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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: As threatened: Faux leather/vinyl kimono. on: May 19, 2007 08:10:29 AM
Wow, love it! Can I borrow it for next year's tea ceremony ? Wink (that would make the PTA mums sit up  Grin )
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spicing up stripes on: May 18, 2007 04:55:06 AM
You could try a 'joltless join' technique for the colour changes - my favourite is to knit one stitch in the new colour then slip one, for one round, then knit straight across in the new colour the next round.

I used it on this scarf - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=154032.msg1531343#msg1531343

You could do random stripes - on each colour change cast a dice then knit that number of rows (or a multiple of that number).
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone knitted from 'simply noro'? on: May 18, 2007 04:42:19 AM
My first thought was maybe the book may still be using Japanese needle sizes - there can be quite big differences - for example if the pattern calls for a size 10, in Japan that would be 5.1 mm, but in the US it's 6mm. The higher the size number, the bigger the difference (there's a 3.4 MM difference between a Japanese size 15 and an American size 15!)

There's a comparison table on this site - http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/japanese/e-index.html
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Heredity or Experience? on: May 16, 2007 03:13:50 PM
Thinking about it, craftiness must have some genetic component just because of the selection pressure on our ancient ancestors - which prehistoric people were most likely to pass their genes on to us? Why, the ones predisposed to craft new tools, weapons, shelter, etc. The drive to create is what made us human.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Terminology??? on: May 10, 2007 02:39:44 AM
Ditto. Sorry I missed that one.
That wasn't aimed at you Smiley Sorry, it's a snopes thing - to be spanked means someone posted a similar reply while you were typing yours.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: drastic resizing=my new favourite dress! on: May 09, 2007 05:17:01 AM

I got the book from my local Books Sanseido, you can get it from amazon.jp - http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/switch-language/product/4579109619/ref=dp_change_lang/250-1925964-3831447?ie=UTF8&language=en%5FJP

The dress is a couple of inches below the knee, the fabric was from a local store run by a lovely old lady who sells dress lengths (around 2.5m) for 1000Yen (about 10 USD) Smiley
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: shiny dirt balls? on: May 09, 2007 01:21:23 AM
from what i've read, there is no varnish, just polishing for hours and hours with a cloth...i'm going to have to wait to try this, but i am really intrigued...how "sturdy" are the balls when they're done, HyakuYenKnitter?  have you ever tried the polishing bit?
there is just something so basic and beautiful about them!

To be fair I should have modified my post to say I start making them all the time at work - by the time the first layer has got going usually one of the kids will nab it Smiley
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Double it up! Craft + ???? on: May 09, 2007 01:18:54 AM
I read ebooks while I knit - don't have to worry about turning pages, just hit page down now and again. I get them from Project Gutenberg Smiley

You can get all the BBC radio stations streamed off the net, both live and recorded. BBC 7 is especially good (books, comedy and drama).
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Terminology??? on: May 09, 2007 01:01:31 AM
They are for different sizes, so if it says at the top of the pattern 'small (medium, large)' and you get a direction like 'BO 3 (4, 5) sts' it means if you are making a small size, bind off 3, for medium bind off 4, and large bind off 5 stitches.

(ETA: oops, spanked)
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: May 09, 2007 12:50:28 AM
YKYC(in Japan)W - of the 80 or so kanji you can read, at least a third are knitting-related.
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