So I searched the board, and then all of Craftster, and apparently no one here has made this bag and posted about it. I find that hard to believe, but I bow down to the power of the search engine anyway. So then I googled it. And I couldn't even find any blog posts of people making it! What??
So this bag, which is awesome by the way (seriously, no one's made it? I just can't get over that!), is knit using two strands of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. The flap has an intarsia design on it. Anyway, it's a simple question, but I'm not much of a felter whatsoever, so I don't really know. This will be my first "real" (not experimental) felted project. Would it be more prudent, in the interest of not having 4 strands of yarn active while doing the flap, to use a bulky yarn instead of two worsted? Or should I just follow instructions for my first felt project?
I live across the street from the Book Cellar and I don't think it's still happening. I would, however, be up for starting a new Lincoln Square SnB, if anyone else was into it. Otherwise it wouldn't be too different from knitting/crocheting alone, which is what I do anyway.
So, I just finished knitting a dark teal hat using bamboo needles. Very shortly after I started it, I noticed that my needles had developed a definite teal hue. I searched for this, because it's never happened to me before, and all I was able to find was a bunch of websites saying to rub them with wax paper, and this blog post by Grumperina.
Pretty much everything is about getting gunk off needles, but I want to get color out of them. I haven't tried anything, because I don't want to screw up the needles.
To personalize mine, rather than do tons of crazy math, I did a gauge swatch. Then I measured my head, figuring out how many stitches I would need (let's say my swatch was 20 stitches as 4.5 inches across, and my head is 22 inches where I would wear the piece, just multiply by 5 - 100 stitches). Then, round up or down to the closest multiple of 4. Then I just did the repeat until it was half the width I wanted.
So much of getting stains out is knowing what made the stain. You could try soaking it as you would recycled yarn, with some kind of soap. Maybe stain-fighting laundry detergent, or some of that powdered oxyclean type stuff. I don't know if that will really help, but it's usually what I do if I have a stain to get out of fabric.
You can really use pretty much anything (I've made several Calorimetries, using different wools, as well as cotton). I like merino wool the best, because it isn't itchy, but really anything except an acrylic yarn should work. Maybe not silk. Those can both make your hair crazy.