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10-01-2007, 05:27 PM
Any other crafters or artists out there? I am really interested in sharing project pics! I myself knit and I have been on a kick the last couple of months making hanging kitchen towels for my friends/family. Right now I'm working on Halloween themed ones for my gma and mom.

I'd love to see other people's work-- whether it be watercolors, photography, crocheting, quilting, or whatever!

10-01-2007, 05:30 PM
Very cute! I don't do a lot of crafts right now, but I do a lot of drawing.

10-01-2007, 05:32 PM
I wish I was crafty...about the only thing I do is make wreaths and scrapbook. But I LOVE your towel! So cute!

10-01-2007, 05:53 PM
Thanks guys! I don't make the towels themselves, I buy them at the dollar store, but I cut them in half and then each half becomes it's own hanging style towel (+ knitted top & button).

10-01-2007, 06:07 PM
I am a craft-a-holic. My craft room has spilled over into the rest of the house, and I'm trying to get it back in (really, I am - though my husband would say I'm not trying hard enough). I can't help it. The stuff crawls out of the bins and follows me to the living room, really. Well, anyway it seems like it.

I'm trying to learn to knit, but can't get the hang of the purl stitch (yeah, I know it's crazy). A knitter frined didn't understand when I told her I could do the knit stitch, but not the purl stitch, because I said I could do a stockinette stitch. She said that if I could do a stockinette stitch then I could do a purl, because the stitch is just alternating rows of knit and purl. That's when I first realized you're supposed to turn your work. I was working a knit stitch left to right, and then doing the next row right to left.

I'm working on an afghan right now combining rows of knitting with rows of afghan stitch and rows of halfdouble crochet. It provides sort of a safety net, because if my knitting starts to unravel, if I can't get it under control, I can rip it out to the crocheted part. I'm using long afghan hooks as knitting needles.

I wouldn't have thought of it if I hadn't read in a book on the history of needles that some knitting needles in some areas had or have hooks.

10-01-2007, 06:31 PM
I love to crochet. My new favorite thing is making baby stuff for myself or friends. Baby blankets are shorter than regular and the little outfits are just SO cute.
I took up knitting for a while, but just got a little bored because of the repetitive stitches.
We are trying to save $$ around here, so I think everyone will get something crocheted this Christmas... better start soon!
Here is a baby outfit I crocheted for a friend of mine's baby girl (who is 2 months older than Mollie):

10-01-2007, 07:03 PM
kaplods-- were you using double pointed needles? lol that's a funny story about the purl stitch, at any rate.

I taught myself to knit (mostly) from one of those thin 10-pgs books you can buy in the craft section of any Wal-Mart, etc. I was about 11 or 12. I didn't really get into it at the time. When I was 15 I picked it up again and made my first scarf (a horrible variagated varying-widths Red Heart number... lol-- of course I wore it everywhere). Then I started branching out. I have made a lot of baby blankets and even sold some. It's a fun hobby.

mom2mollie-- that is such an adorable little outfit! It's so delicate-- you must use a really small hook (or whatever it's called)... I personally cannot crochet to save my life!

10-01-2007, 11:33 PM
No they were standard single point needles, with the little flared end. I've always been slightly ambidextrous, and even though I'm left-handed can write legibly (though not as neatly) with my right hand. I can't think of the knitting history book I was talking about, but it also mentioned that in some area, this was actually the standard form of knitting. This is still the method I'm using for the afghan. So basically, I do right handed knitting one direction, and left handed knitting the other direction, and only turn my work if I want the faux "purl" stitches on the right side of the work. The needles I'm working on know are afghan or tunisian crochet hooks (tunisian crochet is another name for afghan stitches, which is an older form of crochet, and is more like knitting in that instead of completing one stitch at a time, a series of loops is created in one row and finished in another). It basically is as long as a knitting needle, and has a flared end, and a hook end. They, like knitting needles also do come in a double-ended form (but don't have any in my collection).

My mom and grandmother taught me to crochet when I was about 5. I can follow intermediate crochet patterns, but I much prefer basic stitches and easy designs, especially now that I'm on disability. When I'm feeling lousy, I need a simple, easy to follow pattern that I can do without thinking.

I couldn't follow a knitting pattern to save my life, especially since I've just barely figured out how to do the purl stitch (I actually learned it on a "knifty knitter," knitting loom first). If my fingers are really stiff, the knitting loom is a nice alternative, because I don't drop any stitches.

This year I discovered felting, and I love it, but the yarn is a little expensive, so I've not gotten too deep into it. Besides, I promised hubby I would use up most of my stash before buying more. My husband and I are also making Christmas presents this year, as we did last year. I couldn't believe how much everyone liked the afghans. When we visited my family in Illinois last month, I mentioned that I would be making gifts again this year, and asked if they wanted more afghans or something else, and they all wanted afghans except my nephews who picked out crocheted slippers from a book I had. The slippers look like High-top Converse tennis shoes, and we traced their feet for me to use for sizing (the boys are 3 and 6).

10-02-2007, 10:44 AM
I like plastic canvas and scrap booking and I am trying to learn quilting. Tried knitting and crocheting but did not have the patients for it. Crafting is a great stress reliever for me any ways.:carrot:

10-02-2007, 01:10 PM
MolliesMom....that is the cutest outfit and the baby is adorable! You did a good job!

You ladies are so talented. I have wanted to learn to knit & crochet for years, just to chicken to try. And needlepoint. I actually have a couple of things I bought that I want to try and have yet to do so.

My friend on another thread knits and has knitted a lot of awesome stuff, sweaters for herself hubby,shawls, socks, geez, I can't remember what else...she is very good at it though.

