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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with old plates, teacups, saucers? on: June 16, 2009 06:31:03 PM
My sister came across some leftover dinnerware that perfectly matches her kitchen. She already has a very nice set of dinnerware, so she was wondering how she could utilize the new(er) stuff? Like making teacup candles, or plate clocks, ect.

I wanted to put it to you craftsters what would you do or what have you done?
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Thermal from Knitty on: November 04, 2007 11:06:52 AM
The best way to get rid of smoke is to use either Vinegar or Baking Soda.  I think they even make a baking soda fabric soap now.  Sorry to hear about your duplex.  I hope the important stuff was okay!
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Thermal from Knitty on: November 03, 2007 03:52:56 PM
Finally finished Thermal!  I have been hovering on this string for a while watching everyone else progress and finish theirs.  I actually started Thermal around Easter, but didn't finish it until September.  It turned into my lunch knit and that slows things down sometimes.

I added a button to the collar band, and did some short-row shaping on the sleeve cap to add a bit of length and somewhere for my pointy shoulders to go.

I used Knit Picks Gloss in Cocoa.  The yarn is a bit pilly not that I have worn the sweater a few times, but it is very soft, and not the least bit itchy with the silk. I love the buttons I found.  They have gold glints to them, and depending on how the light hits them, they go from a sparkly brown to a deep cocoa.

All in all I am very pleased with this sweater and have 2 requests from friends for one.  I ordered some Gloss in Dusk for another sweater.
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Butterfly a-long (Rowan 37) on: November 03, 2007 03:23:37 PM
Finally jumped on the Butterfly band-wagon.  My Uncle's wedding was on October 19th, so October 1st I decided I wanted to wear Butterfly.  I ordered Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Stream, some Knit Pick interchangeable needles (love how pointy the tips are) and navy blue beads.  I got a size 10 bead, and ended up having to make my own bead hook out of 26 gauge wire.  I choose to slip the bead on where I wanted it instead of stringing them on to begin with.  As I am to OCD to allow the beads to 'randomly' appear on the dress, I instead opted to add a bead to the center of each 'diamond'.  I also added a bead to each knit stitch in the top hem ruffle.  It added quite a bit of weight to the dress, which is what I wanted.

I also bought a slip pattern and fabric a shade lighter than the yarn to wear underneath.  I was going to have the two separate, but once again OCD kicked in and I didn't like the difference in necklines.  I ended up whip stitching Butterfly to the slip's neckline.  This also enabled me to use the slip's straps and saved me from knitting straps only hours before the wedding. (I finished at 11:30 the night before the wedding!)

I knitted in the round instead of seaming the sides.  I did make some cap sleeves for it, but was told it made the dress look too granny instead of old-fashion.  I knit 10 inches of the hem and added a short-row cap to the top to rest on the edge of my shoulder.  I may still put the sleeves back on.  I will have to think on this longer.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: ISO pattern paper punched heart with crochet edging on: February 12, 2007 03:04:34 PM
I would suggest either doing two sc per hole around the rounded parts, or a sc and two ch.  Along the straight parts just do sc (without a chain) or sc1, ch1. You can also try going up or down a hook size.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What stitch is this? on: February 12, 2007 10:50:22 AM
took another look of the original piece and my big book o'needlework...

Has anyone tried to make it as a tunisian bias or crossed stitch? The samples in my book are more well defined cause they used thinner yarn, but *shrugs* it looks similar, and poofier than basic Tunisian.

I did try Tunisian.  Here is my pic of how that turned out:

It made a nice rib, but it didn't have the individual "puffy" stitch look.  It looked very much like reverse stockinette stitch when knitting.

I liked the Tunisian, and want to try another hat pattern with it.  The wrong side looked more interesting to me.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What stitch is this? on: February 09, 2007 04:35:31 PM
The yarn I ordered Monday arrived on Wednesday (go Jimmy Bean Wool!) and I sat down and whipped out the hat in 2 hours.  Here are the final pics:

Still finishing up the pattern if anyone is still interested.  Let me know!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What stitch is this? on: February 05, 2007 12:45:31 PM
Didn't look at the tutorial for decreases.  I cast on 14 stitches and worked 12 of the 14, then 10 of the 12, then all 14.  Created a triangle, with the narrow "crown" of the hat on my left, and the wide "brim" on my right.

So much for doing the crochet version this weekend.  I searched all my nearby yarn shops for another skein of the gray, and no one had it.  I asked one shop (listed as a carrier on Blue Sky Alpaca's site) when they might order in more and was told (quite rudely) that it was almost spring and they wouldn't be ordering any more wool.


So I had to go online and order some.  Dye lot won't be the same, but I will worry about that when the time comes.

So, no more pics until I get my order.  Hopefully it will arrive before the end of the week.  I will keep you all informed.  I will also post a pattern once I am done.

Stay tuned!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What stitch is this? on: February 02, 2007 09:24:16 AM
So lunch on Wednesday, after all the excellent suggestions, I just went with the Tunisian thing.  I wanted to do a whole skein of a swatch before I made any judgment calls. So here is the Tunisian:

After it was done (or as done as I could get with the one skein) I just sat and stared at it.  It looks REALLY close.  It has the "bubble rib" thing going.

So then rina was fabulous enough to go and swatch a single crochet round.  That got me thinking again, and I undid a few rows and chained a small round of 14 stitches and SC from the inside, so the WS appeared on the outside. (Is that what you were thinking rina?)  So here is that.

So I think I will pick up another skein of the Grey Wolf and try out an entire crochet pattern.  Which ever one I don't like will be toaded (frogging is for knitting, I decided toading is for crochet) and will become the ear flaps.  You can see pics of the earflaps on my blog.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What stitch is this? on: February 01, 2007 04:00:32 PM
One thing you have to know about manufacturers is they often mix up knit and crochet. It really ticks me off sometimes. If they're selling it, they should know what it is!

I wholeheartedly agree.  I believe that is also what was leading me to believe the item was knit instead of crochet or tunisian.

I will be taking pictures tonight of what I have come up with.
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