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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Crochet vs Knitting - yarn usage on: March 31, 2008 08:22:38 AM
Hello fellow Craftsters!

I didn't know if I should post this topic on the Crochet board or the Knitting board, but I had to choose one so here I am.

I recently bought $50 worth of yarn to make myself a laptop bag based on this pattern

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190912.0,

and $50 is a LOT of money for me. I started crocheting it because I figured it would be sturdier with crochet stitches (can't felt it since it's all acrylic), but I'm halfway through my yarn and NOT close to the halfway mark of the bag. I refue on principle to go out and buy another $50 of yarn, so I can have a $100 laptop bag. $100 for a laptop bag? I might as well use the yarn for something else and just BUY a laptop bag.  Undecided

I've heard that crocheting uses up 3x more yarn than knitting, so I'm seriously considering frogging and knitting it instead ... does anyone have any experience in the difference of yarn usage between crocheting and knitting that can help me figure out if the effort will be worth it or not?  Huh

Thanks bunches in advance!  Grin
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Skull Earflap Hat on: March 26, 2008 03:14:00 PM
Soooo ... my baby is due in June, and morning sickness made me not want to knit, but one day DH demanded that I start making things for baby. OK, OK!! So I took out all my knitting mags and books and told him to choose a pattern, knowing full well that he would want an earflap hat and a "manly" theme (we're having a boy). He chose the luggy bonnet from Weekend Knitting, but since it's knit flat and has way too many color changes, I ignored him and made this:



It's a combination of the Li'l Devil Baby Hat found here:
http://www.kittyville.com/knit/devil_hat.html

and the Pirate mittens pattern found here:
http://www.helloyarn.com/piratemittens.htm

This was my first stranded knitting project so I am verrrry proud of it, even if the sides are a little wonky (I made it using the Magic Loop method) but I'm sure the baby won't care!  Wink

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Best Crochet project for travel? on: November 20, 2007 08:14:38 AM
Hi fellow craftster-ers!  Wink

I was wondering what you guys think about the following ...

I will be travelling to various cities for the hols, and will be spending quite some time on an airplane. I really want to bring a crochet project along with me, but I can't decide what would be the wisest choice. I had thought amigurumi, but since the patterns I like are stuff-as-you-go, I don't want to cart around stuffing, and I don't want to cart around a bunch of body parts that I won't be able to stuff or assemble until I get back, either.

My second idea was granny squares: quick, can be used to make so many things. But in order to get colorful ones I would have to cart around a bunch of skeins of yarn.

Am I doomed to make a monochromatic scarf or hat?  Huh (boring)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What is the warmest yarn fiber? on: August 07, 2007 09:30:49 AM
Hi fellow Craftster-ers!  Smiley

My brother is moving to Toronto (we just found out) and since he will freeze his patootie off for sure (he's not used to Canadian cold!  Undecided) I want to knit him up some extra warm and functional items.

My first thought was wool longjohns LOL  Cheesy

But seriously, I know that wool is a good choice but I want to go all-out and make him something AWAP (as warm as possible).

So I must consult thee: which is the warmest yarn fiber?

Wool?
Alpaca?
Angora?
Qiviut? (and if it is, is it worth the money?)

Whaddya think??  Huh

P.S. - Googling helped not at all  Sad
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to knit with lace-weight Malabrigo (accepting suggestions!) on: August 04, 2007 08:41:40 AM
Hi all!

I just got my package from Handpainted Yarn: 2550 yards of lace-weight Malabrigo in the awesome-est colorway EVER, purple and magenta and green ... oooooh!  Wink

I can't wait to make something lacy and gorgeous with it!! Except the only thing stoppping me is: I have NO idea what to knit. I've never knit lace before but I am up to the challenge, even if it takes me a year, I'm willing to jump in. This yarn demands it! It can't just sit there, un-knit, it's too beautiful.  Wink

So I am opening this up for discussion to the Craftster knitting forum 'cause I know I'll get super suggestions. I don't even care if the pattern is free or not! Malabrigo is worth it Grin

So whaddya think, fellow knitters? Dress? Blouse? Sweater? Capelet? Shawl?  Huh
6  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Anyone know where to find Moda Dea "Sassy Stripes" in the Valley? on: April 13, 2007 10:42:43 AM
I am in love with this pattern:

http://www.modadea.com/patterns/LM0256.htm

But I can't find Sassy Stripes in Joann's or Michaels ... I'm at wit's end  Undecided

So if anyone has seen this yarn anywhere in the valley pleeeeeeez let me know, I'll drive almost anywhere to get it!! Thanks bunches in advance!  Grin
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Can someone help with CRAFTzine Crochet Robot pattern? on: February 17, 2007 09:41:01 AM
Well I finally taught myself how to crochet and I've practiced with granny squares and flowers and such, but the real reason I learned to crochet was for: amigurumi! So I was more than excited to start my first amigurumi: Beth Doherty's robot from CRAFT!

Unfortunately I can't seem to get past the beginning instructions ;_;

I crochet into the bumps quite easily, that's not the issue. The issue is when she says "Do not join" and there's nothing TO join. Then she says "next round" but after following the instructions perfectly (I think) it looks like I'm in the middle of a row, not at the end of a round.

Anyway if anyone can give me some guidance I'd be eternally grateful!! ^_^

Thanks bunches in advance ^_~
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! Suggestions for birthday present?? on: January 25, 2007 12:36:55 PM
Hi all! Here's the situation:

My birthday is this saturday and I've been so busy planning the bday party (80's theme, w00t!) that I totally forgot about thinking about a present. Now dear hubby wants to know what I want ... and I don't know what I want!  Huh

I was thinking of maybe a Namaste Needles bag (I'm carrying my knitting around in a big ol' felted bag) cuz it'd be nice to have pockets and such (and maybe even combine my purse and knitting bag into one?).

I don't need/want more needles  Shocked (blasphemous as that may sound) so it's either the bag, or maybe some luxury yarn (not that I have a specific project for it) or something else!  Undecided

Please, any ideas?? What would YOU ask for your bday (knitting related)??

Thanks in advance!!  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How can I wash a tangled mess of ribbon yarn? on: December 07, 2006 02:08:17 PM
Hi all!

I hope someone can help me with my plight. A few weeks ago I visited my mother and she very generously let me go through her yarn stash and grab whatever I wanted  Grin (and boy did I ever). Among the many things I grabbed were two huge spools of purple-and-grey ribbon yarn.

Well yesterday morning I awoke to find that my dog had spent all night playing with one of the spools in the backyard!!! Shocked  It was unbroken but very tangled and VERY dirty (dog drool and dirt, yecch!)

Is there any hope of saving it? It's really undamaged, just very dirty and I would greatly appreciate any suggestions that would help me save it (and the beautiful shawl I had planned to make with it).  Cry

Thanks in advance for any help and advice!!  Smiley
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