my feeling is that that you can't blame knitting for a breakup. If you want him to really appreciate it say "here I made this for you and I need you to appreciate the work, time, love engery I put into it" but that doesn't mean making him wear it, or being offended if he doesn't. I knit my boyfriend a pair of socks because I wanted to, he was happy, doesn't wear them but keeps them in his sock drower, we moved once and he didn't know where they went and went searching to find them.
The public transportation is good! streetcar and max are down down mostly, but you can take busses from the bus mall to wherever! www.trimet.org Downtown: Powells Books, Finnegans (great toystore), Art Media and since it's in the neighborhood the downtown public library. But also try Hawthorne (bus 14 from downtown) fun street with eclectic shops, vintage, specialty, "ethnic", powells on Hawthorne, the bagdad movie theater where you watch second run movies and eat pizza and bear! Also find a New Season market, it is a wonderful locally owned natural grocery store. Of course saturday market.
So I am about to fly...on the fourth of July and one way so I am pretty certain I will get extra security checked, that is what happend the last time, they looked through all of my stuff, flipped through my CD case and so on. Has anybody had a problem with this? I will be using my most favorite Denise interchangeables. Thanks
Since it is mostly wool and silk (protein fibers) it probably will dye fairly well using the kool aid or icing dye method. I am new here so I don't know how everything works, but you can search for kool aid dyeing and find a thread there.
You can always use Rit dye, which has is a combination of all types of dye (protein, cellulose and synthetic), but that is what we used to use for tie dye as a kid and it always faded...on the other hand I work in a costume shop and it is standard dye in most costume dye shops. Just do a swatch test, cut of a bit of yarn and try it in different color dyes to see what happens.
What I have to say about circle skirts. It seems like everyone has figured it out pretty well. I use the "math method". Find the radius from the circumference of your waist. (C=2 pi r) You can make it simpler by using 3 instead of 3.14 for pi, because the fabric waist will be on the bias and have some stretch... so really divide your waist measurement by 6 (2x3) to get the radius. Then I use a compas or a pin, tape measure and pencil to draw the waist circle...and measure down from there for the legnth of the skirt.
Circle skirts are easy and fun and very twirly you can also make them with uneven hems, recently I have seen a lot of skirts with a circle flounce at the bottom, or a 1 1/2 or double circle skirt-for extra twirl! just remember that if you make a double circle skirt you can't just use the formula above and sew the two circles together because you would have a waist twice as big!
Well, I always poke myself with handsewing needles, and there is a mark on my forearm from being stupid with an iron, but my favorite is when I ran a sewing machine needle through my finger...twice! I was sewing seams and seams and seams in a cramped space and accidentally got my finger under the needle, and at the same time pushed down really hard on the pedal son the needle went through my finger, broke off and started to go in again. I am usually very calm in these situations, but learning from the past I yelled really loud for my brother (usually I don't yell then nobody thinks anything is wrong). I came running but was more grossed out then I was so I had to unscrew the needle from the machine. My brother called our mom and all I heard was my brother saying "NO I'M NOT GOING TO DO THAT!" (She told him to take out the needle). Anyway my mom called a Doctor that she knew and we went in. The receptionist lady said "OH my! I don't know if there is anything we can do about that!" She was wrong, the doctor pulled out the needle and kept on asking me if I wanted to lie down, I said "no I just don't want to watch you pull it out." She pulled it out reminding me that it wasn't going to hurt anymore than when it went in, and luckily it wasn't a fishing hook or any other needle/hook with a barb, because that would have been more challenging. I only wish I had taken a picture.
Thanks for letting me tell my story, I now teach an intro sewing class and can never tell my students because they get all freaked out.