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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 11 ENTRIES / Re: Nanny Beatrice Grace and the heavenly host on: November 04, 2006 08:26:05 AM
Interesting point, but as the painting is dated 1999, it seems unlikely that it would be worth "big money." Whether it was appropriate to alter someone else's artwork is one thing (I imagine the painter would be happier to have it repurposed and revitalized than sitting in a dusty thrift shop), but the idea that it's a valuable piece of original folk art doesn't seem likely given the date.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Softest Sock Yarn...need help! on: February 17, 2006 09:40:27 PM
As far as the washing, if you use 100% wool and wash in cold water (on the delicate cycle, if that's an option), you won't have to handwash his socks! I made some out of Noro Kureyon (probably not an option for your 'manly man'), and I wash them at the laundromat, no problem.

But if your fella has wool sensitivity at all (I relate, since my boyfriend is 100% allergic to it), I recommend steering far clear of it for socks. Even the softest socks could cause a reaction or discomfort if he's sensitive, since they'll be against his skin (and in the warm/humid environment of shoes/feet) for hours duriing the day, rather than a shorter amount of time with e.g. a scarf.

I would recommend checking out your LYS for some soft, lofty worsted-weight cotton. My experience has been that yarn store folks are used to people being skeptical about how a cotton will knit up, so they'll be open to your questions. I wish I could give you more specific advice. Good luck - I love knitting socks!!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / adorable green hat on my adorable nephew on: February 11, 2006 06:22:37 PM
maybe the only thing to draw me out of lurking? a recent photo of my two-year-old nephew wearing the hat I knitted him for xmas. apparently he won't leave the house without his hat! the yarn is alchemy lickety split, and it was a joy to work with (if only it weren't so darn expensive....)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: GREEN JEANS!!! (image heavy heavy!!) on: February 05, 2006 05:37:42 PM
unbelievable. I have always wanted to try jeans or a jean-style skirt, but was too chicken. but now that I know how amazing they can look....I think I'm going to have to go for it.

thanks so much for sharing these! they're so great!!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please Help - I Need A Sewing Table on: January 29, 2006 07:00:57 AM
A lot of us NYers don't even have kitchen tables! (In my humble abode, our coffee table is the all-purpose one). But regardles, the #1 best resource for finding used furniture in the NYC/Brooklyn area is Craigslist. Everyone who's selling lists there, and I have furnished an entire apartment (relatively well, even), for very, very little money. A lot of people give things away or sell them at a huge loss because they have to get them out of the way when they move or add new furniture. www.craigslist.org

And I agree - you don't need what's called a "sewing table," but definitely be aware of the height at which you're comfortable sewing, and how much room you need on either side to maneuver...then hit up Craigslist for the closest thing you can find to those dimensions!

Good luck....
6  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: you know, moving to new york. on: May 08, 2005 12:44:47 PM
Probably you've already moved, so I won't bother with housing tips (though if you want 'em still, PM me). However, vegan/veggie food I can help with. These are two favorite spots of mine:

Kate's Joint. corner of 4th and Avenue B in Manhattan. Great vegan/vegetarian food (leans toward the "diner" side, but they have salads/veggies/etc. as well), not too expensive, and there's the added bonus of possible celebrity sightings.

Foodswings, on Grand Ave between Havemeyer and Roebling in Brooklyn (Williamsburg): "vegan junk food," cheap, totally delicious, and a good hangout spot for activites/bike punks, etc., but still okay if that's not your crowd. Don't order the mashed potatoes, though.

Also I just heard about a new place that opened up on 14th St. in Manhattan, between 1st and 2nd Aves. Don't remember the name, but it's where a place called Westville used to be. VERY conveniently located to my favorite addiction, Knit NYC, which is across the street!

good luck!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: plastic bag knitting on: May 02, 2005 08:35:17 PM
I haven't actually made anything yet, but I have an ever-growing ball of plastic bag "yarn." 
Around here most places use boring, white bags. Unless you're going for all white, bags that have patterns on the front look neat cut up. I'm going to mix in my colored bags sparingly.   
I'm probably going to make a bag, either for shopping, or to hold accumulated plastic bags. Smiley 

Plastic bag crafts are classic grandma-bazaar crafts - the plastic bag bags make great reusable grocery bags! My grandma crochets, and she used to make these awesome dish-scrubbers out of crocheted plastic bags somehow. They were quite scrubby and effective - I think I'll call her and ask, as I too am plagued by a large stash of plastic bags! And of course I'll post anything I find out...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hobo Bag Pattern? on: April 30, 2005 06:56:02 PM
i'm not sure what you mean by ho-bo but right now i'm knitting "unbiased" from knitty.com. i'm using regular yarn (the pattern calls for recycled silk but that's a bit too pricey for a poor college student); the pattern is really easy and it could easily be adapted to any size/gauge you can think of Smiley


What yarn are you using? I love the shape of this bag and want to make one of my own, but the multi-colored fuzzy silk isn't really my...um, bag. Right. Anyhow, I'd love to see how yours turns out!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need knit sweater pattern suggestions for girls with boobs on: April 30, 2005 06:50:09 PM
The Girls with Big Boobs Knitalong.  Love it.

I would love to participate, but I think the ladies and I (we're a DD family) will have to sit and watch, since I'm on winter-wear hiatus. What I really really want more than anything these days is for someone to convince me I can make that hott "boobholder" dealie in a size that will actually...well...hold 'em. Y'know?

thanks for starting this thread!!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: yes friends, the boy knits! on: April 30, 2005 08:56:17 AM
I have that pattern on my to-knit list but have been holding off because I have to make to great big ones (for I have two great big cats). 

That is my problem with knitting a cat bed as well - I know they'd love it, since they definitely love yarn, but.... my giant boy kitty and tiny girl kitty can't stand each other, so I'd have to make two beds! And of course, I couldn't give one cat a bed until I had finished both, because that would be a recipe for disaster. So the politics keep bogging down my initiative....

I'm still obsessed w/ that scarf.

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