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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with vintage 1945 Top Flight Halter (plus KA? with free pattern!) on: June 14, 2007 05:34:11 AM
The pattern is here: http://www.knitting-and.com/wiki/Top_Flight_Halter. Whoa boy do I have a lot of questions.

First Second line of pattern says: Inc 1 st in first st - place a marker for front edge - k 1, p1, inc 1 st in last st - place a marker for side edge.

I've been using Kfb to increase, and I'm not entirely sure where to put these markers, especially the last one. Between the kf and the kb? or after the kfb (now two stitches).

Second Row four says that row is supposed to be the front. If that's the case, you send up getting this cool-looking basket-weavy stitch for the front, and what looks like k2p1 ribbing for the back or inside of fabric. However, when I go to finish the second point and knit them together, what is supposed to be the right front marker ends up being the right side marker. Also, the shape of the point look different (backwards) from the shape in the picture when you go to join them (by which I mean it looks like the two middle edges slant at a different angle that the side edges).

Third After the first point it says "Keeping continuity of pattern throughout all shaping, inc 1 st at side edge each row and 1 st at front edge every other row until there are 33 sts on needle. Break yarn and place sts onto a stitch holder." So, now I'm should be increasing at both edges every time, instead of only increasing at the end every even row?

This pattern is killing me, but I'm determined to master it. There are more questions to come, I'm sure. This is just the beginning!
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / help on ladylike lace gloves (Happy Hooker) on: January 08, 2007 04:58:01 AM
This is only my second crochet project ever, and it's going pretty good until I get to row 5.

I understand the cluster lace patterns, but in row 5, where it says to sc into the cluster, and then 2 sc into the two-stitch chain, I'm not entirely sure where to "in the cluster" means. I think I can tell where the hole created by the 2-stitch chain is, but there is no clear hole between one 2-stitch chain and the next.

When it comes to counting rows or stitches in crochet, because it's three-dimensional and I'm a two-dimensional knitter at heart I'm fairly lost!

Thanks in advance!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / amigurumi for beginners? on: September 07, 2006 05:02:44 AM
I'm new to crochet-ing but I've really been getting into amigurumi. I live in Korea and this stuff is everywhere unfortunately, all the patterns are in Korean or Japanese. I've done some searching online and found that a lot of stuff there is also in Japanese (which is okay if charts are included) or for sale only, and seein' as how I'm a begiiner I'm not looking to invest a bunch of money yet.

I'm looking for some VERY basic instructions, for example:
how to do basic bodies and then how to add variations to make different creatures
once I'm comfortable with that, how to make my own designs
how does one go about stuffing and seaming a doll once it's all hooked up?

It would be awesome if we could make a list of amigurumi-specific links.

Thanks in advance, everyone.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Beginner losing stitches somewhere on: August 29, 2006 11:46:12 PM
I'm a knitter, but I'm trying to teach myself to crochet.

Let's start with the chain stitch. I think I have it down. I try to make a swatch by counting once for every loop I pull through. I know not to count the slip knot and not to count the loop on the hook. So I chain 10 times, check my work and see 10 sideways Vs, and then I move on.

I turn my work and single crochet the first row across, starting with the second V from the hook. When I get to the end of that row, before making my turning stitch, I count again and then I only have nine Vs across the top. Is this normal? Are you supposed to chain one more than you need, since you skip that first V from the hook on the next row, because none of my books have said anything about that yet.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help me find a first fair isle project on: July 24, 2006 06:59:47 PM
My knitting has progressed to the point that I'm ready to try something more complicated. I'm looking for an easy, very beginner fair isle project to make for devirginizing. I just made that word up, but this will be my very first attempt at knitting fair isle. Whatcha got, people?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bloody bleeding yarn on: July 04, 2006 02:01:19 AM
I'm knitting a garmet with some beautiful kelly green yarn. The label is in Japanese but the part that is in english says it is 50% angora, 30% wool and %20 something I can't decipher.

I'm halfway through the first ball now and the yarn is bleeding like crazy. The inside of my hands have turned greenish and I have a green stripe across my first finger where I wrap the yarn around it.

So my question is this: what is the best way to "set" the color? I was going to try a vinegar wash, but should I do that before or after (or during) blocking? How much vinegar should I use, and should I mix it with warm or cool water? Should I wait until the garmet is finished, or should I try to soak the remaining balls beforehand? (I don't so much mind the green hands so long as it washes off, but I don't want my neck to be green after wearing this thing).

