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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Greyhound on: April 30, 2007 08:59:55 PM

mixed media, but mostly colored pencil.
She's such a cutie.

Sorry about the poor photo quality...I really need a Photography for Artists 100 class...or something.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / doodle with some bones on: February 27, 2007 06:00:23 AM

I love my sharpie  Kiss
I don't love my scanner...it cuts off sketch pad drawings. Sad
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Holding Power on: February 25, 2007 02:57:11 PM

Thanks for looking and for commenting if you feel inclined.
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Treasure boxes for kids. on: February 12, 2007 01:15:39 PM
I happened upon a very good cause last night.
It's Treasure Boxes for Kids.
The idea is to paint a box for a hospitalized chronically ill child.
They can use the boxes to put their treasures into.
The program is to aid The Shriners Hospital.
They like to give little gifts to the children to help them not to focus so much on the pain and other discomforts of being ill.
If you are a painter please consider giving your time and talent to this wonderful cause.

I was not certain if the boxes had to be personally delivered or if they could simply be sent . But I have confirmation from committee member Jo Lutness that the boxes can be sent through regular post, Fedex, or UPS to any address listed as a depot location

Or sent to her at :

Painter’s Paradise

C-10 950 Ridge RD

Claymont, De 19703


Thanks so much for reading.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / abstract art swap? on: February 06, 2007 07:17:01 PM
I have participated in an artwork swap, and I know before that I had just missed a wall art swap. I love swapping art and would enjoy doing it again.

I propose something simple, such as keeping the swap items to things that can be hung on the wall such as paintings on canvas, drawings, collages, etc....keeping the theme to abstracts.
They can be abstractions of the non representational kind, or abstracted interpretations of recognisable things. ( flowers, people, buildings,whatever)
We can establish a guideline of one large ( say 16x24 inches or bigger or two small 8x10 - under16x24, or three minis smaller than 8x10.
Art should not be framed unless the framing aspect is a part of the work surface, such as a box framed canvas.

If you are practiced at abstracts, this is a chance to show off those skills. If you are new to doing abstracts, this is a good excersize at leaning outside your comfort zone, and have some fun while doing it.
And in the end, all participants have some spiffed up walls thanks to their Craftster swap partner.
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / recyled yarn KAL? on: January 12, 2007 07:24:04 AM
I have been getting into recycling yarn from thrift store sweaters.
Amazing feeling getting a sweaters worth of yarn for $1.50 !
There are good instructions here http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/thrifty.html if you are not familiar with the process.
I recently found a chenille sweater that is a rich red. It was 44 inches across the chest...and I don't know how long, put quite long when held against me.
Yes..it's acrylic..but if you price a comparable yarn...which I did. I would have needed to spend about 70 dollars to buy the yarn I got for less than TWO dollars! ...and the yarn is plenty soft and squishy.
( and believe me there is are tons of wool sweaters in thrift stores...just pay close attention to the tutorial above, and what kind of finishing to look for....but beware..some older wool sweaters may have started to felt! That's the main reason I haven't got a lot of yardage by undoing wool sweaters...I am learning now to see the signs of felting before purchasing.)
Anyways...there is enough for my husband to make the hat he wants to make for me, and for me to make a shrug type of garment...at least enough for those items!
I would love to start a knit along for this...everyone use recycled yarn...either from a store bought sweater or a handknit that you have at home, that is no longer being used.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two cabled projects. on: December 29, 2006 11:29:56 AM
Hat for my nephew, mits for me. Both are Paton's Classic Wool.
Both I just made up in my head, as I went along. The mits have a crocheted border.
Thanks for looking and commenting. Happy New year!

( The bulge under my mit is my bracelet!)

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / USM and guage.. on: December 02, 2006 10:57:27 AM
All pieces: In Stockinette stitch, using USM/ISM KP#2, 19 sts and 25 R = 4"/10 cm

18 sts and 23 rows = 4” in St st using KP2 and MC

both of these guages are listed on two different patterns for the Ultimate Sweater Machine.
Taken from their website.

The yarn used is the same in both cases.

HOW is there a difference?

( And no..while I have hand knit for 20+ years..I don't have much experience with this knitter.)

I started investigating, after having guage issues with mine.
Does anyone know how I can get more consistency?

It kind of stinks when you make a 12 x 13 inch swatch, take your guage..

then when you start knitting the sweater, you have a very different guage.
In this case 4 stitches to the inch as opposed to the 5.75 stitches that my guage swatch gave me.
5.75 rows as opposed to the 7.25 that I got with my guage swatch.

I am letting both peices rest for a full day or more before taking the guage.
Should I also wash them before taking guage to get the full story.
I sometimes will wash my hand knitting guages...but that is to predict the behavior of the finished item...not to try and eliminate differences in how the knitting comes out from one day of the week, to the next.

Anyone that can help...thanks...because as you know, knowing my guage is even more imporatant in machine knitting than in hand, since I can't measure it on a tape while it is on the knitter!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Could it be...? on: November 07, 2006 04:07:44 PM
I am making a cardigan for my 5 year old daughter. I did the body flat and the sleeves in the round on a circular/DPN combo.
The sleeve is very heavy...heavier than the entire body.
It's not a big deal, but it seems strange.
Could it be that knitting in the round uses more yarn than knitting flat?
I never really thought about it before.
And I have always done all flat, or all in the round..not a combo.
Anyone know the answer to this not earth shattering question?
Thanks for your input. It's always appreciated.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / poodle hat on: November 02, 2006 10:41:51 AM
My daughter wanted to be a puppy for halloween..a poodle puppy. So I made her this hat as well as some wristwarmers and ankle warmers, so she would have a "poodle cut"
I used some old acrylic yarn and some other stash eyelash yarn.
I has a very odd texture where the two yarns are knit together..spongy.

My basic hat pattern...which I will one day write down, with short row ears added, and the fuzzy topknot.

Thanks for looking and commenting. It is much appreciated.

( And yes...she needed a nap when the photo was taken. Smiley She wanted to nap in the hat.)
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