I am going to Tempe next week for several days and I am looking to do some yarn shopping while there. Any suggestions for locally-owned shops near ASU? The hubby's doing a conference there and I'm just along for the ride, so I will have lots of time to explore, but no car. I have searched this board for yarn in Tempe, but so far I've only seen Jo-Anns and some thrift stores mentioned. I've got those in Oakland. Are there any small, interesting shops I should check out?
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Donations of hand-knitted toys sought for bringing to families in Slidell, LA (30 miles from New Orleans). Toys will be brought to a Habitat for Humanity building site on May 28 by Article Pract staffer Mae Chan Frey and distributed to families working on their new homes.
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My husband is living in Orange County right now for a job, so I go down from the Bay Area on a regular basis to visit. We usually spend one night in L.A. proper while I'm there, and I am interested in exploring knitting (and sewing, but not just now) resources in Los Angeles. I have heard about Knit Cafe, which sounds nice, but are there other coffee and knitting combo places to check out? I'd love to visit yarn stores, too, but since he's gonna be with me I figured a cafe setting would be better so I can install him with a newspaper at a table as I browse to my heart's content.
I should mention, too, that I am interested in hearing your reviews of places you've actually been, since I can easily find generic, comprehensive lists. When I searched this board for yarn stores, etc, I found a lot of links, but only a few were recommended from personal knowledge of the place.
What are your favorite places (minus jo-ann's, michaels)?
Can anyone advise me on making it? My best guess right now is to make two big triangles of fabric at the top, ruche them in a little across a empire waistband, and do something similar with the skirt (ie, make it too big in the waist and then gather is under the waistband). the back seems to be kind of a boatneck and is gathered (a little less than the front) as well.
The biggest question I have is how much should i gather? Say my waist is 35"--how much wider than that should the bottom fabric be before it just looks way too bulky?
So, I bought some yarn on ebay and, being a total knitting moron, I figured Uruguay DK sounded nice and I bought a lot of 10 skeins of it, hoping to make a sweater. Problem is, I have yet to find a pattern that calls for DK yarn in a sweater that I like. So what do I do? Did I get an amazingly good deal on this merino/alpaca/silk yarn because it's not suitable for making sweaters? Or I am missing something in the patterns that will unlock the secret door to knitting bliss? Also, as I mentioned, I have ten balls of the stuff. If I need to make a size XL sweater, will I have enough yarn?
Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this!
I would like to cover the seats of my car with something and do some other decorating as well. Of course, since my car is a 22-year-old Volvo, I would like to keep the decor cheap and simple seeing as how she might die on me any day. She's a med-dark metallic blue and currently has dark blue corduroy seats and navy blue plastic dash and interior doors. I'd love to do seat covers in a color/print that contrasts with the navy interior.
Any suggestions? I am also open to suggestions on ways to cover the steering wheel, accessories that people like in their cars, or things to make my car cozier for my passengers.
I am curious what others think about this idea since I haven't been knitting very long and can't predict every peril in knitting:
Once at Target I saw this tupperware-style container that had a flip open top that was desinged to hold a skein or a couple of balls of yarn so that you could keep a project organized in one place. The yarn pulls out through the hole in the top. It was the same concept as this: http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/073245.html, only taller.
My idea is to make them out of empty coffee canisters that have plastic lids. I would just cut a hole in the top part to pull the yarn through. Would this work, or is there something more to those yarn ball holders than is immediately apparent? (I will, natch, make sure the canister is free of any coffee grounds!)