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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pointy elf hats for my boys on: January 03, 2011 09:39:14 PM

Haven't gotten to post on craftster for a long time. But at least I've got a little something to show off.

Finished a couple of pointy hats for the boys. Now if I could just get the little one to keep his on. Pattern is called "meathead" but I can't remember where I found it. I think it's in a book somewhere. Yarn is Lamb's Pride Bulky and the smaller hat was knit on 11's and the larger on 13's. I think next time I'm going to try and use magic loop to knit them in the round so I can avoid sewing them up.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Anyone have a "learning tower" kitchen stand for kids? on: September 21, 2009 11:15:47 AM
So, my wife REALLY wants one of these:


She has visions of our son helping her in the kitchen as she helped her mom. Given our son't attention span and dislike of being still, I am doubtful that it will work. But I like to make her happy. However, ~$175 is more than a I want to pay for something like this. Especially since we're watching the budget these days like so many people. So I'm going to build her one from scratch.

However, since I haven't ever seen one in person, I'm trying to figure a few things out. If someone here has one of these and you've got a few minutes for a favor, I would really appreciate helping me with these two questions.

1. How thick is the wood that the tower is made of? It looks like somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 of an inch. If I had to guess, I would guess in between those two at 5/8. But that's just a guess. If you could take a second to measure, that would really help me.

2. What does the underside of the platform look like? I can't figure out how the platform attaches to the height adjustment notches. It appears that there are just two 1 inch dowels running across. But I'd love to be able to see for myself. If there is any way that you could take a photo of the underside of the platform, that would be amazing.

Thanks in advance!


3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Best mini-cupcake pan? on: February 16, 2009 09:27:24 AM
I'm looking to make some of those tiny two-bite cupcakes.

Is there any reason to get one mini cupcake pan over another? Amazon has got prices from $10-30 it seems. I'm usually a fan of buying quality kitchen tools, and I'm not bothered by spending money when necessary. But it's just a cupcake pan...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Woo-Hoo! A pile of new needles for me... on: January 09, 2009 11:12:11 AM
Just wanted to brag a little. Had a little extra cash after the holidays were over and decided to get a gift for myself. Knitpicks delivered a pile of new needles to me yesterday. And let me say this, the regular shipping from Knitpicks is awful. Took almost 2 weeks for my previous order to show up. Do yourself a favor and pay the $5-10 extra for the 3 day shipping. You will be a lot happier. Also, I wrote a message in the "notes" of my order that said one needle (in my 8's and 11's) was spinning a bit from a previous Harmony wood interchangeable order (just ordered those sizes, not a whole set) and asked what to do. I said that they still knitted just fine, but I was a bit worried about it. Knitpicks sent me a new set of both the 8's and 11's. Pretty good customer service considering that I didn't even email or call.

-Options interchangeable set 4-11
-Options 13 tips
-Options 15 tips
-Harmony wood 6 tips
-Harmony 8 & 11 tips (free replacement for tips I already had where the needles was spinning in the "base")
-Options "sock" DPN set sz 0-3
-Crystal palace 6 DPN's (okay, these were from my local knitting shop. But I got them the same day)

Yes, I know that there are arguments against Knitpicks and that they are a danger to local knitting stores with the way that they run their business. But I wasn't going to pay $150 for an Addi interchangeable set, I don't really like the other interchangeable options, and I was tired of buying individual needles. I buy most all my yarn from my local stores and so don't feel bad mail ordering a bit. Plus, while their warehouse is in ohio, their headquarters are here in Washington state. So they are kind of local. Local enough that I have to pay sales tax anyway.

5  Washington / Washington: West / Bellingham - Whatcom, WA craft/knit/fabric guide on: January 06, 2009 10:25:30 AM
I just wasted 30 minutes typing this up for a long dead post. So I figured I might as well repost it on a new thread in case it is useful for anyone moving to B-ham in the future.


NW Handspun Yarns - http://www.nwhandspunyarns.com/

Great yarn store in downtown Bellingham. Nice ladies running the place, a cat that wanders around, spinning and weaving stuff upstairs, knitting night on tuesdays. My knitting friends and I tend to shop here the most.

Apple Yarns - http://www.appleyarns.com/

Yarn store in Barkley Village (NE Bellingham). Not as extensive as NW Handspun Yarns, but still a nice independent store. Has a knitting night and offers lessons. No idea when though. Probably a schedule on the website. The owner is a nice gal, the other ladies give me weird "no men in the knitting store" vibes. But  perhaps if you are female or don't go in wearing muddy paint stained work clothes, the reception might not be as bad. All joking aside, Apple is a fine store. I just tend to shop at NW Handspun more.

J&J Needle Art - http://www.jandjneedleart.com/

Located in north Bellingham in Bakerview Square. I've never been here(I have been there now and the place/owner is weird. I have no intention of going back), but they seem to focus more on cross-stitch and embroidery. Apparently they do have knitting supplies.

Spincycle Yarns - http://www.spincycleyarns.com/

I don't know anything about these guys, but they make handspun yarn here in Bellingham and are frequently at the farmers market. So how uncool can they be? They also have a studio/storefront. See their "contact us" page.

The Wool Station - http://www.woolstation.com/

The Wool Station is a fine yarn store, I just don't go in very often because it's on the other side of town from me and NW Handspun and Apple are closer.

Marilyns Yarn - http://www.marilynsyarn.com/ - EDIT: Marilyns Yarn is closed.

