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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern help please - ssk before or after marker? on: February 07, 2005 06:52:59 PM
I'm working on some slippers tonight and am having trouble understanding exactly when to decrease.

Here's what the pattern reads,

Shape gussets:
Row 1: Purl to marker, rib to next marker, purl remaining sts.
Row 2: Knit across gusset sts. to 2 sts before marker, knit 2 together, rib to next marker, ssk, knit across remaining gusset sts.  Continue these two rows until 19 sts remain.

The part in bold is what I'm confused about.  Do I ssk the last two BEFORE the marker or two AFTER the marker? 

Help, please?  Thank you, thank you...
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / somerset designs - suede soles / slipper pattern on: February 05, 2005 10:15:08 PM
Hi there!
Just wondering if anybody has used the slipper pattern that comes w/ the suede soles sold by Somerset Designs?  A coworker of mine suggested it for my next non-rectangle or hat project.  I'm moving up in the world!  Smiley  The pattern seems pretty easy and is maybe a good step towards knitting socks.


Would love to know if anybody liked this pattern.  I'm off to battle gussets and insteps now!  Yikes!  Smiley

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / round baby blanket on: January 16, 2005 11:08:58 PM
Hi knitters!  Smiley

I found this adorable pattern online this evening for a round baby blanket.


However, I don't understand!  Is it knitted from the inside out?  If it wasn't, would it turn itself into a big giant hat?  I'm still a beginner (9 scarves and 3 hats so far) so maybe it's a silly question?   I guess it's the first two lines of the pattern that I'm confused about - I can't picture it.  Any explanation is appreciated.  I hope somebody else enjoys the pattern!

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / light balls? on: December 04, 2004 09:10:26 AM
I saw these cute little hanging light balls on the Smith and Hawken website and would love to figure out how to make them!  They call them "dandelion lights" and they would look so cute hanging from our front porch for Christmas decorations or on the back patio during the summer! 

Here's the URL- http://www.smithandhawken.com/jhtml/site/catalog/Product.jhtml?PRODID=16329&CATID=8755&PARENTCATID=

Maybe I can get the pictures to post - -


Any ideas on how to make something like this?  I'm thinking there might be a way to poke a string of Christmas lights into a styrofoam ball??  I'm hitting Michael's today so maybe I'll grab a few styrofoam balls and see what I come up with.  I'll post a pic if it comes out decent looking!  Smiley

15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / packaging bath goodies for Xmas on: December 01, 2004 10:14:32 AM
Hi all!
I'm looking for some packaging ideas.  I ordered lots of supplies and am ready to get down to make some bath goodies for Christmas gifts.  Here's what I'm making...

1) Goats Milk (Melt & Pour) Soap (Scents: Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, Lavendar)
2) White (Melt & Pour) Soap (Scents: Lavendar, Shower Clean)
3) Bubble Bath Fizzies (Scents: Lavendar, Shower Clean, Oatmeal, Milk & Honey)
4) Foaming Sugar Scrub (Scent: Vanilla Sugar)
5) I might throw in some bath salts if I have extra epson salts from the bath fizzies.

For those of you who make melt and pour soap - do you HAVE to wrap it?  Can I do a paper band?  I prefer that look. 

For the bath fizzies - I'm thinking little bags will work but is that boring?  Any ideas or good buys?

For the scrub - I think I'm going to head to ikea or container store and look for 4 oz jars.  Any cool ideas on how to dress them up?

Any ideas or links would be helpful.  Thanks!!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what size circular needles to buy? on: October 31, 2004 12:43:04 PM
I'm a new knitter (just finished my first scarf last week!  Whooohoo!) and want to take a stab at knitting a hat next.  Is there a "default" size circular needle I should buy or is each set for a different size head?  Is there one size you'd recommend that could be used for multiple head sizes?  Is this a silly question?  Smiley
Thanks in advance for the advice! 
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / quilt for my new baby cousin! on: October 24, 2004 04:34:03 PM
I've been lurking around Craftster on a regular basis now and thought I'd share the quilt I just finished for my new baby cousin.  I was trying make it a manly little quilt hence the darker plaids.  The quilt is 36x48 inches w/ a back of soft, dark blue flannel.  I guess it's not officially quilted.  I just made little ties in the corners of each strip to keep the batting from shifting.  Hopefully it holds up okay!

I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out - I feel so proud!  heehee!  It's actually the perfect size for a lap blanket and went together pretty quickly so I'm toying with the idea of making a similar one for my Dad because he likes to curl up on the couch with a book and a blanket a lot during in the winter.

Anyways...thanks for letting me share.  I've learned soooooo much already from everybody on these boards.  Smiley

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