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    I just received an email that online yarn store WEBS is donating 5% of sales from 22-27 April to The One Fund to help those affected by the Boston bombings:

    WEBS is a Massachusetts based company, and Boston holds special meaning to many of us. It's where members of our immediate family call home. It's where we go see our favorite sports teams play. It's where we took elementary school field trips. It's where we got married. As the city of Boston begins the difficult task of recovery and renewal, we want to help.
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    For anyone who knits or quilts, Craft Hope is currently asking for scarves, hats, and blankets for Romania. Info here (and you might recognize someone from FSU on their website )
    http://www.crafthope.com/
    I am currently loving the show "The Great British Sewing Bee"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Fq_...4k7ICbWzZ6f0rg

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    I just met someone who was knitting her wedding dress. In lace weight. I have been totally outcrafted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    For anyone who knits or quilts, Craft Hope is currently asking for scarves, hats, and blankets for Romania. Info here (and you might recognize someone from FSU on their website )
    http://www.crafthope.com/
    I am currently loving the show "The Great British Sewing Bee"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Fq_...4k7ICbWzZ6f0rg
    This looks like great fun to watch and I had never heard of it. Thanks for posting this Marge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    I just met someone who was knitting her wedding dress. In lace weight. I have been totally outcrafted!
    I'd love to see the completed gown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    I just received an email that online yarn store WEBS is donating 5% of sales from 22-27 April to The One Fund to help those affected by the Boston bombings:



    http://www.yarn.com/?utm_source=nati...4-22-13-boston
    Thanks for that info kwanfan. I'll pass the word along.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    For anyone who knits or quilts, Craft Hope is currently asking for scarves, hats, and blankets for Romania. Info here (and you might recognize someone from FSU on their website )
    http://www.crafthope.com/
    I am currently loving the show "The Great British Sewing Bee"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Fq_...4k7ICbWzZ6f0rg
    As above, I'll pass the word along Marge. Thanks!! Oh and isn't TGBSB addictive? I was looking over there for something else the other night, clarification on a new knitting stitch I'm trying out, and that was in the right hand side menu. So I checked it out. That was a mistake...

    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    I just met someone who was knitting her wedding dress. In lace weight. I have been totally outcrafted!
    You know, this is one of those times when we really need that smilie I've seen else where where the jaw just *drops* open. WOW!! Beyond impressed and I too would love to see that dress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    I just met someone who was knitting her wedding dress. In lace weight. I have been totally outcrafted!
    Wow...I am tired just thinking about it.

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    I'm in a spell of mostly doing charity knitting at the moment, and I'm doing a lot of these hats because they're enjoyably mindless. It's also a fun little pattern for anyone just beginning to learn to knit as it's only a knit and purl rectangle before it's sewn into shape
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    So true!

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    One of my friends thought that said "yam." Kerning....

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    Although it seems like most of the posts here involved knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, and the like, I figure this is the best thread to ask for advice on something I've been debating whether or not to purchase.

    While I definitely will not ever become a seamstress or sew any actual outfits (my skills when it comes to working with patterns would make the shirt Denise Huxtable sewed for Theo look like a designer masterpiece ), I would like to buy a sewing machine for simple tasks (like hems, repairs, etc.) and various crafts that require some degree of sewing (though nothing too complicated). I first learned how to use a sewing machine back in the 70s on my mother's Singer and got to where I was pretty good at sewing various stitches (sizes, zig-zags, and the like), but never mastered things like buttonholes (or other more complicated stuff).

    Does anyone here have any recommendations for a sewing machine that is reliable, fairly simple to use, has at least some features that are useful, and most of all, won't break the bank? I've been doing some research online, and it seems like most of the machines that have the highest customer ratings and reviews are the ones made by Brother and by Singer.

    I do have enough confidence that with plenty of practice (and patience), I might be able to learn how to make some simple items of clothing, but I'm more interested in sewing related to arts and crafts (ie., purses, stuffed animals, rag dolls, and the like), and if I get more daring, make an attempt at sewing scarves, and maybe skirts and hats.

    Any help, advice, or recommendations from FSU's expert crafts would be greatly appreciated!! my fingers and thumbs have taken a real beating the past few months doing a bunch of stitching by hand that would have taken mere minutes on a machine, which is what made me finally decide that getting a sewing machine makes a lot more sense!

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    I'm not trying to shoo the discussion elsewhere, but you might want to have a look at this recent thread on sewing machines (if you haven't already):

    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...ecommendations

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    Thanks, kwanfan!! That thread took place after my home computer blew up from a lightning strike and didn't have any connection with the online world . I'll definitely check it out!

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    I had to give up knitting and crochet because it makes my carpal tunnel act up, but I still like to sew and also make jewelry, a little stained glass and most frequently pottery. I've been avoiding this thread because all the ravelry links make me want to whip out the needles and I know how much my arm and shoulder will ache if I give in to it. I make yarn bowls instead. I post a lot of the stuff I make on my instagram if anyone wants to check them out. http://instagram.com/uyeahu

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    So hard not to be distracted by all of the -looking food, uyeahu! Yarn bowls are a great idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    So hard not to be distracted by all of the -looking food, uyeahu! Yarn bowls are a great idea
    Thanks Kwanfan. I'm one of those dreaded food photographers, but in my defense I also enjoy looking at everyone else's food photos.

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    I love food photography!
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    My favorite yarn store in Vancouver had its annual sale today, minimum 15% off the entire stock, including Addy's, the kind where 20 people are let in at a time, and you wait on line for 90 minutes to get in. I showed up 35 minutes before opening hoping to at least get early dibs, and wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, I got in first group, and apart from snagging some yarn I've been eyeing for a specific project.at 20% off everything else I got was from the 50% off table. It's too bad I don't knit sweaters, because that's the only way Noro is within reach.

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    Norway to show five hours of knitting live on TV in world record attempt


    NRK producer Rune Moeklebust said Friday that "it's kind of ordinary TV but very slow, although they'll be knitting as fast as they can."

    The Norwegians hope to break the current non-stop knitting record of 4 hours 50 minutes, held by Australia.
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