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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Zephyr Style's Juliet on: September 05, 2007 08:38:59 AM
I've added this to my knitting queue, what do you guys think? Anyone up for a knit-a-long?

http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item.cfm/2367447/4944404

I might not be able to start for a little while, I need to choose yarn, etc. But I think it's super cute!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bodice Circumference?? on: June 20, 2007 12:04:54 PM
My Mom is working on a Jo Sharp sweater jacket and it mentions a "Bodice Circumference" measurement. . .

Anyone know what this means??
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gauge Sample Question. . . on: April 21, 2007 10:22:57 AM
Okay - I have the most basic of knitting questions.

I am casting on to do the gauge swatch for Zephyr's "Wicked" and it says 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches. Do I cast on 18 stitches and knit stockinette for 26 rows and hope to get a 4inch block. OR do I cast on more than 18 and knit for more than 26 rows and measure the inside area as a 4 inch block?? Does this make sense?

I'm used to gauge samples that give a stitches per inch measurement and you knit let's say a 4inch block and look inside that for the gauge. . .

Thanks for helping me through my first sweater!  Tongue
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Double Knit Scarfs!! (gasp - 5 photos) on: April 14, 2007 05:30:57 PM
Well, the good news for me is that Spring here in Boston has been very chilly, so there is still time to wear these scarfs! For anyone who hasn't tried double knitting if you can knit and purl it's very very easy, plus it's a good intro to color work!

First I made myself this knit star scarf (pattern here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112306.0)

The yarn is a pattons wool/acrylic blend:




sorry these are so huge! I'm not sure why. . .

I thought the scarf was kinda skinny, but double knitting is thick so it's nice not having too much around my neck.

And my lovely boyfriend was jealous of the scarf, so I made him one too. It's a modified argyle pattern I drafted (the first time I've done that) in charcoal and gray. He loves it and so do I! This is Pattons Canadia acrylic, a realy nice acrylic, I enjoyed knitting with it (we're vegan but he doesn't wear wool).


Isn't he the cutest?!





The cool thing about double knitting is that the sides are reversed in terms of the color pattern.

Both scarfs have minor mistakes in the color work and stitching, but, well most wouldn't notice them but me.

The only thing I don't like (and you can't see too well here) are that the edges have weird wrapping issues and are bumpy weird in some places, this makes them look "home made" which as the BF pointed out is a good thing. Also, in the second scarf the argyle skinny stripes are only one stitch thick and they sometimes didn't show up, I'm not sure if this because of the double knitting or if I was wrapping my yarn wrong. . .

Thanks to Craftster for showing me double knitting!!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ribbing tension -- help! on: April 02, 2007 11:12:05 AM
hello all,

So, I haven't knit anything with basic ribbing in a long time, and I cast on for a hat last night (who needs a winter hat in spring?? Me, apparently) and I realized I have major rib tension problems.

The pattern calls for 3 x 3 ribbing. After I knit 3 and go to purl something about the switch of stitches creates a very loose gap. I pull super tight but it doesn't seem to matter. Going from purl to knit does not cause this problem.

I've also had the same problem with cables, going from knit to purl creates loose stitches.

Any advice?? I knit English style (that's the one where you carry the yarn in your right hand, right?).

I'm not new to knitting by any means and have no trouble with tension and lace, so this is baffling to me. If it helps I can post a picture. . .

Thanks for your help!!!!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bamboo Yarn on: November 18, 2006 03:24:20 PM
I want to make a scarf for my vegan (non-wool wearing) boyfriend and was thinking about bamboo yarn.

Is it warm? Is it too silky to be "Manly"? Is it a pain (splitting, etc)?

Any thoughts on nice quality non-wool yarn? Acrylic is shunned a lot of the time and cotton isn't super warm for when the snow starts. . .

Thanks for your ideas!!!  Grin
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Spice Swap? Cooking Swap? on: November 15, 2006 10:43:58 AM
Hey All,

I love to cook. Love it! And I love trying new things. One of my all time favorite swap items that I received were herbs de Provence from France along with some sea salt from the north of France. Believe it or not the salt is Awesome on salads, has a great taste.

I thought it would be fun to swap seasoning mixes / spices with other folks here. It could be international or it could just be based on tastes.

Maybe it would go something like I give out 5 packets of my rockin' taco seasoning packet and my roasted potato seasonings to 5 people and get 5 different tastes in return (cajun spice, paella seasonings, rubs for grilling, cinamon sugar, curry, I could go on and on) etc.

Maybe we can include recipes for the spices or suggestions for what to make with it. The craft here would be creating the seasonings and to package them in some fun way.

What do you all think??

Sound fun or totally random?
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dino-Mite! on: October 28, 2006 03:39:24 PM
I made this over the summer for a swap but thought I would share it now:

It's a dinosaur embroidered onto fleece onto a tank-top. Inspired some of the craftsters here!





I hear my partner liked it, but I haven't seen an action shot. I got the picture off the internet and traced it. A surprisingly quick and cheap project!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rockin' Diner Apron (McCalls M3979) on: October 28, 2006 03:34:32 PM
I made this a while back for the FOC 4 swap -- my partner was BambiKhantastic a tattoo artist who likes to wear aprons while working.

I've only made like 3 items of clothing and  never use patterns so this was SUPER EASY McCalls pattern number:M3979 (there are several cute retro patterns in the package)

I've also never used bias tape, which is very easy.

The fabric is totally awesome pink cherry blossoms with gold highlights.

A link to pictures of Bambi wearing her apron (scroll down a bit -- the images are for a slightly mature audience)

Here's me in the apron before I sent it away:





Here's her "name" embroidered onto the front panel (see the gold!):
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Feedback for the Swap Flake-ee / Receiver? on: September 18, 2006 12:37:43 PM
I know this is probably a sensitive topic, but:

I have been (or am currently in) 7 swaps. I was SO excited about swaps when I discovered them on Craftster and it's why I became a FOC.

But of the 7 swaps I have had 3 flakers and one major dissapointment. I was wondering if it was possible to have it listed in feedback that the participant was flaked on.  (just to clarify - it would thus say in my feedback that I got positive and that I was flaked on by my partner and was angel-ed). It might just be nice to note.

I don't really want to participate in swaps anymore because of all of the dissapointment. Even when I get an angel the swap is ancient history and my excitement has vanished. (Not to mention feeling like a diva and begging for something to be done about it)

I think it might be helpful too for the organizers to see if someone has had several bum partners to maybe pair them up with a pro who will treat them nice (I would love that!).

I know that swapping is a mixed bag and I have had an open mind but, well, it's getting to me.

I've never organized a swap, is this something that would be helpful to organizers? Or is it something that would make me feel better but that's about it?

xoxI'm trying not to get bitter and I'm sure after a few months I'll jump back in.
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