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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lion Brand Homespun Yarn on: May 11, 2006 10:28:04 PM
Hi.  I just started my first knitting project today, and I chose to use Lion Brand Homespun Yarn.  It's turning out to be more of a challenge than I expected.  Does anyone have any tips for keeping even tension with the yarn?  I've used it crocheting and didn't have this problem.  Just when I started knitting (or maybe it's cuz I've only been knitting since 8 hours ago and am still an uber-newbie!).  Thanks.
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Custom Crochet Hooks on: May 10, 2006 11:16:27 PM
Hey!  Just wanted to say that I figured out a great, CHEAP! way of making your crochet hooks custom fit your hand.  I know there are lots of posts about using fimo clay and baking it, but I don't like doing that because you can't remove it.  My way is cheap and, if you ever need to remove it, you can.  I use the Crayola Model Magic stuff.  I put a two inch long glob on the flattened portion of my hook.  Then I start to crochet (holding the hook lightly, but hard enough to make an impression on the model magic) and make my finger imprint on the hook.  Then I use a straight pin to carve the hook size into one edge of the model magic.  Then, I set it aside for two or three days to dry and, voila!, a custom fit crochet hook.  As a bonus, the model magic dries slightly squishy (not enough to really notice, unless you mash on it hard) so your hands not only don't cramp, but they are slightly padded.  I'm sorry I don't have any photos right now, but just thought I'd share my method.  You can buy model magic for real cheap at Target, WalMart, Hobby Lobby, and Crayola.com.
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Doggie Treat Bags on: May 06, 2006 11:57:34 PM
I have to hand-make my dog's treat biscuits because she is allergic to the flour used in regular store-bought treats.  I usually bake up 5-6 dozen at a time, so I give some away as gifts.  I decided to make some little treat bags/boxes to use for the gifts.  Here is the result.  The bags and the bone shape were cut on Ellison die-cuts (I cut a whole bunch in other colors too!), then the doggie motif was stamped on and the writing added.  The bone is held on with scrapbooking eyelets and a hemp cord tied in a bow.  Hope you like it.
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yarn Book Organizer I Made. on: May 03, 2006 07:11:11 PM
I've had the hardest time keeping up with what yarns I have in my stash, so here's what I made to help keep up with them.  The yarns themselves are in plastic storage tubs.  To organize, I use a 3-ring binder with business card plastic page protetors.  I then created a template card on my computer which I print out on business card printer paper.  When I get a new yarn, I write down all the information about the yarn on the card.  I snip a little sample and staple it to the card as well. Then I put the yarn in my plastic yarn box in my closet.  If I'm using a yarn immediately, I still create a yarn card, but I cut out the information from the yarn label.  I always put the washing information on the back of the card so I can always refer back to it.  I either put the dye lot and color on the front under notes, or on the back of the card.  I don't throw any cards away just in case the people I give gifts to need the care instructions (I just keep those cards in a different section of the notebook...I have a "Stash" section, a "Current Project" section, and a "Completed" section.  This also comes in handy when I need to go match a yarn at the store, because I can just pull the card and put it in my purse.  All the information is on that one card with a color swatch.  Just thought I'd share.  I've added some photos to show you what I mean.  If you have any questions, please let me know.
Photos (If the photos quit working, it's because my website has exceded its bandwidth.  If this happens, wait a few hours and try again.  They will eventually work.)
Collage of explanation!

A Yarn Card (Business Card Sized)
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / MIT/Pledge Books on: April 23, 2006 10:49:08 PM
Here are two MIT Book I made for "little sisters" in my college chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.  The Big Sis's provided the MIT books.  We call the new girls who are trying to get it MITs (Members-in-Training).  They may carry MIT books which are the same as pledge books in order to help them study and learn their information about SAI.  (We are an International Music Fraternity - for women but it's still called a Fraternity).

26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Painted Jewelry Box w/Mini Tutorial on: April 23, 2006 10:25:37 PM
I made this little jewelry box for my "little sister." I belong to Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity (though it's for women...but it's still called a Fraternity). We do big sis/little sis to help them learn their information about our group.   Anyway, we had to have a gift for them after the joining ceremony, so I made her this.  We wear little tiny badges about 1/2" high by 3/4" wide to meetings and events to help identify members.  This little box is to keep her badge in.  It's one of those little cardboard boxes with the latch from Hobby Lobby that come in cardboard brown.  I painted the inside and outside using acrylic paints in two shades of brown to make it look like wood.  Then I stenciled a red rose on it, which is our fraternity flower.  Then I used a silver paint pen to embellish the rose, write her name and our letters.  Finally, I varnished the entire box with a clear, shiny varnish to seal it.  I let it air for a few days to get the paint smell out.  I also made a little red satin pillow for the inside to pin the badge to when it's in the box.  Hope you like it!

27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt I Made! 2 photos. on: April 23, 2006 10:17:13 PM
This is a baby quilt I made in college for my dorm director who was expecting.
It took me about two days.  One for cutting and piecing, the next for sandwiching, binding, and tacking.
I didn't know whether the baby was a boy or girl, so I tried to make it for either.  I did 4-patch blocks in matching colors/patterns, then sewed the 4-patches together in a flying V pattern.  The solid four patches were in blue, magenta, and yellow.  The patterns were a light teal-ish plaid with the dark solids running through.  The backing was a cloud pattern that matched the plaid.  I tied the quilt using #10 crochet variegated cotton thread.  The binding is just a foldover of the backing that I sewed down to fake a binding.  It's a crib-size quilt and is fully machine washable (always important for baby!)
1st Photo: Far away view of entire quilt.
2nd Photo: A close-up of the piecing and plaid pattern, the backing is shown on the corner foldover.

28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Three dishcloths. Updated: 5-7-06 on: April 23, 2006 10:07:10 PM
UPDATED!  5-7-06
Here are three of the dishcloths I've made.  All are made with Lily's Sugar n'Cream 100% cotton yarn in colors to match my mom's kitchen.  The patterns came from the book The Big Book Of Dishcloths 99 Designs To Crochet by Leisure Arts.

This dishcloth is blue, yellow, and white variegated.

This dishcloth is a beige color with blue, pink, and purple flecks.

(I eventually hope to do this dishcloth in red and white variegated for Christmas,  because it reminds me of a peppermint!)

This dishcloth is a solid light blue color (kind of a country blue).

Hope you like them!
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Thanks, party was great! Ideas for a Flip Flop Theme Party. on: April 21, 2006 10:21:41 AM
Thanks everyone!  The party went great!

Hey!  I'm currently planning a flip flop themed party for the college & career class at my church.  Everyone is ages 18-28.  We thought flip flops were summery and orginal.  I've looked through oriental trading catalogue of course, but I'd like some more ideas.  Anyone?  I'm looking for flip flop themed tableware (plates and napkins) preferably that can be purchased separately.  Any other ideas would be great at well.  Game ideas are welcome too!
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Homecoming Mums (4 photos) on: April 21, 2006 09:17:07 AM
Every year, I create a homecoming mum for my female cousin.  When the boy cousins reach senior year, I make them the little arm-band style ones.  Here are some that I did in the last couple of years.
This is the armband style one for my male cousin.  It's balanced on a lamp shade. about 18-20" long
The next three are for my female cousin. I only made her mums for three years since I was overseas one year.
about 3-4' long
Hope you liked them!
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