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121  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Afghans! phew on: January 06, 2005 08:20:24 PM
Okay, I will now attempt my first picture post!  (please cross your fingers!)

I wasn't working for a few months, so I decided that I could make afghans for my nieces and nephews for Christmas.  Cheaper, give me something to do, no problem.  Hmm...  I felt like I was in "afghan hell" after a while there.  I ended up starting a bunch of different projects while I was "supposed" to be working on these!  I got them finally done about 1 week before Christmas.  So, here they are.  4 crocheted afghans in 2 months. 

122  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Am I observant or am I obsessive? on: December 21, 2004 09:04:09 AM
So yesterday, as evidence of my complete addiction to knitting magazines, i bought the new issue of Family Circle Easy Knitting (and Crochet!!).  This morning over my honey nut cheerios, I was flipping through the mag and a photo showing cabling caught my eye.  I looked closer and thought "huh, that's wierd!  what kind of cable are they doing that has the cable needle in the 4th, 5th and 6th stitches of a 6 stitch cross cable?"  I read the description and thought "This says it's a right cross cable, but it crosses to the left, doesn't it?"  I started to doubt my abilities to read patterns, thinking that all this time I've been crossing the wrong way, or some how Right Cross means something different than I think it does....  when i looked at the picture below.  In that picture (ostensibly the next step in the process) the cable crosses the way I think a Right cross should cross.  The cable needle is in the 1st 3 stitches. 

Ohhhh....  I seeeee....  The first photo was reversed!!!!

This made me so happy to find this error and figure it out all by my little self... 

I need a life.  Smiley
123  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / When teaching others to knit... on: October 23, 2004 06:02:31 PM
...  make sure you know how yourself! 

I have been knitting for years and years.  My grandma and then my mom taught me.  I have taught others to knit, proudly and happily passing on my obsession with all things yarn. 

Today, I realized that I should learn to knit continental, as it might be easier on my right wrist and might possibly be faster.  So, I was watching a video on-line to learn how to purl continental.  I thought "Huh, they wrap the yarn over the right needle in continental.  That's weird."  Then I thought, "Huh, I wonder what it shows for the English/American/Throwing method."  Every resource I found (including my books at home) showed me that I DO IT WRONG!!!  I've always wondered why my stocking stitch looks slightly like there's a bit of a twist, but I knew that i was doing the knit right, and never thought about the purl side. 

So, now am I responsible to go to all of the people I've taught and correct my mistake?   Undecided
124  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Curling Sweater? on: October 15, 2004 12:32:17 PM
This morning I woke up and thought "I need to find a pattern for a curling sweater".  Now, I do not curl.  Nor do I necessarily want curling motifs, but I like the shape and weight of curling sweaters and would like to make one.  So I searched online and came up with ONE page that had anything remotely resembling a curling sweater.  They were selling vintage patterns.  So, what I'm wondering is:  Does anyone know where I could find a FREE pattern (short of searching every flea market and garage sale) or does anyone have one they can share? 

**It occurs to me as I write this that many of you might not know what I'm talking about.  Growing up in small town Saskatchewan -- where there are more curling rinks than ball diamonds-- you saw a lot of these. Heavyweight sweater-jacket with a collar.  Usually pockets and some kind of cheesy design on them.  I have found one or two in Value Village but they were usually dirty beyond hope or smelled like the grandpa who used to wear them!

**It also occurs to me as I write this that many of you might not know what curling is.  It's a sport where you have this long rectangular sheet of ice and 2 teams (called "rinks") of 4.  Each curler takes their turn "throwing" their "rock" down the ice while the rest of their rink sweep the ice to make it go faster and the curlers all yell at the rock (or each other, I've never been clear on this one) things like "hurry hard!"  A friend from the states seeing it for the first time described it as something like suffleboard on ice

Sorry, this post kind of got away on me!
125  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Poncho Pattern Model on: October 14, 2004 11:07:25 PM
I was looking for substitute yarn tonight and came across some new (well, I hadn't seen them) poncho patterns on the coats and clark site.  Then, I saw this one.  It's not the poncho so much as the expression on the model's face.  Is she scared?  Angry?  in the middle of a sneeze?

http://www.coatsandclark.com/fun_and_free/yarn/lw1442.htm

(my apologies if this should not have been posted here.  i thought it was funny and wanted to share)
126  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Canadian On-line Yarn? on: October 13, 2004 01:09:48 PM
Normally I have no trouble finding what I want on-line (and, truthfully, a lot of stuff I didn't know I might want) but for some reason I am coming up blank trying to find yarn online with Canadian $ pricing or a Canadian site with a broad range of yarn to choose from.  Anyone?  There are a few lys in my area (Calgary) but I want to price compare for some items I am making for people who will actually pay me (Yippee). 

Thanks!
127  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Handkerchief apron?? on: October 13, 2004 12:41:13 PM
This past weekend I was at home with my mom helping get Thanksgiving dinner ready (Canadian Thanksgiving...) and I couldn't get over how she can pour the drippings into another pan to make gravy AFTER she had changed into her "good clothes" and NOT get anything on her at all.  So this led to a discussion about how I always need an apron and even then i get food all over me...  Then, out of the blue, Mom started to reminisce.  (A rare occurance for my mom, a rather reserved only child of very reserved parents).  She said that when she was in her late teens/early twenties it was all the rage to have a hostess apron that was made out of 3 handkerchiefs.  She thought that it was two in the center (one on top of the other) and the other one cut on a diagonal and sewed somehow to the sides.  She remembers her mom making stacks of these to sell at a craft sale (which was amazing enough for me to hear-- my grandma was always sick when I knew her) and Mom said she wished she still had one of them (a huge thing for my non-sentimental Mom!)

ANYWAY, sorry for the rambling story introduction to my question:

Has anyone ever seen one of these aprons? I would like to try to make one for my mom, but I"m not sure about how it was supposed to be put together.  If geographical/historical info helps:  This would have been in the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan area in the mid-late 50s. 

Thanks!  (also, thanks for putting up with my story telling/rambling!)
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