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1  Felted laptop sleeve in Knitting: Completed Projects by RedFish on: May 19, 2006 02:53:02 PM

This shrank quite a bit more in length than I was expecting, because I really wanted this to go the other direction. But luckily it didn't shrink as much as I was expecting in width, because that meant I could rotate it 90 and still have it fit my clunky old Dell laptop.  Undecided

I wanted a sleeve for my laptop so I can drop it in my daypack or bike pannier, so that's where the cord and mouse will go. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.
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2  Felted eyeglass case in Knitting: Completed Projects by RedFish on: May 13, 2006 07:31:10 AM
I finished this in an afternoon - very easy and fun to do. Knit in the round on dp needles with Brown Sheep Nature Spun wool (? 42 sts on size 7 needles ? - I didn't write it down so don't quote me on that). Then sewed the bottom, tossed in the washing machine and it felted to the right size in less than 10 minutes.

I actually decreased the stitches at the top but it still stretched out, so that's when I added the little folds at the opening.

I'm used to a hard case for my glasses, so this feels a little floppy, but I figure if I don't crush it at the bottom of my book bag or toss it around too much, it should protect the glasses fine.
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3  Need advice for piecing together afghan in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by RedFish on: April 12, 2006 08:12:33 PM
This is an afghan that I started ages ago - I finished the 3 strips and then didn't get any farther in putting the pieces together. Pulled it out yesterday and blocked it, so it looks like this:

(If you can't tell from the photo, the strips are vertical, not that it really matters in this mostly symmetrical piece.) It's 33" x 42" - not huge, but more like a little lap blanket to keep me warm while reading. Smiley

Since this is an afghan, I'm expecting it to be reversible (which is why I knit it with this type of pattern). The only methods I know for sewing pieces of knitted material together produce a noticeable seam or ridge. Is there some way that I can sew it that will not show and it will lie flat?

My thought was to skip trying to sew it together and instead knit a small strip between the strips and join them together as I knit, kind of like this:

I would use the same pattern as the border and alternate the colors again. This would have the added benefit of making it a little wider. I haven't ever tried to knit something where I'm trying to join into a separate piece - is this possible? Any tips for doing this? Do I just catch a loop of the adjoining piece (hopefully at the right row) onto the end of the needle and knit it together with the last stitch, and repeat for every row?

Or other ideas of how to put this together?

thx in advance. Smiley
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4  Re: chopstick/dowel knitting needle tutorial in Knitting: Completed Projects by RedFish on: April 10, 2006 09:10:19 PM
Okay, since it looks like I'm not the only one still reading this thread, I'll post this pic of the chopsticks I just turned into knitting needles:

I had to use wood dough to fill in the decorative incised bands, then sand it all smooth. I didn't get nearly as creative with the finishing as those that others have done here - I just rubbed with lemon oil and wiped dry. But I'm looking forward to using my cheap and yet so functional needles! Smiley
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