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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I need some sympathy... on: August 01, 2005 12:33:52 AM
I'm only posting this because I know many of you can relate.

I had a horrible crafting day today.

I frantically finished sewing a gypsy skirt (with lining) for dinner tonight with the boy's family; my sewing machine is 60+ years old, and refuses to make stitches longer than "1" (no 2, no 6; just 1.), that are impossible to rip out. We're 1/2 hr late to see the family, I sew up the waistband and THE SKIRT IS TOO TIGHT AROUND MY HIPS. I measured and drafted for my hips (widest part of me), and it somehow is 1" too narrow. And I can't rip out the seams and re-sew...see the problem with stitch length above.

So we have dinner (I'm wearing pants), then the four of us (boy, Mom, Sister, and me) sit around and do needlework. I'm halfway through our Marquior Story tree(http://perso.wanadoo.fr/passion.broderie/grilles/marquoirisav/marquoirstorysomm.htm found here at Craftster), when it is decided that the color blends too well with my background, and I must rip it out. Oh, and it's 100% single ply silk thread on 32 ct linen (NOT evenweave, just linen), and it's only taken me, oh, about 3 hours of constant work to get where I'm at now. Need I mention I'm the most behind out of the four of us stitchers? Now I'm doubly-behind.

Some days I just wish I wasn't so damn crafty. I think it's gonna send me to an early grave!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Monogram...is this right? Or offensive? on: June 23, 2005 03:33:09 PM
I'm monogramming a set of sheets for a wedding gift (my boy's sister) (well, I'm monogramming the top sheet, have knitted lace a la Melanie Falik's "Weekend Knitting" for the pillowcases). I have it on VERY GOOD AUTHORITY that the bride will be taking the groom's last name.

So, I'm wondering: the Last Initial goes in the middle; is there some sort of "rule" for whose first initial goes where? The design I have in mind would look great with: bride, LAST, groom (because I could add flourishes to the letters: it would be: mBc). But is it wrong to put the bride's first initial first?

Someone out there must know this...
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / More Lucky help: Sleeves? on: June 20, 2005 06:13:26 PM
I've mastered the lace pattern, knitted the fronts and back.

Now, I need to master the sleeves. I've seen multiple posts of people who have 'adjusted' the sleeves, so they are not bell-like, are longer/shorter, but CANNOT FIND ANYONE WHO'S POSTED THEIR CHANGES TO THE PATTERN. Well, I've found one adjustment for cap sleeves, but I can't wear cap sleeves (upper arms...sigh).

I've searched this site; I've searched the 2005 KAL; I've searched the SnB message boards; and I've looked at a couple dozen blogs of people who have made this sweater. No dice. I've struggled so long on this sweater (including re-knitting the right front **4** times), I really want to finish it up and be proud of all the effort I've put forth.

Anyone who's knit this pattern and changed the sleeves, would you mind posting the changes you've made? Or emailing me, or something? I'd really appreciate it!

4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Question about the Clover Wrap (help needed) on: May 13, 2005 07:24:45 AM
Okay, so I'm an idiot. I've read over all the posts about this sweater, and I see EVERYone is successful with the lace pattern.

And I would be, too, but the whole shaping thing is throwing me off...I can't seem to figure out how to "stay in pattern" and still reduce my sts. (In my defense, I've done other patterns and had the same problem).

Anyone who has knit (at least the back!) of this sweater: can you give me pointers on how to maintain the clover lace pattern *AND* shape the sweater?!?

5  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.

6  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.

7  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...
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Sampler sentiment ideas? on: December 30, 2004 06:26:02 PM
My boyfriend's best friend is getting married this summer, and I'm embroidering the couple a large-ish wedding sampler as a gift. I'm making the design myself, based off their interests and our guild stuff (we're all Ren Faire/SCA people). But I'm stuck for the type of sentiment I should put in the middle; I'd like it to be a quote (preferably not a bible verse) or it can be long-ish...any ideas?

For some background on the couple, this is his 2nd marriage and her first (he's making it very very special for her because of this); they both have kids from previous relationships that're blending into one big family (12yo girl; 6yo boy and 5yo girl). I want to include all 5 names in the sentiment/written part as well.

Anyone have any ideas, or where I can go to look for something?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My FuzzyFeet are FELTING TOGETHER on: December 17, 2004 08:19:41 PM
I'm about ready to felt up my second pair tonight. The first pair (first socks, first felting) turned into FuzzyFeet of Shame because the insides felted together in places, even though I was checking them in the washer.. Ugh.

 ((Note: the second pair I made I felted by hand in the sink, but I can't do that with this pair because I injured my hand this afternoon and can't submerge my right thumb in water or use it at all until the skin knits back together. Don't ask.)

Any suggestions on keeping these from becoming another pair of sock-shaped felted coasters? Has anyone else experienced this with bags or anything? Or am I the only one? (probably so).

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / *WHY* would you do this to an afghan??? Help! on: December 04, 2004 01:14:12 PM
I've only been crocheting for 3 years, and 2 years ago (after completing 3 projects) I made my kid sister (15 at the time) a striped blanket for xmas. To visualize: four colors, changing every row (black, heather grey, sparkly grey, red, then repeat) in a shell/V type pattern. I didn't carry the yarns down the side, just cut really long tails then wove them in at the end.

Well, last week she dumps this trash bag in my lap and asks me to 'fix' her blanket cuz its coming apart. Meaning: she started picking at the edges, so some of it is unwoven and some of it is just loose, and there are ends poking out everywhere. Mind you: SHE PICKED AT THE EDGES TO SEE IF IT WOULD COME APART. Did I mention she hates handmade gifts? But loves blankets. Go figure.

So, I envision this: reworking the edges of said afghan, then going around and edging it in sc to keep it all 'bound' (yes, I would have done this originally, but it was my 4th project, first blanket, and I didn't know about edging things yet).

The help I need: how do I get the ends all wove back in? Some should be easy, but in a few places (maybe 12-15), she's picked apart some of the V's in the pattern, and I don't know how to go back in and rework it from the 'inside'. Dig?

And, before you say to 1)frog it 2)make a new one or 3)forget it, she's unappreciative, keep in mind: 1) I don't have time, I'm in  grad school, 2)I don't have money to buy new yarn, I'm in grad school, and 3) she's my kid sister, after all.

who would like you to know: NONE of her other crocheted things have EVER fallen apart. Ever.
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