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Knitty Gritty Pillows

Posted by TacieJ on April 12, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting, TV general |

Here are some cute ideas for throw pillows.

Cushie – Episode DKNG-607
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_dkng/episode/0,2046,DIY_18180_43429,00.html

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Knitty Gritty – Head Band

Posted by TacieJ on March 27, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting, TV general |

Show – To Hide and to Hold – Episode DKNG-506
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_5188405,00.html
Idea – headband with elastic yarn

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Creative Juice – Wedding Favors

Posted by TacieJ on March 27, 2008 in craft ideas, TV general |

Show – Favorite Bridal Favors, DCRJ-605
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_dcrj/episode/0,2499,DIY_24656_50492,00.html
Idea – Charmed Thank-You Cards, “Toast Often” Wine Stoppers, Tasty Treats (Chocolate Hearts, Cocoa Mix), Porcelain Ornaments

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Creative Juice – Wine Country

Posted by TacieJ on March 27, 2008 in craft ideas, TV general |

Show – Wine Country, Episode DCRJ-305
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_dcrj/episode/0,2499,DIY_24656_47547,00.html
Idea – Wine-Label Scrapbook, Wine-Bottle Soap Dispenser, Custom Cork Stoppers

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Creative Juice – Match Book Covers, Wood Carrier

Posted by TacieJ on March 27, 2008 in craft ideas, TV general |

Show – Cabin Fever, Episode DCRJ-308
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_dcrj/episode/0,2499,DIY_24656_47550,00.html
Idea – Covered Match Boxes, Leather Log Carrier, Homemade Fire Logs

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Creative Juice – Mobile

Posted by TacieJ on March 27, 2008 in craft ideas, TV general |

Show – Mod Modern, Episode DCRJ-311
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_dcrj/episode/0,2499,DIY_24656_47553,00.html
Idea – Mobile

Every year for Xmas one or more Pocopson resident asks for an “Adult Mobile.”  Well here it is.  This one uses circles of “stained glass.”  It’s that stuff you get at the craft store that uses acrylic disks and the “Gallery Glass” paint.  You could use other shapes and styles of wire.

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Knitting – My Favorite Yarns

Posted by TacieJ on February 15, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting |

In no particular order my favorite yarns are… 

  1. Carron Bliss
  2. Red Heart Light & Lofty
  3. Trendsetter Liberty (discontinued!!!)
  4. Lion Brand Homespun
  5. Bernat Alpaca

There are more, but these are the ones that I can come up with off the top of my head.

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Knitting Tips & Tricks – Yarn Labels

Posted by TacieJ on February 9, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting, tips and tricks |

Ok.  You knit that really cool shawl for Aunt Cattie and now Aunt Bill wants one.  You can remember the pattern but can’t remember the yarn.  Here’s a tip for remembering.  I keep all (I’m a little obsessive) my yarn labels.  Eventually this can become really massive.  Unless you use the same yarn over and over (which is very possible).  I keep them in 2 Ziplock bags  One bag has labels and the other has labels with a yarn sample attached.  Some labels have 1 sample attached, some have more depending on whether there is a pattern or like in the case of Lion Brand Homespun is really cool when it unravels.  I also write on the label with the sample what I made using that yarn.  Use a Sharpie… and if it’s a really glossly label try to write on the inside.  On certain glossy labels Sharpies aren’t as permanent as they would like you to think they are.  This way you can take the label and sample of the yarn to the store to buy the yarn for Aunt Bill.  Also if you have a favorite yarn, you don’t have to try to remember the name and the manufacturer.  You can just go to your baggie and pull out the label and get some more.  And that’s what it’s all about… more yarn!

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Knitting Tips & Tricks – Ziplock bags

Posted by TacieJ on February 9, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting, tips and tricks |

I put all my knitting “stuff” in ziplock bags.  I have a bag for tools & stuff, bags for projects on needles, a bag for current yarn wrappers/labels, a bag for old labels and a bag for old labels with samples.  All of this is in a lovely quilted tote bag.  Mom made the total bag.  She a great quilter!  There’s a couple of reasons for the zip bags.  1) they are clear – I can see what is in them.  2) the stuff is contained for when I dump the tote bag – accidentally or on purpose.  and 3) the stuff is kept clean and free of cat fur or other dirt that just might fall into the bag.  And they are inexpensive and if they get a whole in them, toss ’em and get a new one.

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Those pesky ends

Posted by TacieJ on January 21, 2008 in craft ideas, knitting |

I need to go back and take a couple of knitting lessons.  I can’t seem to get the last stitch (or 1st one) small.  It’s always this gigantic loop that I have to pull extra tight when I start the row.  I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.  It’s irritating. Bah!

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