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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Call For Submissions on: November 15, 2006 10:54:25 AM
Hi everyone!

I'm editing a new knitting book that is slated for a Fall '07 release and wanted to share the information with you in case you wanted to submit a design. 

Sensual Knits (tentative title) will have 25 high-fashion, sophisticated designs inspired by runway looks. All will be created with noble fibers, like silk, cashmere, and merino, used to their advantage. We dont want plain projects here, think high-fashion or Vogue. Pay attention to shaping, textures, and fit. Projects will include camisoles, dresses, skirts, sweaters, coats, wraps, and some accessories (like stockings/socks and gloves).

Want to join in the fun?
Get sketching and swatching, because the deadline is November 27th!

To contribute, please send the following:

1) If you have a completed project, please send a few good-quality photos of the item, along with a detailed description of it. Please email your photos and description to me at submissionsATpureknitsDOTcom, and be sure to include your
full name, email addresses, daytime and evening phone numbers, and mailing address. You can also mail these to me just email the above address for information.

Please do not send projects you have already shared patterns of.

OR

2) If you have an idea for a project but have not yet completed it, thats ok too. Just send me a very clear, detailed sketch of your idea, along with a photo of a swatch made in the yarns and stitch pattern you plan to use (if you don't have the exact yarn in your stash, that's ok, just use a yarn that will give you the effect you are after). This swatch should be large (10 x 10), if its possible (for some types of projects that might not be possible.) Email that to me at submissionsATpureknitsDOTcom, and be sure to include your full name, email addresses, daytime and evening phone numbers, and mailing address. You can also mail these to me just email the above address for information.

If your project is accepted, you will be provided with the yarn you need to produce a sample, which will be photographed for the book and kept by me (for promotions). You will also be paid for your submission, receive credit for your pattern, and will receive a free copy of the book once it is completed.

If you have any questions about the process, feel free to email me.

Thanks
in advance, everyone!

yahaira
http://www.pureknits.com
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace and Jaywalker socks on: November 15, 2005 06:12:43 AM
I finished these socks a couple of weeks ago.  This first pair is my own pattern.



I used 3mm circs and some swtc optimum dk dyed by my friend for me. The yarn is really soft and smooth.  The socks were knit toe up via magic loop. more info in my blog

This next sock is the Jaywalker from magknits.  I was in a swap where I only had to knit one sock for my partner (and she gets to knit the second one) so that's why there's only one in the pic Smiley



knit with knitterly things vesper sock yarn in aquamelon on 2.5mm circs via magic loop.  This is a really fun pattern and the bias makes for a nice, snug sock. 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bulky Mini Cardigan on: November 15, 2005 06:05:34 AM
This one has been done for a while, but I haven't had a chance to post it here.
It's from glampyre's pattern and I used hpy bulky 6ply merino in emerald



The mods I made:  changed the gauge, got rid of some of the ease, and made the sleeves a little shorter and flare.  This is a super quick sweater and it's really soft and warm.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pattern/Knitting Pricing on: September 24, 2005 12:23:22 PM
Hi all,

I had a question but Im not sure how to explain it, but here goes....I was contacted my a local designer to knit accessories and perhaps sweaters for a show.  She's going to show me sketches, together we come up with a plan, she gets me the supplies, I knit the items, and then  get payed.  Thats where my question is, how much do I charge for each item, be it a scarf or a sweater?  We both want to be fair to each other but  I have no clue where to start.  Also, Ill be knitting the items for the show but then eventually the things will be converted to machine knitting.  I'm not really designing the things, but in a way I am because all she really has is a sketch (Im assuming this part).

Any tips/suggestions are welcomed please
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Tulle Purse on: August 24, 2005 06:17:59 AM
I knitted up this purse using tulle with size US 13 needles. I also knit up the flower pin on the ribbon

http://photos21.flickr.com/34920918_4aaabebe79.jpg

close up of flower pin
http://photos21.flickr.com/34920919_437ec893fb.jpg

oops, I forgot to mention that this was my own pattern but that I was inspired by the cover of Erika Knight's book Simple Knits with a Twist
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Handdyed yarn? on: July 13, 2005 06:12:37 AM
I know there's a handspun/handpainted swap going on right now that sounds amazing, but alas I cant spin.  I can handdye though. 

Would anyone be interested in swapping some yarn?  It doesn't have to be just wool either, I can dye bamboo and I'm willing to try cotton. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 24 scarf on: July 08, 2005 12:38:13 PM
Ive been trying to work through my stash and I always like to knit a few scarves for the fall season.  I also wanted to knit something while I watch all of 24 with my bf, so I bring to you the 24 scarf:



It's Colinette Point 5 and a 3 stranded mohair yarn I had in my stash knit on 17s. 

8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Non-wool yarn dyeing now with mini tutorial on: June 15, 2005 11:04:35 AM

I had some white bamboo yarn (the stuff in the background) that I wanted to dye.  Since cellullose yarns don't take to kool-aid I had to figure out a new way to dye.  I'll be posting a little tutorial later on my blog, but basically I used pmx powder dyes for this.

