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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What does THAT mean?! on: May 13, 2007 11:16:54 AM
Hi everyone
Well I'm moving along on my first sweater, and I just don't understand the last step for the shoulders & neck.
My sweater is from Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas. It's the striped sweater on page 28.
Anyway, shaping the shoulders sounds all dandy, binding off stitches at the end and in the middle for the neck. But then the last four instructions are:
Row 6: bind off 7 sts, patt to end
Row 7: bind off 2 sts, patt to end
Row 8: bind off
Rejoin yarn to rem sts at neck edge. Work rows 5-8 inclusive.

Why would I bind off and then rejoin the same yarn? And what does inclusive mean?

Thanks for your help. I will be posting the finished project in about eight years.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I finished the dress from hell!!! on: May 07, 2007 07:03:43 PM
And it turned out pretty good.

Why is it the dress from hell, you ask?
*Long, detailed rant alert*
Well, to start with, Joann had these "one seam dresses", which was smocked around the top so you can just sew one seam and have this tube dress that a five year old would wear. Not for me. But I bought this fabulous fabric anyway. Than, I tried to modify the top part of one pattern and use a different pattern for the skirt, which ended up too tight and too puffy (I'm not going to modify any more patters until AFTER I take a patternmaking class this summer). So I ripped it all apart, and LUCKILY I had just enough fabric left to cut out the skirt part again and remake the whole dress. It's still about 2 inches shorter than I would like but oh well.

Does the hem look even?
And for those of you interested it's New Look 6557. Well it was before slight modifications.
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My cupcake critter has a bad habit on: April 29, 2007 11:53:44 AM
I saw these little cupcake critters by fellow craftster leesespieces:


and I thought they were so cute. Since I had a couple of friends with birthdays coming up, I made them some, but I thought this was more their type of cupcake:

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Scotch tape or Elmer's Gel? on: April 05, 2007 09:47:12 AM
Hi everyone
So I have all these vintage photogs I've been collecting from antique shops and I finally decided to put them on my wall. I don't want to frame them, but I was thinking that if I just put tape on the back they would always be falling off. So I was wondering if anyone had any other ideas-- I thought maybe that blue gel glue that Elmer's makes might work, but that would probably ruin the picture (and maybe the wall, I live in an apartment so it would have to be fairly non-permanent)

Any ideas?
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / R.I.P. My Daisy Dress on: March 26, 2007 05:22:43 PM
I made this dress when I was 16 or 17 and I've been slowly wearing it less and less. Lately I've been trying to look like a 21 year old instead of continuing to look like a teenager. Anyway, after going through my closet over spring break I decided to get rid of the daisy dress, so here are her obituary photos.

Let's pay our respects and move on.
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The I don't know how to explain it embroidery project on: March 08, 2007 09:12:01 PM
I'm taking a surface design class with the fiber arts department at my university this quarter and I was STOKED that we had an embroidery project to do. Whenever I was working on the project I'd think "I am getting me degree right now. Awesome"
Basically it's divided into four squares and we had to do flat, chain, knot and composite stitches and embellish outside of the boxes. I also dyed the floss myself!

And here's the Shisha stitch, which I didn't know how to do before the class. I was told there needed to be more chains around the coins, but I like the way they look with bigger chains around them.

This was the first time I just embroidered, as opposed to embroidering an image, if that makes sense.
Let me know what you think!
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fruity Bags on: February 10, 2007 03:05:49 PM
I got some fun fabric and made these bags. I used a Simplicity pattern: 4951. It's discontinued, but you can get it on ebay.

I embroidered a little golden apple on the green one and made a button out of the core of the apple on the brown one (which you can't see that well, but sheesh, I'm not a photographer).

Let me know what you think!
28  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 4077- Ruffle front blouse on: January 02, 2007 11:59:28 AM
This was such a great and easy pattern! Yay for ruffles!
I think next time I'm going to add a skirt & make it into a dress. Here are some pictures

I know you can't see the ruffles too well in that picture (stupid flash), so here's a close-up

29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ceramic fish-shaped bowl on: January 01, 2007 04:28:34 PM
Here's a little fishy bowl I made a while ago. Luckily my ceramics phase was short-lived because I had to take my pieces in to one of those ceramic shops to glaze & fire them and that was expensive!
I just used slabs to make the base and the walls.

nevermind that my boyfriend uses it to stash part of his 2-million dollars worth of spare change

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Your crafty New Year Resolutions on: December 31, 2006 01:24:55 PM
Knit a sweater
Get a screenprinter and learn how to use it
Take a patternmaking class and get off of my pattern dependence
Learn to make my own mix drinks (that's sort of crafty, right?)
Learn glass etching (sort of goes with the above resolution)
Use at least half of that fabric stash
Embroider more (a little vague, but oh well)
Get rid of most of my non-handmade jewelry and replace with handmade
Don't let studying/tiredness/cleaning get in the way of crafty time
Convince my boyfriend he needs a handmade scarf

I'd love to know everyone else's!
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