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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with Wire on: January 06, 2007 12:31:49 PM
I am knitting something for a swap (therefore, can't say what) our of wire. I've wanted to try it for a while, and so far, it's going along quicker than I thought it would.

Does anyone have any tips on making it go a little bit smoother? I can do it for a row or two (I hate stopping anything mid-row) and then I need to rest my hands.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Duro Dress on: December 29, 2006 09:30:30 PM
I got a sewing machine for Christmas. It's a tiny cheap thing-- a EuroPro Shark-- but I couldn't be more excited.

Here's the thing: I love Duro dresses (I loved them before they were hip!), and I want to make one desperately. My other hobby is knitting and I never seem to have time to knit for myself. I imagine that sewing, being a bit faster, might be my more selfish craft.

So, it looks like a short-sleved duro requires virtually no curves and very little shaping-- is this true? How hard are they to sew? I like a challenge, but don't want to cry myself to sleep at night Smiley

Let me know!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Christmas came early this year! on: November 23, 2006 09:52:24 PM
I know if anyone understands how awesome this is, it's you guys.

My husband's grandmother stopped knitting (and all crafts) with any regularity about forty years ago when her husband died. However, she never throws anything away-- ever. So when it came time for her to move into an assisted living situation (her idea), she had to downsize a lot of her things. My mother-in-law (her daughter) knew that I knit and decided to give the old abandoned stash to me.

 Cheesy WOW!  Cheesy

My digital camera is AWOL, or else I'd show pictures. Here is, more or less, an itemized list:
*Two small suitcases of yarn, equaling ten skeins. All worsted weight, some of it in amazing colors, others of it less amazing. But free yarn!
*About 15 patterns, many of them dating back to WWII
*Two ziploc bags full of embroidery thread
*About dozen needles (tapestry and sewing) of various sizes
*About a dozen embroidery hoops
*Two cross stitches that were being worked on when they were abandoned, so they have been in the hoops forever. That's going to be fun to iron out!
*A pattern book called "Learn to Knit" with a bunch of patterns from the late fifties.
*An Afghan kit, with yarn, a tapestry needle, and instructions
*Two sets  of needles, sizes eight and one (I have never seen size one needles!)
*And more that I am too drunk on Thanksgiving martinis to list now.

I am most excited about the patterns. Many of them say, "Make caps for our troops!" and other old-timey things like that. I am going to post pictures of the kilt and beret here as soon as the Christmas rush is over.

Words don't do this stash justice! It took up my entire sofa!

I am literally knitting a backpack on wool older than I am. It feel amazing.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Puppet Madness on: November 18, 2006 09:50:40 PM
A friend of mine at work saw me cross stitching and complaining about a knitting project at the same time. Assuming I was crafty, he said, "If I paid you, would you make me a sock puppet? I want something to really scare my friend's kid" Little did he know I was pining over puppets and monkeys, and I leapt on the opportunity. A little too quickly, in fact. I told him, "Oh, please don't pay me! I'll be happy to make one!" To be fair, it was his birthday that day. The end result was this:

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Plastic canvas breakage on: November 14, 2006 08:03:50 AM
This weekend I found an intarsia pattern that looked too hard to knit, so I decided to teach myself how to cross stitch. It's awfully time consuming (as I'm sure ou all know), but remarkably rewarding. When you're done, it actually looks like the pattern!

Right now, I am creating something on a plastic canvas and the canvas keeps cracking. I know I should swap needles to a smaller one, but is a few cracks on a canvas equal to irreversible damage? It looks ok right now, but I want to know if it will hold up for the long term.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tarot Tote-- First post! on: November 11, 2006 02:23:08 PM
Hello! I have been reading craftster for a while and secretly wanting to join but not having the courage to until I had something worthwhile to post. And now I do!

This is very similar to the playing card purse, but with tarot cards. I remembered in mid-October that Christmas was coming up and, since this is my first Christmas being married, people actually expect gifts from me (my family is weird). So, I started making gifts with stuff we had lying around. I don't use tarot cards anymore, and I love the pictures, so I didn't want to throw them out. This is what I came up with!

I apologize for the poor picture quality. The lighting near my computer is terrible, and I am using a built-in iSight camera.

It was not very much work at all, and I love it almost too much to give it away.  Sad
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