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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which sense do you use most while knitting? on: June 11, 2007 12:18:56 PM
I'm trying to take a more meditative approach to my knitting. If I find I have to knit by feel (like on that horrid bus ride...) I just keep repeating over and over again "It can always be fixed. If it cannot be fixed, it can be frogged. It's only yarn..." and lots of deep breathing.

Maybe I'm just a little weird, though!  Grin
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what can i knit with these yarns? on: June 11, 2007 12:16:00 PM
The Inca would make an awesome sweater. It screams "Make a Kimono Inspired Top Out of Me!".

The first thing that came to mind for the fairy floss is pillows. Nice, soft, comfy pillows that you can hug and snuggle.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sweater Questions on: June 11, 2007 12:07:45 PM
Lion Brand has a yarn called "Fisherman's Wool", it's about $8 US for a big old skein of it that can make just about an entire sweater for a small person. It's also easily accessible in most craft stores, and I've even seen it in Wal-Mart occasionally. It's a nice, natural color of wool.

For the pattern, if it involves cables (which I'm assuming it does, if I have the right definition of an Aran sweater), you can always just do more repeats of the pattern to make it longer, and add stockinette (or another decorative stitch that won't take away too much from the focus of the cables, maybe seed/moss stitch?) panels to the sides.

As far as keeping things a secret -be creative. Call it a blanket, and he won't be wiser for a while. Tell him its a gift for another male in your life (fathers are great scapegoats for this!), or just say "I want to try out a new stitch pattern and see how it works". The classic but ambiguous "I don't know" as an answer may also suffice.

Sweaters can also be disguised as handbags while they're in creation very easily. There's a new trend around here to have a bag that looks like someone's torso, so a sweater-looking bag wouldn't be too far off.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn scraps on: June 11, 2007 12:00:34 PM
I found a nifty pattern for felted skull patches, and those are great for using up wool scraps. I'll find the link when I get home. It's a pretty simple process, but the link makes the process a little more "user-friendly"

With my acrylic I make whatever I have enough for - armwarmers and wristies are always a good one, and they make cool gifts. Neckties, hair ties, and headbands are also worthy candidates. I'm super fond of making soda can cozies, too.  They always come in handy, as do coasters to set down on the table under cold drinks.

I still haven't found a very worthy use for my cotton scraps, though.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Which sense do you use most while knitting? on: June 11, 2007 11:56:48 AM
Just a question for all the craftsters....

When you're knitting, do you primarily knit by sight, feel, or a combination of both?

It makes me curious because I was just on a verrrrrry long (16 hour) bus ride, and none of the overhead lights on the bus worked. My music player was out of batteries, so I couldn't listen to music. The lights didn't work, so I couldn't read. I was hasty to begin knitting in the dark, but I was pretty sure I could do it by feel.

My results, while they could be deemed successful, were not exactly quality. I've determined that I cannot knit well without being able to see what I'm doing.

But at the same time, I also know a lot of people can knit by feeling the needles and the yarn only, and never have to look at their work.

So, which sense do you guys use more - sight, or feeling? Or are you one of the lucky folks who can do either?
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Arthemis (self designed tee) on: June 11, 2007 11:47:14 AM
Oh this is so pretty. When you design, do you start off with something in mind? Or do you just go for it and figure it out as you go? I'm always curious when something gorgeous someone on here has designed.

Is the cotton glace cool enough to wear in fairly warm weather? I'd love to try it out...I just hope I'd be able to make something even half as gorgeous as this.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Toxicodendron - My straight needle holder on: June 11, 2007 11:43:47 AM
Off topic, but...I was a dendrology TA for the past two years.  And if you think Parthenocissus quinquefolium is hard to spell, how about Metasequoia glyptostroboides (did you have to learn that one?). 

Very creative needle-holder design- I would make one, only I'm leaning in the direction of only ever using circular needles.

Thanks very  much guys. I never had to deal with most of the Metasequoias, thankfully. The class was only covering foliage from my area of Southeastern Ohio. Obviously I didn't pass - with my horrid spelling. Ergh.

And chamaecyparis - I admire you for leaning towards circ's only....Circ's are the bane of my existance, and I only use them if absolutely necessary. You're a brave soul. hehe.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Two Kureyon Bags on: June 10, 2007 03:08:45 PM
I'm with just about everyone else - the first bag is sweet, in a really subdued sort of way. But the second one is totally awesome in a very bright stand-outy way that you just can't help but love.

Is there a difference between the usual "bobbles" in knitting and the "bubble stitch" used here? 'Cause it's rad.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: a roseanne marathon, 2 cats, and a donkey. the result...(lots of pics.) on: June 10, 2007 10:31:09 AM
Headbands - not my favorite thing in the world. I wear them and my head gets owwie. But it didn't occur to me (until the obvious was spelled out!) that if I made my own, the ouchies wouldn't occur.

Seed stitch is close to an obsession for me. I try to do damn near everything in seed stitch. Okay, I don't really TRY, but it happens anyway.

And the green one is simply gorgeous! What yarn is it?
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: headphone... sleeves?? on: June 10, 2007 10:25:08 AM
Basic i-cording is the bane of my existance right now. I learned it, I hate it, and I would rather never touch it again.

But then I stumble upon this nifty piece of knitting here, and I'm very, very tempted. Okay, more than tempted. I'm smitten.

Do you see my dilemma?

People on craftster need to stop making such cool stuff....At this rate I'll never be able to create everything I want to create, without ya'll adding to the "to do" pile. Grrrr.

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