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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Creating cable pattern from existing piece on: February 02, 2014 08:15:44 PM
I found this photo and I'm trying to recreate the cable pattern, but without much success. I think the angles are confusing my headcold-fogged brain. Is anyone any good at this/has seen this cable pattern around anywhere already charted out?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting gloves without palms on: November 13, 2011 10:40:25 PM
My palms tend to get sweaty if I wear fingerless gloves while typing or knitting. I'm thinking of knitting a set of fingerless gloves (with the cut off fingers, I prefer those to a straight cut off top) but only doing the back of the hand and leaving the front where the palm is open. I think the best way to do this would be to start in the round for the ribbed cuff at the bottom, then switch to just back and forth knitting for the back of the hand. I would increase on the side for the thumb, and then just cast on stitches for the thumb afterwards, and cast on more stitches at the top of the hand in order to do the fingers.

Any suggestions or comments, or perhaps a better way to do this? Or even an already existing pattern?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with Halloween wig? on: September 17, 2010 12:13:38 PM
This one is perfect for knitting, but I have a few questions.
I'm going to be Medusa for Halloween, and I am going to knit a tight fitting cap to wear, and crochet or knit snakes to go on it. I saw this hat a woman made on etsy:


The 'curls' would be perfect for this! I am just not sure how to do them. Would they be better knitted, or crocheted? And how would I go about making them? I would attach them all to the hat when I was finished, and I have a hat pattern, I just need to figure out these guys, to see if I'll have enough yarn/time to make it before Halloween.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! Instruction confusion! on: June 23, 2010 02:35:23 PM
I'm doing the Sangrantino Shawl I found on ravelry. In round 11, though, it's kind of confusing the way she words the instructions. Here's what she wrote:

Round 11: (pattern is here) You'll still have 1 st left on this row. Pm, it will become the first st of the row 12, remove the marker.

Round 12: pm, (pattern continues here)

pm= place marker

I THINK it means that I'm placing the row beginning back one stitch, starting with this last stitch in the row. Is that right, you think?
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Bernette 56? on: August 27, 2008 11:24:13 AM
How good is this machine? I'm considering either this or any other machine that can do free motion sewing and basic stitches. That's all I want. I'm starting out quilting and I sew toys and clothes, but I don't need a really expensive machine just to do the basics. I'm looking in the 250-300$ range.

Any suggestions beside the Bernette 56? Or at least, how good the Bernette is?

Also looking at the Kenmore Sewing Machine w/43 Stitch Functions, Built-in Needle Threader, if that helps.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Quick Knits-- Summer Camp Projects? on: May 27, 2008 07:43:20 AM
I'm going away to a summer camp this year to be a counselor, and I thought I would knit to reduce stress. (It calms me down.) I was wondering if anyone had any fun and easy quick knitting patterns that would be appropriate for a camp setting. There's not a lot of space to store stuff, and while I can bring a plastic yarn needle and scissors, I doubt I could bring my full pincushion with all those kids around.

Any suggestions on projects for the summer will be greatly appreciated!  Grin
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dude, Where's My Poppet? on: April 28, 2008 08:44:41 AM
Couldn't resist the title.  Wink

Introducing Liv and Princess Serafina, my very first Poppets!


Liv is the purple one, and Princess Serafina is the white one. Princess Serafina is a right BRAT.


Close up of their faces... I didn't have doll eyes, Walmart didn't carry anything except those googlie ones, and I didn't like those, so this is the result.


And of course, you had to see their sweet little tails.  Smiley

Dress on Liv is the pattern that comes with the poppet pattern by Ghilie. Now I need to decide on what Princess Serafina will wear. I'm thinking something sweet and innocent to trick people into thinking she's not a brat.  Grin Suggestions?
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Easy-Peasy No Shank Button Jointed Doll Tutorial! on: April 25, 2008 06:57:36 PM
Alright. First off, when I went to make my poppet (first one!) this afternoon, I realized I didn't have shank buttons for the joints. SO! I went to my doll book Creative Cloth Doll Faces by Patti Medaris Culea and flipped through it ,thinking I had seen something like that before.

Here's what you do:

1. Take a LONG sculpting needle and double (or triple, or quadruple, whichever you feel necessary) thread and stitch a knot where you want your leg/arm. Trust me, you'll want a long needle. I stitch in the same place three times to anchor the thread, it's the same as a knot and not quite as unsightly.

2. Push the needle through the leg/arm in the middle. Go up, and then back through the leg a little ways away from the entry point. Push through the leg/arm AND the body to the other side where you want the other leg/arm. Pull tight.

3. Insert needle into second leg/arm in the middle. Go up, and then back through the leg, and push back to the other leg/ar, around the same place you did before.

4. Do this two or three times, and then anchor off. Your doll should be able to move its joints!

THINGS TO WATCH FOR:

DON'T make the stitch too big! If you make the stitch that you do on each leg/arm before going back through too big, it will be a little harder to move the joint. This is because you want to have a small space in which the thread moves as the joint.

Make sure you anchor the thread well! You don't want the thread to come out after all your hard work!

Make sure to double the thread! Again, you don't want the thread to break or come undone after you're finished!


Well, I hope this helps some of you out there who don't have the right materials for poppets/dolls/whatever!

 Cheesy
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Knitted Amigurumi Along? on: April 10, 2008 08:25:07 AM
I found a great site that had instructions for knitted amigurumi. Anyone want to join me in creating some? Let's see what we knitters can come up with!

Basic Patterns: (Head, four body types)
http://geckogrrl.wordpress.com/2007/03/30/the-sakura-brothers-amigurumi-tutorial-1-for-knitters/

Who's with me?
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchies! Yet another inchie thread on: December 30, 2007 04:14:12 PM
Yep! I'm hooked. babbetto and Rackycoo got me inspired, and I had to do my own. They're so addicting.

My huge pile of inchies:


Finished inchies:

There's actually quite a few (more like 20-30!) more of the collaged ones that are on the bottom/sides. I did a giant page and glued random pieces of paper with a color scheme I liked, and then drew dots and swirls all over it. Then I drew my 1x1 grid on the back and cut away!

Works in progress:

It's not the best picture, but I photoshopped it to make it more visible. They aren't as crazy/cool as babetto's, but I like them, particularly my sun in the bottom corner.

More to come, eventually!
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