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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / baby tart hat from knitty on: March 23, 2004 04:52:16 PM
hey guys! i just wanted to show off my completed baby tart hat from knitty. unfortunately i have no baby to model it for me so i had to use poohbear
the bobbles were SUCH a pain but i think it was worth it in the end!
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Umbilical Cord baby Hat on: March 04, 2004 06:02:58 AM
Your hat DID turn out frickin' cute!  That one kind of looks like a stawberry already.

Question--when I started this hat last night (first time using circular needles), I found that about 1" down the knits twist once on themselves (more that just curling because it is stockinette stitch, but actually like making a loop, if that makes sense?).  I tried to avoid "twisting the stitches" like the directions say and don't know what happened...  Does anyone know if this can be repaired when I change to dpns or if I should just start over?!  
if you had twisted the stitches, you'd end up with a moebius strip, something with only one surface.  if that's really what you did you have to start over. to avoid twisting the stitches when you join in the round, lay your work on a table and make sure that all of the cast on stitches are pointing inward
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:felted french market bag from Knitty on: March 02, 2004 09:36:43 AM

one more question i've been meaning to ask, my washer is front load , there is no agitation cycle, how can i felt with it?

you can do it, but you need to put lots of old jeans and maybe an old pair of sneakers in there. i know someone who has done it. apparently there are also directions on how to do this in  Beverly Galeskas' book "Felted Knits"
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:felted french market bag from Knitty on: March 01, 2004 01:49:41 PM
now to jump ahead a bit, has anyone had their washing machine clog because of all the excess yarn?  i've never felted before and i have this image of my next five washes having chunks of *autumn red* spread through them and then having the washing machine explode like an egg in a microwave (have seen this, it's ugly.  very ugly) because the water drainage gets clogged.  should i find a laundromat washing machine to sacrifice to the felting gods?

there is a good article at knitty about felting and how to avoid clogging your washing machine
5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch n' bitch felted marsupial tote on: March 01, 2004 01:43:04 PM
teehee, thank you!  Grin I used Lamb's Pride Worsted in Oregeno for the top part and Amythest for the bottom.  They look kinda dull right here but the purple is gorgeous in real life!

Wow, do they always felt with those cool wavy fibers hanging out? I've only felted with kureyon, and it's much "flatter" looking.

lamb's pride is 85% wool and 15% mohair, which is what gives it that fuzzy halo.
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:stitch n' bitch felted marsupial tote on: February 26, 2004 02:21:13 PM
Question- I'm making the bag right now. I'm debating about the little pouch part. How in the world do you attach the snap? If anyone has a closeup of the snap I would LOVE to see it.

i got these at joanne fabrics, i think $2.50 or so for a card of 4. these are size #4. not really the prettiest option in my opinion.  i think the button & loop closure as pictured above is much nicer
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:felted french market bag from Knitty on: February 25, 2004 10:15:58 AM
another thing to help your projects felt quicker is to take it out of the washer and dunk it in really cold water then throw it back into the hot water in the washer. this shocks the fibers of the wool and makes them shrink up faster!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:I need a pattern for a pretty poncho on: February 25, 2004 10:04:02 AM
the picture is pretty big, so i'll just link it:


i used the size 15 needles it called for and it's pretty airy. i can take some closeups if you want. it's the same as the pattern (ggh esprit)
if you want to use that same yarn and can't find it around you, i got mine from http://www.jimmybeanswool.com. ordered on a tuesday and got it on a thursday i believe!
i'm kind of displeased with how it hangs down lower on one side than on the other but that might be an issue with how much of the seam i sewed up.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:My love affair with squirrels! on: February 24, 2004 06:36:37 AM
did you knit that in the round, or knit it flat and seam it up the side?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:I need a pattern for a pretty poncho on: February 24, 2004 06:01:23 AM
just last night i finished making the villa poncho from the knitty pattern that was linked above. i can take pictures or offer any advice if you need it, although it is a pretty straightforward project. i used the same yarn as the model, but if you are going to change yarns there are a lot of things to take into consideration first!
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