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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Kitchen - before & after on: December 09, 2007 03:18:27 PM
Love, love, love what you did!!! Great job!!

In my house-owning days I remodeled a couple kitchens and, in the second, opted for painted cupboards (but did a brick backsplash). In one old place we lived with a hot plate and doing dishes in the bathroom for quite a while. Hopefully your transformation has been worth any inconvenience.

I'm now in a small apt, with...as another poster mentioned...the small, interior kitchen with the dark cabinets. Blech. Mentioned painting them to the mgr but never got the okay.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Handspun sweater on: July 09, 2007 04:02:21 PM
WOW! That yarn is to die for!!! Fabulous sweater!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Life Pillow for my friend's birthday on: June 24, 2007 02:09:34 PM
Superb job! Very inventive. Smiley

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Couple questions for those who recycle... on: June 16, 2007 09:07:20 AM
Thanks, sherry. I've sleuthed out the addresses of all the Goodwill, Salvation Army, and lesser known thrift stores in my area so now I'm going to be on a mission!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Couple questions for those who recycle... on: June 15, 2007 05:01:16 PM
I got the winder on sale and, seeing as I anticipate more recycling, I'm sure it'll pay for itself before too long.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Couple questions for those who recycle... on: June 14, 2007 10:25:24 AM
redwitch, thanks for the reply. I decided to get a winder as I can see doing lots more recycling and hopefully that'll not only save some wear and tear on my arms but also help with the storage factor.

sthomson, I was in my LYS last week and a gal had brought in lovely hank so they set her up with the swift and winder. Not sure how thrilled they'd be to see me pulling up with all my album covers wrapped in recycled yarn. (It's not the most friendly place as it is.)

I'll try out the winder, see if that suffices for now.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Couple questions for those who recycle... on: June 13, 2007 05:08:58 PM
Very helpful reply!

During the many THOUSANDS of wraps around the album covers I thought my arm would surely fall off. Did cross my mind that I should've been keeping track to get vague sense of yardage. Sad I just ran across the term 'niddy noddy' while reading some recycling info online. Need to check into that further. My main concern is being able to store, and then use, the yarn and given how fine it is, I feel it would fare better in balls of some sort. (Not keen on all the album covers currently lined up on my LR floor.)

Yes, you understood my yardage question. My only thought was that I orig had just enough of the Saucy to do a cardi but I might be on the lean side. By adding the recycled, I conjured up the notion that I was taking my Saucy from 'light worsted,' per se, to a 'worsted' so that would work up slightly larger. (The Saucy alone was too limp in gauge but looks just right with the recycled added.) Hope that's making sense. Here's pic:

Thanks for the feedback. Appreciated!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Couple questions for those who recycle... on: June 13, 2007 04:18:15 PM
My first attempt at recycling (machined silk cardi, very fine gauge) was a disaster. Wound, tied, rinsed only to have the tied hanks turn into giant tangled mess. Was sweater I owned so no big loss. Taught me a few lessons.

I picked up three cotton sweaters at thrift shop a couple days ago. They came apart easily and I've wound the yarn (again, machined and very fine) onto old record album covers (at least they're good for something!).

Don't own a ball winder so is that a must? (Can't envision hand winding such fine yarn but suppose I could try to work with it off the album covers.) Also, is there any way to calculate yardage? Lastly, one of the recycled is a two-tone chambray. I have some Reynolds Saucy in dark blue that is perfect match with the recycled. Working them tog brings me to exact gauge for pattern I have. How does working the two tog affect my net yardage of the Saucy? (If at all.) The same or slightly extended due to the addition?

Looking for insights that will ensure the usability factor.


9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can this sweatshirt be helped? on: May 29, 2007 09:04:18 PM
lisa, thanks for the links. My slow DU means it takes forever for the images to load so I'll check those out later.

Yep, NOT wanting to do patches. I'd pitch the piece before opting to do that. Perhaps I'll keep my eye out for a similarly-sized garment at a thrift store and attempt a layered look.

When I make things like bathrobes I've been adding the second 'stress' layer inside the sleeves (where elbow strikes) and on the seat (all that sitting!) to help eliminate weakening of fabric in those areas.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can this sweatshirt be helped? on: May 26, 2007 11:50:11 AM
My fave, old sweatshirt but it now has a few holes. Any ideas on how to salvage? I'm a long-time sewer, can be creative, but am limited to my old Singer (no zigzag), and handwork. Replacing the sleeves wouldn't deal with the underarm hole. I'd like to buy it a bit of time. (second pic is repeat of underarm and elbow of opposite sleeve)

Feedback appreciated.

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