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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fair Isle Owl Not Quite Right - Help Appreciated :) on: March 20, 2010 09:32:29 PM
Thanks so much, Tephra! I didn't know that you culd block with acrylic! I thought it was a natural fiber only thing. Your comments will be a lot of help when I rework the pattern to get a better fit.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair Isle Owl Not Quite Right - Help Appreciated :) on: March 18, 2010 05:04:27 PM
Hello to all the daring knitters that take up fair isle! I have a conundrum for you. I just finished the owl mitten pictured below:

I think the owl turned out alright but there are some things I'm not happy with and I'm not quite sure how to remedy.
1) My mitten turned out really wide (but strangely the length was fine). The fair isle cuff is especially distorted. Could this have to do with the tension I keep on the two yarns? I'm right handed and really struggle with keeping the yarn in my left hand from going too slack or being too tight. Any suggestions?
2) The edges of the wings and eyes, where there is only one row of the contrasting color get lost in the green on either side. Again, tension problem? Maybe I'm just knitting to tightly.
3) This was a tester project so I knit in acrylic. Would wool be better so that I can block? Would blocking help with the huge width problem? This thing really fits more like an oven mit (and will probably get used as such) instead of as a mitten.
All insights are appreciated! Smiley Also, would you wear an owl mitten knitted like this? I was making them as a gift but I think I'm going to have to go through the pattern and tailor it to a smaller width...or block. Let me know what you think Smiley
Thanks in advance!
echo_brook
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to start a coil bracelet? on: November 08, 2009 08:23:52 AM
Eee! Thank you, LadyLeitzen! On my next trip to Michael's I will have to ask them. Otherwise I'm sure google will provide me with my nearest Ben Franklin or Hobby Lobby.
Thanks a bunch!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to start a coil bracelet? on: November 08, 2009 08:11:36 AM
My mom recently gave me one of these as a present...very grudgingly. I think she wanted to keep it for herself. Wink So I thought, wouldn't it be great to make her one...or more! They seem like they would be so easy to make! I just don't know how to get a wire to retain this shape. Here is an example of what I'm attempting to make:

It looks like a whole bunch of bangles stacked together but really it's just one big wire coil around the wrist. MUCH easier than putting on and taking off 10 or more separate bangles.
My first thought was to use memory wire. But the stuff I have would be better suited for making a choker  - not a bracelet. Do any of you brilliant craftsters know if there is a smaller coiled memory wire lurking out there that I am not familiar with? Or any other recommendations? Could I train my larger memory wire to shrink it's coil?
Thanks in advance, everyone! I would really appreciate the help!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper clutter be gone! Cute owl saves the day! on: September 19, 2009 11:50:18 PM
Thank you all for your kind words. Cheesy I found the owl graphic by searching google images for "owl outline." It was on the 2nd or 3rd page of hits. There are many other great owl images that sprang up with that search, as well. Might be helpful for those of you who can/ have the time to draw out your own owl image. Then we can all infringe on you. Wink
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: my tiny fox :D on: September 19, 2009 03:14:13 AM
This little guy is adorable!  Did you use a pattern for him or just wing it?
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Fleece Chinchilla Tube For Mugwump and MushMush on: September 16, 2009 07:51:34 AM
The tube is a simple piece of PVC pipe that I cute down to size and drilled holes in to mount onto the cage.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper clutter be gone! Cute owl saves the day! on: September 15, 2009 07:58:30 PM
Hhehehe, Shhh! we don't want to get caught with any kind of infringement Cheesy
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper clutter be gone! Cute owl saves the day! on: September 15, 2009 06:10:30 PM
Thanks, kraftygirl Smiley  It is actually just nailed to the wall with some wickedly long pushpins. They seem to be doing the job.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Paper clutter be gone! Cute owl saves the day! on: September 15, 2009 05:56:05 PM
I have a real problem with letting mail, paper scraps, and other such paraphernalia take over the desk/crafting space. This HAD to stop! So I dismembered a cardboard box and created this cute little solution:

Close up of the front:

Fully loaded with my junk!  ...hrrm, I may need another one Tongue
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