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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what to make with cotton? on: January 06, 2008 02:24:05 PM
Each year we do a gift exchange for our huge christmas with my dad's entire family, who live less than 15 minutes away.  We all draw names to find out who we're supposed to get a gift for. This way, no one gets more gifts than anyone else and there's a spending range so that everyone's gifts are somewhat equal in value. My seven-year-old cousin Jack had me this year, and he picked out a carryall for my knitting stuff, and when I opened it I discovered two 340g skeins of sugar n cream yarn of the desert rose colorway.

So what can I make with it? Yes, I'm aware you can make dishcloths and lightweight garments but I'm not really into either of those.  There's a lot of yarn- 680g, remember- and I have no idea what to do with it.

Thanks in advance for your help (:
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sock patterns! on: December 29, 2007 09:14:43 PM
so here's the dilemma.
I want to knit knee-high socks.
I don't want to suffer from second sock syndrome.
I don't want them to be boring.
I want them in worsted weight yarn.
and I used to be in the marching band.
also. I don't like using patterns.

So! I need a sock pattern that's interesting, but easy enough to memorise because I hate having to carry around patterns and also either compensates for my enormous calves or is easy enough to adjust.

and cables would be a new adventure for me, as I've never done them.

thanks in advance for your help!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / In search of basic interesting patterns on: December 03, 2007 12:49:21 PM
Hey everyone! My friend stefferroo and I are starting a knit and crochet club at our school, and we anticipate that lots of people who come will want to learn to knit or crochet. They've obviously never knit before, so we're looking for patterns we could use that are simple, preferably quick, and interesting. I know it is really difficult to find a basic but interesting pattern, so steff and I turned to our friends at craftster! We'l be teaching them basic concepts- casting on, knitting, perhaps purling, and if they seem to be catching on, things like YO increases and k2tog. (Steff, feel free to add whatever you want or modify these statements) We'll probably be working with decent sized needles (probably between 9 and 11), just so that they can see what they're doing and it'll be easier for us to find where they mess up. And for those of you that both knit and crochet, we've got a post asking for crochet patterns on the crochet discussions board too. Thanks everyone in advance for your help!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / In search of seriously basic non-boring patterns on: December 03, 2007 12:44:25 PM
Hey everyone! My friend stefferroo and I are starting a knit and crochet club at our school, and we anticipate that lots of people who come will want to learn to knit or crochet. They've obviously never crocheted before, so we're looking for patterns we could use that are simple, preferably quick, and interesting. I know it is really difficult to find a basic but interesting pattern, so steff and I turned to our friends at craftster! We'll probably teach everyone chaining and sc and maybe dc and triple if they seem to be doing well, so the pattern preferably employs almost entirely sc and nothing too tricky- skipping stitches would be alright and increases should be fine too. I don't want anything more tricky, like hdc or sc2tog. (Steff, feel free to add whatever you want or modify these statements) We'll probably be working with decent sized hooks (probably between H and K), just so that they can see what they're doing and it'll be easier for us to find where they mess up. And for those of you that both knit and crochet, we've got a post asking for knitting patterns on the knitting discussions board too. Thanks everyone in advance for your help!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn from jeans? on: October 26, 2007 05:53:54 PM
Usually I have my jeans long enough that they wear out in the crotch. I want to make my old jeans into yarn but I really don't know how. Any suggestions or methods you all could share?

Also, I really don't know if this should be posted here (I posted a duplicate thread on the knitting board) or if it should be on the recycling board, but I think people here would be more knowledgeable about doing this sort of thing XD
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / yarn from jeans? on: October 26, 2007 05:52:38 PM
Usually I have my jeans long enough that they wear out in the crotch. I want to make my old jeans into yarn but I really don't know how. Any suggestions or methods you all could share?

Also, I really don't know if this should be posted here (I posted a duplicate thread on the knitting board) or if it should be on the recycling board, but I think people here would be more knowledgeable about doing this sort of thing XD
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Plarn bag problems on: October 16, 2007 12:40:24 PM
For a knitter who taught herself how to crochet, I'd say I'm doing quite well with the things I'm making. Of course, I'm not at all well-versed in patterns, but that's okay- I mostly just crochet without a pattern and eyeball everything.

