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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there a method of increasing/decreasing in stitch pattern? on: June 13, 2008 03:08:15 PM
When it comes to shaping tops, especially things in a lace pattern. It also depends on your gauge.
Let's say each motif is one inch across. You would need to figure out how much you need to increase and / or decrease. At the end of each row, you would add half a motif, or remove half a motif. I would definitely do it at the end of a row. It works best that way.

I would practice a bit before diving into the pattern. See how it works for you.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Father's Day/ (Late) Birthday/ (Late) Christmas gift for Dad on: June 13, 2008 03:00:53 PM
this is so pretty!! did you use flannel as the backing? where did you find any big enough? lol

as for binding - i've tried using both bias binding, making the backing larger and folding it over, and sewing it inside out before quilting, and then sewing around the edges. as much as bias binding looks more professional, the last technique is my favorite.. that way i know the edges are DEFINITELY even all the way around.

Thanks for the ideas! And thank you everyone for the compliments. It really boosts my confidence. Wink

As for the backing: Yes, it's flannel. It's two pieces sewing together and a very very careful lining up of the pattern on the two pieces. There are only a couple of places where it slipped a bit.

And now for a small problem I noticed the other day after it was washed. There is a seam on one of the squares, about an inch long, that has pulled out. I guess I was a bit close on the allowance (oops). It's between a dark blue and a white piece.

Any advice how to close it and not have it look like a six year old did it?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Father's Day/ (Late) Birthday/ (Late) Christmas gift for Dad on: June 11, 2008 03:54:31 PM
Yes, I'm a terrible daughter. But it's finally done!
My dad likes to "check his eyelids for holes" in his recliner. My mother is also a warm natured person, so the A/C is usually cranked to the point of freezing. He usually has a blanket or something on his lap, so I figured I would make him a quilt for his "rests".

This is a blue and white Double Irish Chain. I did have a little difficulty with the binding, but I think I just need to learn a technique that I like. Enjoy!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: I took the plunge on: October 30, 2007 08:30:14 PM
I like the tool belt/ apron!  That is fantastic! I think I may still have some of the fabric left. And yes. I found it at the local WalMart.

And thanks to everyone else for your kind words. I'm making quilts for my Mom and Dad now. I'm attempting a Irish Chains. I'll post pictures as it goes.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I took the plunge on: September 21, 2007 07:43:02 PM
Quilting has always intrigued me. I used to sew in jr. high and high school, but never really quilted. Unless you count the four square pillow I did in home ick.
So, I had knit, felted and lined a backpack for a friend of mine, which was immediately commandeered by her 5 year old daughter. I had bunches of fabric left over from lining the bag, so decided to make a quilt for Alex to see if we could liberate the back pack.
I tried something simple, and I think it worked out. I have to work on my binding technique, but it turned out pretty good I think.

This is nice and neat folded look. You can see the backing and the squares.

The laid out version of the quilt. Yep, that's Strawberry Shortcake. It's what lined the bag I knit.

A close up of the backing and the squares.

I'm definitely doing this again. I've already picked up the fabric for a quilt for my Dad's birthday in December.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) on: August 19, 2007 10:27:47 AM
I also like this pattern a lot. I made on yesterday, and I'm a novice sewer.
The way the handles are done is pure genius! I love it.
I do think the next one I make is going to have a slightly longer handle. It was probably the bag I was using as a pattern. Or my lack of cutting skills.

So here it is:

7  Texas / Texas: North Central / Calling all Hockey Fans! on: February 03, 2007 12:28:20 PM
Last summer, my friends and I attended Stitch & Pitch; an event where knitters and crocheters could receive discounted tickets and a bag of goodies at a baseball game. The Texas Rangers were good enough to host the event in Arlington, TX. In July. Outside. In Texas.

Which made those of us there wistfully think of cooler temps. Like Ice Hockey game cold. Which got us then thinking, Dallas has a hockey team, and doesn't hockey and knitting just seem to go together? Hmmm? After all, players don't wear jerseys, they wear sweaters.

So, to make a long story short, and with the help of several people, there is going to be discounted tickets available to knitters and crocheters who are willing to actually knit or crochet during the game.

The tickets are going to be $22 for a game at the American Airlines Center, near downtown Dallas on March 18. To order tickets call 214-387-5549.

I'm also going to be posting a link to a PDF of the order form on my blog, so you can go ahead and find it there. Just click on the link and save it to your drive. It won't be there for very long. We'll see how my bandwidth holds up.

Here is the location: www.justanotherblog.com/?p=137

I hope to see you there!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone made the "Stripes go round" from Interweave? on: December 28, 2006 07:28:41 PM
First of all, I am incredibly spoiled. My parents gave me two skein (!) of Schafer Laurel in the Sonja colorway for Xmas.  It's about 800 yards.
I love the color changes, and I love the feel of the yarn. It's a really soft cotton.
Well, I found this top from Interweave called Stripes Go Round. I think it was an online bonus.
It calls for three different colors of yarn that totals 1650 yards.  Now I know that a full sweater can take at least 1600 yards, but I was wondering if there is a lot of yarn let over from this pattern. I was thinking that if the real number was less, I could use the Laurel, since the guages are similar.
Any advice?
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / Re: Don't forget the Mid-Term hoopla on: December 28, 2006 07:13:22 PM
FANTASTIC!! Thanks!!! Grin
After I get the millions of other UFOs done, I may need to start this.  Maybe for the 2012 policital season?   Wink
10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Looking for cookie recipes... on: November 16, 2006 05:58:45 PM
These are a traditional German Christmas cookie that I would eat myself sick on as a child.  I grew up in North Dakota, and even though I don't live there anymore, I thought I would go ahead and pass this one on.  I can't think of a single Gromutter in the neighborhood that didn't make these when I was growing up.
When our neighbor Miss Louise was teaching me to make these, she said to make them three weeks ahead of time and store them with an apple slice so they weren't too peppery.  Her's were always perfect.  I'm still working on mine.  Smiley

3 eggs
1 c. sugar
3 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/4 c. almonds, blanched and ground
1/2 c. chopped candied lemon or orange peel

Beat eggs and sugar until frothy.
Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.
Blend dry ingredients; stir in.
Add almonds and peel.
Mix thoroughly with hands.
Roll dough 1/4" thick on lightly floured board; cut in 1" rounds.
Place on lightly greased baking sheet; cover with towel or place in cupboard; leave overnight to dry. (For a softer cookie, do not dry - bake immediately after cutting out.)
Heat oven to 350. Bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

I hope you enjoy!  And good luck!
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