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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tomato (short-sleeved sweater) on: May 06, 2007 06:29:22 AM
From No Sheep for You by Amy Singer, made with Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in Periwinkle and Stone. Here's a closeup of the stitch pattern:



And here's the shirt, post-blocking:



I'm really pleased with how it came out, I'm wearing it right now, in fact. It's a really quick knit, only took me two weeks.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hood Help on: March 25, 2007 04:25:49 AM
I'm making Under the Hoodie (SnB: The Knitter's Handbook), and I just finished making the hood. It fits alright, but the edges curl a little (I'll block it later), and the tip at the back comes to a really annoying point. Is there a way that I can reseam is so it doesn't? The way the instructions tell you to do it, you knit and knit in stockinette with a 5 st border of ribbing, and then when you're about to do a purl row, you do a three needle bind-off. I started the bind-off at the edge, would it have helped to start it at the back of the head? The book didn't really say how to do it.

Any advice would help, I love the sweater so far and the hood looks great down, it's just when I put it up that it looks bad.
3  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / PEI knitting group on: January 11, 2007 05:21:32 AM
Where: Confederation Library, Charlottetown, Children's loft
When: Every second Tuesday (next one is January 23rd) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

I went last week for the first time, and it was fun. There were about 6 other women, sitting around a table with their various projects. It's in the children's loft, so there are kids around using computers, but not very many at this time of night. I just wanted to let other islanders know.  Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scrap Happy Scarf (from 2007 crochet-a-day calendar) on: January 09, 2007 10:26:01 AM
With all the whining that I've been doing about this calendar, I figured I should at least try one of the patterns. This one was on the January 8 page.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/147/351870940_05a57c5189.jpg?v=0

It's made with mostly acrylics, a little cotton, and the white is baby acrylic. It's wrapped around my neck once, so it's not that long. I fastened it with a brooch for the pictures, but it's heavy enough that it will stay without it. I also didn't have the right hook sizes, I used a 6mm and a 7mm. It still works as long as you have a bigger hook for the chain. (the pattern calls for an 11.5mm and a 16mm) I did an extra 30 chains or so to compensate.

I wasn't sure if I would like it at first and deemed it an experiment, but once I finished it and had my photo shoot, I really liked it.

5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Under the Hoodie yarn on: November 10, 2006 05:27:23 PM
I really want to make this hoodie (it'll be my first sweater, too). I'm vegan, and don't use yarn with animal fibers. What's a good substitute?
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Spring in Winter hat and scarf on: October 18, 2006 07:43:40 AM
It's not quite cold enough to need this scarf and hat yet, but it will be soon. The scarf is really long and cuddly.



7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Large Skull Purse on: June 01, 2006 10:19:38 AM
I was going to put this in the Happy Hooker forum, since the chart/instructions for the skull design is in Debbie Stoller's crochet book. But since this is a purse and not potholders, I thought I'd put it here. Smiley

This is a commision piece for my sister, who flipped through the Happy Hooker book with me but couldn't decide on any of the purses there. She wanted a bigger purse, with skulls, rings at the straps, and a pocket. (There's a skein of yarn in the bag in the middle picture. The other two are with an empty bag.)

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/skull2.jpg

The bag is 16" (40cm) wide and 12.5" (32cm) high, with a 32" (81cm) strap (not including the half-circle rings, which add another inch each side). The strap has black embroidery thread weaved on the inside to prevent stretching (3 strands, middle and sides). Edit: The embroidery thread snapped when there was too much weight in the bag. It's probably a good idea for a small purse, but not a bag this big. So I'm going to put ribbon there, instead.

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/skull1.jpg

I made the skulls using the Skullholder pattern, and then sewed them together (8 rectangles in all, 4 skulls per side). If I make this bag again, I'll do it in a round so I don't have to do all that sewing. The yarn is Bernat Camouflage in acrylic with Bernat White "satin" acrylic for the skulls. The pictures are a little dark despite brightening, but the camouflage is black, brown, dark green and light green.  

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/skulllining.jpg

The lining is chocolate brown, and the zipper is a darker brown jacket zipper, 40cm. There's also a pocket that can fit business cards, guitar picks, keys, lipgloss, and other little things. She saw it before I added in the lining and loved it, so I'm hoping she still loves it now that it's finished.

It took 1 full 170g skein of Camouflage plus some of a second, and 1 full 100g/166 yd skein of white plus a little from a second. So now I have a lot of leftover Camouflage and white, and lots of that lining left since she bought more than I asked her to. I'm not sure what else to do with the Camouflage.
8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Exchange Bag - With Lining (4 pictures) on: May 18, 2006 05:06:43 PM
This is my second completed crochet project, and the first one from this book.

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/purse1.jpg
http://denise.schanberger.org/images/purse2.jpg

It's for my mother, as a late mother's day present. I started it two days before mother's day, and finished it today. She picked out the colours, but unfortunately we could not find nylon cording anywhere. The only material we could find that wouldn't stretch was in colours that she didn't like, so I went for cotton and made a lining. You can see a ribbon weaving through the inside of the strap - that's to keep it from stretching. It goes all the way inside the bag and attaches at the inner bottom.

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/purse3.jpg
http://denise.schanberger.org/images/purse4.jpg

That's me modeling it. My mother's about the same size and shape, so it'll be the same on her. I just gave it to her and she's very happy with it.

I had an issue with this bag at the rows where it wanted 3-dc clusters. It made it bunchy at the bottom above the shells, then I had to decrease over the next few rows to get my stitch count right. When I did that row again at the top with the dc clusters, I just did a single dc instead of 3 in one spot. Aside from that, I love this pattern.
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with pretty, different sized stones? on: May 06, 2006 03:00:13 PM
I used to collect pretty rocks and stones as a kid. A lot of these were bought in stores, some taken back from trips, etc:



I used to have an amethyst and tiger's eye, too, I'm not sure where they went. Anyway, you can see a variety there. Some fool's gold, a rose quartz, crystal, hematite, a pretty blue one with white veins. At the top is a shiny green one that has a gold tinge to it. The big dark one in the middle, lower part is actually green, and there's a couple of rock cross sections.

I have no idea how to make jewelry, drill holes in rocks, or polish stones. Most of these seem too heavy to make into a pendant, except for the fool's gold. I could make earrings with them, using wire to wrap around.

So, any ideas?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with a hand injury? on: March 20, 2006 07:19:46 AM
I've just started getting decent at knitting and crocheting and have a few projects that I'm working on, and I went and cut my finger. Well, more like stabbed, with a kitchen knife. This was about a week ago, and it still really hurts. It's my left index, so it hurts to knit after a while, and hurts to crochet. I've been doing some research, and it could be a while before it doesn't hurt, since I've hurt a nerve.

Are there any good alternate methods of knitting? I've heard of people holding one needle with their armpit, but how well does that work?
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