10-02-2007, 06:25 PM
I want to learn to crochet or knit, simply because I want a Dr. Who scarf! LOL

10-02-2007, 07:01 PM
My brother just sent me some photos of a sweater that my Mom just finished knitting. Wow. She has knitted since I don't know when (she's in her 80's) and nothing slows her down! I own several sweaters and a beautiful afghan that she knit for me. It's hard to wear a lot of them, though, since I live in the desert.

10-02-2007, 09:47 PM
Definitely another crafter, here . . . :yes:

Knit (and purl ;)), Crochet, Quilt, Cross Stitch, Tole Paint, Bead Work . . . I tend to go in waves and the current wave is crocheting. Usually design my own patterns. Almost always have more than one or two (or half a dozen) things on the go at the same time. With Christmas looming on the horizon, I've been working on crocheted slippers recently and have four different afghans on the go.

Will try to dig out some pictures of recently finished projects to post.

BTW . . . Colleen . . . if you work on either a set of four/five needles or a circular needle (for socks, for example), you get stocking stitch (that's how it got that name) without ever having to do a purl stitch -- just plain knitting in circles. :lol:

Have a great evening, Chickies . . . keep those hands busy . . . definitely difficult to eat while your hands are occupied. :hug:

10-02-2007, 09:54 PM
I hand-sew 50's housewife half aprons. With pockets. And lace. :D

I'm super excited (please forgive my geekiness) because I think my Christmas present from my sister in law is going to be a double-helix DNA scarf like the one seen here:

Please don't judge me for being a dweeb.

10-02-2007, 10:25 PM
Mandalinn - Oh wow, the aprons sound super-cute! Got pictures? Hey, the link to the DNA scarf didn't show?

I make body scrubs out of sugar and oils, does that count? :D

Quiet Ballerina
10-12-2007, 06:55 PM
I like making scrapbooks the best.

I fake knit...using one of those circle things with pegs so that it looks like you knit...but without all the knitting needles. :)

I used to crochet, but haven't in years.

I started working on a quilt that I want to make out of old t-shirts I don't wear anymore (mostly from high school or vacations) but I haven't gotten very far on that.

10-12-2007, 09:21 PM
i do some sculpture with polymer clay!!

10-13-2007, 10:05 AM
I am a crocheter who is thinking of trying my hand at knitting as well. I have been crocheting for over a year and a half. I started the last time my son went into the hospital for surgery. And I love crocheting. Here are a few pictures of someof the stuff I have made:

a blanket I made for my youngest son:

Another one I made awhile back:

11-05-2007, 10:22 AM
Scrap booking is fun I'm making 4 , for Christmas they take a lot of time but are worth it and so much fun to put together .Does any one else scrap booking?

11-05-2007, 01:38 PM
Those pics are cute. All of them.

I crochet big squares of any yarn I can get my hand on. When I have enough, I give them to the Salvation Army. They put them into blankets as part of the Warm Up America campaign.

I can't knit to save my life.

I'm a new quilting addict. I'll have to get some pics of what I've done for people. I'm in the process of finishing up 2 quillows for 2 grand nephews.

My craft room needs to throw up. I have to do that on occasion because it gets too unruly. After I finish my quillows, I'll spend a weekend helping it throw up and rearrange it. Then I'm going to start some sort of Christmas pattern for a mantle runner.

I've got a big needlepoint project in the media room. After addressing the craft room, I'll tackle it again. I love to sit in there in the evening and do my needlepoint while I watch some of my shows.

11-05-2007, 04:13 PM
I'm just learning to quilt starting with a strip quilt, quilts are so pretty when they are done and a lot of work I suppose.I don't have the patience for knitting or crocheting wish I did lol.

11-05-2007, 04:29 PM
YAY Crafters!! My craft is Scrapbooking and through association Photography too. I can no longer afford another hobby, lol.

I too would love to see the aprons Mandalinn!

11-05-2007, 04:52 PM
This is such a great thread! I love knitting and soap making. I haven't made soap in awhile...been too busy...but I love working with all the scents and herbs. I learned to knit by getting a kids knitting book and making all the hideous little projects in the book. One of the projects was a soda can cozy! LOL! I swear I was so proud of that thing. Anyway, because the book was geared towards kids, it was super easy and had lots of pictures. I'm very craft challenged, but when I want to learn something I do it with a vengence! I HAD to have the BEST soda cozy EVER!! So for all of you who are afraid to learn to knit, check out a couple of kids books on knitting. I got mine at the library and checked it out several times until I finished ALL of the hideous little projects, even the striped leg warmers!

11-05-2007, 05:50 PM
I make beaded jewelry. I also am a lampworker (melting glass rods with a torch to make beads)and I want to try my hand at mosaics and chain maille, also.

11-06-2007, 03:11 PM
NeedtoloseinGA...those blankets are so cute! Love the blue one and especially the yellow one...the shape!

11-29-2007, 02:28 PM
Do any of you crafters have any easy to follow crafts that would that would make great presents.I just saw a cute idea on DIY a family recipe books. thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas:ginger::snowglo::snowfight:wreath:

11-29-2007, 05:04 PM
Do any of you crafters have any easy to follow crafts that would that would make great presents.I just saw a cute idea on DIY a family recipe books. thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas

I would try looking in the kids craft section at your local library..........I have found a ton of cute and easy craft project books at our local library. In fact that's how I learned to knit and crochet, very basic kids' books! I'll have to get pictures on here, I keep meaning to:dizzy:

11-29-2007, 06:01 PM
I do scrap booking but it is time consuming and there are so many to buy for I'd be 90 before I got them all finished lol I 'm thinking also mixes in a jar ,thanks for the suggestion.