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1  California / California: Central / Re: Yarn stores in Santa Cruz, CA? on: August 18, 2006 03:26:57 PM
Carolyn, if you're looking for fabric in Santa Cruz, check out Hart's Fabric on Seabright.  They have an incredible selection, really top-end stuff.
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater on: July 31, 2006 11:07:29 AM
This is a really lovely pattern-- I was going to try to resist it and stick with the destashing regime, but I may not have to choose.  I've got a massive amount of 'summer tweed' burning a hole in my stash.. Is that yarn working out for this pattern, Dawnya?

My guess on the gauge question is that the pattern calls for a slightly looser gauge than the ball-band, so she's letting you know they're different, and in order to get the exact same effect you'll need to buy one that says you'll get 18st/4" and knit it on slightly smaller needles to get 20st/4".  Not that you'd ever end up with the exact same effect since, judging from the price, that tilli tomas yarn is actually spun from pure platinum by albino monks in nepal.
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Prairie Tunic, IK on: July 31, 2006 10:48:21 AM
Keep going, knitchick, the end is in sight!  Here's my tunic taking a dip:



and impatiently drying:



Next up: sewing and wearing!
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Prairie Tunic, IK on: July 26, 2006 11:42:54 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, everybody! When I think it's going slowly, I just try to remember there are no sleeves looming ahead.  Just finish the front and I'm ready to go.  The sad thing about this great color is that I got this yarn for cheap because this color is being discontinued Undecided.  Awww.  Back to knitting!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / farewell to my first sweater= felted bag on: July 24, 2006 11:18:00 AM
So I was in the middle of frogging the second half of the first sweater I ever finished, when I got nostalgic and figured I should at least leave a little digital record.  Here's my old friend, on the way to the frog pond:


Looks kind of cute, right?  You may be thinking "Hey! Why's she gotta be so cruel to that defenseless sweater...It's not so bad..."  Here's a side view to show you why I wore this for about 15 minutes before putting it away for good:

"Bulky" does not begin to describe the dimensions of this sweater.  It was after I literally packed it for a trip to ANTARCTICA and did not wear it that I realized it was truly doomed.  I have NO idea what the designer was thinking, or what I was thinking to pick this one.  Did I mention this was sleeveless and a turtleneck?  Oh well, it was a gateway drug; now I know better and have a bunch of yarn to repurpose.  Here's the new bag I made from the other half, and a parting shot of the old sweater...
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Raspberet on: July 22, 2006 07:51:44 PM
Aw, thanks everybody!  Baby's due in September, and judging by the amount of pictures I get of her older sister, I should have no problem getting some shots of the new arrival. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Raspberet on: July 22, 2006 04:38:45 PM
I've got a little niece on the way, and I made her a little raspberry hat:


It's modified from Knitty's "Baby Tart" pattern- http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTbabytart.html  I wanted a fresh raspberry and not a pie.   It wasn't until it was almost done that I noticed my modifications had made it actually turn out to be a RASPBERRY BERET.   You can try to hide, but the pop hits of yesteryear will follow you wherever you go. 






8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Prairie Tunic, IK on: July 22, 2006 04:17:01 PM
Ok, so it's not on my body yet...but judging from the deafening silence around here, neither is anyone else's.  (excepting the uncannily fast Juniperl, of course). 

Here it is relaxing on my porch:

And here's a closeup of my racerback part:   I was again distracted by another quick project... I've got a niece on the way, and suddenly this fetus needed a little raspberry hat.  I just joined a swap, too, so you can bet more distractions will be coming.  I may end up wearing this under an overcoat in December, but I will persevere!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: JULY 20javascript:void(0);06 Birthday Month Swap on: July 21, 2006 05:27:24 PM
Happy birthday to all!  I'm Amanda and I turned 30 on July 1.  I live in the SF bay area; I'm in Santa Cruz for the summer and then I'm moving up to Oakland in the fall to attend CCA; I'm studying photography.  I knit and crochet, and have the ability to sew but am mostly too lazy to do it.  As far as general color preferences go, I tend to like weird greens, mossy or chartreuse-y or olive or lime (etc..), most shades of orange shy of neon, light blue/brown combos, black/white combos, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler or Denise Schmidt prints.  Navy and white is good for nautical themes-- I have an anchor tattoo, and some stars, so I like that sort of thing as well.  I have a long-haired chihuahua, black and tan with a white chest, so you could try to work him in somewhere if you're feeling doggy.  Now, the list!  

A pendant, maybe one of the slide ones you kids are making these days, or resin.  I like these from the last wish swap:  , or the flying bird ones here: adornjewelry.etsy.com/.  Any kinda botanical lookin' thing would be nice.  I like the images on this person's rings, too: tigerlillyshop.etsy.com/

A tote bag, in some nice funky fabric, perhaps vaguely like one of these:

Big enough for a couple notebooks, straps long enough to go over a shoulde
r.Thanks silverwing!!!

An embroidered pillowcase.  Any style of embroidery, any kind of pattern will make me happy.  My great-aunt made me some with really dorky flowers on them years ago, and I've loved them ever since.

A pillowcase, in some kind of loud print or patchwork, or screen print, for a 25"x25" pillow.  

Size 6 glass beads, not pearl colored, but any other color or a harmonious mix.  At least 150 beads (it's for an Odessa hat http://www.magknits.com/feb06/patterns/odessa.htm)

An apron, plain ol' over-the-neck style, either in some cool fabric or plain canvas with a screen(or any other kind of) print or some kind or embroidery-- I cook all the time, so nothing too delicate; this will be used daily and messily.

A t-shirt, screen (or otherwise)printed or embroidered, no words, but pretty much any kind of image.  Animals, plants, appliances, whatever.  I like a slightly fitted t or some girlier style above the standard t-shirt shape.  I'm usually a small, but a medium in American Apparel products (made for skinny little hipsters).

A Surprise!

I'm also claiming CraftinMyAssOff; I'm making her the Happy Hat from her wist.  This is my first swap-- birthday goodness for all!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Marc Jacobs A06 Floppey Hat - Pattern HELP! on: July 19, 2006 02:55:34 PM
BTW, I'd love to see what you come up with if you decide to tackle this; it's not really cold enough where I live for me to get much use out of it, but it's a great hat!
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