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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 4 pairs of jeans into... ? on: March 15, 2007 07:29:13 PM
I have 4 old pairs of jeans that are serviceable (well except one pair I can't button anymore  Undecided) but I just don't like anymore.  I know I could donate them, but I have a feeling I could also do something else with them... I was thinking of making a carryall tote or grocery tote, but that would probably only take one pair (I'm 5' 11" so there's plenty of fabric to work with!).  Two pairs also have a lot of stretch to them, so I'm not sure how they'll work up as something else...

Any other ideas? Gracias!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Plan a bridal shower?? But I've never BEEN to one! ack! on: March 06, 2007 06:34:33 AM
So my bestest friend is getting married in September, and kept sighing that she didn't want to have a shower b/c most of her friends don't live in the area, blah blah blah.  So that meant that she totally did want one, and a week ago I told her to hush up because she's having one whether she likes it or not, and as the maid of honor, I'm throwing it.

The problem is, I have only a marginal idea of what goes on at bridal showers!!  I've never actually been to one.  I feel like I have stuck my hand into something I know nothing about.  I am not one of those girly girls.  I don't even want a wedding, if/when I decide to marry my bf of 7+ years...

Anyway, I decided that it will be brunch, because I am likely footing the bill for the entire thing and I can make brunch stuff myself that is both vegetarian (I don't touch meat) and cheap.  There will be maybe 15 people (20 absolute max) since it will be at my apartment, which is not huge.  2 of the other bridesmaids live many states away, and only 1 of them will be possibly coming (don't get me started on the other); the 3rd bridesmaid is her sister, who lives nearby and I don't think I can depend on for anything (though maybe she'll surprise me!).

So now that you know the background... HELP!  I know I need to make invites, which I can do.  But themes?  Do I have to have one?  Nothing I've seen really sticks out as typically "her." Favors? Decorations? Games?  I don't know the first thing about this stuff!!  Is there anything else I should be thinking of?  EEK!
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / one skein scarf on: February 17, 2007 12:47:48 PM
I made this over winter break, but haven't been able to wear it more than once, due to the fact that it immediately got too cold to wear anything but a serious scarf after I made it.  It's really cute and I made it way too long (after first making it way too SHORT! grr), but I can't wait to wear it.  I used a discontinued color of Lion Cotton something that I got at the giant Smiley's Yarn sale in NYC - a bag for like $2! can't beat that.  Anyway...

the requisite bathroom mirror shot (bf is away for the weekend)

4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / sparkly fat bottom on: February 10, 2007 02:04:23 PM
I made this for a friend for her birthday around Christmas.  Way back when I'd asked for some swanky yarn suggestions to go with these black & silver handles - thanks to someone (I forget who! sorry!) I went with Patons Brilliant in the black sparkly (I used the flash in the pics to show the sparkle).  Used it double stranded as suggested, and lined the bag in a black cotton poplin.  Lining it took forever, but I think it was worth it.  The pictures don't do it justice, it came out really pretty and my friend loved it.  Of course I waited until the last minute so I didn't have time to get some ribbon or a brooch to jazz it up.  I taught her to crochet about a year ago (lefty no less!! Luckily I'm ambidextrous so it wasn't horrendous), so I bought her SNBHH too so she can branch out from baby blankets and scarves...

5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / yarn recommendations for fat bottom? on: September 22, 2006 10:15:33 AM
I already made a fat bottom bag for myself (see: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104404.0), but I just used sugar & cream cotton b/c I liked the color & wanted something durable.

But, I got some really cute black & silver handles on clearance at M&J Trim and want to make one in black as a nice "going out bag" for my friend.  She had seen mine not quite finished back when, and saw the finished product last night and raved over it.  I'd been thinking of making her one and that settled it!  I'm envisioning black yarn w/ the black and silver handles, probably with some silver sparkly ribbon woven through.

So, in not so many words, what black yarn would you recommend using that's not overly expensive?  I'm just afraid that using something I don't know will end up with the bag stretching out or something.  Although, I was considering lining it, though I don't know how that would work with this due to the shape - does anyone have advice on that?

Sorry this is so wordy... can you tell I'm at work and don't want to get back to it??  Wink
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby sweater and blanket on: July 13, 2006 04:18:28 PM
I made these back in April, but forgot about them... I make way too much baby stuff.  People need to stop procreating so I can make grown up things!!!

Baby blanket... I loved how it came out, but I will never use this pattern again... way too many yarn changes.

And a baby sweater... I have no idea what size it came out b/c the sizing just seemed really weird for the pattern.  I made the 9 mos size, figuring that the baby would be about that size by the time of year s/he'd wear it.  Though now I know it's a he... do you all think this color's okay for a boy??

I sewed that button on like a mofo... ain't no babies choking 'cause of me!
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / the ever popular fat bottom bag on: July 01, 2006 02:00:34 PM
I finally got around to making something from this book, and I wanted something I could finish quickly because I've been working on a particular baby blanket for what seems like months and I really needed a break (and to see SOMEthing completed!).  So I worked up this fat bottom bag in some turquoise sugar & cream I had lying around the house.  The handles I had were a little wider than your average circular ones but they are so pretty b/c they are cherry wood... so I added 2 rows on each side to the handle flap.  I might ditch the brooch (it randomly came with a shirt of mine) and just thread some white satin ribbon through, and I definitely intend to line this so I can put in a magnetic snap, but I was just too excited to finish something that I had to post it. 

(pardon all the crap in the background)
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / cotton weights help! on: June 19, 2006 05:09:42 PM
I wanted to buy some cotton yarn for some projects, but all the store had was by numbers, not "weights" (worsted, dk, etc.)... and I have no idea what they mean.  I'm very much self taught, so while I've gotten the technique down over the past few years (enough to teach others!), I'm still semi-clueless about some of the yarn stuff.  Can someone explain how I figure out what I need?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Baby Onesies/Baby sacks? on: April 28, 2006 04:52:07 PM
My friends all seem to be procreating at an exponential rate, so I have been a busy little bee making tons of baby gifts.  I want to do something besides a blanket/hat/sweater/booties, and I know I saw a crochet pattern for one of those trendy baby sacks somewhere... of course I didn't save it!  Does anyone know of a pattern for one of these?  If you don't know what they are, they kind of look like this: http://www.bambinomountain.com/OFL00.html.  Either that, or a cute onesie pattern?  They must exist somewhere...

Or do you have any other new and creative ideas for things I could make?  I used to make soft baby blocks out of fabric scraps and stuff them, and I'd take an old pill bottle and stick some dry rice or something in it to make noise... I was thinking of crocheting some squares and trying this.  Any other ideas?

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chenille Granny Square blanket on: February 03, 2006 08:28:15 PM
BF's mom & grandma are HORRIBLE to buy gifts for; they have no hobbies, don't go out, really don't do much besides cook, clean & watch tv and we've kind of exhausted those gifts.  So, this year I decided to make a blanket for grandma, who is always cold; I put in the labor, bf bought most of the yarn.  The blanket ended up REALLY heavy - I used chenille thick & quick and alternated the colors.  I finished it literally on Christmas eve (and didn't have time to do a nice all around border), but it all worked out!

This image is kind of dark

BF modeling the blanket...

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