Used to be a pretty big yarn store with knitting lessons and knit nights etc. I have no idea if this place is still open. Their website is still up, but when I called the number some gal answered and did not say "Thanks for calling Marilyn's Yarns" or anything like that. I guess I'll drive by next time I'm running errands.


PaperZone - http://www.paperzone.com/

Nothing to talk about here. It's your standard paperzone store.

Bead Bazzar - http://www.bellinghambeadbazaar.com/

This place has been around for years. Great bead selection. Located in Fairhaven (south Bellingham).

Michaels Crafts - http://www.michaels.com/

Typical Michaels. Filled with crap, but at least it's cheap. Up north of the city in the mall area.

Treasury of Memory - http://www.treasuryofmemories.typepad.com/

I've never been in this place. But it seems to be an independent paper/scrapbooking store. Looks pretty cool.


Fabric Etc. - http://www.fabric-etc.com/

There used to be a Fabric Etc that my mom took me to when I was small in Skagit County, I have no idea if this place is connected. Appears to be an independent fabric store. I've never been there.

Fourth Corner Quilts - http://www.fourthcornerquilts.com/

A large independent quilt store. Well stocked. I don't quilt so I rarely go there. I hear it is well respected though.

Two Thimbles Quilt Shop - http://www.twothimbles.com/

A nice little quilt store with a surprising amount of stuff. I've only been in a couple times for various projects the my wife was doing. But it seemed like a cozy store.

Jo Ann Fabrics - http://www.joann.com/

I hate Jo Ann. Hate hate hate. The place is filled with cheap "made in china" crap (even the patriotic 4th of july stuff) and the lines are always out of control. But at least stuff is cheap there. That's something I suppose. And to be fair, this Jo Ann is a lot better than many I have been to (*cough* Burlington *cough*). Still, you should shop independent stores if you can possibly do so.

Michaels - http://www.michaels.com/

See my note above about Jo Ann. Michales is probably 5-10% better I suppose. I guess it's nice that it exists in town. But still...


Hardware Sales - http://www.hardwaresales.net/

Quite possibly the greatest hardware store in the world. Now, I'm biased because I can walk there from my house and I'm a guy who loves hardware stores. But this is an opinion that is shared by many. The place is always well staffed by people who know what they are talking about and I have never had trouble getting accurate advice for a project that I was less than knowledgeable about myself. More importantly for the craftster crowd, I have not really seen the kind of "talking down to women" that happens at other hardware stores. Not being a woman myself, I might not be the most qualified to notice that stuff. But Hardware Sales has a lot of women working there as well as men, and I would think that any gal who walked in and said "this is what I am trying to do" would find a lot of helpful people. Plus, they have a regionally famous "ladies night" in early december with discounts, hor d'oeuvres, espresso, hot chocolate, sparkling cider, and chocolates. Good times.

Village Books - http://villagebooks.booksense.com/

Excellent bookstore in Fairhaven (south Bellingham). Frequent author nights, helpful staff, extensive selection. You should shop here. They even have "photos with the grinch" at christmas as a change from the typical "photos with santa" for local kids.

Bellingham Farmer's Market - http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org/

An EXCELLENT farmers market. Lots of local produce, food, and yes...crafts. April-Christmas, Saturdays 10am-3pm in downtown Bellingham in an indoor/outdoor location specifically built to house it. June-September there is also a smaller mid-week market on the Village Green (behind Village Books) in Fairhaven, Wednesdays from Noon-5pm.

Boundary Bay Brewery and Chuckanut Brewery - http://www.bbaybrewery.com/ and http://www.chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com/

Bellingham's two brewpub/resturants. Boundary is the O.G. spot that everyone knows about and has bought the sweatshirt. Chuckanut is the New Kid on the Block. Both are great. I prefer the atmosphere at Boundary (many people bring their kids, there is an outdoor area in the summer, the building itself has a lot of character) but the beer at Chuckanut is more interesting (in my opinion anyway). The menu's are about the same. Boundary is probably a easier place to hold a knitting/drinking group just due to it's layout, though it is typically MUCH more crowded. But the people who run Chuckanut are really nice and would probably be into it as well. Anyone wants to set one up, let me know.

In Conclusion

There are also a couple of art stores, knitting/quilting/crafting groups, stamping stores,  bookstores and other places of interest to craftsters. There are also good knitting/quilting stores in Mt Vernon, Burlington, Ferndale, and Anacortes. But I had to stop somewhere. Bellingham is a great place to live. Not too big, not too small, good schools, lots of stuff to do, small enough that you run into your buddies without trying too hard, and big enough people that you can always meet a new friend. Go Bellingham!

Whatcom Falls:
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone flown on an airline recently with knitting needles? on: January 02, 2009 09:25:16 PM
I searched, but only saw older posts so I was hoping someone had an update.

I have to fly back to the home office later this month. Annoying, as I hate flying these days and I hate leaving my little son even more. But at least I get to hang out with Leah and talk shop about our internet communities.

However, I've never tried to fly with knitting needles. Has anyone has troubles with that recently? The TSA site says the cryptic "you can bring knitting needles unless we decide they look dangerous in which case we will take them away from you". Can I take my circular Addi/Harmony needles? Should I stick with wood/plastic? Has anyone who doesn't look like a grandmother been hassled recently?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Difference between St St and Rev St and Garter St on: January 02, 2009 11:05:35 AM
Okay, I know that Garter stitch is knit every row. But the concept of St St and Rev St confuse me. I have seen St St referred to in the same way that Garter St is. But I have also seen it referred to as Knit one row, Purl one row. And I have no idea about Rev St.

What am I missing here?
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