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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My first sweater - help needed reading pattern on: October 19, 2009 02:58:12 PM
Thanks so much for your help. It makes more sense now. It's a V-neck sweater with mostly unfinished edges. It seemed pretty  straight forward when I chose it and the schematics looked even easier not to mention the fact that it is considered a beginner project. The pattern is from a book I checked out at the library, published 2001. It's called Family Circle Easy Sweaters by Trisha Malcolm. Pattern is called "Seaside Savvy", page 56.   
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My first sweater - help needed reading pattern on: October 19, 2009 01:40:08 PM
I'm sorry, I see my mistake, it should be:

Bind off 11 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 11 sts at beg of next 2 rows

It was a type-o. I wrote "...bed of next 2 rows instead of "...beg of next 2 rows"

but it is exactly what the pattern states. The paragraph in red is exactly the instructions to shaping the neck and shoulders (minus my type-o).
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My first sweater - help needed reading pattern on: October 19, 2009 11:36:01 AM
After knitting scarves and hats for about a year now, I have finally summoned the courage to knit my first sweater. I can follow patterns just fine but I am stuck at the following instructions in working the back of the sweater...

Back Neck and shoulder shaping:

Bind off 11 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 11 sts at bed of next 2 rows, AT SAME TIME, bind off center 26 sts and working both sides at once, dec 1 st from each neck edge once.

That ends the Back piece.

Now I am assuming that at this point (RS, working in stockinette with 74 stitches cast on my needle) they want me to bind off first 11 stitches and finish knitting the end of the row. Then turning to WS and binding off first 11 stitches and finish purling to the end of the row. Then doing the same for the next 2 rows. Now, it is at this point that the problems begin. I have few stitches left on my needle at this point and it doesn't make since to bind off so many stitches and then have to decrease more.

I really need help. Can someone out there please help me rewriting it long form row by row?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Casual over-the-shoulder shopping tote on: June 09, 2008 09:11:54 PM
I made this bag with some bargain fabric that my Mother-in-law got at her local swapmeet. I was apprehensive to use the fabric because it felt cheap (even though it was heavyweight) and frayed easily. It was as hard to sew as it was to keep from fraying but in the end it turned out well. I lined it with a simple black cotton and gave the bottom some stability by adding plastic canvas.

5  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Amy Butler: Swing Bag on: May 23, 2008 01:27:47 PM
I have made that pattern too. I posted it in the Purses forum a while back. It is a very easy bag to make. I made two of them, one for me and one for my grandmother. I only took a photo of the one I made for myself though. I made them both with the bow. It makes all the difference; it gives them a special one-of-a-kind look. It is made of black linen on the outside and 100% high-quality cotton on the inside and for the bow. This is my bag...

Full view (please forgive the lousy photo)

Close-up of the bow
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I love my new bag! on: January 27, 2008 05:39:13 PM
I made this bag for my own personal use. I make really cute bags for clients all the time but tend to leave myself carrying what I call my "quickie bag", a bag I made in a pinch that I myself am embarasssed to carry. NO MORE! Now I have this little number that I am very proud of. Here it is...

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cute laptop bag, proud of it but way too much trouble! on: January 10, 2008 11:44:58 AM
This is a Laptop bag that I made for a client of mine. She requested a laptop bag that looked like a purse so I went with this design. I stumbled across it some time ago and made a sample in the actual size but it was too small so I enlarged it 200% and got a bag large enough to fit a MacBook and a couple of books. The zipper was the most difficult part to put in because I had a lot of padding going all the way up the bag. I will never do this design again as a laptop bag though. It was too much trouble. Hope you like it.

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: help! artificial tree stand? on: November 27, 2007 12:27:01 PM
Get a nice heavy planter or urn, and use bricks and stones to steady and weight the tree down.  If the planter is nice enough, you don't even need a skirt.  I saw this done for live trees on a talkshow last year and it should work for a fake tree - just leave out the water.

I agree that the urn, rocks and/or bricks would work great. You could get some spanish moss and cover the top to make it look like the tree is planted in the urn. You would most likely need to buy the urn but it will serve for years to come. It's also something that will be hard to misplace.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: November 02, 2007 02:34:44 PM
I am currently having a problem with pricing my items. I would like to bring in a bit of extra cash into our household since I am a stay-at-home mom. I learned to sew whe I was a teenager and I have not been able to stop since. I consider myself to be a skilled sewer and a creative one as well.
I contacted this morning by a woman seeking my sewing services to make three duplicates of a handbag she has. I responded letting her know what my rates are along with a disclaimer basically saying that handmade does not mean cheap and that it might be more cost effective for her to buy them in the store than to have me make them. I think my rates scared her off. This lady has not replied as quickly as she did the first few times to let me know her demands. This leads me to believe that she contacted me with the misconception that she would be saving money and that she is not interested in the quality product she would get in return. I am not working in a factory in China for $0.05/hour for a company that buys their materials and supplies in mass discounted quantities. I cannot undervalue my time and effort. To tell you the truth, I could care less if she does not reply.

Last weekend I gave my sister a cute little handbag that I had made just for fun. She took all her things out of her Dooney & Burke, shoved it in her closet and proudly took it to work on Monday morning. She got many compliment on it. One of her co-workers inquired about wnere she got it. She told her that I had made it and that I make other bags as well. Weel, Chistmas is coming up and this girl wanted me to make her NINE of those same bags to give as gifts to the women in her family. I gave her a price per bag based on labor and cost of materials. It was the absolute lowest I could go without cutting myself short of a profit. My sister passed on the info to her and we have never heard back from her since Monday. 

It just kills me to think that there are so many people out there that have that same misconception. They would pay $300 for a made- in-China Kate Spade but not for a carefully-handmade, unique bag by a skilled individual. Since when has factory-made or mass-produced meant  "quality" or "worth $300" or "careful craftsmanship"?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Petit Noir Bag on: October 25, 2007 04:21:20 PM
I found the pattern for this bag on a post here on craftster and I knew immediately I had to make one.  This is the pattern http://www.ottobredesign.com/fi/kaavat/pdf/purse_EN_5-07.pdf

And here is my bag. I call it "Petit Noir" because it is small and black :-) I enlarged the pattern to double the size to make a laptop tote. It was a very simple bag to construct.



INSIDE (sorry it is not such a great shot, but the fabric is the same as the outer upper portion of the bag)
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