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131  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Sampler Afghan? Anyone? on: October 01, 2005 06:25:33 PM
I like the colors, AND even more I like your idea of knitting it up as strips instead of squares. Joining and finishing is my least favorite part of knitting. I wish you could use a sewing machine to do it. Blech.

I just started my first sampler afghan this week. I like trying new pattern stitches, but I used to just make a scarf or a baby sized blanket. I am going to make a king size afghan so I get to try at least 80 patterns. I bought the Leisure Arts pamplet called 60 Easy-To-Knit Pattern Stitches to Combine to create Sampler Afghans and I have a couple of stich dictionaries so I am pretty excited. Unfortunately the squares aren't all the same number of stiches across so I can't do it in strips.
 After this project is done I want to do an Aran Afghan. I like doing cables but never know what do make with them.
132  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Funny present, or sick? (Birthaids!) on: October 01, 2005 05:44:39 PM
I think this is something that would be funny in group.

Out of group this is something that could get you in real trouble. This could be interpreted as a hostile gesture and have you suspended from school. I don't know what your school's policy is towards hostile but not violent acts, but many schools take it very seriously.

I don't think you are sick for having this idea, but I don't really see the humor in it. It is probably one of those things that is a really good in-joke, but I would leave the rest of the world out of it.
133  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: what am i doing wrong? on: September 29, 2005 05:04:04 PM
If you aren't ironing the interfacing to the outside fabric before you cut your pattern try that. I think that really works to stiffen up and give shape because the seams are really thick.
When you pin your lining to the bag it should be right sides together. When you pin the lining into the bag you should have the seams on the outside.
134  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: What did you serve on: September 28, 2005 12:23:14 PM
Well my wedding isn't until next September, but we are going to be serving BBQ. Either Tri Tip and Salmon or Brisket and Salmon. We haven't decided yet. It is between 3 caterers right now, but in the lead is the one with the BBQ trailer that they haul to the site and cook the food right there. The ceremony and reception are both being held at an Arboretum. The theme of the wedding is Orange County, CA 1965. I want to have an It's a Small World themed cake frosted in a sort of silver and white harlequin with It's A Small World figurines for the cake topper. Of course that requires me crafting up the cake topper. At least I have a long time to do it. For the centerpieces I want some small animal shaped ivy topiaries but the Boyfriend is balking at that idea. He is fine with ball shaped ones but not so much with the animal shapes. But I think in the long run he'll see things my way. My SIL thought I was crazy, but then she saw how cute the little forms are and she could see the way it looks in my mind. As far as music, I would love to have a surftones type band but I think we are just going to get a DJ to play hits from the 60's mixed with some current stuff.
135  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Projects from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" on: September 26, 2005 03:17:45 PM
I haven't made anything yet, but I just got my copy of the book in the mail today! My plan is to make a couple of seat cushions for taking to baseball games and some toys and who knows what else!
136  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fun Hats on: September 22, 2005 10:35:05 AM
The mohawk beanie can be knit flat or in the round. I think it came out better knit flat, but it could just be because it was the second time I was making the hat.

Writing up a pattern after the fact is harder than it looks. I am going blind trying to count stitches. But I am working on the patterns and hope to post them in the next couple of days. Smiley
137  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A poncho for poochie on: September 19, 2005 10:03:56 PM
I knit myself a poncho using this pattern. It was fun and cute, and I decided that my doggie needed one to match me.
I cast on 21 stitches and worked back and forth to make one side of her poncho. The bottom side is a ribbed rectangle that I stitched to the triangle at the corners.
138  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fun Hats now with Mohawk Beanie Pattern Link & Diamond Earflap Hat Pattern Link on: September 19, 2005 09:44:31 PM
These are some fun hats I have been knitting up.

This is a modification of the Nautilis Hat. I started it, but I forgot to print the pattern directions so when I got to the  Row 1: *K2tog, K7(8, 9), YO* around; Row 2: K, I didn't know what to do. I improvised a couple of rows, but it didn't look very good so I just worked a K1P1 rib for a few inches. I think it sort of looks like a cupcake. I did an invisible rib bind off though which was fun.

These two are mohawk beanies. I knit the beige one in the round, then the blue one I knit flat. The Boyfriend thinks they look sort of like Trojan helmets. I am working on writing out the pattern for these.
Edit: Here they are!
Pattern for knitting in the round
Pattern for knitting the hat flat

This hat looks like intarsia, but the inside looks like a crazy spiderweb because I just used 2 balls and didn't wind up a jillion bobbins. This was a stash buster so I was just sort of winging it. On the inside I sort of tacked down the crossover strings. This hat features my first pompom, my first earflaps and my first I-Cord. I need to practice making pom poms.

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139  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: calling all crafty geniuses! on: September 09, 2005 06:23:55 PM
What you could do is start with a box and build out from there.  I would start with a box that  was about the size of your head, if you have a soccerball or basketball box that would be perfect.  Something like a bank box would work though. Then I would round it out with some poster board so it is sort of shaped like a can of tuna For the top bun a piece of upholstery foam or a largish round pillow form depending on how big you made the burger portion of the head. At this point put it on your head and figure out where you wan the eye holes to be, and cut out a little window, then have at decorating the thing. I would reccomend rigging some sort of chin strap to keep your big cheeseburger on your head. For the eyes on the top of the head I would cut a tennisball in half and spray paint them to look like eyes.
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