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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Double-knit gauge count on: January 25, 2011 06:08:21 PM
Hi knitters!

I don't know if this question has been answered before. I did a quick search without result. Here I go!

I'm knitting a hat for a friend. I want it to be really warm so I'm using the double-knitting technique (I do k1, p1 as shown in the knittinghelp video). I made a swatch and it gives me 6 stitches per inch on one side. To make a hat with 21 inches circumference, do I have to double the total?

6 x 21 = 126
126 x 2 = 252

Of course it's huge. I tried again, this time removing 10% (as per this post) and rounding it down so it's divisible by 8 (as per this video). So I'm now down to 224 stitches and it's still huge.

Should I cast on 126 stitches, and double-knit on that? Won't that be too small?

Thanks so much for your help!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Nice seam and it's ugly step-sister on: May 17, 2010 07:48:58 AM
Hi Craftsters!

I'm knitting these adorable elf shoes for my niece (I'm going to call them either fairy shoes or princess shoes though, she's such a girly girl!)

Anyway, I've knitted another pair of these for a swap but I keep getting the same problem: I have one nice seam on one side and one very ugly seam on the other side. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I'm pretty sure I'm following the pattern...

Nice seam:

It gets botchy near the end, I think that's just because I didn't have a lot of stitches left on my needles and they were far apart.

Ugly seam:

Look at that! That's the other side of the SAME shoe. From my experience, after the fulling, this is going to look like a purled seam, with little bumps.

Here is the pattern. It seems to be only available on Ravelry:
http://www.ravelry.com/dls/flint-knits--pamela-wynne/25973?filename=elf_shoes.pdf
I don't know if you can access it if you're not logged into Ravelry.

In case some of you can't see it, here's the part of the pattern at cause here:
Divide the sts in half on your needles: half for the sole and half for the instep. Knit across all
the sole sts. Wrap the next st (the first st of the instep) and turn.
*P across all the sole sts. Wrap the next st (the first st of the instep) and turn.
K across all the sole sts.
K together the first 2 sts of the instep, k to last 2 sts of the instep, ssk.
K together the first 2 sts of the sole, k to last 2 sts of the sole, ssk. Wrap next st (the first st of the
instep) and turn.
Repeat from * until 8 sts remain4 for the instep and 4 for the sole. K2tog, ssk, k2tog, ssk.


The "wrapping" is described as:
w&t: Wrap and turn.
From the right (knit) side:
Slip the next st purlwise. Bring yarn to the front of your work. Slip the slipped st back to the left needle and return the yarn to the back of your work. Turn.
From the wrong (purl) side:
Slip the next st purlwise. Bring the yarn to the back of your work. Slip the slipped st back to the left needle and bring the yarn to the front of your work. Turn.


Can anybody tell what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks so much in advance!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Two cards (thank you & birthday) on: March 14, 2009 08:07:50 AM
So I had a couple of situations that needed cards lately.

First, I needed a thank you card for a very nice family who opened their home to us while we were on a trip.



I took a pre made blank card and just glued the decorations on the front part. The inside was blank so that everybody could write their personal message to this family (we were seven!).

Next, is a birthday card for my Mother-in-law (whos birthday is today! Cheesy ) I made it with the help of my boyfriend.  She has a nickname that vaguely resembles the word owl in French and I had a bit of leftover scrapbooking paper with a owl on it, so we used this. I glued a ribbon to hide where the paper ends (that was the total width of my leftover!).



The inside is less coordinated. We used some pastel letter stickers I had (we didnt have time to go shopping for supplies, so we just used what I had!) and a plain green paper for the pocket. I also embossed a trim on the bottom and the top and made a little Shrinky Dinks goldfish (shes a Pisces).



We are going to be a bunch at this birthday party (14 total, including kids) so instead of making a huge card for everybody to write in (this family likes to write big messages), I glued a pocket inside the card and everybody will write their messages on scrapbooking tags!

You can tell I like green right?  Tongue
4  CANADA / Quebec / Where to buy henna powder in Montreal? on: July 17, 2008 03:55:54 PM
Hi,

I'd like to do my own henna tattoos and I was wondering where to buy quality henna powder?

Thanks!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Earring rack on: May 07, 2008 05:49:17 PM
This is an earring rack I made for my partner in the Douglas Adams swap. She had this post in her wists so I copied the idea!

Her favourite character was Marvin (especially the movie one because he was so cute!) and her favourite quote was "Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to take you down to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction? 'Cos I don't!"
She also really liked rainbow colors accents on black. I think I pretty much summed it up in this!   Cheesy



Close up of Marvin:


Notice the little green eyes! I painted him by cutting up a picture I found on the net in the "stencil" manner. I have to say, plain paper isn't the way to go with stencilling!  Cheesy The paint kinda glued it to the frame! But it turned out OK, I think. Except for the color leak...

Close up of the dots:


I did them with pbo "touch deco" paint.

