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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New (Free) Mystery Shawl on: April 02, 2007 12:01:15 PM
Hey folks,

I thought I'd drop a line here, I'm running a mystery shawl that's also a testknit over at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/galkal/

The pattern is my own, for either a center-out square (approx 3000 yds) or a top-down triangle shawl (approx 1500 yds). The first clue was posted today, with much more to come in the next few weeks. Anyone who's interested is welcome to join Smiley

Thanks,
~Maryam
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How would I clone this scarf? on: November 28, 2006 05:03:08 AM
A dear friend of mine wants a scarf for christmas, and I came across this one and know she would love it. The problem, of course, is that it's crazy expensive and also no longer available. Does anyone know the stitch pattern for this one?

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446128056&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=282574491928855&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395222441&bmUID=1128622284800&DCLKSLOT=3

It looks like a long line of knotted loops that are gathered with crochet into the wavy pattern. I think I can figure out the crochet part, but does anyone have an idea about the knotted loops?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 1000 Yards of Projectless Yarn on: September 26, 2006 12:04:41 PM
I ordered some yarn from handpaintedyarn.com, in the Dusty Olive colorway, which arrived recently. There's much less of the pink than I had been expecting - instead, there are areas of not-ugly brown/pink which still work well with the greens, but are not at all what I was looking for. Since I'd rather not return the yarn just for not looking like the picture (again, it's not a bad yarn), I've thought of turning it into some kind of top now that the cooler weather has started here in Texas.

Does anyone know of a pattern (or photo I could base a pattern on) that would look good in a fairly muted but still contrast-y variegated yarn? It feels like worsted weight, maybe heavy worsted to slightly bulky, and I've got seven skeins of it. Any thoughts?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help Understanding Moebius Knitting? on: August 23, 2006 11:24:40 AM
Okay, so I have knit something moebius before. Once, when I was just learning to knit. I did a basketweave scarf about a year ago, and all I remember is (vaguely) how the cast-on worked, and to use a "reversible stitch" so it wouldn't look funky (I did moss stitch).

Time passes, I've grown in skill, I now know that my favorite knitting is lace. So, in the interest of keeping skills sharp, I'm gonna try a moebius lace thing. And I have a question:

When you do a moebius scarf, and all you do is the knit stitch, like to make stockinette in the round, when it's all finished and you're looking at a section, does it look like half stockinette and half reverse stockinette? If so, then a garter lace would theoretically work, right?

If so, this is going to be the awesomest scarf ever. Grin
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Coming to the Dark Side on: August 21, 2006 09:35:41 AM
So, I'm a knitter/spinner/occassional tatter, and my friend who's a cross-stitcher has been trying to get me to stitch with her for ages. To be honest, I didn't see the use of it. The appeal, yes. It looks like tons of fun. The only thing keeping me knitting intead of cross-stitching was that they're both fun (and expensive!), but at the end of the project knitting can at least keep you warm. It's actually why I switched to knitting from tatting, as there's only so much lace you can make without going "what the hell am I going to do with all this lace?"

At any rate, she recently showed me Chatelaine's Japanese Seasons Box.

http://chatelaine-design.de/newweb/cgi-bin/detail.pl?japanesebox

It's glorious. It's got elegance, awesome colors, it's not in the slightest bit hokey, and most importantly, it's a thing you can use.

I guess my question is now, has anyone worked on this pattern? I'm subbing all these silks for DMC (the pattern is expensive enough, and I'm being talked into hand-dyed fabric to boot), but does anyone know if the variegted silks can be subbed with solid colors?
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Constructive Criticism on: August 18, 2006 09:58:28 AM
Well, I'm very new to the world of making beauty products, but already I've had my first snag. So far all I've made is lip balm - little beeswax, some olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, honey, and the spices I use for chai tea , cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom. I was surprised by how many containers a small amount of materials filled, so I've been giving them to friends and co-workers and asking them to be as critical as possible so I know what to work on for future batches (for example, I think it's too firm, so less beeswax next time). The only thing is, nobody will say anything! I know it's not perfect, the spices keep settling to the bottom and the taste isn't as strong as I was hoping, but I can't get anyone to give me feedback. Any tips on this?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Copyright Question on: July 25, 2006 08:56:22 PM
Okay, so recently I was in the works to get a pattern published for a sock. Because I like the technique, I wanted to use Meg Swanson's fitted arch, but I ended up not publishing because didn't know what the copyright issues were with using someone else's technique, whether you just had to give credit, contact the author and get permission, or what. So I guess my question is, does anyone know what the protocol is if you want to use a knitting technique invented by someone else?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Got a Library Job - what Knitting books to order? on: June 15, 2006 08:26:49 PM
Okay, so I recently got a new job at a university library. We've got one or two knitting and spinning books from the 70s, but no good actual learning and designing resources. I'm trying to arrange a meeting with one of the higher-ups to suggest a small number of knitting and spinning books that would turn out collection into a full-range learning curve kind of operation - how-to books, stitch dictionaries, designing books, the works. Here's what I've got so far, but I would *LOVE* suggestions!

Knitting
Everything by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Everything by Nancy Bush
All of the Barbara Walker stitch dictionaries (we already have the mosaic knitting one)
Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller
Stitch'n'bee-hotch 1&2
Socks, Socks, Socks
Knitting from the Top
A subscription to Interweave Knits (unlikely!)

Spinning
The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning
Working with Merino and other fine wools by Margaret Stove
A subscription to Spin Off (equally unlikely!)

As you can see, I'm trying to get the most info for the library's buck Smiley I could use recommendations for garment-desinging books. What do you guys think? What are the most usefull resources for your creative endeavors? (Hell, I'll be test-driving them all via interlibrary loan, so I expect to buy a bunch myself XD)

~Maryam
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Visual Schematics? on: May 01, 2006 11:38:58 PM
Does anyone know where to get those visual schematics programs, like Grumperina uses in this post for her shawl?

http://www.grumperina.com/knitblog/archives/2006/04/visualization.htm#comments

I'd love to be able to see how much I've done at any given time Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Question for Stitchers on: March 28, 2006 08:24:12 PM
Okay, so I don't do much in the way of cross-stitch, embroidery, etc (I was into blackwork a few years back, but I wasn't very good, only finished one project), but a friend of mine really loves to cross-stitch. I'm a knitter and a spinner, and I've recently started spinning some really fine yarns, that my friend said she could use (though not in her current project, because the fiber included mohair, and she didn't need a halo). Anyway, I've got various silks and other fibers coming soon that I plan to spin, and I was wondering, do people actually use handspun threads in these sorts of crafts? Is there a demand for it at all?
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