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161  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Nintendo Controller Belt on: May 27, 2004 12:40:49 PM
This has me conflicted...
It's such a cool belt idea.. but at the same time.. the poor controller! ><
162  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: painted guitar! on: May 27, 2004 12:31:43 PM
Oh man, that's the cutest guitar ever!
Wait no, I can't say that too loudly, or my bass will hear...

^_^ My favourite one's got to be the one with the antlers, or the lizard/dinosaur one..
Though when looking at it, I almost start thinking of it as a colouring book, and give each one a certain colour in my head.
little yellow and orange stars... that one's blue.. that one's yellow and green...
163  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: improve your ice cubes on: May 26, 2004 02:49:54 PM
What I used to do (when my mom would make tiramisu), was to take rather conentrated coffee/expresso and freeze them as ice cubes.
I don't really like to drink coffee unless its is really sweet and diluted with milk. So I'd take one or two of these coffee cubes and drop them into a glass of milk with some sugar, and end up with something that was rather alike those starbucks fraps, but a lot less expensive and a bit thinner and more milky.
164  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting in the round... on: May 26, 2004 01:36:27 PM
Wait just to make sure I got it, using the circular needles I just slide the stitches that I just knitted to the other needle, never switching from left to right?
Yep, you just knit around and around holding the same needles, never switching...
So you have to make some modifications to your stitches. If you want to knit in stockinette, you just keep on knitting; if you want a garter stitch, then you knit one round and purl the next.

Slightly off topic, but is it ok to knit something with straight needles that the pattern calls out round on?
It seems logical that you could, just making two pieces with the appropriate increases and decreases.
I don't want to knit for two weeks only to find that there's a fatal flaw (that doesn't have to do with my gauge) that I didn't realize.

I'm a college student and can't really afford to buy circular needles when I have the same size in straight.

I'd think it would work, just remember that if you were knitting in the round, you would never turn the piece of work. So if the it calls for a specific stitch pattern, you might have to compensate by purling where it wants you to knit, etc.

Heh I completely understand about being a college student... I got all my circulars from my grandmother when her hands started to act up and not work properly anymore...
165  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Since when is there a back to a loop? on: May 25, 2004 11:26:08 PM
Earlier tonight I came across a knitting pattern that calls for ktbl (knitting through back of loop), and I just realized that all along while knitting I have never really paid attention to which way I knit or purl.

Mostly I'll knit "properly", (as I found out after a quick google search,)  by putting the needle through the front of the loop, but I noticed that when purling, I tend to do it through the back of the loop.
Does it really make that much of a difference?

Though I do remember once trying to knit a swatch of an eyelet stitch, where the eyelets wouldn't form unless I purled tbl, even though the pattern just called for a normal purl stitch....
166  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting in the round... on: May 25, 2004 11:13:37 PM
Well I've just started on a tanktop in the round...
Basically, it's not that hard. Instead of turning over your work to knit the next row, you just keep working around. You cast on however many stitches you want, then join the ends by knitting from the last stitch casted on to the first.
I actually first did a scarf in the round; I wanted both sides to show as stockinette, and it ended up twice as thick without a seam.

Things to watch out for are to make sure when you join the circle, watch out for your stitches twisting around the needles... they should all be on the same side, or you'll end up with something more like a moebius strip than a workable piece of knitting ^^;

I also find that a stitch marker is a must, since it's rather easy, especially when working with different stitches or later on, to lose place as to where one round ends and the next begins.
 
Oh, and as you work the first round, the join between the first and last stitch of the round tends to stretch out a bit, so tug on the loose end of yarn to pull them back together.
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