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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Help with a halloween costume... on: September 12, 2008 01:38:54 PM
Hello all,

Well my almost 3yo daughter has finally settled on "Mermaid" for halloween, it was tough decision between that and princess, or fairy or fairy princes....you get the idea.  I'm still not sure how I wound up with a girly-girl...me, the one who wouldn't wear dresses past the age of 2!  I guess that gene must skip a generation! :lol

I saw this costume:


and while my skills are quite up to that level, I love the look of the tail on top of the skirt, it seems so practical.  I'm not worried about the top, we're in New England so the short sleeve look is definately not practial.  I'll probably just buy and embellish a warmer shirt.

I get her description of running the gathering stitches to get the texture, what I'd love advice about is how much bigger do you think the fabric was before it was gathered, to get an idea of how much fabric to buy.  Should I plan on doubling, tripling the width?

Also, any other advice or tips you all have would be great!

Thanks so much!!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Machine Quilting Newbie with Questions! on: December 18, 2007 11:04:59 AM
Hey all!  I've finished piecing a simple one-patch quilt top for my son for x-mas.  For the first time I actually want to quilt it, instead of tieing like I've done in the past.  I want a simple pattern for machine quilting, but want to avoid in-the-ditch because some of my corners aren't so perfect and I don't want to emphasize that.  Do any of you experience folks have any suggestions for me?  Thank you so much!!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Applique on T-Shirts on: December 12, 2007 06:09:16 AM
I want to make pj's for my kids for christmas.  At first I was going to make the classic button-up shirt style, but I'm feeling lazy and was thinking about just making the bottoms, then using that fabric to applique their initials to a long-sleeve t-shirt.  But I've never appliqued before.  I kind of suck at turning tight corners on the machine and I need to do a "C" and a "Q" so I'm leaning towards hand applique.  Can anyone point me to a good how to or outline the basics?  I know I need to use interfacing on the fabric before I cut out the shapes (right?), what weight should I use?  If I'm sewing onto a knit t-shirt, do I also need to use some sort of stabilizer behind the shirt?  Anything else I should know? Any favorite tips or tricks?

Thanks so much!!!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilted Trivet/Hot Pad? on: December 12, 2007 05:29:20 AM
My mother in law asked me to make her a table cloth and napkins from some fabric she was given.  I did that and now I was thinking it might be a nice idea to make her some coordinating trivets w/the scraps for x-mas.  What kind of batting should I use?  I know they make special insulated batting, but is it really necessary?  I'd love it if I didn't have to order something, since obviously at this point, time is an issue.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / A few questions about a simple patchwork quilt on: November 26, 2007 11:45:33 AM
Hey all,

I want to make simple quilts for my 2 kids for x-mas.  I'm thinking a basic scrappy "one-patch", with the blocks being 6 inches.  So I have a few questions:

Would it be best to just sew rows of blocks together, or should I make like a jumbo sized 4-patch and then sew those together in rows?

These are for twin sized bed and are for a 4 yo and a 2 yo.  They will get washed VERY frequently.  Is it ok if I do a 1/2 inch seam allowance or is that too bulky?

What is the best batting to use that is warm, but as light-weight as possible?  My younger one hates heavy blankets on her.  It's not freezing in our house at night or anything, so I'd definately give up some warmth for lightness.  Would just a layer of flannel work?

Thanks so much for any help you all can give!  I've made a few quilts before, but I'm still a total novice when it comes to details!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hip in Cotton! on: July 16, 2007 03:01:04 PM
Hip in Hemp from the summer knitty.  Only mine is Hip in Cotton, becuase I was too impatient to order yarn and my LYS didn't have the Hempathy.  I subbed Manos Cotton Stria, and fiddled with the pattern for my guage, which was surprisingly easy for a first time pattern-adjuster!

Not the best pic, but it looks perfect!  (Big bro couldn't stand not getting his picture taken too, lol)

Here's a close up:


I can't say enough good things about this pattern.  Clearly written easy to memorize and really easy to knit!  Gudrun was nice enough to expand the sizing on her blog all the way down to a size 2.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another Swing Thing! on: November 12, 2006 08:50:17 PM
Seeing the other post reminded me to post mine!!  I just finished this for my daughter and I am so please with how it turned out!  It's my first project I'm really proud of!!



Thanks for looking!!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Completed project post - Adorable Baby, Adorable Dress! on: July 18, 2006 11:38:52 AM
I'm so excited, this is my first every completed project post!



shameless cute baby brag shot Smiley

Pattern: Dress with Eyelets from Debbie Bliss Baby Knits for Beginners (I think, I forget and already returned the book to the library
Yarn: Manos del Uraguay Cotton Stria

I'm so pleased with the way it turned out!  I was a little worried that by the time I finally finished it that it wouldn't fit my daughter, but it fits with a little room to grow, which is perfect!

This was my first project with such tiny needles (sz 3) and man did it take forever, but I think it's pretty good for my 3rd ever project!  

Thanks for looking, I hope my pic links work!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help picking a yarn for this dress on: March 17, 2006 12:36:51 PM
I really want to make the Blossom dress from MagKnits for my DD. I want to make it a cotton or linen blend for this summer. Here is the link:


The guage called for is 24 st & 29 rows = 4 inches.

Can you guys make any suggestions for a relatively newbie knitter (I've made a couple of scarves and a sweater for each of my kids)? Something that won't be too terribley difficult to knit with...

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help me understand how to shape a neck on a sweater on: March 09, 2006 08:29:06 AM
Hey all,

This is my first post to craftster...thanks in advance for your help!

I'm working on a sweater for my toddler (the "Lickey-Split Knit" from The Yarn Girl's Guide to Kid Knits in case anyone has the book.)  I'm working on shaping the neck on the front and the instructions have me a little confused.  The book says to bind of the center 6 stiches and work the opening one side at a time, binding of one or 2 stiches per knit row and purling straight across the alternate rows.  I've got the first side done and it looks great, but I'm confused on how to start the second side.  It says"

  "For the other side of the neck edge, attach yarn to the remaining stitches and begin binding off 2 stitches immediately.  You will now be binding off when you are purling.  Finish neck shaping as for the other side and bind off"

So my question is...how to I "attach yarn to the remaining stitches"?  Do I bind off the completed side first or do I somehow continue working with the working yarn from the first side?

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