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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Extreme confusion over flat to circular in bootie pattern on: August 17, 2008 06:04:04 PM
So being the lovely kind person I am, I offered to knit a baby hat and bootie set for a coworker who's just about to go on maternity leave. I finished the hat and after all the tedious flat knitting I was looking forward to the booties. However I am stumped.

I have searched far and wide for the answer to this problem, I've looked on Ravelry to see if other people have had problems with the pattern, I;ve searched through this board, I've even searched for errata that may exist as the issue sure seems like a typo to me! I'm using the Grape Fizz pattern from Babyknits Hats and Booties: 15 Matching Sets for Noggins and Tootsies. The issue is on the bootie after I've finished the flat knitting.

The pattern reads as follows
"Slip sts to dpns as follows: place 8 sts on the first dpn;  place next 16 sts on second dpn (instep sts); place last 8 sts on the first dpn.

Next 11 rows: Slipping the first st of each row pwise, work back and forth in Stst on the 16 sts on the first needle only!"

So I follow the instructions and slip all the stitches where they should be and I end up with this (Sorry about the poor paint quality!)

The top "needle" is the second needle and the bottom "needle" is the first needle.  The random pink parentheses are supposed to represent how the stitches 'flow' on the needle. The pink squiggle thing is my yarn. The yarn that I should be knitting with.

Should my working yarn be in the middle of the row? Have I slipped the stitches incorrectly? If this is right should I just knit from the middle of the row and turn? In doing this wouldn't I just be creating an even and extra half row in my knitting? I;m so confused!

Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Leopard Poo Print and Memory Cupcakes (pic heavy) on: August 06, 2008 05:41:21 PM
So one of my best buds, who I work with is leaving me and moving to london  Cry
As we were all getting together I thought that I'd make her an edible present that everyone enjoys and decided on my patented everyone loves cupcakes! So I stole my mothers stand mixer and proceeded to bake approximately 54 cupcakes on the Sunday which I then frosted on Monday and presented to her on Tuesday. Time for pics methinks!

The lovely yummy batter

Baked Cupcakes

Yummy frosting

As my girl is rarely seen without some form of leopard print I thought it would be awesome to make them all leopard print... How wrong I was! Where I had used a plain old round tip for the brown spots, it had the effect of making it look like my cat had been very angry at me and decided to crap on my cakes as some sort of revenge!

Luckily enough I had made ridiculous amounts of frosting and had enough to frost the cakes white and have black writing and patterns on the rest. Not all of my friends can be open minded and we had to force them on people!
Instead I decorated some with a basic skull and polka dot patterns.

The rest got given the word treatment! Loads of different words that relate to awesome times we've had and would make her laugh as she read and remembered them

Some of my favourites were
"Child Hands" a reference to my tiny child like hands (we are simple folk)
"5:1" Gem's hand to boob ratio, basically the number of hands it takes to hold one of her well endowed boobs, I didn't use mine as it seems to be a pitiful comparison
"Hut Pies" a reference to the sign writing abilities, or lack thereof, of our favourite barkeeps where he intended to write hot pies but didn't quite join up the "O" properly
"Meerkat" a reference to the game at work were we would randomly move behind fixtures of clothing (we work in retail therefore easily bored) and poke our heads out in a crazy hide and seek fashion.

She loved them!

If any one wants any recipe that I've used, and I PERSONALLY recommend the chocolate cake recipe as I have been promoted to favourite person and had marriage offers based on them thar cupcakes, let me know and I'll edit it in.

And of course as visual proof that these were well recieved

any comments or advice on leopard print icing techniques, I'll be happy to hear!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / CRAFT: subscription help.... on: August 06, 2008 02:40:58 AM
Does anyone here have a subscription to CRAFT:?

Basically I purchased the full print and digital one year subscription last September and therefore thought that it would end this September.

I then wanted to find something that I was sure I had seen in an old issue. I couldn't find the print copy so I thought that I'd check online seeing as I did have the full subscription.

However after I pressed log in, I was sent to a random page that stated that my account was cancelled at MY REQUEST. This was obviously not the case as I was quite shocked.

I know that when you sign up for an account they automatically renew the subscription for the convenience of the customer (!) however the card I used to purchase the subscription was declined as it was out of date. Apparently this was why my account was cancelled!

Now I may not work in the magazine business but surely they should have informed me that my supscrition renewal failed? They didn't and despite emails, they haven't explained why they didn't inform me and instead cancelled my account, with one month still left on my year subscription.

Has anyone else had issues with their subscription??
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / look at my pretties! on: June 03, 2007 10:42:34 AM
Here are my third and fourth spinning efforts! Not being patient enough to dye my own roving yet, I ventured to my local craft shop. They don't have any items specific to spinning but they've started to sell small amounts dyed roving in different colourways for needlefelting so I thought what the heck, I'll try it! It is wool of an undisclosed nature and each bit of roving was only 25g so spun up quite quickly!

I love the colours in this one although you can't really see the tan in it

This one would not let me take a good picture of it! It's probably because of the green table that the turqouise doesn't really pop as much as it does really!

5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Bedfellow... kind of on: March 19, 2007 04:16:53 PM
Well I'm fairly new to crochet and was happy to try my hand at making amigurumi. 
I used the bedfellow bear pattern but didn't follow it exactly. By not exactly I mean I used one size hook and yarn and did it entirely in single crochet.

As a result my bear is amazingly proportion challenged, my housemates kept insisting that his body was his leg!  But I love him and gave him to my ma for mothers day yesterday
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Singer on: February 13, 2007 03:47:20 PM
I am pretty complusive. As a result I have just bought this



I know nothing about it as it was an ebay purchase. It looks exactly like the one my grandma has and as far as I know shes not had any problems with hers.

I think I just want someone to tell me that I'm not crazy as everyone seems to think I am. It only cost me 15 which I think is good. Hopefully this will last me a lifetime!

Someone please tell me I'm not crazy...
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