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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cranberry Brea Bag on: January 01, 2009 11:15:49 AM
So, after letting this project sit for about a year, I finally finished my Brea bag.

Let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! This will probably be my most used knitted item.

If I remember correctly, this was made out of Wool-Ease. I used a 1x1 rib to make the handle. It just made more sense to me because the rib cuts down on stretching. I also attached an i-cord loop to fasten around the button.

Let me know what you think!  Cheesy

2  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southwest / Washington County Fair on: December 26, 2008 11:53:55 PM
I know that it's super early to start thinking about it, but I was interested in submitting some of my crafty goodness(knitting, crocheting, tatting, etc) to be judged at the fair this year. Has anyone submitted things before? How do you go about doing it?

In other words, what's the deal?

I couldn't find any information about this online.

Any information would be much appreciated.

Thanks!  Cheesy
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Quilt Square - My "Philosophy of Education" on: December 20, 2008 09:27:56 PM
So, this is my very first attempt at embroidery, and I don't think it's too shabby!

I'm a senior English Education major, and, for my Methods class, my professor wanted us to create a "non-verbal" representation of our personal philosophy of education. In other words, he wanted us to draw. Well, being the creative (and self-centered!) class that we are, all 10 of us mutinied against our professor's wishes. We decided that we wanted to create something that he would look at and treasure every day of his life.

And, with that, the graduating class of 2009's "Philosophy of Education" quilt was dreamed up.

Everyone in my class made a square, and this is mine.  Cheesy

detail shot.

Me, smiling a big cheesy smile for my professor.

It's embroidery, fabric scraps, and a little bit of knitting and crocheting.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, this is my philosophy in a sentence: Through the application of feedback, proper motivation, and effective instruction, my students will grow and thrive in the instructional content. (The thing the flower is growing out of is supposed to be a book.)


Here are some other embroidered squares made by my classmates:

The lettering on this is all embroidered, and the stars are made from felt that was embroidered on.

The black background is felt meant to look like the night sky, the words are embroidered, and the "stars" are little silver beads.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / "not-my-boyfriend-but-still-quasi-dating-him" present on: April 25, 2008 11:29:40 AM
So, I have this really sweet boy in my life that I met through my fraternity (it's co-ed and honorary). I don't know what to consider him, but I do want to make him a graduation/thank-you-for-being-amazing-to-me present. Allow me to give some back story:

I've been friends with this boy for a long time via our fraternity. We talk all of the time, and, when there is some sort of event going on in our fraternity that we both go to, we're pretty much inseparable. This past semester I asked him to come to a formal dance. He said yes and drove the 4 hours to me for the weekend. During this weekend, he asked how I felt about long distance relationships, and I told him the truth. Normally, I don't think that they work well. I felt so bad! I've always liked him, and I told him that during our little chat. It's just that, with our "home" homes about 6 hours from each other, I don't think I could handle a relationship right now. He doesn't know where he'll be able to find a job at, and I'll still be in school for another year. To me, it seems like a hopeless situation.

Anyway, to pay him back, I agreed to go to a wedding with him right after his graduation, and I wanted to bring him a graduation present. He's graduating with a degree in History Education. (I'm English Ed, by the way.) Any ideas on what to give him? I wanted it to be partly functional and partly "I still think you are adorable." (I really do feel like I crushed him.  Sad)

Anything history/teacher/music/nerdy would be relevant. I didn't want to do anything too cute because we aren't in any sort of serious relationship. No clocks with my picture, scrapbooks of us, little books about why I love him, etc. I mainly knit and sew, but I can do just about anything I set my mind to!

Any thoughts or suggestions would be great!  Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Strapless Bra Fiasco (How to Make One?) on: March 26, 2008 11:51:14 AM
Okay Girls! I need some major help. I haven't been able to find a strapless bra anywhere, and I've got a formal occasion in about a week that I need one for. Therefore, I turn to you... my crafty, thrifty, brilliant inspirations.

Anyway, why can't I find a strapless bra? Oh, I'm something ridiculous like a DDD/H. I really have no idea anymore. (I'm going for breast reduction surgery this summer! Woohoo!)

I've been looking into making my own bra. It would have to be something quick and easy. Has anyone tried to do this? I was looking at the ducktape bras. Has anyone tried that successfully?

At this point in time, I have no idea what I'm going to do. I either need to find some sort of makeshift bra or alter my dress so that it has straps.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity 3878 on: March 11, 2008 07:12:03 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm going to a formal in about a month, and the little craftster inside of me wouldn't allow me to buy a new dress. Therefore, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the Simplicity 3878 pattern? I'm an average sewer but haven't made anything this big in about 5 years. How long did it take you? Was the pattern confusing? Any suggestions?

Any sort of insight would be helpful. Thanks!  Cheesy

p.s. It's this pattern:
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy Bake Oven Recipes on: December 09, 2007 11:34:43 AM
I've recently acquired an Easy Bake Oven from a friend. Considering I was never allowed to have one as a kid, I'm tickled beyond belief! Well, I have a little 3 year old niece which I would love to share my newfound love of the Easy Bake with.

Does anyone have any easy ideas/recipes so we aren't stuck with just those lame pre-made packets. I wanna be more creative than that!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! I've got one lonely dropped stitch! on: December 08, 2007 11:13:52 AM
So, I've been working on a clapotis for an old lady friend of mine in hopes of finishing it for Christmas.  Well, somehow I managed to drop a stitch a while back, and, since it was tangled up in the ends of where I tied my yarn together, I didn't notice it until waaaaay later. Doh!  Embarrassed

I have no idea how to pick this stitch back up. Suggestions anyone? I was thinking about dropping the stitches on either side of this one and re-doing the all of the way up with a crochet hook... will that work?  Normally I would just pull apart my knitting until I get to my mistake, but I don't think I can for this project because of the way the pattern drops stitches.

So yeah. Help! I'm too far along to scrap this project:

9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / My Modified, Lined Head Hugger on: July 22, 2007 05:11:47 PM

I love it so much! I can't wait to wear it once the winter weather arrives. What do you guys think?

For more details and pictures, check out my blog.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Problems on: February 08, 2007 12:02:34 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm having problems with my sewing machine and can't get it to cooperate! I'm in a greek organization, and I'm trying to make a new shirt with letters on it with a Kenmore Mini Ultra. Anyway, my zig zag stitch isn't working! So frustrating. My machine will start to zig-zag for a couple of stitches and then just start sewing in a straight line.  Has anyone else ever had this problem? 

I think the problem is with the type of fabrics I'm using. Essentially I'm sewing a plain cotton fabric onto a knit t-shirt type fabric.  Whenever I try to zig-zag on one layer of plain cotton fabric I don't have any problems. 

Any suggestions/imput? 

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