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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Liv Knitalone on: November 15, 2004 06:51:20 AM
I picked up the Designer's Choice book 1 by Elsebeth Lavold to make "Liv". I actually bought the suggested yarn... it's the first time I've ever used the yarn called for in a pattern!

I have to save the cablework for home, but the rest of it will be worked on daily during my commute. It's my first real foray into cables. I also have her Viking Knits book, and although I can live without the actual patterns, her cables are awesome, so I'm starting easy with the plan to work up to the tough ones.

I'll probably be casting on sometime this week - any one interested in joining me?

Here's a link to where I got the book & yarn:
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lost my sample card, can you help? on: October 01, 2004 02:38:21 AM
Not too long ago, I ordered a free sample card from a yarn company I found online. They only sell direct to customers (not through yarn shops), and they have some lovely slightly tweedy stiff wool in perfect autumn colors that would be perfect for the cable project I want to make. But I live in the Bermuda Triangle, or something - I have lost the sample card, and I can't remember the name of the place, and I apparently didn't bookmark it either.

Blue-something, or Something-Tree, or some such name (it's in my brain somewhere, but I can't access it).

The lady who sent me the samples put together a really nice package with a signed letter. I'd love to order from her to support the company.

If any of you have any idea of who I'm talking about, please let me know?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sweater Wizard Software on: August 07, 2004 12:13:56 AM
I used to spend all sorts of time doing math to make my patterns more the way I wanted them to look, or to match a yarn I liked that was way off gauge. I finally broke down and bought the Sweater Wizard software. Has anyone else tried it out? And if so, any tricks or hints you've used?

It's actually a really neat piece of software. It's not perfect, but it's a lot better than the half-assed jobs I was doing on my own. The best part about it is that I can make my patterns to exactly match my gauge, and in the yarn I like, with the needles I like. I can decide on the length of the sleeves, and on the depth of the armholes, and the width of the neck, and the ribbing pattern, and the kind of collar. So there's no more lucking into a good design. And everything I make will be unique to me.

There are a few problems, but nothing critical. My biggest issue is that it only works on a PC, so I had to install it at work, and then I build the sweater pattern, export it to Word (a very nice feature), and email it to myself.

I used it when I made the Skellies sweater for my friend - I was going to post the pattern (and I may still), but the sweater was really of the most basic sort, just in her size and customized to the yarn & needles I was using.

Just a quickie review if you've ever considered ponying up for it yourself! I think it's definitely worth it, particularly if you pick up a copy on eBay for a bit less than retail.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Skellies Sweater on: June 14, 2004 07:31:21 AM

I finished the requested birthday present for my friend's GF - I think I will never do anything on a short-term deadline, particularly when I make the mistake of using teeny yarn and size 3 needles. I'm very happy that she's an extra-small, or I might have slit my wrists out of boredom when doing the back & sleeves. I did get to finally give Addi Turbos a try, and I can see the appeal, once you get the hang of them. Nice!

But she was jazzed, so all is well, and now I get my Moai for my front yard Smiley This was based on a Skully sweater variation I made for myself from a chart I cobbled together from a piece by one of my favorite artists, and then varied again for the recipient's taste in clothing. I think it was all worth it in the end! If she permits, I'll put up a picture of her wearing it.

Here it is:

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My second sweater, this time not for me on: May 23, 2004 09:02:14 AM
Well, I made my own version of the Skully sweater (I'll edit to post a picture when I dig the sweater out of the Bermuda Triangle that is my car) and was wearing it out & about with a couple of friends. One of them asked if I would make a sweater for his girlfriend for her birthday (I'm so proud). I'd totally do it for free: both he & she are my friends, I need more projects Wink, and if he's willing to pay for the pricey yarn then I'm more than happy to spend the time. But he's insisting on paying me, saying that he'd spend big bucks on something off the rack that wouldn't be unique anyway, so he might as well pay me instead.

So... what the hell should I charge him? The amount of time it will take me, at my actual rate of pay, would make it prohibitively expensive. And like I said, I would rather do it for free, but then it's not a present from him but rather from me.  He & I swap expertise on stuff all the time so I feel like an ass getting money for knitting for him when he's going to teach me welding & fiberglassing. I'm torn - how have you guys dealt with the rate of pay? I'll definitely keep track of my hours (I learned that from my website-building days). Can anyone suggest anything?
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Toilet Decoupage on: May 09, 2004 10:15:41 AM
We've had a really great toilet for years - pepto pink, vintage, square... but finding parts to keep it running has just finally become too much. So we broke down and got a standard off-the-shelf toilet to install in its place.  But I can't bear to see a plain white toilet, so I'm going to decoupage it to match the theme of the house. I've never decoupaged anything before, so I figure I'd start with something oddly shaped and possibly difficult... typical  Roll Eyes

I'm sure I can figure out the basic process, but the final product has to be not only steam-proof but also scrubbable to a degree - has anyone had any success or failure with different varnishes in a steamy environment?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting from skein on: February 27, 2004 07:35:55 PM
Okay, I've read that you aren't supposed to "knit from the skein". And when I was watching my mom knit, she rolled every yarn she bought into balls (well, actually, she made me do it, but that's another story).

But now I am reading about "center pull" balls, which is mostly what I buy at my LYS. So... Does this mean that I don't need to re-wind the balls or skeins I get, unless they are in loooong skein format (the kind you'd need a swift for)?

Sure would save some time - any suggestions would be appreciated!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit iPod Cozies on: January 27, 2004 10:15:17 PM
I decided to combine a couple of the projects in my SNB book (finally found one - is every book store in Los Angeles sold out? Congrats to Debbie!) - I really love the felting on the marsupial, but I wanted a cozy for my iPod.

I used blue/green wool that I didn't much like after I got it home - pretty colors, but I didn't like the weight (worsted?) and it knit up into blocky weird splotches. So I garter-stitched a 4x16" rectangle, turned up 6", stitched up the sides, and tossed it in a lingerie bag and into the hot wash (x2) and cold rinse (x1).

Unfortunately, the length shrunk a LOT more than the width, so it was either going to end up too wide, or really a lot too short. But I wanted to check out the felting (I'm fascinated, I don't know why), and I wasn't happy with how not felted it was after rounds 1 and 2 in the washer. So I popped it in again for 2 more washes and one more rinse. Super tight!  But felted Smiley  So I stretched it, and pulled on it, and yanked on it, until it (barely) covered my iPod. And the color is much better, and much brighter than the pictures show.

I'm pretty pleased. My first non-scarf project! Still a rectangle, but I think I'm ready to graduate to Tank Girl.

So now to pick a button - any suggestions?
I'm thinking the button will be decorative, and I'll stitch a snap underneath. No velcro, though... velcro + dreads = potential pain Wink

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