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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can't Stop Knitting on: October 02, 2008 08:22:35 PM
Seriously. I should be doing about 8 other things. But no. I keep knitting. I stopped in the middle of posting this several times.

Anyone have suggestions? What's the longest time you've spent knitting without actually stopping to do something else?

And does anyone know why, despite the fact that I've been knitting all night, it seems like hardly any length has been accomplished? It's fingerless gloves, it's not like this is a sweater! *knit knit knit*
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Creating a Lace Pattern Advice on: July 12, 2008 04:24:12 PM

I'm a pretty accomplished lace knitter -- but I'm a little intimidated at trying to write out my own pattern for a design. I just haven't quite gotten then mental leap from what I'm knitting to why it *had* to be that way to turn out right, if that makes sense. I'm explaining badly.

Does anyone know of some good resources for pattern-drafting, particularly for lace designwork? I have something I want to do up in lace, but no idea how to convert the pretty picture into the lace design.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Biohazard Scarf on: May 24, 2008 02:49:31 PM
I made this for the science is art swap. The DNA cable is the http://www.twosheep.com/helix/ pattern, the biohazard is from here: http://lystessa.blogspot.com/

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Weird places to put supplies on: March 22, 2008 06:20:09 PM
Okay. I've gotten curious. About the weirdest place I've ever stashed crafting supplies is on top of books on a bookshelf -- bits of yarn decorating. However, I'm forever finding stories of wierd places people store things for crafting -- toasters, the oven, under the bathroom sink, etc.

And I'm bored. And running out of space for yarn. So I need some ideas.  Wink

So what's the weirdest place you've ever stashed crafting supplies?
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fawkes! on: March 22, 2008 08:47:21 AM
I just made this for the "We miss harry potter" swap, and since my partner has received, I want to show it off. I'm quite pleased with it.

Fawkes on the Sorting Hat:

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Mystifying the Husband... on: January 29, 2008 05:57:32 PM
So I come home from work and my husband says, "I can't figure out WHY there is a glass dish with paper in the bottom on top of the stove."

"Oh," I said. "I was baking."

Now, I barely use the kitchen -- he does all the cooking -- and gives me a terribly puzzled look. "Baking? Baking what??"

"You know, things. Out of clay."

"OH. You were CRAFTING. So I can get rid of the paper and plate?"

"Yeah, I'm all done."

Hee.  Grin
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Thread frays/snaps on: October 24, 2007 06:00:32 PM
Hey everyone.

Every time I sew, suddenly, my needle thread frays and snaps. At first I thought it was just because I was sewing through several layers of fleece and trim, but I just started sewing a costume out of light polyester and snap, snap, snap grrrrrrrrrrr.

I have mucked about with the bobbin tension, the bobbin housing, the needle tension, the needle itself, the stitch length, the stitch type, the type of thread, which way the thread sits on my spindle, all to no avail.

Anyone have any ideas? I really don't want to take it to a shop, although I suppose I probably should. Goodness knows I've never had maintenance done on it -- it's worked dead perfect for 10 years. (Unlike my serger, which no longer chains, after a needle snapped very violently, and I've just never taken it in for repair due to not having a lot of sewing projects. Now I've got sewing projects, and the sewing machine hates me. Bleh.)

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Very First Pattern I Made Up Myself on: July 31, 2007 07:47:47 PM
Yet another pair of fingerless gloves. The pattern is my own, although not so terribly difficult or anything. However, it's my very first pattern I made up myself, so I'm terribly proud of them anyway.

Made using Berroco Bonsai, which was a dream to knit up. I think I was using size 4 needles. CO 40 stitches. The gold at the wrist is a simple 1x1 rib for 8 rows. The black was stockinette with a K2tog, YO, K2, YO, S1 K1 psso, starting at stitch 12. Knit flat and sew up the side seam, leaving a 1 - 1.5 inch gap for your thumb.

However, the basic pattern stitch will work regardless of size or number of stitches -- just fit it to your hands.

Afterwards, I ran a length of the gold back through the YOs and then tied a floppy little bow...
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "Harry Potter" wand on: July 08, 2007 08:39:47 AM
A Harry Potter-esque wand! Made from instructions here:


Yes, it's a regular piece of paper, painted and dripped with hot glue.

A closeup on the detailing:

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES / Queen of Peacocks and Stars on: July 04, 2007 11:46:59 AM
My Hera Diadem (close enough to a tiara). I love peacocks.

And here I am modeling it (in my closet, of all places)

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