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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about heel turning on: June 26, 2007 10:45:54 PM
As if this isn't asked almost every day Wink I'm making this pattern : http://www.knitlist.com/97gift/aransocks.htm  and I'm extremely confused.

Secifically, here :
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Divide for heel (32 heel sts, centered around marker), beginning with a wrong side row:

Heel stitch (adapted from jp's cable socks, 'slight variation on the Interweave Sock book's cabled sock heel')

Row 1 (WS): k1 tbl, k2, p26, k2, sl1 p-wise wyif

Looking at the picture, the heel is 16 stitches on either side of the marker (which is at the start of the round) but row 1 is 32 stitches. That puts me directly opposite of the marker. Row 2 then says :
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Row 2 (RS): k1 tbl, k2, *k1, sl 1*, rep * * to last 3 sts, k2, sl1 pw wyif

Am I supposed to stop 3 stitches before the halfway point that I ended up before? Or am I supposed to be doing this over just the 16 stitches?

This is my 2nd pair of socks, and I'm really confused this time. The last ones were ankle socks that had the BEST heel instruction, eliminating the pickup thing...but I don't know enough to modify this pattern yet Sad
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Duffel and matching makeup bag! 4 pics on: June 26, 2007 09:59:42 PM
My mom and I are going to Dragon*Con this year. I decided it was a perfect excuse to make a couple bags for us to use for 4 days. Mom bought me the stuff to make hers first Cheesy
 EDIT : I loosely followed Lia's duffel tutorial : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7290.0;topicseen changing the strap placement (ends for easier carrying) and size (that's a 24 inch zipper, folks!). Oh, and I sewed the lining directly to the pieces. not as pretty, but easier to handle.
Excuse the pictures, but I didn't think to do this until 1am....
Closed with bonus babyhead in the corner!:


Open:


Then, I found the tute for the triangle cosmetic bag here : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0 (Thank you so much queenofdiy!)  And decided to make a matching bag for mom. I didn't have a zipper, so I took a pair of ruined jeans, cannibalised the zipper (which was too small  Roll Eyes ) and used the leg as the lining. It's not perfect (no zipper foot...and my machine bogged down on the last side, and I didn't catch all the fabric Angry so I had to go over that later. But, it still is ok. I'll probably use this one.

Outside (which shows the canvas colour of the bags better) :


Inside (with all my crap) :


Mom wants to use a dragon stencil she found with paint, but I talked her into letting me use it with a paintbrush and bleach Wink Luckily I have scrap left to practice...I used a scrap to paint 'Mom' (was going to do that on the small bag) and it didn't bleed.

If I can, I'll update with that last picture.

Thanks again to queenofdiy, for her fantastic makeup bag tutorial, and Lia, for her duffel bag tutorial. When I have proper materials, I'll make another that will actually do justice to her tute! (Gonna make one with vinyl between the 2 layers for easy cleanup in case of burst foundation) and larger for shampoo and a toothbrush!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wrap pants on: June 11, 2007 08:37:44 PM
I just finished a pair of wrap pants from Simplicity 5508


Front



Side - with HAWT leg action!



Closeup of fabric

I like it Smiley It's comfy, and I love the scaly look of the fabric. Thank heavens for wal-mart and $1/yard!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Singer 5050 issues on: April 11, 2007 08:16:34 PM
I've searched, but come up empty.

I've been trying to sew, but apparently the gods of sewing are aginst me. First, the top thread isn't catching the bottom. Then it catches, but the bottom is loose. then the top thread breaks.

I've fussed with the tension, I've rethreaded, I've refilled the bobbin. Now I'm cursing and throwing scissors. (seriously...my project had a pair of scissors thrown into it. Too bad they didn't stick in it.)

Now, my bobbin case is broken, and That's causing the top thread to catch every little bit. But I just don't know what to do. And I can't find a repair place nearby.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / crinckle material? on: April 07, 2007 11:02:43 PM
I'm making a crapload of stuff for my SIL who's expecting. I want to make a small taggie with a crinkle-y material inside, but I don't know what to use.

She'll toss it into the wash without thinking, and all my ideas will disintegrate or be totally unsafe for the baby.

Any ideas?
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ISTKOC! Machine knitting yarns on: March 20, 2007 05:11:58 PM
I Summon the Knowledge of Craftster!!  Grin

I was browsing ebay, and saw some colors I really like, in cones. I figure that the cones would be great, BUT!

I don't understand the weights. One was 2/11, for example. Google failed me in searching what it all means, so I turn to you, my lovely learned knitters of Craftster! I just want something in standard worsted...like Red heart, but not crummy  Wink I'd like to try knitting with something a bit nicer for a change....
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My husband is the best ever! on: February 24, 2007 12:56:00 AM
First -As soon as I find the cable for my camera I'll post pics.

Now, I told my husband how nice it would be to have a swift. Silly man asked me what that was. I showed him a couple handmade ones (on here someplace- a k'nex one and a wood one) and a "real" one. He then made me one from spare wood from the chicken houses his dad owns and bits he scrounged around the farm. I nabbed some varnish from my mom (from when they built the house 12 or so years ago!) and have to finish it. He even sanded it by hand since the sander I had was older than he was and broke. And it works great  Grin

Second awesome thing is we couldn't afford Christmas gifts for each other this year, and put it off until the tax returns. He surprised me with a box from Knitpicks. He bought me a set of Options! And he remembered the size markers too!

He's such a great man.... I just had to brag on him.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! I need patterns for my grandmother! on: December 09, 2006 05:48:04 PM
Grandma has almost given up knitting. She's almost 90 and has really severe arthritis in her hands and wrists. I thought that the gigantor needles Lion Brand has would be a solution.

What I need are some patterns (other than scarves...that's all I've found so far) to put in with the needles for her. Something to inspire her to try. I think with the large size she'd be able to do more than a row or 2.

Sooooooo anyone got any ideas? This is her christmas gift (part of it...I'm going to add some yarn for a project and I made some fingerless gloves for her cold hands)
19  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Bikini bag on: October 17, 2006 12:06:05 AM
I made the bag from the bikini for a little girl's birthday pressie...

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/xianra/crackster/IMG00191.jpg

size huge, so it's linked.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Getting started and could use some input on: October 06, 2006 12:29:04 AM
I want to start knitting, and I have a book, and tons of yarn (I crochet), and a pair of sz 8 (US) needles. So far, all the patterns I've found besides scarves call for DPN's or circulars.

I am wondering, what are the most common needles you use? What would you suggest I get?

I'm going to do pretty much anything eventually. Socks, sweaters, etc. This way I don't have to try to convert patterns anymore Wink

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