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1  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Richmond, VA on: July 08, 2009 09:55:08 PM
Always wanted to learn to make cold process olive oil soap? Scared of lye? What the heck is saponification?

Learn to make olive oil soap at Soapmaking 101 in Richmond, Virginia, Sunday August 19! $85 includes all materials - students will each make their own batch of soap to take home (about 8 or so bars' worth). All you need to bring is a shoebox or tupperware!

Class is limited to 10 people - register online today at http://www.primitivesoaps.com

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Some recent recipes! on: May 02, 2009 12:10:52 PM
I love the color that the honey turned the soap during curing!

Flax, orange, cinn and juniper!

Rosemary, mint and green clay. I need to practice my swirling and be more adventurous.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first two sweaters! on: October 05, 2008 07:21:06 PM
So this one is a free pattern from Drops Design. I used Red Heart Super Saver since it was my first and I didn't want to make a big investment. I'm pleased with how it came out! Husband thought I needed a pipe in the photo... LOL

This was before I had sewn the other sleeve on. hehe

This is the Lion Brand Country Car Coat. I used the Thick N Quick when it came on sale at michaels at about half price. YAY!!! I paid for this pattern, which honestly kind of sucked and wasn't worth the 4 bucks. It was a simple pattern, SUPER fast and easy to work up, but there were a lot of corrections and some unclear places in it. I think they have a VERY VERY similar pattern on there for free that doesn't look as bulky. It's called something-white I think.

Excuse the ends.  Wink

I think I made the Small, and it's VERY big and bulky. The pattern flares out at the hips, which is unfortunate b/c I don't need to accentuate my hips. LOL... If I ever work the pattern again, I will make the back all the same width (Same width as the top).

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Talk to me about cones of yarn on: October 02, 2008 07:18:10 PM
So I like to crochet sweaters; I look on ebay often for lots of yarn on the cheap b/c we all know that 10-12 skeins of nice, non Red-Heart yarn can get pricey!!

So I see cones of yarn a lot ... is this meant for crochet/knitting? I've assumed it's more for weaving?

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help!!! V Stitch decrease? on: September 07, 2008 07:56:38 AM
How do I decrease in V Stitch? My Happy Hooker book doesn't explain how to increase/decrease all those fancy stitches.

I just started Lion Brand's County Car Coat pattern and these are the decrease instructions. They make NO sense whatsoever to me. I've searched the Internet like crazy too... nada. *crying*

V-st dec (Yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook) in next V-st, (yo, draw up a lp,
yo, draw through 2 lps on hook) in top of ch 3, yo, draw through all lps on hook.

 Huh Do I turn first?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Nice finished looking seams ... without rolling over ... and without a serger?! on: July 27, 2008 03:19:20 PM
I've been sewing for years, but I've only ever attempted two clothing items, both were flops. Typically I sew home items or purses ... usually these items are lined or double-layer so any exposed seams are inside and once the item is closed up, never seen again!

However I find that clothing is different.

What are the various ways to have the seams inside a garmet nice and clean? Do most people serge the edge and then sew?

I made a rayon skirt once ... discovered why you need a rolled edge... LOL
And a knit dress .. the fabric was way too thick to fold over before sewing ... it seems a lot of fabrics I like would be too thick to roll over (Tweed, cord, etc).

But take a cotton blouse, for example. How do you make the inside seams nice and professional? I don't have a serger.


7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Just finished a new recipe - brown sugar soap! on: July 06, 2008 08:32:31 PM
It stayed pretty grainy but not as grainy as I was hoping (so as to exfoliate like sand). Anyone else make brown sugar soap?

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Leather? I need to repair suede on: July 06, 2008 08:26:09 PM
I have a goreous suede purse and the strap finally bit it.

I don't think I can unsew the seam very easily to reinsert and resew the strap.

Is there any type of glue do you think??

(is this the best forum for leather questions?)

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Lion Brand rant on: December 17, 2007 12:10:44 PM
Sorry if this has been posted before, but WHY don't Lion Brand yarns have the standardized little weight symbols on them?

I was at Michael's trying to buy yarn for a sweater (cupcake, actually) and a few of them I couldn't quite tell for sure which weight they were. Since this will be my first wearable, I thought I better follow it exactly and use the right weight/hook size/ etc.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First afghan! on: November 24, 2007 08:59:34 PM
One edge is a little crooked because I always start out tight and loosen up over time!

This is a modified pattern off the Lion site (the "Little V Stitch Blanket). But *duh* I didn't realize that doubling the height and width is actually creating a blanket that is FOUR times as large! So it's rectangle instead, just right for a throw! This is a gift for my gramma.  Smiley

This is done in cream Cotton Ease. I love picot edging! I can't wait to do something else with picot.

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