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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:Fuzzy Boa Scarf on: September 22, 2003 01:12:52 PM
I think the yarn's so scary that you might not be able to see any other stitches! You can barely tell that it's knit--it's really crazy!

42  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fuzzy Boa Scarf on: September 22, 2003 08:19:41 AM
I've started making lotsa stuff for the upcoming holidays. One really easy, cheap item I've made is this fuzzy, boa scarf:

It's not a great pic, but it's basically a very long, ultra-fuzzy scarf. The great thing is that it's so inexpensive and quick (took me about 2 one-hour sittings) to make.
Here's what I used:
yarn: Splash brand ($10)
needles: #17
Here's how I made it:
I casted on 10 stitches and just did garter stitch (knit every row) until I got to the length I wanted. It's a little tough to get used to the gigantic needles and the weird yarn, but it's so fast! I even had quite a bit of leftover that I think I'm going to use as cuff yarn for some mittens.
For you Boston-types: I got the yarn at Woolcott in Harvard Square. They used to have a more expensive yarn similar to this, but check out the stock towards the back of the store.
43  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Old maps on: September 20, 2003 06:26:09 AM
I feel like I start off every post with a reference to Martha Stewart, but here goes! Smiley

There was an issue this past summer that had some great ideas for maps. They took a few and cut them up into quadrants and frames them. It looked really cool and modular.

You could make a lampshade too.

Switch plate covers--so easy. Just buy swtich plate covers at a hardware store ($0.50 at most) and cut your map to match the plate cover. Then use Modge Podge to adhere it to the plate.
44  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:tic tac containers on: September 20, 2003 06:18:53 AM
Maybe this is a little silly, but a toothpick holder? Buy a buncha minty or cinammony toothpicks and put them in the Tic Tac boxes and you have little after dinner travel kit thingy. Of course, you'd have to embellish the outside of it to make it really interesting--maybe 50's dental photos? Smiley
45  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:Christmas Card Ideas on: September 20, 2003 06:14:35 AM
There are tons of great ideas on the Martha Stewart website actually--under Learn/Crafts. There are lots of good ones under Valentine's day and others that you can modify for the holidays.

I can't find the feature where this first appeared, but I love the idea of embroidered cards. They sell this kit and the pic will give you an idea of what they look like:

I don't see why you'd need the kit. Just get embroidery floss, card stock, and a needle, right? I might be ambitious and try something like this this year!

Good luck!
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Pot Holder Fabric? on: September 19, 2003 03:47:12 PM
[Not sure if this should be in a more sewing-centric section]

So, I make these potholders:


Now, in the past I've used just cotton fabric for the front, heavy duty quilting, and thick upholstery. But I'm wondering if there's any place that I can purchase that silvery, quilty (heat-resistant?) fabric. I've done a few online queries, but haven't come up with anything promising.
Anyone have any ideas? Lemme know!
47  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re:Ideas for Christmas gifts on: September 18, 2003 11:20:36 AM
Man oh man. I've already started collecting stuff and thinking about Xmas/holiday gifts. It can get so overwhelming, no? I think part of the key is to start buying stuff a lot earlier. . . that way it's easier to stick to your budget and you're not hit (financially) anyway with all the stress. Plus, if you're making stuff, the earlier the better.

I'm knitting a few things (mittens are so quick & easy). Knitting those boa-like scarves is great. You can get the yarn for about $10. Knit them up on #17 needles (CO 8 stitches or so) and you can have one done, literally, within hours.

I think I'm also going to put my effort into making lots of little crafty things and putting together baskets for lots of people. Baking tiny loaves of banana/fruit/etc/ bread. Making soaps (the super easy glycerin ones--not the crazy, scary lye kind!), lip balm. Marble magnets. Decoupagey stuff. I collect crap all year around with the intention of making something out of it--now's the time!

I hope everyone posts stuff that they make--would be cool to see what we all end up with.

48  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Where to buy yarn online on: September 17, 2003 01:36:47 PM
I think Lion Brand yarn is a really good place to start. They have various levels of pricing and quality, but it's a great place for beginniners especially:

They also have lots of free patterns that are useful.

Lots of people shop on eBay, but you should only do that once you know which brands you like.

49  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Boston area knitting groups? on: August 11, 2003 09:14:31 PM
Hey all,
I know there are lots of knitting groups in the area--anyone attended any regularly? I know there's the Woolcott (in Harvard Sq) one that meets at the Redline bar. I only went once, but it was well-attended and it was so fun to see new projects!

I know there's another one at the Brookline Booksmith and at the Somerville Public Library (the branch near Davis Sq). Anyone been to those? How are they?

I sort of coordinate a small group of knitters (and the occasional crocheter, seamster, etc). that gets together about once every couple weeks. Though, the summer's just way way way too hot for such activities. But hopefully we'll get started back up soon. (anyone interested is welcome to join, too--just email me!).

50  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting links on: August 07, 2003 06:31:08 PM
Hey all,
Here's a sampling of some of the many excellent knitting (and other yarn-related crafts) links out there:

Definitely *the* knitting site. It has loads of free patterns, hints, etc.

I heart Knitty so much! This quarterly on-line knitting journal is chock full of hip patterns and well-written articles:

Lots of cool pics and patterns: 

Great knitting blog:

Not too much pattern info., but it's a very cool UK org:

I know there are others. Many many many others. Anyone have any?
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