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1  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: September 24, 2007 05:29:41 PM
OMG!! These are almost $300!!  Shocked


Y'all need to get a business started--stat!!

... and they're not even silk jersey, just nylon/lycra spandex!!!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Red & Blue Asian-themed Doll Quilt on: June 04, 2007 02:52:57 PM
Thanks for all of the nice comments!

kgo6050 - I cut recycled silk into 2" wide strips and ran them through my bias tape maker (just folds the outer edges in,) and then I ironed the two sides together. They didn't iron as well as cotton would, the crease wasn't as crisp as I would've liked. Then I just put the quilt sandwich inside the open edge of the trim tape, and machine stitched it in place. I didn't even use pins, I just held each side in place as I went. Corners were hand pinched into a nice shape then machine stitched down. I know I do my Gandma shame for never excersizing my hand sewing skills - but it's so time consuming! On my machine everything finishes up fast! Whoosh! LOL

I do use a very narrow seam allowance on the tape's inside edge - usually less than 1/8". Hope this helps!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Red & Blue Asian-themed Doll Quilt on: May 31, 2007 01:04:06 PM

Seeing as I already spilled the beans on this one, I thought I'd share it here, too! I made this doll quilt for KnitWit as part of our personal swap. It actually started it's life as 4 log cabin coasters, but when I saw she already had a set, I had to make it work! LOL Doll quilts seem to be all the rage lately, and it was this months(May07) Whiplash theme - so I figured they'd work perfectly. And, if I do say so myself, I think they do! LOL

I wanted to make it a little bigger, but I was very low on muslin scraps; so it is what it is, about 9 1/2" square. The square centers and the trim are recycled silk - they were a water stained blouse my Mom thrifted for me. I love re-using fabrics, and silk is one of my favorites! For more pictures of it, check out the Whiplash group over at Flickr.

Here's the backing, I got this fabric for a bag I'm making my sister, and I just LOVE it! I keep thinking of making little wooden Asian dolls because they're just so adorable! Thanks for looking, comments are always appreciated!

(Just for full disclosure's sake - I've entered it into the Whiplash contest this month, May 07. Even though there aren't any prizes, I still hope I win! LOL)
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Limbo board on: May 25, 2007 09:26:21 AM
Thanks Sweets! Much easier to understand!

I'm not trying to be callous, Lothruin - it's just that the text in the rules left me wondering, and without a specific example to help me understand, it seemed like a very grey area to me; and I just don't like operating there. I want to know what's appropriate, and when I'm told what I've posted isn't appropriate, but not specifically why, or what to do about it - I get frustrated. I don't think I'm lazy about posting here, it's just that my time is limited, and to me (right now in my life,) my blog and my store are my priorities, and what I spend the majority of my free time on. Does that mean I can't come over here and post shorter versions of my projects, just because I don't have the time to go into depth? I certainly hope not. I'd like to think blogging and Craftster are both big enough communities that they can accept almost all forms of bloggers and crafters.

As for people who get upset when mods alter their posts, I think those are the same people who will be upset when their post is moved to limbo. Wink

Is this supposed to imply that I'm (or those people you're referring to,) overreacting? I don't mean to attack you, but your statement is very vague; and makes me think it's not ok to voice my frustration about a new system I don't yet fully understand. I think it's fair to be frustrated in this case. Sorry, if you think I'm overreacting some more.
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Limbo board on: May 25, 2007 08:26:07 AM
So I could link to my blog, if I cut & paste the entire post text here? That seems silly - as it makes the link redundant. I write alot about my projects, I thought it was nicer to those who don't craft the things I do - to just link, and let those who want to click over do so (and let those who aren't interested pass the link by.) Also, I'm much more personal on my blog - I don't know if I'd feel comfortable pasting all of it here - because I'm sarcastic, and it could easily be taken the wrong way here.

Thanks for your help, but I'm still really struggling with the line between A & P. Moving posts to the Limbo board is stressful, because it implies there's something unacceptable about my post, and I don't believe there was (even though I did edit to remove the link, to conform.)
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Limbo board on: May 25, 2007 07:50:39 AM
I still can't get anyone to define for me what's "Promoting" vs "Augmenting"...

So I can link to a picture on Flickr, but not back to a blog page where I write all of the project details??? Is it EVER ok to link back to my blog? Or do I just assume since I've been linking back to my blog for almost every post I've made for the last year, that ALL of those posts are now in violation of "Promoting" myself? I'm really confused about this, and can't get a real answer. When IS it ok to link back to my blog? How much text do I have to have in the post for the link to be "Augmenting" and how little is "Promoting"Huh

Or do I just have to link to the Flickr pics, and hope someone might click through those pages (Flickr allows blog links in the text description) - instead of asking a question here, or on Flickr, that I may have already answered on the blog post?

I really hope someone can help me, I'm super confused and a little irritated. I thought it was OK to self-promote here - as long as you weren't promoting sales. I can't even tell you how many blog friends I've made, who linked through Craftster, and if I didn't see the links here - in the posts - not Signature links - I'd have never found them. But, it's ok to put 20+ pictures in your posts, but not one little link?

Someone please help me out. I feel like nobody cares about how these new rules affect those who are just trying to share projects, without having to cut&paste or write up the details twice. I just feel like without definition, the line between "Augmenting" and "Promoting" seems very arbitrary to me, and noone's done anything except link me to the new rules (which I've read - and still don't get the line between those 2 concepts.)

I wasn't trying to do anything but share my project, and hopefully get some comments. Honestly I don't care if they leave them here or my blog, but there's lots more people here than read my blog, so I come over and cross post sometimes. If I can't link to my blog at all, I may just not come back. I'm NOT fishing for any sales! Blatantly, or subtley- I'm just too lazy to write up all those details twice!

I know running a community this big is hard, and I'm not trying to knock anyone - I just want to know what the rules are, and if I can't get a CLEAR definition, I can't exist here. I can't wonder all of the time if I'm breaking the rules, it's too stressful, and not worth it to me. Someone please help me out. Please.

(Oh, and I had a few project details in my post, but I guess just a few sentences aren't enough to qualify my link as augmenting? I'm so flipping confused.)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue Sky Alpacas Pleated Skirt - In Turquoise! on: May 23, 2007 12:47:02 PM
Thanks! Professional?!?! You just made my day Yarndini! LOL

I thought this pic hid most of my gauge mistakes, but I guess not!  Undecided They're not twisted stitches, it's just gauge issues - I kept tightening up for no apparent reason. I really struggled with the pleat insets too, where I was switching from knit to purl stitches. I'm glad they curl in, cuz when they're stretched out you can see how wonky my gauge was! It's really just stockinette with reverse stock. insets for the pleats.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blue Sky Alpacas Pleated Skirt - In Turquoise! on: May 23, 2007 12:01:04 PM

Ok..... so does half-completed count? LOL

I'm just so proud, cuz it only took me a little over a week, and I even added short-rows to it, so it wouldn't creep up (my butt, this is the back side.) Comments are always appreciated!

Thanks for looking!
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Prairie Tunic, IK on: May 22, 2007 02:44:57 PM
Well, it's on my To Knit list, if that counts! LOL I picked Rowan 4-Ply too! What color are you using?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Surfs Up! Lobster, Octopus & Clam (Knit Amigurumi) on: May 22, 2007 10:26:09 AM
I'm totally with Coral - the sea creatures are my faves!

You really blow me away with the awesome-ness of your adorable little felties!
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