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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about buying yarn on: December 06, 2007 10:23:40 PM
I have been knitting for years & I have gradually built up my stash that is so large with great fibers.  Another thing you can do that hasn't been mentiond at least on this thread, is to recyle yarn.  For more info, there are many threads here on craftster about that.

An example, I went to Goodwill the other day & bought an mens 2x large sweater that had never been worn (still had its originl tags on it).  By the way, it was a GAP sweater & was a dark eggplant color.  It was 100% bulky wool.  I have yet to unravel the sweater but I will probably get at least 2000 yds of bulky wool that I can make into something else.  This sweater I got for $3.  So, 2000 yds bulky wool for $3, yep....a steal.

One more great find.  At the end of last winter, the goodwill was trying to get rid of the rest of its stash of sweaters.  I found a WOmans Large 100% Neiman Marcus cashmere cardigan sweater.  It was a fingering weight & sooooo soft.  It only had one tiny spot that I had to throw away.  I cannot remember at this point how many yds I got out of that sweater.  But I only paid $1.99 for it.  I remember seeing this exact sweater at Neiman Marcus the year or 2 before & it sold for around $175.00.  I have yet to make anything out of this but wouldn't a bunch of cashmere socks be awesome?!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New MagKnits! on: December 01, 2007 11:58:48 PM
I LOVE the coat also but I know I would never find the tie to knit it.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Out Craftster - New Knitting Adventure UPDATE 11-03-07 on: November 17, 2007 06:48:13 AM
I am going to try the get to the Mango Moon Sari Silk Shawl.  I have had 1 skein of this for 2 years now waiting for something to be made.  Hopefully I will have time to do it soon.  It should be a fast knit.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: MItten Tutorial???? on: November 15, 2007 10:03:38 PM
Thank you, thank you.  All wonderful ideas.

I forgot I had EZ's Knitting Without Tears so I will definitely look that up.  I will definitely check out the others also.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Checkout these size 50 knitting needles on: November 15, 2007 06:50:49 PM
I have the size 50's from Lion Brand made of acrylic & they are lightweight.  I have made about 3-4 scarfs with these.  I put about 5-6 different yarns together (of different textures but in the same or near the same color group).  I cast on about 6 stitches & knit for about 1 1/2 hours & VOILA....an awesome scarf!

I used to teach knitting at Michaels & when they came out they wanted me to knit something with them for a display.  The display scarf came out so nice that I wanted to keep it.  They had so many people asking about the scarf that they had me list the yarns used to make it & they sold alot of that yarn.  I asked one of my friends how much she thinks something like that should sell for.  She said it look slike a fancy scarf from a boutique that would sell for about $65-$75.  HMMMMM.......
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitted thermal underwear? on: November 15, 2007 06:45:50 PM
I agree about the EZ pattern.  I have that book & as soon as I saw it, I put it on my to do list.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / MItten Tutorial???? on: November 15, 2007 06:43:13 PM
I was wondering if any of you wonderful craftsters know of any websites with a basic mitten tutorial so that you can do mittens in whatever size you want with any yarn.

I have knitted for years but mittens are about the only thing I have ever NOT knitted.  I am not sure why.  I have looked through many patterns but it would be nice to make a pair for someone that fit just right (kinda like a sock). 

Anyone have any ideas?
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lion Chunky Cable Scarf on: October 31, 2007 10:01:33 PM
MIne curls in terribly (it is complete).  I will try to block it maybe tomorrow & let you all know how it comes out.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Paint Removal??? on: October 31, 2007 09:55:25 PM
I am not even sure if this is the right place to post this but I thought it was worth a try.

I have some acrylic craft paint that has gotten on my dining room wooden table & I was wondering what to use to get it off with?

I have tried Goo Gone & it really is strong smelling.  I can only do a tiny spot at a time & then I still have to rub & rub to barely get any off.

The paint I am using is the Folk Art paint that you can get at the craft stores in the small bottles from anywhere from 50 cents to $1.00.

Any ideas???
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lion Chunky Cable Scarf on: October 28, 2007 10:40:59 PM
I actually finished this awhile back but I desperately need to block it some before taking a pic. & posting it.  It was my 1st cable project.  I made 1 boo boo on it but not too noticeable on it.  One of my cables is shorter the the next repeat (I must have skipped a couple rows).  I didn't notice it until I had bound off. 

Since I have it completed, I'll offer a word of advice.......make it longer than the pattern suggests.  If you follow the pattern the scarf is just too short.  If I were to do it again I would just keep repeating the cables until the scarf is long enough.

By the way, I made mine with th exact yarn in the pic on the pattern. 
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