I don't remember where but read that you can use blocking to help flatten it? I'm using Debbie Stoller Sheep(ish) that's 30% wool.

Any tips on blocking if it might work?  Never done it before.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilting software for Embroidery Machine? on: August 12, 2009 07:13:54 PM
I was with my mom when she was looking for a new sewing machine a few days ago. As she was talking to the lady I wandered around the store and was looking at the embroidery software since my mom might get a machine, I was seeing if there was anything I was interested in (since I actually prefer embroidering by hand). 

Then I saw a CD that does quilting squares.  Just wondering if this could be a solution to having my quilt (that I haven't even started yet) quilted.  Instead of sending it off, or using a shop's longarm machine.   

I don't know ANYthing about machine embroidery or quilting...but my assumption on seeing this CD...will it quilt small blocks of my project?   I'm guessing, you put your quilt w/ batting and backing into the hoop and let the machine embroider these designs onto it...which would "quilt" it? 

Here's an example of one I could find online.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How much to get my quilt "quilted" by someone? on: August 09, 2009 07:37:01 PM
I'm brand new to this. Haven't even started yet, but I've always loved the weight and feel of quilts and am dying to make my own.

I dunno if I'm going to have the patience to actually quilt it myself...and worry about ruining the entire thing!  So I'm just wondering what the average cost is to have someone do the quilting part for me?

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Recommendation for new machine? on: August 06, 2009 09:34:46 PM
I searched, but couldn't find much...I know there's probably a big thread about it!

My mom received bad news. The shop was unwilling or unable to fix her Singer from the early 80's.  So she's now in the market for a new one - good news!   Grin  

Anyway. She's pretty experienced, will do a lot with it and has the means to invest in a good one, so cost isn't an issue.

Thanks for any help.  

5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hi again on: August 27, 2008 07:44:19 PM
Not really new, but I've been away for what seems like an eternity, I think just 2 years.  Had a baby, bought a house, new job and zero time for crafting and the internet, so now that Riley's almost 2 and I'm finishing up projects from a couple years ago, I'm needing inspiration for new projects Smiley 

Now to get sucked back in and find out what all has changed, the site looks great! 
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / How to make giant outdoor candy canes? on: December 08, 2006 10:08:51 AM
My dad goes all out decorating their house for Christmas.  The one thing he's always wanted were 8 foot tall lit candy canes to go on each side of the house.  Neither one of us has ever seen one, and we can't come up with a good way to make it.

He would LOVE it to be curved, but a giant candy can pole would be okay too.

He also wants it to light up, but not be transparent, so the colors will show and maybe still look good during the day.

I can't think of how to do this, so I figured with so many creative people on here, SOMEone's got to have some ideas  Grin  Thanks!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Small pillow pattern? on: July 26, 2006 05:08:50 PM
I'm making a small pillow to hang from my daughter's doorknob, with her name embroidered on it.  Anyone happen to have a cute, simple pattern for something like this? I'm not even sure how to start searching online.  Even any ideas on how I could make a pattern - I don't trust myself to draw freehand. 
8  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Monkey Love bib on: July 18, 2006 02:12:25 PM


I finished this on Sunday. Took 6 hours to pick out patterns, colors and finish stitching - fastest I've ever done anything  Smiley

It's white, but doesn't really show up very white on my computer because I didn't use a flash. The fabric's probably not all that great for a bib, but oh well.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need help with a pattern on: July 08, 2006 10:33:14 PM
I'm sure this is probably like asking "What does k stand for" so I apologize, I'm still quite a beginner.  I've knitted a few things, but all simple scarves.

I want to knit this, http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-diagonalBabyBlanket.html but I'm not really sure what this means:

Next row Knit 3, yo, k 2.
Next row Knit 3, yo, k 3.
Next row Knit 3, yo, knit to end.
Repeat last row until there are 126 stitches on needle.

Does it basically mean that each new row you knit one more after the yo, like k2, next row, k3, k4,k5, etc until you get to the last row that would be Knit 3, yo, k 126??  Or does it automatically end up at 126 sts from the yo's and "knit to end" is as simple as knitting to the end of the row? (which actually just occurred to me).

I tend to expect things to be harder and more complicated than they actually are.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / Kitsch! Live! on: June 05, 2006 03:23:17 PM


I used popsicle sticks for the back speakers, pom poms for their heads, the audience the drummer's seat, the front amps and the colored part of the lights. I used pipe cleaners for their bodies, instruments, the framing stuff for the lights, and the audiences arms.  The floor, the bass drum and the lightning bolts are all felt, and the band logo was a photoshop add-on at the last minute Smiley  The drum sticks are toothpicks.  (The background is a horrid shirt of my husbands that he has never worn.)


I can't keep the entire thing because of my cats, they've already destroyed the light structure  Angry but I AM keeping the drummer, he turned out so cute.

All the ideas just kept coming forme, and it was ALL so much fun to make because of each idea, I love working on details. I would've added hair, but it was so hard to keep their heads attached in the first place...  The lights were just bent pieces of pipecleaners w/ tiny pompoms glued to the ends.  The only thing I didn't get a chance to do was to draw a brand logo on the popsicle stick speakers - my husband had to run off to a wrestling show and took the camera. I had less than a minute to take the last picture!  (I had it all done a LONG time ago, but had to add the popsicle stick speakers today.)
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