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221  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / I am a yarn tard. Help! on: November 06, 2005 09:00:39 PM
Alright. I've finished the first scarf in SnB. My hubby begged for it (I shouldn't have given it to him, it turned out beautifully in olive and maroon virgin wool, but I'm a sucker.) I'm working on the second scarf now. (Maybe I'll get to keep this one, but I doubt it.)  I've got the hang of knitting, purling, casting on and binding off. But I keep trying the kitschy kerchief to learn increasing and I know I'm doing something wrong. I'm getting the right number of stitches, but It's supposed to be a garter stitch but what I'm ending up with is an obviously deformed stockingette stitch on one side and a purl on the other. I've checked my other knitting books too, and there is obviously something in this concept that my tiny little brain can't grasp. Can anyone explain this to me as if I were a small and lost child to whom knitting is a second language? Or at least give me a good smack and tell me what I'm doing wrong?

So much for becoming a knitting genius overnight.  Grin
222  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: In desperate need of some Christmas music. on: November 02, 2005 05:06:46 AM
For me it's not Christmas unless I hear the Pogues "Fairytale of New York" or "Merry Christmas from the Family" by Robert Earl Keen. The second is a country song, but be brave! It actaully inspired me to have White Trash Christmas cards for this year. We're gonna get dressed up in our white trasshiest attire in front of the tree and take a picture for the front of the card with "Merry Christmas from the Family" as the quote inside the cards. I'm going to burn cd's that have these two songs, plus a few others, including South Parks "Merry Fucking Christmas" to send out to mine and the hubby's family.  Cheesy
223  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gift for deer hunter?? on: November 01, 2005 04:12:59 AM
they sell camo yarn.. I would triple knit a hat.  I would also make him some fingerless gloves out if it.

Just to expand on this idea, Sew a felt pocket into the fingerless gloves that goes inside the glove along the inside of the wrist that is big enough to slip in one of those Hot Hands packs. You can get them at most outdoor shops and they are inexpensive, so it works if you are on a budget, and it'll keep your dad toasty warm. Some people stick them in their boots too, to keep their toes warm, so you might want to grab a few extra.  Smiley
224  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) on: October 28, 2005 09:15:07 PM
my little Jedi. He was Sooooooo picky about the whole thing. He had to be Padawan Obi-Wan. None of that Anakin or Darth Vader nonsense for him. As he explained it to me, "Mom, Anakin turns bad. I have to be the good guy." He watched all 5 of the currently released movies in the span of 2 days to make sure I got the details right.

225  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Hotel Key Cards on: October 22, 2005 11:48:06 AM
Whatever you do with them, make sure you destroyt the magnetic strip on the back. They actually carry a lot of your personal information on them.

This is a way cute idea, though, a Vegas Hotel key purse would be awesome  Grin
226  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Velvet vest from hell. HELP! on: October 20, 2005 09:02:50 PM
LOL, Taking a deep breath is the best suggestion I've had so far.  Grin

We're going to turn her into a sort of a Gothic Genie. Black Crepe, red Velvet and silver lame. I've left the vest for the evening. Tomorrow, i'm going to try serging the two pieces together And then sew it. Then I can trim the serged edges before I turn it inside out. Worst possible otcome, I trash it and scour the thrift shops for some different fabric.
227  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Velvet vest from hell. HELP! on: October 20, 2005 07:55:54 PM
I'm in the process of putting together my daughters halloween Costume. I'm making it from simplicity pattern 5357 http://www.simplicity.com/assets/5357/5357.jpg  I'm doing the one on the bottom right.

Anyways, here is the issue. Part of the fabric I am using is Red velvet that has been washed to look crushed that I am recycling from some old curtains of my moms. I'm trying to put the vest together with a velvet front and a nice silky cotton for lining. Whenever I try to sew the front to the lining, the velvet slips and moves so much I can't get the pieces to line up. I've pinned, Basted, Changing presser feet. Even tried the walking foot, and nothing is working. I'm tired of picking this thing apart. Any suggestions?
228  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Re: Fredericksburg/Stafford/Aquia on: October 19, 2005 06:45:16 PM
I'm in Fburg too. I'm mostly into sewing but I'm not adverse to getting crafty in other ways too.  Grin
229  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: http://www.freecycle.org/ is a lifesaver! on: October 19, 2005 06:11:32 PM
My local freecycle does these Yardsales. Everyone brings their stuff to somebody's house every 6 months or so, and you grab what you want. I've found fabric, craft supplies, and last time I even found an old Atlas sewing machine in wonderful condition that I'll be using to do quilting!

Freecycle brings the kickass. 
230  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Please help me create a creepy bathtub on: October 14, 2005 10:01:43 AM
Aha! I knew they made this. Here are the tub safe tablets I mentioned for changing the bathwater color...hope this helps! I see that red is included and the colors are supposed to be bright.


Crayola also makes similar bathtub colors and you can get them at most discount stores (wal-mart, target, etc). As a suggestion, to make the water really Bloody looking, add several tablets at a time. My son adores taking "blood baths" (sick and twisted, I know) And we add 3-4 tablets. The more you add the richer the color looks.

To make it look really bloody, almost like it is filled with blood, try thickening the water with some of those cellulose peanuts, Although I'd imagine in a bathtub you'd need quite a few.

Good luck   Grin
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