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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Clapotis / Manos del Uruguay - can you stand another clapotis question? on: January 25, 2006 03:15:56 PM
I stopped by a yarn shop I hadn't been to before today.. and just fell in love with the colors of a skein of Manos... I wanted.. I lusted.. I bought. Well.. I bought just one skein to bring home and play with. I thought I remembered seeing someone here post that they made their clapotis using it - but having no luck finding anything about that now...

SO.. has anyone done so? How did it turn out? Were you happy? How many skeins did you use? did you make it a scarf or a wrap? What needle size got you a nice drapey fabric? I swatched out a teeny tiny swatch at the store on size 10.5 and on 11's... Not sure which way to go with it though.

Someone please help! I need to call her tomorrow to let her know if I want her to order me more (she only had 2 skeins of it at the moment) - I want to make a nice big drapey wrap out of it.

Thanks!
J
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Clapotis and Scaefer's Anne? on: January 17, 2006 05:24:28 PM
I indulged. I'm normally not one to buy expensive yarns - they're just not in my budget - but I wanted to treat myself to something today as a pick-me-up. Walked into a yarn shop and fell in love with the colors and feel of a skein of Anne  by Schaefer yarn.  It's 60% merina wool superwash, 25% mohair, and 15% nylon. Claims to be 4 oz and 560 yards with a guage of 7-8st/in

Now - this is itching to be made into clapotis I think. But I want to make a wrap sized one. Not necessarily to keep warm, but just as a light wrap. So something a little airy would be ok too. Do I have enough? I only got one skein as it was the only one they had in this colorway which I just LOVED.

Does anyone know if I have enough? Has anyone used it? I hate to get allllll the way to the end and find that I don't have enough to finish. I don't want to make this a narrow scarf - it has to be able to go around my shoulders.

IF it's not enough, any suggestions what would be a good use for this yarn? The colors are oranges, reds, rusts, olive greens, and a little bit of browns.

THanks!
Jas
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm an aunt! I need to knit a baby gift! Help! on: January 07, 2006 09:08:01 PM
Yes - one of my cousins has finally done the deed and made me an aunt for the first time at the ripe old age of 29. I feel the need to celebrate this with something utterly adorable for the baby.  But I'm at a complete loss of WHAT to make. But I just KNOW that all you crafters will have loads of ideas.

THe ideal gift is descriped as follows: it's going to be FAST (but not booties, unless they're part of a set of something) - since the baby is already 6 days old so I need to get cracking, not to mention that it needs to be shipped to india (i'm in the US) so there's travel time as well. It needs to be made of something that's going to cost me under $10. Ideally it will use red heart baby clouds, since I already have 2 skeins of white and one each of pink and blue. But I'll buy more yarn if I have to - a new baby is good cause. As long as it's something I can find at joanns or micheals or walmart.  It needs to be not too bulky/heavy since I have to ship it to india.  Lastly, it needs to be disgustingly, adorably cute. You know - little pink bunnies threw up all over it level of adorable.  I'm not a cutesy person in the least, but the family it's going to is (as I already mentioned) in India, and definately more traditional than me. Besides, I want to make something cutesy.

Oh - and I also have 2 balls of lion brand landscapes in the pink colorway. That was an impluse buy. I am SO not a pink person, so I would be more than happy to use that up to make the baby something too.

I'd say I'm an intermediate level knitter - but I'm a little scared of intarsia and fair isle. I've never mastered either. But other than that, bring it on.

Sooooo... anyoe have any adorable patterns they can recommend for me?

J
24  COOKING / Dessert / Almost too pretty to eat snowflake cookies! on: December 26, 2005 06:14:34 AM
I haven't made decorated cookies for about 12 years now - I think the last batch I made were for the christmas party for my senior year of highschool, where I got paid to make 120 elaborately decorated christmas tree cookies. So I definately felt out of practice with these - but think they still turned out to be something I can be proud of.

http://www.artsygal.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=13

Yes, each one is different. After a while I had to start googling 'snowflake cookies' to get more ideas. 

And to top it off, I was given a copy of The Cookie Bible  for christmas too! Whee.. more cookies to be made soon!

J
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How much yarn for fuzzy feet from knitty... on: December 13, 2005 01:00:59 PM
I know that the pattern tells me how much, but I haven't the FIRST clue how to adjust that if I'm using a different yarn.  I want to make it using lion brand's Fisherman's wool that I dyed with koolaid, but because I did it in such small batches (less than 1/4 skein for each batch) I want to make sure I have enough before I start - otherwise I'll have to dye some more before I start.

