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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing virgin needs advice on: May 21, 2004 08:08:07 AM
Great.  Thanks for the suggestions.

I wish I could learn from my Grandmother, but she's in Pennsylvania and I'm in Boston, so it's not easy to visit her, and she's lost so much of her mind from the Parkinsons and Alzhimers.  It's sad, but being able to connect with her through the things she's used is wonderful.  She's definitely getting one of my first projects.
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: stitch n bitch? on: May 20, 2004 11:05:52 AM
stich and bitch was a christmas present from my mom, who found the title hilarious, and I love it.  One of the best knitting books I've ever read.  Plus, Debbie Stoller from Bust is amazing.
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: stitch and bitch cape mod on: May 20, 2004 11:03:58 AM
I made a size large for myself because I'm a very tall size 14 with DD cup boobies.  It fits me well although I do have to stretch it over my shoulders a little.

I've been thinking about making a variation of this with some lighter weight yarn sans turtleneck for the summer.  I have this vintage blue and brown yarn that I got back home in PA that is beautiful, and it woulg look very hot.  I haven't tried it yet, but when I do I'll let you know how it turns out.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing virgin needs advice on: May 20, 2004 10:45:37 AM
Ok, so my parents just brought me my grandmother's old sewing machine.  She has parkinsons and can't keep her hands steady enough to use it anymore.  I haven't done any major sewing projects since I was in high school and I pretty much taught myself from watching my mom sew figuring out how clothes were put together. 

I want to start making clothes and tote bags and such, but I want to do it properly.  I just ordered the Sew Fast Sew Easy book, but I was wondering if there are any other good referrence books available for new sewers.  Also, are their any pattern brands that people prefer?  Where do you go for fabric that doesn't look like belongs on the set of country living magazine?  Does anyone know of any cheap fabric places in the boston area?

Whoa, a lot of questions.  I just wanna do it right this time.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re:record clocks revisited... on: March 19, 2004 08:22:46 AM
Yes, I also would be interested in participating in or attending the punk rock flea market.  once info becomes available on the next one, please post it.
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Yarn Alternatives for SNB projects on: March 16, 2004 01:10:04 PM
I used the Bulry Spun yarn for the Cape Mod pattern and it turned out really well.  I think someone else had used the Lion Brand Thick and Quick, which I've worked with but not on this project, and I also like that yarn.  

I'm getting ready to go to law school and the cost of a lot of my favorite hobbies is begining to freak me out.  Patterns call for expensive yarn.  Renting darkroom time is expensive, but buying my own chemicals and enlarger would be even more so.  I know I won't have as much time for all this stuff once I'm back in school, but I don't want to loose access to them because of money.  I feel you pain, well I will in 5 months.
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:I made the Howl part of Cowl and Howl on: March 16, 2004 12:57:57 PM
dude, those dogs are so super styling in their new sweaters.  I've been thinking of making one for my cat, but I think he'd kill me in my sleep.
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch and bitch cape mod on: March 16, 2004 12:56:08 PM
when I did my cape mod, I left out the eyelash yarn and the row to thread the pompom chain through.  I just followed the pattern as normal, simply omitting the fuzzy stuff.  

The increasing threw me at first too, but it makes sense once you try it.  You will make one increase (the place marker will be on the left needle) and then switch the place marker onto the right needle, and then make another increase.  This is done again halfway around on the other side.  It is this increasing twice in the same place that makes the stitches V out and give the poncho it's shape.

I also found the cape to be a little shorter than I'd like, but it does make it easier to manouvre the arms.  Blocking may not work if you used the wool ease thick and quick because of it's acrylic content.

I've been wearing it a lot and have gotten tons of compliments.  people are really impressed when I tell them I made it.  cape Mod makes me feel all knids of sassy.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:knitting question - numb thumb on: January 30, 2004 07:15:09 AM
I had posted a similar questions a little while ago.  One of my friends is having problems with her thumbs.  My hands and wrists get really tired.  Years of violin has kind of screwed them up, but with lots of stretching and taking regular breaks, it doesn't get so bad.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Knit Elvis Wig on: January 30, 2004 07:10:07 AM
The Elvis wig is quite possibly the coolest thing ever.  I so know what I'm doing for halloween next year.
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