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11  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Don't know if this counts for this category, but... on: February 01, 2009 09:31:44 PM
I'm making beaded bracelets to sell for Cystic Fibrosis. My brother had it, and passed away in 2003, so my family and I are very dedicated to finding a cure.

My favorite:

The other three (two are nearly identical, so I set one on the other)

Now for my questions.

1:  If you were going to buy bracelets to support a cause that a large percentage of the general public is not even aware of, would you want it to actually say CF or whatever? The ones I've made so far do say CF or Cystic Fibrosis (obviously), but it's so hard to justify buying a whole big box of alpha beads for the two sets of Cs and Fs I'll get out of each box. I am looking into buying individual letters online, but haven't managed to get it actually done yet. I, of course, complicate things by wanting only silver or very high-quality colored beads, not white or bright cheap looking ones.

2:  If you buy a stretchy bracelet, do you want it to be snug (i.e. having to stretch just a bit to fit on your wrist) or a bit loose (i.e. stretchy so that it fits over your hand, but able to roll around on its own once it's in place)? I've been making them loose and got a negative comment about this...but I personally can't stand when they are even the slightest bit tight on my wrist!

3:  How picky are you about the materials in something like this? I am using a mix of plastic and glass beads, because using all glass would make them cost way more, and would make them not nearly as profitable for fundraising. I'm asking $5 each, and using about $1.50 in materials in each, I think.
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Two cross-stitch projects...Mario and modified subversive towel on: February 01, 2009 09:22:44 PM
Having not cross-stitched in 15 years, I decided recently to dedicate myself again to finishing SOMETHING on aida cloth. My first inspiration was that wonderful mario 3 map someone recently completed, so I started with this little guy:

I'll probably add something else later...I have all the green colors needed to make a pipe with bubbles coming out, and then I can add water and sparkles...just not looking forward to the whole cross-stitching-40-rows-of-blue thing.

Second project:

A bit of backstory first. I finally settled on colors for my kitchen (after 5 years of living without parents and 2 years of marriage) and they are Red and Aqua. My mother in law, from whom we rent, HATES these colors together. So, I found the perfect pattern, and told her what I think of her opinion:

Unfortunately there is literally nowhere in my kitchen to hang it. The oven door handle is a flat shelf coming out from the door, the fridge door handle is oddly-shaped so that everything slides off...I'm considering installing one of those hand-towel rings (like for a bathroom) just for this thing.  Cheesy
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Looking for info: Brother Galaxie 171? on: January 09, 2009 08:52:35 PM
There is a sewing machine at the thrift store nearby that is gorgeous (to me) but I can't seem to find hardly anything about it online. It says "Brother Galaxie 171" on it.

Cell Phone Pic:

Does anyone know anything at all about this machine? It seems to work okay...The handwheel turns without sticking or jamming, the needle moves smoothly, etc. but I don't really know any other ways to test a machine that I can't plug in and really can't easily thread in-store to try sewing with it. The one problem I can find is that I can't make it turn the bobbin winder part. I tried moving it around and obviously had put the wheel in neutral but it just wasn't quite making a connection between the outer wheel and the rubber bobbin wheel.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Improvised Knitting Needles? on: November 23, 2008 09:25:38 PM
So, I've finally decided that I'm going to try learning to knit again. My first attempt at learning was horrible. I ended up sitting in the bathtub with my needles and cast-on yarn crying because I couldn't get any further.

My question is this: If, say, I had given away all my needles when I gave up, what could I use in a pinch as improvised needles, just to try learning again? I have pens, pencils, chopsticks (the cheap wooden kind), crochet hooks, paintbrushes with long tapered handles...what will work best? I'd really like to try tonight or tomorrow, and I won't be able to get to the store to buy knitting needles for, like, a week.  Sad
15  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing a wool suit (X-Posted to Clothing Forums) on: October 22, 2008 11:05:05 AM
What is the cheapest, most readily-available way I can turn this stupid wool suit purple for my husband's halloween costume? I don't think I have time to order online (at least not with the shipping options I can afford) so I'm stuck with what's available at Hobby Lobby, Joann, and Walmart (and maybe Hancock if I can make it to Lawrence in the next week).

We did a swatch test with purple dye in a pan on the stove and while the overcoat took the dye wonderfully (I had thought it would be the one that wouldn't take any dye, since it feels like acrylic or somesuch), the wool suit has gone from light beige to light beige with a purple tinge.

