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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HotPatterns - worth the plunge? on: March 28, 2007 10:53:25 AM
I've been obsessing over the hotpatterns.com site recently. I love the looks (Artful Dodger! so cool!), and I've been doing all the research I can here and on Patternreview.com.
I'm a beginner sewer, I am currently just making practice garments but I really want to progress to making as much of my clothing as I can, and Hot Patterns has styles I like.
I'm also Canadian, and if you buy more than 6, there is free shipping. I'm a sucker for free shipping. Smiley
I've got my birthday coming up, and I'm wondering if I should take the plunge and use birthday money to get 6, and have no shipping, or if I should test one out first, and pay shipping.

The reviews I've read didn't make it any easier to decide if I wanted to order any of the patterns, some say there are too many mistakes, others ended up with garments that fit perfectly with no alterations.

6 would be a lot of money, birthday money or not (I have been informed by my mum that birthday money is for fun things, not stuff like rent or groceries).  I think I'm just falling prey to the amazing marketing phenomenon that is free shipping.

It feels good to ramble at people who understand. Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Heartahedron ornament (complete w/ photos) on: November 12, 2006 02:29:51 PM
I made my first Christmas ornament of the year today! I'm feeling very seasonal now, but I'm not sure what to do next!



The design is from the holiday Martha mag. She used vintage Christmas cards, but as all I had lying around to cut up was an old pack of cards, I used that. Smiley

I've got a more detailed (and picture-heavy!) entry on my blog!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Romantic Style pattern question on: September 23, 2006 04:40:26 PM
Have You Seen This Knit?
I noticed a new knitting book out called Romantic Style. It's all patterns by Jennie Atkinson (does a lot for Rowan ie: River and Butterfly) and most of them I'm fairly certain I've seen in other magazines. There is one I really want to make, but rather than buy the actual book, I'm interested in any excuse to enhance my collection of Rowan mags (if this pattern is indeed in a Rowan mag).
It's a lacy shrug with a hood shown in green.
http://rycrafty.blogspot.com/2006/09/romantic-knits.html
That post on my blog has more info and some pictures.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Un-kinking frogged silk/wool? on: May 17, 2006 02:33:16 PM
Hi all!

I have half a scarf knitted out of Fleece Artist's Handmaiden Lady Godiva. I've decided that the pattern I've chosen doesn't show off the yarn very well.
I'm thinking of ripping what I have (half a Braided Mischeif from Scarf Styel), and making a Clapotis. I have two concerns, the main one (and the title of the post) is:

I know once I frog it, the yarn will be all kinky and loopy. I know that usually, one would wind this into a hank, wet it, and hug it up with weights on to un-kink. I'm just not sure if this is a good thing to do with a yarn that is 50% silk, 50% wool. I just don't know how it will react, if it'll stretch, if I should even submerse silk/wool completely in water or what. Advice please!

My second issue is that I only have two skeins. I still want to make a Clapotis, but I'm going to make it thinner, more scarf-like, to compensate for the fact that I don't have nearly enough yarn for a full one.

Or, if you have a good idea of what to do with 2 skeins of Lady Godiva, be my guest! I do want to try a Clapotis though....
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