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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Umbilical Cord baby Hat on: August 25, 2004 11:28:34 AM
Here's my version - no I cord, added a stripe and a flower, and changed the gauge to use a thinner yarn I had in my stash.

I did knit stitch of the main color for 3 ", stripe for ", knit another 1", and started the decreases. When I got down to 8 stitches, took the yarn through the remaining stitches.

For the flower, I just guessed. I cast on 64 stitches, knit 4 rows.  Then decreases every two stitches (winding up with 32).  Knit a row. Decrease every two stitches. Knit a row.  Decrease again. I think I bound off at that point and sewed up the sides of the flower.

Then, I did an *inside* of the flower, starting with 44 stitches. Sew those together on to the hat.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: House Numbers - Need Ideas on: August 05, 2004 04:32:18 PM
I went to a local do-it-yourself mosaic place.  The materials (minus the sealant that I STILL need to put on) ran just under $30.  They turned our really nice, but I have to finish the project before I can hang it.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: gift knitting! on: July 29, 2004 07:14:04 PM
Fuzzy feet all around!  I'm hoping to make about 10 pairs for my immediate family and inlaws, in different color combos.  I'm also hoping to make a vest for my grandma.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felting Emergency! on: July 10, 2004 06:03:16 AM
I had some felting problems with my first project, too.

The second attempt, I added some detergent, put the item in a pillowcase, and threw in 2 or 3 pairs of jeans for agitation.  Worked like a charm.  Of course, if the water isn't hot enough to begin with, you've got a problem.

I'm going to try that boiling trick next time, though! It seems like it would use less water and energy, and I wouldn't have to hang out in the dingy basement.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Elann Yearly Sample - any opinions? on: May 03, 2004 08:06:23 PM
Just an FYI, the 'skeins' are "10 yards each for the majority of yarns, 5 yards each for bulky yarns yielding 65 yards per 50g or less."  

Most of the retail skeins I use are 90 - 200 yards, so take that into consideration.  
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Knitting horror stories on: April 28, 2004 12:47:12 PM
I'm still trying to get the nerve up to piece together my "wear it every day" sweater for my husband. I think it's going to be a disaster... Too big... too acrylic...  

But, he loves the fuzzy feet I knit him, and I had to redo the hat I made him.  

I've just learned to deal with frogging.  And to plan WAAAAYYY ahead of time for gifts, and make things that I've had previous success with.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:Funky Cable Knit Hat on: April 26, 2004 10:23:05 AM
Here's a baby hat I made with three points, instead of two.

I knit it in the round with a double strand of Bernat Baby Coordinates. There were 56 stitches, so I divided those into thirds and sewed up the top.  I even left the bound off edge visible.  


I'm thinking about making one for myself, but next winter. And maybe not so tall.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Crockpot Meal Ideas on: April 23, 2004 08:28:32 AM
I am in need of some crockpot recipes that are not your traditional crockpot fare.  

Does anyone have any favorite recipes that are not the standard crockpot recipes of the last 50 years?  

We like different ethnic foods in my house, and don't eat a whole lot of meat. That's pretty much the opposite of most the crockpot cookbooks I find.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Standard Measurements on: April 22, 2004 04:51:32 PM
I'm trying to knit a hat for a 1-year-old cousin, and am just making up a pattern.  (Shhh, it's a surprise.)

However, I know babies' heads are not all that small, but this hat doesn't look like it will fit?  Does anyone know of an online source with average body measurements for kids?  Or if you have made a hat for a one year old, what was the circumference?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Favorite/Best Circular Needles?? on: April 21, 2004 06:23:59 PM
That's the set I have too, and I like them pretty well.  The only challenge has been amassing all the pieces.  

It was nice to be able to buy only those sizes that I was going to use at first.  I didn't want to lay out more than $50 for a set that I wasn't sure I'd be using in 6 months. As I've become a more consistent knitter, I've tried to complete my set.
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