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21  Crafting a kettlebell out of a dumbbell in Discussion and Questions by Muria on: December 20, 2009 08:01:42 PM
Once upon a time, I bought a rather large number of dumbbells (in sizes 2,3,4,5,8,10 and 15 pounds, in pairs, of course).  I very rarely use them, but I've read that kettlebell exercises are great for getting in shape because they swing (adding a bit of variability to the load that your muscles carry).  I have the hex kind ( example from amazon.com), and the neoprene covered ones ( another example from amazon.com. My current best idea is to use something like rope to make a handle that fits over each end, something like this wonderful paint picture:

I know how to crochet and knit, and did macrame in the 1970's when I was about 10 years old.  Are there any suggestions for how to go about this (technique, best angles for strength, explanations why this is a really bad idea, etc.)?  I'd greatly appreciate some input before I step blindly into the project (though I'd intended to do tests with lighter weight dumbbells in an unoccupied room to prevent large holes in walls or people).

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22  Replicating rectangular loom knitting? (double knitting with 1 strand of yarn) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Muria on: December 17, 2009 07:38:45 AM
Ok, so I dislike purling on a loom knitter.  A lot.  Of course, I found this out in the middle of a project.  So I transferred it onto a pair of regular needles. The problem is that all of the double knitting demos I've seen are for colorwork, but I only have the one color.  So I found some useful information here (the post about knit 1, slip 1), but when I knit it, I'm getting rows of purls.
In case it helps (and so people like me who tend to just look at "recent with pics" will see it), here's a picture of the project:

From the red line down was loom knit. The purls above that line are my attempts at double knitting (in case anyone's interested, it's an attempt to replicate atsuko's cool pencil scarf for my son's first grade teacher. The way it's going, she's not likely to get it for Christmas after all).

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23  Re: Christ-Centered Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: December 15, 2009 09:56:07 AM
I know Malbert stays busy, so I'll post the one picture I took of the crafted item I made for her.  I didn't take pictures of the rest of what I sent her, but I put a lot of time and effort into the crafted object, so I want to show it off.  Smiley

The snowflakes at the bottom are glitter felt (the snowflake in the third row is just folded under, not cut. Wish I'd seen that when I took the picture).  The pockets have scripture references written on them for the prophecies about the Messiah. The snowflakes button onto the pockets, and have the fulfillment of the prophecies written on the back of the snowflakes.  I also included a reference sheet, just in case it was difficult to read (considering I occasionally read a 2 as a 7, it was necessary).  Also in the box were some buttons, and some wool yarn, and some Hershey kisses in the pockets (because it's always good to get chocolate).
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24  Re: Christ-Centered Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: December 10, 2009 09:46:11 AM
You did an awesome job, Karen! You guys must have gone for one of the larger options because I can't imagine fitting all of that in a flat rate medium box (or even two of them). 

As I said, I received yesterday, and it was actually sunny today, so I took a picture of what I received. My camera has a fixed focal length however, so I can't get any detail shots.  Here's the group shot (with a few things that didn't manage to make it into the picture):

As you can see, I got two studies to help motivate me to read my Bible, plus some really pretty yarn to motivate me to... um... just to motivate me.  Grin  Malbert also made two really cute ornaments for my Christmas tree, a star on a blue background, and a button manger on a beige background.  I also included the cool sparkly tissue paper she wrapped everything in.   Thanks Malbert! It's a really cool and thoughtful package!

And, since I was uploading pictures anyway, I made a teaser:

The tracking information was last updated yesterday in the wee hours of the morning, so I don't know if it's still in the state, or finally heading your way.  I do hope you like it though!
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25  Light/crafting table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Muria on: November 20, 2009 06:12:34 AM
It's not decorating, exactly, but it does take up space in the corner of my family room, so I'm putting it here.  About a year ago (I think. It may have been two... Embarrassed ), after much complaining about tracing patterns, my husband decided to make me a light table. I think it was a Christmas present, but I don't think it quite got done in time for Christmas (considering I can't remember what year it was, it's not surprising that I can't remember when it was finished either).  

Anyway,  here's what he came up with:

The wood top over the lighted area comes off (and is, in fact, usually off, but we're trying to sell our house, so the top is on to look neater). There's an outlet on the right side, as well as a dimmer switch for the lights underneath, as well as storage for my sewing machine (when it's not out. When it's out, it's storage for my sewing machine cover), as well as some beads, and I think the other box under there is my thread and notion box. I can spot four swap items in this picture as well: the two bags on top are from the Vorkosigan swap, the red fabric peeking out from under the wood top is from the buy nothing swap from last November, and the purse at the right side of the desk is from the most recent round of the Geezer swap. Smiley  Guess my memory's not as bad as I thought it was.  Wink

Here's a shot of the table on (though it's kind of dark because the camera flash didn't go off):

The lights are adjustable, so I can put both of them in the same spot if I need the light to be brighter, or direct the light wherever I want it. It's really useful!

