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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / * Geeber Don't Look* my first actual purse set on: April 26, 2008 08:29:40 AM
So I did the Fill a purse swap #3 and decided to try my hand at making a real purse...not a tote bag. It's got zippers and pockets and a clasp Oh My. Cheesy

This was also my first try at crazy quilting and my first project done on my new machine (I love my new machine it ate a zipper and still kept working for me Grin)

So with out further ado here is the full set a Purse, a Tri-fold wallet and a Coin purse.

AGAIN GEEBER DON"T LOOK!!!!!!!!!!! cause I don't want to spoil it for you but I'm so proud I just have to show off a little.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My take on the braided gauntlets on: April 22, 2008 06:32:57 AM
OK so I know this is a little late it being spring/summer and all, but I'm kinda proud of these and this was the first time I could wrestle them back from my husband. I made these last November when we went to visit my parents for Thanksgiving and not too long after my husband started checking powerlines in Delware and was always complaining about how cold his hands got. So that is the reason they look a little dirty. Ok enough rambling on to the pics

both together, shows off the contrasting stripes

a close up of the braiding.

This was only my third trip into the world of cables and I found that I still love working with them.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First finished big stitch project (at least for me) on: February 26, 2008 07:01:08 AM
OK spoiler warning if this is Chilledsoup please don't look till after you recieve your package.

OK so this is the first big embroidery project I've finished that I also drew out myself. Hope you guys like it

Complete project

Close up of the froggy

Thanks for looking (and any feedback)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / DPN Needle Case? on: September 26, 2007 10:28:18 PM
Has anyone seen/come up with a case to hold just dpns? I kinda have an idea for what I wanna make (sort of like a zippered crochet hook case) but I was wondering if any were already somewhere out there.
I'm just tired of my needle roll not keeping my needles together (they fall out, get mixed together).
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Books : The Big Book of Knitting on: September 21, 2007 01:18:54 PM
OK so I got this book today cause it was the only one I could find that kinda explains entrelac. At first glance it seems to be a great how to knit book. Thdn I got it home and started reading and the whole thing is about sweaters.
Now don't get me wrong I like sweaters and I do wanna learn how to make them and make them well but that wasn't why I bought the book.
A well it was only 9 bucks and will still make a good addition to my library (it does show entrelac, jaquard and other fun new knitting technique).
So after ranting a bit I just wanna say if you were gonna buy this as a beginning knitter...don't. But if you are an intermediate knitter this might be good. I will warn though that it isn't really written for someone that doesn't know knitting and some terms could be a little confusing at first (techniques you might have learned earlier under a different name).
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair-Isle dog sweater on: September 16, 2007 07:41:54 PM
OK so I was walking past AE the other day and saw this vest I had to have

(unfortunately it being AE and me not being a size 4, I couldn't get it ). Does anyone
think they could help come up w/a pattern? I'd also love some ideas on changing the
retrievers to dachsunds if possible (or just about any dog or cat would be cool too.

If you wanna get a better view of it this is the page its on
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / English Tea party help on: September 10, 2007 10:44:02 PM
So I've been invited to a formal english tea party on the 23th of this month. I can't wait to go but.....what should I wear? I need help and some ideas for a quick outfit (that hopefully requires minimal sewing). Do you guys think I should find/make gloves, a hat, dress,  stockings?? I'm totally clueless asa to what to do, please help.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / New spinner on: August 27, 2007 09:46:30 PM
Ok I looked through a little and didn't see this....

How long/much practice did you need in order to be consistant when drop spinning? I'm not saying extremely thin, just not clumpy.

            I went to a fair this weekend and they had a spinning bee. While I was watching, the woman running the event talked me into learning drop spinning (top whorl, cause I got a bottom whorl a few yrs ago and never got the hang; now I think I know what I was missing). By the end I wound up with a top whorl CD spindle, 2 large hanks of roving (totally forgot the 2 sheep types, 1 is very white and has small to medium fibers, the other is grey/brown curly and has medium to long fibers) to "practice" with as well as a promise to met them again in 3 wks at another fair.
         I wanna be able to show them that I can at least be consistent with my thickness by then but I'm not sure how much practice time i should try to squeeze in.  See below about drop spindle.

Now I have a new question. I just kinda got my spinning wheel working (looks like the one on this thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187011.0 I got it for like $25 at a church fair). Well I'm having 3 problems with it....
1. The "thread" that winds around the 2 wheels seems to be really twisted and I can't see how to get it untwisted (it keeps coming out of the grooves in the larger wheel).
2. The bobbin seems to be spinning in the opposite direction from the spindle and the wool I'm trying to spin won't feed on to the bobbin (I checked the websites recommened on the FAQ page and I'm pretty sure I'm feeding it through the oriface and over the hooks properly).So what am I doing wrong? Or is there a problem with the bobbin?
3. When first learning to spin do the wheels sometimes start spinning in the opposite direction? It was un-twisting everything I was working on
PS. what kind of oil should I use to get rid of squeaking? Would WD-40 be a no-no?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Crochet bag on: July 25, 2007 08:58:27 AM
Ok not too sure if this is the right place but...
I'm crocheting a tote bag for a swap and I have all of my pieces but I can't figure out the directions on how to put it together.
It says take my gusset piece 13 stitchs by 38" and fold in half and attach to my front and back pieces which are 11.5" by 15.5".
Ok so the 38" is only about 1/2" smaller than the combind peice sizes so that I get. But fold it in half? the pocket I'm gonna attach later is the exact same stitch amount, and if I fold the gusset in half either the pocket won't be right (widthwise) or the tote will be to small (lengthwise). What am I not reading right?
I kinda need help soon cause i need to finish it by this weekend (monday at the latest).

Never mind just realized that I'm folding it to find the exact center to line it up w/ the center of the front and back pieces before attaching it.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Clear shoes on: July 22, 2007 12:47:14 PM
Ok not really sure if this goes here but..... does anyone know if the clear boots (for showing off handmade socks) comes in adult sizes? If so where would one go about getting a pair (or two)?
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