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21  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Ideas for a watch with a broken eyelet? on: May 09, 2007 08:57:29 AM
The watch still works.  The band is intact.  It's the annoying eyelet on the watch casing that's broken at the top of the watch.  I currently can't wear it. It's a pretty watch. I don't want it to go to waste.



Ideas? Resources?

Thanks. Smiley
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Alterknits Antoinette Squares cap on: March 27, 2007 11:11:36 PM
Eeee!  Grin My first (partially) crocheted FO!  Somewhat wonky and has mistakes, but I did it!

front

back

side (with my best square)

The book, Alterknits was at my library, and I had to try this pattern!  I think I learned all the basics; ch, sc, dc, trc and sl st (eventually, I figured out the difference between sc and sl st  Tongue Roll Eyes) I did 5 squares instead of the 6 called for because I thought it would be several inches too big with 6 when I was seaming the squares together.  I don't quite understand crochet gauges yet.

Top is done by picking up stitches and knitting. (I think this would be a decent transition project for someone who wants to try knitting. Smiley
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 2 patterns: separate or combined? on: March 06, 2007 05:37:03 PM
I'm currently working on Sno-White (sweater on Knitter's Magazine Winter '06 cover) http://knittinguniverse.com/xrx/knitters/CoverList.php?IssueNum=85&Status=20.

I'm wondering, should I knit the pattern

- as-is (other than the yoke, Sno White is all St st and ribbing--a bit boring, IMO)

or

- as a combination of the yoke with the Aran Isle /Cable knit dress (the first one) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=149972.0 (Tried to enlarge the pics, but they didn't cooperate, so I squinted and re-typed the pattern in Word).

Do you think it would look nice?  Be too busy?

Opinions?
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Q socks, hugging cable, etc. updated 10/9/07 on: February 03, 2007 01:50:26 PM
I'm kind of lazy about starting new threads. Smiley  Newest in new post.

Flower hat based on Eugenia Kim's flower hat.  
Very few people can afford the $180.00+ USD price tag.  I reproduced it on paper and by trial and error.  Ran out of yarn, so it is currently just the part in the round.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/j4782/I%20knit%20it/flowerknit.jpg
You can see the decreases changed the number of 'petals' per flower.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/j4782/I%20knit%20it/flowerknitdecreases.jpg
action shot.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/j4782/I%20knit%20it/flowerknitaction.jpg

Hugging cable attempt #1 (Valentine's Day):
(why you shouldn't use unblockable yarn)


Stapled. Tongue

Obviously has some kinks for me to think about.

My sister's birthday present is based on http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/brea/brea.html and a modification idea I got from the brea knitalong (I-cord handles knitted straight, then braided when long enough).  Done with Plymouth Yarn's Encore (75% acrylic, 25% wool) on US 9s for the most part.  Did the I-cords on 8s because that was the closest size I had on circs (doing 3 cords on straights would not have gone as quickly!).  I made the bottom wider (20 sts instead of 12) with 3 threads held together so I could make the I-cords directly attached to the bottom.
in progress
FO
zipper and decorative buttons
interior lined with plastic gird to give the bottom support & shape.

Socks based on http://slippedstitch.blogspot.com/2005_10_01_slippedstitch_archive.html.  Added a heart and reversed the illusion colors on the second sock. 100% acrylic worsted weight on US 3 dpns (couldn't justify doing my first socks on nice yarn).
side view
illusion

Sweater loosely based on a free pattern I got at Hancock Fabrics http://cache.lionbrand.com/graphics/patterns/khs-hoodedSweaterThumbnail.jpg.  No hood; new neckline. Smiley  My second sweater. Knit up really quickly.  (The first sweater I knit turned out too big & I got some ideas about making a different pattern, so it's been frogged. :-P)  Third pic is more true to color (second was in mirror, colors were wonky, but only way to get an action shot).  Used Moda Dea Swirl, Happy on 7s and 10.5s.
sweater
action shot
neckline (true to color)
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ah, the soothing world of craftster on: January 29, 2007 08:07:34 AM
I needed to read some of your cute posts today.

Had a bad experience with an inexperienced ebay seller.  People who make up their own rules suck.  That's all I'm going to say before I get worked up about it again!

