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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / how to dye rayon? on: April 05, 2007 04:10:19 PM
So, I just got a spindle as a swap gift & somebody suggested that the rayon fluff you get at beauty supply houses was pretty good to practice spinning on. What might work to dye it, assuming it turns out looking anything at all like yarn, and I want to keep & use it?  Cheesy
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / looking for amigurumi demon toad on: January 02, 2007 02:08:23 PM
Yes, me again, begging for pattern aid. There is a running joke on another board I belong to regarding a toad (well, a demon toad god  Cheesy ) And I really want to make one. Any suggestions for a toad (heck, I'll take a frog, I can adapt) that I could add wings and talons to? (hehe)
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / looking for amigurumi shark pattern on: December 18, 2006 01:30:50 PM
Long story, but I desperately need one for a gag gift to a dear friend. Has anyone ever seen one?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / prayer shawl on: October 26, 2006 06:10:32 AM
I work on a residential campus with a couple hundred folks with developmental disabilities. Our chaplain's boyfriend passed away suddenly a few weeks ago, and while she was out I decided to knit her a prayer shawl. She is also our art therapist, so I wanted it to look really special. I used Lion Homespun Tudor, which self stripes in several soft colors, and the basic prayer shawl stitch, k3p3. She loved it. I printed off some info about the shawls and included it in the gift bag, and she was even familiar with the seminary professor who helped develop the prayer shawl concept--I think she may have studied under her--so it was the perfect gift. It was my first one & I was pretty proud of it.

(here's where the pattern & info came from--http://www.shawlministry.com/ )
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / never look gift yarn in the mouth!! on: October 15, 2006 12:40:19 PM
Even if you are a yarn snob, like I can be sometimes.  Cheesy

This past summer I had surgery and was off work for 6 weeks. My friends at work sent me a care package stuffed with 2 of my favorite things, yarn and chocolate.  Grin

Unfortunately, none of them know a thing about yarn, so they sent me 9 skeins of acrylic stuff off the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby.  Shocked Now, not in a million years would I hurt their feelings by telling them this stuff was, well, stuff, so I racked my brain for something to do with it. Fortunately, 2 of the 3 colors went together quite well. Red Heart cranberry tweed, and something similar in a tweedy light mauve called Hokey Pokey. At first I thought I'd make a simple raglan sweater, but I needed 4 skeins of 1 and 2 of the other, instead of the 3 of each I had. So I scratched my head...and then noticed this cute v-neck pullover vest pattern on the band!

End result--

It's cute, it's wearable, and best of all, my friends at work are beside themselves with excitement.

(oh yeah--the other 3 skeins of yarn are Caron Simply Soft varigated blue...they met my brand new Knifty Knitter long loom, and are about to become a nice fat cushion for my ugly but comfy computer chair at work)
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Not a Margaret Nicole purse... on: September 30, 2006 06:31:14 PM
I rarely do the fashion mag thing, but I was flipping through the last issue of InStyle (looking for the Sexy List, heh heh) and found an article about the latest big thing, cable knit purses! My, who'da thunk it?  Cheesy I immediately thought of a beautiful skein of bulky blue handspun I bought in the Smokies last spring and what I could do with it.

A hunt online turned up this pattern. The blogger made the loveliest bag, that looks so much like a $250 designer number I'd be hard pressed to tell 'em apart. Thing was, I don't like HANDbags--I usually have both hands full of other stuff! So I prefer shoulder bags. Not to be denied though, I just adapted her approach, enlarged her pattern, and instead of the 'bangle' handles, I used 2 leather belts for shoulder straps!

The closure is a black pearl button with a deerskin thong loop. It's lined with a blue patchwork fabric. And the heart dangle was made by folks with developmental disabilities, who live at the residential center where I work.

Designer purse price: at least $250. My purse price (if I could even get one that's exactly what I wanted): $15 for yarn, $10 for straps, $8 for button & loop, $2 for lining=$35! (why yes, I am cheap, why do you ask? hehe)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / un-hoodie! on: September 13, 2006 04:40:33 AM
This turned out far better than I expected so I thought I'd share. In cleaning out a bunch of old patterns I found a simple hoodie top I had copied out of a book. Don't even know what book it was; probably one I got cheap, kept a couple of things I liked from, and then hauled off to the used bookstore to supplement my income.  Cheesy

Anyway, I decided to try it while recuperating from my recent surgery. The day before I went back to work last week I had it all done & assembled and started to put the hood on, by picking up stitches around the sides & back of the neck opening and knitting up. I did a few inches...and then I stopped cause I noticed it was making a neat little polo-type collar. I tried it on. I liked it. I quit. hehe

So here is my un-hoodie!

If you have a pattern that calls for the hood to be knitted on last, you could probably do the same thing. Enjoy.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / imitation designer hat on: August 23, 2006 09:46:26 AM
I had to share this, because I'm quite proud of myself, and, well, I'm cheap.  Cheesy

I like to cruise ebay looking for designer stuff at a bargain price. One designer I like is a British guy named Paul Smith. I ran across this hat one day, with a price around $50-60, I think.

2 thoughts came to me: that's so cute and crap, I could knit that. Sooo...when our local Joann etc had a moving sale I moved in. I'd already hit my LYSs looking for the exact shade of raspberry yarn without luck, but I found a nice pink wool blend (seriously soft) with mulitcolored flecks, and bought buttons to coordinate.

Making it was on my list of things to do while recuperating from surgery, and yesterday I finished it.

Total cost: $6.33. Grin
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / New Poster Boy--guess who? on: June 19, 2006 07:41:58 AM

anybody? Bueller? Bueller? Take a shot, I promise I won't laugh, no matter what.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Log Cabin Pillow (from Mason Dixon Knitting) on: May 10, 2006 08:53:56 AM
This book rawks. (bangs head) Ann & Kay, creators of the eponymous blog and the book that sprang from it, are too funny. The blog

One of the patterns is a blanket in the style of the Log Cabin quilts. I loved the idea but didn't need another afghan, to say nothing of my minimal free time, which pretty much limits me to small projects. For example, the rag pillow cover I was knitting from an old pair of flannel pajama pants. It looked great, till I tossed it in the wash & it fell apart.

So, I had this 12 inch pillow form staring its blank stare at me, and a weekend to do...well, not much except sit around and tend my sick mom. I also had tons of wild colors of yarn from my recent amigurumi addiction. The end result was this.

Loud and uncoordinated, I know, but it was a ton of fun & I thought I'd share.  Grin

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