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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Black and White Scarf on: February 13, 2006 07:46:42 AM
http://denise.schanberger.org/bwscarf1.jpg

I made this scarf for my husband. He requested one that was very long (it measures in at 9 feet), and two colours alternating in blocks. We originally looked for black and green (think 80s computer screen), but eventually settled on black and off-white (it's a colour called Fisherman, not the pure white it looks to be in the pictures)

http://denise.schanberger.org/bwscarf2.jpg

It didn't take that long to do, I was averaging about 1 block a day and there are 12 blocks. I regret making it mostly in stockinette, even though it does have the ribbing on all sides and was blocked, because it still curls.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Harry Potter yarn search on: December 20, 2005 01:04:58 PM
Hope one of these wasn't already made.  Grin

Anyway, I'm making a Slytherin house scarf (dark green and silver), and I'm having a hard time finding the right yarn in chenille. I almost found Lion Brand chenille, but where it isn't discontinued, it's available in only dark blue. Can anyone help? At this point, I'd have to find it online since none of the three places near me that sell yarn have that. (You'd think, with it being the holiday season and all, that green and silver yarn would be easy to find. Weird.)
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Is there a crochet site with videos? on: November 10, 2005 04:44:08 AM
Like a knittinghelp.com, but for crochet? In knittinghelp, you get videos so you can see how it works. I've been trying to use tutorials online that just show pictures and have a description, but I really need to see it in action. I was like that for learning knitting, too  Tongue

Also, when you're crocheting a chain, and then go back on it again to crochet on the foundation, after a few rows should the work look like an arc instead of straight?
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yoga Mat Bag - Finally Finished! on: October 16, 2005 12:47:44 AM
After a lot of issues, I've finished a knitting project that had to be restarted several times. Thanks again to melidomi, who helped me when I realized that my pattern didn't make any sense.  Grin It's a Knit This pattern from Target, so as a warning to anyone who bought a knitting kit from Target, make sure your pattern doesn't have weird typos in it. Also, the needles that it came with were really, really short. 114 stitches cast on them was a nightmare, so I switched to longer needles, which Target was conveniently selling for 1$.

First, from the back:

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/matbagback2.JPG

From the side:

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/matbagside2.JPG

And a blurry picture, because this is the only one that stayed true to the colours:

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/matbagblur2.JPG

As per pattern instructions, I made the bag 12" at first. Then I noticed that my mat wouldn't fit inside. My mat's a little thicker than most yoga mats (it's actually a pilates mat), and I ended up knitting for 17" instead of 12". The yarn is not what the kit came with (which was a shade of yellowish-green that I'm using for something else). Instead, I used 2 skeins of 100% acrylic yarn that a relative gave me. I don't know the colour exactly, it's somewhere between a lavender and a mauve.

After that, I made the strap. Since I was out of the original, I used Lion brand soft 100% acrylic in Heather Blue. I made the I-cord drawstring out of it too, and now I have enough leftover to possibly make a cell-phone cozy.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blue Dice Bag/Trinkets Pouch on: September 23, 2005 10:41:05 PM
My first completed knitting project!

I got the idea from here: http://knit.atypically.net/other/dicebag/pattern.shtml but it was too complicated for me. So, I just winged it with a stockinette stitch (knit, purl, knit, etc) with a garter border at the top (last 3 stitches when knitting), where the drawstring is. The blue is acrylic yarn that was leftover from ages ago, the brown cord is the fuzzy brown dollar yarn from Target that I braided. I might change that to a different colour after a while.

I expected it to turn out better than this; it's too tall, and the yarn is too bright. But for a dice bag, it's good.

Here it is, with dice in it:

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/dicebag1.jpg

Another:

http://denise.schanberger.org/images/dicebag2.jpg

Flat, no dice:

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

Opinions? Suggestions on making a better one?
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need help with a yoga mat bag on: September 10, 2005 12:02:28 AM
(edit) Still need help, please see latest post at the bottom! (edit)

I bought a kit from Target and finally felt confident enough to start it.

It has 114 stitches, and I messed up a few times somewhere. I just finished the 4th row and did a stitch count, and I am now up to 120.  Roll Eyes Too many increases and not enough decreases, apparently.

But now that I've done all that work, would it be best to start over, or to just do more decreases until I'm back down to 114?
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Using Old Yarn on: September 08, 2005 09:38:25 PM
My husband's grandmother, upon noticing that I'm getting back into knitting, offered me a bag of yarn that's been sitting around, unused. I was looking through it today, and while it was in a closed, plastic bag, it's still a little dusty and obviously slightly discoloured from being in the sun at some point. I'd bet that it's at least a few years old, maybe even up to a decade. There were still some nice colours in there, however, and I'm thinking of using it for something.

Does yarn go bad with age? Is there a way to wash or rinse it? I might try a small project to see how it turns out, but I'm not even sure what to do with it yet. I have a very soft white, and acrylic medium blue, dark green, and gold yellow. The yarn balls are almost full, like they were barely used. 
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