If your state has Meijer stores (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky) you should check there as well. Of course I think Indiana is like the Jones Soda gold mine, we can find it everywhere. I found it in Shipshewana at the smallest grocery store in the universe. They also have it a lot of times at coffee houses, of course it again could be the Indiana thing. And then of course Target.
I had set it down and just could not figure out if my last row was knit or pearl and just didn't feel like figuring it out. So I just did one and it was fine, very close to the stitches though. So now I have a lovely little rectangle and I can see the places where I pulled either too tight or not tight enough, but it isn't many so hurrah! Practice practice practice.
Okay so I can crochet, but I love the look of knitting too and have a tendency to want to learn how to do almost all crafty things before I die. So I bought the little Learn to Knit kit with my mother in tow.
So day one I practiced casting on, the knit stitch and pearl stitch. I had issues with the cast on's being really tight, so my hands hurt like hell by the time I was done and I pulled out all my practice stitches and put it away for the night.
Day two I sat down and slowly watched myself cast and figured out I was twisting my thread, so mystery solved there. Then I practiced some more of the basics and then went to stockingknit? Here is my question after all that useless background info.
The book shows two ways to bind off. The knit way and the pearl way. I'm not clear on which one to use. Is it if the last row was knit use knit? Or is is if the last row was knit and the next should be pearl use pearl?
I had some other problems, somehow adding rows to one side and something else, but I think the rows thing is my bringing my yarn over the wrong way when I start the new row. Anyway any help in understanding this would be great.
So I saw these a few days ago and thought, wow those are awesome. Then last night the post was bumped so I saw it again. Well last night I had a dream that I had a job making these and they were all sorts of different designs. Weirdness or sad? Doesn't really matter they are cool. Here are the ones I made in my dream and I even know why each thing was there, so weird when totally different things that are going on in your life come together in dreams:
Tootsie roll Smarties pack Pez dispenser (The top was hinged and you lifted it back to get it out, in my dream I made three an r2d2, a yoda head, and a darth vader head) a sock cap (it was like a really long skinny sock cap and you pulled it down over the tampon, there was a pom pon on the top too) A little sweater (basically the little sock cap without the pom pom, but a little turtle neck type thing crocheted at the top and little sleeves dangling from the sides) Pack of gum (this was rectangular and held two tampons) A stick of chapstick A stick of glue
I just had to post before I forgot them. Maybe I'll crack out my h hook and scrounge out some yarn for this. And yes I ALWAYS have weird crafty dreams like this, my favorite was about cross stitching on velvet though.
I use those too. They are awesome and they are usually called q-snaps. If you are just learning it is definately essential to start with something that you at least like and want to see finished. There is nothing that makes it so unfun as stitching something that you hate. Have fun and enjoy your stitching, I can't wait to see you pieces.
If the half pipe things become too loose you are supposed to be able to run them through the dishwasher and it will tighten them back up. I was too lazy to try that and I have strips of wool felt under them. It keeps them really tight, gives you a place to touch without touching the fabric all the time and it gives you a place to park needles instead of just in the fabric.
Wow this is awesome! You guys are doing a great job, I can't wait to see your updates! This reminds me of the piece that I am dying to get and stitch it is Mouline Rouge by Long Dog Samplers. I may have to start this one...someday.