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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Millions of newspapers! on: December 26, 2009 12:15:12 PM
Since I moved in my flat a couple of months ago, I've been getting the LA times for free 4 times a week. There's no recycling at the flats, and I haven't got a car, so they're all sitting in a big pile in my living room. It's been OK so far, as none of my stuff has arrived from England yet, so I've been using said pile as a table.
However, the pile's getting a bit big and unsteady now so I don't trust it for resting my tea on any more. Any ideas for what I can do with loads of newspapers? The evil side of me says "chuck them in the skip! no one will know it was you!", but the un-evil side wants to do something interesting with them.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / crab pattern on: February 15, 2009 01:34:38 PM
Does any one know of a (preferably free) knitting pattern for a toy crab? I've found a really good one on etsy thats $6 or so, but I'd rather go for a free one if possible.
For valentines day my bf gave me a card with a picture of a crab on it that said 'thank you for loving me, even when i'm crabby' and it is the cutest thing I've ever seen! He's my crab Smiley Sorry if that is too soppy! But I want to make him a crab. A crab for my crab Cheesy
Anyway, enough silliness! Thanks in advance,
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Quant on: January 19, 2008 01:42:09 PM
A slightly more up to date project now, knitty's quant.
This was my first go at entrelac, and I thought it was doomed to failure! It started off so well. I actually knitted a gauge swatch for once, and I got up to the first right edge diamond fine. But then disaster struck. The pattern said to pick up and purl 6 stitches along the next diamond. But there was no next diamond! I tried to rip it back to start again but managed to snap the wool. Such lovely stuff too, some freedom spirit I'd got in the John Lewis bargain bin (oh how I love that bin!). I was gutted, I'd bought the last ball and was determined to do something good with it!
So anyway, I got out my bag of crap wool and started again. I practiced the entrelac till I got it right, realising that I had done it right all along, there wasn't meant to be another diamond there! I was just meant to do it down the other side! D'oh! So out came the pretty wool again and off I went.
It only took 3 evenings to knit it, but tonight was pretty worrying. I thought that the previos disaster was going to mean I would run out before the end, but I had just enough left Smiley
Anyway, here are the pics:

Here it is layed flat. It looks longer than some of the others I've seen as I made it thinner by using 4mm needles instead of 5mm. I still knitted it for 15" though so it looks kind of elongated.

And here's a sort of action shot. I haven't mastered the art of photographing my own head yet, so here it is after I took it off.

I'm really pleased with this project. There are a few mistakes but the entrelac hides them well.

Let me know what you think
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Calorimetry on: January 19, 2008 01:32:41 PM
I'm so behind the times!
I made this a couple of months ago when the bf was away for the weekend. I'd originally bought the wool to make some fetchings with, but I had a major phobia of dpns at the time (which I'm happy to say I'm over now!) so I thought I'd go for the calorimetry.

It's made from an alpaca blend (I think, I'm sure that's what the label said) and I thought it would be quite itchy but its not at all. When I made this I never thought to check how much wool it would take, so I just bought a couple of balls. Needless to say it was far too much and I've still got 1 and a half left. Never mind though, I'm off observing in a few weeks and will need plenty of scarves to keep me warm at the telescope Smiley Best get knitting.

Cheers for looking,
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DS Case on: January 19, 2008 01:27:05 PM
Another one of my projects I've been meaning to post for ages and never got round to, a case for my beloved DS lite. I got the pattern about 9 months ago from somewhere on the internet, but I never managed to find it again so I can't give the right person the credit. If you're looking at this and reckognising it though, thanks! It was a great pattern to follow. I adapted it slightly as the pattern was for the larger original ds, and I added some pockets for games.
This is it closed up:

Here you can see how it opens. The long ties wrap round the whole case then fasten with some beads I used to improvise buttons.

And here are the pockets.

I love this case, but I've had it a few months now and it's getting stretched and stuff. I've been thinking of making another similar one, but paying more attention to the pockets and other little details. When I made this I had no idea how to finish off things, like sewing edges and pockets and stuff, so it's not the neatest of cases. I'd like to have another go just to get these bits right.

If anyone does want the pattern I will see if I can dig it out, but I've had no luck so far.
Thanks for looking, please let me know what you think.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two fetchings on: January 19, 2008 01:19:31 PM
I'm quite proud of these two set's of knitty's fetching. The lilac ones were my first proper project using dpns and cables. I thought they would be really difficult, but once I got started I realised there was nothing to worry about Smiley
These ones were made with some baby aran that I got off the market in town. Can't remember anything else about the wool. It was nice to use though and I've got stacks left, thinking of making a scarf with it.

The green and brown fetchings I made over xmas (a lot of the time in a wine induced haze) so despite being my 2nd pair they aren't as mistake free. I made them smaller by taking out one of the repeats, and also using much thinner wool. I used some jaeger baby merino I found in the bargin bin at John Lewis for 1. It reminded me of those green sweets you used to get with chocolate in the middle. Can't remember what they were called but we always used to have them in the car... anyway, here are the pics

I'm happy with both pairs, but the first were definately better than the 2nd. It's a shame because I was looking forward to making the green ones, but xmas day wine got the better of me.
Anyway, cheers for looking, comments are always welcome  Grin
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer clay in the UK on: May 12, 2007 01:57:58 PM
Does anyone know of where I can buy polymer clay in the UK (more specifically merseyside)? I fancy having a go with it, I remembered having some when I was little, but after trapsing round toys r us this afternoon I dont know where to look. Ideally I would like to get it from an actual shop rather that on t'internet but any suggestions would be appreciated.

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