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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / baby knitting etiquette on: May 30, 2009 07:44:45 PM
ok Craftsters, your advice is needed.

2 sister in laws, both pregnant, one is DH sister, the other is DH SIL.  I want to knit for DH sister who I think will appreciate it (anything) and use and love it.  DH SIL is a touch of a snob, and tho I don't know her well have a feeling that she will see it as "homemade" "cheap" and all the other bad things people call crafts when they don't like them (this has been confirmed by the rest of the family). 

I don't want to step on family toes by making something for DH sister, and not for DH sister in law but also hate the idea of wasting my time on something that will not be used. 

I have even thought of crochetting a baby blanket for each of them, then knitting something special for DH sisters baby.

What do I do?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Sister-in-laws, and baby gifts. on: May 28, 2009 07:21:24 PM
Ok, the hubs sister, and sister-in-law are both preggers. 
Sister (whom he is close to) is having her 3rd child, its been 6 years since the last one, and is due in January ish.
Sister-in-Law(who is weird and a snob) is having 2nd child, girl, due in September, and its been 3-4 years since the last one (boy). 

Gifts are needed and I, being new to the family, don't want to make more problems, sister-in-law is a snob and odds are wont use handknits, or any other handy crafts.  Sister would think they were awesome.  But I don't want to knit things for Sister causing a bigger rift between family and sister-in-law(she causes most of the problems, but I don't want to add), if I didn't make things for her, but at the same time if she wouldn't use or like them. Oh it doesn't help that sister-in-law lives in another state, and sister lives in same town as grandparents so is around all the time and is much much more sociable.

So the grand question is how to handle this situation.  Do I buy for sister-in-law and craft for sister, and will that look bad?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity pattern # 0551 - Baby accessories on: January 08, 2009 06:39:44 PM
Ok, I received Simplicity pattern 0551 Classic Pooh Collection Baby Accessories, as a hand me down/gift/loaner pattern.  Having never been used I was shocked to see there are no instructions, I have pulled it out, cut it out, and cannot figure out which pieces go with which.  Does anyone have this pattern?  I dont need the entire instruction guide, I am sure I can figure out how to put it together once I determine which piece goes with which project.  Ok the pattern contains

A. bassinet cover
B. umbrella stroller cover
C. car seat cover
D. Rocking/glider chair cover
E. Shopping cart cover

This pattern has been discontinued, so Simplicity.com has no leads for me.  If you have the pattern would you please tell me which pieces go together?  I promise I will label the pattern with this information for future use.  thanks!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Gift Ideas for a new mom (long backstory, simple question) on: January 03, 2009 06:16:01 AM
Ok, my best friend is due in April with a bouncing baby Boy.  I know there are going to be at least 3 showers, all of which I could be potentially invited to.  This (in my opinion) requires 3 gifts.  I cant do many of the personalized baby things due to this being the First Grandchild and EVERYONE having input for the name, she and her husband are being very tight lipped about the name till the ink is dry on the birth certificate.  I don't want to do any of the "typical" gifts that she will get a million of (onesies, chrochetted blankets, ect) and I want to make sure I give her something that she will use, and not just stick in a box.  OH! also I don't want it to be very "BOY" The father is a traditional color clinger, and when we knew it was "baby" and my friend and I came home with some thrift store dinosaur onesies, i thought he was going to die when i said a girl could wear them too! If its a real problem slap a velcro bow to her head! but it is a boy so dinosaurs are a go!
I am currently working on finishing up some receiving/burp blankets - Flannel 1 yardish squares, I just have to hem the edges as that my serger is out of town.  They have zebras, elephants, giraffes, and lizards on them... gender neutral right? Smiley That can be one shower gift, I however am pretty stumped for the other two.  Oh and if it turns out I only get invited to one shower I am going to put it all together and blow everyone elses gifts out of the water, what else are best friends for Cheesy

Ideas: I just dont know if mothers use them. 
portable changing station, it folds up to about the size of a lap top, has a pocket for accessories, and is plasticy on one side so you dont have to lay your darling, or his blanket, down on the changing station in public restrooms. 
the shopping cart child seat cozy.  keeps your toddler from chewing on the dirty shopping cart (i have seen these in the store, with people using them) by covering it with fabric.
Pee Pee Tee Pees, little absorbable washable cones to put over his "fountain" during diaper changes (how many).
Baby towels with head cover, the thin towels with the triangle pocket in the corner, to wrap your baby in after bathing (how many of these would be good).

