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Monday, January 12, 2009

We are deep cleaning the craft room. We're rearranging furniture, adding a tv in the hopes that will motivate us to use the treadmill, and I am throwing away A LOT of stuff.
Don't these two pictures look like I have a neat, orderly craft room?
Ok, now see below for the REAL picture. A lot of the stuff in the middle of the floor came from five bookcases/shelves, which we are downsizing to just three.
We've done the rearranging, and the room looks much better than this. I will post "after" pictures when we're finished. I've even cleared a space on my craft desk, and made some cards tonight:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Fiskars Ultra ShapeXpress

I got my Fiskars Ultra ShapeXpress out the other day to use for a layout, and found another use for it. I love rub-ons but like to keep them together in one sheet, which makes it a little difficult to try to cut one rub-on out that is in the middle. I used the Ultra ShapeXpress to cut out the saying in the middle, without having to cut out any other rub-ons, which would give me a great chance to lose all those little pieces I would have had to cut out. I love the way it cuts - very sharp blade, so keep away from little children. You can see this and other Fiskars products here.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Take a Knitting Survey

This one had me thinking back some years. Feel free to cut and paste to your own blog. After all, that's what I did.

Bold for stuff you've done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you're not planning on doing.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-upKnitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn

Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting: knitting items on, or to be left on the street
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Household items: dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...
knitting socks- or other small tubular items- on two circulars

Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads

Long Tail CO

Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn

Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public