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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Grafting mixed knit and purl stitches on: September 22, 2007 09:54:21 PM

So I'm knitting this sweet scarf, and to keep it symmetrical, I'm knitting it in two pieces.

The thing is that, for some reason, my brain isn't working tonight and I'm forgetting how to deal with grafting live stitches (kitchener) when there is a mixture of knit and purl stitches.

I can't figure out how to deal with the half-stitch offset that you get when you graft.

I know there's a way.  I've grafted plenty of projects, but I can't visualize this tonight. Mary Thomas and Montse Stanley aren't helping, me.  And all the online explanations that I've looked at show plain stockinette, not a mixture.

Will someone take pity on me, and explain this to me in a way that my poor addled brain can comprehend?
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Fish Ranch Rubber Stamp on: January 21, 2006 12:26:13 PM

So, there's a road near my home, called Fish Ranch Road.  Every time I drive by it,
I'm totally delighted by the name.  I think of rough, tough cowboys out on the range,
using some great western verb on their fish.  Poking?  Rasslin'? Lassoeing?  I also
picture the fish as big as cows, stampeding across the dusty plains. 

So, I got it into my head to take the Wyoming licence plate image of a cowboy,
and put him on a bucking fish.

But all I can say is, thank god for the internet!  I somehow stumbled across a trout
fishing operation in Wyoming called "Fish Hookers."

This stamp is my homage to Fish Hookers.  Notice the hip-waders with garter
belt.  Oh man!  This fills me with the greatest demented joy.  I can hardly express
you much this makes me grin!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Letters? Stamps? Envelopes? on: January 07, 2006 10:59:41 AM
I created this book out of airmail envelopes for a mail-art ring, with the theme of faux postage stamps. 

I'm encouraging the participants to write me letters on the paper I've tucked into the little envelopes.

My "stamps" are hand carved rubber stamps.  I was thinking about the animals that might bring a "special delivery."

Here is a picture of the un-assembled book.

Thanks for looking!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mistletoe! on: December 22, 2005 07:46:37 PM
Here's my little gift to the everyone on Craftster.


Instructions for usage:

Follow link. Download my artwork, print out. Pretend to admire, and call your sweetie into the room. Hold above your head to better examine the carving.

Hope for the best!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Absinthe -- hand carved rubber stamps, now with book! on: December 11, 2005 10:33:38 PM
This was inspired by a 19th Century advertsing poster for Absinthe.  As you'll see in the following pictures, this is quite a small image.  So you'll have to excuse some of the crudeness of the facial details.

This is my printer's proof.  I'm still fooling around a little bit with getting the colors to line up better with the black.  But I'm pretty happy with how this is working out.

If folks are interested, I can share a few more pictures, so you can get a better idea of my technique.

Here is a print of the green and orange block, the block itself, and a proof of the black block, which I printed on tracing paper, and used to help align the blocks.

A detail of the black block.

Inking the plate.  I apply the ink to the rubberstamp, as opposed to to dabbing the stamp on the ink pad.  I feel I get more control this way.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What Happened to Mission Falls? on: October 28, 2005 12:46:43 PM
Does anyone know why Mission Falls is closing their yarn factory?
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / I paid a company to expose my screens and they're not square on: October 01, 2005 08:49:07 PM
Hey Folks

I usually keep my Craftster conversations to my non-job-related activities, but I got myself into a bind in my professional world, and need some advice.

I'm in charge of painted scenery for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.  I'm supposed to be silk screening miles of wallpaper, based on historic designs. The images all interlock to create a seamless expanse of pattern. 

I'm wondering if anyone can offer any bright ideas about my silk screen registration problem.... I paid a silk screen company to rent some screens, and expose my image on said screens. A full week after they said they would have the screens exposed, they finally got them back to me. I'm already terribly behind schedule, the set designer just flew in from NYC, and he's in a really cranky mood, and I've got tonight and tomorrow to print a ton of wallpaper.



Since I need to "register" off of the frame, and since I'm repeating this image down a long run of paper, the only thing I can think to do is build some kind of jig and attach one to each of the screens to make them hit my registration points in the same way.

Any other bright ideas out there, or are you all at home enjoying your hard earned weekend free time like normal people?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / my white cotton/wool wedding sweater turned off-white when I blocked it on: September 28, 2005 07:19:52 PM
I'm in the midst of knitting a sweater/jacket for a friend to wear at her wedding.  Other than the fact that I feel like I'm knitting dental floss with toothpicks, things are going well.

Until today.

I had blocked the back of the sweater a few days back -- just sloshed it around in the sink, and set it to air dry on a clean towel.  Anyway, it had been looking sort of off-white to me, but I just thought "it must be the light in this room."  But today, I had this piece in the knitting bag with the two fronts of the sweater, and the formerly white back is in fact distinctly off white.  It no longer matches the other parts of the sweater.

Since this is going to be worn at a wedding, this is a serious problem.  I need my white back!

I know this isn't a dye lot issue, since I'm knitting off cones of yarn, and am still on my first cone. 

My water does not have high iron content.

I don't want to bleach the crap out of this garment.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bind-Off Clarification on: September 24, 2005 08:37:31 PM
I'm knitting a sweater (#19, the cropped cardigan) from the Spring/Summer Vogue Knitting.  Things are going fine.

But I wonder if anyone could take a look at these instructions and tell me if my interpretation of them seems correct?  The directions are describing shaping the neck area on the back part of the sweater.  If it matters, I'm binding off the shoulders at the same time as this.

"...bind off 49 center stitches  decreasing 8 stitches evenly across these stitches while binding off, then bind off 4 stitches from each neck edge once."

As I understand this, I should bind off as usual, but also knit two stitches together eight times during my binding off.  But am I doing this move over 49 stitches, or 49 plus eight?

I'm adapting this pattern a bit (even with #1 needles, my gauge is too large) so I can't simply count stitches and figure things out.

Anyone willing to help me puzzle this one out?

And, yes, the pattern calls for #3 needles.  I must be a ver-r-r-r-ry relaxed knitter if #1 needles are creating a gauge that's too big.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Desperately Seeking Non-Digusting White Fingering/Sport/Baby Gauge Yarn on: September 07, 2005 12:15:42 PM
I promised to knit my co-worker a little bolero/shrug/jacket for her wedding.  I'm happy to do this project, it should be really pretty when finished.  (Vogue Knitting's Summer 2005 Cropped Cardigan -- I'm going to adjust the pattern so it has long sleeves.)

BUT.....  I'm not finding yarn in the correct gauge that isn't revolting synthetic baby yarn, or freaky self striping sock yarn.  (THAT wouldn't go over so well with her dress!)

At this point, I think shopping online may be my best solution, so if anyone has any suggestions, I'm desperate to hear them!

Thanks y'all.
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