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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Getting Pen out of Maple on: January 29, 2013 02:45:44 PM
My parents bought us a lovely (used) nursery set for our first little one due in April. It's solid, beautiful, maple wood and I love it. I hate that it's previous tenant took a ball point pen to it, whose traces I cannot remove. Hairspray, alcohol, nail polish remover, goof off, baking soda, vinegar, wood filler, all haven't touched it. It's slightly gouged into the wood, and I'm afraid I'm at the stain-or-paint-it phase. Do any of you crafty divas have ideas? I really would love to keep my maple nursery set.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Stumped. Can you come up with a fabric that works? on: January 22, 2012 12:10:35 PM
Hi Craftsters! Smiley

I'm going to be sewing a costume for a friend and I'm having trouble figuring out what fabric I would use.

What I need help with is the body suit. It's a full white body suit, from ankles to neck and long-sleeved. It's mostly fitted, but somewhat stretchy. I'm trying to come up with a fabric that is going to have enough stretch to be comfortable, but is opaque enough that his undies won't show. Any ideas?

I've considered knit cotton and jersey, but both of those tend to be rather translucent in a single layer. Am I going to have to double layer it and be done with it?

Thanks for your replies!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions please. on: February 21, 2011 08:27:23 PM
Make more circles as you have scraps to use up and make a scrapghan. At least, that's what I'd do!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for African Flower Hexagon Pattern on: January 16, 2011 08:13:09 PM
I'm glad that works for you! I really love this pattern, it looks fabulous in just about any color combination. I usually do a sc row around the outside and join as I go, as well.

PS:  I love your avatar.

Thanks! That's my baby, Mishka Grin She's two next month, but still just as tiny as she looks in that picture.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for African Flower Hexagon Pattern on: January 16, 2011 10:49:48 AM
Is the pattern from HeidiBears the one you used? That one is totally correct.

In my experience, this pattern takes a little bit of trial and error before it makes sense. Try looking at that post, it has progress pictures of every round, which are very helpful!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Orangutan Fur Yarn.... :D on: January 05, 2011 06:57:55 PM
You can try brushing yarn, such as cotton, in the appropriate color to achieve the look. Just use one of the sharp-ish bristly pet brushes and go to town. I'm pretty sure this is the method Roman Sock uses. See photos here.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Super soft super bulky yarn? on: January 04, 2011 07:22:57 PM
At Joann's, there's a really soft bulky acrylic yarn by Deborah Norville. I've made hats and scarves out of it and it is awesome. I think it runs around $4/skein.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: discontinued yarn.... on: December 30, 2010 08:36:17 PM
Have you tried Ebay?

You can also check Ravelry...search through stashes and see if anyone has it available for sale or hanging around. It may be worth asking.  Good luck!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Holy moly - this knitting project is killing me... on: December 26, 2010 11:18:27 AM
My favorite way to cast on in the middle of a project is by using the knit cast on. I also crochet on sometimes, but that tends to be more fiddly. I recommend knitting on.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: JAYG Granny Square Christmas stocking on: November 30, 2010 09:34:25 PM
You could probably use any basic pattern and just join as you go, using the normal method of doing so. Just make sure to choose a granny square pattern that allows for that.
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