Thanks in advance!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Online knitting store that ships overseas? on: January 24, 2006 05:07:48 PM
I live in a small town in Korea and would like to find a place online to buy yarn, needles and notions such as point protectors and stitch holders, etc. A place that ships overseas. The store could be located in the US or Europe. Anyone have any ideas?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / irregular felting? on: January 08, 2006 05:39:43 PM
So, for my first felting project I stitched up the hipster fanny pack from knitty and threw it into the wash. The bag looks really good, is very thick and doesn't stretch much, but the belt somehow got all wrapped up around the jeans in the wash, which means it didn't get enough friction and didn't felt as far as the bag. So, it stretches a lot still and isn't very sturdy and is way too long, seeing as how it was longer than it should be because it was supposed to shrink.

So my question is, is there any way to "spot felt?" I don't want the bag to shrink or felt anymore but I'd like to have the belt felted to the same level as the bag. I though about maybe soaking the strap and then going at it with a hairdryer? Hell I dunno. Any ideas would be appreciates, as this is for a gift.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Robot raygun t-shirt on: November 23, 2005 06:45:30 PM
Right, okay. You take one part cheap lime green craft felt + one part boring American Apparel t-shirt + contrasting thread + one part very first attempt ever at embroidery + one part sick of knitting and wanting to hone a new craft + one part living in Korea and having a bigger bust than three Korean girls combined and so never being able to buy real clothes at real stores divded by one part bored housewife, and what have you got?

http://static.flickr.com/24/66353027_dddeb1db09.jpg

The death rays (which are red though it's hard to telll in this pic) are a little wonky because I freeballed it, but overall, super totallly cute, y'all!!

Here's Mr. Roboto in action:

http://static.flickr.com/32/66353038_aad096ad8b.jpg
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / FOUND! Vintage interchangeables, or why I love my husband... on: November 20, 2005 09:50:42 PM
Sorry about the long post, but it's more fun if I tell the whole story...

My very first date with my husband was a trip to an antique store. We love to shop at thrift stores, garage sales, etc, etc. The things he likes to collect include vintage Polynesia (a.k.a. tiki stuff), old records and electronics. I love vintage clothes and old discarded snapshots and photo albums.

We live in Houston, but I grew up in Oklahoma. Everytime we go back to see my family, we take a few extra days to go antiquing because while Houston's antique shops are overpriced and very picked over, Oklahoma's are full of great, extremely cheap finds. It seems like people in Oklahoma just save and save and save and never buy new things, so when someone dies and their family unloads all their possessions, people like us reap the benefits.

Anyway, I've really been into collecting those square-format snapshots from the 1960s lately, so anytime we go shopping my husband always keeps that in the back of his mind while we're looking. About a year ago we were at a place in OKC called Memory Market (NW 10th and May for you Okie gals they have THOUSANDS!!! of records) he found this object:


Thinking it was an old photo album, he opened it, then called me over from across the store.


It's a complete set of interchangable needles from Sears, circa late 60s or early 70s, judging from the outside of the case.


At the time, this was AWESOME, because I had just started really getting into knitting. The set was $2.50, which is a steal, considering that's how much a cheap set of single needles would cost. What surprises me most is that all the pieces, even the tiny wire keys that you use to tighten the screws (that's how the needles attach to the cables: they screw together) are all still there, as well as the buttons that serve as needle ends. It also includes joint pieces so you can connect two cables together to make one longer cable.

I've seen Denise Interchangeables and I think these are even better. The cables are made of wire covered in heavy duty plastic and this kit is in mint condition, even considering it's age. Now I use these to knit EVERYTHING flat items, knitting in the round, even using the magic loop for smaller rounds. Now, unless I need a really odd size, I have all the needles I'll ever need. (I don't do DPNs). Best of all, they arleady have a nice neat carrying case.

As an aside, any of you gals thinking about buying interchangables, I highly recommend it. I love these so, so much. It makes switiching needles sizes so easy, and if a pattern calls for you to put stiches on a holder, just unscrew the needle tips and there's your holder already there.

Just goes to show you that sometimes garage sales and thrift store are the best places to get knitting inspiration.
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