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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Silly newbie question on: November 01, 2005 01:50:15 AM
Crocheting newbie here. Can crochet the first row fine - but how on earth do you begin a second standard row of crochet? I can't figure it out for the life of me, and the videos confuse me.

Thanks for any help in advance, it's greatly appreciated.  Grin
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Elvis Costello on: October 26, 2005 03:04:29 PM
I have this horrible habit of not knowing when to say enough is enough, and usually end up ruining my drawings in the name of trying to improve.

The backround isn't done, though I may leave it. I'd like to improve on the eyes and lips (the glasses are wonky but I daren't touch them). Infact, in short, it's not finished. I've been told to keep my mits off it before I destroy it, and looking back at previous drawings, it's something I'm quite capable of.

Still I can't quite grasp hair, but the picture I was going off of wasn't overly great, though I'm happy with the likeliness.

Ladeis and gentleman, Elvis Costello...

And the original:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Winnie the Pooh Tabard on: October 18, 2005 01:13:22 AM
I got some Winnie the Pooh material from a charity (thrift) store about 4 weeks back. Kept saying I'd do something with it for my 2 year old niece, and eventually got round to doing it. She's in Australia, so I couldn't measure her. Sad I phoned my sister, and she had no tape measure.

I was going to make an apron with ties, and I was provided with a pattern, but decided to wing a Tabard instead.  I hemmed both the yellow backing and the pooh material, and then began cutting and sewing and such. The neck hole looks awful, but I can assure you it's the camera angle.

I was going to use poppers, but decided to go with velcro as it's easier, and she has a facination with it in which she could sit for an hour or so just playing with it.

Bear in mind it's Tuesday 9am here, and I've had 3 hours sleep since Saturday night/Waking sunday morning. I'm quite pleased with it. I'm sure she will be too, and Pooh's always a good incentive for her to put it on, to protect her clothes from paint and such.

I may stick a wee pocket in the front for her to carry her toycars in about the house as she tries to carry everything at once everywhere she goes.  Cheesy


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The Intarsia technique on: October 16, 2005 07:29:41 AM
Right, can anyone help me here? Bascially, it involves translating into simpleton terms for me. http://freeknittingpatterns.lionbrand.com/patterns/kms-floweredPurse.html

I made a red and white striped wash cloth, though I think I ran the colours up wrong as I loosened the last stitch, and pulled the other colours ball of yarn through. It's wrong, isn't it?

Of course, I'm not looking to do the above bag in the external link, but merely used it as an example of knitting er, patterns within patterns, if that makes sense? So does anyone have any links to help introduceme in the simplest of terms, to the Intarsia technique?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Birthday hat on: October 05, 2005 07:41:16 AM
I asked for a hat for my birthday, and loobylashes knitted me a cracker of a hat, size 3, on her dpns and circular needles. It's very snug and warm so it is. Top notch stuff.

Spared from the uglyness Cheesy

She also made me a Dark Side of the Moon pencil case - how cool?!

She also gave me two extra small condoms. At first, I though she was getting broody. Shocked Alas it wasn't tp be. They're called 'Trim' and not extra small (as obviously that is patronising to males challenged members!). For legal reasons, I can't post them with me posing in them. I however shall get her legless on rum, and teabag her in the near future, and the pictures shall be my trophy. Muhaha.

And also this fantastic pencil. I have a tendency to puke when I enter the big wide world, and almost covered her in my vomit (love sickness really  Kiss) so she got me a party pencil and wrote "Happy barfday" on it. Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dark Side of the Moon pencil case! on: October 05, 2005 07:39:08 AM
Made for me by Loobylashes for my birthday, for my admiration for all of Pink Floyd's work, especially DSOTM. I love it!

Green lining inside, and sewn on ribbon for the spectrums stripes. I love it!

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tiger, pencil work. on: September 07, 2005 06:16:35 AM
I drew this using one shade of pencil, a 3b. I used smudging techniques, and then used a green pencil to colour the eyes.

Criticism welcome.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Multicolour headwear on: September 07, 2005 02:18:41 AM
With my niece rapidly approaching 2 years old, I've decided to knit her something. During my stay with them (she's in Brisbane Sad) I learnt she loves head gear. Hats, headbands and such.

And here's the latest knitting I've done (I'm still a crafting beginner!) straight off the needles. One headband, and one kerchief, under the recommendation of loobylashes, who once again helped me through it all. Cheers sloth.  Kiss

Using size 4 wool, and size 4 1/2 needles, I made this kerchief, with plaits as ties, and wee bobbles on the end. Hopefully it'll fit her head:

And here is the headband, which is very stretchy, as modelled by yours truly. Look closely, and you see where I bodged up with the matress stitch, it's harldy noticeable though, and doesn't make much difference.

Recommendations for future knitted head gear and criticism very much welcomed.  Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Baby's headband question on: September 02, 2005 03:15:44 AM
Good morning crafters, I hope all you lovely wee cherubs are going to be crafting today.

I shall be, but first of all, I have a question for knitters. I should ask my sister, but I want it to be a surprise. And I can't do it myself, as the baby in question is 36,000 miles away in Australia. Sad

Now I know everyone is unique, and we're all different, so I'll need to work on an average - What is the average size of a 2 year old's head in circumfrence, where she will be wearing a headband?

Say for example it's 17", how big would I want the headband to be? It's a funky jazzy multicoloured 100% acrylic/Polyacryl/Acrylique, 100g wool. It's for 4mm needles UK size, which I think is 6, though don't quote me on it! I'm guessing it should be about 16" in width.

Thank's in advance,
A headband knitting newbie x
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mult-purpose beany on: June 18, 2005 10:58:14 PM
Firstly, I'm a newbie to knitting. 1 week old. I began to knit a scarf on size 6 needles with size 4 wool, which was tosh. And I wasn't purling correctly, and ended up with thousands of garter stitches all in all.  Cheesy At a library I met a friend who corrected me, whilst mocking my attempt at knitting.


So, after she corrected me in a library, we left to go shopping. I ended up buying a decent pair of size 6.5 needles, and size 6 wool. I had a pattern for a beanie, and I began knitting and purling. However, instead of stitching 2 knits, and purling 2, I stitches 2 rows and purled 2 rows, so ended up with a horizontal effect. After the 9th row, I had increased from the original 64 cast-ons, to 80 stitches. I'm a knit-wit, nightmare.  Cheesy

Here is the end product - Strike a pose at 3am!

Here is it from behind. You can see where the big tab is from where I increased by almost two douzen. Without the use of a yarn needle, I did make good use of a metal hair clip.  Grin

And it also come in handy for other things. Overnight, it kept me old doris' gyraniums nice and warm in her hanging basket!

And finally, who couldn't resist it? The bodge-up-crocked-scarf becomes a great makeshift mat/cloth, and the woolen hat, and plant cozy, is infact a tea cozy!

Tune in next week for some more great knitting horrors, as I attempt to knit a cardigan, and end up with an elephant balaclava.  Cheesy
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