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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fancy Griptape on: February 20, 2011 04:54:31 PM
So, Mr. Determined has accumulated quite a few longboards recently.  He got a snazzy one for cheap right after Christmas and decided it needed to be extra pretty.  He designed it; I drew and cut it.  The middle is from some artwork by Alex Grey, the paisley is off the bottom of the board (which is Michael Miller fabric), and the question marks are the board brand's logo.

The bottom.  Pretties!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sev(en) Circle Scarf on: February 20, 2011 04:46:15 PM
I knit this for my coworker in a secret snowflake gift exchange.  It's a very easy and fast pattern with satisfying results.  I believe this is in Fleece Artist Sea Wool.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Your Quest is Over - Mario and Peach on: February 20, 2011 04:41:32 PM
I stitched this as a wedding shower/ housewarming gift.  They are both wonderfully geeky and  planning a Mario-themed game room in their first house!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What 10 objects define us? on: March 13, 2009 09:42:57 PM
For my museum anthropology course, we have to pick a subculture or group of which we are a part and then choose the 10 most important or defining objects of that group.  So, what objects define us or are most important to you?

So far I'm thinking:
--"performance" needles, like addi turbos or the knitpicks interchangeables
--Stitch 'N Bitch by Debbie Stoller
--cute stitch markers
--yarn (but what kind?)

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / EZ Baby Surprise Jacket sizing on: October 24, 2007 06:46:54 AM
How big is this supposed to be?  I'm getting the gauge of 6sts/in, but when I fold it up, the chest measurement is only 15", and according to several other patterns I found, the 0-3 month size should be 18-20".  I'm up to picking up stitches for the button band, and I can't see it magically growing 3-5".  I need to have two of these done by this weekend. 

I've never knit baby things before and the last time I was around a baby I was about 10 myself, so I'm really in the dark.  Is it supposed to be this small or do I frog and go up a needle size?  On a side note, the family lives in Texas, so bigger isn't always better.  I don't want it to fit them in the middle of the summer.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / My new antique wheel! Anyone know where I can find more about her? on: August 01, 2007 12:03:10 PM
This will probably be a long story, but it just shows how we were meant to be.  Otherwise just skip down to the pictures.

Every year my mom, sister and I go to Wisconsin to visit my mom's side of the family.  It's a bit boring up there if you're not on a lake, which leads to us going unusual places for the sake of doing something.  There's an old farmhouse / antique store behind my grandparents' house, which we used to go to, but it was never worth it.  The only item ever purchased was soap, so we haven't been in 5 years or so.  (Though the ruins of the stone barn and silo are pretty spiffy.)  This year, my mom wanted to go just to see if it had changed, and I immediately thought, "spinning wheel!"  Of course I didn't say anything, because that would ruin my chances.  A quick trot across the road (including being whistled at by a truck driver), and the same old same old.  Piles of ugly wool cloth and the fat orange tabby.  But there, in the second room, sat a glorious spinning wheel, backlit by the afternoon sun!  Like she was waiting for me.  I ran over to her and gave my mom my best puppy face.  She gave me her "you really should have been born in the olden days" look.  I explained to her that she NEEDED to come home with me, otherwise someone would buy her for decoration, and she would sit unused and sad forever.  (I actually got to write a short story about a very sad and angry wheel who never got used for one of my upper division classes.  Hurrah college!)  A quick inspection revealed all the parts were there and original (and stuck together with grime and bits of wool), minus the drive band and possibly two bobbins.  But it still had two, so that was mighty fine with me.  I was then dragged off to look at the rest of the house.  After being convinced that I couldn't run back across one of the busiest roads in the county with it, we agreed to leave it and come back in a few days after hitting up other antique shops.  
I did find 2 other wheels, but both weren't nearly as pretty or in as good shape.  My grandpa (an amazing woodworker) said he would make me a wheel, but after researching that route, it proved to be the most expensive option.  He is making me some more bobbins though!
Tuesday, the magic day arrived.  We took the car this time, and after a very short discussion and much caressing of the wheel, she was in the car for a mere $225.  Quite a bargain, I think.  (Never mind how much it cost to ship her home to Dallas...)

