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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby's First Tattoo and my FIRST sweater! on: February 15, 2009 09:27:17 AM
That is just adorable! I didn't know Baby's First Tattoo could be so cute! Smiley
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Rocking Horse on: July 05, 2007 01:55:21 PM
Thanks everyone! The Craftster crew is always so receptive. You keep a girl inspired to keep creating. Smiley
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Rocking Horse on: July 04, 2007 07:15:58 PM
Actually, since this pattern was so labor intensive and finicky, I decided to list it for sale in my Etsy shop. But I hope to have some simpler patterns listed free on my blog soon! I'll definitely post when I do!

Thanks for all the great feedback guys!

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Rocking Horse on: July 04, 2007 04:03:41 PM
I saw a cute little stuffed rocking horse at the store last fall (Ty?) and decided I needed to crochet one of my own. After MUCH pattern tinkering, this is what I came up with.

Hope you like it! Now I just need to make one for each of my upcoming baby showers! Maybe add a little music button in their bellies. Smiley

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: ~Amor Tanktop~ (Pattern Included) on: March 28, 2007 08:32:12 PM
That's really cute! I'll have to take a peek at your pattern. Thanks!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knitted corgi dog... with a tie! on: March 13, 2007 08:04:41 AM
Freakin' adorable! You should definitely consider writing up the pattern.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: double pointed madness on: February 25, 2007 07:30:32 AM
I recently started some toe-up socks that had an i-cord as a provisional cast on. Since you're already knitting in circles with the i-cord there was no tangly mess. It's now my favorite way. Just start with scrap yarn in an i-cord, switch to your project yarn, and keep going, later removing the i-cord and using kitchener stitch to seal it all up. That obviously wouldn't work with longer lengths, but for those, I agree with the long-tail cast-on.


8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recycling my first Sweater: a WIP (pics + questions) on: February 25, 2007 07:14:24 AM
Good seam sweaters aren't that hard to find. Typically, if you stay away from acrylic sweaters, you'll find good seams. There are exceptions to that rule of course. I've been horror-struck to find angora and other fine fibers stuck in bad-seam sweaters.

Some tips from someone who has frogged gobs and gobs of sweaters:

-when purchasing sweaters, look for wear. Sometimes a sweater looks great on the shoulder, but if you look at the CUFFS you'll see pilling/felting/etc. Never buy a sweater that you even suspect has felted...you'll never get it unraveled if it's begun felting.
-shoulder seams very often have bad seams or are horribly difficult to get undone. sometimes it's faster/easier just to snip the shoulders off and unravel the little pieces until you get to one continuous strand
-a ball winder will shave off a lot of your time...as will a partner who can frog while you wind or vice versa
-look for the cheapest thrift stores in your town. it might be easier to find good sweaters at goodwill or the high-end thrift stores, but sometimes there are gems at the low-end places for dirt cheap. i've found cashmere for 20 cents!

I'm sure I have more tips, but the baby is distracting me...trying to help me type. Smiley


9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: DNA cable & lace tank shell (with pattern!) on: February 23, 2007 10:34:06 AM
It looks absolutely fabulous on you! The DNA cable really stands out nicely too. You can see the ladder rung definition really well.

I'm also very impressed by your mad math skills. Smiley Worked like a charm.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you make a girl... on: February 23, 2007 10:27:01 AM
The cool thing about those of us who craft is that we appreciate handcrafted items. I can do a little bit of just about everything, but would still cherish something handmade. So, just for the record, I don't think you can go wrong.

That said, I like your recipe cards idea, particularly if you fill a few with your own tried and true favorite recipes. My aunt did that for me when I first moved out on my own and then each Christmas for a couple years would add to the collection with her favorite cookie recipes, etc. And plushies are always fun. Smiley

Could you cover a journal in fabric for a recipe book? Or decoupage one? Or decoupage a pretty box to hold cards? How about a photo album with scrapbook-ish inserts to hold recipes? I found this to show you what I mean: http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/mag/articles/article.1390.p1.html

I think crafty and personal is the way to go. Smiley
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