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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: More Rats, Gerbils and Mice (with pattern) on: April 09, 2008 10:31:52 AM
Oh, I love them! The color variety is pretty fantastic.
Thanks for the pattern links- I may make stuffed versions of my own rats. 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tea Rose Halter, turned corset on: May 18, 2007 08:31:59 PM
Cute!  I love the corset back and the color.
Is it comfortable, even with the coarse silk? 
I began knitting this right after I got the magazine.  It angered me, too, so mine is currently banished to the half-finished pile of doom. 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Yet Another Bell Sleeved Shrug! on: June 17, 2006 04:45:17 PM
Cute!  I love the color. Smiley
Which shades of Wilton did you use?
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cropped Jacket from KNIT1 Summmer 2006 on: June 14, 2006 08:06:53 AM
I started this sweater last week, using Caron Simply Soft in "Violet" (dark purple-ish).  I began with the mysterious (to me, at least) side panel so I could check my gauge while actually finishing part of the sweater.   I suppose two should be made and their positioning will become clear once the rest of the sweater is finished....  but without a picture of the back, I'm mildly confused.   
Otherwise, I love the way this thing's turning out! I'm halfway done with a sleeve.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2006 Knit Scene preview is up on: May 28, 2006 09:30:12 AM
Wow! I wasn't at all impressed with the first issue, but this one is fabulous.
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Orangina a-long on: May 24, 2006 08:00:29 AM
I think I'm going to rip out what I have, pick out another cute lace pattern, and start again on larger needles.  The size 2s I was using to get gauge were driving me mad! Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Project Ideas: PEEP knitted accessories on: April 19, 2006 11:16:34 PM
Another marshmallow Peep-seeker here. Smiley
But I was pleasantly surprised by the cute bags on this site. I love the "At the Spring Dance" bag.
A knit peep. Hmmm....
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: April 18, 2006 09:40:39 AM
Hi all! I've been working on a Simply Soft Clapotis in "Papaya." It's a bright, salmon-ish color.  I just started the straight section, so I only have three dropped stitch sections.   My gauge was a bit off (since I never check it beforehand... Smiley ) so my shawl will be HUGE, but I think I'm going to really like it. 
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Use What You Have Month on: April 17, 2006 05:35:33 PM
This is such a great idea! I have oodles of yarn that I intend to use up before I move.  I've been aiming to avoid new yarn purchases (except to finish current projects) and this knitalong will be great motivation.
A few weeks ago I started "Butterfly" from a recent Rowan magazine.  I have 3 balls of Kidsilk Haze that I've been meaning to use... for at least a year.  The beads I've had for almost as long.   
Here's a picture of my progress: (hopefully! It'll be my first picture posting)

Sorry about the poor quality.  I have a $15 webcam, it's dusk, and my knitting needle is poking into my curtain tie.  It was the only way to get proper light. Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting As If the Web of Life Mattered on: April 09, 2006 08:29:50 AM
I live in a hippie college town that provides numerous earth/animal-friendly ideas to draw from.  Not all related to knitting (obviously Smiley ) but many can be used with knitting in mind.
Thrift stores have yarn, needles, patterns, & sweaters to unravel. Many new knitting books recycle old ideas, so why not just buy older, used books? Wild Knitting by Angela Jeffs has patterns for knit vegetables, underwear, house things, etc. which are similar to things I've seen in recent books.  Even books from the 1940s & 50s contain bikini patterns & cute outfits.  Pattern magazines from the 1960s & 70s are full of interesting pictures & projects.
Many libraries have a nice selection of knitting books.  Why buy when you can rent for free? It's also a great way to test out books before you buy them. New books & magazines can be purchased from local yarn shops, instead of Barnes & Noble. 
The knitalongs section here has a "Use what you have" thread.  Keeps consumption down & encourages creativity! It's a cool idea.
Knitted gifts do keep others from purchasing mass-produced items.  Handmade items generally last longer, as well.  People tend to take better care of personalized gifts (at least in my experience).  Therefore, less trash.
I'm planning to knit cute lunchbags for family members who currently use paper bags & don't recycle. I'm also considering making water bottle holders & purchasing nice plastic bottles to avoid wasted cheaper bottles that are only used once or twice before being tossed. I'm spoiled by my city's free recycling program, and sometimes forget that not everyone has that option.
Old t-shirts & plastic shopping bags make excellent yarn. 
Now that it's warming up, knitting can be done outside or by an open window.  More natural light=less electricity.
Online yarn sources such as handpaintedyarn.com sell products created by cooperatives.  Peace Fleece is another good source of yarn.  The Hunger Site (the "click a day" button site) sometimes sells yarn in its online shop. 
It sometimes takes thought & planning, but it's possible to (cheaply) knit with minimal harm to the environment.
Good luck! Smiley


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