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81  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / "cutout handle" knit tote bag? on: November 19, 2005 09:11:39 AM
How would I knit a tote bag where the handles seem to be made from a slit a few rows from the top of the bag?  Does that even make sense?   I know I've seen it before, but gah!  I can't find a pattern and I don't know the technique to do that. 

Can someone explain how I'd go about doing this?  I bet it's exremely easy and I'm just daft, but I can't figure it out. xD
82  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gallery of truly terrible handspun yarns - donate your pix! on: November 05, 2005 09:01:31 PM
Haha, so, um, I think my first attempt at spinning beats anything else that anybody will ever post on this thread.  XD  A friend suggested that I name it "Sickdog Poo."

I think a lot of it is the fault of the roving I bought.  I couldn't find any and ended up buying .5 ounces for 6 bucks at a teeny yarn store.  The fibers are incredibly short, fuzzy, and kinda resemble pubes.  Uhm, eww?



I don't think the way the crappy fibers are spun looks all that bad, though.  Maybe when I buy some proper roving online, my end result wont resemble feces, haha!
83  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / some newbie questions on: November 04, 2005 03:13:10 PM
So, I recently started knitting after I came across some lovely, lovely handspun yarns.  I figured it was illogical to leap into spinning without knowing what the heck to do with the product other than admire it, haha.  But now I'm getting ready to take the plunge and try to see if I can even come close to the beautiful yarns I've seen here on craftster, so I've got a bunch of silly questions.

Where do you buy your fibers and what would be good for a beginner to work with?  I have no clue where I'd go to buy some...I think I'd have to buy from e-bay, but I have no clue what a good price is and I don't want to get ripped off.

I've seen lots of tutorials and websites for spinning with drop spindles, but they all seem to show the outcome as a rather thin yarn.  How do you spin large singles?  I'm a big fan of super chunky yarn.
84  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Digestive System - what every girl needs! on: October 26, 2005 05:02:59 PM
Very cool!  Hehe, but it's a bit disturbing that the rectum is the same color as the tongue.  xD
85  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: How do I look drowned? on: October 24, 2005 05:31:48 PM
Ooh, gel your hair into a tangled, knotty mess and stick leaves and flowers in  it! 

I'd do the makeup like you said, but put an emphasis on the eyelids and bags under your eyes.  Eyelids are really thin skin, so I'm assuming they'd go blue first.
86  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: October 14, 2005 06:16:33 PM


My lovely 1 foot long scarf!  Tongue  I'm such a slow knitter, but seeing as this is my first real knitting project, I suppose it's allowed.

I'm knitting it straight rather than circular because I couldn't find circular needles in the right length and I couldn't be assed to buy them online.  It's folded in half in the picture.

I sorta wish I had made the rows taller, but oh well.  I'm still proud.  Cheesy
87  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Project ideas for an uber-newbie knitter? on: October 10, 2005 12:20:01 PM
Okay, so the only things I've ever knitted before are scarves, but I want to move up to something different and a little more challenging.  Thing is, every thing I look into doing just looks so difficult and, well, scary.   Tongue  I want to improve my knitting, not get frustrated into quitting!

So, ideas for a sort of a stepping stone project I can do to ease myself into more difficult knitting projects?
88  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: October 02, 2005 07:13:04 PM

Smiley There are no silly questions when you are trying to learn, silly! Tongue

First: If you are going to seam (which,for me, is harder to do than using circs, LOL!) you should just make one piece and seam it up the side - not two... you'd cast on the 70 stitches or whatever it calls for, knit it straight, and then seam it up the side.
To use circulars: All you do is cast on, knit that first row, and when you get to the end where normally you'd turn your work and start over, you just grab the end and knit it to the beginning, and keep on knitting for the next 413 rows, LOL! (I hate to purl, so I love circs for this scarf.)

All I do to join my ends is tie them in a knot - there may be other ways, but that's easier for me.

www.knittinghelp.com has a great video to teach circular knitting, if you wanted to try it.

Good Luck, and remember to show us pictures!! Smiley

Thank you!  And one more question... when knitting with circular needles, how is it that you get a stockinette stitch when you're just knitting and not purling at all?  Shouldn't that end up being a garter stitch?
89  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: October 02, 2005 05:35:42 PM
Okay, so, I'm a super newbie at knitting, so I have a couple questions...

I don't know how to knit with circular needles nor do I have any, so could I, say, knit two separate pieces and seam them together?  Circular needles look a little intimidating!  And to switch yarn colors, do I just tie the tails in a knot and trim?

Sorry for the stupid questions, gah!  I feel silly, but I really want to make sure I know what I'm doing before I start my scarf.  Just not sure yet whether I want a Ravenclaw (book version) or a Slytherin one.
90  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Make Curtain Tie Backs with Old NECKTIES... on: September 22, 2005 03:12:19 PM
Haha, cool, I did that too!  Except I didn't bother to use anything on the ties, I just tied them normally.  I also layered a few ties on each side of my curtains.
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