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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I surrender on: September 28, 2007 04:45:24 PM
I officially give up, I cease and desist, I abandon all hope of ever knitting a pair of socks or anything else for that matter.

After $150 worth of books, yarn, and bamboo 5" dpns, there's no way I can ever learn to do this. I have no idea how to fix a stitch once it's botched or I drop the whole thing (I'm guessing that's what is meant by dropping a stitch is that if you try to fix it, it disintigrates into the ether). My yarn is somehow coming up through the triangle of needles and I can't seem to join them without pulling it up through. Knit 2 purl 2 in the round is some kind of medieval torture or Mensa test, I guessing.

It takes me so long just to cast on and divide the stitches (I have to start over each time I wreck the thing), I might as well have spent my time at a real job and bought the socks that you all make.

In my defense, I'm a consummate needleworker - sewing, needlepoint, embroidery and can crochet fairly well. Tiny projects are my favorite, such as stumpwork.

I'm just disappointed in that I really wanted to be part of developing some cotteage industry in an impoverished area near here with a handmade socks project. Never, n-e-v-e-r going to happen. I have no income myself and thought to invest in something people around the world do with practised ease. I suppose that's why I invested at all. Geez, how hard could it be? It's yarn and 4 sticks.

Well, that's a month and a half's groceries for me....

If anyone wants the Getting Started Knitting Socks book, I have one. It's useless unless you already know how to knit socks as far as I'm concerned....And if anyone needs 2 packs of bamboo #1 dpns, 1 set #2 and 1 set #3, just let me know. I'm zonked. But thanks for trying help with my last raving post. It did help. Except I still can't do it.

Luckily my self-esteem is saved by the fact that I can sew stitches tinier than anyone else I know and create miniature sewn worlds like a demoness! Ta-ta.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Oh, God!, she cried, Help me! Help me God! on: September 03, 2007 10:19:23 PM
So if I had a camera, I could show you this incredible mess I just made by trying to learn to knit socks. Okay: so I've got 4 dpns from the thrift store and worsted weight wool/ mohair yarn I scored awhile back from someone very nice. So I fought tooth and nail to keep the cast-on stitches from being twisted (apparently an important aspect of this), but in order to hold all three, I had to do some finger yoga which didn't prevent me from accomplishing an appendectomy on myself, although I did nearly lose my right eye a few times as well because I have old eyes and wear progressives (like trifocals) as it is and can't see well close-up through my glasses. (I have to get CLOSE.)

In the mean time, I've knitted one needle's worth - which sounds like a moment for a resounding cheer, except I was supposed to knit 1 purl 1 (which I forgot to do as I went and certainly don't know how to rip out without starting over completely). And the yarn between the needles is about an inch long as holding the needles became such an acrobatic feat, I think they just all folded up on themselves and I could have eaten Lo Mein at the same time I was knitting....

All this from someone who wanted to knit Continental style in the first place (which requires at least another left hand what with all the extra needles to hold), because I'm a crocheter and can't find enough information about slip stitch crochet socks (pjoning in Sweden and Norway) to crochet a sock that looks and feels like knit fabric, so I'd resigned myself to knitting.

Is there a question here? I don't know, but if there is it would be: will that inch of hanging yarn between the needles tighten up again? And why has it grown to almost 2 inches since I began writing this? Does it have a life of its own over there on the ottoman?

How on earth are those needles supposed to stay still while you're fighting with one of them AND a free agent needle? (So that would be question #2.)

I am prostrating to all you knitters out there who still have both eyes and all your organs. And socks.


13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / The Cheater's Boned Underbust Corset on: August 17, 2007 04:11:37 PM
Okay, there 77 pages to the Making Your Own Corset topic so I didn't get very far, but I was finishing a project where I took a strapless corset bra like this one: http://www.amazon.com/QT-Strapless-Backless-Corset-Bra/dp/B00064CJ4K only this one was lacy not satin. I got it at a thrift store and I was covering the 4 panels that go across the front with a matching retro fabric and adding a halter strap. Fun!

Anyway, I have a couple more of these bras cos I thought I'd make a couple and try to sell them (although my daughter and her friends are more likely to steal them away), when I noticed the boning in one was poking through its casing. It was the expensive spiral steel boning so I had an idea...

I have an underbust corset pattern which I'm sort of dreading dealing with, but I wondered if I could cheat by cutting out the "boobs", cutting off the stretch panels which join the back, topping the whole thing with fabric of my choice, and adding grommets and lacing for an underbust cincher. It seems to fit really well when I hold it to myself in this way. The center front boning is 10 1/2 inches and while the patterns usually call for a busk of that size in front, at least it's the right size, even if it doesn't open in front.

