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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Son of SNB DJ Bag question on: May 29, 2008 12:07:15 PM
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?

Thanks ya'll!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Un-coloring bamboo needles? on: October 26, 2007 04:15:53 PM
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.

Any suggestions?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock Calculator Pattern Help on: November 26, 2006 09:20:25 PM
Okay so I'm working on my second ever pair of socks (the first I finished this weekend, for my father). I wanted to make knee socks, and to make sure they would fit appropriately, I decided to use the sock calculator (instead of doing my own calculations, when I haven't taken a math class in about 6 years).

Everything was going fine until I decided to write the pattern down in my Handy Dandy Notebook. That's when I noticed that the pattern was full of odd numbers. For example, I need to make paired increases from 108 stitches, to 121 stitches. Then, when I get to the heel, it tells me to purl 13.5 stitches, and later once I've picked up stitches for the ankle gussets, I'm supposed to have 58.5 stitches. Should I just add stitches to this? Or should I just figure it all out for myself?

Oh, I'm also confused because it says "Make paired decreases at the marker every 3 rows till you have 42 stitches on the needles. 117 rows of decreasing, 153 rows total. Continue straight for 17 more rows. You are at the beginning of row 171." Shouldn't there be more non-decreasing rows than decreasing?

Gah!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pi Vest (Knit.1 Fall 2006) on: October 30, 2006 09:13:16 AM
So, regardless of my original problems with casting on, I finally finished the Pi Vest from Knit.1's Fall issue. Actually, I finished it about two weeks ago. And I finished it for a second time - the first time I made it, it was so huge I had to take it apart and retry. I'm still not perfectly thrilled with it. I think that if I were making it for a third time (which I'm definitely not), I would make it on size 7 needles, for a denser and thicker fabric that doesn't hang as loose. You can't really tell from the pictures, but it's still fairly loose. Anyway, here are some pictures!

Picture of the whole vest:


Close up of the pi:


And here I am, wearing it:


I'm not really much of a photographer, or photograph-subject. But, I did want to share the vest that I spent so long on. It's worth it anyway, though, because I've gotten a bunch of compliments on it already. Of course, I wear it pretty much whenever I'm not working, so it's not like I don't give people plenty of opportunities to compliment it.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pi Vest - Cast On Problem! and more (updated) on: September 20, 2006 09:41:03 PM
So, I caved. I can't believe I bought Knit.1, but I did - I have to make the Pi Vest! Anyway, I cast on, and I ran out of stitches before I was supposed to! I thought I did it wrong, so I took it apart and recast. Then I realized that, I'm pretty sure, they made a mistake with the sizing of the pattern.

The instructions say to cast on X stitches, and do a 3x3 rib beginning with a k4 and ending with a p4. That means that X-8 needs to be divisible by 6, right? This isn't just me, is it? I figured that for the medium and extra large sizes, you can either add 4 stitches or subtract 2 stitches and that will at least give you the right multiple. Unfortunately, that means that the final size will be slightly smaller or slightly larger than it's supposed to be.

I have two questions, though. #1, will the shaping in the pattern (the armhole, and neck and shoulder specifically) need to be altered? My other question is just about me - I'm going to be knitting the vest shorter than the pattern calls for, because I want it to be a little shorter. Can I just follow the shaping called for in the pattern, but earlier? For example, when doing the back piece, can I knit to 15.5" instead of 16.5", and then just do the shaping for the size I'm casting on for? It won't mess it up terribly, will it? Sorry, I'm just not so good at adapting patterns.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy Peasy Granola Recipe on: July 09, 2006 05:09:38 AM
I wasn't going to post this here, because I figured there would be a ton of threads with granola recips on Craftster. Then I did a search and found that there were hardly any threads that even talked about granola! I also figured that other people would want to make some granola but wouldn't know how. To be honest, I didn't, and I just winged (wung?) it. This recipe is based on a) what I had in my cupboard, b) watching one of my friends make granola for her coop, and b) Alton Brown's recipe for granola (I used it as a source when I wasn't sure how long to cook it). This is really easy and fun. I don't have kids, but I think that kids would probably have fun helping, at least with the mixing. It's kind of boring once it gets in the oven.

Hardware:
A big bowl for mixin
measuring cups
A baking pan (the amounts listed fit perfectly in a 9"x13"x2ish" pan)
A spatula or something
Some kind of container for storing the granola later
An oven

Software:
4 cups oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1-2 cups of peanuts
Maple syrup (as much as you want - I just pour it on in drizzles and if I think it needs more, I add more. It doesn't exceed 1/2 a cup, I don't think.)
Olive oil (a few tablespoons, max, plus some extra - don't put the bottle away quite yet)
A dash of salt

Optional:
Spices - I do not like cinnamon or similar spices (I think I might be very slightly allergic?), so this recipe has none of them. Most people like this sort of thing, as they will probably make the granola more savory. Add them to taste, in small amounts. A little goes a long way
Dried cranberries
Chocolate chips
Raisins
Other nuts
Anything you want!

