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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Changing yarn on: March 15, 2007 05:39:02 AM
So this is my first attempt at knitting... ambitious, I know. I'm making a sweater. To be specific... I'm making the "Winter Storm'n Rib" from the little booklet thing of what to make with Bernat Glacier yarn.

So I'm knitting... and its looking not-so-bad for my first knit project. And suddenly I realize that I have no idea how to change yarn in knitting [I'm a crocheter]. I thought about just tying the strands together, but its kind of a thick yarn and I thought that might be obvious when its done. So I have pictures and am open for direction!

[If my knitting isn't perfect... I'm okay with that. Its my first project.  Smiley]

Here's what I have done with the first ball.

Up close of the yarn.

Anyone have any help?
32  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / One skein scarf on: March 15, 2007 05:27:23 AM
This is my first project from The Happy Hooker.

I used the Patons Merino it called for... it was my first time using actual wool crocheting and I love it! And used the green [obviously] that they showed a. because I love the shade of green and b. because st pattys day is coming!

I ended up doing only 2 rows of dc in the middle... I like skinny scarves.

Without further ado... pictures:

[I knew I have a lot of freckles in the summer, but this pic made me realize how many I have in the winter too... wow.]

33  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help on joining rounds more evenly on: January 25, 2007 05:46:47 AM
So I need help. I started working on a baby blanket for my cousin who is expecting and I can't figure this out.

I'm using a thinner yarn [for some reason I usually use bulky-ish yarn] than normal and I'm noticing that my rounds don't quite come together. Any ideas on how to fix that?

Here's some pictures...

The problem area...

Close up...

Got any tips/ideas/anything?
34  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / hatty hat hat hat on: January 19, 2007 08:07:26 AM
So I've been crocheting for about a year now and have never made a hat. I've been dying to do so just because I love winter hats. I've tried about 3 patterns and had issues with them. So then I was looking at a pattern book that from the 70's that I had gotten from my grandmother and I noticed there was a cute hat on it. The pattern for that was different. It started from the bottom and worked to the top. But then I realize that I had to crochet 3 pieces and sew them together. But I still thought that crocheting backwards was a good idea.

So I did.
And got this:

[This is what kept me entertained during the Golden Globes.]
[Size 7mm hook. Bernat Harmony. Mainly just dc.]

I have in progress pics if you want to see them. But I'd rather not drown some computers with picture loading.  Grin
35  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / t-shirt quilt on: January 09, 2007 09:51:10 AM
i made this blanket for my mom's friend's son. my mom's friend had been saving his t-shirts since he was little and she had been looking for someone to make them into a t-shirt quilt, but hadn't been able to find a seamstress that would do it for her [something about being too time consuming or not worth the money they would have to charge her]. she saw that i made one for my brother for his birthday and asked if i would make one for her. so obviously i said yes and she gave me the shirts.

of course i ended up slacking and spent the day before christmas eve and until about 4 hours on christmas day working on it [i wanted to give it to her so she could give it to him for christmas]. and i got help from my mom [and not a lot of help from our dog]. :c)

the back is black flannel.
and there are two strips of that black flannel on the sides of the front [the shirts weren't wide enough].
it is stuffed with queen sized batting folded over.

the top half of the blanket:

the bottom half:

the entire thing:

my dog NOT helping my mom and i securing the batting:

[he came to see my mom and i and we told him to "go lay down" which translates to go on the tile floor and lay down. but apparently to him it meant "lay down in the middle of the blanket"]

this was the very first thing that i've been paid to make.
i'm quite proud of how it turned out.
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bags for Christmas galore - IMG HEAVY on: December 21, 2006 12:31:33 PM
So this Christmas has become the Christmas of bags [at least for my sister and my best friend]. I spent all day with a friend making these bags. My friend measured and cut fabric how I wanted it while I sewed it all up. And here's what I ended up with....

My best friend's bag.
She loooooves black and pink. And polka dots. So what's better than a black and pink polka dot bag??

Front: [The black square actually is a pocket]


Inside: [I kind of reversed where the zipper pocket and the other pockets should be]

Side: [Just to give you an idea of construction and width]

My sister's bag:
She looooves orange.
[I'm entirely jealous of how this bag turned out and when I get back from the holidays I am making myself one]

Front: [I'm debating about the buttons. I can't figure out if 3 is enough or if I should add more. Opinions?]


