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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Printable Card for Keeping Track of Your Knitting Needles on: May 19, 2005 09:19:04 AM
Being that although I can remember the lyrics of obscure 80's songs, but not which knitting needles I actually own when I'm standing in the needle aisle of my LYS, I made this card which I printed on card stock and keep in my wallet.  I thought perhaps someone else might find this a useful little tool, so...

This is what it looks like:



I've put a copy of it to download on my blog, if anyone is interested.  The one on the blog actually prints out to business card size which fits nicely in wallets.  The link is down there in my sig.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Feels Like Summer to Me CD Swap on: May 13, 2005 01:02:45 PM
Can't wait to see what everyone's received.   Tracklists, pictures, comments....!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Yet Another CD Mix swap idea --Insight theme on: May 05, 2005 11:56:05 AM
I'm in the midst of a CD swap right now, but I was thinking when it's over on May 31st, I'd like to do another mix cd swap.

Would anyone be interested in the theme of 'insight?'  Basically,you'd be making a mix of songs with lyrics that just speak to your soul and taught you something, whether it be a different way of looking at something, or just perfectly articulates your thoughts and feelings in a beautiful way.  I think the liner notes on this would be amazing.

Thoughts?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Brick Stitch Triangle Bracelet on: May 03, 2005 09:38:16 AM
This bracelet is made up of 10 brick stitch triangles (which are actually curved edge triangles) attached together at the edges with black E beads.  The beads used were an aqua/pink/green seed bead soup, and black seeds, all size 11.  The photo was taken sort of at an angle, so the it looks like one end is smaller than the other, due to the photo's perspective, but it isn't. 

This was really difficult to photograph well.   Undecided

http://www.lisaknitstoo.com/images/brick_stitch_bracelet.jpg
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Another CD Music Swap: Feels Like Summer To Me (Signup CLOSED Send by 5/31) on: May 02, 2005 12:23:04 PM
Swap name: "Feels Like Summer To Me" Music Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: justlease
Sign-up date range: May 2 - May 12th
Date to send item by: May 31st

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  no!

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes

All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages -- however, some music swapped may or may not be "safe for all ages".

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer has been a member for at least 1 month and will make sure that every participant has been a member for at least 1 month: YES

Details of swap:

In this swap we'll trade ONE mixed CD of our favorite music that evokes a Summertime feel when we listen to it.  What would you want to hear when you're bbq-ing with friends, or laying on your beach blanket, or driving in your car with all the windows rolled down and a breeze blowing through your hair?

I'm thinking that this should be a 'personal' mix, vs. trying to engineer a mix that would appeal specifically to your partner's tastes.  I'm feeling it would be neat to exchange personal visions that way and also, of course, a way to expand one's musical horizons, too!

Before signing up, please visit http://www.craftster.org/swapsinfo.html to make sure you qualify to swap.  Let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

Also, although this should go without saying, you must be willing to notify (via PM) your swap partner when you recieve their CD.  It's just good manners.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Your age:
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?
Are you ok with songs that contain mature lyrics?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need knit sweater pattern suggestions for girls with boobs on: April 25, 2005 08:44:33 AM
I don't have anything on my needles right now that's bigger than a breadbox.  (Everyone I know is having babies, so I've just been making teeny tiny things for what seems like forever.)

I can only selflessly knit for so long, though, and it's time to make something for me. 

I want a sweater.  And I want it to be flattering.  I constantly look at knit porn, but I rarely come across anything I think would look good on my extreme curves.  I'm a DDD, and hourglassy. 

So, my question is, have any of my fellow buxom ladies out there knit anything they looked fabulous in?  Please let me know. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Feather and Fan Scarf (with link to free pattern) on: April 24, 2005 08:50:31 AM
Wondering what to do with one skein of Lion Brand Microspun?

I made this really soft Feather and Fan scarf, which seems more suited toward decorative 'indoor' wear, vs. the sort of thing you'd wear to keep warm:

http://www.lisaknitstoo.com/images/feather_fan_scarf.jpg

Close up:

http://www.lisaknitstoo.com/images/feather_fan_scarf_close.jpg

The very easy pattern is here:
http://www.suanknits.com/lacescarf.html
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Hairclips with pics and how to on: April 21, 2005 11:21:09 AM
You can take one of these:

http://www.lisaknitstoo.com/images/hairclip1.jpg

and easily make one of these in no time flat....

http://www.lisaknitstoo.com/images/hairclip2.jpg


I don't have the patience or skill to sit and glue beads onto hairclips individually without making a huge mess, but for these I simply made two peyote stitch strips using E beads and some fireline and then used some trusty E6000 glue to attach the strips to the hairclip.  If you're unfamiliar with how to do peyote, a tutorial can be found right here:

http://www.suzannecooper.com/classroom/flat/flat_class.html

Voila!  I used sort of iridescent 'carnival' colored E beads for this one.  They're kind of hard to photograph well. 
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beaded Knitted Cuff (with tutorial) on: April 19, 2005 09:49:53 PM
Beaded Knitted Cuff

Fooling around with some cotton yarn and E beads, I came up with this:

http://www.lisaknitstoo.com/images/beaded_cuff.jpg

It's basically beaded stockinette stitch with garter stitch edges to keep it from rolling and give it some extra texture. It fastens with two small snaps.

For this project you'll need some yarn that's fine enough to string beads on, 49 beads with holes large enough for your yarn to fit through, a wide eyed needle (I used a beading needle that opens up to allow the yarn to slide in, but you could probably use some glue to stiffen the end of your yarn into a point (make sure you let it dry, of course), a couple of snaps, and some #2 or #3 knitting needles


To make:

First you must string your beads on the yarn.  You have to string them in the order that you'll be knitting them.  If you wish to use 2 colors of beads like I did, you would string them on in this order:  

4 silver, 1 blue, 7 silver, 1 blue, 7 silver, 1 blue, 7 silver, 1 blue, 7 silver, 1 blue, 7 silver, 1 blue, 4 silver

Push the beads up onto the yarn.  You won't need them for a while.

Now cast on 13 stitches.

Rows 1-6
Knit across.

Follow the charted pattern below until you have 6 bead diamonds completed.  The way you work the chart is starting in the lower right corner, from right to left.  Remember, each blank square signifies a knit stitch.

After the last diamond is complete, do one row of knit 3, purl 7, knit 3, and then a row of knit across.  

Now knit 6 rows in stockinette stitch with no garter stitch selvedges---this makes a flat tab to attach your snaps to that's less bulky than if you continued with the garter stitch on the edges.  Bind off, and weave in your ends and then sew on your snaps with some thread that matches the color of your yarn.  You're done.  Smiley


http://www.lisaknitstoo.com/images/beaded_cuff_grid.jpg


Notes:

*Slipping the beads is easier than it sounds.  When you see a snowflake on the chart, just bring your yarn to the front, slip that stitch onto your right needle as if you were going to purl, then slide the bead down the thread and tight up against your work inbetween the previous knitted stich and the stitch you slipped.  This makes it so the bead is sort of raised up and shows on the front of your work and not the back.  Put your yarn in the back again and proceed.  There's always a knit stitch after you add a bead, as it shows on the chart.

* I have little wrists.  I'm also a fairly loose knitter.  You may want to string on extra beads (following the sequence) in case you do your 6 diamonds and decide you'd like one more before making your end tab.



10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Bootylicious on: April 13, 2005 01:39:10 PM
I know booties aren't the most original idea in the world, but these angora booties are so freakin' soft and cute I just had to make some.  The pattern is in Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

http://www.lisaknitstoo.com/images/booties.jpg
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