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  • Re: Homespun

    [quote user="Becky"] I think the key is that everyone needs to do what THEY can on whatever level they are able. If you can make clothes, do so. If you can patch your clothes to make them last longer do so. If you are able to grow a gardend and preserve your produce do so. BUT if those things...
    Posted to Forum by Edey on Mon, Jan 2 2012
  • How Not To Be Bored Waiting

    Here are some suggestions for small projects to carry with you for times when you have to wait for something. You can accomplish quite alot just by filling in empty minutes working on a small needlework or hobby project. 1. Yo-Yo's: If you are unfamiliar with the term, yo-yo's are small fabric...
    Posted to Weblog by Edey on Mon, May 3 2010
  • Knitting needles - Metal vs. Bamboo: some tips and ideas

    This would be a good time to share some thoughts and experiences I've had with using these two different types of knitting needles, with the idea that maybe it will help others to avoid some problems. Some background: I've been knitting, off and on, since the 1960's, dropped it for a long...
    Posted to Weblog by Edey on Thu, Mar 25 2010
  • Collapsible Laundry Basket, Part II - for decluttering

    I found another use for these mesh sided, folding laundry baskets - for decluttering a room. If you have several of these on hand but stored away, you can set them up in whatever room needs decluttering, and have one for each need: one for recyclables, one for dirty clothes, one for things that have...
    Posted to Forum by Edey on Sat, Jan 23 2010
  • A Christmas Ornament Challenge for 2010

    In the Hobbies and Crafts Forum of the Dollar Stretcher Community, a Christmas Ornament Challenge for 2010 has been suggested by Virginia Needlewoman, with comments and suggestions by several others. At the moment the idea is to make one ornament per month for the 12 months of 2010. I will be posting...
    Posted to Weblog by Edey on Tue, Dec 22 2009
  • Toe-up Socks - A Joy to Knit

    Knitting this first pair of toe-up socks was a joy to do, and so easy to complete compared to making socks knitted from the top down . One part about top-down socks that I don't like doing is creating the gusset by picking up numerous stitches along the side of the heel stitches, then working them...
    Posted to Weblog by Edey on Sun, Nov 8 2009
  • Socks from the Toe Up - A Book Review

    Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson I went looking for a new project challenge recently and decided to work on improving my sock-knitting skills. Over a years time between 2007-08 I taught myself how to knit socks, and it became my favorite knitting project. I liked that I could make them fit my...
    Posted to Weblog by Edey on Tue, Sep 29 2009
  • Plarn!

    You know how sometimes you have an idea and then you find out others have the same idea? Well, I have been saying for years (every time a palstic shopping bag ripped and my food fell all over the street) "You know, these bags, woven together, would actually be pretty strong!" It turns out that...
    Posted to Forum by Michigander Fan on Wed, Apr 23 2008
  • Re: Re-Fashioning Fashion

    I do some of the first two things. I shop at Joann's clearance section and raid my mother's unused stash of fabric... and I also hit up thrift stores for things I can repurpose. One really cool thing to do at thrift stores is to look for knitted sweaters that can be unraveled. (You have to buy...
    Posted to Forum by sab on Mon, Apr 23 2007
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