Just wanted to say: I found out about feltclub through...some blog or another, and we (myself + 3 friends) have already marked it down on our calendars. Now, to forward the link to your 'news' page, so they can peruse the vendors!
Your scarf looks great! I like how you incorporated both colors in the main part of the scarf.
We also do the HP cosplay thing here, and I *FIRMLY* believe that Hogwarts students would have a variety of house-colored things, not just the 'traditional' striped scarves. I mean, if Mrs. Weasely knits, wouldn't other parents?
I am making this bag (once I finish with several xmas gifts, that is). Luckily, I am making a Fair Isle stocking cap and gloves (from IK Winter 2004, actually), and will have plenty of wool left over for the flowers. I don't mind buying the black yarn for the bag, and I can stashbust at the same time!
I don't know if anyone's noticed, but you actually only knit with maybe 4-5 yarns for the tote; the other colors are for embroidery before you felt the piece. So as someone said, you can get away with fewer colors, or maybe embellish in a different way...
I'm only posting this because I know many of you can relate.
I had a horrible crafting day today.
I frantically finished sewing a gypsy skirt (with lining) for dinner tonight with the boy's family; my sewing machine is 60+ years old, and refuses to make stitches longer than "1" (no 2, no 6; just 1.), that are impossible to rip out. We're 1/2 hr late to see the family, I sew up the waistband and THE SKIRT IS TOO TIGHT AROUND MY HIPS. I measured and drafted for my hips (widest part of me), and it somehow is 1" too narrow. And I can't rip out the seams and re-sew...see the problem with stitch length above.
So we have dinner (I'm wearing pants), then the four of us (boy, Mom, Sister, and me) sit around and do needlework. I'm halfway through our Marquior Story tree(http://perso.wanadoo.fr/passion.broderie/grilles/marquoirisav/marquoirstorysomm.htm found here at Craftster), when it is decided that the color blends too well with my background, and I must rip it out. Oh, and it's 100% single ply silk thread on 32 ct linen (NOT evenweave, just linen), and it's only taken me, oh, about 3 hours of constant work to get where I'm at now. Need I mention I'm the most behind out of the four of us stitchers? Now I'm doubly-behind.
Some days I just wish I wasn't so damn crafty. I think it's gonna send me to an early grave! peace monstergirl
I've had the same problem, and for me, the answer is leave *way* too much of a float at the back (i.e., as I knit I think, "this can't possibly be right! that's too much extra yarn!")...I knit loose anyway, but with intarsia for some reason I pull it tighter than I should. At the end of a few rows, I'll pull my knitting sideways and everything works itself out.
If you're knitting in the round, you can knit it inside-out (i.e., purl every row, so the design shows up inside and the floats are on the outside) and this will loosen your gauge and prevent bunching. I did this for a pair of fair isle FuzzyFeet I made for my boy.
I would call ahead; I did that last summer when I was having a guage problem, and my LYS told me to come down "any time I wanted" for help. Turns out I had a stupid question, and they were very nice about it. They've also asked me to bring in FOs to ooh and aah over.
If you're unsure, call ahead first. But you certainly don't need to buy something every time you went in!
girlfriday: I started my 2005 Xmas gifts in March (and, um, drew out the plans for one of them back in January). Most people are scared off by my early early planning, but hey - I'm knitting and/or crocheting *blankets* this year as gifts, so I better start early!
I'm knitting/crocheting 9 blankets (all for people who love/enjoy/are too young to dislike handmade things); knitting two Poster-boy style pillows; knitting a fair isle hat and glove set; probably a pair of socks for the boy (along with embroidered shirts, and a marquetry box if I can find the wood); a set of mini scrapbooks; and probably buying the rest of my gifts this year (3 couples and one 19-year-old who only wants money.)
I've got two blankets done, and have the yarn ready for a third. Now I just need to find a place to STORE these until December LOL
I'm monogramming a set of sheets for a wedding gift (my boy's sister) (well, I'm monogramming the top sheet, have knitted lace a la Melanie Falik's "Weekend Knitting" for the pillowcases). I have it on VERY GOOD AUTHORITY that the bride will be taking the groom's last name.
So, I'm wondering: the Last Initial goes in the middle; is there some sort of "rule" for whose first initial goes where? The design I have in mind would look great with: bride, LAST, groom (because I could add flourishes to the letters: it would be: mBc). But is it wrong to put the bride's first initial first?
Someone out there must know this... peace monstergirl