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11  [April Fools!] CRAFTSTERLAND'S BEGINNING KNITTING CLASS : FAIR ISLE SOCKS! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lapoli on: April 01, 2011 06:37:34 AM

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Class: Beginner's Knitting Class :: Fair Isle Socks

"Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence."
Elizabeth Zimmermann (Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes)

Teacher: Lapoli

Location: Craftster Compound Humidity-Controlled Wool Storage Closet 2A

Class Size: 10 students of below-average intelligence, or 20 students of above-average intelligence. (See IQ testing pre-requisites, below, and the formula to determine the proper mix of BA and AA students.)

Class Description:  Have you been envying the look of those fancy, handmade socks but never had the guts to cast on?  Do double pointed needles scare you?  Do you like the idea of being asked to make socks for all your friends and family who don't realize how much work is involved appeal to you?  If so, this class is for YOU!

In this class, we'll discuss the basic mechanics of sock-knitting including casting on, knitting in the round, heel and gusset shaping, and the kitchener stitch. Peppered throughout our two-day class, we'll have bits of video and book readings from Elizabeth Zimmerman.

At this end of this two day, 10 hour class, you will have made a pair of fair isle socks for your father in fingering weight yarn.  

Prerequisites:  Participants are subject to rigorous IQ testing prior to class approval.  Testing must be completed 10 business days prior to the start of class in order for the instructor to guarantee a seat.  IQ test results will ONLY be used for creating an ideal class environment - they will not be shared with administrators, commercial interests, etc.  Failure to complete this prerequisite will result in class enrollment termination.

Formula to determine final class composition:

Cost: $100 per person for the class cost plus $500 per person for materials (This material fee is in addition to required equipment/supplies, below)

Supplies Needed:  Bamboo DPNs in the following sizes: US00, US0, US1 and US2, fingering weight yarn in at least two colors.  Yarn should be at least 80% wool and NOT superwash.  Please do not bring orange yarn.  Scissors.  Darning needle.  Stitch marker of appropriate proportion.  

Other/Misc:  You may want to consider bringing food/meals that you can sip with a straw, so as to avoid taking important class time away.  Bathroom breaks are also optional, so please, plan accordingly.
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12  Re: Shop the Swap 49 **DO NOT POST YET** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by lapoli on: March 31, 2011 04:59:48 PM

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3 points/each, 6 available. 4oz Hand painted corriedale fiber. Beautiful and squishy!


Lion Brand Organic Cotton, 1 point/each.  Choose from pistachio (green) or walnut (brown).  Retails $7.99/skein.  Worsted weight, 3oz skein, 104 yards/skein.


(1.5 points) 1.6oz Fairie Visit Spinning Art Batt


(1.5 points) 1.4oz Garden Slipper Spinning Art Batt


(1 point) 0.9oz Saturn Spinning Art Batt


(1 point) Fair Isle Handwarmer a la Michael Jackson - knit in 100% wool to ward off werewolves. Or something.  Gnome socks and stack o' batts not included.


(1 point, each) Diaper Soakers - Choose from light green or dark green.  Dark green is smaller than light green, probably would easily fit 0-3months.  Light Green is slightly larger and could probably fit 3-6months.  Knit with 100% wool, never used.  Please lanolize before using.


(1 point) handmade baby booties from katilacker on etsy.  brand new/never worn
the exterior is made of a soft solid green tinted beige cotton with pea green straps and soles. the inside is made of a soft mint green fleece.  a single snap on each strap keeps feet snugly and securely in place. very warm and very soft. the booties pictured are intended for 0-3 months with the following measurements:
Sole: 3.5" x 1.75", Strap length: 6", Ankle Height: 2.25"


(2 points) grace beret.  made from a gorgeous and soft wool/silk blend.  this hat is sized for a larger head and intended to be worn more as a beret/slouchy hat.  beautiful lace design, original pattern here.  please handwash in cool water and lay flat to try. more clear photo coming soon.

picture coming soon -
(1 point) chunky feather and fan cowl.  black acrylic/wool blend knitted into a beautiful, chunky feather and fan pattern.  large size makes it easy to pull snuggly against your neck and pin with your favorite brooch.  


(2 points) Tranquility Yoga Mat Cleanser purchased off Etsy. More details coming soon.


(1 point) Blue Vintage Napkins.  Some holes and/or stains though not more than you would expect with vintage linens.


(1/2 point each) Pink Vintage Napkins, Green Vintage Napkins.  Few stains/holes.



Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed, 1 point/skein.  Retails $8/skein, DK weight, discontinued yarn.  40% silk / 30% cotton / 20% merino wool / 10% viscose 132 yds per 50gm ball 5.5 sts per inch on US size 6 needle


Panda Cotton Sock Yarn.  1 point/skein, Retails $7/skein. 55% bamboo - 24% cotton - 21% elastic nylon, fingering weight, 170 yards each skein.


Brown Recycled Wool. 2 points for all 4 skeins shown.  No yardage information but I recycled this from a sweater so there should be plenty of yarn.


KP Wool of the Andes Bulky.  1/2 point/skein.  (Retails $3.99/skein) Bulky, 137 yards per skein.  From front to back - emerald or wine. (I think these are the color names but I can check them if it's really important to you.)

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current:
pending:
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13  Re: Shop the Swap 48 **Discussion Thread** in New Swap Theme Ideas by lapoli on: March 23, 2011 02:35:50 PM
Congrats, Atsuko!

MissingWillow - Here's some wool I pulled out really quickly for you.  Is this what you had in mind?  It's about 2.3 ounces total, but if you want more of any of the colors, I can probably oblige. Smiley


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14  Homemade Herbal Tinctures with Instructions to Make Your Own! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by lapoli on: March 23, 2011 06:55:16 AM
After giving birth to my son last September, our midwives suggested I take herbal tinctures several times a day to help normalize the post-partum period.  The tinctures were an absolute godsend and, since it was the first time I had ever taken them, I became increasingly interested in learning how to make my own.  Smiley

Purchasing tinctures through a natural foods store can be pretty pricey - they are usually between $10-15/ounce and if you take one several times a day for weeks, well... You see my concern.

What I found in my research is that making homemade tinctures is REALLY SIMPLE!  In fact, so simple that I won't even call this a tutorial because most of the process is just waiting.


Basically, you just need a couple of ingredients and a small handful of supplies that you already have in your kitchen.  It couldn't be easier!

Ingredients:

fresh herbs - I used organically grown herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs
vodka - Yes, vodka.  Cheesy 80 or 100 proof.

Supplies:

glass jars/bottles with lids - I used sterilized canning jars.
coffee filters/cheesecloth - something to strain the herbs from the resulting tincture

Procedure:

You ready?  Add herbs to your jars, top with vodka.  You can let them sit for as little as two weeks, but the longer you wait, the better.  I steeped mine for six weeks in a cool, dark place.  For the first week or two, shake the jar daily.

After the tinctures have steeped for at least two weeks, strain the herbs out of the tincture.  I used a coffee filter suspended over a glass jar.  Though the jars above are a good short-term storage, I'd recommend finding dark glass bottles to avoid the damaging effects of sunlight.

Miscellaneous:

Herbal folklore suggests that you start your tinctures on the new moon and harvest on the full moon.  I didn't want to risk it, so I started mine with the correct moon cycles. Smiley

I made tinctures from both yarrow (left) and calendula (right). 

Calendula is primarily known for its anti-inflammatory effects.  You can spray it on cuts, bruises, wounds, etc.  I'm going to keep a small spray bottle ready for my yet-to-be-created "boo boo" kit (once my son starts walking around).  The rest will be bottled and shared with friends and family.

Yarrow is mostly used as an immune booster and helps with fevers.  I'm going to rebottle this in a dark glass bottle and store away for the next time I start feeling under the weather.  Since 5 ounces of a tincture is a LOT, I think I can also safely share with friends and family, too.

I have lots of other tinctures planned to keep my family and friends healthy and happy!  Lemon Balm is next on my list, followed by elderberry. 

To use the tinctures, you simply place a few drops into a glass of water.

How cost effective is this?  Even purchasing organic herbs, I only needed a few ounces of each which were a few dollars through Mountain Rose Herbs.  A large bottle of vodka cost about $16 and I used half for these two tinctures.  My total cost was probably around $15, which is about 10% of what I would have spent had I purchased the same volume of tinctures through a natural foods store.

With any herbal product, PLEASE research and/or consult a doctor or herbalist before taking.  Herbs do have healing properties and you want to make sure that anything you ingest is safe for YOU!

Happy tincturing! Cheesy
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15  WIP Wednesday 3/23 : Share your WIPs Here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lapoli on: March 23, 2011 03:42:07 AM
Now that I'm looking at it, shouldn't it be WsIP?  But, then again, I think WIP is a stand-alone word, right?  Anyone care to weigh in?