To make it, my husband bought a "computer cart" (this one: http://www.sauder.com/furniture/product.asp?p=1127), left off the keyboard tray, and didn't use the anchors for the top so it's removable. He made a wood frame that fits inside the sides to hold the glass (he bought what the glass store told him was used for light tables, so it's a layer of clear glass over a layer of white plexi-glass). He put the light assembly on the back support, and put the outlet box and the dimmer switch on the side.

I may make an improvement to it that I just thought of. I may pad the top, and put ironing board cover fabric over the top to make a mini built in ironing board for sewing. If I do that, I'll probably either buy gridded heat resistant fabric, or grid it myself.

I meant to show off my husband's work a long time ago, but kept putting it off (mostly because it was covered in stuff. I usually have to clean it off to use the light table).  Since I have to keep it clean for the house showings, it seemed like an ideal time to post about it.

Thanks for looking!

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26  Re: Amazing Hoodie Swap R10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: November 20, 2009 04:58:44 AM
Well, I finally got around to getting pictures last night, and then promptly forgot to post them. I just uploaded them now, so here's the awesome hoodie and mitts that TheSexyTurtle made for my daughter (excuse her "don't get my face in the picture" poses. She's weird like that):

Front (with the row of hearts just like the health bar in the game, plus a triforce zipper pull):

Back (cool Link design):

And the triforce mitts:

Even though she didn't want much of her face in the picture, I did manage to get some of the big grin on her face from really being thrilled with her package. Thanks so much!
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27  Re: Amazing Hoodie Swap R10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: November 10, 2009 07:19:12 AM
My partner (theSexyTurtle) received yesterday (according to the DC number, anyway).  I don't know if she likes it, but I'll post the two pictures I took in case anybody's interested.
I chose her theme of phoenixes (firebirds):

It also has random flames in glitter paint, plus flames coming out of one pocket (where I'd imagined the firebird hatched from), and the hood is lined in some soft metallic red fabric. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the firebird is on the back of the hoodie, with the top wing partially on the hood.
I also included an extra:

based on her Hello Kitty theme, and based on a necklace in her wist (though this one's shrink plastic instead of glass).

And some candy that I didn't bother to take a picture of...

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28  Re: BUT I wanna be a princess in Halloween Costumes by Muria on: October 12, 2009 04:54:37 AM
How long are the dresses?  I could see you using the first one as a base dress, and using the green as either a princessy vest, or an overskirt on the first dress (ideally both, but it looks pretty short).  Though the closest I'm coming up with for a picture is this costume: (one on the left without the shawl) http://www.simplicity.com/p-1943-costumes.aspx

You could also do something like this (presume the darker green circles are fabric roses. Saw a link for them yesterday, ah, http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com/sewtakeahike/2009/03/knit-rose-tutorial.html , and overlook the deficiencies caused by my usage of paint): 

The green fabric would be ruched (two parallel lines of stitching perpendicular to the edge of the fabric, gathered to make it bunch up, and you can put a fabric rose at the gathers).

I'm sure there are other possibilities, but that's what I'm coming up with. Does it help?
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29  Re: Geezer Fine Wine Over 30 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: August 05, 2009 11:37:35 AM
I received ages ago, but I didn't get a chance to take pictures until today (last minute sewing session to create 5 pairs of sleep shorts so my teen would be decent at camp. At least my daughter didn't come up with a last minute.... oh wait. She did, but it got put into the "not as urgent" pile, and I forgot about it till we were driving to camp). 

Anyway...   OhThat sent me a wonderful purse, complete with some extra fabric, a lip balm, a first aid kit, a pack of tissues, and some pink grapefruit TicTacs (which I'd never seen before, and were consumed by my daughter fairly soon after discovery).  Here's a picture of the items that survived my daughter: 

And a picture of the inside, complete with zipper pocket, and a reinforcing square to keep the button from ripping out (and to keep the stitching from catching on things on the inside). Special thanks to my 3 year old for assisting in the photo shoot.  Smiley 

Thank you so much, OhThat!  It's a wonderful purse, and goes well with my denim-centered wardrobe.  Wink
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30  Re: Buy Nothing Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Muria on: November 27, 2008 05:52:26 AM
According to the DC number, CJKJ received yesterday.  Since someone's using the computer with the camera cable, I can't post pictures of everything, but there are some pretty awful pictures of one of the things I sent already uploaded:

She likes trees and asked for a picture to hang. It's only 4x6 (due to a lack of larger picture frames available for crafting). It's a mixture of fabric markers and machine sewing. I was going to bead it too, but I wasn't sure how tight a fit it would be in the frame. 

I hope she likes it!
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