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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / problem with knitty's 'winecozy' pattern? help!! on: July 20, 2007 10:52:44 AM
i'm making knitty's http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwinecozy.html winecozy pattern and i'm stuck.

i knit 1.5 inches of 3x3 ribbing (42 stitches at this point).
then i did one row of K2, [YO, p2tog tbl, p2, YO, k2tog] to last 4 sts, YO, p2tog tbl, p2. like the pattern says. i now have 29 stitches. i did this row once, then frogged it then did it again with the same results and i'm pretty sure i'm doing it right.

next it says to knit 3x3 rib for another 1.5 inches. but 29 is not divisible by 3, so how do i do 3x3 ribbing? is there a problem with the pattern? is there some errata somewhere that i don't know about?

i hope someone can help!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / weird cookie cutters? on: November 28, 2006 10:25:04 AM
i was wondering if anyone knew of anyplace that sells 'strange' cookie cutters. specifically i am looking for cookie cutters in the shape of human anatomy (like hearts and brains). i want to make some cookies for my med student boyfriend.
i found this site, www.foosecookiecutters.com, which is awesome (they have sewing themed cookie cutters!) but they do not have what i am looking for.

OR, does anyone know how to make cookie cutters? what supplies would you need?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / yarn weight for knitty's "Broad Street Mittens"? on: October 01, 2006 06:23:11 PM
hey all. for those who have made Knitty's Broad Street Mittens or who can read a pattern better than I can, what weight of yarn does the original pattern call for? This is what it says:

 "Approximately 300-350 yds of sock-weight wool. Merino is nice.
 5 US#2/2.75mm double pointed needles
 5 US#3/3.25mm dpns
 yarn needle

Editor's note: Janis spun the yarn for this project herself. She suggests 6-ply Regia as an alternate. It and other options can be obtained at Patternworks."

I have not made socks, but through deduction I figured out the sock weight is usually Fingering weight or 1 ply. Am I right?

However, the suggested yarn (which I couldn't find at Patternworks. must be and old link) says it is 6-ply which I believe is extremely bulky.

Anyone have any hints? I know I still have to do a guage swatch, but being as I've never made gloves before I'd like to stay as close to the original pattern as possible. (I'm aware there were errors to the pattern, I'm on the lookout for those).

Thanks for any help!

ETA: I looked on other threads about these same mittens, but I couldn't figure out what yarns they used and wasn't sure they'd get checked because they were from last year.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / question about pattern on: July 12, 2006 09:02:29 AM
i'm making a turkish string bag, and i'm caught up on a small part of the pattern.
here's the link: http://tiajudy.com/stringbag.htm

I've made the bottom of the bag and it's time to pick up the stitches on the side.
the question relates to these directions: "Continuing from the corner where the final row finishes, pick up and knit 15 stitches along each of the other three sides of the square (total 60 stitches)."

Do I pick up one stitch, knit it, pick up another stitch, knit it, etc. Or, do i pick up all of the stitches around and then knit them around one time?

thanks in advance, i'll try to post pics when i'm done!
5  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Boston area crocheters, help me!? on: May 09, 2006 11:40:42 AM
Hey all. I live in Malden, but have easy access to Boston and the surrounding 'burbs.

I have been trying to learn to crochet from book after book, and website after website, and I just cannot get it. Today I got Debbie Stoller's Happy Hooker book in the mail and even though I learned to knit from her other books I am still having trouble with crochet!!

So, I was wondering if anyone knew how to crochet and would be willing to take pity on me and teach me basic crochet skills? I cannot really offer money in return (except i'll buy you coffee if we go to a coffee shop), but I can offer knitting help if you want it (I'm not that advanced though). I was going to try to get help at the Boston Knit Out and Crochet, but it is not until September.

You can send me a message or reply to this message.

If you can't help personally, do you know of any crocheting groups in Boston that get together (like the Stitch and Bitch groups?) or any yarn shops that offer basic skill teaching (not necessarily classes, but might sit with me for 10 minutes to teach me).

Anyway, if this type of post is not allowed, I'll delete it.

Thanks Mass Craftsters!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / FLOR samples... on: May 04, 2006 11:30:23 AM
I was looking at the website for FLOR modular carpeting (you buy squares of the carpeting and put them down any way you want.)

Anyway, you can order samples of 3"x3" tiles (you can order up to 8 per order) for $5.00.


I thought craftsters might be interested in this because you could do neat things with these samples (like use them for dollhouses, making accesories, and such).

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / help with single crochet on: March 28, 2006 06:41:43 PM
i read the FAQ's and I've looked at photos, drawings, and videos and single crochet still seems wonky to me. I got the chain, I know that much.

So, from there, I turn it around, skip the first stitch, and single crochet the next one. got it. then i continue. got it. then when i get to the end, do i do this to the last stitch?

when i turn the piece around to do another row, so i bring the yarn *under* ( to the right side of the piece if I'm right handed), or *over* the piece, but under the actual hook so that the yarn to be used is on the correct side?

and lastly, what about the fact that all the damn photos i've seen on single crochet show just from the chain stitch and not from a piece that has been single crocheted already a few rows? my problem is that i want to make sure i am going through the correct loop. i see the "v" shapes on the other side of the piece, but the videos and pictures always show it on the side i don't see it on.

does any of this make sense and can anyone help? if not, i'm sorry and i'll delete the post.

can't wait till i master this thing and then i can crochetalong with all of you!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / blanket with sleeves!!! on: March 09, 2006 07:01:40 AM
Hey there! I just found this product that is amazing, but also has an incredibly high price tag and thought that I'd share the idea in case anyone else wanted to make one (I'm going to try and get some fleece this week since it is sale time!).

It is called the "Slanket", which is probably trademarked so I am only suggesting making one for personal use and not for sale. Here is the website: http://www.theslanket.com/

It is a blanket with sleeves! genius! These folks should win an award. I am always freezing and hate when I have to knit or type while under a blanket and can't keep my arms warm.

I plan on using fleece if I make one, and probalby blanket stitching the edges to give it a finished look. I'm not quite sure of the construction from the photos, but if I figure out the best way, I'll post it (side note, is it ok to do that? i mean, if i figure it out am i allowed to post it here or is that some form of trademark infringement?).

9  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Photobooths in Greater Boston? on: February 06, 2006 02:21:06 PM
Hey folks! I just had an idea for valentine's day and I need to find a photobooth in/around Boston.

I'm looking for the type that will give you a long strip of four photos for a few bucks (not the polaroid or sticker kinds).

I live in Malden, and am often in Jamaica Plain, Somerville, Cambridge, and Waltham.

Anybody know of any?

Thank in advance!
10  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / bathing suit patterns/fabrics? on: February 02, 2005 04:45:46 PM
Hi everyone...So, every summer I complain about how expensive bathing suits rae for just a teeny, tiny bit of fabric....hence, I've decided to make my own!

Anyone know of any good patterns, or places to find bathing suit patterns? (I'm going to try making my own too, but it would be nice to have guidelines, y'know?). I prefer two pieces, but any pattern suggestion is helpful!

What about fabrics?

Have you made your own suit before and how did it work out?

Thanks everyone...Sorry to make you think about dreaded bathing suit season!
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