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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Rescueing my stash from exploded soda on: February 20, 2013 09:41:31 PM
If you hand wash/rinse the wool in cold water wound into hanks and let it air dry, it should be fine. Just be careful not to agitate it in the water too much or it will felt. Just kind of swish it around, changing the water when it gets too mucky. Hope you save your yarn!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you let a muggle down nicely when they ask you to knit something? on: February 20, 2013 09:24:58 PM
Just read the entire thread in one go and have to say, Holy Hand Grenade, people can be a$$hats. When I was in school, I had random people ask me to make them things... worst was my bio teacher who I couldn't stand. She wanted me to make her a hat. I told her about how much yarn I'd need and quoted her a price that I now realize was ridiculously low, and... never ended up making the hat. She'd talk about it during breaks in class, and I'd remind her that she was supposed to supply the yarn, and she'd swear that she'd bring it, and the next thing you know, the semester was over and she hadn't brought yarn. I am so far beyond glad I never ended up making her that blasted hat... I also had some bint who spent a semester and a half mooching off me and my friends, generally being a royal b!tch, and eventually getting herself banned from campus for keying a professor's car demand that I make her several fairly complex amigurumi. And get pissed when I told her that I had just started making amigurumi and those patterns were not something I could make...  Roll Eyes

On a more positive note, I've been able to knit socks for my bf, and he adores them and wears them almost constantly, and I get a happy warm fuzzy feeling whenever he does. I've got a pair on needles for his birthday at the moment, and am ecstatic to have found something that I can knit for him that he'll actually wear. I learned from the horror stories in Son of Stitch 'n Bitch... I can never think of anything to buy for him, and the ability to knit him socks that he'll happily wear until they're a mass of darns makes me happy.  He also knows how much work goes into handmade things, because he makes jewelry, works in wood,  sews his own garb, and mods his own rapiers... I love my SCAdian man...  Grin

Also, I KIP at my SCA barony's fighter practice and get tons of compliments on my skills (I wear a pair of Elizabeth Zimmerman's tights I made, using the Moccasin Socks for the feet, and have no compunction whatsoever about showing them off...they took forever), which is awesome because some of the most sincere compliments I've gotten are from people like my baroness, who is almost constantly spinning. And there are enough people who do fiber arts of some kind that nobody demands that I knit for them, which is fantastic. I have plans to make something wonderful for her and the baron at some point, I just need to figure out what to make... I may make something for Their Majesties as well, but it'll probably depend on who the next King and Queen are, since I have a stupidly huge backlog... Tongue
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Cthulhu Tea Cozy on: February 20, 2013 04:17:37 PM
This is seven different kinds of awesome! I am so making one of these for my teapot.
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