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911  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Rat Hammock on: August 28, 2004 07:20:22 PM
if hes losing wieght they do have some products meant for rats that will help them gain wieght- i know its a green goo, but i cant think of what its called atm Smiley.my rats loce echineachea (?SP)- they have articles about it if you search for it.  in theory it can help to increase the immune system.

and as a general note (not to kitty, since i know her other rat passed away?) its better to have more than one rat because they are social Smiley my rats sure do appreciate each otherse company.

i do usually bother to make a "fancy" hammock (unless i have a bunch of yarn ends hanging around)- i ussually just punch some holes in the fabric and use paperclips to hold it in place.
912  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: August 26, 2004 01:40:17 AM
the wool may apear softer bc youve washed it, and the vinegar might also contribute to the wool feleiogn sof 9something with the pH?)

all wools dye diff, even within the same breed of sheep.  merino does take color much better in my experience than some other wools. also if its a diff amount of ounces, the thickness (wpi) is diff, a diff ph, heating it longer or shorter, temp etc can all effect for the color comes out.
913  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my first socks. on: August 25, 2004 06:54:52 PM
if you can get yarn on ebay (even just on skein of a color) you can jsut do stripes, and they dont have to match.  ebay also sometimes has bulk/lots sock yarn for sale, and elann.com has some good deals too.   i find that i can get a pair of socks out of a skein cause i knit a only a short amout of ribbig (and work from the toe up)
914  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: tangerine socks on: August 25, 2004 06:27:55 PM
if you want to make (another pair of) socks out of merino, its helpful to make them with reinforced heels/toes on the smallest needles possible (firm fabric= wears better).

those look so much better than my first pair of socks....which were so big (and i didnt notice till the first was done) that i had to give them to a friend.

check out the six-socks along on yahoo groups.  socks are addictive!
915  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: August 25, 2004 06:15:55 PM
i tend to find that wiltons cake dyes work better than ka (koolaid), and there are more colors, easier to blend, etc etc.  you set it the same (with a glug of white vinegar) and everything. knitty.com also has directions for dyeing yarns, and i also suggest crockpot dyeing.   

if you look on my blog (http://midnightsky1686.blogspot.com/)- you may have to go to the archives which are on the right if you scroll down, you can see a bunch of different yarns that ive dyed (and spun) using ka and wiltons.

you cant beat the uniqueness of dyeing it urself Smiley
916  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sex in the Knitty on: August 25, 2004 02:16:54 AM
i started lolita legs, just cause it was from the boogerblog (and since i knit a LOT in public, i like to do stuff thats somewhat, umm....appropriate, lol!) one of ,my favs. but they were too big even in a dec size and on size 1 needles O.o so i ripped it out after i had ~ 6 inches of the leg done.

you can do increases up the leg instead, just make sure to inc 2 stitches at a time so you can still k2g Smiley
917  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting for leftys?? on: August 25, 2004 02:12:33 AM
what you need to do is learn to knit continental (sp??), its also called swiss knitting. you hold the yarn in your left hand and you dont "toss" the yarn like you do when you hold it with the right. this method is both faster and easier on your wrists, no matter what hand you write with.

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