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21  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / A few ideas for the search function - Keep words in search box & exclude swaps on: August 28, 2008 09:49:55 AM
I have at least two ideas (I may have more that haven't surfaced yet, lol) for the searching function:

#1: make the search terms stay in the box at the top when it displays the search results. It is so frustrating to search for "crochet diaper cover" and then have to go back and type "crochet diaper cover -swap" and then go back again and add more to it...It would just be really nice if the text stayed there.

#2: "exclude swap" checkbox for the search bar. It would be really nice to be able to search for something and not have it come up with 19 swaps where that something is a suggested item, before it shows any actual posts about that sort of item.

any other suggestions?
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Why can't I crochet a square? on: August 23, 2008 08:25:29 PM
Okay, I know i'm doing something wrong. I just don't know what it is.

When I get to the end of a row, I chain one, turn, and start crocheting again (this is for HDC). Sometimes, it comes out just fine, looks nice and straight up the side, but sometimes it makes the row shorter...OR longer. What am I doing wrong?

All I want to do is be able to make a square or a rectangle that isn't all wobbly on the sides  Cry

ETA picture:

23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Looking for diaper soaker pattern... on: August 07, 2008 03:20:29 PM
I've been trolling the net for a few hours now, trying to find a free pattern similar to a crocheted soaker i've fallen in love with, found here. However, most of the links I've found (there are lists everywhere!) are dead.

Can anyone recommend me a pattern that will come out similar to this one? (note: I CANNOT KNIT) The things I particularly like are style of the waistband, and the fact that it doesn't require seaming up from the legs to the waistband at all.

Thanks in advance!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Two questions about making these pants fit normal! on: April 08, 2008 10:09:55 PM
first of all, here are the pants, as they are right now:

as you should be able to see, the side seams go down the outside of the thigh and then migrate to the front of the shin. the inseams do a similar, though reversed, thing. What can i do to fix it? should i take some fabric out of the back of the thigh? pulling there seems to help the problem considerably, but i'd love a different solution, if there is one.

secondly, what can i do about the bunching around the crotch area? i took a great deal out of the front crotch seam already, should i take more out, or will that make the problem worse?

thanks for your help, in advance!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / inseam notches on: April 03, 2008 08:53:08 PM
i'm making a pair of pajama pants (except i'm modifying them wildly) but am trying to follow the pattern for now, at least. it's a pattern i printed from sewnews.com. i'm confused, though, because the notches in the inseam just don't line up! the notch on the back of the leg is, like, 3 inches lower than the one on the front leg.

do i just line up the crotch seams and ignore the notches, or what?
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Four new shopping bags on: February 06, 2008 10:04:44 PM
These were made using the tutorial here. Thanks for another good one, Queenofdiy! These bags are so handy and useful and wonderful and great. I can't imagine living without them, now that I have them!

First one here is seersucker on the outside, quilting cotton inside. Second is quilting cotton inside, repurposed fabric from a thrift-store dress outside (hence the seams up the middle):

First one is made of two vintage fabrics (both from the 60s) that I got at a thrift store, second is a bedsheet inside and a former skirt outside (lightened to show that there is purple in the plaid, so it really does coordinate with the lining):

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Triangular Prism Makeup Bag on: February 06, 2008 10:01:53 PM
I actually made two of these, with the other being a black and red chinese silk outside, black twill inside, but I already gave the other away to my younger sister.

Used the tutorial here, which was great and easy to follow. Thanks, queenofdiy! You make awesome tutorials!

28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Sweet Life knockoff... on: February 06, 2008 10:00:55 PM
So, I apparently didn't use enough interfacing in this bag.

It's inspired by (or rather, a copy of) Amy Butler's Sanibel bag from her Sweet Life line. I discovered the bag, and figured out how to make it, from this topic. It was supposed to be for my mother-in-law, but I don't really want to give it to her in its current state. I wonder if there's anything I can do to fix the floppy sides?

The outside of the bag: (note that it doesn't completely flop because it has a panel of plastic canvas in the bottom)

And the lining, which I love:
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / new sewing machine! on: January 30, 2008 11:21:50 AM
i get a new sewing machine for valentine's day!

it's an industrial/heavy duty singer 328K, won it on ebay this morning for around $100 plus shipping.

Ebay auction here.

so, what do y'all think? is it awesome, or what?

also, where do you get heavy-duty thread? the first project i'm going to be attempting will be a backpack made with denim and leather, and i want to get all the materials by the time the machine arrives!
30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / a few questions on: December 17, 2007 11:37:48 PM
okay, number one: i bought two bricks of cream cheese today, and forgot to put them away immediately. they were out for about 5 hours or so, but they were in a very cold room (due to lack of window insulation on one wall). think they're okay to use still? they were still sealed and all.

number two: i'm making cream cheese mints for our family christmas party. how long will they stay good at room temperature, and how long in the refrigerator? is it okay to make them now, with a week left till christmas?

number three: i made marshmallow-based fudge yesterday. can i leave it at room temperature for a week, until christmas? i know that regular fudge sits on store shelves for weeks or even months, but is marshmallow-based fudge okay like that too?

number four: i made peppermint bark yesterday, and it has been in my freezer since then. can i go ahead and break it up and put it in a tin on the counter now?

yeah, i realize these questions are all pretty much the same thing, but i figured i'd split them up so folks who only know about one can answer specifically and easily.

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