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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Awesome flannel find -- now what? on: July 12, 2008 08:32:46 PM
Hey crafters,

I've searched around but can't find good tips. What do I do with 4 yards of gorgeous flannel I found on the cheap? I don't have pictures right now but it's very vintage and cute. I'm sick of taggie blankets, and I don't quilt... What else can I do? I'm thinking little kid comfy pants (or big kid!) but don't know where to find a simple pattern.

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Awesome flannel find -- now what? on: July 12, 2008 08:30:35 PM
Hey crafters,

I've searched around but can't find good tips. What do I do with 4 yards of gorgeous flannel I found on the cheap? I don't have pictures right now but it's very vintage and cute. I'm sick of taggie blankets, and I don't quilt... What else can I do?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mason Dixon bathmat (Absorba) -- cat-shreddable? on: April 25, 2008 10:58:46 AM
Howdy, knitters,

My cat has started shredding my bathroom rug, which is a classic medium pile yarn-hooked rug from Target. I can't stand finding the little threads everywhere (and who knows how many my cat ingests while doing this), so I want to knit a bathroom rug instead.

Enter Absorba, which seems to be hard on the hands but awesome, given blogger comments. My question: Do cats shred cotton mats? Is this a material kitties like to get their nails in? I guess I could do a large swatch and see, but that might not work...

Any opinions?

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Big Precious Moments x-stitch -- for my sister! Not my taste! on: January 08, 2008 05:26:58 PM
Hey there needlers,

I'm a knitter, typically, but my sister has been begging me for a Precious Moments cross-stitch for ages. I personally am not a fan, but I can see how the teardrop-eyed children appeal, and hey, it's been years since I started saying, "Someday..."

So three months, about $40 in supplies, and a lot of swearing later:

Sorry about the flash...
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blue Moon Fiber Arts "Bliss" Angora Yarn - heard of it? on: September 18, 2007 03:43:05 PM
Hey crafters,

A few years ago, I picked up a tiny, colorful skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn called "Bliss"; It's 70% angora, 30% wool, and the Fire on the Mountain colorway.

I usually look online for ideas before using a new yarn (esp. one so pricey!) but I cannot find this yarn ANYwhere. Not Ebay, not Google, not Craftster, not anywhere. I just want to know if people are still using it, what I could make, or maybe if I might be able to sell it. (I know Craftster isn't a selling forum, but I just want to know if this is even valuable, i.e. if others know of it or if it's discontinued).

It's tiny, fluffy, and just sitting there. What a waste!

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Replicate a really cool bib on: August 27, 2007 11:23:27 AM
Hey crafters,

I know there are lots of good bib ideas on Craftster, but I haven't found the info I need. I'm looking to replicate this bib, or something like it: http://www.shopatron.com/product/part_number=3200-1/476.0.5228.
Cute, but not $7+ cute!

You can see that it's not backed or "middled" with waterproof fabric, but is in fact ALL waterproof fabric, easy to just wipe down. Some crafters talk about washable vinyl, but is that expensive? Gwensmom said that you can use a tablecloth cut up, but it melts and is hard to sew.

Any thoughts? Has anyone tried this?

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Irish Hiking Hat, HelloYarn bonnet, and a big pink felted bag! FOs on: August 14, 2007 12:35:28 PM
Hey there!

A few FOs here, new (hats) and old (bag). Enjoy!

Irish Hiking Hat, based on IH Scarf and a 96-st cast-on. Donegal Tweed, size 7s. Intended for friend, modeled reluctantly by hubby:

The top's a little wonky but I thought it was pretty good for no guidance.

The HelloYarn top-down bonnet. CiderMoon yarn, Glacier, in the Jingle Bell Rock colorway (doubled) - size 6s. Intended for a little cousin:

My first pom-poms  Smiley

And my favorite, the B4 Bag (bloomoon creations), in Lamb's Pride Bulky. With wooden beads, plastic handles, and a lot of fuzz. Thanks to Katie for felting in her machine!

Premiered at the MD Sheep and Wool fest this past May. Woohoo!

Thanks for looking
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Socks that Rock (STR) yardage - one skein enough? on: July 18, 2007 09:19:16 AM
Hey sock knitters,

I know there is a love affair with STR out there, but I have a question. Not realizing the yardage, I picked up two skeins a year or so ago, intending them to be two pairs of socks (diff. colorways).

My skeins are only 360 yds each, of the lightweight (8 st/in) sock yarn. (I think STR now makes skeins with 400+ yds, but that's NOT what I have, sadly.)  Do you think 360 yds of such thin yarn is enough for a pair? I could try toe-up, I suppose, but am trying to ward off any catastrophes...

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mason Dixon baby kimono - needle size? on: June 22, 2007 12:19:12 PM
Hey craftsters,

Picked up Mason Dixon knitting at the library, but it's at home, and I'm at work. I want to do the baby kimono (loads of WW yarn to de-stash) but don't know what needles it needs, and if I need to pick anything up on the way home, before the weekend gets crazy. Can anyone tell me the size of the needles? I think it's knit flat, so I hope I can get away with straights...

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby hat and grown-up cabled scarf - links to patterns included! on: June 14, 2007 11:15:30 AM
Hey crafters,

I wanted to share two good little patterns I found, and used. I'm going to visit my best friend this weekend, and made a little something for her and for her little yet-to-be-born baby...

Baby hat - my first fair isle!

Used some Plymouth Encore (washable wool blend) and size 7's.
Pattern http://www.knitlist.com/97gift/babyhat.htm

Cabled scarf for mommy. This took ages and I even knit some on my honeymoon. Kept it interesting, but so...much...cabling...

Darn flash! Here's a better shot of the pattern:

Used some lovely superwash wool I'd been saving. Worsted weight, don't remember the brand Sad Size 7s.
Pattern http://wolfandturtle.net/Yarnpath/index.php/Yarnpath/comments/open_cable_scarf/

Thanks for looking!
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