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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly clock revamp on: November 23, 2015 03:52:12 AM
Hi, Craftsters! This is my first post in a very long time. It's just a simple little thing too.

I recently got my office painted. The cheap 1990s dollar store clock had looked awful when the office was a mess, but now I couldn't bear to hang  it back up, and I sure wasn't going to spend any money on a new one. So I took it apart and gave it a makeover. A little gold paint and a new face cut from a paper plate and drawn with a Sharpie, and I have a new clock that suits my personality and looks good in the office. It is a knockoff of a design I've been seeing online lately.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Mama Pads Nighttime Undies on: March 06, 2013 07:16:33 PM
I like your approach of separating the flannel and the PUL. How many layers of flannel did you use for the pads?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oops! Radioactive Teddy Bear Set on: March 04, 2013 07:38:17 AM
Cute recon.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: V-Day Door Decor on: February 10, 2013 08:52:59 AM
Cute. Is that strung beads in between the hearts?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Modern Owl Curtain on: May 15, 2011 07:50:08 AM
I love, love, love this!
I love owls, and I love filet crochet! (especially since I can't do it anymore due to my wrists)
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Mystery fleece, where to begin? & what are they? (pic obese) on: February 06, 2011 11:33:02 AM
So I picked up these raw fleeces from a couple in Asheville a few days ago. I've always wanted to learn to process raw wool, spin, dye, and then use the yarn for my knitting and crocheting. The Craigslist ad said it was 4 fleeces, including 1 angora. They were moving, so the guy just kind of set the boxes in my truck with a smile and they went got back to work, so no time for questions. (He was wearing a fabulous hat that he had knitted.)

What I'm hoping for is help identifying what kind of fleeces I have here, as well as which would be the easiest for a rank beginner to start with, and what bare-bones equipment I'll need, as my budget is practically nonexistent. Here they are:

Mystery fleece 1:

Somewhat coarse, locks are about 6 - 7" long stretched out, not greasy at all
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Mystery fleece 2:

Soft, greasy, locks about 3" long. Romney? Something else??
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Mystery fleece 3:

Softer by far then the first one, not as soft as the second. Locks about 5", very curly, not very greasy-feeling
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Closeup of number 3:

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Mystery fleece 4:

Soft, curly, rather difficult to separate a lock from the rest, locks about 2.5" long, not greasy, some white hairs running through it
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Closeup of number 4
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handful of number 4
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Mystery fleece 5:

What IS this? short little fibers, maybe an inch long, soft, very black, hold together very well, but lots of little short pieces left behind when you pick up a wad of it. Rabbit?? I wouldn't think it would be from the belly of number 4 because it is much darker, a completely different feel, and there are several small bags of it. Hmm.

So, where would you start? Any ideas what kind of wool I have, and what did he mean by angora -- goat, or rabbit? Does it look like I got some good stuff?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Broomstick lace tam (and soon-to-be scarf) on: January 08, 2011 05:24:23 AM
Start here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxYywyFSeh8&feature=related  and you will be over your fear in no time.  Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Broomstick lace tam (and soon-to-be scarf) on: January 07, 2011 09:14:15 PM
I just noticed the awesome accessories challenge week ago, when I had a few days off work. Although I was nearly finished with a double-thick crochet, short-row hat of my own design for my husband, I felt it just didn't have the pizazz I wanted for a contest entry, although I am very proud of it.

I had recently been viewing Jennifer Hansen's (of Stitch Diva) Youtube tutorials on broomstick lace, including increasing, decreasing, and working in the round. So, I decided to put this intriguing knowledge to work in designing a contest entry that I had a chance of working up in time. Without further ado, here is my broomstick lace tam, worked in the round, bottom up, with crochet ribbing:



By the time I finished this hat I had a fairly thorough working knowledge of the technique.

I used the lace technique all the way to the crown. I had to increase to get the tam shape and decrease to do the top.



(I had stuck my finger through where you see the gap and disarranged the lace; it ordinarily lies flat and gap-free when I'm not messing with it. :/  )

My only inspiration was the instructional video, which simply demonstrates the techniques but doesn't show a finished item. I worked the ribbing first, to a length comfortable for my 23" head, then picked up stitches all around for the lace. Since I was in a hurry to begin I used some worsted weight acrylic that I had lying around.

I had hoped to have the scarf finished by the end of the entry time, but alas, it's only partially done. I'm including the picture of it to show a bit about the method used for the set.



This project was a lot of fun. I'm very happy with the outcome. It's the first time I ever used broomstick lace, and I used all  the techniques demonstrated to me,as well as crochet ribbing, which I think I do very well. I definitely will make it again. I'd like to try it in a sport weight or finer yarn. It would make lovely jewelry, wouldn't it?

After I finished the hat, I decided to see what other Craftsters had done before me. I didn't find any made from the bottom up, or that continued the lace pattern into the crown. Also, mine was the only one I could find with cool crocheted ribbing. Cheesy So maybe it's unique. Smiley
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gamer Pendants on: October 03, 2010 05:28:31 AM
I love these. I did something similar once with some pics of record albums cut out from an ad inside an album from 1962.

How did you attach your bails -- are they eye pins embedded in the clay, or are they glued on back?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: MEGAPOLIS CHAOS CUFF on: March 28, 2010 02:01:41 PM
Very cool. I think it looks very Victorian, very steampunk. The pendants look like metal, reminiscent of wrought iron.
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