Is there anything I can do to rit dye to make it work better for wool, or is there some other product available that I can pick up in a store that will do it? I'm going nuts here!
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Any thoughts on this yarn? on: October 21, 2008 05:37:55 PM
I just got home from Hobby Lobby with a few skeins of this wonderfully soft "I Love This Yarn" and "I Love this Cotton" yarn. They were marvelously nice feeling and very, very cheap. Before I run out and buy 529 more of them, can anyone tell me if they've used either kind before, and if there are any glaring problems with them? The acrylic one was a bigger package than the red heart super saver, much softer than it, and almost a full dollar cheaper ($2.79 for 355 yards). The cotton one feels like the nicest flannel you'd ever buy, and was also cheaper than, say, the mercerized cotton yarns, and at least as cheap as sugar & cream (180 yd for $2.99).

I just keep thinking that with it being so cheap, there must be something wrong with it. It wasn't on sale, wasn't marked down, wasn't on clearance, and I didn't have a coupon. Any thoughts?
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Convert Saartje's Booties to crochet for me? *x-posted to knitting discussion* on: September 30, 2008 12:14:49 AM
Has anyone ever converted Saartje's Booties to crochet? Or, if not, will someone do so? PM me if you want to work out a deal. I SOOOOO want to make booties like that, but I have zero crochet-pattern-drafting skillz and zero learning-to-knit abilities.

Thanks in advance!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Convert Saartje's Booties to crochet for me? *x-posted to crochet discussion* on: September 30, 2008 12:03:58 AM
Has anyone ever converted Saartje's Booties to crochet? Or, if not, will someone do so? PM me if you want to work out a deal. I SOOOOO want to make booties like that, but I have zero crochet-pattern-drafting skillz and zero learning-to-knit abilities.

Thanks in advance!
19  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Cloth Diaper/Mama Cloth section? on: August 28, 2008 01:04:58 PM
I know alot of people on here choose to cloth diaper their infants/toddlers, and to use cloth menstrual pads. These two topics are so closely related that most consider them to be the same thing. I think it would be great if there was one area for all of that, including, but not limited to:

Wet bags
Materials advice
Diaper covers/soakers
Patterns: testing and help with designing
Cleaning issues, and making your own cleaning products for them
Cloth wipes

Anyone else think this is a good idea? I mean, I am already a member of cloth_pads and diy_pads on livejournal, but I think this is much more the type of forum where I could get some danged help on the issues I have when making them! Plus, I plan to cloth diaper my children as soon as I get around to having them, and I'd love to have one centralized location to look (not having to check "baby showers" and "children's clothing" and "knitting" and "crocheting" and "recycling") to find help and inspiration. I really think this would be a great addition, and maybe encourage others to try these things out?
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Craftster Chat: I Has It on: August 28, 2008 10:58:50 AM
[This is not an official Craftster chat room.  This is a personal off-site chat module hosted by a (fabulous) member.
Craftster.org Terms of Use and/or Privacy Policy do not apply this chat.  Thanks!  -- sweets4ever]

Hey, everyone! I was reading some of the suggestion boards and got it into my head that we need a live chat of some sort.

So, being the diy type, I did it myself! There is now an unofficial craftster IRC channel! It is located on the irc.aniverse.com server, and the channel is #craftster

If you need IRC help, try this site. If you have other questions, feel free to PM me.

Mods, if you think this should become an official thing, I'd be more than happy to turn it over to someone who knows a bit more about running something like this (I just know how to create a channel and how to change the topic, lol!)

Good luck in getting to the channel, everyone! Can't wait till it's full of crafty craftsters!

EDIT: Getting to the channel

To use IRC, you first need to download a program that will connect you to a server. Some of these programs are:

After you get the program (called a Client), you need to connect to a server. The server you want to connect to is irc.aniverse.com and *most* clients should pop up a box when opened, asking for the server and your nickname. The nickname doesn't need any registration (although registration is possible). For username (if it asks for one), put in anything you want.

Once you've connected to the server, you'll be able to connect to any channel on that server that you want. Our channel is #craftster. Some clients have a button you can click, and then simply type in the channel name. If you don't see this, just type in the server window /join #craftster and click send.

You should be there at this point! If you're not, please PM me or google "IRC basics" for some help!
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