I wondered if anyone had ever reconstructed something like this before.I think though that when I cover the panels I think I'll have to adjust the side ones to sort of "fold in" the way custom cinchers can.

Has anyone else ever reconstructed a fully boned cheater's waist cincher? I am also interested in the cinching aspect for waist reduction. Not majorly but more than commercial corset tops offer.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Point me to - knit vs. crochet socks on: August 16, 2007 11:01:29 AM
So far I haven't found this discussion but if there is one, please point me to the topic.

I'd like to hear feedback on knit vs. crochet socks. I have never quite figured out knitting and when I do it lasts about 5 minutes but learned to crochet as a child. I'd like to work on a project where I'll be making lots of socks for a charity but don't want to make socks folks won't want because they are crocheted not knitted.

Knitters are likely to say knit is best and the crocheters will cheer for crochet, but I'd like to hear some reasonable comparisons about the finished items.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Point me to - knit vs. crochet socks on: August 16, 2007 10:58:37 AM
So far I haven't found this discussion but if there is one, please point me to the topic.

I'd like to hear feedback on knit vs. crochet socks. I have never quite figured out knitting and when I do it lasts about 5 minutes but learned to crochet as a child. I'd like to work on a project where I'll be making lots of socks for a charity but don't want to make socks folks won't want because they are crocheted not knitted.

I've seen the completed socks postings and there's a book at Amazon called Crocheted Socks by Rehfeldt and Wood I was thinking of getting (it's not in the library). But I wanted to hear opinions on which is better - if one actually is better than the other.

If I ask the knitters, they're likely to say knit is best and the crocheters will cheer for crochet, but I'd like to hear some reasonable comparisons about the finished items.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.
16  Arizona / Arizona: South / Alternative craft fair - 4th Avenue Tucson on: August 13, 2007 06:12:39 PM
(if this gets posted twice - sorry but I lost the first version I was working on to post. hmmm...)

I run a Buddhist center in Tucson just off 4th Avenue and I am a crafter and I thought it would be nice to host an alternative crafts fair during the famous and CROWDED Fourth Avenue Street Fair in December. Their booths cost $400!

Then it occured to me that the locals all hide when 30,000 unknown other Tucsonans fill the streets during the fair, so I thought what if we make it a monthly thing?

Tables will cost $40 for the monthly fairs and $50 on December 8 during the Street Fair. You can share but you'll need a table of your own.

Anyway, PM me or email me through www.3jewelstucson.c om and I'll send out my makeshift application (so we're all on the same page. There's no commision and you won't need a business license. Mine will cover everyone. (yes, legally - I am a Buddhist after all.)

This is a really busy funky area. You know it if you live in Tucson. We can really promote the hell out of this thing and get folks swarming to see your beautiful homemades and arts. Hope to hear from you and DON'T BE SHY!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "Designer" dishwashing gloves on: January 18, 2007 03:02:34 PM
Is this a recon?

I saw an ad for fancy rubber gloves. It's in one photo here, but hard to see. It touted these gloves as the ones you'd buy if you're the kind of person who pays $200 for jeans.

Friends of mine are getting married so I decided to make them a pair. I haven't made the white ones for her yet, but here are the ones for him. He's a Brit so I found a flannel plaid remnant, some red velvet ribbon and 2 buttons on an old vintage button card I had.

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shrunken Shrug from sweater on: January 18, 2007 01:14:00 PM
This sweater has cool poofy sleeves so I shrunk it a bit (it's wool) and cut off the turtleneck. I cut up the middle on the front and cut off the bottom. Rounded the corners and sewed on wide lace tape.

Sorry for the flash and bad pix. I think it looks nice open, but I want to put a button on also.



19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Family Circle 1988 Advent Calendar (complete w/ photos) on: January 07, 2007 04:39:13 PM
Not fancy but I made this in 88 (89?) when me son was just a toddler. It's from Family Circle and every year the elves fill it up. The bag has 24 ribbon loops which are a big pain in the but to tie tiny wrapped things to...good thing elves have tiny hands!  Wink

It's just felt handsewn to a muslin background which is looped over a wooden hanger and tacked across the top. Santa has button eyes. Very simple.

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pixie and Felt iPod Cozy on: December 27, 2006 08:48:49 AM
So hubby got a new (old refurbished) iPod and apparently I get the old one. Don't know if I want one, but made a cozy anyway. It's an old felted wool sweater, hand-dyed cotton velvet tubes for straps, filled with carded wool. The pixie head came from a Denise Warner doll. There's a slit in the bottom for docking/charging. I might do some more embroidery along the top and maybe more beading, but this is what I did yesterday. The second picture is a bit overexposed. The colors are really very rich.



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