I had my parents help me with the gluing of the netting to the frame. 6 hands is better than 2! We used bamboo skewers to hold the net tight while we glued it.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wall organizer (Simplicity #3795) on: May 07, 2008 05:15:56 PM
This is a wall organizer I made for my partner in the Douglas Adams swap. I used the Simplicity #3795 pattern.



Action shot (held by my boyfriend and various things I found at my parents'! Cheesy):



*EDIT*
I forgot the "making-of" pic, which I think is so funny! My boyfriend was repairing our SIL's computer and I was cutting up fabric, it looks so stereotypical! Man with tools, woman with fabric and needles!



7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Beware of the Leopard on: May 07, 2008 04:57:16 PM
This is a cross stitch piece I did for my partner in the Douglas Adams swap. It's a quote from the very first Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy book. The main character, Arthur Dent, is about to have his house demolished against his will and the guy who wants to demolish his house (to make way for a bypass) tells him that the plans have been on display for a very long time and that he could have lodge a complaint then, and that now it was too late. This is the conversation Arthur has with the man:
"I eventually had to go down to the cellar..."
"That's the display department."
"...with a torch"
"the lights had probably gone"
"so had the stairs"
"well you found the notice didn't you?"
"Yes. The plans were on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet, stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard"
(source: Wikiquote)

Picture!


It's made of 2056 stitches. 1632 stitches for the letters and 424 stitches for the green ornaments.

At first I tried to make it look very "bureaucratic" with big square black letters on a white background and a cheap frame. But then I didn't think it looked very good. So I added the green flourishes. THEN, my next problem (because there is always another problem!  Wink) was that I cut the Aida fabric too small for the frame (I only measured once, shame on me...), so I sewed it on a plain black cotton fabric with decorative stitches. Of course, I should have done that after I washed it because the stitches didn't hold!  Cheesy But it's OK now! And my partner liked it! Grin

I don't know how much time it took me to do everything. I only counted the hours for the green ornaments and they took me 4 hours to stitch. Am I a slow stitcher or what? Is it supposed to take that long??

Anyways, the letters are from this website: http://www.freepatternsonline.com/xscharts/page/abc19.htm
But I doubled them so they would take up more space. So every square on this pattern was four stitches on mine.
The flourishes are from the "Subversive Cross Stitch" book by Julie Jackson. I don't own the book, I only took the pattern for the "Search inside" feature from Amazon. Again I doubled it up, so it would take more space.

I have the pattern I made in Excel format if anyone's interested.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Coldplay Swap? on: May 01, 2008 10:50:07 AM
Anyone up for a Coldplay Swap? To celebrate their new single out this week, and the new album coming out on June 7 (I can't wait!!) ! Grin Grin

We could do t-shirts, bags, jewelry, home decor... Anything really!

And if there's not enough people who like Coldplay, we could do a Favourite Band Swap Rd 2, I guess.

So, what do you think?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My knitting projects!! Hurray! (Lots o' pics) on: March 18, 2008 08:07:47 PM
Yay, I get to post too!  Grin I've been knitting and knitting and not posting at all, so here I go for a big combo topic! (I hope that's OK...) You'll get to see the evolution of my knitting! hehe!



1st project: baby blanket
I knit this for a good friend of mine, who I hadn't seen in years, and who recently came back from Japan with a wife and a baby  Shocked !! Even though his little girl is about 1 or 1 I still knit this blanket...



I did it on too big needles because I didn't get the mm/US size difference... Anywho...



2nd project: Tea-Cosy Hat
Idea taken from this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=221966.0
Pattern: http://www.woollywormhead.co.uk/userimages/WW016FTeaCozyHat.pdf

I didn't know gauge at this point, so the hat is too big, as you can see from the picture:





3rd project: Rose's Wrist Warmers (from Doctor Who)
Idea taken from this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203734.0
Pattern: www.christinaslatte ry.com/rosepattern.pdf

After the Tea-Cosy Hat incident, I read a bit about gauge... and altering patterns!  Tongue I bought sock yarn and then realized it was too big or something because I couldn't get the right gauge for the pattern (even with different size needles...) So  I had to downsize the pattern.

This project was a lot of firsts! First gauge swatch (es), first altering of a pattern, first cable, and first THUMB! (They look horrible, I'll have to redo them! haha!) I found the cables really easy to do, especially compared to the thumbs!

Pictures!





(Blurry) Close-up of the seed stitch in the middle of the cables. If I had to do this again, I'd thread little pearls/beads on the middle purl stitch. I think they look like flowers!





Anyways, thanks for watching/reading my life story!  Wink
Oh and I have to say that I love you guys and all the life and crafty inspiration on this site!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Drinking glass name band on: February 10, 2008 09:30:25 AM
OK, so at home, I have all different drinking glasses (the big McDonald's Disney glasses), and I thought I could remember which one was mine because they all have different characters on them. But it turns out I couldn't!

So I made a little name band to remember which one is mine!

It looks more like a miniskirt now because the stockinette curls up...

Anyways, here it is!



I might do one for my boyfriend, so any comments on how to improve it is welcome!

Thanks for looking!
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