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Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by eggchel, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    This thread is for posting patterns, photos of patterns, links to patterns and instructions.

    Please try not to violate any known copyright.
    Patterns shared here are for personal use only, not for commercial use, as that would violate a lot of copyrights, I suspect.

  2. Queen Scoot

    Queen Scoot Crochet Chieftess

    May 27, 2008
  3. purr

    purr Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    I already luv this thread.
    Hello my Queen.
  4. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    This is just a link to Green Pepper patterns where you can order them. They have some cool stuff. I'm using one of their patterns to make market totes for Christmas presents. I didn't see it on the page though...
    Oh yeah, include the link....

    Last edited: Nov 5, 2008
  5. Queen Scoot

    Queen Scoot Crochet Chieftess

    May 27, 2008
    http://www.artyarns.com/newsite/tutorials_main_kh.htm free knitting tutorials in 14 sessions
    http://free-knitting-pattern.com/entrelac.htm entrelac
    http://www.magknits.com/chilly04/patterns/donna.htm patterns, teaching tips
    http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques Great video knitting tutorials
    http://www.keyboardbiologist.net/Techniques/YarnForwardKnit.htm techniques
    http://www.studioknits.com/booktoc.htm online knitting book
    http://www.knittychick.com/knittingtipsandtechniques.htm tips and techniques
    http://www.angelfire.com/wv/happyghan/russian.html Russian join yarn technique
    http://www.knittinguniverse.com/flash/webfeatures/knitt...vies/videoknits.html learntoknit.lionbrand.com
    http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/index.html remove color jogs in circular knitting, knit backward video, more
    http://www.princeton.edu/~ezb/sockform.html sock pattern generator
    http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/ online sock knit classes
    http://www.theknittingsite.com/videosbb.htm This has some lefty videos
    Scroll down to What a Beginner Need to Know About Knitting (Knitting 101 and Knitting 102, etc.)
    http://www.math.unl.edu/~gmeisters1/papers/Knitting/techniques.html free knitting tutorials (some pretty fancy stuff here)
    http://www.anniesattic.com/knitting/content.html?type_id=S (pictures, no video)
  6. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  7. Chicken Salad

    Chicken Salad Songster

    Nov 6, 2008
    Frederick, Maryland

    It is possible to make a lightweight trough which appears to be chipped from stone. These troughs use simple molds and a casting mixture of cement, peat moss, and horticultural perlite. The peat moss used in the troughs makes them very inviting to mosses, algae and lichens that float through the air in search of receptive surfaces. Because the troughs are porous, they are especially hospitable for plants that require good drainage, but they can be used for anything. Irregular shapes and rough edges only enhance the natural-looking qualities that make these troughs so desirable (in other words, you basically can't mess these up!).

    Portland Cement
    Peat Moss
    Perlite (for a more rough-looking finish or Sand (makes a smoother finish)
    Fiber Mesh (for strength - not absolutely necessary) I was told you can get this at Home Depot but I mail-ordered from a concrete company. You only use a little and next time I won't bother.

    Also need:
    Saran or plastic bag (I had 3ml bags that I cut open but you can use yard bags)
    Mold (see below for suggestions)
    Hoe or large stick for mixing
    Large container - wheel barrow

    1. Line your mold with plastic or a torn-up plastic bag with the ends showing above the top.
    2. Mix, with enough water to keep mixture fairly stiff, 2 parts Portland cement, 3 parts peat moss and 3 parts perlite/sand. I use a one-pound coffee can to measure.
    3. Spread a thin coating of mixture into your mold. It should be 1 to 2 inches thick, except in the smallest of molds.
    4. If using fiber strands, they can be mixed in with the cement mixture. It is best to separate the strands. You don't want them in a clump. It is also best to add them after all of the other ingredients are almost the consistency you want. The rate is 1 lb. of strands to 1 cubic yd. of concrete-or a very small handful per trough.

    You can smooth down the edge or leave it more rustic. You can add mosaic tiles on, but I've had to glue them back on at times. You can also color the mix using cement coloring; I tried colored grout that I had lying around and the color was subtle.

    Let mold sit overnight and then unmold. You could unmold it by grabbing the plastic pulling it out of the container. I prefer turning it upside-down onto a tray or piece of wood like you would a cake. Remove the plastic. Store in a plastic bag for about a week to keep it moist, then let it sit for a few months. The trough will be the color of peat moss for many months - but in the end it will look like cement. I make these on a warm weekend in October and let them sit in the shed through January, placing them outside but unplanted in February so the rain can leach the acid out before planting.

    You could use a dowel rod or even a stick to make a hole in the bottom while it is still damp and in the mold. You can also drill a hole in the bottom after curing.

    You may want to use a lighter to burn off the fiber mesh strands that stick out. You can also use a steel file to file edges down some, if desired.

    Some ideas for molds: supermarket plastic salad containers, large plastic salad bowls, kitty litter containers, basins, planters. I've used the inside of the containers, but I've also placed the plastic on the outside, with the opening down, and patted the cement on there for a larger container. If you do this, make sure the plastic is large enough extra so the cement is on that - and not the board or table you're making it on.

    Some ideas for planting your troughs:

    I use ordinary potting soil but some suggest filling the trough with a mixture of 1 part loam, 1 part peat moss and 1 part 1/4-inch stone chips.

    Dwarf Conifers - Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Golden Sprite, Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana, Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star', Picea gauca 'Jean's Dilly', Pinus mugo 'Slowmound' or 'Teeny'. None of these grow taller than about 8" and are slow-growers. I have Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana' and Pinus mugo 'Teeny' in two of my troughs and they are doing very well and look terrific.

    Herbs, sedums, dwarf perennials are also good candidates - even ground covers. I even put some Ajuga in one of mine. Actually, any plant that does well in a rock garden would be a good candidate. It is also fun to use small rocks or even small statuary mixed in with the plants.
    Here are some suggestions:
    Aubrieta (Purple rock cress)
    Cerastium alpinum lanatum
    Cymbalaria (Kenilworth ivy)
    Dicentra canadensis
    Epimedium alpinum
    Gypsophila repens
    Lychnis alpina
    Saponaria ocymoides
    Sedum cauticolum
    Sedum dasphyllum
    Sedum ewersii
    Sedum sieboldii
    Thymus serpyllum
    Viola biflora
    Viola blanda
    Viola rupestris rosea
    Asperula odorata (Sweet Woodruff)

    Many perennials come in dwarf form. Ask your local nurseries.

    I'll add some pictures once I have them to upload. You can also search youtube.com for "hypertufa troughs" to see various ways they're done.
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  8. Here are my big faves for fashion sewing - there is way more out there than McCall's, Simplicity, Vogue & Butterick!

    The cutest kids clothes. Do you like Oilily but not the prices? Check out Ottobre.

    Hot Patterns
    Right off the runway! Very fashion forward.

    My favorite for knits, and each pattern comes in 27 sizes from toddlers to women's

    Italian, hand cut patterns. For experienced sewers only, but very very beautful and well drafted.

    Fashion forward design from Germany

    Last edited: Nov 22, 2008
  9. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Spaghetti Birds Nest for kids:

    Break thin spaghetti pasta into 1 inch pieces.
    Mix Elmers or any other white glue with brown craft paint.
    Mix pasta and glue together and shape into birds nests.

    If you want a different colored nest, use different colored paint.

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