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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What size should I cut my ribbing. on: August 02, 2011 06:02:02 AM
I'm converting an old long duster sweater into a shorter hoodie.

I've bought some nice ribbing and I want to add cuffs and a waistband.

but I'm not using a pattern and that's when I get nervous!

what size waistband should I be cutting. the ribbing has a stretch ratio of 2:1

The sweater isn't tight but it does fit close to the body.

what's the rule for waistband ribbing?

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Apothecary Spice Rack and handmade labels! on: May 19, 2011 09:58:42 AM
Recently I bought an absolutely beautiful antique spice rack from a local vintage findings store and I decided to make a kind of spooky apothecary for spices!

I bought a bunch of small jars with cork lids and some chemistry flasks as the containers...

Then I took some watercolour tape and fed it through my typewriter. I have a collection of small vintage border stamps that I used to frame the text!

I cut them out, wet the back of the tape with a sponge and voila 

I would also like to thank my mother for tirelessly growing, harvesting, drying and saving many of my spices.

sorry for my crappy camera phone.

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Papier Mache Pirate's Treasure Chest!! Made from a shoebox! on: May 19, 2011 09:39:10 AM

I made this about a year ago for my Pirate Birthday costume party!

I filled it with Chocolate Gold coins!

I cut up a cereal box to make a curved armature for the top and accented it with some thicker mill board.

then a coat of glue and tissue and some brown and gold paint and it was good to go!

I'm thinking about making a larger one out of a banker's box.

Maybe I'll post the tutorial!

I keep awesome random things in here like my peanut brittle container filled with spring snakes, my bouncy ball eyeballs, my gavel, my kaleidoscope and lots of glow in the dark stuff!!

It's part of my Indiana Jones corner!

hope you enjoy!

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty Hook Holder on: May 19, 2011 09:18:28 AM
Technically this finished project was sewn. But it is for my crochet hooks so I'll post it here!

I used some cheap fabric I bought for a dollar and a nice neutral drapery lining for the liner with some pink bias tape that's been hanging around for ages!

I'm hoping to make a matching one for my knitting needles, but I'm not sure how to organize all of them (double pointed, regular, circular, cable holders)

any tips would be great.

in the meantime here are the pics!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Are there any food safe casting resins out there? on: March 28, 2011 08:00:58 AM
I have a cool idea for making bowls and cups with casting resin but I don't know if there are any out there which would be stable enough to be food safe.

any tips? Huh
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Putting my spare yarn to good use! on: June 18, 2008 10:26:14 AM
I made these pillows and this throw blanket because I have waaaaaaaay too much spare yarn!

they make my home feel cozy!

the pillows also match the quilt I made...


7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / MY HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN QUILT!!!! on: June 17, 2008 04:45:23 PM

I know we aren't anywhere near halloween...but... I didn't have a digital camera when I finished it...


my first quilt!

(sorry about my gross foot and the gross kitty toy)

check out the matching pillows!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / skull quilt block....where can I find one on: July 02, 2007 10:19:40 AM
I want to make a quilted skull pillow for my sister....and I'm too lazy to make/invent a block.
has anyone seen anything like this?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / lace edging problem....is the pattern wrong? on: May 05, 2007 10:35:57 AM
Hi there! Grin

I am tackling the babydoll dress from the latest spring/summer 07' issue of vogue knitting. ( its on the cover )


and I am having a bit of trouble with the pattern

for the lace edging around the sleeves it gives you a 6 row pattern repeat, which works fine until the 6th row

the instructions are as follows

cast on 8 sts
Row 1: Yo, p2tog, (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1) in the next st, yo, p2tog, k1, yo 3 times, k2 -15sts.

Row 2: K3, p1, k2, yo, p2tog, k5, yo, p2tog - 15 sts.

Row 3: Yo, p2tog, k5, yo, p2tog, k6 - 15 sts.

Row 4: K6, yo, p2tog, k5, yo p2tog - 15 sts.

Row 5: Yo, p2tog, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k6 - 13 sts.

Row 6: Bind off 3 sts, k2, yo, p2tog, SK2P, yo, p2tog - 8 sts.

my problem is that when you add up all the sts used in row 6 it only adds up to 12....and if you manage to finish that row you have 9 sts which is one too many to restart the repeat...


any help would be great!

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / does anyone know a good pattern for an off the shoulder sweater!!!! on: March 08, 2007 05:16:23 PM
you know what I mean....
one of those wide neck 80s type sweaters that fall off one shoulder in a sassy way....

I'm looking for a modernized version of that!!!
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