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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Strange Request re: interfacing on: December 28, 2005 09:32:02 PM
Anyone have a general idea as to how flammable the stuff is?

I mean, when held to an open flame will it burst into flames, or just smoulder and melt?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a Lab Coat? on: December 17, 2005 01:02:02 PM
I've been stuck in a lab lots this year (about 4-5 hours a week in the term I just finished, and about another 7-8hours a week next term), and I've realized that I'm fed up with my lab coat.

The pockets are awkwardly placed; the buttons only close the lab coat up to my sternum; the sleeves are 4-5 inches too long...

So I'm trying to think of ways to sew myself a new one. I've got... basic sewing skills, so this should be doable.

Any idea where to get started?
I was thinking of picking up a pattern for a simple dress shirt, then lengthening it and adding some pockets. Also just thinking of not having typical shirt cuffs with buttons, but instead, just hem the ends so they're still loose and maneuverable in.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Craving for Cupcakes on: August 19, 2005 05:31:12 PM
I've been meaning to get around baking regularly, since I seem to have far too much time on my hands before school starts up again.

Friends have suggested cupcakes, but I've had a sort of frustrating time finding a variety of recipes. Most of them just seem to call for boxed cake mix with some variations.

Is there anything wrong with just taking a normal cake recipe and baking it for a shorter amout of time to account for the smaller size?
4  CANADA / British Columbia / Paper Sources in Vancouver? on: July 04, 2005 09:15:11 PM
I've gotten more into paper crafts such as bookbinding and collage, and was wondering if anyone could recommend places in Vancouver to get nice papers.
So far I haven't seen much, and buying online doesn't seem to be that much of an option, since most of the places I've looked at are in the States, so shipping is astronomical.

I've really been looking for patterned papers, and tissue papers, but I'm not having luck finding any large assortments. Single sheets of scrapbooking paper can end up as kind of expensive, and dollar stores carry rather pitiful assortments of tissue paper...

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Japanese Stab Binding Question on: January 01, 2005 05:40:26 PM
I know this technique works best with flexible or hinged front covers, but I was kind of wondering if there would be a problem to bind many pages (say 100+) with stab binding. Many of the examples I've seen so far use relatively few pages.

Since the more pages there are, the more space it takes to bend them forward, the only real difference I can see with more pages is that there would be less writable space on the pages near the end of the book.

Is there anything else?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for Japanese Patterns? on: September 30, 2004 09:57:28 PM
I know someone going to Japan in a few months and was going to ask her to bring back some pattern books for me.
My biggest problem is that I don't know what some good mags are. So far I've only heard of Girly*knit and the patterns in that just look adorable!

Can anyone point me in the direction of some more?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Just learning.. a few questions on: August 04, 2004 02:23:02 PM
I usually knit, but decided to learn to crochet as a change, and I've had some questions I hope someone can answer.

So far I've taught myself the basic single crochet, half double and double, but especially with the double, I've realized that my odd and even rows don't lie exactly flat in relation to one another. The row I'm working on will look fine from one side in relation to the row below, but when looked at on the other side, it's obvious that it sits higher than the previous row. From the side, it's kind of like this:  -----____-----

I didn't think it was supposed to be this way, and I'd be grateful if anyone has any idea what's going on.

That, and my alternating rows tilt slightly to a side. The working row usually has a slight left tilt to it, so after a few rows it looks rather wonky, instead of straight.
I think it might be since the stitches appear to be quite tight...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cowl Sweater on: July 13, 2004 11:32:16 AM
After about two weeks of knitting, I've finished my cowl neck sweater! It also happens to be the first sweater I've ever knit.
The sleeves are just a tad short, since the yarn seemed to bounce back after blocking, but I can live with that. Too bad it's too warm to wear it!

Pattern: Phildar Tendances 2004 Printemps, #20
Yarn: 80% wool/15% angora/5% nylon, unravelled from a thrift store sweater.


And here, with truer colours, and a close up of the stitch pattern and fuzziness. It rather looks like a white cat shed all over it.. but that's just the way the yarn is.


9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Phildar Patterns on: June 25, 2004 01:10:53 AM
I just received my copy of Phildar Tendances Printemps 2004, and I've been drooling over patterns for a day.

Even though I could've ordered it with an English insert, I decided just to get it in French from the company itself. It was cheaper to order it (with shipping), than to get the version with the insert. And the shipping from France to Canada only took a week.

I was really impressed with the the patterns actually. Each piece of a garment is generally segmented out into further pieces, denoted by little symbols - for example, in a back piece with ribbing at the bottom, one symbol would be the heading for the ribbing, another for the waist decreases.. etc. To me it just seems logical to break things down that way, and it makes it easier to track where you are in a pattern.

It's rather easy to get the hang of the patterns, once you get over the nuances, like how they write down shaping/decreases/increases... that baffled me for a day. They're written along the lines of "Cast off on each edge: every 2 rows 2x1 sts, 2x3 sts, every 4 rows 1x1 st"

There are so many things I want to make in this book!
Though I need to puzzle out some more instructions for some of the patterns a little more.  Grin

Tonight I just began working on a sleeve for the cowl pattern below, which goes along really quickly since every second row is an elongated stitch (knitted 3 times the row before, then the extra loops dropped)

Although it's not in Phildar Eponge, but in a salvaged wool/angora/nylon blend I unravelled from a thrift store sweater  Smiley
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / But solid foods are my favourite...! (aka. Goodbye Wisdom Teeth) on: May 27, 2004 07:46:40 PM
I have to get my wisdom teeth taken out on the weekend, and well, I was wondering what else I could probably eat...

Right now I have ice cream, noodle soups, and more of that sort of thing. Though, I think I'll get kind of bored of those after a day or two. I've had friends suggest congee, but I cannot stand that stuff for the life of me (even as a little kid...).
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