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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HOW do you stash all of your yarn!? on: September 13, 2007 02:25:05 PM
I bought one of these multi-drawer things from Target, and bought the drawer parts as I could afford them.  At the moment, I now have 8 of the drawer slots filled with drawers (and subsequently, those are all full of yarn...).  Spoiled Rotten Kitty still has her own compartment (she kept trying to climb in with the yarn).

I have two shelves on top that were originally intended to house CDs, but right now they're full of a swift, knitting patterns, little drawers for notions, etc...

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: iPod Cozies on: July 08, 2007 08:52:04 PM

I'm quite a newbie at knitting and I've been attempting to make one of these cozies for AGES but I can't figure out how to do the pointy triangular bit for the flap cover and the button hole. If anyone would be a darling could you tell me? Cheesy


I'm pretty sure when I did mine I just hacked it together.  Smiley  I switched to straight stitch back and forth (rather than circular, like the body) with a decrease on each edge.  So k2tog, knit to 2 from the end, k2tog until it's got 4 stitches left.  Then I knit 1, bound off two, knit 1 and then on the reverse I knit into front and back of the 2 remaining stitches so I'd be back up to 4 stitches.  Knit back and forth on the 4 stitches a few times to make the tab and then bind off all 4 stitches.  I'm pretty sure this isn't the "real" way to do this, but it's what I improvised for the green cozy you referenced. 
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: went to a Nintendo party on: June 07, 2007 01:14:50 PM
Oh, these are so cute!  I keep seeing those star pans, but this had never occurred to me.  Hopefully I'll see them again!
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: 'Sup Peeps? I'm New And I Have A Question! WOO! on: May 29, 2007 07:15:05 AM

Yeah. I'm a MAJOR procrastinator. x) I can't wait to get my hands on some fabric.. I've never used a sewing machine before (my mom has one), but I asked my mom to show me how. I already experiment with old jeans and sew them by hand sometimes, but yeah, I'm a total AMEAUTUR! x) Haha.

If your mom knows how to sew, ask her for advice on some basic sewing supplies to pick up, and what things you'll need to get started on the types of clothing you want to make.  She'll probably be glad to help you select the right fabrics and notions (buttons, elastic, thread, or whatever else you might need).
15  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: sam the ram knitalong on: May 28, 2007 01:45:11 PM
Ok, it's WIP-finishing summer!  I'm finally done with school and fully intend to blaze through as many WIPs as possible, so this one is next on the list! 

I've picked up the stitches for the neck, knit the entire neck, and then discovered that I had misunderstood the instructions and knit the entire neck on sideways!  Frogged the whole neck and started over...and am back to almost done with the neck again.  (Turns out that their definition of "right" and mine were different.)

Is anyone interested in knitting this along, or hearing further updates?  I can keep posting progress updates and photos if anyone is interested...  Smiley
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do YOU knit? (or crochet) on: May 24, 2007 08:21:10 AM
Hmmm, let's see.

I tend to print interesting patterns on the internet, then pop them in page protectors and keep them in a 3-ring binder.  At least, that's the theory.  Currently the binder is MIA somewhere after my...uh, less than recent move.

My straight needles live in one needle roll, and I have a second needle roll designed for circs.  Within the past week, I purchased one of those cube storage devices from Target...it's a 3x3 set of wooden cubes with cloth drawers you can pull out.  I love this because the drawers are lightweight and you can just pull one out and take it over to the couch for sorting through or working out of instead of bending over the drawers or pulling everything out.  My yarn and rovings are all in the process of moving into that, along with various knitting supplies.  Extra handy because I can bolt the ball winder and shiny new swift (graduation present! yay!) to the top of the shelves when needed.  One of the cubes will probably become the dedicated mini-knitting library for all my knitting books. On the top of the shelves, I have a couple miniature clear acrylic drawer sets (container store) for darning needles, buttons, and other miscellaneous knitting paraphernalia that would get lost in the bigger bins.  I think that's about it for organization.  Smiley

I can knit almost anywhere, but my favorite "position" is to knit with my feet propped up.  Smiley  I'm trying to get into the habit of keeping a small project on me to work on at opportune moments.  Bigger projects tend to be worked on mainly while watching TV. 

