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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty's "Fetching" - Picot Bind-off help? on: October 07, 2006 08:31:02 AM
I'm really not much for common sense - I can see how it's supposed to look, but I'm not entirely sure how to execute it.  This is what the pattern says for the bind off:

"BO 5 sts, [slip st on right needle back to left needle; CO 1 st using Cable Cast On method, BO 6 sts] until all sts have been bound off, slip st on right needle back to left needle; CO 1 st using Cable Cast On method, BO remaining st."

Do I just repeat the part in the brackets, so that I would first bind off five, make the picot, then bind off six each time after that?   Huh  My tester pair of fetchings were so off on the picot, it's sad.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 15 ENTRIES / Lonely robot no more! on: October 05, 2006 10:40:36 AM
He's an older model robot, a little beat up.  I think he was pretty lonely until someone made a little teddy bear to keep him company.

Whipping up the bot was fun, definitely challenging.  It was the first time I'd worked with a felt object that was to come out more than two inches tall, so making sure he could stand up was a learning experience.

You can see the love in his eyes. Smiley

I was sort of inspired by a t-shirt I saw somewhere with a picture of a bear carrying around a stuffed boy as a toy, complete with button eyes.   I thought my robot seemed like he needed something to love.

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Lower tension on sewing machine, help? on: September 08, 2006 08:06:49 AM
My needle has stopped picking up the bottom thread, no matter what the tension.  Anyone know anything about this? I just recently started sewing, and even after looking at the instruction book I have no clue.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first hat *and* request for mitten/glove advice. on: September 03, 2006 06:35:19 PM
Look look! This is the first time I've ever done anything more than a stockinette in a square/scarf type pattern.  I followed this pattern: http://stitchcafe.com/freepatterns.html
It didn't turn out so bad.  I had bought some of that super-chunky Jiffy Thick & Quick in Adirondacks (*love*) but had nothing cool to do with it until I found the pattern.  I admit, the chunkiness makes me wish I had made it a little longer, but I'll know for next time. And my stitches were really tight, which surprised me.  I'm usually very moderate when it comes to stitch tightness.

Please excuse the crazed expression, I had to take like 18 photos and was getting punchy.

Pleading with the camera to take a decent picture.

You can sort of see the cables in this one. Hooray!

Here's where I need suggestions: I want handwear to go along with them, I was thinking fingerless gloves.  However, I have scoured the internet and haven't found a pattern that is simple and doable in this yarn that is so very chunky, and I still have two balls left.  Any ideas? I'd like some thumb covering, but it doesn't have to be a whole seperated thing.  I'm a fan of the top part of these: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60159.html

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / The Tempest bracelet on: August 26, 2006 08:37:23 AM
After reading The Tempest, I thought I'd make a somewhat chaotic, organic, oceanic thing.  I was really happy with it, especially with the thread.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Starching fabric over old wallpaper? on: August 25, 2006 08:29:04 AM
We rent, and our dining room has hideous old blue wallpaper, but only on the lower half.  The upper half is stark white with no paint prospects in sight, and the floor is dark, dark wood.  It looks horrible, and I was thinking of starching fabric to put up over the wallpaper, but I can't ruin the wallpaper.  Has anyone ever tried this before, or does anyone suspect this will do anything besides leave a sticky residue? 
7  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southwest / Pittsburghers - where do you get your sewing machine serviced? on: August 21, 2006 11:58:46 AM
I have inherited my granmda's old spare sewing machine, it's definitely from the 60s/70s.  It hasn't been serviced in years, and in fact it will only give me some teeny tiny stitches even if I switch it to stitch scottie dogs. 
Is there a good place to go - honest, reliable people who know what they're doing?
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