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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / blanket help... on: April 06, 2010 05:38:20 PM
I'm making a blanket for a friend of mine who's due in June (being in Australia, start of winter)
I've got the front done, its a patchwork of flannelette squares, bordered in satin. Now, I don't know what to back it with...I can do:
a plain and simple polar fleece,
a plain, heavy-ish cotton,   (Or I think I have some white flannelette somewhere?)
or the cotton but with a layer of that batting (or whatever you call it that you use in the middle of handmade quilts)

I'm not sure which to use because I don't want it to be too heavy/hot, and with the patchwork, i've got all those lovely seam bits on the wrong side (or should I trim them off a bit?) which might sorta 'poke through' or just be lumpy through the back. Also, not sure if the batting would make it stiff...
Could someone  maybe steer me in the right direction?
I'm planning on making a few for my bub due at the end of september too - gotta start soon...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / little help in altering bought corset? on: February 12, 2008 08:15:48 PM
I got a couple of premade corsets the other day, but their sizing details were a little off. My bust and waist were in the middle of one size bracket, hips one down from that But when they arrived, I can have it laced as tight as possible, and it's still kinda baggy/saggy.  Huh To the point that I can pull the laces in so much it bunches up the fabric around the laces, and still no good!  Cry
Now, I'm pretty sure that my idea will work, but need a little reassurance. 
If I were to pick 'equal opposite' boning spots, fold a smidge of the excess fabric under and sew it there, it should be enough to take it in that bit that I need, right? (being VERY careful not to hit the 'bone' obviously) If needed, I could do this in a couple of spots right? Say, the ones that run down about over my nips, and then the corresponding two at the back?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Magknits? on: February 11, 2008 04:38:54 PM
Where is it? Has something happened to the lady who runs the site? I've been looking forward to seeing what lovely new things they'd have in store!  Sad  Huh
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll NYE party on: December 27, 2007 05:09:42 PM
We're having a reasonably small gathering for New years, and last night (whilst at the pub) we decided we needed a theme, and settled on Sex, drugs & rock'n'roll.
Now, one of the guys coming is a dj, and he's bringing the music, speakers etc to cover the rock n roll.
Another one is getting some tic tacs etc and saying they're drugs...
I have some little candles and ice moulds in the shape of little willies that I got as a gag gift a while ago, to cover a bit of the 'sex' portion.
What else could we do? (no, I'm not planning on having any nookie at the party, and I don't particularly want to throw my g-bangers around either!  Shocked )
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / different neckline on: November 05, 2007 07:13:16 PM
I'm going to try and make this jumper - I think it's gorgeous!!


But... I don't really go much on cowl necks, I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on what this might look like if I either:
* left it as a boat neck, with no collar at all
or  * did something else...  Huh  but I haven't thought of what that might be yet... I don't think a v-neck would work at all!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / changing babies... on: August 15, 2007 05:04:09 PM
For all the mums out there,
is a change table usually:
flat with 'bumper' bits on the sides to stop rolling
curved/concave - kinda like a hammock?

What would you have preferred if you were to chose?

I'm not pregnant yet, but we're trying and I've been looking into what i can make! Someone(s) on here used some stacker boxes and stuff for a lot of storage stuff and that got me thinking.
I want to use a workbench (yes, the ones that go in the shed) as it's just the right height and about a tenth of the price of anything that has the word baby associated with it. I figured I could pretty it up and all that easily enough, but I'm not sure whether I'd be better off actually getting some foam cut for a change mat, or if I could make a kind of hammock-y thing to be fixed to the top?
Any ideas? Apologies for taking the long way round to my point!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / joining two sets of live stitches? on: July 03, 2007 10:04:46 PM
I started to make a sweater, from the bottom up, before remembering that I suck at bottom up construction! I'm maybe 20cms in, with some fair isle hearts down the bottom (from knitty's cheesy love) and I was wondering....
If I started a top down style, knit to an appropriate length - how might I join the two together without a big ugly 'seam' around the guts of my jumper?
I'd really rather not waste the current bit of knitting and I've already frogged the fairisle once as I took it off the needles to try it on and it didn't fit terribly well over my boobs! Is this possible or should I just give up and start a top down now?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / looking for name of person/character on: May 31, 2007 10:03:10 PM
Somewhere in this knitting board, there is an avatar of a lady, sort of old school pixel-y. She has curly hair in a bandana, scarf thingy, is flexing the muscles in one arm, possibly wearing overalls.  I think this pic was sort of the 'epitome of feminism' at one point?
I think theres also a chart somewhere to knit her!
Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I need to know 'her' name, and hopefully get a pic too.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / beanie ideas... on: May 13, 2007 05:12:55 PM
I'm making my husband a beanie, and want to do 'something' on it, but not sure what.  I made him another one that was black with a BIG red skull on it, but he thought it was too small - he likes extra large beanies that he can pull down really far, kind of like a balaclava without the holes!
I've considered doing a single repeat (one skull high, all the way round) of the 'we call them pirates' pattern, but thought maybe I could just write something on there.  Problem is, the only thing i can come up with is 'Its cold'.
Any ideas?
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / silly starter question on: May 08, 2007 10:29:52 PM
Ok, I have ordered two lots of fiber, one of alpaca top, one of a merino/silk blend.  I've never actually spun before (wait I lied - I brushed the dog the other day (maltese x schithead) so I could try spinning before I got real fiber!) and I'm getting geared up to start.
When I get the fiber, according to the pic on the website, its in the nice little sausage/top shape...  do I split it into skinnier bits or leave it as is? As far as I know it isn't pencil roving but I thought I'd better ask.
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