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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / going to Taipei on: August 25, 2009 05:36:09 AM
I get to go to Taipei for 10 days starting September 6.  Anyone have suggestions of crafty must-see, must-do, must-buy's? or must-eats .. . .
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / You're Not Knitting!!! on: February 16, 2007 02:36:41 AM
I just had to share.
Last night I was sitting on the couch with my yarn and my needles. I had started a sock, screwed up the lace pattern - and decided to frog.
So I was back to a ball of yarn in one hand and the needles in the other.
I started a Turkish cast-on (I'm a toe-up gal) and my BF looks over at me and says
Bf:"You're not knitting!"
Me:Huh? what do you mean?
Bf: you're not knitting - you're just wrapping the yarn around the needles figure 8 style
Me: What's knitting then?
Bf:(a movie would show this soooo much better)You have the yarn on the needles and you [makes rotating motions with his fists]. That's knitting. You're not knitting. Why aren't you knitting?
Close with much laughter - he's obviously never been present for the birth of a sock before *grin*
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Hostess Gift Advice on: February 06, 2007 06:55:41 AM
I moved to the Netherlands from Ohio 1 1/2 years ago.
A friend of mine (from the States) is in Florence Italy with her husband and new baby for a semester.
My boyfriend and I have been offered a stay at their "pensione" (i.e. with them in their apartment) Cheesy
I think we're going to go for about a week.
I suppose that we were invited so a hostess gift isn't "required" but they're saving us tons of money that we would have had to spend on a hotel (I've wanted to go back to Florence ever since WE studied there in college - so it's a trip we'd be making at some point anyhow)

I'd take food - but she's allergic to nuts and that's not always so well noted on labels here, and with the new baby she's being ultra careful, so she wouldn't eat anything "strange" anyhow. Otherwise I'd take fancy Dutch cookies . ..  I searched hostess gift on here and did come up with a nice candle as a good suggestion, but most suggestions involve wine (they're living in ITALY land of great wine- don't think I'm importing wine) I'm sure they buy delicious bread from a bakery (we did and we were only students) and they'll be flying back to the States in June, so I don't want to burden them with extra stuff. I've also already (last summer) knit things for the baby. And all the pictures I've seen of the baby she's wearing something knit (from me, her mother, her grandma, other friends etc.)

So - I'm really drawing a blank. I have until April to come up with something. Does anyone have any ideas?
(oh - and if my friend reads this [she's crafty too] - she should tell me what she wants and then fess up so that I get all the embarrassment out of the way at once)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: oh oh - steek help needed . . . on: January 10, 2007 06:02:23 AM
Ok - thanks djinnj . . .
I'm not interested in sewing my knitting, so it's a good thing I frogged I guess.
Oh, well - we all learn best by experimenting I guess.  Undecided
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: oh oh - steek help needed . . . on: January 04, 2007 04:14:17 AM
I wasn't using the right kind of yarn, but it was my understanding that that was the reason for the crochet stitches Sad No felting for me - the yarn is woolease. It's also all one color - Does it have to be multicolored to work?

(I also just frogged back to the armholes and started again in a normal non-steek manner, but I still wanna know what was wrong Sad )
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a new knitter? Fear not a covered question, for I have searched well... on: November 09, 2006 07:46:40 AM
I'm a pretty tight knitter, and I like teensy tiny needles. But I've found that if I knit with huge needles, I knit looser. I may come from not being able to grip the needles as tightly or something - I have no idea. But try knitting with some larger gauge needles (cheaply this can happen with dowels, a pencil sharpener, and wax paper) and or chunky yarn, and it might help force you to loosen up.
Keep it up - once you get it - you've got it!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with short row heel... on: October 27, 2006 03:56:55 AM
I just "repaired" a similar hole in a different sort of heel by pulling on the neighboring stitches one by one and working the excess yarn into the body of the sock divided over several stitches. (did that make sense?)
8  EUROPE / NETHERLANDS / Re: The Netherlands on: October 24, 2006 06:16:20 AM
*SIGH* Rotterdam is so far away - I really need to get my driver's liscence. Have fun guys!!!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / oh oh - steek help needed . . . on: October 02, 2006 06:49:16 AM
I followed the steek directions from Sweaters from Camp. If your legs of your 3 steek stitches are numbered 1,2,3,4,5,6: I crocheted together 2&3 and 4&5. Then I cut the horizontal bars between my crochet stitches . . . TA daa - it looked great - then I tugged at it and it unraveled  - the crochet chain has separated itself from the body of the knitting. I've luckily tried this on a guage swatch instead of the vest that's completely finished except for steeking and adding ribbing at the arms and neck. I'd attach pics, but my camera batteries are completely dead Sad

What did I do wrong!?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: frustrated--trying to knit mobius scarf on circular needles on: September 29, 2006 05:52:18 AM
Is it really wrong to bring back an old topic? If so, I'm sorry . . .

I tried djinnj's method and it rocks - except - I used a spare circ needle (it happened to be one size smaller than my acutal one)
It ended up being sort of figure-8 cast on like.
 I imagine I'll have to go back thru later and tighten it up a bit, but I found it easier than the scrap yarn (it didn't twist around so much)
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