So, we haven't had a WIP Wednesday for awhile.  I usually remember it's Wednesday on Thursdays which doesn't really do us any good. WIP Thursday doesn't have the same alliterative appeal that WIP Wednesday has.  Smiley

What are YOU working on lately?

I'm juggling working FT, taking care of Sprout more than FT and now, we're in the process of buying a house and packing so... yeah, not much time to knit.  I do have several projects on the needles that are staring at me from across the room, however:

This blanket has been a WIP for a long time.  I'm making it for my new nephew who is expected to arrive mid-April.  The colors a little off in the photo - it's actually a traditional baby blue for my brother whose nursery is pretty traditional. Smiley



Stitch Close-Up


I think I'm going to wrap it up here shortly.  The pattern calls for 23 repeats but I think doing about 18 will be plenty big for a baby.  Besides, if I stick with it through 23 repeats, I may never finish.

And, as I realized once I had started on this blanket, I haven't knit a blanket for MY son.  So, I cast on this simple garter striped blanket for him.  This is exactly the kind of knitting I have time for - easy and no pattern required.  I also used it as an excuse to order some Madeline Tosh Vintage yarn.  I love her yarns luscious colorways and the fact that it's superwash is nice, too.  I ordered a total of 8 colors, so you can see I'm just a tad over 25% finished with his blanket.



What's on your needles? Cheesy
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16  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by lapoli on: March 23, 2011 03:14:59 AM
Lillian, what a great idea and clever way to use a coconut!

On Saturday (the day of the "super moon,") I finally got to strain out the tinctures that I started over six weeks ago.



The full jar is calendula and the other is yarrow.  What are they used for, you ask? Cheesy  Calendula is primarily known for its anti-inflammatory effects.  You can spray it on cuts, bruises, wounds, etc.  I'm going to keep a small spray bottle ready for my yet-to-be-created "boo boo" kit (once my son starts walking around).  The rest will be bottled and shared with friends and family.

Yarrow is mostly used as an immune booster and helps with fevers.  I'm going to rebottle this in a dark glass bottle and store away for the next time I start feeling under the weather.  Since 5 ounces of a tincture is a LOT, I think I can also safely share with friends and family, too.

Tinctures are really expensive to purchase in a store.  (The ones I've purchased before were easily $10-15/ounce.)  With just a little bit of passive time invested, I've made 16 ounces of calendula tincture (easily saving me over $120!) and about 5 ounces of yarrow tincture (saving me over $50).  
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17  Featured Knitting Projects - March 2011! in Knitting: Completed Projects by lapoli on: March 01, 2011 02:44:52 AM
Featured Knitting Projects - March 2011


How are these projects chosen?  First, you should know that you are an integral part in selecting the featured projects! Each time you browse the knitting board and select the "This Rocks" icon (towards the bottom right of the first post), it shows up for us in a handy viewer.  We also select projects that we feel are eye-catching and/or are made by knitters that contribute a lot to our community.

We had a lot of fun and creative projects posted on the board in the last month... Here are some of your favorites!


<3 Technicolor Dreamcoat <3 by Nannetta



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Oatmeal Pullover by Kestrel


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Knitted Springer Spaniel by Feline2001



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Thanks for everyone's contributions to the knitting board this month! I can't wait to see what the next month brings! Smiley  

Remember to keep work on those knitting New Year's Resolutions!
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18  Re: Shop the Swap 48 **DO NOT POST** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by lapoli on: February 28, 2011 04:23:30 PM
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3 points/each, 6 available. 4oz Hand painted corriedale fiber. Beautiful and squishy!


Lion Brand Organic Cotton, 1 point/each.  Choose from pistachio (green) or walnut (brown).  Retails $7.99/skein.  Worsted weight, 3oz skein, 104 yards/skein.


(1.5 points) 1.6oz Fairie Visit Spinning Art Batt


(1.5 points) 1.4oz Garden Slipper Spinning Art Batt


(1 point) 0.9oz Saturn Spinning Art Batt


(1 point) Fair Isle Handwarmer a la Michael Jackson - knit in 100% wool to ward off werewolves. Or something.  Gnome socks and stack o' batts not included.


(1 point, each) Diaper Soakers - Choose from light green or dark green.  Dark green is smaller than light green, probably would easily fit 0-3months.  Light Green is slightly larger and could probably fit 3-6months.  Knit with 100% wool, never used.  Please lanolize before using.


