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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Functional kitchen furniture on: April 14, 2005 09:46:52 AM
From your shopping list I think I can pretty much figure this out, but one question: what's the square molding for?

I'm excited to start this project...hopefully have it done for the boy's birthday!
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Functional kitchen furniture on: April 07, 2005 11:04:56 AM
I've been thinking about something like this for our kitchen (with *no* shelving to speak of) for our massive collection of cast-iron cookware. I've never done any nailing of wood together, though...would you mind posting a bit about how you put it together? (I have a friend who will cut the wood to size for me).

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wanted: projects that won't take forever to make! on: March 15, 2005 09:17:40 AM
I know you want a link, but I'm at school not home. Why not make miter-square coasters? I've made about 6 of them while on public transportation to/from school, I think they take about 45 min or so for each one.

CO 40 sts; put marker in the middle (so 20 sts are before the marker, 20 sts are after it).
Row 1: Knit all sts.
Row 2: K all sts to 2 before marker; k2tog, slip marker, k2tog, K to end (you should now have 19 sts before and 19 sts after the marker)
Row 3: Knit all sts.
Row 4: same as row 2.
Repeat this til you get down to 4 sts, then: k2tog, slip marker, k2tog, turn; remove marker, k the last two sts together, pull tail through to BO. Oh, and weave in ends.

If you use wool yarn, it'll hold 30% its weight in water before it feels wet...making for a great, absorbant coaster. Plus, they look cool while you're knitting.

24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Housewarming/Thank You gift? on: March 04, 2005 08:47:40 AM
My boy's cousin fixed my car up for me (doused himself in gasoline in the process..exciting), and I would like to give/make him a thank-you/housewarming gift (he and his long-term girlfriend just bought a condo, gutted it, and are fixing it up again).

Any ideas are helpful...they're early-mid 20's, he's a parttime mechanic/driver and she's in grad school for speech pathology. Pretty regular folks around here LOL.

25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: it's never too early on: March 03, 2005 08:42:11 AM
Why not mini-scrapbooks? I have several that hang on my tree (I bought a kit a few years ago with page templates/cover templates and chipboard for the covers)...mine are about 3 1/2 inches square. You can personalize them with papers, and then choose a theme for each (or all)...put a ribbon hanger in the spine, and they can hang the scrapbook on their tree.

I gave an accordion-type book to my boyfriend's grandmother for xmas last year, and she really enjoyed it. This year I'm putting together a photo tree for her made of dowels, with a wooden block for each family member, pics on 4 sides, and painted (I think I'm gonna use those page pebbles over the photos). She's developing dementia, so photos are a good thing for her.

Good for you for thinking ahead...and good luck!
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: geometric pattern throw on: February 27, 2005 04:19:20 PM
That is absolutely fantastic! Curiosity: how much of each color yarn are you using (I'm assuming it's a worsted weight, since you're using an I hook)? How did you estimate how much yarn you would need?

That pattern is great; I've been looking for something to crochet up as a housewarming gift for a classmate/friend...I may be borrowing your inspiration!

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Slightly Demented Slip-Stitch Cardigan on: February 27, 2005 04:10:08 PM
Ha! I've been eyeing your avatar for quite a while...I had hoped it was something you created! That is an absolutely fantastic sweater! One of my personal goals this year is to learn mosaic knitting (aka slip stitch), and seeing that sweater makes me think that I, too, can make something as wonderous!

BTW, was this your first try at slip stitch? And, does it make more sense as you move along? I've tried following the quasi-directions at knitty.com but all I did was frustrate myself. (mental note: check out that book mentioned!)

28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How to finish seams? on: February 25, 2005 11:20:04 AM
How does everyone finish off their seams? I wasn't bothered by a frayed mass of thread inside my clothes in the past, but I guess I've gotten more finicky. I'm wondering how everyone else finishes the seams inside their garments...preferably with*out* a serger, since I have none...only a 55+ year old sewing machine.

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Knits: Cabled Sweater - to short row or not to short row? on: February 23, 2005 07:23:39 PM
For those of us less brave (like myself!) to try adding short-row shaping without a guide, http://www.magknits.com has a black t-shirt type top that was made by a busty gal, and her directions seem very clear in regards to how to adjust for your cup size. I'm looking forward to making the top as a 'practice' garment. Oh, and it's currently the pic on the home page.

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Patchwork Advice? on: February 02, 2005 08:04:35 AM
Being suitably impressed with the patchwork clothes I've seen here, I'm going to step in that direction myself. But I have a couple questions (because I want my clothes to be durable), addressed to those of you who have made those kickin duds:

1) Do you back the fabric with interfacing or something, to make it "wear"/last longer?
2) Do you strip-piece your fabrics, or cut many tiny squares and piece them up?
3) Do you back the finished part (ie, pantleg inserts) with anything; and if not, how do you keep all those edges from fraying up?

Thank you for the answers, and the inspiration! Keep on...
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