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Princess Dukki
« on: February 25, 2006 01:52:27 PM »

My first knitted project ever was the Punk Rock Backpack from SnB, complete with intarsia bunny. Everyone at work would ask me if I made it, and I would proudly tell them yes, I knitted it all, how I muddled through the color work, and they all say, "Well, it looks pretty good..."

So I'm knitting this scarf right now for my boyfriend. I pull it out at work, and anyone on break with me asks what I'm making, and when I tell them, they look at it, and they ooh and ahh over the two little stripes I put on the end of the scarf. Gorgeous, they say, the color changes are amazing, is it hard to do?

*ahem*

THEY'RE STRIPES! Why didn't these people give me that sort of reaction on my bunny bag? Surely they must realize that knitting a picture is a little harder than making a stripe... don't they?

Oh, and speaking of this scarf... I've discovered the wonders of knitting the beginning tail into the scarf, for a completely invisible weaving-in. But how can I weave in the tails left at the end? I'll have three when the scarf is done, and I don't want them to stick out at all, I'm really anal about such things... it's the Boyfriend Scarf from I May Be Knitting A Ranch House... if that helps.
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2006 11:53:05 PM »

I know what you mean - for some reason stripes are some grand and mystical thing to non-knitters.

 As for the ends on your current project, my usual method is to use a darning needle to duplicate stitch the tail in, then actually sew the end into place with a little embroidery thread of the same color and trim the tail as close as possible.  If it's something that's not going to get run through the washer/dryer much, then you can probably leave out the embroidery thread bit if you get the yarn woven in neatly enough.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2006 06:08:20 AM »

I took a tip from eunnyjang here on craftster and started weaving in ends a couple plys (plies?) at a time, just splitting the back sides of stitches as I went to create a stronger hold.  I've had trouble in the past with woven ends sticking out, and this idea works marvelously.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2006 10:12:50 AM »

Don't feel bad Princess, my bf is more amazed by 2x2 ribbing than intarsia!
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2006 10:32:34 AM »

go princess!

haha

I get people asking me to knit things a lot. Two things they don't understand:

- the time
- the money


And sometimes what they like is very shocking. haha



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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2006 10:57:15 AM »

OMG this is sooo true.  The same goes for crochet.  There's something like intarsia or charted chrochet for pictures.  But somehow something that's super easy because there's a bunch of double-crochet (long stitches work up faster) with a bunch of lacy space in between looks so much more difficult to people.

I got so frustrated with a simple two-color charted crochet project that I didn't even bother to frog it.  I just threw it in the trash.
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Princess Dukki
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2006 10:56:23 PM »

I took a tip from eunnyjang here on craftster and started weaving in ends a couple plys (plies?) at a time, just splitting the back sides of stitches as I went to create a stronger hold.  I've had trouble in the past with woven ends sticking out, and this idea works marvelously.

Thanks, I'm gonna try that!

And everyone else, thanks for understanding my frustration, lol  Cheesy
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