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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Substitution yarn for knitty Blaze? on: January 30, 2005 10:13:11 PM
so i'm mucking about on discountyarn.com at the moment and noticed that there's an order minimum of $30. APPARENTLY I must buy yarn for more than just the Candy sweater. I'd also like to make the Blaze sweater, but the recommended yarn for it is some sort of hellishly expensive (from my impoverished beginner knitter point of view).

Does anyone know what cheap (i.e. Red Heart, TLC, Caron, Bernat, Patons, etc.) yarn could be used as a substitution for Cascade Indulgence?
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Making my particle board shelves friendly... on: January 26, 2005 10:55:17 PM
So i have these slot-together particle board bookshelves. they have no veneer or anything. they're just particle boards with slots cut out of them so that they can be fit together. I rather like the plain particle boardness, but the evil rough edges scrape the shit out of anything they can reach. Any ideas how i can cheaply make the edges, well, more friendly?
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I have never before made a stuffed toy. on: January 12, 2005 03:13:28 PM
Belatedly posting the....uh.........thing i made for my infant sister for xmas.

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Slightly belated xmas bags. on: January 07, 2005 02:20:11 PM
I know it's a week into january, but, well, i made bags for people who snoop around craftster. so i post them now rather than back in december. ^_^

first: bag for radness advisor. i may have gone a bit overboard with the girliness, but knowing her, she'll stick a skull on it and pull it off with suberb panache.

and a bag for my sister, Pi.

the inside is the same green plaid and contains a few useful pockets.

i'm too lazy to write more.
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tra la, tra la: xmas gift jewelry! on: December 19, 2004 03:52:27 PM
I'm so pleased with how these turned out. They were seriously depleting my creative reserves and i was worried that they'd show it.

First of all, earrings for Reena. She asked for dangly dangly sparkly earrings (but not Too dangly. only 4" or so. [rolls eyes]) After pestering her about color preferences she revealed that she has a lot of reddish tops but would also like black and maybe purple with, of course, silver. Yay! I'd already discovered garnet discs (reddish And purplish at the same time!) in my stash of beads. So those+silver seed beads+random black glass beads+tigertail+antique silver beads+silver wire and earwires=

Next are earrings for my mother. She's 15 on the inside and has loads of copper ringlets complete with the requisite mass of freckles. I wanted to make her earrings that would stand out from her stash of jewelry, be casual or dressy with equal ease, and highlight her classic redhead autumn coloring. I figured her personality could easily carry the length of these, but because i didn't want them to be Too young i opted for a more antique gold with just a smattering of color.

Her boyfriend is probably going to commission me to make a matching necklace for her birthday. I really hope she has a muted gold satin camisole....

Last up is a necklace for my not-as-close-anymore-former-best-friend. She's built much like me (only a lot shorter), which means she has Cleavage. After a grueling 15 minute interrogation session i dragged a request for a cleavage necklace out of her. She also revealed that she wears a lot of pink, black, and turquoise and would prefer a traffic-stopping necklace to a subtle one (DAMN YEAH!) She also likes stars and flowers on necklaces ^_^ I took this opportunity to just go all out with my new stash of ribbons/lace. Besides, who am i to pass up a request for more fabric flowers? Those things are damn addictive to make.

Thankfully the rest of the gifts I'm making don't require Nearly so much creative juice.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Attaching a knit border to a completed scarf? on: December 17, 2004 03:06:07 PM
I've made a lovely scarf but it appears to not be a double-sided stitch, so it curls. It curls and stretches unevenly like a soft-yarned, loosely knit bitch. SO i decided it needs a lengthwise border of garter stitch along either side. how would i go about attaching such a border to this otherwise completed scarf?
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Secret Santa for work. Of course I'd get stuck with the guy I don't know. on: December 17, 2004 02:20:26 PM
SO my boss decided to inflict the practice of Secret Santa upon us. 3 minutes later i've drawn Matt's name out of the cup. Well........crap. I don't know anything about Matt other than these two utterly unhelpful facts:

1) he never gets enough sleep because he works 2 jobs
2) he's Mormon

Wow. So much to go on. Taking the rare opportunity when his shift overlapped mine by 30 minutes I asked him what he wants for xmas. He replied

"A car."

I asked him what else.

"A new computer. (he even had a hopeful look in his eyes for that one)"

I informed him of my $10 or handcrafted limit.

"Oh. Uhhhhhhh....I don't know. Surprise me!"

>.< Fuckin great. Work holiday party is tuesday. Any ideas? Anyone?
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I have dropped a stitch and decreased. Am I f**ked? on: December 12, 2004 04:08:48 PM
I started out my first scarf with 20 stitches. Fine. easy. 20 stitches. but along the way i lost a stitch, bringing the whole thing in abruptly to 19 stitches wide. The thing that's really not good about this is that i have now (halfway through the scarf) Found that lost stitch. I dropped it. It is now a free and mischevious little loop.

So what I desperately need to know so that I can finish this scarf before I gift my brother with it is this: can that dropped stitch be repaired and my scarf's width made uniformly 20 sts without unraveling 2' of scarf?
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / ~Olive Oyl's funeral~ Another hott pencil skirt. - Tutorial on: November 28, 2004 02:58:02 AM
So somebody said something in my hors d'eouvres skirt topic ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17766.0 )that sparked an idea. The idea quickly became a plan, which resulted in another pencil skirt. I cannot even begin to express how much I love pencil skirts. They're so.....executive sex. Just my style  Grin.



Technical details: 12 panels (6 narrow spotted stretchy ones, 6 wide black poplin), red satin stitch on either side of every spotted panel, back lacing through ribbon loops, hem lace. It fastens with a red side zip and red button. This would probably fit an XL best. I'm a M-L and the lacing is a bit too tightened for my taste to make it fit me. Waist is just overedged, folded in, pressed, and straight stitched.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / It's like a platter of hors d'eouvres! Except it's a skirt. Er....... on: November 21, 2004 02:29:13 AM
You know how I've been saying that I just HAD to make some pencil skirts to go with my recent camisoles ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16556.0 ) ? Yeah, well, I finally finished one. Its name comes from the colors. They remind me of brie, pat, and little sips of red wine.



~edit~ I figured out the waist. i cut little triangular sections out of the tan fabric behind the two side strips of lace. the lace waist facing makes them not see-thru.

For the record, lace should be declared some sort of deity. lovely lovely stuff.  Grin

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