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1  What in the world is going on here? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Santclair on: December 16, 2008 09:10:08 PM
Hi Craftster Knit Squad! I'm trying to teach myself to knit, but right off the bat I'm coming into some problems.



What is happening here?  Huh

I was doing a knit swatch just for practice, and found that the space between the needles kept getting bigger....and bigger...and bigger...

I don't know if it's the cast on being too loose or the knit being too tight or what, but I suspect this just ain't right.

Also, what do you do with the loose end of your cast on when you're ready to start knitting? Do you weave it in or knot it and then cut it off or what? I'm using the long tail cast on from www.knittinghelp.com.

Thanks in advance!
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2  Cherry Blossom Zippered Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Santclair on: January 06, 2008 12:37:19 PM
So for my speech class, our final exam is a 5-10 minute speech on 'How to make/do _______.' Now, not wanting to be yet another explanation of how to make PB&J or chocolate chip cookies, I decided to make this here tote, with the accompanying powerpoint to show all the steps.



There's the bag. I'm not terribly happy with the kanji embroidered in the bottom left...quite frankly, it looks like crap, IMO. I'm considering ripping it out and trying again with a satin stitch instead of the backstitching, or just painting it on with some acrylic. Still haven't decided yet. But still, I had to have it done for tomorrow, so there you have it.

The original tute can be found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=76577.0

I just added the 'applique and crappy embroidery' step in between the 'sew on handles' and 'baste lining to outside' steps.
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