Heheh, I know what you mean about it getting cold in Canberra, it's not often you find another Canberra knitter online. I have the same problem with being fairly slight, though I have found a few things that would fit me on Knitty, sticking to the Tangy and Mellow stuff for ease. Otherwise I find the ladies in at Stitch in Time in Phillip, to be quite helpful when I get a chance to go in there, though it does depend on your style too, most of the patterns they stock are a bit more on the conservative side.
My first sweater was one out of a Vogue Knitting mag a few years back, though I found the yarn I used a little scrachy so it hasn't really been worn much. It was incredibly warm though!
I would be and have been quite flattered when people copy my craftiness. Show them where to find inspiration and/or patterns online and places to get pointers for themselves and their own style should start emerging. Its kinda cute when my friends ring me up with 'how do i tell if its a knit or a purl' or 'whats stocking stitch... ohhhhhh it has a name, thats my favourite one'
Antsy, why not start a crochet group. Seeing you take your crochet to class may have given other closet crocheters the confidence to do so too, sadly not many girls these days have the confidence to pull out their craft in public, but you appear to have inspired them. They also might want a chance to connect with you via your craft for whatever reason, perhaps they don't have any crafty friends and would like some. Having other people to ask might also stop these girls in your class asking you all the stupid questions someone else to ask, next time they ask you can say 'well theres a group , maybe you should come join us and learn for yourself'. She is probably hoping you will turn round and offer to teach her, and with the group the other members could help teach her too so you won't cop ALL the dumb questions.
I generally knit for me, though when I have knitted for others they are generally rather appreciative of it. I also usually get lots of requests back from others for lessons or to have the same thing knit for them. I actually knit Dancia for my sister and people still ask her about it like 2 yrs later.
Weeping_cloud, I don't think you guys are losers, it's awesome that you get to craft with your man. I'm getting really excited at the prospect of my new guy helping me make/paint my warhammer army cos I think that other than some possible help reconning furniture its the closest we are gonna get to crafting together. That said, he did TRY to buy me yarn and/or S n' B books for my birthday/xmas but the LYS was closed, then we both got annoyed at the cost of shipping or cost difference to buy it in Aus so we got frustrated and gave up. AND he remembered my fav yarn after I showed it to him online once, he was gonna order me that but I said he probably shouldn't encourage my stash since the fabric stash has been moved to space bags in the shed already.
Maybe you should go yardsaling and find him an awesome piece of furniture to recon or something? Definately add some element of something for him to craft to the gift, encourage that crafty side and don't let him get away. If there is a stuffie he wants to make, get all the supplies together and do a stuffie kit or something.
I ususally pick something up along the lines of "this would be great for _____" and then buy roughly enough for said project.
I'm kind of like that too. It all depends on what the yarn is, how much it is but at times, I see a color and think... this would be great as a sweater.... or this would be awesome as a scarf, and buy accordingly.
Of course, it doesn't always work out to where the yarn you get is always enough... now I'm thinking shawl instead of hand warmers and scarf so I need to go back and get at least 3 more skeins, unless another color catches my eye while I'm there....
I hardly ever actually use any given yarn for the project that I originally bought it for
Especially if you're gonna use faux fur or something, make sure you don't cover the vents at the back. The velcro idea is a great one though the heat may cause the adhesive to melt a little and not stick as well. If it's an older style monitor you could make like an elastic skirt to go over the back and around to the front, leaving a split in the bottom to allow for the base of the monitor
[quote author=cdngreenie link=topic=212210.msg2286535#msg2286535 date=1197218450 Oh, but I have to say, by far, the best knitting police tip-off I've found would be for my grandma (whose collection of needles, notions and crochet hooks I inherited)... she used to sharpen her plastic knitting needles with the pencil sharpener. They're all different lengths now, but boy are they pointy! [/quote]
She sharpens them! LOL Someone get the felted cuffs out please! This just makes me cringe, but at least its an original crime against kniting.