Until today, I had never tried anything but a single crochet and chains. This tote bag I'm making is turning out beautifully. Basically, I crocheted a rectangle then folded it in half and crocheted up both sides to make the base, then once I was satisfied with the width of the base, I did seven chains and then a single crochet 5 stitches away from where the chains started. (apologies for not having pictures to explain this.) After the first row, I just chained seven and then did a sc into the middle chain from the previous row, creating a mesh. Once I got to the top, I just did a row of chains and a row of sc. Now I'm done with all that, and I'm crocheting the handle. I don't want to do a sc handle because I'm worried that when I use this bag (or a friend uses it, if it ends up being a gift) it might be a bit scratchy on their/my shoulder, so I wanted a smooth underside to the handle.

(Here's the tricky part to explain.) I tried something sort of similar to I think what's called Tunisian Crocheting. What I did was pull my plarn through each loop in the previous row, and then pretended like the extra loops on the end didn't exist and sc'd back to the right side. What it ended up being a lot like was the bind off row in knitting. However, I only working in one direction, and I can't figure out how to work in the other direction, so my handle is starting to be in this shape:
     /                          /
    /                          /
   /                          /
  /                          /
 /                          /
/                          /
It's not as severe as what my lovely illustration shows, but it is DEFINITELY angled. I don't know how to work it so that it isn't angled.

So, here's my question. How can I work it so it's not angled without changing the direction I'm working in? And if that isn't possible, what could I do instead to create a smooth surface on one side of the strap/handle for my tote?
TIA Smiley
18  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / What has been rejected? What's in the works? on: October 12, 2007 08:20:44 PM
On a previous forum I posted on with an ideas board like this one, there was a sticky that basically listed all the ideas that are already in the works as well as the ideas that have been rejected. That way, the board wasn't crowded with pointless threads. I'm not familiar enough with what's been posted, so I wouldn't be able to make this thread, but it would be fantastic if a mod would take some time to do it.
Thanks!
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / easy knitty costumes? on: October 01, 2007 06:12:18 PM
My friend and I are required to wear costumes to our fall music department concert. Normally I don't dress up for halloween, but this year I kind of have to, or else i'll look like an idiot amongst all my costumed friends. Both my friend and myself are avid knitters (heck, we're the ones doing a science fair project on knitting) and we were wondering what sort of crafty costume ideas we could come up with. We can't BUILD anything, because that would be difficult, and we need to be able to sit/stand like we normally would (her to play the clarinet, myself to stand and sing.). I'll still have to sit at some points- I won't be standing the entire concert. Any ideas? keep in mind that we are both knitters/crocheters, and she sews, and I... don't. We're both big into science- physics mostly. So, if you come up with anything, TIA!

ETA: We're both also fans of nintendo- especially old school games like tetris or pacman. so if that helps, great!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tote and Wallet from playing cards- finally ETA pictures! (IMG chunky) on: September 27, 2007 04:01:43 PM
So, I don't have any pictures yet. Sorry about that.
But! I was flipping through craftster one day, and found that someone had made a wallet from carebear playing cards. Upon seeing this, I attempted to make a wallet from regular playing cards. I came up with a wallet that was four cards wide with two pockets on either side and folded in half. Now this wallet was kind of big, and didn't fit in my pocket very well. I decided a trifold wallet would fit better, so I made one, but unfortunately these were normal sized cards so there was no space for pockets. I like the trifold better.

After making several trifold wallets, I decided to go a step further. Of course my friends had all seen my wallets and I'd given a couple to close friends, and one of them found an incomplete deck of red bicycle playing cards. I made a tote/purse. Of course I couldn't just make it plain and unfolding... so it collapses down. After sacrificing some cards to figure out how to fold the corner pieces, the bag took exactly 40 cards. Its three cards tall and four wide, and the strap is 8 cards long. Its big enough for me to carry my pencil case, calculator, a deck of cards or two, and my school agenda/passport/assignmentbook. I use it all the time. I go to the same school as stefferroo, who made the messenger bag of capri suns. We're really close friends (she introduced me to craftster) and I get asked all the time if I've seen her with her bag, lol!

Pictures will be coming soon, I promise!

Pictures have arrived! Sorry for the poor quality, but they were taken on my camera phone:


to show how big it is- just a teeeensy bit bigger than a playing card.


(the other side is just A, 2, 3, all diamonds)


dollar store cards, haha. I didn't do anything special to the inside.


Bag!


all my crafty materials- clear packing tape, some cards, the wallet pictured above Smiley again, I didn't do anything special to the inside.


the aforementioned folding of the corner, which took a couple cards and forever to figure out how high to make the triangle-y part


the bag in all its glory. I don't know why the lighting was so yellow... I alternated. On the side you can see, its red spot card, black face card, etc. On the other side, its black spot card, red face card. checkerrrrs Smiley

any new feedback now that you can see it?

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