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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn rec for Rogue? on: March 15, 2007 10:45:52 PM
OK, so I just got the pattern for Rogue from Girl from Auntie. It's gorgeous. I can't wait to knit it. But here's the thing: I am the queen of cheapo acrylic yarn, but considering the time and effort I'm sure this is going to take, and how pretty I want the finished product to be, I thought I might upgrade a bit. But I have some extenuating factors:

1. Wool makes me itch like a madwoman. Therefore, wool is out of the question (even wool blends are more than I can really handle).
2. If it's not machine washable, it won't get worn, because I will dread hand washing it or taking it to the cleaners. Which sort of defeats the purpose.

(Are you seeing now why acrylic is my friend?)

So: anyone know of a relatively inexpensive, non-wool, machine washable worsted yarn? In kind of a mossy green? (Not asking much am I? Wink ) I was thinking maybe Shine Worsted from KnitPicks, but I'm not overly attached to that option.

Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Kid-sized Knot Ugly on: June 02, 2006 09:28:24 PM
Hi, all -

I know some people have been making smaller versions of the Knot Ugly shrug, so I thought I'd throw this question out there. I want to make one for my niece who is about to turn nine but is pretty tall for her age, so she might need around a youth size 10? Anyway, has anyone figured the mods to make one about that size? I just figured there was no need to reinvent the wheel if I didn't have to  Smiley.

I am currently working on a grown-up sized one for my mom. So far, I think it's a really fun - and *fast* - pattern.

Alison

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty's T-Twist Tee on: April 29, 2006 08:40:44 PM
Is anyone thinking of knitting Knitty's T-Twist Tee? I like the edging, and the shape looks really cute and flattering in the picture from the back, but not so much in the pictures from the front, and I can't figure out if it's the light or the actual shape of the garment or what. Any thoughts?

Alison
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Craftster, my preciousssssss... on: April 20, 2006 07:01:53 PM
So I arrived at work the other day and went about my normal morning routine, which incldes a Craftster check before I get busy, and to my absolute horror, I got the Evil Black Firewall Screen of Doom telling me that Craftster was now blocked on our network. I sat there in a state of denial for awhile, hitting "refresh" furiously in hopes of being able to slip through, and then I realized it was hopeless and nearly cried. It has been over a week and I am still going through withdrawal during my work day. I feel like that stupid Frodo Baggins came and stole my ring of power, and I wants it back! Stupid hobbitses!

Any words of wisdom to ease my jonesing would be much appreciated.

Alison
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ubermodified Ubernatural - my first finished adult-sized garment! on: April 16, 2006 10:24:30 PM
My first adult-sized sweater! I am psyched!



Lots o' details on my blog: http://redheadedali.livejournal.com/24587.html

Alison
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple top for my niece on: April 13, 2006 05:20:34 PM
This is a simple-yet-cute top I made for my niece's fourth birthday:



I used this pattern http://www.theknittinggarden.com/gallery/aug-free-4.htm and just under 1 skein of Bernat CottonTots in Strawberry. The birthday girl did not seem all that excited about the top since it did not have a Barbie or a Disney Princess on it like everything else she received, but I'm hoping she will be won over once the birthday frenzy has passed - it came out soooooo soft after I ran it through the washer and dryer (also, the sleeves are not quite as freakishly small as they look in the picture).
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kitty video iPod holder on: April 13, 2006 05:01:07 PM
I got a swank video iPod for Christmas, and I decided it needed a cozy. I really wanted one where you could still see the screen and access the phone jack and lock button while the iPod was in the cozy, and I couldn't find a pattern that was just right, so I grabbed a needle and thread, felt, and scrap laminating film from work and made one up.

The prototype was plain, boring yellow felt, but once I decided I was happy with the design, I used cute felt with kitties on it. Here are some action shots:

Front (featuring Kim Possible)


Back



Top (where you can see the lock swith and phone jack)



I'm a very, very new sewer, so the stitching is a bit wonky, but overall, I am very pleased with my cozy Smiley.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Buffy bag on: April 13, 2006 04:03:51 PM
This is a bag I made for a friend who is a huge Buffy fan (she is the one who got me hooked, and one good turn desrves another, right? Smiley ).



I heart Buffy. She saved the world a lot.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Doctor Who, anyone? on: April 13, 2006 03:41:30 PM
So I never went out of my way to watch Doctor Who on our PBS station, because, quite frankly, it looked dorky, but now the bf and I have started watching the new Doctor Who on the Sci Fi Channel, and I am hooked. Would anyone be in for a Doctor swap? I would be willing to organize, but it would be a while - like, June, when I'm off work the for the summer. But maybe that would be good, since the first series would be finished here in the States by then?

Any takers?

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Built-in bras? on: April 02, 2006 04:35:00 PM
Hi, all -

OK, so it's summer, and there are all these cute patterns for tanks and halters and things, and I'm all conflicted about making them because they can't be worn with a normal bra. I hate strapless bras (they are evil - eeeeeeviiiiiillllll ll), and not wearing a bra is just not an option - trust me on this one. So does anyone know of any good patterns that have built in support? Or does anyone have tricks/tips for altering or adding to patterns in order to create built in bras (short of actually buying bra cups and sewing them in, which I guess is also an option, but which seems bit complicated for my skill level)?

Alison
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