SO.. does anyone have any clue how much wool I'd need? I'm going on a long car ride tomorrow, and these would be perfect to make, since for the most part they're mindless knitting and small enough that I may actually manage to finish the pair and be able to felt them when I get home.  I *really* hope I have enough... I don't think I have the time to dye any more and have it be try before 8 am tomorrow!

J
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / KNitting myself clothing... and trying to lose weight... on: December 08, 2005 11:01:17 AM
I keep seeing all these wonderful things everyone here is making.. and I want them so desperately. But then I think about the fact that I'm trying to lose weight... I would be SO upset if I spent so much time making something, only to not be able to wear it by next winter because it no longer fit me. It's not like if it got too small, that I'd force myself to lose weight to get back in it.. if it's too big, I'm not going to gain the weight back just so my hand made stuff fits.

And because I'm going at this slowly - I took a year to drop 2 sizes, and maintain it.. by making minor changes in my life a little at a time, rather than going on a diet which means that at some point the diet will end.. I do better this way - and I plan on doing it again - another 2 sizes to reach my ideal size over the next year... so it's not like I really know what size I'll be next fall and so I can knit for that.

Am I the only one who has this issue? Am I crazy? Should I just shut up and knit? Right now I hesitate with making clothing, even though I KNOW I am capable of it. I am so tired of scarves, which I rarely use anyways. I've got enough afghans for my couch, love seat, and bed... don't really need more. I don't have kids otherwise I'd dress them to the gills in homemade stuff.. But I want stuff for ME! I finally took the plunge with Tempting... but I'm making it a tiny bit on the snug side so that I'll hopefully still be able to wear it when I'm a couple of sizes smaller.

Someone please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks like this!
J
27  COOKING / Dessert / Needed.. CHEAP yet easy and ultra FANCY/ELEGANT dessert... (UPDATED at bottom!) on: November 29, 2005 11:15:30 AM
I need to come up with a dessert to take to a party I'm invited to on Sunday. Last time I made a chocolate cream pie which while it was amazingly good, ended up costing me $18! HUH?! I can BUY a pie for less than that. SO.. I need to come up with something I can make cheaply.. yet fairly easily. And to top it off, it needs to be impressive looking. The rest of the desserts will be coming from assorted fancy bakeries, so I don't want mine to look 'home made' next to them all.

Any ideas please? I'm starting to get a little desperate!

J

28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Where did I see these videos for continental knitting? on: November 25, 2005 11:38:37 PM
Ok.. so last week I did a search for continental knitting to try to learn it.. and found a site that had several videos. I don't think that it was knittinghelp.com .. While there, I saw a video on how to rib continental... which I think is a marvelous idea since I want to start knitting Tempting from Knitty...

Problem? I simply can't find that site again! Yes, I know I should have bookmarked it.. but apparently I didn't. How silly of me.

SO... does anyone have any ideas which site I might be talking about? It was all about continental knitting I think...

Please help.. I want to get started, and I don't think I could bear to do Tempting in tht rib the way I normally knit. I'll go bonkers!

J
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My latest - a Jordy Knitting bag tote... on: July 18, 2005 08:11:25 PM
Last week I made my first ever attempt at bag/purse making and it was a huge success! So I got a little braver and made this. It took a LOT longer than I expected, and I managed to break 2 needles and bend another 2. I'm out of needles now!

I also borrowed the Kate Spade idea for hte sides of the bag, and was inspired by the knitting tote on page 66 of Jordy's tutorial for how to make hte pockets inside. At the last minute I changed my mind about another pocket on the outside. Maybe on the next bag!

I didnt use any interfacing because silly me thought that the fabric I used would be heavy enough. Well, it's not! So I'll make a base for the bag to give it a little more structure, and I think that will give it the shape I want.







I can't get over being amazed that I made this. Me.. really!!! Smiley

Jas
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My very first Jordy! on: July 12, 2005 11:13:42 PM
I have my sewing machine back at long last! YAY! So tonight when I got home, nevermind the fact that it was late, I had to give this a try. The bag is made out of some pieces that I mismeasured while working on a quilting project - so they've been stashed for something just like this!

1 hour later, I have a bag. And I'm darned proud of myself - this is the first sewing project I've ever completed that doesn't look like it was assembled by a drunk! Cheesy





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