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1  CANADA / Quebec / Quebec City on: February 18, 2005 03:34:08 PM
I am travelling there soon....Any craftiness (esp. yarn stores) that I should not miss? Other stuff? Thanks! Smiley
2  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Smiley's yarn in Queens on: February 17, 2005 04:00:26 AM
Is it worth going out there? They are apparently having a big sale...but I'm in downtown manhattan and it looks kind of far on the J train....any opinions appreciated!!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Purse handle "dowels"? Where to get straight ones? on: January 26, 2005 03:46:35 PM
Hi everyone - I am looking for some straight-ish wood dowels, I think they are called, to use as handles for a clutch pursue I am making. Does anybody have a good source online for these? I have seen purse supply stores that carry the horn shaped ones, but I'm looking for more like a knitting needle with balls on both ends type of thing. Does that make sense?

Many thanks in advance for any suggestions!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Multidirectional Scarf and Lantern Hat, with tutorial! on: January 24, 2005 03:29:53 PM
So, I got a little bit sidetracked from finishing up my uncompleted projects. This is because I made an unscheduled visit to Seaport Yarn on Friday and could not stop myself from purchasing two skeins of Noro Big Kureyon. It is so beautiful! Here are the results of my impulse purchase:



Top view of the hat:


You really can't see the flowers well in the pic, but they are my favorite part. The best knit flower pattern I've found to date (pattern below):


I knit the scarf using the free multidirectional scarf pattern by Karen Baumer:  http://douma.net/Karen/knitting/Accessory-Scarves/Multidirectional_Diagonal_Scarf.htm

Next, I knit up a hat that I designed on the fly, which looks to me like a Chinese lantern because of the shape it took interspersing the random wool boucle yarn I had lying around with a double strand of the big Kureyon. I embelished it with knit pansies made from the Big Kureyon (single strand) : cast on 16 LOOSELY, [knit, knit in back loop, knit again] in each stitch, cast off purlwise, then form into flowers and attach. Sew stamen in center of flowers with contrasting color, beads, or whatever you would like.

Very, very warm and I really like how these turned out. The pictures don't do the Big Kureyon justice. It is GORGEOUS.

To make hat (pattern is not very exact because you can modify # of rows to fit your head):

Cast on 40 stitches of two strands Noro Big Kureyon onto size 15 circ or double points

purl one row
continue in the Big Kureyon (BK) in garter stitch for about 6 more rounds
switch to wool boucle and purl for about 4 rounds
switch back to BK and continue in garter stitch, commencing with purl row, for about 6 rounds
switch back to wool boucle and purl about 4 more rounds
switch back to BK/garter stitch, purl one round
[CHECK HAT TO SEE IF IT FITS BEFORE BEGINNING DECREASE; you can knit more or take out a few rows as needed - my head is big!]
continuing in BK, begin decrease rows, k2, k2 together for round --> 30 stitches
purl next row in BK
decrease row - K1, K2 tog --> 20stitches
purl next row
decrease row - k2 together around --> 10 stitches
purl one row
break yarn leaving tail, put remaining stitches on yarn tail and pull together, tie and weave in ends.

I used 2 skeins of Noro Big Kureyon for both hat and scarf, and about 30 yards of wool boucle for hat.

Have fun!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Faux-chet Cloche Hat on: January 21, 2005 02:04:47 AM
I don't know how to crochet, but I wanted to make a crocheted hat...so I made up this pattern from a simple knitted cloche pattern crossed with a pattern I got for some knotted lacework from a stitch book I have...et voila! A fauxchet hat.

You can't really tell from the pic, but the whole thing is that same open stitch work.

This went really fast...I knit it in one sitting!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little Bit of Everything Hat on: January 18, 2005 08:22:56 PM
I call this a "little bit of everything" hat because its components are all from different places.The hat is from my basic hat pattern that I base most of my hats on...I posted that pattern somewhere in the SNB forum under sparkle hat. The hat is knit with this really random yarn my Mom gave me. It is wool, with all sorts of stuff woven into it, including suede, string, and more wool. It made a very interesting chunky hat, that I knit up on my very favorite needles, the bamboo double point size 15s.

I wanted to adorn the hat a bit, so I tried out the flower pattern from the new Knit.1 mag. Very cute! I also added some leaves from Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge - http://tinyurl.com/6xatc -  a great book. You can't really see the leaf details, but they came out super.

Pardon my haggard appearance...It was a snow day!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The best knitting help site ever.... on: January 14, 2005 08:03:42 PM
is Knittinghelp.com! I just discovered this site recently. Not only does it explain every single type of knitting abbreviation I have ever seen, but there are actually ONLINE VIDEOS to demonstrate most of the stitches that play easily via quicktime and it's all FREE!

Did I mention that I love this site? Smiley


(not affiliated in any way, it has just helped me so many times I wanted to share.)
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Sparkle Hat (and a few other hats) on: January 13, 2005 10:50:28 PM
Here is my Spark Hat (complete with Paillettes!) that I knit out of some random synthetic fuzzy stuff. I really love this hat, but it's too large for me, so I wear it like a cloche. It looks really cute but falls off! I think I might run a ribbon through it to make it fit better.

I really liked knitting with the paillettes! It was confusing at first, but worked out well once I got the hang...plus I learned a lot from working this pattern.

Here are a few more hats that I've knit this winter. I love making hats especially on my size 15 double points with yummy, chunky yarn. Fun!

9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Ubernatural-a-long? on: January 02, 2005 01:31:16 PM
As soon as I finish the scarf I'm making with the left-over yarn from my Tempting, I'm going to start an Ubernatural. Would anybody like to join me? Here is the pic:

The pattern is on Magknits and here is the link: http://www.magknits.com/chilly04/patterns/uber.htm

I just love this sweater. It is designed by Stefanie Japel, the same person who designed the Paris Loop. I think her "anarchy" attitude about knitting is great.

I have ordered chunky 100% Peruvian wool from Elann.com for this - it is on sale for $2.25 a skein. You do need 11, but even with shipping the total came out to just over $30. I ordered the dark heather grey.I  am also getting some buttons from eBay to match the pattern.

I'm a little bit nervous about taking on this project, because I haven't been knitting for too long...But for me, the best way to learn new knitting skills,  I've found, is by jumping in and figuring it out myself, so I'm taking the plunge. My yarn should arrive next week.

Anybody want to start with me?   Cheesy
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