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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for inspiration on: January 26, 2005 04:26:35 AM
Since you guys are some of the most innovative folks around, what would you do with one ball of this other than your standard one-ball skinny scarf? I picked one up on the cheap since it was an odd-ball and it's just sitting here daring me to do something with it. Any suggestions? It's only 55yds.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Some words of warning on: January 12, 2005 11:00:34 PM
Never ever ever ever EVER decide to start knitting when you're up late with a stomach flu. Stomachs have no sense of timing, and wool wash can only do so much. Sigh. That sweater wasn't coming out the way I wanted anyway.
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Hello Bunny Hat on: December 22, 2004 07:43:10 PM
Okay, I'm kind of in a rush to get out of town for the holidays, but I wanted to post at least one xmas FO before I go. This is the SnBN Bunny Hat modified to be a Hello Kitty hat for my niece. It's knit in Sirdar Snowflake which is the most evil yarn on the entire planet (NEVER USE IT!!). But the result is pretty darned adoreable (even if it is being modeled by Tux whose head is a really odd shape). It's a really cute hat pattern, but I think the one shown on the baby in the book is actually quite a bit too small for her.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Vegan Alligator! on: December 14, 2004 02:32:52 PM
A few days ago the son of a friend of mine asked me for a fuzzy scarf. I wanted to give him something a bit more masculine and came up with this:


He's a neck "gator"....if you get the pun it's really funny.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Micro polystyrene foam bead pillow filling on: November 01, 2004 12:41:21 PM
I've searched and searched and can't find any references to this....does anyone out there know where one could get some of this pillow stuffing? It's the stuff they're putting in those ultra squishy threapy pillows. I suppose I could go out and buy some pillows and use them for the stuffing, but I assume it would be cheaper to buy the foam itself. Any clues? The only references I've found to it through Google have been from manufacturers. TIA!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sooooooo satisfying on: October 27, 2004 02:07:05 PM
There is something just incredibly satisfying about walking out of your LYS with an entire bag of yarn. Like unopened, straight from the factory.  It's like "man, I'm really going to do something with this!"

 I'm making the hubby a sweater out of Laines Du Nord Dolly Maxi (LOVELY if you ever need a good merino aran). Now I'm sitting here squishing the entire unopened bag and feeling oddly self-important. I'm usually pretty thrifty, but I feel downright decadent today! Just wanted to share Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about toddlers and hats for those more experienced on: October 23, 2004 01:30:12 PM
I have a little question for all you parents, older siblings, and baby-caretakers out there....how bad are hats that tie under the chin for your average 1.5 year old? I mean do the tassels immediately go in the mouth for a good chew? Or is it worth the chewing to have the hat stay on? I'm making my niece a hat for xmas and I think it would look cute with earflaps and pompons on the tie strings, just not sure it would be a good idea. (incedently, if anyone out there knows a nice simple pattern for a child's hat with earflaps, I'm all ears Wink although I may just wing it)

Sorry to be so child-ignorant....I seem to have made it 30 years without much baby-contact.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Poncho infection on: October 19, 2004 12:45:20 PM
Okay, when ponchos first started coming back into fashion I said "meh" and recalled the scratchy grannie square ponchos from my childhood. Then I knit a poncho for my niece and though "gee, these aren't so bad". Then I started Belle Star (it's almost a poncho) and thought "I might actually wear one of these". Now the infection has insidiously crept in and I wants me a poncho!

Problem was, I couldn't find any patterns I really liked until this. I could actually see myself wearing that (maybe just around the house, but possibly outside). The fringe is kind of neat, but I really like the neckline and hood.

My question to all of you: does anyone recognize that pattern? I've scoured Patons' website and have come up blank. In fact, Yarn Forward is the only place I've seen it. Has anyone actually seen the pattern? And how about Patons' Bohemian? Is it really as worm resistant as they claim? If it's not then I have to find some way to get the pattern not in kit form. Any help would be muchly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,
-ren (who fears she will look like a giant fringed pear in a poncho, but is beyond caring)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need a super-soft felting yarn on: October 11, 2004 06:32:17 PM
Hey gang, I have a question for all of you who have felted. What is the softest felted yarn you've used. I want to make some felted slippers for my father for x-mas and he abhors scratchy yarn (even on his feet) so I need to find something that felts up nice, soft, and smooth. Any suggestions out there? Thanks in advance!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bourne Supremacy scarf, toddler poncho & Haiku on: September 27, 2004 01:07:50 PM
Just a few FO's for you guys to peek at:

The Bourne Supremacy Scarf:
This is currently blocking to be a bit shorter right now, but it really came out great. The photos make it look a bit nubblier than it really is for some reason. Done in 1x1 rib on size 11's using Berroco Medley in the Damariscotta colorway.

And a closeup:

A toddler poncho for my little niece's b-day:
Knit with Plymouth Encore Mega from this pattern.

And finally Knitty's Haiku for the same niece, knit with Berroco Lullaby in the Willy Winky colorway (heh heh heh....I said willy.....heh heh heh) with little bug buttons.
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