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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with handspun "thick and thin" single ply yarn? on: November 28, 2008 11:32:50 PM
i recently bought the most DELICIOUS hand-dyed and handspun falkland wool yarn off of etsy.com, and i cant WAIT to use it. the problem is, im having a hard time coming up with something, for a number of reasons:
1) there isn't as much yardage as im used to. one is only 100 yds (8 wpi), and the other is 128 yds (10 wpi).
2) i want to show off the colorway and the thick-and-thin texture, because that's what makes it so pretty!
3) because its wool, the fibers get stuck together (it doesn't really "felt" per se...) and it gets fuzzy, so i kind of want to stay away from stitches that have holes or spaces or openings in it, but i don't want it to be a really dense fabric either.
perhaps im asking too much, and it can't be done, but i figure that id at least pose my question to all of you wonderful and talented knitters out there!
one more thing: i also crochet (*gasp!*) so if anyone can come up with a crochet answer, id appreciate that too!

-dreadwaste.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / im looking for the market entrelac bag... on: May 19, 2008 01:56:30 AM
does anyone know where to find the pattern? i mean, i know you have to pay for it, which is totally cool with me. i just cant seem to find it anywhere.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / you cant knit in hawaii. on: May 19, 2008 01:53:57 AM
actually, you can, since ive been knitting lately, but not for me. see, ive got access to wool, acrylic, and cotton (god forbid: its that sugar and cream crap).
so i need your guys help:
what materials out there are cool, soft on the skin, easy to work with, etc. that can make a person living in hawaii comfortable? if you wanna see how much the weather sucks here, (no, hawaii is NOT PARADISE contrary to popular belief), go to weather.com. its so humid, my armpits are stuck together.

ive heard of silk, soysilk, bamboo...any other ideas?

please, help a sweaty girl out!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Where did the even rows go? on: September 24, 2007 08:54:00 PM
I really want to do this scarf, but I cant figure out what to do for all of the even (WS) rows. This is all it says for the pattern:

"Lace chart repeat consists of 63 rows. All sts on the WS are worked as they appear: K the knit sts and P the purl sts."

What the heck does that mean?! The chart only has the odd (RS) rows. Do I follow row 1 for row 2? And if so, do I start row 2 by following the pattern for row 1, but backwards (so the last stitch of row 1 would be the first stitch of row 2)? I'm so confused.

Here's the link:http://olgajazzzy.blogspot.com/2007/03/scarfette.html

PS: I really want to get this done in time for my sister's birthday, which is two weeks away, and it'll probably take me about two weeks to finish it. So any advice ASAP would be awesome!

TIA,
dreadwaste
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / SnS sleeve substitute? on: March 27, 2007 11:34:24 PM
sooo...the infamous short 'n sweet.
my main problem with this pattern is the sleeves. now, i know the pattern, i dont have a problem reading it. its the end product thats kind of annoying me.
i made my first SnS out of simply soft and the edges of the sleeves ruffled outwards, which i guess is the look that is trying to be achieved.
however, im making my second one out of sugar 'n cream, and the sleeves look really boxy.
so what i need is a stitch pattern that will match (well, probably not MATCH, but look okay with) the relief pattern for the SnS, as well as hang a little looser so it doesnt look so boxy. any ideas?
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / 140 squares later...a color bar blanket emerges! on: February 22, 2007 05:49:40 PM
...im finally done with the colorbar blanket! this is my largest project to date, and im pretty happy about how it turned out.
so a bit of a funny story: i live in spokane, WA where it can get pretty cold. so i wanted to make the color bar blanket to keep me warm, and i was going to use wool like the pattern calls for. but im a poor college student, and couldnt afford it. next best thing: good old red heart. well, i went home for vacation, and my dad saw it and said, "i want one of those blankets!" so i figured, ill give him the red heart one, and that will be my practice one, and ill make the warm one for myself. clever eh? anyway, on to the picture. (its kind of hard to take a picture of something so big...)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v468/imperfectxdrug/whoa8038.jpg
comments? criticisms?
ps: i didnt attatch them together like the book said. i made all the squares, and stitched them together in panels by color...
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / short n sweet substitute? on: January 21, 2007 12:03:22 AM
you think peaches n cream will work? the generic cotton from walmart?
anyone tried?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Blocking/starching without an iron? on: October 27, 2006 06:36:11 PM
I, as a poor college student, don't have an iron. Mainly because I don't iron my clothes (what college student irons clothes?) but also because I don't have the means of getting to the store to buy one (and also because buying one implies that I have money).  Is there anyway to block stuff without using an iron?
I made a couple doilies and I have spray starch, but no iron. Does anyone know if starch just requires heat to set, or does it need both heat and pressure? I was thinking that maybe I could get by with a blowdryer. Think it would work? Or what about steam, like from a hot pot?

Sorry if this sounds stupid and petty. I'm just trying to find a way around things.
9  Washington / Washington: Northeast / Anyone in Spokane? on: October 27, 2006 05:06:48 PM
I'm a student at Gonzaga...just wondering if there's any other crafty people who live in this tiny town? Especially hookers (not the kind on Sprague, mind you.)

I'm crossing my fingers!
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