On to the pictures!

A very pleased me treadling away.  Never mind that I didn't have anything to spin.  She is a bit wobbly with the wheel and flyer off, but very sturdy together.  She also runs completely silent, and I didn't have any problems with keeping the wheel going in the right direction.  She's very broken in.  I've named her Estelle, because I got a very very strong vibe of that name when I first saw her at the shop.  The owner told us the ghost of the "spinster" (as in never married) daughter of the original German couple who built the farm tends to hang out downstairs, as she died in the parlor.  So maybe she knows something and told me Estelle.

side.  The horizontal bar in the middle is a metal rod that goes through one of the wheel supports and into the bottom of the maiden.  It hold the extra bobbins, which aren't shown.

head on

small parts: flyer, pulley (both are threaded), bobbin, pins that hold the wheel on.

Underside, showing the cap on the end of the screw for the maiden.  The whole maiden/tension system works via a large wooden screw.  Also, the most accurate shot of the blue color.

Tiny woodburned design on the tension nob, and best shot of the red-orange color.

The footman.  I love it especially.  It was starting to split at the top, so someone cut a little groove around it and fit in some wire.  The very tidy wrapping  between the keyhole like bit and and stick bit is also wire.

The only sad parts are I can't have her until xmas (nooo!) and I know nothing about her history.  Which is where I'm hoping you lovely spinners will come in.  

Here's what else I know:
--26" wheel
--most likely made out of maple
--originally died a red-orange, then a navy blue.  It's not anything like today's paint.
--I bought her in Waukesha, WI, but before me she was bought at auction.
--Orifice is about the size of a pencil.
--Whoever had her first treadled with her left foot.

I'd just like to know what country or area she was made in, and about how old she is.  At auction she was reported to be at least 200.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends goes to the craft store! on: June 08, 2007 07:16:06 PM
I saw the best episode of Foster's today, and I thought I'd share because there seem to be quite a few people who love the show on here.  The episode was new today and called "Say It Isn't Sew."  Bloo goes with Madame Foster to the fair, but on the way she pops a button has has to stop at the craft store for "just a jiff," and as we all know, there is no such thing as a quick trip to the craft store.  Craft-related hijinks ensue as Bloo attempts to escape the store.  (Clearly crafty people wrote this episode--my sister said it's exactly like when I drag her to Joann's.)  Oh man, it was wonderful!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Is Hobby Lobby getting less crafty too?! on: April 08, 2007 10:04:23 AM
I went to the new Hobby Lobby in Norman, OK yesterday, and it was scary!  Over half the store was fugly home dec stuff, and I've never seen so many fake flowers.  There was only an aisle and a half of yarn, and very little fabric.  Most of it was fur, fleece, or seasonal.  Hobby Lobby never has much for notions or thread, but this was sad.  The only craft section that didn't suffer was scrapbooking and the kiddie Christian crafts.  (There's a Mardel in the same building, so why the need to have more in Hobby Lobby, I don't know.)
My mom noticed there was less yarn and fabric at the stores in Plano, TX too, so she asked one of the ladies at the cutting table.  She said they were going to get rid of the home dec fabric completely, and cut back on the other fabric as well.  She didn't know about the yarn, but guessed they were cutting back there too.
Anyone heard anything about this?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / fake dog bones for chewing? on: February 25, 2007 05:40:08 PM
We just got a pit mix, and she LOVES to chew.  She also eats everything she chews on.  We don't want to give her rawhide or real bones because they're bad for her tummy.  She likes the fake bones, like these:

The problem is she needs the big ones and goes through one a day easily.  At $4 a bone, that's not going to happen.  Any recipe for a similar edible chew or something she can gnaw on for a while would be lovely!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / felt starbucks owls on: December 29, 2006 05:21:44 PM
inspired by the night owl here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=131935.0

i decided my best friend needed a pair of starbucks owls to go with the mugs i got her for christmas.  i glued a super magnet inside each of them, so they can live near coffee.  here they are in their natural habitat, the fridge.
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