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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fingernail Protectors (with pattern) on: August 22, 2005 04:07:13 AM
One of my friends is starting at the Yehudi Menuhin (or however the hell you spell it) School this September.  (It's a really exclusive music school).  She plays classical guitar, and has to keep the fingernails on her left hand long.  As a leaving present, I made her these:

fingernail protectors!  Along with some personalised manuscript paper (as she has all her best composition ideas in the middle of the night, it says "Laura's 3AM Music" along the top) and a CD of flute and guitar music (because I play the flute and we used to duet a lot).


Small ball DK weight yarn
3 double pointed needles ... not sure about size, but tension needs to be tightish

Little finger:
CO 8 sts to one of the needles
*K1, Sl1 p-wise * rep from * until end of row onto another needle
Carry on knitting in this way on two needles until work is long enough to cover fingernail
Sl first stitch onto other needle, then Sl the second onto different needle.  Sl alternate stitches until there are four on each needle.  The work should resemble a little open bag.
Cast off.  Turn inside out.  Tidy ends.

For thumb:  CO 12 sts and do same as for little finger

For other fingers: CO 10 sts and do same as for little finger.

I'm not sure if these have any kind of practical application, as they fall off as soon as you move your fingers quickly.  However, I think they'll be appreciated as a joke present ^_^
42  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Can we put pictures in our signatures? on: August 18, 2005 08:05:16 AM
I've searched for this, but it hasn't come up with anything (and sorry if this isn't the right board)

Why can't I have a picture in my little "signature"?  Am I doing it wrong or is it impossible?
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / An imaginative use for candy on: August 18, 2005 07:54:22 AM
So I bought a load of strawberry laces this morning...

Well, it would be against all my crafty sensibilities not to, wouldn't it?

(I'm eating it as I type.  Hurrah for scoubidou!)
44  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gay 16th birthday - HELP! on: July 27, 2005 09:16:23 AM
A (male) friend of mine has invited me to his 16th.  I don't really know him that well - just that he's gay (and likes the smell of board markers, but I have rejected that as a gift idea).

Besides the obvious (condoms, which I may well be to embarrassed to buy), can anyone think of something I could make for the poor boy?
45  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Business website contractors...? on: July 22, 2005 01:20:37 PM
So, all of you with selling websites:

How many of you made them yourself using a pre-built program (like Zencart or Paypal carts) or using your own programming, and how many of you hired someone to do it for you?  If so, how much did it cost and was it worth it?  If not, do you think that a contractor could have done a better job?  Or have any of you been paid to make selling websites for people? 

How about Etsy?  Has anyone had any problems with it?

(gee, that's a lot of questions all at once)
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