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 250-300 degrees (my oven doesn't have a 250 measurement, so it gets to be somewhere around that number)
2. Measure the oats, sunflower seeds, and peanuts into the large bowl, followed by the dash of salt. You might want to mix them up a little bit but this really isn't important.
3. Drizzle on the olive oil, spreading it out over the mix. You can either oil the pan now, or wait until after you've added the maple syrup. Either way, do it before you mix up the ingredients.
4. Add the maple syrup. If you haven't oiled the pan, do so now.
5. Make sure your sleeves are rolled up! Pour some olive oil on your hands and spread it around. Once your hands are nicely oiled (don't use too much, just enough to keep the mix from sticking a ton - it really does make a difference), dive into the bowl and mix everything up. Make sure it's mixed really really well. I mix it for at least 5 minutes, but that's probably not necessary.
6.Once everything is mixed very well, put it in the pan. Spread it evenly, filling all the corners and making sure that no one section is much deeper than another. If it's not mixed well, or you want to add anymore of any of the ingredients, do so now.
7. Put your granola in the oven. Cook it for an hour and 15 minutes, taking it out ever 15 minutes and stirring it, to make sure that it cooks and colors evenly (that's what I got from Alton Brown).
8. When your granola's done cooking, take it out. It'll still be kind of squishy, although significantly less so than when you put it in the oven. Let it sit until it's cooled completely. While it's cooling, it'll start getting crunchy the way you know granola to be.
9. After the granola has cooled, it's time to mix in everything else you want in there. I use dried cranberries (because I have so many), chocolate chips (again, I have a lot), and marshmallows (they're tasty). You can put in basically anything you think might be delicious though.

Depending on how much you add to the cooked granola, you'll get between 8 and 12 cups of granola. I use a lot of what I added, because I like them, so I have 12-13 cups at the end (pretty much as much granola as would fit in my biggest jar).

The one thing that really sets this recipe apart from most of the granola recipes I've seen (pretty much every single one, actually), is that it's vegan (assuming you don't use the marshmallows). Most recipes call for varying amounts of honey, but I like to use maple syrup instead. I think it tastes better, and I think the granola cooks faster. I don't know if it's true, because I never remember these things, but I like to think so.

Let me know what you think!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Order of the Phoenix Hoodie on: June 26, 2006 09:53:30 AM
It's true, I'm a proud member of the Order of the Phoenix. I'm also not very good at keeping secrets. If I was a stonemason, I wouldn't be for long.

Anyway, I made this sweatshirt so that everyone knows where I fall in this conflict. I used an old hoodie I had in my closet (which is great because it's already broken in), with silver acrylic paint and textile medium. I'm waiting until tomorrow to heat-set it, but I had to post it already.



Close-ups:






If you couldn't tell, I'm a slight Harry Potter fan.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Saturday Market Bag help! on: June 09, 2006 11:29:25 PM
I saw a fellow Craftster's version of this bag, the Saturday Market Bag from Mag Knits, and said "a ha! I must have this!" I go to the Farmer's market almost every Saturday morning, and I need something to put my fresh goodies in. This bag seemed perfect. I've cast on and ripped out probably 6 times already. I'm just having so much trouble with the lace pattern.

 Lace Background Stitch -
Row 1 (RS) k1 *yo, sl 1, k1, yo, psso the knit st and the following yo; repeat from*
Row 2 *P2, drop the yo from the proceeding row; rep from* end p1.
Row 3 K2, rep from * of Row 1, end k1.
Row 4 P3 * drop the yo from the proceeding row, P2; rep from*

Now, maybe I'm doing a YO wrong (which is so very very possible!), but if I purl 2 and drop the next stitch on the needle, it's not a YO, it's the actual stitch. Am I doing this wrong? I've never been a fan of anything lace related, and because of that I don't do it very much, so that might be the problem too. But I'm getting so frustrated, and it seemed like such a quick project!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cleaning an old... piece of art on: June 04, 2006 11:31:36 PM
Okay so yesterday I went to Savers, everyone's favorite thrift department store, and as I was standing in line, I noticed the most amazing piece of art I've pretty much ever seen. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted to fancy it up and I knew exactly how. It is, however, rather dirty, and I have no idea how to clean it up. I think it's a photograph, because of the lovely little Olan Mills logo in the corner.



I don't know what it's printed on, because it looks sort of like watercolor paper, not photo paper. I think you can kind of see the... I guess the texture of it. If you know how to clean this kind of thing (or why someone would get rid of it!) let me know! Thanks!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / B*Stylin Button Maker on: May 21, 2006 10:40:05 PM
For my birthday last year, one of my roommates got me a B*Stylin Button Maker. First of all, I just have to rant a little bit - did you know that Bandai (the manufacturer) doesn't supply retailers with  refills? I called about 10 different stores looking for some, and the stores that had ever carried the toy said that they never had refills. I called Toys R Us, and the woman I spoke with actually had one. She bought it for her kids years ago and ended up throwing it out because they could never get refills!

Anyway, I did some internet sleuthing, and I read a customer review of the button maker that said 1 1/4" buttons fit, and the ones from buybuttonparts.com worked. I talked to someone from there (they were really helpful and definitely made me want to buy from them again!), and ended up getting the 1 1/4" industry standard pinback buttons. They arrived yesterday and tonight I tried to make some buttons. The operative word here is tried. I've tried about 5 or 6, and none of them have worked. I tried it with fabric first, and it didn't work. So then I tried fabric with a plastic cover. Then I tried paper with a cover. Then just paper. I tried the paper a couple of times. None of them come out!

The paper isn't getting folded under completely, and I thought that the front and back pieces weren't getting put together right either, but I think they are. Is this a problem with my materials, my machine (which I really really don't recommend), or just me? And has anyone here had any success-type stories with the B*Stylin machine/toy? I'm thinking of just getting another button maker, but maybe I should stick with this one since I have it. Thoughts?

Thanks!
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