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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Line a knitted purse? on: February 07, 2006 08:22:16 AM
I stink at sewing, but this is what I do:

-Cut out a piece of fabric that's about the same size as size of the bag. I've sometimes traced the bag before seaming it to get the measurements close.

-Fold the fabric in half, and seam it along each side with the right sides of the fabric facing in, but leaving a bit of fabric (1/2 inch or so?) un-seamed at the top for the next step.

-Fold each side of the top down a bit towards the outside of the pouch that I just created, so that you can see the right side of the fabric along the top edges. Then sew them this way so that the top of the lining has a nice edge.

-Put the lining inside the bag, and sew it in using a regular needle and thread. I just use a (pretty uneven) whipstitch around the top, though there's probably a neater way to do it. The stitches won't show much (if at all) in the knitting. I stop often to check that I'm sewing it in evenly. The corners can be a bit of a pain when you're doing this, but I don't fuss over getting them too neat because there probably aren't too many people who are going to be looking at the corners of my lining.

The last bag that I lined is here, there's a photo of the lining but it's not close enough to show tons of detail. But that'll give you kind of an idea of what I'm talking about.

Of course, I've only ever lined simple bags of the "knit and fold in half" variety, making a lining for one with more shape to it would be more complicated. And I also don't put much effort into making it super-neat looking, because I don't know enough about sewing to do more than just get it done! Hopefully someone who knows what they're doing can give us tips on those things.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: $1.00 bamboo knitting needles at Target on: October 02, 2005 11:01:03 PM
I worry that sanding them down would take off the color, which is mostly the reason I bought them. So I'm just going to put mine in a vase or something to look pretty.

Last time I was at the Target they had a few sizes of aluminum needles too. I think they were green.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitty shawls - am I crazy? on: January 04, 2005 02:52:19 PM
This is a great idea and I'm going to steal it! I'm getting hitched in either June or July and was very worried about inflicting ugliness on the bridesmaids. I also didn't want them to have to spend a bunch of money. The nice part is that I'll have plenty of time to work on them and the shawls can double as my bridesmaid gifts. Now I just have to set an exact date, decide what the colors are, and do about a million other things.  Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Debut of Knitty Gritty on DIYnetwork (Season 2) on: December 19, 2004 08:10:19 PM
I've been Tivoing it and often watch the reruns that I've already seen. There have been several times that while watching the reruns I've started working on a new skill that I wasn't ready for the first time around. Thanks for letting us know the new season is starting soon!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Getting Rowan yarn on: December 10, 2004 06:21:01 AM
The only times I've been able to get Rowan for prices I'm willing to pay for it have either been Ebay purchases or on sale. I'd really recommend Ebay (as long as you're careful and willing to be not too picky about color), I once found 5 50g balls of DK Tweed for $10!  It's nice, but on my budget I just can't see paying the regular price for it unless it's for something really special.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favorite Needles/Needle Set on: December 04, 2004 09:15:33 AM
I mostly use the Clover bamboo ones, but I think I may be getting the Denise kit for Christmas. I love how bamboo needles feel, and it seems like their light weight is easier on my carpal tunnel.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vegan Fox Yarn Substitution of the Gods!! on: December 03, 2004 11:22:17 AM
I bought a kit for this pattern awhile back but haven't had time to get to it with all the work I've been doing on presents. But it doesn't sound like it'll take very long to make, so maybe I'll squeeze mine in after I finish my next gift scarf. Thanks for reminding me!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your Christmas knitted Gift Ideas? on: December 02, 2004 05:36:22 PM
Ah ha ha! You are awesome, I too save my slightly botched projects for those lower on my priority list.....I'm bad.... Embarrassed

Meh, it's not bad. We all have people that we don't put in as much effort for for one reason or another. This uncle is on the side of the family that I sometimes suspect of intentionally buying really inappropriate gifts for kicks. They once gave me a Big Bird tote bag... when I was in the 5th grade. So yeah, if they're getting anything handmade it's going to be from my "slightly irregular" pile.  Grin

Thanks everyone for those links to ornaments, some of those will be great for quick gifts for friends!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting pattern ethics on: December 02, 2004 02:51:59 PM
Thanks for all the opinions! I'm not too familiar with copyright as it applies to crafts, the only time I've ever needed to research it I just looked into how it works for writing (I used to run a large website and had every article and bit of content that I'd written over about two years posted on another site as someone else's work).

I finally decided against buying the pattern. I love it, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Mostly because I think the person who wrote it out is charging too much for it.  It's the most expensive pattern I've ever personally seen, though I don't usually shop for patterns online so maybe it's really not that much. The relatively high price (to me) is a huge turnoff, for what they're charging I could buy a whole book of patterns! If they were charging less I'd probably buy it. If they offered it free but asked for bandwidth donations, I'd probably kick in at least ten bucks.

Maybe someday when I'm more confident in my skills I'll try and reproduce it myself. Or maybe someone else will do it eventually and post their version for free.

To answer Starlings' questions, the pattern was pretty distinctive. It uses several different stitch patterns and (at least to me) has that "wow" factor. It was never mass produced (that I know of).  The copyright question is interesting. Personally, I think that if someone copied the current seller's instructions and posted them somewhere for free, that would be pretty unfair. They did the work, and if it doesn't break copyright rules for them to charge for it then they should control their set of instructions. But if someone else independently worked out the pattern and decided to distribute it, the person who is selling it now shouldn't have any right to complain.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your Christmas knitted Gift Ideas? on: December 02, 2004 01:06:42 PM
I'm doing scarves for my fellas this year. I have three finished, one that's half done, and one more to go. I'm a little unhappy with one of them, the pattern I used didn't mention that the stitch pattern causes the fabric to curl. I made it with a mostly acrylic yarn so it could go in the washer, so even though it has too much curl I can't block it to be straighter. If I have time, I may try and make something else for the guy that scarf was meant for, and give the slightly curly scarf to my annoying uncle.

I also made an awesome seed stitch scarf for my mother and a light mohair one for my future mother-in-law.

I also want to make something for my boyfriend, but it's a bit hard to be sneaky about making a gift when you live together.
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