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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / How and Why -- Buying a Vintage Sewing Machine on: February 21, 2008 07:44:57 AM
Hello.  In case someone might find the info helpful, I've written a little series on buying and using vintage sewing machines. 




I'm a huge fan of old machines.  They are inexpensive, easy to come by, generally better built than today's machines, and easy to use.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Help with pattern size for a 4 year old, please on: July 05, 2007 04:46:23 PM

I want to make a jumper or a cute top for my friend's daughter who is turning 4 this month.  I want it to be a surprise, so I don't want to ask my friend to measure her.  How do pattern sizes run for children?  At four, she's no longer considered a toddler (I'm pretty sure).  Would the size generally correspond to her age?  So, she's four so I make a size four?  Is this a completely dorkified question?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Look -- we're cool enough for the GAP on: December 09, 2006 03:23:51 AM
But is the Gap cool enough for us?  Ha ha.

I was there and saw these:


A little jeans-to-skirt action for the mass market.  Thanks to inspiration from Craftster, I'd made, and was wearing, my own:


Truly, I love this place.  (Craftster, that is.)

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / once a sweater, now a tote on: December 09, 2006 02:57:54 AM
Lately I've been all about the recons.  This is a tote I made to carry my laptop but have ended up using for everything.  I started with this:


And with the help of Alterknits -- http://www.alterknits.net/, went here:


I used denim left over from my first skirt project to do the lining.  It's sturdy, soft (especially when I'm fishing things out of the pocket), and fun to carry.

Thanks for looking.   Grin
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Very Wearable Vintage-inspired Shrug on: November 28, 2006 04:16:50 PM
Hi, guys.

I finished this shrug on Thanksgiving and would like to share it.  It's from a pattern I bought at a LYS (but it's so simple that if you can cast on and cast off stitches on a WIP, you can figure it out).  I made it with Karaoke yarn, a new fave, provided it holds up, and size 10 needles.  

I made the skirt, too, but it's strobing so it's hard to tell that it's that coverall denim with the little lines in it.  What's that called?  Anyhow, I'm humbly proud because I finally made an "outfit."  Thanks for looking.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 6.99 Vogue Pattern SALE on: November 03, 2006 07:05:17 PM
In case no one's already mentioned it, Voguepatterns.com is offering all patterns for $6.99 + free shipping today and tomorrow.

Seeing as Vogue patterns tend to be pricey, this is a good deal.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / the wrap that never ends...(you know the one) on: June 28, 2006 08:04:10 PM
Yep.  It's our friend Clapotis, the pattern that keeps on giving:

Specs are toward the bottom of this page, for anyone who might want to know:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25312.610
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bringin' it back -- Knitty's Cozy Shawl on: June 25, 2006 10:20:01 PM
I finished this in April, after about a month of knitting.  Figured I'd post these pics to encourage anyone who might have an unfinished Cozy languishing in the knitting basket.  I wear mine so much it's not even funny.

Happy knitting!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweetest lil' baby bonnet on the planet (easy, too)! on: June 25, 2006 09:24:01 PM

I absolutely adore this little bonnet.  I saw it on helloyarn.com and followed the link to the pattern on another blog, the wonderful Stitch Marker:  http://larissmix.typepad.com/stitch_marker/2006/01/the_bonnet_more.html

Larissa, the owner of Stitch Marker, named hers the Juniper bonnet, but I call mine Gracie Bea, in honor of my friend's soon-to-arrive baby girl, Grace Beatrice.  I'm planning to make plenty more, as it only takes an afternoon.  It's fun picking out the ribbon, too.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Patons Grace, Cardinal red? on: June 07, 2006 08:26:03 AM
Hey there everybody,

I'm itching to get my hands on some Patons Grace in Cardinal to make myself a summer top.  Problem is, I've never seen this yarn.  I'm kinda picky about reds, prefer not too bright or tomato-ish but not too dark or dull either.

Can anyone who's seen it tell me what kind of red it is?  I know it's hard to describe color, but I'd like some idea of what I might be ordering.

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