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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: cross stitching: changing colors vs filling in on: May 20, 2013 07:13:56 PM
I usually do all one color and then switch. If I'm working on a bigger project that I know will take me weeks to complete, I tend to work in 10 stitch x 10 stitch squares. It's easier for me to keep track of where I am in the pattern.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Do different sized needle plates exist? on: March 07, 2013 03:00:40 PM
I've been trying to sew 'doll clothes' for my hubby (He refers to them as 12" action figures from NECA. Whatever they are.. they cost a ton of money.) I haven't had any luck with sewing on such a small scale. It seems that when I try to get a really small seam allowance for a shirt that is only 4" wide it gets caught and tangled into the needle plate and then I need to rip the piece of out the machine to just start over. Do needle plates with smaller openings exist or am I chasing a dream here?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Where is the bear? Teddy bear illusion knit blanket, hat & booties on: February 06, 2013 03:32:48 PM
That's really cool. I've never heard of illusion knitting, I sorta want to try it now.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: WIP finally done..started in 1998! on: January 23, 2013 03:15:30 PM
I love your quilt and I especially love the reasons behind why it wasn't finished. You've lived a very interesting life so far.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Ugly Christmas Sweater Dress on: January 06, 2013 01:22:29 PM
It may be an ugly Christmas sweater but you definitely have skills! That looks awesome!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Conversion to Maternity Pants w/Tutorial on: January 06, 2013 09:03:35 AM
That's a really good idea! I'm 8 weeks pregnant and at that in between stage where I'm too small for the regular maternity pants but uncomfortable in my regular jeans. Now I can't wait to stop by our local thrift store to get some jeans to turn into a custom size maternity pants. I'm inspired to sew again.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Did you ever notice... on: December 11, 2012 06:40:26 PM
So my company does this thing called, "We care and Give Back" where we volunteer for various charities throughout the year or just take part in funraisers, etc. Right now we are all knitting/crocheting gloves, hats, scarves, etc for the Boys and Girls club.

So I've been sitting at my desk knitting for the last week or so and ever person that comes past my desk says are you doing a knit one purl two. Has anyone else ever noticed that people that don't know how to knit/crochet always call it a knit one, purl two no matter what your making? It's just something that I started noticing.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Striped Hoodie Sweater dress on: November 26, 2012 07:17:04 PM
It's been an interesting journey and a learning experience with this hooded sweater dress. I used a self striping yarn for this project, which my husband picked out because he liked the colors. It wasn't until I was about 6 inches into the dress part that it actually hit me, this is self striping yarn.. how am I going to match up the stripes on the sleeves and hood? I tried to match everything up as best I could. I also ran out of the striped yarn when I got to the top of the hood, so I used left over black yarn, I might add a pocket to the front in all black to kinda tie it all together. The colors look a little dark in these pictures because I just washed the sweater in my tub, it's still drying but I couldn't wait to post the pics.

If anyone is interested, this is the pattern I used:
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New knitter - Will I EVER get better at seeing mistakes in time/fixing them?! on: November 25, 2012 03:01:01 PM
It will get easier over time to notice your mistakes and fix them. What you may want to try in the beginning is count your stitches ever few rows to see at what point you accidentally added one.

You mentioned wanting to learn how to make your edges neater with the slip stitch on the ends. That's a really easy technique. All you do is slip the very first stitch of every row and then knit (or purl if you're on that side of the fabric) to the end even the last stitch of the row. So slip your first stitch, knit to the end of the row. Turn work, slip the first stitch and then purl all the way to the end. Turn work and repeat. That'll give you a really nice edge.

It really just takes time, and if you keep knitting a little every day you'll get better each day.
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: polymer clay covered bamboo crochet hooks on: November 21, 2012 05:42:55 PM
I love them!
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