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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / washing a wool sweater?? on: October 16, 2005 02:21:00 PM
Is there a way to do this without completely destroying it? Its a long, pink, cabled, sweater-coat made in Ireland of merino wool. It says Dry Clean ONLY but Im hoping theres a way to safely wash it at home because I wear it alot and as you can see, its getting pretty dirty! I was thinking of using cold water in gentle cycle with Woolite and laying flat to dry. Or should I just not risk it ?
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How can I turn a red hat pink? on: September 18, 2005 04:55:36 PM
I have a red baseball cap in 100% cotton that I want to turn pink. I never wear baseball caps but I would if I had a pink one. Its sitting in my washing machine with bleach right now soaking...its been 30 minutes....nothing! Any other suggestions would be appreciated, Im just trying to be careful because I dont want it to turn white.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Crochet/knit fashions photo album on: September 14, 2005 07:54:55 PM
 Since I have started crocheting (and knitting) I have noticed soooo many fashions that use these mediums. In the stores, and in catalogs. I always take notice of these things now and check the prices on these items whenever I see them and alot of times say to myself " I could make that for so much cheaper!"  A few months ago I ordered a pair of cable-knit clogs *shoes* from NewportNews catalog on sale for $11. They are so comfy and look so cool . Obviously theres no way I could knit shoes myself, thats why I ordered them, but this particular company has some beautiful crochet fashions. I got their Fall catalog in the mail today and thought to myself again..." I could probably make that"... instead of paying between $40-$70 for what they want. Anyway, it inspired me to look for patterns and possibly duplicate some of their designs. I made a photo album so you could see some of what they have, it was to image heavy to post here.


And heres a link to the NewportNews website, they do have sale & clearance items & sometimes you can find a good deal *like the clogs pictured in the photo album, they were in clearance section, I got them in black & their oh soo comfy & match my cable-knit black sweater perfectly!*

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / No-sew fleece blanket instructions link on: September 10, 2005 09:57:42 PM
This is a tutorial on how to make an inexpensive, no-sew, fleece blanket. Fleece is very cozy, washable, and comes in endless colors & prints (even Disney and Precious Moments) Perfect for a last minute, easy gift. They sell similar blankets as kits to make, but its just as easy to buy the fleece and make it yourself. I know 3 people expecting babys this year and Im going to make these. Heres the step-by-step instruction link: &  ALL YOU NEED IS FLEECE, SCISSORS & PINS !!!!   Shocked  I cant believe how easy this is and how cute they are!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Turn old sweaters into totes on: September 05, 2005 10:45:29 AM
This is an article from Womans Day magazine. Surprisingly this site has alot of good craft ideas.

16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / ghetto chicken on: September 04, 2005 01:38:01 AM
I made this up years ago when I was broke and had to feed my family with items I had on hand. All I had when I opened the fridge & cabinets one day was:

-  a pack of chicken breasts
-  ranch dressing
-  1/2 a bag of RedHot BB-Q chips

 * I also had ketchup and olives, but this recipe doesnt call for them.

Basically I coated the chicken first with ranch dressing, then in some crushed-up potato chip crumbs.
Then baked it in a 350-400 degree oven for about 20-25 mins. They ate the HELL out of it and wanted more! It sounds very bland & plain to do this with chicken, it must have been the combination of the ranch and the hot chips *not regular BBQ chips, but the super-hot kind in the red bag.
I have made this over and over since that day, and only get compliments when I use those kind of chips and HiddenValley ranch. Everyone loves this and asks me what its called....and the ony thing I can think of when I recall how desperate I was back then when I thought it up is  "ghetto chicken" 

These days I serve it with greens or black-eyed peas and rice.  Tongue
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / 'Dammit Doll' link..need ideas on: September 03, 2005 10:58:39 PM
I found this cute 'lil doll project and its not really a knit project, but it does use some yarn. Im trying to think of ways to modify it as a knit doll. Shouldnt be to hard. Any ideas ?  I would like to make some of these for all the stressed out people in my life.

18  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / [ACCEPTED] Barbie/fashion doll challenge on: August 24, 2005 07:49:37 PM
Make a Barbie or other fashion doll look as much like yourself as possible. Cut & dye its hair, paint on make-up, make it some clothes, glasses, jewelry etc., add padding where needed  Roll Eyes Then submit a picture of yourself, and your doll made to look like your twin.
Just a weird idea I just thought of.  Cry
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super E-Z Levi craft tote on: August 06, 2005 09:56:04 PM
Something I made to hold my knitting on-the-go. Roomy enough to hold a W.I.P, needles, & small book. Plus the pockets offer extra storage for notions.  No-sew project...only used scissors & hot glue. The embellishment is a 'lil wound up ball of cotton yarn and the needles are toothpicks with beads on the ends.

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ugly box make-over... on: August 06, 2005 09:39:37 PM
This is a 'gift-box' given to me by my boss. It had delicious cookies in it !  My boss is very nice.


I ate the delicious cookies inside, then turned the box into this......



The pant leg I used slid right onto the box tightly and I glued on the pockets & rivets.....I use it to store my scissors, glue sticks, hooks-n-needles and stash away the extra $$ my boss gave me in the raise that came along with the delicious cookies!!  Tongue
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