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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: How Did You Find Craftster? / Craftster Sightings! on: January 29, 2005 04:26:56 PM
Hey there! Huzzah and I did the crossword table. I hadn't realized the issue was out yet--mine hasn't come in the mail! Exciting!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Very Tall Socks" Knitty Winter '04 on: December 17, 2004 12:13:03 AM
i'm definitely making these after xmas... i'll keep you posted!
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: NEW s n' b book to be out late fall! on: September 06, 2004 10:18:43 AM
what do you think "hands-free" means on the knit wit cover? shouldn't we be, uh, using our hands?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: huge, adult size blanket on: August 05, 2004 05:01:05 PM
dahlea, i'm not sure i understand about the hot damn afghan--does it involve holding multiple strands at once, or is it just switching when you feel like it? i can't find any pictures of a finished one to see up close.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with a bag of Lana d'oro? on: July 19, 2004 09:56:10 AM
i've been having the same problems--all this beautiful yarn, but what to make? yesterday i started knitty's  boogie vest http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTboogie.html with the yarn doubled. i got close to gauge, and it really feels wonderful, all warm and squishy and wintery. i was slightly worried that if i tried a full-length sweater, i would run out of yarn right before i finished, and then i would have to jump out the window.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crossword Puzzle Table! (with tutorial) on: June 23, 2004 10:19:35 AM
trufflegirl, we've had a little bit of that color leaching problem, but so far it's not so much that's it's bothering me. it's inevitable that the table won't be as shiny and pure after a while, but that's the way it goes.

i was thinking about a scrabble table! i know there's a thread here about making a table out of an actual board game, but i was also thinking you could use the method i described above with several color photocopies of a board. that way you could have a tiling effect but still have at least one full, usable board. imagine the games of scrabble you could play! i wish i had more tables!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crossword Puzzle Table! (with tutorial) on: June 16, 2004 11:16:22 AM
hey, pipu!! thanks!

i should add that depending on how good your contact paper is, it might not want to stay put on the table. we ended up duct taping the edges underneath the table to make it stay.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Crossword Puzzle Table! (with tutorial) on: June 15, 2004 09:29:56 PM
emerald6, we used mod podge at first, but then we discovered it was easier to use rubber cement--fewer bubbles and wrinkles in the paper. we didn't put any mod podge or glue over the puzzles, though, because we knew we'd be adding the contact paper.

and thanks for the compliments, everyone! it's seriously my favorite thing in my house right now. but it was much easier to solve the puzzles when we had huzzah visiting to help us. now it's just me and, uh, mr. wordie, and we keep getting stuck on the hardest ones! i keep dreaming of an all-sunday-NYT-crossword table...
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Crossword Puzzle Table! (with tutorial) on: June 15, 2004 07:14:52 PM
Huzzah and I recently revamped a dingy old plywood table: now it's a fabulous
crossword table that you can fill in and erase again and again! This project is super cheap
and super easy.

ugly-ass table
glue or rubber cement
crossword puzzle book (or any assortment of crosswords)
clear contact paper
dry erase markers

I had inherited the table in question from a friend, who had covered its nastiness in a
not-quite-so-ugly cloth. Once we removed the cloth, we had to figure out the logistics: how
many crosswords would fit? For our table, 12 pages from the book would fit but leave a gap
around the edges.


The solution to our problem was the solution to the puzzles. [/rimshot] The small, dense
solutions in the back of the book made an excellent contrast to the open spaces in the
puzzles. If you are making a border, figure out how wide it needs to be, and then lay that
down first as a foundation. We cut our solution pages into thirds and glued them around the
edge of the table.


Gluing is easiest with two people, as one person can position the paper while the other smooths it
out. Be careful not to rip the gluey paper.
Then we started laying out the puzzles themselves--carefully, in a grid. We just glued them
down and tried not to wrinkle them too much. If the glue isn't sticking to every single
piece of the paper, don't worry: you'll be covering them with contact paper anyway.


Once you're done gluing, step back and admire how cool your table will be.


Now comes the trickiest part: laying contact paper over the table. Anyone who's worked with
contact paper knows how annoying it can be: wrinkling, sticking to itself. We managed by
very carefully peeling the backing, and then sort of suspending the contact paper over the table (like
laying a fresh sheet on a bed), and then pressing it down very carefully. Cover the entire
table with contact paper, preferably two layers. We did it width-wise first and then ran
out, but I plan to get more contact paper and put on another layer length-wise to smooth out
the few inevitable wrinkles we got.

And that's it! You've got yourself a killer table.


Hours of amusement are ahead of you! Perfect for parties--and the contact paper means
spilled drinks will clean up in a snap!


Dry erase markers work beautifully, especially if you get ones with fine tips.
Enjoy your new table! If you use hard puzzles, you can work on it forever!

10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Zeeby's Bag Help! on: May 29, 2004 09:35:59 AM
sounds like garter stitch to me... are you sure you're knitting on the "right side" and purling on the "wrong side"?
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