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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Who are you on Ravelry? on: September 26, 2007 07:53:44 PM
Antimony
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Experimenting with Low water immersion/microwave dyeing with acid dyes on: September 26, 2007 07:51:17 PM
Thanks guys! I had so much fun doing these, I'm totally going to have to order more silk to play with.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: STUPID, STUPID CIRCULARS!!! on: September 25, 2007 05:52:10 PM
Man, I feel bad being a 2nd nitpick, but when your knitting gets twisted, it's not a mobeus. A mobeus is made with a half twist, so it ends up only having one edge. When you're knitting gets twisted, it has a full twist in it, so you still have two distinct edges, the one that you are knitting, and the cast on.

On a more practical note, I do what Riki suggested, knit two rows flat, then join. It's a ton less frustrating, and the little seam is invisible.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Experimenting with Low water immersion/microwave dyeing with acid dyes on: September 25, 2007 04:51:12 PM
I spent part of the weekend experimenting with a hybrid of Low Water Immersion dyeing and Dharma Trading's instructions for using acid dyes in the microwave.

I dyed three silk bellydance veils (and some other stuff that either didn't turn out as well or was hard to photograph)

This one was red and charcoal gray:


This one is red, blue and gray. Honestly, I think it's hideous, but it was an interesting experiment:


This one is blue and gray, and it's my favorite, in person, the gray bands look like the cut open edge of a geode:
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ease, aargh! on: September 25, 2007 04:50:33 PM
Definitely go for the 40 in!

Part of the confusion may come from the fact that some patterns tell you the size of the finished sweater, and some tell you the bust measurement the size was "intended" for. This is especially bad for sweater patterns or books from the 80's because then it was the fashion/norm to write sweaters for 4-8 inches of ease. Now less than 2 is more common (except for jacket-y/outerwear type sweaters) and even negative ease is not uncommon.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pulling my hair out over Potted Tomatos on: September 25, 2007 04:18:51 PM
Tomatoes need a *lot* of water. I've had much more success growing them in self-watering containers than I have in regular pots. In the hottest part of the summer, though, I had to fill the reservoirs twice a day.

The variety matters also, I've had the best luck in containers with tomatoes from the "husky" series, which have very thick and sturdy stems, I think they are able to store more water in their flesh, and so make it through the day a little better.
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of dyeing you do? on: September 25, 2007 03:59:06 PM
I've been using Procion MX as an acid dye to dye silk bellydance veils, but I'm considering branching out into acid-specific dyes to see if I can get more vibrant colors.
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vinegar smell in yarn on: September 25, 2007 03:55:27 PM
Also, I don't know if you're planning to dye more yarn in the future, but you can buy powdered citric acid in the canning section of the grocery store. a couple of teaspoons in a bowl of water will get you to the same acidity as vinegar, but it doesn't smell.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lorna Hates Me on: January 23, 2007 11:39:51 AM
Lorna's looks much better in simple but somewhat-patterned socks. It makes pretty cool Jaywalkers (the yarn still pools, but the direction changing does break things up a bit) and great feather-and-fan or simple eyelet lace patterns. Nothing to fancy/detailed though, since the colors will compete with the pattern.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: short row toes.... on: January 19, 2007 11:48:17 PM
You'll always have one less stitch on the "unzipped" side than you cast on

If you cast on 10 stitches: (imagine your cast on stitches are at the bottom and the stitches you'll pick up are on top)

VVVVVVVVVV

You can see that there's 10 points on the bottom, but only 9 on top (with half a stitch left over on either side)

Just pick up an extra stitch at one of the edges.



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