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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Newbie has decided to DE-lurk on: November 30, 2006 05:52:47 AM

It's beautiful!!!!

I'm soooooooooooooo glad you posted that, it's awesome!

Before you know it you'll even have your own blog!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Digital Scrapbooking and copyright on: November 15, 2006 11:12:17 AM
I would love to use a digital scrapbooking package to make a banner for my blog, but I"m sure that that would be breaking at least one copyright law.  Am I correct?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Snowman Pencils on: November 13, 2006 04:16:44 PM
Let me give credit where credit is due...the snipping off the tips of the gloves for hats was not my idea.  I posted a plea on my blog for help and that was what was suggested by a fellow blogger....but I agree with you, it was a BRILLIANT idea, just not mine Smiley
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowman Pencils (complete w/ photos) on: November 13, 2006 11:21:13 AM
What was supposed to be a VERY quick project took far more time than I anticipated, but I am happy with the results.

The snowmen have styrofoam ball heads covered with white gillter.  Beads for the eyes, felt for the nose and I snipped the ends off cheap dollar store gloves for the hats.  A bit of ribbon tied around the pencil for a scarf.

I was inspired by the latest Martha Stewart Holiday Gift Guide.  

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Filling for hot/cold pack? on: November 12, 2006 12:56:35 PM
I just made a sample hot pack, the ones where you make almost a beanbag, fill it with flax seed and stitch it up.  You heat it up in the microwave and it provides heat, kind of like a hot water bottle.

I saw a thread in the past related to this and it suggested things like rice, feed corn, barley or flax seed for filling.

I am not happy with the scent of the flax seed.  It is not over-powering, but it is not very pleasant either.

I can't see how rice or barley wouldn't have an odour either.  I don't think I want to try feed corn (I'm afraid of the little buggies that might come with it).

Does anyone else have experience with this?

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knittin' mittens on: November 04, 2006 11:34:28 AM
I'm loving this mittens.  A quick question about mitten-making in general (since you seem to be good at it!).  Is it difficult like sock knitting?  Do I have to "turn" anything?  I'm sort of learly to try mittens since I can't even do a sock! Huh

Hmmmm....I knit socks and mittens.  I think the only real similarity is that I use dpn's for both.  There is nothing to "turn" when knitting mittens.  Essentially you knit a cuff and a few rounds below where the thumb starts, there is usually, but not always a series of increases for the thumb gusset.  When you are done the increases for the thumb gusset, you place those stitches on a stitch holder and continue knitting in the round until it's time to start shaping the top which is usually a series of decrease rounds alternating with plain knit rounds.  When you get down to a few stitches, you just use a needle and pull your working thread through the stitches, tighten it, and voila! Oh, then you have to go back, pick up the thumb stitches and knit the thumb.

Ok, doesn't sound easy, but if you can knit a scarf, you can knit mittens!!!!!!  Unfortunately, I can't recommend a free online pattern.  I've tried several and they all had errors in them which trust me, is frustrating!!   

Perhaps someone has a suggestion for an error-free beginner's mitten pattern for you?

Please don't let what I said scare you, they are easy!

Good luck!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knittin' mittens on: November 03, 2006 05:46:03 PM
Again, thanks for the compliments!!!!

Those are very pretty! Michael's has SWS on sale... hmm. I've made a hat with it, it's soooo nice. Did you use a pattern? I like their shape a lot better than many of the "heavier weight" mittens I've seen.

I used the basic mitten pattern form Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns.  I casted on 36 stitches on 4mm needles and went from there. A hat?? Now that would be a nice compliment to the mittens...how many balls for a hat?

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: my 1st quilt: raggy edge on: November 02, 2006 04:47:16 PM
Your quilt is GREAT!!! I love it! I made a raggy quilt, but it pales in comparison to yours.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knittin' mittens on: November 02, 2006 02:13:44 PM
Thanks for the compliments everyone!

The colors are amazing, aren't they?  I love the way your mittens are looking!  How many pair do you plan to make?

I'm not sure yet exactly how many I will end up making, in a perfect work, probably 6.

That's beautiful!  I'm planning on making my husband mittens out of that yarn but I'm going to make them felted on purpose so I don't have to worry about handwashing.


That's an awesome idea!!!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knittin' mittens on: November 02, 2006 10:27:35 AM
I've decided that everyone I know needs new mittens for Christmas, especially now that I've discovered Patons new SWS yarn!  I love it, it is so soft and the colours are eye-candy.
The only problem with the yarn is that it felts extremely easily, so all gifts will include instructions for hand washing.
Here's my current work in progress, if you haven't tried this yarn yet, I highly recommend it!

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