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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Keeping Track of Rows on: April 28, 2005 08:22:50 AM
I'm a fairly new knitter.  I've read on the "tips" thread about different techniques for counting off rows in a pattern.  But, I have trouble keeping track of rows on even the simplest of projects.

I guess I must be EASILY distracted, or it's just something you learn over time, but even in garter stitch I tend to lose count and. . .this is going to sound REALLY dumb. . .i don't know how to "look" at the piece I'm knitting and tell what row I'm on.  I start a new row and in my head I chant "Three, three, three," with each stitch (hoping the repitition will keep me straight). 

But then the NEXT number will creep into my head and by the time I finish the row I've convinced myself I just finished row 4!

I could write it down but sometimes this isn't convenient (on the bus, at the doctor's office, standing in line, etc.).

Am I crazy?  Am I dumb? 


22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Office Space Swap on: April 20, 2005 08:44:15 AM
okay, it doesn't necessarily have to be from the movie, but i  thought it would be lots of fun for office workers (like myself) to get crafty about their workspace.  for example, i have an old pteradactyl mobile hanging in my office and everyone loves it, so i'm thinking of making a new mobile. 

we could exchange crafty (and useful/spacesaving!) pencil cups, document holders, corkboard decorations, pictures frames, mobiles. . . ANYthing that could make your office a better place to spend 8 hours a day.



23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Help? Painting on Ceramic. on: April 01, 2005 01:51:30 PM
what other materials or techniques can i use to paint on ceramics or percelain that have already been fired?  i've done brushes, sponges, q-tips, markers, etc.

the surface is so slick.  any revolutionary ideas for someone stuck in the Dark Ages?

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Pebeo Ceramic Paint on: March 30, 2005 12:04:34 PM
anybody else use this stuff?  you paint onto already-glazed ceramics or porcelain (even metal!) and bake at 350 for an hour.  so i buy plates, cups, whatever i can find on sale and paint them up.  makes great gift-giving.

i really like it, but i'm curious to find out what other materials i can use to apply the paint.  so far i've used sponges, brushes and q-tips, and i suppose i could rag it, too.  but i want to be able to paint a pretty, smooth background color onto my pieces.

any suggestions?  tips on painting slick surfaces?

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