Thank you all for being a nice, friendly community. Smiley
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / modifying top-down sock to toe-up? on: January 27, 2007 10:07:55 AM
Okay, this may seem like an abomination to some, but I'm not a fan of gussets and I fear a really messed-up toe.  How do I modify a top-down sock pattern to a toe-up one? 

Specifically, I'd like to try http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/09/bayerische_sock_part_ii.html. Smiley  Sorry, Eunny! (I know she comes by sometimes)
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gotta love center-pull skeins... on: December 09, 2006 08:08:20 PM
So, last night I was a wee bit tired, wandered off to bed around 2.... Pick up UFO, check. Extra dpns, check. Keys, random things that need to be put away, check.  Proceed to my room....

I'm almost at my bed when I feel a tug, and look behing me to see a single strand of black yarn following me out the door...down the hall, around the corner, a chair, to the couch.  D'oh!  There sits a 364 yd skein of Red Heart, undisturbed.

Muttermutter.  Pick up skein, gather yarn at random intervals, get caught on something, go back, unhook, go to my room. Dump offending yarn & UFO on desk.

Still haven't knit up the amount of yarn I pulled. *Humph!*  Tongue

I'm sure if it had been a strand from the outside, I would have noticed a lot sooner.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / grrr! Moda Dea Swirl goes to crap while sewing on: November 29, 2006 10:12:31 PM
I knit up the pieces of my sweater just fine, and it looks and feels great, but finishing it is taking forever!

FYI, anyone doing projects with Moda Dea Swirl, avoid sewing with it as much as possible!  This knits up fine, 3-needle bind off works well, but as I sew with it (I don't know how to pick up stitches from the side of these pieces through the fuzz very well, so I'm mattress stitching), it separates! Grrrr!  It does this strange bunching thing as I pull it through a stitch.

Sorry, no questions, just expressing frustration. Smiley
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Want to add to a sweater I bought on: November 22, 2006 12:19:30 PM
I bought a hand-knit sweater about 3, 3.5 years ago on a study abroad trip to Iceland I'd like to rework for a better fit--with minimal hassle (i.e. just adding to it, not totally re-knitting it).  It was intended for kids, but because I'm small, it mostly fits.  Tongue

I'm in the process of hunting down matching lopi wool (Icelandic product), which is a bit of an iffy thing because my sweater's main color is royal blue (discontinued by ISTEX, not a very popular color w/ other brands, have found 3 sources for it--I'm concerned about a good match because I obviously don't have a lot number :/).

The neck and shoulders is all intarsia, so it's hard for me to tell if this was knit in the round or not. :/ In some places the mattress stitch is really good, so I can't totally pinpoint all the seams, or they might be hidden under intarsia.  I know I'm going to have to un-do the intarsia, but before I begin, I thought I'd ask those with more experience what's the best way to go about this.

If it is not knit in round, is it easier to broaden the shoulder width (i.e. pick apart the shoulder seams, rip down to about armpit, and undo decreases) or lengthen the sleeves (taking off the sleeves, ripping, then adding rows)?  Or would it all depend on the construction method?

If it is in the round (i.e. top-down)...what should I do?

Sorry, don't have a connecting cable from camera to computer right now to show it.

I've knit one sweater, that was supposed to be a sleave-inset method, but my arms didn't fit the pattern (discovering this after I have completed the body of course), so I kind of made up my own sleeve pattern and sewed the excess  material to the inside.

I'm working on a new sweater with a different construction (no insets-yea!).

Thanks for any help!
30  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Blankets are gold in Mexico on: November 19, 2006 06:51:13 PM
Hi!

For those who make blankets! Smiley

Blankets are very important to colder, mountainous parts of Mexico.

Doesn't matter what the blanket looks like or if the quality is not great; they will be greatly appreciated! Smiley  They don't even need to be crafted; if you've got about $10-12 to spare, buy enough fabric from a store to cover someone! Smiley

preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'www.missioninmexico.com') helps out 600+ of the poorest people at Christmas-time.   The address to send your blankets to is on the website, but I will repost here (a group is going down to Zacatecas the week before).

Mission in Mexico
P.O. Box 18466
Irvine, CA 92623-8466

or

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
301 Avenue D
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Please pin a note designating the blanket for "Mission in Mexico, Attn: Jerry Chen or Joseph Sissac."

Thanks in advance for any FOs! Smiley
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