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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / If you could only knit ONE item..... on: November 19, 2007 09:08:53 AM
I had this planned out, our Christmas party i was going to recon an old prom dress into a new snazzy shorter length party dress and knit a shrug to go with it. But we got word the dress code is dressy casual rather than semi-formal soooooooo no use for the recon dress.

Now my dilemma is I can either
A) buy a more casual style sleeveless dress to wear with shrug I was going to make
B) knit a top and forgo the shrug
C) knit a skirt and make a shawl, buy a top
D) knit a dress

But I only have a little more than 4 weeks, not a big stash and no idea if any of its worth it other than knowing I want to go in at least 1 thing I made (and would you wear more than 1 hand knit item? it seems kind of weird but I dunno)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help me pick a yarn for this! on: November 04, 2007 01:44:26 PM
So I am making my winter ball dress for our boats party, it is black and turq satin. Since it will be sleeveless and winter is a bit cool I am also planning to knit myself a shrug. Originally I wanted a cabled shrug (and honestly I still do) but I don;t know which yarn to use. I want it cozy warm so a wool or alpaca (or a blend)

The hardest part is do I go with a turq yarn (which may be hard to match to my fabric) that will show cables very well or a black yarn that might not show my cables and would be most likely better knit in a plain ol (boring) stockinette? I would like the yarn to have a bit of a sheen to it...so what yarn would you get??
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hoodie and cable hat set on: October 06, 2007 09:42:13 AM
This was originally for a friends son but I underestimated cotton shrinkage (even with handwashing) and head size so it is now my DD's and fits her very nicely.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first crochet project ever! hats! on: October 06, 2007 09:39:12 AM
I knew basic crochet stitches (ch & sc) for adding edges onto my knit work but this past week I got a wild hair and needed a mental break from all of my knitting. So I grabbed my friends crochet hook, some yarn and made my youngest DD's dolly a hat in the round (no pattern, no tutorial, I honestly have no idea if I did it right or not but it worked!). Then proceeded to make said DD a matching hat, and then her older sister a hat.

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / make and sell the pattern or make and sell the end product? on: September 23, 2007 05:03:29 PM
I recently spent 5 long days knitting up my DD a skirt with attached leggings, completely my own pattern all winged on the fly. (the pics are in knitting: completed projects) One of my dearest friends say I should knit and sell them, while I almost think writing out a pattern and selling it would be so much easier. The only thing I worry about is possibly stepping on toes. There is another knitter that makes skirts with attached soakers (to which I have not seen the pattern) and the leggings are just based on a general longies pattern using gauge math, and then basic sock knowledge for the feet.

In y'alls opinion would you knit the product and sell it, or write up a (very long) pattern and sell it and where would you sell them?

I've never knit for sale or written a pattern so I am a bit floundering in the dark here. help!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Skirty with leggings on: September 21, 2007 09:53:05 AM
This is my first totally winging design that I knit on the fly for my youngest DD. She is fully potty learned but still loves woolie skirts and longies. And what beats the 2 combined? It hasn't been blocked but she hasn't taken it off since I completed it yesterday morning lol

the bum says "pixie" her nickname
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / wool experts needed on: September 05, 2007 05:50:20 PM
Hi all Smiley I am a yarn snob, I work only in fine wools (ok that's a lie) usually wools, sometimes a wool blend with a nice fiber. But my dilemma emerges in this. I will be the proud owner of a fugly chinese crested pup which will need a cozy warm sweater for winter, as well I will be knitting for it's siblings as their take home outfit. Problem? Wool has lanolin and these pups are sometimes allergic to lanolin. I don't use acrylic (sorry not to offend I just can't stand the stuff), cotton wouldn't be warm enough and possibly too heavy. I thought alpaca would be the answer but upon thinking about it more that yarn might be too warm.

Soooo, I am wondering, would a superwash or wool/acrylic or wool/cotton blend yarn have been so heavily processed that all the natural lanolin would have been stripped out making it a safe yarn to use for these pups?
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