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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Macro challenge: Caprese! on: April 22, 2008 08:40:25 AM
Yummy  Cheesy

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair-isle hat kits? on: December 05, 2007 06:57:55 PM
I found a website a few weeks ago that sold really amazing fair-isle knit hat kits (Icelandic/Norwegian-style designs). You got to pick the yarn colours and they came with everything except needles... even some cotton yarn or fleece to line the forehead/ear area so it wouldn't be scratchy. There were a dozen or more designs to choose from, one of them being a reindeer design.

And now, for the life of me, I cannot find this website again! Googling does me no good. I THINK it was (someone's name) Designs that sold them. Anybody know what I'm talking about?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow peekaboos! on: November 11, 2007 06:32:41 PM

They're Lorna's Laces worsted and they're sooooo soft. I loved this pattern! First mitties ever. I actually did the large-gauge version, used ww but knitted on size 5 dpns and they fit my abnormally little hands perfectly.


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / FO: Besotted scarf on: October 01, 2007 10:53:04 PM

Yaaaaay, my first-ever cabling project! I'm very proud of how it came out. It's well over 5 feet long, and I'm only 4'8", so it will keep me very warm in the upcoming Chicago winter.

Sorry about the horrendous picture--dorm lights are not meant for pretty photography. A better idea of the colour/pattern:

Pattern at: http://www.helloyarn.com/besottedcarf.htm ; done in Cascade 220 Lake Chelan Heather (just under 2 skeins) and size 8 Takumi bamboos.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Well, I know it's not called the sheep stitch... on: August 25, 2007 07:19:50 PM
To get the waffle-y checkerboard look of this scarf, would I just do alternating knit/purl stitches to get the pattern, or is there some trick?

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Totoro DS case on: August 20, 2007 01:13:55 AM
For the boyfriend for the birthday... his poor DS Lite has been naked for months.

Just fleece with felt features, but it's cushy and soft (like the real Totoro Cheesy)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Wool Ease in Sienna? on: August 16, 2007 09:40:43 PM
Apparently my Joann's does not carry Wool Ease in Sienna. It's on their website, and I could buy it directly, but I don't want to pay their shipping for one skein. It's not on knitting-warehouse, either (where I'd be more likely to pay shipping since I'd order a lot more), so I'm wondering if it's a newer shade. Has anybody seen it at a different craft store (Michael's or Hobby Lobby, both near my parents) or elsewhere online where I could do a bigger order of yarn?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hermione cable/bobble mitten pattern from atypically knit? on: July 29, 2007 08:26:27 AM
Has anybody used this pattern before? I'm mostly curious as to the difficulty level. I really like the finished product and would like to maybe consider this for my next project--however, I'm a huge beginner and wouldn't want to pay $5 only to discover this wayyyyy too challenging.

It does say she offers email support with the pattern--anybody have experience with that?

Otherwise I'm thinking some kind of handwear from knitty, since SOMEBODY here will probably have done it and can help me out.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Utterly new--probably utterly ridiculous questions on: July 18, 2007 12:26:58 AM
(Disclaimer: I've tried for two hours Googling and checking older posts for info about this to little avail. I'm sure it's been asked somewhere before, but obviously I haven't found it. Feel free to point me in the right direction and smack me with something, preferably blunt, if I am being repetitive and tiresome.)

I'm just reteaching myself how to knit--I knew nothing past casting on and the knit stitch at one point, but at least then I had a teacher. My teacher's since passed on and I've moved away, so I don't have any real-life knitters that I know nearby to model.

So, I need help on the following, pretty please:

1. Tension. How tight should my cast-on stitches be against the needles? Should they slide really easily, or be fairly snug? I know about gauge and all (I crochet), but as a general rule--is there one?

2. Circular needles. I'm starting on them, because I want to do some really warm scarves as starting projects and I've heard good things. I just went to Joann tonight and got a set of US8 needles, in the only size/appropriate style they had (Susan Bates silvalume, I can't stand plastic). I am casting on 70 stitches and in all the pictures I see of circular needles the stitches fill the whole cable and the needles. Mine don't. Is this a tension problem (my stitches need to be looser so they fill up more space), a needle problem (need to somehow find a shorter set/shorter cable) or not a problem at all? If the latter, what do I need to do with the stitches I've got so that I can... er, continue?

3. The cable itself--it's really twisty and it's hard to keep the work flat like I know I should. I already have laid a lot of heavy books on it for several hours to try to alter its memory, but it didn't do much good. Is there a fix, or do I just need to spring for better needles?

4. How in heck do I "take out" stitches? I never was taught this and it's impractically difficult to Google. I know it's not like frogging crochet. Website or something that tells me, maybe?

Thank you so much, wise knitters, for potentially rescuing my ambition to learn Smiley
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Are there cheap sewing machines that aren't going to die on me? on: July 01, 2007 10:55:32 AM
[I know this has likely been asked before, but I went back a bit and couldn't find anything terribly recent, so I hope it's okay.]

I'm in college and--yeah--I'm broke as anything for the next four years. I REALLY wish I had a sewing machine around, though, and I know I've seen a few models around for <$100. I'm (rightly?) suspicious of a machine for less than $100, but it's tempting.

I definitely would not want to go over $150. Portability and small size would be very nice, considering I'm in a dorm during the school year and apartment over the summer (and have limited room in both).

I live in Chicago, so I have just about any brick-and-mortar store available to me except Wal-Mart (not too bummed about that, anyway). Shipping will probably be painful, so I'll browse online but would prefer to go pick the thing up myself.

I've seen the Janome Sew Mini and this one, too, and would especially like to hear about anybody's experience with either of those.

I probably won't be using it too extensively on really hard-core fabrics--maybe the occasional fleece, denim, or felt--but multiple layers of cottons and such may be inevitable.

Really, I'd just love a machine I don't have to spend a month's rent on that will last me for as many years as possible.
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