Hi there. So I just took up knitting a few weeks ago. I know how to knit, I know how to purl, I have my own way of casting on (I don't know what it's called). So I want to start branching out and doing actual patterns (instead of variations on scarves in knit and purl) but there seems to be *such* a jump in what they expect you to know/learn! Either I find things that are too easy (how to knit, how to purl) or way too hard. I don't know how to increase, and the only decrease I know is k2tog (that's how I cast off, k2tog, put stitch back on left needle, k2tog, etc etc). So, my question is: what do you reccommend I do? What books or videos are good? I've looked online, but it's too hard for me to follow the tutorials I've found. I've looked at the sites reccommended in the knitting faq, and the one is too complicated for me and the other, my computer won't let me view the videos (stupid active X!!). How are the stitch n bitch books? do they have good, detailed pictures? Thanks in advance for all your reccommendations! Robin
I just want to say that I RULE! I just taught myself how to purl and I'm so excited! I knew how to knit, but I hadn't learned how to purl. I'm very proud of myself. Now, for the question part. When I learned how to knit, I was taught to bring the yarn around the right-hand needle clockwise, but all the tutorials and stuff I've seen say to bring it around counter-clockwise. It works, I mean, it looks normal, I think. Is it just a variation? Thanks for any info! Robin
Ok, so I'd like to tea- or coffee-dye a t-shirt I have (100% cotton, Hanes men's undershirt), and then I want to put an iron-on transfer on. I've seen lots of posts dealing with how to dye and stuff, but what I'm really looking for is an answer to the question: What will happen to my finished shirt when I wash it in the washer with my other clothes? Anyone have any experience with this? I want my shirt to look like old parchment (recreating the marauder's map from Harry Potter, potentially, or maybe just "Mischief Managed", etc) Thanks for any info! Robin
I'm not so sure about these things, but I've made them, and I gotta be proud that they're done. If you follow this link and look through pics #1-#6, you'll see:
(click "next" to go through the pics) 1 and 2 = yellow floral wrap skirt with off-white bias tape trim and tie, from a McCall's pattern 3 and 4 = purple floral circle skirt with purple jersey waistband and ribbon drawstring (for security), made from tute at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12439.0 5 and 6 = small blue floral purse with blue bias tape trim. I'm not so proud of this one, it didn't turn out like I wanted it to, bias tape is hard to work with around corners, and the material (though it's one layer printed and one layer muslin) is still so thin that it's not good purse material. I think I'll make another one, but much bigger (this one's maybe 6"x6", without the strap), and with sturdier material. Any comments greatly appreciated! The circle skirt is my first clothing item made without a pattern, and really only my 3rd clothing item at all! Thanks! Robin
So here are some things that I've made recently. This is a shower curtain I made, because I was sick of finding that all the curtains I wanted were $50. I used all different fabrics that I had, all 12"x12" squares, with a big swath of blue on the bottom, which I think I'm going to put something like "BATH" or "GET CLEAN" in applique there, but for now, it's just a crazy patchwork shower curtain. The top is ribbon ties, it looks a little crooked cause I had quite a time trying to tie all the ties at the same level. (Click "next" at the top to look through the pictures, these are #3 through #7)
The next are some drapes I made for my roommate. I had the leftover quilt blocks from a quilt I had made a while ago, so I used those, and put a lining on that part, then used black for the rest. As you can tell, the black isn't very heavy, and I didn't put a lining on that part. That way it isn't so dark, and I didn't have to put in a lining. I might add one later. (Click "next", these are #1 through #2)
The last pictures are of some pillow covers that I made from bandanas I got at Hobby Lobby for $1 each. They have little ties on the end that's open, so if I get sick of them I can take them off, or I can take them off to wash them. The pillows underneath are nice pillows, but ugly as hell, that I got on sale somewhere for damn cheap. :-D Please excuse our ungodly ugly couch, college students are poor, and this one was free. One of my next projects will be to make a cover for it.
Also, here's a pillowcase I made for my friend. It turned out kinda hap-hazard, cause I was really working with scraps, but I think she'll like it.
Oops, forgot to say bye! Any responses welcome. :-D Love Robin
Here's a picture of the cat bed I made for my baby (baby as in cat, not baby baby):
You can see her in the picture. I sewed a bottom, basically a round pillow, stuffed with batting, and then for the sides, I sewed a long tube, stuffed it with batting, then sewed the bottom to the round pillow. It had gotten kinda dusty and stuff, so I washed it in the washing machine. It worked fine, but it got pretty lumpy. She still loves it, though, my Pippin. And here's the cat tree that my roommate and I made:
It's made of tree branches we found around town on tree trimming day (when the city goes around and trims the trees that are on the boulevard--that place between the sidewalk and the street), plus a pine stud, some pine shelving we had cut at Home Depot, and a lot of 3" screws and scrap carpet and sisal rope. I'll post a detailed tutorial (with more pictures) if you'd like. Those are our other cats, Manco on the floor and Merry on the first shelf. :-) It's not exactly done, there's a bit more to cover, but they like it anyway. Let me know what you all think! Robin
So wish me luck on getting the pictures right, I've never done them before... Here are some things I've made to keep me organized. When you live in a tiny apartment, you don't have any room to be disorganized! This is a thing I made to hold saran wrap, aluminum foil, plastic bags, etc, that hung in my closet:
There are saran-wrap-sized pockets on the left side, for saran wrap, etc, and then on the right there's a long tube that has a drawstring on the bottom--I kept plastic grocery bags in there-stuff them in the top and pull them out the bottom when I needed them. Here's a REALLY simple curtain-thing I made to hide my garbage and recycleables:
It's just a piece of fabric that I sewed a long tube in the top and put a spring-tension rod through. That way, no one has to stare at my garbage all day. So, there's my stuff. I couldn't get the pics to just show up here, I'll keep working on that. And I'll post a tutorial if it seems like people want one. :-) Yay for Craftster! Robin