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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Okay this is not a knitting project but... on: June 25, 2013 08:56:00 PM
I ran across this webpage while looking online how to make your own yarn swift... I don't know why I never thought of this before!!!

http://knitsforlife.com/2013/03/26/the-worlds-best-yarn-storage-idea/


It made me so happy, and my DH that we are starting to save for it now. And I just had to tell all you wonderful craftsters!  I plan on buying a big piece of pegboard and hanging it above a window(we live in the attic so the windows are low to the ground) and treating it almost as a work of art!!!

 Grin

(admins feel free to move this if you want)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for pattern help for AE hat? on: October 12, 2012 03:50:40 PM
http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product.jsp?catId=cat5400020&productId=1426_6364_106&cid=AEO_CSE_K113165&mr%3AreferralID=6e39e67c-1193-11e2-97b3-001b2166becc

So I am looking for anyone who knows what pattern that ^^ hat is. I want to make it for a gift but want to make it and not buy it... Smiley Any help is very appreciated! :0
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 78 ENTRIES / Sewn knitting needle roll! on: September 10, 2012 12:18:17 PM
First challenge entry!

I recently bought a set of bamboo dpns and straights and needed a place to store them all. I picked out some precut fabric from walmart and went to work! I have 18 pairs of straights so I needed at least that many pockets wide. I laid all my needles out over the different fabrics and decided 3 rows would be the best way to go. I first measured around all the sets of dpns thinking they were bigger and needed more room and the other pairs would fit either way... I didn't have enough room for the 18 sets of straights. So I measured out 18 spots that where about 1.2 inches wide. Success!



It took a bit more fiddling to find out the right heights for the 3 rows, and I opted for the 3rd row to be slanted in case I need to fit some smaller needles back there. I left enough fabric on the top so that I could have a flap that folded over to keep any stray needles from falling out.

I got a lot of inspiration from looking at pictures on google and such, but didn't follow anyone particular.

It's not perfect, my seams could be straighter but I love it. I'm so glad I chose the colors I did! They make me happy!

Here is a close up of it..



And here is what it looks like rolled up! It is huge, I feel like I'm holding a yoga mat or something haha I love the red on the outside!


 Grin

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Made myself a knitting needle roll! on: September 10, 2012 09:34:11 AM
I'm not sure if this goes here but it has to do with knitting... Feel free to move if neeeded!

I recently got myself a set of bamboo dpns and a set of bamboo knitting needles. I decided I needed a better way to organize them other than just in a drawer where they just look messy. I bought a package of precut material from the store and went to town!



I had a hard time figuring out how wide to make the pockets. Originally I had different marks for each of the three pockets then realized that wouldn't work, so I use the biggest needles I had for a guide and made each spot about 1.2 inches wide. I love how it turned out!



Here is what it looks like rolled up...


It is huge. But it holds all of my knitting needles.. (so far!) There are 19 pockets for each row. It holds my dpns, and straights and there are pockets for my circular needles! Now I don't have to dig to find the right needles for anything!  Grin

C&C welcome!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do I figure out how much yarn I need for a wedding blanket? on: August 28, 2012 12:17:22 PM



My brother and his now fiance will be getting married in Dec. Short notice I know! I want to make them a blanket. I found an awesome picture with some details of what the maker used but no pattern. The link to the flicker page is here http://www.flickr.com/photos/gftc_knits/3796120032/

I want to make it with super thick wool. Loops and Threads in particular. I went to Michael's today and got one ball to do a swatch of. I get 3 stitches per inch. I want to make it about the same size she made it. So I figured 90 stitches for the cast on to get 45 stitches per side, which would be about 15 in per square. 3 squares wide by 4 and it would be about 4ft by 5 ft. 

My only issues is how much yarn to buy. I don't want to worry about different lot numbers, and I don't mind just going out and buying some but I need some sort of rough estimate.

I will have 6 squares of one color, 3 of the other 2 and then the "fleece" colored yarn will be the in between color.

Any help would be super greatly appreciated!!!! I want to start this within the next few days!

Thank youuu!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Moebius knitting: Cowls! on: August 07, 2012 11:29:48 PM
So I came across a youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4 And wanted to give it a try. I had many questions that the wonderful knitters over on the questions board nicely answered for me! Well I made some of the cowl's I wanted to make!



This is the first "real" cowl I made. It was still kind of a tester, it is too long for my taste and I may end up frogging it and making it smaller. It hangs down really low. I also was looking to achieve a different look by purling 1 "row" and knitting 1 "row". It is interesting to say the least. I really don't think I like it...

You can see the line where I switched from purling to knitting. Technically all one "round" is either just knitting or purled depending on what side you're looking at.


I then made a cowl out of some simply soft shadows yarn I got from a friend. I did a test swatch to figure out my stitches per inch and then figured out how long I wanted it. I know can understand the importance of test swatches. So this one turned out exactly how I wanted it. It just needs the ends woven in. I think I am going to keep this one for myself!!

 


And a picture of me wearing it to show how perfectly sized it is! Excuse the sleepy face as I am doing this at 2am >.<



I am very happy with my adventure into moebius knitting. I will be making these for gifts for the holidays I think!

C&C welcome!
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Anyone interested in joining me in a knit along for shelter pets? on: July 28, 2012 11:36:39 PM
I came across this think the other day

http://www.battersea.org.uk/about_us/whats_new/foster_blanket.html

And being a newbie knitter and wanting to get a feel to working and getting my speed up I wanted to do something like this. Now I don't live in the UK and I think shipping there from the US would be a little out of my price range... I figured maybe I could use the same pattern for my local shelter. I was thinking maybe a square a day? Or a few a week at least. I'll do a test run of the paw block later to see how long they take me.


Let me know if anyone is interested!!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie to try Moebius knitting!? on: June 26, 2012 10:26:37 PM
So I came across this video here.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4 And it seems so straight forward that I wanna try it!

I have knitted in the past, but only squares and I always give up because it hurts my hands. So I am wondering if anyone has any pointers? I am mostly a crocheter. I want to make a cowl in the style of the moebius. I want to do a practice one first before I start making them for xmas gifts ( a girl's gotta plan ahead!) I would like to make the practice one out of a chunky yarn to have it work up fast, just so I can get the hang of it. But I'm not sure what size circ. needles to use. And I was thinking about just doing the knit stitch for the whole thing... but I'm not sure how that would look...

Any c&c is greatly appreciated!  Cheesy
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bridal shower gift for a friend! on: June 13, 2012 11:37:29 AM
So I was already working on a wedding present for one of my friends (posted http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409992.0) But I wanted to make her something for her bridal shower. I decided this about a week before the shower... I found the idea on here, forgive me for not being able to remember from whom. I found the pattern online, traced it on some fabric and went to work...



The tree outline is done in stem stitch.



The outline of the heart is done in split stitch which looks like little hearts, their intials are done in back stitch, as is the & symbol. I did my first french knots on this piece! So easyy!

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a really pretty frame and put it in that and tada donee!



She loved it! And everyone at the shower wanted to know how I did it. I really enjoyed making it as well!  Grin

C&C pleasee
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Giant doily blanket pattern! on: June 13, 2012 11:30:42 AM
So on one of my many surf the random craft blogs I always seem to find online I stumbled upon... http://goodknits.com/blog/ And once I went to her shop I fell in love with her doily blankets she designed herself. Kept putting off and putting off buying the Lace Love pattern book. Finally bought it.! I have only started the "Anya" blanket but I am over half way done and my goodness I love it so far. It is such a quick crochet! I am making this one for one of my bridesmaids for her birthday! I hope she loves it as much as I do!


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