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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Teaching how to pick up stitches on: March 08, 2008 10:31:59 PM
Okay, so I have this pattern that I'm practicing, in order to teach it to other people.  This is not my pattern, and if I'm having a hard time picking up the stitches called for, then I know new knitters are going to have issues with it as well.  The pattern is a slouchy bag that will later be felted - and the base is knit back and forth on circular needles.  Then, while the 50 stitches are still on the needle, the pattern calls for the the 12 side stitches to be picked up, followed by the 50 cast on, and then the other side 12 stitches.  It's similar to this pattern

The problem I'm having is trying to find an easy way to pick up these stitches on circular needles, or more specifically, an easy way to teach picking up these stitches.  Every time I got to pick up a stitch on the circular needles, I'm realizing how hard it is to keep the previous stitches straight and easy to slide around while picking up the next round of stitches. 

Are there some good tips for this?  Most every how to I've found for picking up stitches comes at the problem with  another needle, or new yarn.  I'm contemplating breaking the yarn before picking up stitches, and then joining it back, but I don't know that that is the easiest way.  Any helpful advice is appreciated.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My Coat Rack Tree on: November 23, 2007 07:33:46 PM

See here, my dollar store christmas decorations which wrapped around a coat rack make a fine looking coat rack tree.

Have animals?  This tree is perfect to keep cats and dogs out of the ornaments on the tree, because the lowest round is at only nose level for my black lab pup.  Everything below that is pretty plain, but the better to keep the animals out of things.  The only thing I'm lacking (besides a better bookcase - please stacks 'o books) is a good tree skirt to go around the bottom (not pictured), and we're set for presents.

The story of the coat rack tree comes from when I was a little girl and after my parents were divorced.  My dad lived alone and didn't have the money to spend on a tree, so we took our coat rack, wrapped it in lights and ornaments, and hence the coat rack tree was born.  Now, I don't see the point in buying a big old tree for the animals to tear up, so the husband and I haven't had anything but the little two-footers for a few years now.  This year, I decided to revive coat rack tree Christmas. 

The dollar store was my friend.  Everything on the tree was a dollar, with the exception of the very fine doggie yearly ornaments (from a friend) and the lights which were five dollars at the dollar store. Go figure.  Still I'm pretty proud of the whole thing.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / "Super" ATCs (updated!) on: July 09, 2007 12:51:43 PM
These are my first attempts at ATCs!  Hope you like them!  I think I love the Superman one just a bit more, but I'm pretty happy with them both.  Smiley

They're both raised because they were done on separate paper and then glued to the card.  I used Prismacolor markers & colored pencil, india ink marker, and gel pens to make them. 

ETA: I thought I try again at another Superman style.  I think I like this one better than the first.

Flickr Page where the pictures are hosted.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Travelling Journal for avid readers? on: May 23, 2007 01:23:01 PM
So, my big idea is to do a travelling journal specifical geared to people that are into books.  The idea would be that each person gets a two page spread in the journal, and two weeks.  In that time, in those pages, you'd journal about a book.  It could be the book you're reading when the journal gets to you, or it could be your favorite book, it just has to be a book you want to write or draw or illustrate or doodle about.  You could do a review, or postulate on what's going on in the plot (trying to keep semi-spoiler free) or just write about what you feel when you finish the book.  If you're an artist, you could do character portraits, or capture the main setting for the book.  If you want to employ a little "creative destruction" - go for it.  The idea is just to share a journal with other people that like books.  Then when it's all done, the journal would come back to me, and I'd put up pictures of all the pages people have done.

I know there's a few travelling journal sites out there like 1000 Journals or it's counterpart 1001 Journals or even Book Mooch's new Book Mooch Journal Project but I haven't seen anything like this.

If you're interested, let me know.  I already have interest from some other places, and have started up a site - http://www.scattereddelusions.com/books for people to sign-up if their interested.  I purchased the journal this afternoon and will have it ready to go out next week.  I wanted to put something up here, because I'm positive there's more people into this idea!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A Pillow from the Brownies on: April 02, 2007 10:32:46 AM
A girl that I work with is her daughter's Brownie Troop Leader.  For their second meeting, I volunteered to help them make some fun Mother's Day and Father's Day cards (albeit a bit early).  What the lady didn't know was that I enlisted the help of the girls and the other troop leader to make this pillow for her from the girls.

I don't sew normally, so there's a lot of wonky stitching, but I'm pleased with the overall finished product.



Oh, and the one on the bottom left, isn't backwards.  The little girl isn't quite Brownie aged, I think she's about 4.  She knows how to write her name, it just comes out as a mirror image when she does.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Another Memo Board with matching thumbtacks on: March 31, 2007 10:06:35 AM
I put this one together using a plastic hoop instead of the wooden ones, since the plastic ones come in fun colors already.  Plus, I grabbed it at WalMart when I picked up this great pink swirly fabric for two bucks.  Smiley  This board ended up going to work with me, so I could hang some pictures on it.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hoop Memo board w/ Matching Tacks on: March 25, 2007 09:09:03 AM
I've recently inherited all this really great old jersey double-knit fabric from my grandmother-in-law.  It's not all great for making clothes out of, but it works really well for decorating with.  I really wanted to try a French Memo Board, but I thought I'd start with something a bit smaller first.  So, along came this.  


Now, I just need to figure out where to put it.  Smiley
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Small Blank Journal w/Pockets on: March 01, 2007 09:35:56 PM
This was my first attempt at a journal, I wanted to do this for the Reading Rainbow swap. 

For the cover I used thin cardboard and covered it with fabric, folding it at the bottom to make the pockets.  I ran a ribbon through the inside of the pockets to the outside of the book, to keep the pockets in place at the edges of the journal.  The inside pages are cardstock. I'm not thrilled with how the stitching looks on the inside, although I think it looks better in person than it looks in the picture.  Smiley

Outside Front:

Inside Front & Pocket:

Crappy Stitching in the middle:
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Inherited Vintage Yarns on: January 08, 2007 06:28:06 PM
So my grandmother-in-law used to be a Shop & Swap-er.  She's got all this great stuff laying around that never got around to being fixed or getting sold.  Recently she inherited four vintage sewing machines and a bunch of yarn, fabric and patterns.    She let me have my pick of the sewing machines, but then she also sent me home with this giant bag of old vintage yarn. I had to share.  It doesn't have any dates/years on it, so I'm not sure how old exactly some of it is.  However, by the colors I'm guessing late 70s early 80s.  The good news is that it's all acrylic, so it's washable and still good.

10  UNITED STATES / Missouri / Church of Craft Kansas City on: January 04, 2007 12:52:35 PM
I want to create, with the help of a lot of good crafty people, a Kansas City division of the Church of Craft (http://www.churchofcraft.org). The CoC is an organization that has groups in several big cities already - plenty of them you can read about in the other city forums. In each city, there's monthly or weekly (depending on the members) meetings to have people get together and do crafty things. It's about being with other crafty or creative people, and sharing experiences, techniques, research, ect. I think KC needs one, and I've already talked to the lady in charge about starting one here.

Nothing is required, nothing is necessary, and you don't even have to be crafty already...wanting to be is enough. I've already started collecting lots of project ideas to share.  I'm hoping there's some interest in this, because I'm pretty excited about trying to get it started. I've also made a post over in the Kansas forums (sorry if you're seeing this twice), hoping to garner plenty of interest. If you're in KC and you are an artist, writer, knitter, musician or other creative or crafty type person and you're interested, let me know.
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