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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Types of yarn and their insulation? on: September 28, 2007 06:34:19 AM
if you are a near a university with a textile sciences (or something similar) department they might be able to put you in contact with someone who knows about this sort of testing (some of the claims yarn companies make are actually based on research).  as a scientist all i can say is make sure you have controls!!  you might also want to measure the temp of the water just before you pour it into the cup and sleeve to make sure that the temperatures are similar for all groups right from the start. nothing is ever too obvious that you shouldn't take measurements.  you might also want to consider the temperature of the room if you aren't running all your trials at the same time.  small changes in room temperature are unlikely to cause much of a problem but it would be nice to clearly be able to state that 'experiments were carried out in a room with average room temperature blah blah for all trials'.  if nothing else it would show that you are trying to control for as much as possible.

i think it is a good idea that you decided to  focus on the one thing - fiber type.  you have a clear hypothesis (i'm assuming its 'X fiber is better at insulating than Y fiber) which is key to a good experiment.   I wish you guys all the best for your experiment and make sure you tell us of your results! 

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: $34.77... on: May 24, 2007 06:22:30 AM
did they state the source of this data?  I hardly ever believe any number that the media throws at us unless the source is given and is reliable.  In any event I've made alot of sweaters in my time, most have cost more than that but not all  Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting with Dog Hair!!! on: May 22, 2007 01:34:49 PM
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you make really small pompoms? on: March 30, 2007 11:59:56 AM
instead of using small circles of cardboard just use two strips of cardboard (um, two rectangles of cardboard) and wrap around them.  kind of like using two fingers.  have a piece of yarn between the bits of cardboard (or thread one thru after wrapping the yarn around) to tie up the pompom with when you cut the wrapped yarn. this is how i used to always make pompoms (back in my pompom making youth) because i got sick of cutting out the cardboard circles and it is much easier to wrap the yarn around strips of cardboard than around the circles. 

you can also trim a pompom so that you get it to the size you want.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tofutsie Allergy? on: March 21, 2007 03:31:18 PM
just a note: not all proteins that people are allergic to become harmless when they are heated, for example gluten in wheat.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: This Bag Makes Me Happy! on: March 16, 2007 04:14:55 PM
i really like the buttons, they were a great little detail to add.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My finished Venezia on: March 13, 2007 05:47:09 PM
that is fantastic.  I really love it in just the two colours and the fit looks great.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Exchange a book swap round 2 (signup 5-12 March, sendout by 2 April) on: March 12, 2007 02:29:36 AM
yay, i'm in too! 
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby's First DNA Model *pic* on: March 10, 2007 02:03:27 PM
your baby will be doing experiments in the basement before you know it!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas knitting - mohair jumper on: March 10, 2007 02:01:15 PM
nice jumper!  Your mum is very lucky. 
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