(1 point) handmade baby booties from katilacker on etsy.  brand new/never worn
the exterior is made of a soft solid green tinted beige cotton with pea green straps and soles. the inside is made of a soft mint green fleece.  a single snap on each strap keeps feet snugly and securely in place. very warm and very soft. the booties pictured are intended for 0-3 months with the following measurements:
Sole: 3.5" x 1.75", Strap length: 6", Ankle Height: 2.25"


(2 points) grace beret.  made from a gorgeous and soft wool/silk blend.  this hat is sized for a larger head and intended to be worn more as a beret/slouchy hat.  beautiful lace design, original pattern here.  please handwash in cool water and lay flat to try. more clear photo coming soon.

picture coming soon -
(1 point) chunky feather and fan cowl.  black acrylic/wool blend knitted into a beautiful, chunky feather and fan pattern.  large size makes it easy to pull snuggly against your neck and pin with your favorite brooch.  


(2 points) Tranquility Yoga Mat Cleanser purchased off Etsy. More details coming soon.


(1 point) Blue Vintage Napkins.  Some holes and/or stains though not more than you would expect with vintage linens.


(1/2 point each) Pink Vintage Napkins, Green Vintage Napkins.  Few stains/holes.


Valley Yarns Longmeadow in Burgundy.  3 points for all 4 skeins.  from yarn.com: "Valley Yarns Longmeadow is a cotton/microfiber blend that is the perfect yarn for your warm weather knitting. It is incredibly soft to the touch and has a lovely twist. The color palette is light and bright. You will love knitting with Valley Yarns Longmeadow!  Made in Peru."  DK weight, 117 yds/skein


Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed, 1 point/skein.  Retails $8/skein, DK weight, discontinued yarn.  40% silk / 30% cotton / 20% merino wool / 10% viscose 132 yds per 50gm ball 5.5 sts per inch on US size 6 needle


Panda Cotton Sock Yarn.  1 point/skein, Retails $7/skein. 55% bamboo - 24% cotton - 21% elastic nylon, fingering weight, 170 yards each skein.


Knit Picks Gloss.  1 point/skein.  From front to back, dark brown, light brown, woodland sage. (Real color names coming soon)  70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk, Fingering weight, 220 yards per hank.


Brown Recycled Wool. 2 points for all 4 skeins shown.  No yardage information but I recycled this from a sweater so there should be plenty of yarn.


KP Wool of the Andes Bulky.  1/2 point/skein.  (Retails $3.99/skein) Bulky, 137 yards per skein.  From front to back - emerald or wine. (I think these are the color names but I can check them if it's really important to you.)

started with: 3 points
current: 3
pending: 0
total: 3

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19  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by lapoli on: February 03, 2011 01:00:17 PM
I finally managed to start and finish something: a little easter bunny for Sprout's first easter basket.



I just need to embroider a nose on him and call it a day.

I'm going to make several felted Easter eggs and dye wool to use in the basket.  I can't wait until next year - I have great idea for his basket already!

Also, today is a new moon so I started my first two tinctures.  I felt like an alcoholic going to the ABC store @ 10am this morning and picking up a giant bottle of vodka, but eh.  I just started a calendula tincture and a yarrow tincture.  The calendula tincture will be shared with friends and used as a first aid spray - cleaning wounds, burns, etc.  I may also later make a calendula-infused oil to put into salves to give as gifts.  The yarrow tincture is great to take when you first come down with something.
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20  Featured Knitting Projects - February 2011 in Knitting: Completed Projects by lapoli on: February 01, 2011 03:01:30 AM
Featured Knitting Projects - February 2011


Wow, what a great month we had on our knitting board! There were SO many great new projects that it was really difficult to select just three to feature!

How are these projects chosen?  First, you should know that you are an integral part in selecting the featured projects! Each time you browse the knitting board and select the "This Rocks" icon (towards the bottom right of the first post), it shows up for us in a handy viewer.  We also select projects that we feel are eye-catching and/or are made by knitters that contribute a lot to our community.

We had a lot of fun and creative projects posted on the board in the last month... Here are some of your favorites!


I wanna put on...mah mah mah mah mah boogie earbuds! by BonGirl5



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My Very Own Rogue by pieknits


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Fair Isle Hat: Hanging with My Gnomies by JaneSays13



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Thanks for everyone's contributions to the knitting board this month! I can't wait to see what the next month brings! Smiley  

Remember to keep work on those knitting New Year's Resolutions!
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