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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / coasters? on: September 25, 2008 05:43:09 PM
Does anyone have any ideas on what to do with coasters? I've done quite a bit of traveling and collected coasters from each country. They are all different shapes and sizes. I was trying to think of a way I could tastefully display them in my house. I would have loved to do a coffee table top under glass, but I don't need any more tables.  Any ideas or pictures of what you have done with coasters would be great!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lotta Jansdotter's apron? on: January 09, 2008 06:46:16 PM
Has anyone made the apron from Lotta's book Simple Sewing? Any idea of how to turn that into a wearable shirt? I was thinking about just a large band across the back, but I'm not sure how to do that.  Anyone else have ideas?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / tutorial like this? apron shirt on: December 30, 2007 03:39:00 PM
I'm looking for a tutorial to make a shirt like this.  These are actual aprons, but I would like to make an apron dress type thing to wear over a tshirt and jeans.

Anyone know of any patterns or tutorials that are close?


4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / jumper tutorial? on: December 27, 2007 01:33:40 PM
I have some knit cloth I'm trying to find a use for. It's really thin and stretchy. Does anyone have a tutorial for a jumper? The kind with straps and a button on each side. I was thinking either a jumper for a wrap top. A tutorial for either one would be great!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / interesting stitch? on: December 22, 2007 09:21:30 AM
I have to make a VERY last minute gift for my sister in law. I'm going to knit her a scarf out of very chunky yarn to make it fast. Does anyone know of an interesting and EASY stitch I could do? I want to make something other than stockinette or garter.

Thanks! Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / anyone know of a pattern like this? on: December 11, 2007 11:16:59 AM
Does anyone know of a pattern similar to the shape of this sweater?

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What kind of fabric? on: December 11, 2007 11:07:02 AM
I'm just starting to sew. I got the book Sew What! Skirts, and I'm going to try to whip up a skirt. My question is about fabric. I am clueless. The only store in my town is Joanns, I might order online if I knew what I was doing....anyhoooo.  What type of fabric do you make skirts out of?  The only fabric that seems to have interesting patterns is that cotton quilting stuff that is cheap, but much too thin to make clothes out of (you can see right through it). Also, what can you make tops out of?

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with finishing/seaming!!! on: December 09, 2007 07:26:28 AM
I knit this baby hat as a gift. Everything was going fine and I'm pretty happy with the hat, except then I had to seam it.

As you can see in the pictures the seaming is terrible and crooked (the ribbing doesn't match up).  I really have no idea how to seam. I have watched videos online and looked at all the pictures in my books and I still don't get it. In its current state I don't feel like I can give this hat as a gift anymore.  Can I rip out the seam and try again?  Can anyone PLEASE give me some pointers and suggestions for finishing?  The hat was knit flat, the live stitches were thread with a needle and pulled tight to make the top of the hat. What I need to seam together is the right and left sides of the rectangle.

Update: I ripped out the bad seam in an attempt to start over, but I just am not getting it!

Here is a picture of the left side of the hat. The ribbing ends with purl stitches and it kind of curls over. The second picture is what it looks like when I flatten it. Do I seam the curled part or flatten it out?

This is so frustrating I'm on the brink of tears. It shouldn't be this hard, right?

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Quick baby gift!! on: December 06, 2007 06:27:27 AM
A coworker of mine is having her baby shower next week. Now, if I was smart I would have started knitting something when she announced she was pregnant. But I didn't and now I have to knit something up in a weekend.  Does anyone have a pattern for something I could knit quick and give as a baby gift? I've never made a sweater and small things scare me! Anything with DPNs makes me cringe, I only have one failed DPN project under my belt. Anything taking only one skein of yarn is plus too.


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about buying yarn on: December 05, 2007 10:22:22 AM
I discussed this with a fellow Craftster, but I wanted to open it up and hear what others had to say as well.

I'm a newbie knitter (still in the scarf and hat stage) so I use pretty cheap yarn like Red Heart.  I see a lot of you posting beautiful finished sweaters and other wearables constructed from very nice yarns. I calculated a couple of projects I would like to do and a lot of them were over $100 for the yarn.  Does everyone really spend this much for a sweater?  I'm just curious to hear how you go about buying yarn and how much you are willing to pay for your craft.  I would like to make wearable garments, but don't want to go broke from knitting!


Also, what is the best way to substitute not so expensive yarn in a pattern?
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