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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / need help with dogwood donna sweater pattern on: April 21, 2007 10:58:41 PM
this is my first time making a sweater, i'm making the sweater called dogwood donna from the spring 2007 issue of knitscene.

so far it's been a great easy pattern but now i am stumped on the neck shaping.

here's that part of the pattern:

shape neck as follows: Mark center  14 sts.
Next Row: (RS) Work to marked center sts, join new yarn and BO center 14 sts, work to end of row, Work each side separately at the same time as foll:
Next Row (WS) Purl

i don't understand why i'm joining a new yarn (there's no color change) and what it means to work "each side separately at the same time". I know it has something to do with it being a neck hole and i'm trying to figure it all out but can't!

if anyone can help i'd appreciate it. or if you need to know more about the pattern to help, let me know too.

the sweater is worked from the bottom to top, front side first (this excerpt is from the front side) and then the back, then the sleeves.

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / 1953 ridge sweater pattern- knit on: March 19, 2007 07:47:58 PM
hey knitters i scanned this pattern- these little coats seemed to have come back in style


oh yes! and the sizes listed on the pattern correspond to the following:

size 12= hips (33) waist (25) bust (30)

size 14= hips (35) waist (26.5) bust (32)

size 16= hips (37) waist (28) bust (34)

size 18= hips (39) waist (30) bust (36)
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / triangle motif purse on: March 19, 2007 05:29:35 PM

i used the recommended yarn - patons sws, but i couldn't find the same colorway as in the mag, so i used this- natural earth- which i ended up liking as much as the original.

i made the strap longer than it told me to and ended up making it too long. i could always tie it up there or something.

thanks for looking!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / old chevron pillow. can someone help w/ pattern? on: March 15, 2007 10:52:10 AM
i have these old crochet pillows that my auntie made (she has since passed away). she was a prolific crocheter/knitter and she had made tons of these.

now that i've learnt to crochet i'd like to make them too but i'm not that good at it yet that i could figure out my own pattern

does anyone know of an existing pattern (maybe in one of your vintage pattern books) or can help me and give me basic directions in regards to how to begin making something like this?

i'd greatly appreciate any help!
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / tiny mittens on: February 22, 2007 02:40:10 PM
i finally completed a crochet project!

i used the pattern found here http://members.optusnet.com.au/we2/babymittens.html
except i used a D size needle and a light yarn instead of baby/sports.

At first i wanted to make something for a baby because a co-worker is having a baby soon and i wanted to give them a handmade gift. But i used this harsh yarn that i don't think a baby would like (Bernat cool crochet 70%cotton, 30% nylon)  . But that is fine by me because i would rather keep these as an example of really tiny mittens.

maybe i'll make them again in a soft yarn for a baby. then again, this is florida. i thought it'd be cute/funny to make baby wrist warmers.

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / mary jane baby booties- could these be crocheted? on: December 22, 2006 06:05:48 PM

I found this adorable pattern in lion brand yarn's website for mary jane style baby booties. (pattern no. 60088)

it's a free pattern but it's a knitting pattern, and while i know how to knit a little, I'm not sure I'd be able to tackle this one.

I was wondering if anyone's seen a pattern like this one for crochet. i looked on the internet for a long time and couldn't find one. I started to think that maybe this wouldn't work in crochet because it might turn out too bulky.

what do you think?
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Should I Spraypaint this Vinyl-y chair cushion? on: April 21, 2006 11:06:16 PM
I bought this chair at a thrift store for 2 dollars, because I was really determined to get a chair that day and this one was cute.

I would like to paint it to my color tastes but i don't want to re-upholster the cushions because i like the piping (i guess is what you would call it?) along the bottom of the seat cushion.

So, I thought maybe I could just Spraypaint it. I don't plan on sitting on it often, i think. Do you think spraypainting would work out okay or any other ideas?

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / allergy free earring hooks= nickel free? on: July 25, 2004 12:22:39 PM

I was wondering if someone knew if the term nickel free is what is meant by allergy free in reference to ear wires.

I bought this package of fish hook ear wires  made by "create a craft"
and it doesn't say anywhere on it's page that it is nickel or allergy free, it just says "silver" on the back. So, am I to assume they aren't nickel/allergy free?

Also, I'd appreciate any recommendations for allergy free ear wires (where to buy, what 'brand')

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / metal ..paper doll out of aol tin on: December 25, 2003 10:02:21 PM

So I was feeling distraught over the idea that I couldn't think of or find any ideas for those FREE AOL TINS that didn't involve decorating them and putting flat things inside. When i realized that my regular ol' scizzors DO cut through the tin, I was overjoyed.

note: this is a dangerous project. cutting through the metal tin makes very very sharp little edges. Dangerous sharp little edges. If i had sand paper, I'd probably sand the edges of the doll after i was done.

Also: I never have most of the fancy supplies that i see in the instructions for crafts in fancy websites like diynet, and this one i did with stuff i had lying around.

thin tin (AOL CD TIN)
wire (can be substituted by other things like eyelets or maybe if you can't find anything else: a paperclip that you stretch out)
paper with the doll template on it
nail and hammer to make tiny holes in tin. (substitute with small pointy thing and larger heavy thing if necessary!)

  • First I got a paper doll template from Mirkwood.
  • in image editor i made the whole image less than 5 inches tall- so it would all fit on one piece of the aol tin.
  • I printed out the image and glued it onto the text side of the aol tin with tacky glue (which isn't very permanent apparently on this metal, so later Icould pull off the paper.) I'm sure the same goes for many of those white glues. An alternative if you don't have a printer is to just draw out your own doll template from looking at the one on screen or yr own- not very hard.
  • Dangerous part- cutting out the doll parts with Scizzors. Be careful, man. Throw out all the excess little pieces man don't let them fall on yr floor or BED , MAN.
  • Make the tiny holes in each of the joints, they are marked in the printed doll. My way of doing it was to take a hammer and small thin nail and hammer the nail a little into the jointsuntil it went through ! hehee ! no one will ever see those tiny holes!
  • I used wire i had lying around to string through the joints and join them together.

Then it's done. Looks a lot shinier in person.

My larger scale idea is to make several of these, possibly in different sizes and then nailing them to a wall  together. I think it'd look interesting.

by the way.. here's the back of the doll. looks pretty interesting too:
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