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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My Cuff bracelet / intro post on: June 20, 2006 12:37:08 PM

Is the blank inflexible -- that is, do you have to worry if the blank should bend that the PC will break or crack?

I had some SculpeyIII shrink and crack right off a terra cotta flower pot, and I've been leery of putting any PC on anything firm ever since.  Angry
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: place markers? on: June 16, 2006 05:15:22 PM
And I've used paperclips.  Luckily I had colored ones on hand, which were a little better than the plain ones.  You can also slide the wire onto finished work to mark rows as needed (like where you stopped increasing on your shrug . . .)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: i want to write a sweater pattern but i'm not sure i can do it :) on: June 14, 2006 06:33:39 AM

And about the copious notes thing -- more notes are always better than less!  Because if you ever want to share this pattern with others, it is a whole lot easier to write it up from clear, detailed notes. 

I even knit now with a digital camera at hand (wearing black, of course) so I can shoot WIP in my lap as I go. Cheesy

You can do it!  It just takes vision and a little math.  You've already got the vision thing handled!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone ever felted varigated Manos yarn? on: June 10, 2006 09:30:38 PM
I suppose it is a matter of taste.  I got two sets of skeins from a yarn shop, with the understanding I'd make them up a sample bag for the store, and I'd get to keep the other set. 

The bag I made for them made me so sad!  Such beautiful yarn, and such a blah finished product,  IMHO.

But when I posted pictures elsewhere, other people really liked it.  Go figure. Huh

I never felted up the yarn for me, I made a hat and scarf instead.  Very luxurious!

So I'd say, swatch first, both double strand and single strand.  It is such lovely stuff, you want to be sure before it goes in the washer.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a book with my knitted swatches--ideas? on: June 05, 2006 06:43:34 PM
I stapled mine onto black card stock pages. The staples were easy to remove if needed and they did not show too much if I put them in a direction that matched the swatch.  They make colored staples, if you want to dress it up a bit.

Then with a sparkly pen I wrote in the notes.

The book was really really fat!  Those swatches are bulky, so I staggered them.  One page had the swatch on the top of the page, the next on the bottom.  That helped a little.  I got a mondo sized 3-ring binder from the office supply store.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stiffening up a felted bowl on: June 04, 2006 07:08:55 PM
How many times have you sent it through the wash?

I've never felted a bowl, but for a bag that is still too floppy, I felt it down again and again until it is as hard as it will go.  I've made lots of bags, but never have I felted them too far -- at least in my opinion!  For me, the firmer the better.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: All About Felting on: June 02, 2006 08:18:35 PM
I ran across this book mentioned somewhere on the web: Second-time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater - Anna-Stina Linden Ivarsson

See it here

Diane in Chicago
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