Inside - Back: [showing the zipper pocket]

Inside - Front: [showing cell phone, other stuff and pen/pencil pocket]


Action shot: [excuse my face. I was sewing all day and I just got a new camera... not quite sure how to use it.  Undecided]

Random bag:
I had this pillow case lying around and decided to make it into a simple bag. I'm not sure whether I'm going to give it away or just keep it.

Front and back: [Its the same on both sides]

Inside: [No pockets. Just simple.]

Comments, questions, criticisms, etc are welcome.

[Please excuse any stray threads and such.  Grin]

The only issue I've found for any of the bags is for my sisters. The black fabric that runs along the sides and bottom is apparently dry clean only and melts if you iron it. [Oops...  Undecided]. Does anyone know if handwashing the bag and setting it dry will cause problems to that fabric?

Oh. And all of the canvas like fabrics [white and black - well black besides that dry clean fabric] are made from Dickies remnants. My friend found a Dickies outlet store and bought me a pile of remnants for $.80. Since then, her mom has bought me two more piles. Its amazing!
37  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / sweater pattern on: November 28, 2006 09:03:45 PM
so this is driving me nuts.  Angry

i really want to make myself a nice sweater [and if its not too stressful for other people too].
but i prefer crocheting to knitting and i only know how to knit a simple scarf so i don't think i'm ready to jump to a sweater.

does anyone know of a nice sweater pattern for crocheting?

all i can find are boxy, shapeless sweaters that i'm not even sure my grandmother would wear [sorry if you wear those  Undecided].
but i mean i'm 22 and would prefer to make something a little more fitted.

i'm looking, but i figured a few more people looking would help out.
and plus i might not be the only one frustrated with this.

[thanks in advance for help! Grin]
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / skirt on: November 22, 2006 07:02:53 AM
hey! i'm new to craftster but i couldn't wait to share what i made with all of you!

[please feel free to give me any pointers! i'm relatively a beginner at sewing and any help i can get is amazing.]

[fyi: when i make my 10 posts for being new to crafster... i'll come back and put the pictures in here properly so you don't have to click the links. until then... sorry!]

i found this amazing paisley stretchy fabrics in the remnants at wal-mart and had to buy it. and it ended up becoming a wonderful [almost] pencil skirt. [i love it because it actually makes me look like i have a bum :c)].


bum shot!

39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / shirts and skirt [IMG HEAVY!] on: November 22, 2006 06:54:19 AM
hey! i'm new to craftster, though i've been lurking for about a week or so now. i was just excited about this not to finally join and start sharing what i've been working on.

we'll start with my most recent project.

this is a shirt i bought from bluenotes. simple brown shirt. it had small sleeves, not quite cap, but small. and then i went to wal-mart on monday and i found this wonderful fabric that i had to have [remenents... 2.08 meters for $3]. i got home and was trying to figure out what to do with it and decided that i could use part of it to spice up this shirt.

so i added baseball-ish sleeves to it.
[i used a tutorial from livejournal's tshirt surgery... if you want it, i'll dig it up]

without further ado...
the shirt.

[please excuse my mirror. my old roommate gave it to me when she moved to london and i cannot figure out what that thing is running down the middle.]

the front. close up.
the fabric almost looks houndsooth-y here, but its really a weave of brown, cream and a nice turquoise-y blue.

obligatory back shot.

one arm.

the other arm.

and onto the other shirt...

this is a men's old navy 'vintage' shirt [like old navy is vintage. ha.]. so my mom found it around the house, couldn't figure out who's it was and gave it to me as a comfy shirt. it was quite large on me... so i decided to downsize.

all i did was simply sew up the sides and continue onto the sleeves. and then i cut down the neckline because it was pissing me off.

close-up of the front and neckline.


full front.

[it kind of looks frumpy-ish in the photos. its not. i think its cause i woke up not long ago so i feel frumpy. therefore my clothes do? :c)]

last is the skirt.

i had an old pair of jeans that were so comfortable, but they developed a hole near the crotch [something that for some reason always seems to happen to me]. since the hubby and i deemed that they were quite inappropriate to wear in public and i didn't want to just wear them around the house... i made them into a skirt!

i just sewed the legs together and in the back i added some black fabric with white polka dots that i had lying around.

the back with the inserted fabric

side view. you can see the fabric at the back.

front. i messed up on the stitching when connecting the legs. i didn't think to follow the orginal seam properly.
well... there's always next time!

[once i've made my obligatory 10 posts - i think i have about 7 more to go - i'll come back and add in the photos properly so you don't have to click the links. until then... i'm sorry!]
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