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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / It all started when I walked into the yarn shop . . . on: May 09, 2007 03:32:29 PM
. . . and picked up a skein of linen yarn.
But I wanted it.
I wanted that yarn.
So I made myself a deal:
"Self," I said, while the saleslady gave me a strange look, "If you can made a dent in your stash - a substantial dent - then you can buy yourself two skeins of pricey yarn."
Now, my stash is tiddlywinks compared to some here.
But it was substantial enough. Here it is, a year and a half or so ago:

And this is what I did with it:

Seven inch by nine inch rectangles of garter stitch. ONE HUNDRED of 'em.

I gave them to my LYS this afternoon; there's a woman there who will make them into blankets for a battered women's shelter.

It took me approximately two months, during which I was ridiculed by my family for knitting during movies (in the movie theater), football games (in the stands), while reading, in class, while walking, even. The stash is currently smaller . . . but not small enough. I've got about 25 skeins of yarn and four 1-gallon ziplock baggies of odds and ends yet to knit up. THE STASHBUSTING CONTINUES!

(My favorite moment in all of this came when my English teacher called me out for knitting in class. When he asked what I was knitting, I told him I was stashbusting. A classmate behind me piped up, saying "That makes me think of you punching a guy with a mustache."  'stache-busting t-shirts, anyone?)
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Glueing playing cards to painted wood - suggestions? on: December 11, 2006 08:17:21 PM
My brother's trying to recreate a semi-homemade board game that we own, which is (to simplify) made up of playing cards glued to a painted wooden board. I'm not sure what the original glue we used was (probably Elmer's glue or rubber cement), but the cards aren't sticking to the wood anymore.

Questions for you brilliant craftsters to help me with:

1. What kind of glue should my brother use to attach the playing cards (which have a waxy plasticy coating) to the painted board?

2. Would it help to sand the backs of the cards? To color-copy them and use paper images of the cards instead of the cards themselves?

3. What kind of coating can my brother put over the cards to help them stay put? From reading a few posts here, Mod Podge springs to mind . . . but I've never worked with it, personally. Would applying it result in a smooth surface? How well does it work on large surfaces (approximately 4 feet by 2 feet, if I remember right)? Any tips on applying it?

4. We've talked about creating a paper or cloth/vinyl board instead of a wooden board that we could roll up to store. Any thoughts about printing card images onto vinyl or canvas?

Any help would be very gratefully received! Apologies if I'm duplicating questions that have been answered elsewhere . . .
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Preparing items for the new Etsy! on: November 10, 2006 10:53:05 PM
The etsy "site down" message makes me feel like an expectant father pacing in the waiting room: "Latest news from the engineers: . . ."

On the upside, I got one of licalee's fingerless gloves done!

ETA: Silly men. All that wait and they don't do any knitting??? Waste of time. Wink No offense to the opposite gender intended.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / What happens when a college student becomes a zombie? BRAINWEISER! on: October 31, 2006 02:51:38 PM

My shirt (under the blood) says Brainweiser on the front. Lost the left hand to a hungry dog.

On the back:

Nerd and cheerleader, captioned, respectively, "Brain" and "Brain Lite"


and entrails:

With bonus foot/leg (not visible) which have rotted away to the bone!

And the George Romero tribute pic:

THANK YOU to RachOfTheJungle for her fine photography work and the kick-ass party that gave me an excuse to craft this costume!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Show me your unappreciated etsy work! on: September 13, 2006 09:58:58 AM
I must have accumulated some extra good karma this year, 'cause lots of good things are happening to me! So much, I better spread it around!

Post your favorite unsold items! You know, the ones you really love that have just been sitting, unnoticed and unloved, waiting for someone to appreciate them! Perhaps they just don't photograph well, or they got buried under other listings, or people just don't seem to notice them. Tell me about them! Why do you love them? And maybe I'll give some a new home . . .

Hey guys, just a quick moderator note.

Please DO NOT post a link to your shop.

Please DO post a link to or a picture of an item you're having a hard time selling so that others can give you opinions on how to improve your item or your listing.  (This also means don't post things you just listed! Give it time, people.  Wink)


6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Cool! Leah gave me a piece of birthday cake! on: September 12, 2006 08:14:26 PM
I just checked my profile and found a slice of birthday cake and a candle next to my age (I just turned 22 today)! Gee whiz, thanks Leah! I hope all the other birthday kids out there are getting the cake treatment too . . .  Wink
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Closure question - what do YOU like? on: June 27, 2006 07:45:48 PM
When you're buying/making jewelry, what do you prefer - a piece that will stretch a little and fit over your wrist, ankle, neck, etc or something with a clasp or closure?

If closures, what kind do you like? Ring and toggle? lobster clasp? magnetic?

I'm making more of these: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16740515.0

and I was wondering if I should keep connecting the ends to make them one piece or if I should add clasps so that they don't have to fit over someone's wrist.

My apologies if this question has been asked before!!! And if this is in the wrong place! Thanks for your help!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / How I spent my weekend on: June 11, 2006 01:50:25 PM
Making these:


Surprisingly addictive.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yay for recycling! - Rainbow bag on: June 01, 2006 01:41:08 PM
This is my first tote bag, so the finishing details are a little . . . unfinished-looking, but I like the way it turned out. I used it for class yesterday and today, and it hangs just perfectly off my shoulder. Yay!

Made from part of an unravelled thrift store sweater (the rainbow stripes), clear Giant Eagle grocery bags cut into 1" strips, recycled ugly blue-and-white web belt, and crappy flannel from my mom's stash.

It's gonna eeeeeaaaat you . . . inside:


To show scale: holding standard spiral-bound notebook and hardback book:


Big thank-you to my mom, craftiest woman I know, who provided major technical assistance and materials.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Project Linus baby blanket on: May 13, 2006 11:44:17 AM

It took me nearly a year, but my first baby blanket is done!

I may not be pregnant, and I may not know anyone who is, but I made a blanket, darn it!

(Sorry about the crappy picture quality, by the way - the weather here is horrible, so I can't go outside for natural light.)
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