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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [SOLVED] "Back to Top" button? on: September 22, 2007 03:40:20 AM
Could you put a "back to top of page" button at the bottom of Hottest New Topics so we don't have to scroll all the way back up again?   Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Painting on driftwood? on: August 11, 2007 01:04:50 PM
I have a lovely piece of driftwood plank which I have tried to turn into a house number plaque by painting on it.  I used some acrylic artist's paint I already had (blue & white mixed to the shade I wanted), but it seems to fade within days of being outside (this is in cloudy Wales, not somewhere hot and sunny, but I don't think it's been rained on yet!).  I haven't tried anything like this before... Should I have washed it first to remove the sea salt?  I'm worried that I have ruined it 'cos I was too impatient to get it done and didn't research it properly first Sad

Does anyone know what kind of paint would work better - and be weatherproof and lightfast?  I don't want to buy a huge tin of exterior house paint just for a couple of words and numbers!!! 
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Modified Knot Ugly Shrug - A Cardigan! on: May 19, 2007 06:17:17 AM
I've never quite "got" shrugs, but thought the Knot Ugly Shrug would look good if adapted to a cardigan.  Here's the result!  I pretty much followed the instructions (apart from making the sleeves one row wider - I hate tight sleeves!) as far as the sewing together, but did my own thing from then on by doing the waistband, minus ties, first (before neckband).  I then added a "skirt" by matching up stitches above and below the waistband, and worked across the whole width of the back and 2 fronts together.  I did a few increases so it would flare out a bit.  When it was long enough I then did the neckband / front edges, and added the edging around the sleeves and bottom edge as for the ruffle edged shrug.  I think it worked out quite well, but I've a feeling it's going to "grow" a bit...  The yarn is Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton - lovely and soft, but I'm worried it's going to rub up into bobbles, so I think this cardi will be saved for "best"!  Here are some pics! (ignore my face - not v photogenic!  Don't know why I look so worried!).  I also think the shrug would have been quite long on me anyway - I guess those models in the book are at least 6 inches taller than me!!! Or I screwed up somewhere on the number of rows!!!  Undecided

UPDATE: I used 6 x 50g/82m balls of Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton to make the medium size.  This yarn sheds something awful though, so not sure I would use it again for this project - everything I wear the cardi over ends up covered in fluff!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "Tropical" Hot Water Bottle Cover on: May 11, 2007 09:18:41 AM
Here is my latest finished project!  I was telling a non-crafting friend about Craftster and the "no tea-cosies without irony" slogan.  She challenged me to make an "ironic" hot-water bottle cover!  Not sure if it's ironic, although I guess you wouldn't need a hot water bottle in the tropics  Cheesy, but I think it's kitsch and pretty!!  (Even if I do say so myself!).  It was also a chance to try out some stitch patterns and flowers etc.  Some of the flowers and the little bird are from Happy Hooker.  The rest of the flowers and the leaves I found on the internet and an old Reader's Digest needlecrafts book.  Apart from that I made it up as I went along.

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5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Nothing to crochet!!! on: April 23, 2007 05:44:08 AM
OMG!!! I've got nothing to crochet - I'm pacing around liked caged animal.  I've only been crocheting a few months and didn't realise it was so serious.  Somehow, catching up on the housework, doesn't quite cut it...
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Another finished Cupcake on: April 21, 2007 06:08:04 AM
I finished my Cupcake!  Excuse the cheesy mirror-shot...

I had some - ahem - "issues" with gauge, but eventually I used a much bigger hook (7mm), and made a bigger size, and eventually made one that fits!  Update:  I actually followed instructions for the size 401/2.  Even with a 7mm hook I was getting 12.5 stitches to 4 inches, so it 's actually come out about a size 34, which is just right! First time around I actually made (2nd size) front, back and 2 sleeves (even though I knew the gauge was wrong - if only I'd got the calculator out sooner...) before I realised it was never going to go around my not especially ample bosom...  Embarrassed  At least I hadn't sewed the bits together...

Then I spent ages yesterday loitering in my local haberdashery shop choosing ribbon (too much choice = bunny in headlights!) finally decided to go for a sparkly gold one.  The good thing about making it in cream is I can change the ribbon to any colour I like!

Not sure what my next project is going to be... I like Prepster and Frou Frou, but not sure what yarn I would use.  Maybe I should be getting outside in the garden and catching up on all those jobs I've "not had time" to do cos I've been too busy crocheting... Wink

7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / My Granny Bag on: April 12, 2007 01:31:54 PM

Pics (hopefully) of my Granny's No Square Bag.  This is my first picture posting, so not quite sure what I'm doing!  Anyway - I'm very pleased with how the bag turned out - never did find any rivets, but I can always add them later if some turn up!  I will try adding a lining, too.

The main colour is Patons mercerised cotton DK, the rest is from a stash that's been lurking in various cupboards for the last 12 years or so, and survived four house moves!
8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Granny's rivets? on: March 31, 2007 08:53:33 AM
I've made most of a Granny's no Square bag, but can't seem to find a source of 1/2 inch rivets in the UK (only little titchy ones!) - or 2" rings either - biggest I can find are 32mm!  I could finish it without, but it does look good with the rivets etc in the book, so I'm sort of stuck.  Does anyone know where I can get the bits to finish it off over here?
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