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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / The hanging doily lamp on: August 19, 2011 12:32:03 PM
I needed a hanging lamp and I have a small collection of doilies that I've been saving for a rainy day.  Fortunately I live in Seattle so rainy days are all around me Smiley

I posted the tutorial on my blog:  http://sundaydrivedesigns.com/blog/?p=242.  It's kinda picture heavy so I thought i would give the Craftster servers a break Smiley

Hope you like it!

2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Showing love to those who are often forgotten about on: December 20, 2007 07:11:00 PM
Since its Christmas time, I was taking stock of my life and realized that I wouldnt be where I am today without the support of my friends and family. And I wanted to share some of that love with people who dont get that kind of love. So I started this little idea going:  http://toastyguerrillas.wordpress.com
Any information, help, questions or comments would be greatly appreciated.  And please feel free to pass this along to all your crafty friends

Happy Holidays everyone!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas tree topper and ornaments on: December 02, 2007 08:34:36 PM
I have a small basement apartment and it's hard to get a Christmas tree that doesn't look like the Griswald's family tree.  We found one last year and we bought a few little ornaments from Target, but I could never find a tree topper that didn't look like it was eating the tree.  Add to that, money is a little short this year, so I got a little creative.  I got a stack of holiday themed scrapbooking paper and made a bunch of origami cranes and one large one for as the tree topper!


The painted snowman ornament is one of my Dad's creations.  We get a handmade ornament from him every year.  Even Dad is crafty Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidery - Pillowcase for my friend's wedding on: October 25, 2007 09:33:17 PM
It's not officially done yet, but it's close enough (ok, one pillowcase is done, the second one is almost done) - but you get the idea.

I found a quote from Robert Browning.  It says, "So, fall asleep love, loved by me, for I know love, I am loved by thee."

The paper is what I used for a template.  I ended up having to free hand everything because I didn't give myself enough space for the thread width.  I think it might need a few more embellishments, but I'm not sure.  Any input would be great!

Mom wants me to sell the pattern.  And I'm on the fence about that.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidery - Tea Towels on: October 06, 2007 10:21:40 PM
I snatched up a copy of Doodle Stitching and found a cute little boxer dog pattern.  Since my friend's bridal shower was coming up, and her and her husband own a boxer, I thought it would be cute to embroider the boxer on some tea towels.  They were the hit of the shower!

Of course, I was working on this right up until I had to leave for the shower.  Nothing like putting it off until the last minute Smiley

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Double Pointed Needle problem on: September 23, 2007 12:05:14 PM
Hi all,

I'm working on the Knitty Universal Toe Up Socks and I seem to have made an odd mistake. I'm knitting on the inside of the double pointed needles.  It hasn't effected the sock.  It still looks and acts like a sock.  I just want to knit on double pointed needles properly.
I guess the question is, can I turn the sock inside out and my knitting on the inside of the needles is fixed?

If you need it, I can take a picture of it.  It might be easier to see then.


7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Double ended stitch holders - is there a tutorial out there? on: September 22, 2007 01:10:22 PM
Hi all,

I saw this tutorial about a month or so ago and I can't find it now.  It was for those double ended stitch holders made out of pencil toppers and elastic cord.  I'm in the middle of knitting socks and of course I need the perfect accessory for my needles Smiley


8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fantine - my first not so boring knitting project on: September 15, 2007 07:16:38 PM
After working on the Anthropologie Inspired Capelet by julsey723 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62184.0 (thanks for such a great tutorial julsey723! I love that pattern!)
I got up the courage to work on something a bit harder - the French Girl Knits pattern - Fantine. 

I learned a few things on this one:
Read the entire pattern first.
Don't start something you really aren't sure about while watching your favorite tv shows. 

there's a few mistakes in it, but hey, that's what give it that "handknit" feel to it Smiley

All the details of the progress are on my blog:  http://beccalou.wordpress.com

Thanks for looking!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Easy fall sweater suggestions on: September 13, 2007 08:42:32 AM
Hi All!

I'm about a day away from finishing Fantine from French Girl Designs.  You can check out the progess on my blog:  http://beccalou.wordpress.com/ - if you're interested:) I promised myself I wouldn't start any other big projects until Fantine is done and now that it's almost done, I'm trying to find my next project.  I'm looking for a easy fall sweater to work on.  I don't want it to be too bulky as I live in Seattle.  It gets cold, but it's never cold enough for a super bulky sweater.  And I'd like it to be simple, with some shaping (as I've got some curves and I don't mind showing them off from time to time).  I'd also like to be able to wear a tshirt underneath it - just in case it gets warm where ever I'm going.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks all!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fantine Pattern question on: August 15, 2007 07:46:11 PM
Hi All

I was hoping someone out there might be able to help me out with Fantine - the French Girl Knits pattern.  I'm doing the mandarin collar, cap sleeve version.

I cast on my 41 stitches (that's what is needed for a medium), made it thru the first 4 rows with no problems.

The fourth row told me to work in the established p2, k1 rib pattern, work 8 sts, PM, work 5 sts, PM, work 15 sts, PM, work 5 sts, PM and work to end. 

No problemo.  Here's where all the problems start -

Row 5 instructions are as follows:  LCS (k into back of 2nd stitch on left needle, k into front of 1st stitch on left needle, drop original 2 stitches from left needle - easy enough),P1, LCS (work to 1 st before marker, kinc, sm, kinc) 4 times, work to last 5 stitches, RCS (k into front of 2nd stitch on left needle, k into front of of 1st stitch on left needle, drop original 2 stitches from  left needle - easy peasy), P1, RCS -- 8 sts increased.

here's the issue I'm having - I start out with the LCS - 2 stitches, P1 - 1 stitch, another LCS - 2 more stitches, another LCS - 2 more stitches - a total of 7 stitches and I'm one away from the marker, so I do my kinc, sm, kinc - Do I start over with the LCS, P1, LCS ? Or do I continue with it where I left off which would be a P1?  The math doesn't really work out with the stitches.  If I'm to P1, LCS - that's 3 stitches and I'm left with 2 stitches away from the marker and according to the pattern I should be doing another LCS. That would give me no stitches before the marker.  It seems like I get a "stranded" stitch when I try to figure it out.  It's almost like I have to add a P1 somewhere when it doesn't seem like it's supposed to be. 

I don't know if any of that makes sense or not, I'd love some help if anyone has worked with this pattern, or someone who can understand what I just wrote ( Gosh I don't even know if I understand what I just wrote!  No wonder I'm so confused!)

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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