What was the best thing you received (or have known a mother to receive) for the baby?  Resuseable on little siblings is a plus. 
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Pin Cushion on: December 01, 2008 07:54:41 PM

Its supposed to be an owl... but I've been told it looks like a cat.
I knit the fabric, felted it, cut it, sewed it together, and then needle felted the face on.

with pins!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Bridesmaid in Blue on: January 10, 2008 09:32:58 PM

I made the Blue one. 

I used Vogue Vintage Pattern 2267 Original 1954 Design
Now the changes:  I left out the zipper, it fit over my head and I did not want it tighter around the waist.  I also left out the waist ribbon for the same reason.

I actually made the largest size on the pattern, which on the pieces is an 18, now this might be the original sizes or they may have scaled it to larger bodies.  Either way I loved the dress, it stressed the positives, hid the negatives, and I felt pretty which is a good thing for a Maid of Honor to do.  I have since made it a shrug and wore it to a christmas party.  Same dress I promise, the wedding picture has a more accurate color.

(I am looking at a frog in a tank)  Grin
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cables on: June 26, 2007 06:29:51 PM
Ok I can knit, and my guage is even in stockinette, and garter, and anything normal.  But then I get to cables/ribbing.  I have baggy stitches on the left side of my cables.  I pull the yarn as tight as i can and i still have the baggy stitches.  I was told tension was my problem.  I cant pull the yarn any tighter! Thing is its getting worse! I have a hat I made a year ago that looks better than the one i am working on right now.  What Am I doing Wrong??
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Art of Kilt Making on: June 14, 2007 01:43:42 PM
Anyone read it, Have it?  I cant find it for less than $130 us dollars and am NOT going to drop that on a book.  I had it recomended by another craftser, but was looking for some more information on the book.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sweater Questions on: June 10, 2007 07:33:31 PM
Ok I know about the whole karma/boyfriend sweater curse thing.  but since I met the man, before we started dating, I have wanted to knit him an Aran sweater.  He is made for a sweater.  Something in the beige family with tons of patternwork.  I saw a book of these patterns, and an eppisode of knitty gritty that discussed them once but cant find either.  I guess my questions are:

What kind of yarn - poor college student here and most patterns I find call for about 10 balls of $20 a ball yarn.  I love knitpicks but am completely at a loss as to get the right size yarn for what I am wanting to accomplish.  I have tried shopping in my stash for the right size but I guess I cant translate it. 

Also How do I size up a pattern with designs in it.  He is a big boy, not fat, He is 6'3" and barrel chested.  His arms and torso are extra long so that normal mens shirts look way too small.    I have sized up smaller items, but not sweaters, and definately not one that would be that intricate.

Oh and how do I do all this so he doesn't find out about it, I want it to be a suprise, but I also want it to fit him when I give it to him.

I think thats all but any other suggestions would be wonderful.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knit 1 leaves on: May 22, 2007 07:58:47 PM
I Got the new issue of Knit 1 today.  It is called the green Issue.  there are articles about recycling and organic knitting.  Page 62, and 63 is a fiber review and they have knit all these lovely leaves out of the different yarns.  I want to know how to knit the leaves! they are beautiful and not in the patterns in the back of the book.  I am sure they are easy but I cant figgure out how to make them from the photos. Anyone have any Ideas on how to get patterns, or know of any leaf patterns?   
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