Tutorial (I posted it with pics on my blog)
I headed straight out to AC Moore and walked to their fabric paints section. Under all the tie-dye kits and puffy fabric paints they had Procion MX Dye in a bunch of different colors. This stuff was right next to the RIT, but I don't suggest you use that stuff since it's a lot more toxic and staining (it requires a lot more bleach to get it off). This powder looked good to me, so I bought one in deep purple and one in fire engine red (they were unfortunately out of fuschia). I wondered if I should buy black, but figured that for now this was ok. I also picked up two squeeze bottles, two mini bottles, and soda ash (sodium carbonate) which acts as our color fixer. Now we get to the actual tutorial, so I hope I haven't bored you. I'll give the numbers I used, but after I started all of this I found this tutorial. (I still have no clue why that page never came up before) Depending on how much you are dyeing that one may help you.

You will need:
Procion MX Dye, the color of your choice (I have 050 and 030)
Some sort of bucket (if you are doing a lot of yarn) or tray (get a cat litter tray, I did, they are cheap and deep enough)
Soda ash
Salt
Squeeze bottles (needs to be at least 2 cups big)
Gloves
Turkey Baster (not dire)
Yarn! (cotton, bamboo, silk, etc, just not wool!)

1. Get your yarn into a hank, maybe around a chair or niddy noddy or a person, who knows. Tie evenly in a few places (I did 4 ties) Let your yarn soak for a while. I soaked mine in some soymilk for 20 minutes, but you could just use water.


2. Now, my recipe is for 1 oz of yarn. Weigh your yarn if you can (or look at your ball band) to figure out how you change this. Though really it will work a lot more yarn, since I had a lot left over. Put 1/4 tsp of dye into your squeeze bottle and add a bit of warm water (a little at a time) and stir into a paste. I used a chopstick for this.

3. Add 2 cups of hot (hot! from the tap) water into your bottle (with the paste) and stir.

4. Add 2 tbsp of salt into your dye mixture and stir to dissolve (this is what helps your yarn soak up the dye, add more salt for a deep color like black)


5. Using gloves, pour dye liquid on yarn, making sure apply it evenly and under your little ties. This is the fun part, cause you get to make up where the colors go if you are doing more than one, or you control how deep or light they are. Before I dyed the yarn though, I placed a cookie tray/rack/cooler thing under my hank so that the color wouldn't pool and muddle since I was using more than one color)


To play with the colors, I made one "strip" full strength purple, but then watered down with some water I poured on it with a turkey baster, another with both bottles of red and purple to make a mix, and then a super strength deep purple (where I added less water to the mix), and a light pinkey red (where I added less red powder to the mix and poured water on it with the turkey baster.

6. Let the yarn sit for 10 minutes, but make sure that the dye is even throughout. I squished mine and spread the yarn a bit every few minutes to make sure of this. After ten minutes you want to pour on the soda ash to set in your color. You need to dissolve 2 tbsp of the soda in 2 cups of warm water (remember to stir). I used my trusty turkey baster for this part as well. Wearing my gloves, I made sure that I poured the ash mix evenly onto the yarn.

7. Depending on your color(s), you may want to pour some more dye on the yarn if you feel the ash mix took some off, but this isn't a must.

8. Let your yarn sit for 20-30 minutes for light to medium colors and 60 minutes for deeper colors. I had to compromise with the times since mine was a mix. I let mine sit for 45 minutes, which kept my deep colors deep while the lighter ones went a little darker.

9. Wash your yarn until the water runs clear, I used a mild shampoo for this part.

10. Let dry. Now there seems to be some differing views on how to do this (as in sun or no sun). I let mine hang for a few hours in indirect sun, but then brought it back in partly because of the sun and partly because it's so damn humid outside. My colors didn't fade, so I think this is ok.

11. After your yarn is fully dry, wind it back into a skein and love it!

Notes:
If you are going to dye more than one skein, I would do the mixing of the dyes and water in a bucket and drop all your yarn in so you can get the same color lot. Though you can still do it this way just as easily (just make sure to mix up enough dye)You can pre-mix color combos, by mixing enough powder from each color into one bottle (it will still be a total of 1/4 tsp for 1 oz of yarn)Keep the amount of salt and soda the same, no matter if you reduce the amount of dye powderFeel free to ask me any questions, I'm sure I didn't cover something on here.This doesn't work for any animal fibers, except for silk.

pic of my yarn drying:
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / One Skein Wonder on: June 01, 2005 12:19:54 PM
Here's my first, of Im sure many, one skein wonders: 
http://photos12.flickr.com/16918779_0f1cda5d6d_m.jpg

http://photos13.flickr.com/16918777_84d1326608_m.jpg

excuse the boobs and the wet hair lol

I have more info on my blog here, but some basic stuff: I used Blue Sky Alpaca double stranded.  I used 4 hanks with some left over yarn.  It's a pretty straight forward pattern that turns into a really comfortable shrug.  The next one I'll make will be in cotton I'm sure.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / le foulard francais on: May 23, 2005 08:28:31 AM
http://photos10.flickr.com/15285050_b964dc0e6e.jpg
I knitted this scarf while I was visiting my parents. I didn't bring too much to knit, but I had packed this angora yarn not really knowing what I wanted to make with it. This is the quick project I cam eup with. It's an incredibly soft, delicate scarf. I could have stopped with one skein but I wanted the end of the scarf to match the beginning.

Pattern:
cast on 16 stitches.
r1-3 knit
(rs)r4 knit
r5 purl
r6 knit
r7 purl
(rs)r8 *k1 yo2*
r9 *k1 drop yo's*
(rs)r10 purl


repeat till the scarf is as long as you would like, but I ended after a purl row (r10)

bo all stitches.



 
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