I store patterns I'm working on in plastic sleeves, and put the current pattern, needles, and a ball of yarn in a ziplock bag for easy transportation.  That way when I change from backpack to purse to totebag, etc I can just pop the ziplock bag into the appropriate handbag and be on my way.  I've been known to keep larger projects in shopping bags or large baskets to carry around the house.  Oh, and I do write notes to myself all over the pattern, so I try to keep a pencil around too.

I love using beautiful tools.  I just knit a clapotis in Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb (half silk), and did so on my size 8 Brittany needles.  Functionally, it would have been easier on circular needles without having the loooong needles sticking out to the sides while I knit, but there was something compelling about using a beautiful yarn with beautiful needles and I couldn't help myself.  I loved watching every stitch of that yarn pass over the needles, and the feel of the needles in hand.  Most of the time I knit with bamboo or wood, but not as fancy as the single pair of Brittanies I have. 

For row counting, I use a row counting bracelet.  I'll lay it out on the table while knitting if convenient, or leave it on my wrist if space is tight.  I have several because my mom and I went through a phase of making tons of them in various styles.  The one currently on my wrist is black cord with a row of silver beads and a row of blue diachronic glass beads and a butterfly charm on the end.  You can see some samples here Smiley http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22028.msg179545#msg179545

(You got me...I like TALKING ABOUT knitting almost as much as the act itself.  Cool)
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Kits on: May 11, 2007 01:02:42 PM
I like little "stocking stuffer" kits.  One that I love is just a tiny box with the yarn, bells and pattern for making a couple felted cat toys.  It's the kind of thing you see by the register and think at the last second, "Oh, that would knit up in an HOUR...I should take Kitty a present..." Wink

From a marketing standpoint, kits that use the kinds of yummy yarns that you're inclined to buy even though you have no plans for them would be great.  I know I have tons of yarn that I've bought just a couple skeins of because it was so pretty, but I haven't ever used it because I can't think of the perfect project for it.  It would be great to find kits that use a few skeins of the yarns that jump off the shelf and beg to go home with you so that I didn't feel as guilty for adding to the stash with no purpose.  If the same yarn comes in a KIT, well!  Then I can just tell myself, "oh, well...I am getting this lovely yarn to make XXX" and am even more likely to take it home. 
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Shedir in a week on: April 28, 2007 03:05:50 PM
I knit this for a friend's grandmother, who's starting chemo soon.

Roughly 1.5 balls of "Sublime" baby cashmere merino silk dk (75% extra fine merino, 20% silk, and 5% cashmere). It knit up very soft, and the cables make it extremely thick and cushy, as well as very stretchy.

The color is actually an ever so slightly off-white...closer to the photo from the top down.

Pattern is Knitty's Shedir from their breast cancer awareness special issue.

Cast on last Friday evening, finished this Friday night while watching TV. Very quick knit, despite all the cables. 

Start taken last Saturday:





19  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheap & chic bitter chocolate and raspberry heart cake on: April 23, 2007 02:00:56 PM
Could I possibly get the measurements in terms for the USA? I dont know what a dl is... tablespoon? Thanks.

1 deciliters = 0.422675282 US cups
3 deciliters = 1.26802585 US cups

(to be precise... Wink )

Go to Google.com and type in "[number of] deciliters in cups" and it will do the conversion for you.  So if you do a google search for "1 deciliters in cups" it will tell you how many cups are in one dl.

I love this method because it will convert almost anything you can think of!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: holding yarn with continental on: April 16, 2007 02:12:16 PM
I'm curious about this.  I knit continental, but I don't really hold my yarn.  I just drape it over my index finger and go from there.  However...I've found that a lot of time as I knit, the yarn between my knitting and the ball I'm pulling from gets more and more twisted until it's twisted up and tangled with itself.  Is this part of the reason for all of the fancy yarn wrapping?  I'd love to have my yarn not get as tangled while I knit because it's terribly frustrating....
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