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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Children's Book Project on: October 03, 2009 06:34:34 PM
This is the first in what I hope will be a nice long series of cross stitch. I collect children's books and I display my favorites, but that's just the covers! There are so many amazing illustrations and designs inside that no one ever gets to see. So I set out to turn some of my favorite pages into cross stitches. I scanned some of my favorite pages and used MacStitch to turn them into cross stitch patterns. Here's the first, part of a page from Books! by Murry McCain and John Alcorn. I wanted to start with something nice and small and simple. I finished it in a few leisurely evenings in front of the t.v.

This is the page I used:

And here's the final product:
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / part of mixology pattern? (son of stitch 'n bitch) on: January 19, 2008 03:35:54 PM
i bought son of (a?) stitch 'n bitch and have been working on the mixology sweater for my boyfriend (he got the partially made sweater, with a promise of finishing in a month, for christmas). so i wouldn't have to carry the whole book around, i photo copied the pages i was working on, but realized i left off the last page (2 pages?) of the pattern. i've finished the back, and knit the front up to the neck shaping on the left side. the page i have has the instructions for neck shaping (left side) and then it stops.

i know we don't post whole patterns from the books, but is it possible for someone who has the book to post just PART of the pattern? everything i would need to finish the body? or if you can't post it, would someone be able to PM me the instructions? i'm not going home this weekend so i can't grab the book, and i'd really like to finish the body today or tomorrow!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help me find a pattern for ATHF sweater! on: July 26, 2007 10:09:35 AM
so i saw this unbelievably amazing sweater and hat set linked off of boingboing.  it makes its wearer look like carl from aqua teen hunger force: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nutron/sets/72157600870747340/

my first thought was "holy crap, can i please dress someone up in that?!"

the only child i could think of that i might have at my mercy would be my boyfriend's 4-year-old nephew.  i've never knit a kid's-sized sweater before.  does anyone know of any simple kid's sweater patterns i could use as a basis for this sweater?  it just needs to be a non-raglan crew neck that is preferably in a gauge that is small enough to allow for the intarsia but large enough that i can knit it up quickly. i've been poking around on the internet and haven't found anything i liked yet so i thought i'd ask some experts and see if anyone knew of a good pattern of the top of their heads.


4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: bi- fold zine tutorial? on: December 04, 2006 05:38:49 PM
do you just mean one-pagers that you fold twice to make a little pamphlet?  if that's what you want you can go to file, project gallery, business forms, brochures.

if you mean a half-size zine (when you fold an 8.5x11 sheet of paper in half and look through it like a magazine) you can go to file, page setup, and then change page orientation to "landscape" (of if you have the handy visual version, like my microsoft word for osx, it's the one with the sideways person, either way works as long as the person is on his side), then you should go to fomat, column, and select 2 columns so the page is divided in half.

if you're doing the latter, you'll have to do a lot of planning to figure out where each of your pages will go so that when you put them all together and fold that them in half they're in the right order. i used to do this by printing out each individual half-page and laying it out on the floor in the order i wanted, then pasting it into a blank zine with page numbers on it, taking the zine apart, and moving the pages in the document around until they printed in the order i needed them (or just photocopying the cut-and-pasted version, that way is easier).  sorry, that part probably sounded confusing, but there's no really good way to describe it.

hope that helps.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: formatting word for several tiny pages? on: December 04, 2006 05:28:25 PM
that sounds interesting.  i've used excel a lot for mathy/data stuff, but never for text formatting.  could you tell me a little bit more about how you formatted it in excel (i'm assuming you used excel since you imported it to word)?  it occurred to me that with tables that they could end up just a centimeter or two off which could really screw up the book.  i like the idea of having something more exact, but can't really see how it would work.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: formatting word for several tiny pages? on: December 03, 2006 07:37:52 PM
thanks!  i've decided to use a 2-column, 2-row table on every page, which i'll just feed through the printer twice to print both sides, and then trim, resulting in a page that's a little bit between 1/4 size and 1/8 size.  i'll post the results if i can get it done by christmas!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / formatting word for several tiny pages? on: November 28, 2006 08:35:59 PM
i want to make a really small book (about 1/8 size) with nicely formatted, typed pages, double-sided, and put together in signatures (possibly only one signature, but it is going to be folded and sewn down the middle).  anyone have any advice about how i might be able to format a microsoft word document so i can print several pages of my tiny book on one page of 8 1/2 x 11?  i'd also like the margins to be nicely symmetrical so i can feed it through again and print on the back (to make it double-sided).

has anyone ever tried anything like this?  i guess i could dig out my old zine-making skills and do the cut, paste, and copy strategy, but i'd rather not have to do all of that gluing.  i've never liked that part that much.  plus, i'm only making one copy of the book.

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / arbus halloween costume on: November 09, 2006 04:03:54 PM
this year my best friend and i went as those creepy twins from the famous diane arbus photo.  i made the dresses by using a pattern for a really ugly dress to figure out how to do the shoulders and sleeves and improvised the collar, cuffs, and the rest of the dress from the boobs-down.  i was pretty damn proud of myself.  they actually fit.

too bad everyone thought we were nuns and that's the only picture.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Potty Pass on: May 01, 2006 04:15:01 PM
that's fantastic.  i really like the idea of having a new toilet seat every year that the class signs.  kids love leaving a part of themselves behind and having a growing gallery of toilet seats will make your classroom as school legend!

and if any teacher ever finds a trick that ACTUALLY makes kids ask to use the bathroom less, please, for the love of god, share it with the rest of us!  that and pencils (remembering them, sharpening them, loaning them, stealing them, keeping them...) have got to be the greatest banes of our profession.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Teeny Little Super Guy (+9 pictures) on: April 27, 2006 03:52:53 PM
oh my god this is adorable!  i have to do this!  when my brother was little my entire family used to call him the "teeny little super guy."

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