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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting vs. Crocheting on: November 13, 2006 08:19:22 PM
Oh, I have one more thought to add. I feel like the cost of knitting versus the cost of crocheting should not be compared. There are pluses and minuses to both. Knitting uses less yarn, but tends to use more expensive and novelty yarn. Also the needles are more expensive, and there are way more different types. In comparison, in crochet you can buy a pack of functional metal hooks for like $10 and be set for most projects, but it does require way more yarn to make a project, and in my experience, novelty yarn by itself doesn't really work with crochet. At least not without a lot of pain.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Cover a 14" pillow swap? on: November 13, 2006 06:58:25 PM
This sounds like an awesome idea!  I would totally be in as long as it is after the holidays.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Call for all math lovers on: November 13, 2006 06:55:37 PM
I have seen a few posts of people trying to start science related swaps, but I am wondering if anyone would be interested in a math related one? I would really loooooove to swap mathematically inspired things, like math stationary, pencil cases, calculator cozies, mobius scarves, etc.

Together we can prove that math is fun and creative!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Quadratic formula...? on: November 13, 2006 06:13:05 PM
Heheh I love that pi cheer! it is totally stuck in my head (alternating with the pop-goes-the-weasel version of the quadratic formula.) Yay Math!

Oh and Shewantsxglamor, I am glad your quadratic cookies worked out. what kind of cookies did you end up making? Were there any other crazy math projects?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting vs. Crocheting on: November 13, 2006 05:37:21 PM
I learned to crochet when I was 9 by making simple granny squares during a 4 hour car ride. I learned how to knit two years ago. My preference is definitely crochet, possibly because I learned it first, but mostly because I love the portability of it and the ability to pick it up and put it down whenever I want to. I have never finished a knit project cause to me it is incredibly, frustratingly slow. While sometimes I like the fabric that knitting makes better cause it is thinner and smoother, I love the freedom of crochet. And the fact that if I mess up it is no problem to fix it, or to try something out just for the heck of it.

However, I agree to just pick a project you want to do first, and learn whatever that requires. And then learn the other. My favorite projects are a combo of the two.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Quadratic formula...? on: November 13, 2006 02:56:27 PM
Being the big math nerd that I am, I was inspired by yarnhag's post:

I'm thinking bees (one would be a negative coloured one, the other would be a square bee, of course), AC (alternating current) symbols, a square tree/flower root, ove two guys in touques (eh?  eh?)

I'm into the visual mnemonic thing, personally...

and with a little downtime and the paint program on my computer I made this:

grr the pic is so small! well anyway, the first bee says "buzz. the world sucks. buzz", then there is a Duracell battery and then, the second bee says "buzz. i am such a nerd. buzz"

Thanks for the inspiration yarnhag!
7  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Crafty Show at MassArt on: September 28, 2006 08:16:06 AM
A friend of mine recently encouraged me to go see an art show at MassArt that after going I thought was totally awesome and I want to share it with other Boston area crafters.  Here is the description from the MassArt website:

Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery
September 5-October 14, 2006

Massachusetts College of Art presents Crafty, an exhibition that examines the work of twenty-one contemporary artists who re-appropriate materials and/or methods that were traditionally defined as "craft". This multi-disciplinary exhibition includes sculpture, video, painting, site-specific installations, and public art that creatively reference craft in a challenging, subversive, and relevant way. Artists include: Elaine Bradford, Nick Cave, Rob Conger, Samantha Field, George Greenamyer, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Kent Henricksen, Christian Holstad, Imi Hwangbo, Christina Mancuso, Ruth Marshall, Ruvim Mogendovich, John Newman, John O'Reilly, Paola Pivi, Isabel Riley, Fred Sandback, Lara Schnitger, Beverly Semmes, Yuken Teruya, and Randal Thurston.

Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m."

link: http://www.massart.edu/calendar/

It is only running for two more weeks but I definitely reccomend it. If you are reluctant to go because you don't like the idea about wandering around an unknown campus do not fret it is really easy to get to! It is right off the 'Longwood Ave' stop on the Green E-line. And it is Free!!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Pin cushion box. Does anyone know how to make it? on: September 04, 2006 07:43:59 AM
I have actually seen a pattern similar to this box in a great book called "Omiyage : Handmade Gifts from Fabric in the Japanese Tradition" by Kumiko Sudo. The pattern is just like the larger box but instead of a hinged lid it has a fully detachable lid.

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! on: July 15, 2006 05:25:33 PM
Rckfella, I played with the picture of Matilda a bit to see if it could look not cut off.  I erased the books she is sitting on although I could see how that might be important to the image. But anyway here is a thought:

It is a super cute image, good luck with it!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ATC - your favorite Song Swap Gallery on: March 09, 2006 08:01:28 PM
Yeah, I am super in love with the Decemberists, they are also the best live act I have ever seen. Is the quote under you picture from "Billy Liar"?  They are very addictive. :-D
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