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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Knitting VS. Crochet on: January 23, 2004 09:48:22 PM
there are tons of people here that are pro crocheting over knitting, but as a knit-aholic, i must take my stand. Wink

i'm a spaz when it comes to crocheting.  i can do it.  i know i can.  i'm just horrible at it.  i think it's because i feel like a gimp when i crochet.   Tongue  funky hand positioning, yarn everywhere, counting, always paying attention... totally doesn't work with my ADD.  with knitting i feel a lot more calm, i don't have to pay much attention when i just zone out watching tv or a movie or reading.  i've noticed when i crochet i always lose count of how many stitches across or i make an extra loop on a triple when i should've doubled.  end result?  an unidentifiable quadrilateral that ends up being a play toy for the cats.  frustrating.

and the worst thing is?  i'm the child of an avid crocheter.  *hangs head in shame*

knitting just seemed easier for me to pick up.  i didn't feel awkward holding the needles or the yarn.  if i did the stitches correctly i wouldn't have to count and would blindly start knitting away and 3 hours later... voila!  scarf!

also, for crocheting, i've noticed a lot or work is done in really fine yarn.  i like chunky knits, so making things in chunky yarn really cuts down the time on a project.  aah... instant gratification. Grin
22  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'N Bitch: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of on: January 23, 2004 09:17:52 PM
when i bought my copy at the local b&n, the sales lady commented how they couldn't re-stock the book fast enough!  for the amount of information and the way all the techniques are explained, it's the most bang for your buck that's for sure.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Making a shirt--cool phrases needed. on: January 23, 2004 08:58:50 PM
if you have your own saying, put that on there.  my brother kept telling this story about how people kept thinking he was chad hugo (from NERD) so i made him an "i'm not chad hugo" shirt for christmas.   Grin

as for me, i would put
      most improved
       butter
       ok
       don't mess with me
       will work for (insert item here)
     
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:ok so i am a spaz. on: January 23, 2004 02:17:24 PM
you're not a spaz!  this totally happens to everyone when they start knitting.  i notice what happens with all of my friends that i've taught is they create an unintentional yarn over while they're knitting... like they purl with the yarn in the back or knit with the yarn in the front... or when they move the yarn to switch from a knit to a purl (or vice versa) they loop it around the right needle than moving it between the needles...  

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:scrap yarn projects? or what the hell can i do with my stash? on: January 22, 2004 09:05:24 PM
OMG these are such great ideas!  i can't wait to try them all out... i think i have some really soft yarn leftover that i can start making chemocaps right away... are there any specific patterns i should follow or is it just the material that's used important?
i also have a copy of the yarn girl's guide to knitting somewhere... i'm going to get working on that scrap yarn afghan!

thanks everyone for your suggestions!  i know i've done a lot of posting without pictures, but i swear by this weekend i'll have a ton of things up!

 Grin
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Embossed Felt on: January 22, 2004 09:08:54 AM
hey redpixiegrrl, i saw this site and thought it might be of some use to you... it's velvet, but i'm thinking it's the same technique? think it'll work?  

http://www.azcentral.com/home/crafty/articles/0116craftyideas17.html

hope this helps you out!  good luck!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:personal shrines on: January 22, 2004 08:40:13 AM
omg that sounds like a fantastic idea!!!  i actually had a friend that lost her father recently and this would be a great little tribute to him!  thanks!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Decrease stitches on: January 22, 2004 08:31:40 AM
hold on... i'm confused now... was i right then?  see... this is why i stayed away from decreases!  lol  Tongue
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Knitting needles on: January 22, 2004 06:40:16 AM
my favorites are definitely bamboo... i've used birch, but it doesn't seem to me like it's that much of a difference from bamboo.  i absolutely hate aluminum needles (especially now!  so cold!!!) and the teflon ones are ok except when you go into the smaller sizes... i'm working with size 2 dpn's and my fingertips are paying for it!  

as for the others, i like addi turbo's but i'm not completely fond of the metal... i only use them for novelty yarns and materials that i would normally have difficulty knitting on bamboo needles (like fun fur!  blech, what a mess! Tongue).  cool thing is that addi has their own line of bamboo circular and dp needles as well, and the nylon cord is much easier to handle than the usual plastic ones found on clovers and crystal palace needles.  crystal palace has the advantage, though - they have way larger sizes at smaller lengths (i believe they go up to size 17s or 19s at 16" now) and the cord isn't fixed like the other brands (it allows the needle to rotate).

ooh and i've only tried dp casein needles from bryspun, but they're pretty good... flexible and sloping points allow easier slipping into tight, close stitches and they warm kinda like bamboo does.  i've noticed sometimes it sticks to my yarn, but maybe because i was knitting in the summer.   Undecided i've never used the straight needles tho.

to sum up:
bamboo - YAY  Grin
aluminum - BOO  Angry
teflon - YAY until you go into the smaller sizes, then BOO Wink
addi (turbo) - kinda YAY  Smiley
addi (natura) - definite YAY  Cheesy
casein -  BOO-ish Huh
30  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:what to put in wontons on: January 21, 2004 06:13:47 PM
a restaurant i go to stuffs the wrappers with sweet coconut and crushed peanuts, served with a sweet dipping sauce.

another possibility is to fill with any type of ground (beef, turkey or soy) mixed with julienned carrots, peas, onion, soy sauce, black pepper and raisins.  (this is a variation on an empanada recipe my mom uses)
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