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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie to needles! on: March 03, 2012 08:31:28 PM
I love the idea of samplers! You could do a bunch of squares in different colours, practicing a new technique on each. Then when you're done you could throw them together into an afghan or throw.

When I teach people, I always get them started with dish clothes. They knit quickly so they're satisfying, and you really can't make too many.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: pattern for something similar to this? (and i'm new!) on: January 30, 2012 02:50:31 PM
This nagged at me! So I used the power of the internet. It's called ladder stitch. Here is the link to the stitch pattern:

http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/stCatalog2.guest.cfm?StitchID=2143&name=Ladder%20Lace%202&numofst=7&stplus=0&rows=4&rplus=0&sym=

The scarf itself looks like sport weight. Maybe 4.5 needles? Then a garter stitch at the beginning and end with buttons and button holes! Personally, I would add an edge on it too, two knit stitches on each side, slipping the first stitch on each row.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alternative to Red Heart Sashay yarn? on: January 30, 2012 01:15:00 PM
Try Katia yarns. Triana and Tul are very similar, knit in the same way. If they're not at your yarn shop, try ebay, I found a ton of them on there.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Keeping track of where you are... Tips? on: January 30, 2012 12:57:31 PM
I love stitch counters. Those little stitch markers that look like a combination lock. When I'm doing lace or anything with a chart, I use the stitch counter to keep track of what row I'm on. That way when I put it down, I can pick it back up and know what row I'm supposed to be on.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Slip 1 question on: December 12, 2011 08:03:27 PM
Just bring the yarn around to the front, and act as if the slipped stitch is a regular knit stitch. The working yarn will come around the slipped stitch on the right. Good luck! Beautiful pattern!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to sewing....ugh. on: November 28, 2011 04:12:52 PM
You can even try drawing your line on your fabric with chalk. t's sort of like the paper idea, you just have to follow the line. Make sure that you cut your fabric straight and then use the little measurement divets on the side of your machine, or the edge of the foot. So long as the fabric is cut straight and it lines up with the ruler or the foot, your seam will be straight.

Also, don't PULL the fabric. Set it up straight and gently guide it in place. And I always make a wierdo line when I go too fast, so take it slow until you feel comfortable. Good luck!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: December 02, 2008 10:43:06 PM
Last week I was weaving a bracelet with seed beads and regular sewing thread. When the needle didnt fit through the beads, I would just...pull it through using my teeth.

Now, I have a needle shaped chip in my top front tooth, and a little chip out of my bottom front tooth. It's not really noticeable or anything, but the $300 deficit in my bank account is.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: crayons are your friend on: May 01, 2007 05:49:16 PM
Pretty sure that you could functionalize the crayon people by making them coin and cash holders. BAM!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Excuse me?!?! Dumpster Diving on: May 01, 2007 05:17:18 PM
I'm sorry to bump the thread, but I just wanted to share a little knowledge I learned in my days of working at McDonald's. (LOL @ me <--------former McLoser.)

Anyways. Some stores will let you go through their recycling bins or dumpsters so long as you clean up your mess and ask them nicley (just say you're looking for boxes.)

You can get a fine (in most places) if you get caught dumpster diving. But if it's not in the dumpster (like say, big pieces that are outside on the street) its litter and it's up for grabs. I think that technically you're doing a service for the city if you take old chairs and stuff. Weird.

And don't do it in any big cities or near the downtown areas. It's garbage for a reason. I only have one word left: Syringes.
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: For regular mall-goers... on: May 01, 2007 05:04:11 PM
I have a little bit of a pet-peeve about picking things up off the ground. It's one thing if it's a chain or some beads...but I couldn't bring myself to wear a bathroom floor earring.
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