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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Online Store Question on: November 14, 2007 10:53:46 AM
Has anyone ever ordered from One Fine Yarn or Simply Sock Yarn? I'm in the market for some Cascade Fixation and both these stores carry it, but I always like to check before I order from a new store to see what kind of experiences people have had with them.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Needle/Gauge Question on: November 09, 2007 06:28:43 AM
I'm working on a hat which calls for US 4 (3.50mm) circs and DPNs. I have the circs, but my DPNs are actually 3.60mm (I picked them up in Japan, and their sizes are a bit different). Will this .1mm really make a big impact if I use them, or should I just bite the bullet and buy some US 4 DPNs?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fuzzy Ducky Baby Hat on: October 06, 2007 07:43:42 PM
I just started at a new job a couple weeks ago, and one of my coworkers and his wife are expecting their first baby. The office threw a baby shower for them, so of course I had to knit:



I used the Lil' Devil Baby Hat pattern with a chart borrowed from Knitting Year-Round's Rubber Ducky Pullover. I'm a big fan of the Kittyville hat patterns, and this is the third baby hat I've made.

It's knit using Lion Cotton-Ease, Caron Simply Soft, and a mystery eyelash yarn, all of which I picked up when a friend of mine was thinning out her stash.

Here it is being modeled by a penguin:

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Cherry pendant necklace with tutorial on: June 12, 2007 04:00:19 AM
This necklace was actually a Plan C. I very recently got back into beading (with the extent of my beading before now pretty much limited to flower necklaces when I was in junior high), and I love anything with a cherry motif, so I decided to attempt a pair of cherry earrings. After making my first pair of cherries I didn't have enough red beads to make two sets, so Plan B was to create additional fruit charms and make a necklace. When Google-fu and "just winging it" failed, I decided Plan C would be a cherry pendant with beaded 9pin sides (I'm not sure what they're called in English, but in Japanese they're named because they look like the number 9; one of the flaws of getting back into beads while in Japan is that I pretty much lack the English vocabulary for it).





I futzed with a few different combos before deciding on the green/blue/silver/clear color scheme. The beaded pins are symmetrical up each side, but none of the patterns per side are duplicates. If anyone's interested in how I made the cherry charm (or the whole thing, really) I can add instructions, they're all pretty basic techniques since I'm still (re)learning how to bead.

EDIT: Ok, obviously I'm not hard to convince, two replies in and I've made a tutorial for the cherry! I've provided links to the images instead of posting them here so that no one's connection gets overwhelmed by them. I also switched sample beads halfway through; the larger red ones I tried using kept unraveling due to the bead thread being too thin, so I threw together a sample using smaller black beads. Just pretend the ends are all woven in and pretty like the instructions say they should be Wink

Cherry Pendant

Materials

-Two 30-cm pieces of bead thread or cord, appropriate to the size of beads you decide to use
-18 red beads (9 per cherry)
-As many green beads as you need to make the stems as long as you want them-- I used 3 rectangular beads per cherry on my pendant, 4 rectangles per cherry in the black sample, and 5 circular beads in the red sample.
-2 "leaf" beads-- I used teardrop-shaped beads
-1 small green bead (a seed bead or something similar)
-2 jump rings

Instructions

1. String 3 red beads and slide them to the center of the thread.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads001.jpg

2. String 1 red bead and criss-cross both ends through, pull taut. It will resemble a little plus-sign.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads003.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads004.jpg

3. String 2 more red beads, one on each side.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads005.jpg

4. Repeat step 2.

5. Repeat step 3.

6. Cross-cross both ends through the bottom-most bead. Pull taut to form a "bead ball". (The photos are a step-by-step shot of each end threading through the bottom, then pulling into ball form)
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads006.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads007.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads009.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads010.jpg

7. Weave one end through the beads to secure. Leave the other end free.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads011.jpg

8. Using the remaining loose end, string as many green stem beads as desired.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads012.jpg

9. Repeat steps 1-8 for second cherry.

10. Thread ends from both cherries through the 2 leaf beads.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads013.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads014.jpg (this is where the sample switches to black)

11. Thread both ends through the small green bead.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads015.jpg

12. Thread both ends through 1 jump ring, then back through the small green bead, leaf beads, and stem beads.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads016.jpg

13. Weave in ends.

14. Attach second jump ring to the first so the pendant will hang properly.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/Clover1388/beads017.jpg

Depending on how large or small the beads are you can make earrings, attach them to necklaces or pendants, or use them as keychains. It probably works best if the cherry beads are somewhat round, but the stem beads can be round or elongated. I originally wanted to use tube beads, but the store didn't have any in green. I found these clear rectangular ones with colored centers that I ended up using instead.
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