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1901  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much yarn will I need for a small blanket? on: March 28, 2006 04:35:49 AM
If you want to make a baby blankie with a granny square, there is an excellent pattern here:


Very easy. It also lists how many ounces you need.

I'm currently doing this for a baby shower gift.

Remember, if it's for a doggie, you can use it as a stash-buster project. Your pup probably won't care what colors are in his blanket.

Hope this helps!
1902  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: 8 quick and easy bridal shower hostess gifts? on: March 27, 2006 07:32:47 PM
I totally stole this idea from another topic, but I think it may work for you too.

Maybe make up personalized tote bags (premade little canvas bags that you can iron on with each girl's initials) and stuff it with wedding day pampering stuff, bottled water, a few facial masks, body scrubs, shimmer powder, etc.

Actually, you could stuff them with anything you wish. (Chief among them being chocolate!)

On another completely different thought, why not attach a note, telling them how much they mean to you and how glad you are that they are a part of your big day.
1903  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Boyfriend Birthday Gift for a Real Sweetheart on: March 27, 2006 07:24:58 PM
Good Idea. Never really considered photography one of my most viable crafts, but I think that might be a great idea.

Thanks for your input. Always good to have new ideas!
1904  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Boyfriend Birthday Gift for a Real Sweetheart on: March 26, 2006 10:25:23 PM
Hi all.

I have a few months to prepare for my boyfriend's birthday, so of course if I wanna make something, I better start now.

He is a sweetheart, he helped me get up the courage to leave a very bad relationship and has really shown me respect and unconditional love.
Best part, he LOVES my craftiness. Really appreciates the time and effort I put into my crafts.

He's part Italian and Native American and really proud of them both. He's early 30's and enjoys fine dining, going to museums and artsy, sensual stuff. Loves opera and the beach. He's a fellow grad student in my psychology department. This is a guy who will knock himself out to get someone a great gift for no reason.

Last good gift I gave him was a journal with a handbeaded (handmade) bookmark and before that, a scarf.

I feel bad, because I don't have a lot of moolah to spend on him. I want to make him something because I know he'd love it, but it being summer, my best gift, a scarf, is out.

I can cook, bake, sew, knit (slowly), crochet, paint (in a grandma moses sorta way), make m&p soap, make some jewlery, photography.

Any suggestions are welcome  Thanks!  Grin
1905  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Honeymoon tote ideas? on: March 26, 2006 10:07:41 PM
Nice ideas so far!

I would either get premade iron-on letters or create a scrolly initial iron-on in BIG print in a purdy coordinating color.

Maybe celebrate heritages with edibles from both areas: cheese from Wisconsin, crumpets from Jolly Old England (scope out "ethnic" sections in supermarkets for other Anglo stuff) to compliment the wine?

With the "naughty" stuff that could be a little less naughty, use your iron-on skills again and create matching Mrs. thong and Mr. boxers from plain underoos? Or His and Hers would work too.
Good massage oils are always nice, as well as candles and romantic CDs to suit their tastes.
Maybe include a massager like you can get at Bath & Body Works?

I think the ideas you've come up with so far are great.
I'd also maybe include a new pictureframe as well, maybe with a note attached indicating it is for a picture of the new "complete" family (aka them with the baby).
A little off the theme, but it might be a nice touch to include the young'in in some way.
1906  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Worn-out Jeans + Pajama Shirt = Skirt, looks like just jeans at first glance! on: March 25, 2006 01:35:21 PM
What is so cool!

I woulda never thoughta that!
1907  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Rose. on: March 25, 2006 12:47:10 PM
You were saying you wanted to add something else...I kept thinking bees and dashed lines to follow their flight patterns. Anyway, just a suggestion.

Also have to agree with the others. I like the f*up and the good one equally.

1908  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hat question on: March 25, 2006 10:45:12 AM
I'm still a novice knitter, but I would say no, the straight parts of a circular would eventually get too long for the closeness of the stitches at the end. This is why I favor knitting hats flat and seaming, I am not a fan of dpns at all. Too much to keep track of for me.

Have heard of a way to do socks via 2 sets of circulars. Try a search for circular knit socks and see what comes up (internet sites). You may be able to adapt that technique.

Hope this helps.
1909  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stawberry hat on: March 25, 2006 10:38:34 AM
My humble suggestion-

Make the hat as per usual in the red and then crochet a star-shaped thing in green to simulate leaves. I would try something like this:

ch 5, join w/sl stitch
ch 3, dc to fill in ring
continue to build up a circular shape till desired size, *then ch until it is the length you want leaf to be. (treat as foundation ch)
turn, sc a few times, maybe hdc, then dc and then maybe treble/triple crochet (you've made a point extending from the circle)*
continue on until the next spot you want a leaf and repeat from  *

Then crochet a small tube to make the stem and attach the whole shebang to the hat.

Think of it as making a doily with points on it. Or imagine a snowflake pattern.

Hope this helps! If not, totally disregard!  Wink
1910  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Birthday Bracelet for Grandma on: March 24, 2006 01:38:46 PM
Looks pretty from what I can tell.  Smiley
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