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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Hat Pattern Help on: October 27, 2010 02:30:13 PM
Awesome, very helpful.  Thanks so much!  I'll give it a try Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it expensive? on: October 24, 2010 05:35:52 PM
It can be cheaper for small items to make your own; when you get into sweaters and larger items it can also be cheaper, if you get your yarn in bulk somehow (Goodwill or buying mill ends or something).  Acrylics are definitely cheaper, but do not make as quality of fabric as the more expensive yarns do. 

The best thing about knitting your own is that you can adjust the size to yourself!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need Hat Pattern Help on: October 24, 2010 05:32:58 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm about to start working a hat pattern that I got on Ravelry (the pattern is Le Dane by Particules Particules).  I looked over the pattern before I started, and I'm a bit confused by the decrease portion of the hat.  Here is the pattern as written:

(working 96 sts in the round on circular needles)
Round 1: *k2tog, k8* repeat until 4 sts remain; k1.
Round 2-4: K around.
Round 5: *k2tog, k7* repeat until 3 sts remain; k1.
Round 6 (and all even rounds): k around.
Round 7: *k2tog, k6* repeat until 2 sts remain; k1.
Round 9: *k2tog, k5* repeat until 1 st remains; k1.
Round 11: *k2tog, k4* repeat until 2 sts remain; k1.
Round 13: *k2tog, k3* repeat until 3 sts remain; k1.
Round 15: *k2tog, k2* repeat until 2 sts remain; k1.
Round 17: k2tog around.

The part I am having difficulty with is what to do with the (1, 2, 3, 4) stitches that remain.  I can't just ignore them until the end, as I'm working in the round.  do I slip them and not knit them?  Do I knit them?  They have to go somewhere and I can't figure out where.  I cast on and tried working the decrease but it isn't making sense to me.

Thanks in advance!  Much appreciated Smiley
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 09/10/2010 on: September 11, 2010 11:50:53 PM
I *know* I'm a day late, but here are some of the yarns I've made lately!

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wheel or Spindle? Which one do you use? on: September 08, 2010 04:57:27 PM
I primarily use my wheel.  I love making art yarns, and they are somewhat difficult to do on a spindle.  I also started on a wheel, and though I've learned to use a spindle, I haven't spent enough time with them to not feel somewhat clumsy when I use one.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: New oven-dying attempt on: September 08, 2010 04:40:06 PM
Ohhhhhh, you got PURPLE  Shocked

I've been trying for *ages* to get purple with Wilton's!  How'd you do it?? Usually it splits into pinkish and blueish because of the acidic conditions. 
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: spinning for a project spin-along? on: September 08, 2010 04:33:16 PM
Yes, yes, yes!  A spinalong is a great idea Smiley  I'm actually done spinning yarns for my scarves at the moment, but they're finally (slowly!) coming together.  I actually lost one of the three yarns I am using in this scarf and I've *got* to find it but I don't know where else to look Sad Moving is killer sometimes.

Spinning so much 3-ply yarn sounds ridiculously tedious.  You're much more patient than I!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday, July 16, 2010 on: July 17, 2010 11:43:17 PM
SewMamaLady: The white yarn is a combination of unidentified wool roving and cotswold locks.  It's got a lovely halo.

CatieLove: That yarn is GORGEOUS knitted up like that!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Etsy Treasury! [expires 20 July 2010] on: July 17, 2010 11:41:04 PM
Hey guys!  I just put together a treasury on Etsy of amazing handspun yarns!  Check it out at http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c42a121c9fe8eef076d8f18/handspun-yarns (but hurry - they expire after 3 days!)
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday, July 16, 2010 on: July 16, 2010 11:27:59 AM
I have yarns this week! 

And check out these dropspindles I made!  They're lightweight and just *perfect* for laceweight yarn.

SpecialKRJ: I never set my twist with steam; instead, I dunk my yarns in lukewarm water and let them air-dry on a hanger (no stretching). 
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