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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Rowan Kidsilk Haze on: May 19, 2008 05:44:42 AM
I'm thinking of using Rowan Kidsilk Haze for a lace shawl (the Luna Moth shawl from elann) but some reviews I've read say that it's really hard to work with. Considering how expensive it is I wouldn't like to go and buy a bunch of skeins and then realize I won't be able to work with it - I'm relatively new to lace knitting and haven't really worked with this type of yarn before. But the shawl will a wedding gift for my sister, and I really want the best I can get. I'm working the pattern in an aran weight right now, so I know I can handle the pattern itself.

So my question is whether this yarn really is as hard to work with as it seems? I would be thankful for some advice from more experienced lace knitters..
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purse from table mats and kitchen towels on: April 28, 2008 09:10:48 AM
The outside of this bag is made from woven cotton table mats, the lining and handles from matching kitchen towels. It has a magnet closure, two outside and three inside pockets and a matching card wallet.

Comments are appreciated!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pencil case on: April 13, 2008 07:53:21 AM
So, this comes with a background story Smiley

One of the first projects we were given in the 7th grade crafts class (i.e. when I was 13) was a pencil case, consisting of a denim rectangle sewn together at the sides with a zipper on top. Well, this case has served me well, but after having been in daily use for the past 12 years (it followed me through the rest of my basic education and almost all the way through university) it was starting to fall apart. So I needed a new one. As I will be moving abroad in about, well less than really, 2 months, I'm on a project to use up as much as I can of my stashes before I go, as yarn-ribbon-fabric is pretty far down on the list of things I can take with me.

So, I made this. A more adult, sophisticated (in my own humble opinion) of a softsided pencil case.

Front - the colours are most accurate in this picture.



Comments are always appreciated Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Lace.. fork? on: April 13, 2008 04:40:36 AM
I'm a somewhat experienced crocheter, but lace is not something I'm to familiar with. Recently I was in a yarn store, and saw something that directly translated to English would be called a lace fork, a contraption looking like 2 knitting needles joined to a U-shape. How does it work? Is it complicated to learn?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting flat circles on: April 09, 2008 06:44:18 AM
I would really like to learn to knit flat circles, like for placemats or blankets.. I've seen pictures, but I just can't figure out how much to increase at each round. I've tried to google it and search this forum, but I haven't found any tutorials or patterns..

So if anyone could point me in the right direction I would be thrilled!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hobo made from old skirt (Lots of lousy pics) on: February 24, 2008 04:54:01 AM
I have to apologize in advance for the lousy pics, I don't have a digital camera, only my camera phone, and it's crap.

I travel a lot (my boyfriend lives abroad) and I usually only bring carry-on luggage when I fly. This means one small suitcase - and a purse. There are regulations for the size of the suitcase, but the purse can be as big as you want, it only needs to look like a purse at first look. So I created this bag, it's huge but still looks like, well, a purse.

The material is gray wool, which I got from a thrift store skirt - it was pleated and it was hell to iron out the pleats, but it was worth it, no way would I have been able to afford this quality of fabric at a fabric store! It was a bit thin for the bag, though, so I backed it with unbleached cotton which I had lying around at home. To keep the two layers together I machine quilted leaves and swirls freehand in black thread. Don't really have a good pic of that. Blame my camera.

I'd bought a large scarf to use as lining, but happened to find this lovely thick blue satin - no idea what fiber, but something artificial - in a scrap bin, and couldn't resist.. Here is a pic of one of the inside pockets, it's hard to see but it's got two compartments, one for a cell phone and one for my wallet. It's accented with the same red piping I used for the outside of the bag.

The other inside pocket has a zipper, which is recycled from the skirt the fabric came from..

On to the outside: One of my favorite parts of the bag, the outside pocket. And here you actually see the quilted pattern a bit! I love the effect of the red piping and red zipper against the gray wool..

And.. It's lined too!

The strap has two sets of buttons, so it can be made longer - this means the bag can be carried with the strap across the body, which is nice in areas where there is a lot of purse snatching or when the bag is really heavy.

And a pic of the finished bag hanging over a chair.. It looks really rumpled because I've used it so much already..

And a side view, where you can see the piping.

This isn't the first bag I've made, but it's the first one with a lining. A lot of thought went into this bag, I spent a lot of time planning what I wanted and needed from this bag, and then to figure out how to do it, like, in which order I had to do things (I didn't use a pattern). And I so wish I'd have a good camera, because these pics DO NOT make it justice. I've never received as many compliments for anything I've made before in my life, the most common one being "I can't believe you made that". Some of my favourite features I couldn't even photograph properly, like the keychain on the inside (an invaluable thing for someone like me).

I love this bag, and I wanted to share it.

7  EUROPE / SCANDINAVIAN/NORDIC / Novita-klubilaisia? on: February 06, 2008 08:19:34 AM

Tarvitsen Novitan Karusellilankaa, jota en en lyd liikkeist. Lysin sen Novitan kotisivuilta, mutta ongelmahan on ett vain klubilaiset saavat tilata sielt. Voisiko joku auttaa?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find this pattern? on: January 19, 2008 10:53:36 AM
Has anyone ever come across a pattern for this type of skirt? My sister would like something similar for her wedding dress..


Would be happy for any information!
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