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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hhh... I think I'm cured of commissions forever on: June 02, 2008 05:16:11 PM
So an acquaintance at work has always complimented me on my knitting and seemed very admiring of the things I've made. A few months ago he asked if I would make his wife something for her birthday and he mentioned a few things of mine that I've made that he thought she'd like. He of course offered to pay me for materials and my time.

So I got a little excited about the prospect of knitting for an appreciative audience. I bought a fantastic pattern for a lace scarf (Mimknit's Flutter Scarf - highly recommend) and some beautiful laceweight zephyr in the wife's favorite color. It was a tiny, tiny, tiny gauge, and a very long and repetitive process. The joy was gone after about 12 inches, but I made it to 60. It took me a solid five weeks of dedicated evening knitting. It turned out like a work of art. I was so proud of it. Everyone I showed it to admired it.

When I presented it to the acquaintance, he told me how "nice" it was. He asked how much he owed me, and I smiled and shrugged it off, and downplayed the cost of the materials. I didn't even mention how much time I spent on it. He said, "Okay, thanks! I'll send you a little something."

About a week later, I found a $20 bill folded inside a note on my desk that said "Thanks again!"

$20 barely covered the cost of materials. You couldn't have even bought that same scarf in a department store for $20.

So I feel used and taken advantage of, but I know it's my own fault. I'm just annoyed with myself. Anyone ever have a letdown like that, or am I just incredibly gullible?

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Homemade apple "pi" :-) on: November 12, 2007 04:58:57 PM
It's a felted apple cozy. Because I have a nerdy sense of humor.

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And my apples DO get bruised in my bag a lot...

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The pattern is here: http://squeakyweasels.blogspot.com/2007/11/homemade-apple-pi.html
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What IS this yarn??? I know I've seen it... on: June 28, 2007 09:44:14 AM
I have about 2000 yards of this yarn that I reclaimed from an obviously handknit sweater donated to a thrift store.

It looks and feels like nice yarn, either wool or a wool blend. It's super bulky, at least 3 st/inch gauge.

It's just so familiar to me! I feel like I've passed it a thousand times in the lys, but I can't place it!

Does anyone have a guess?

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4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The Great Ravelry Topic on: May 24, 2007 10:05:38 AM
A friend of mine sent me an invite to be a Ravelry beta tester: www.ravelry.com

I'm so hooked. It's a way to organize your yarn, FOs, WIPs, drag in your Flickr photos, see who else is knitting the patterns you're knitting, add patterns to your queue, see who likes what you like. It's amazingly cool and fun. I haven't been this excited about a knitting site since, well, Craftster!

Anyway, I have 2 extra invites and no one to give them to. Anyone want to check it out?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tea Rose Halter, turned corset on: May 18, 2007 08:16:21 PM
This is from IK spring 07.

First let me say, I hated. Hated. Hated knitting this.

I thought it would be a quick and simple knit, but I used a coarse, recycled silk yarn, quadruple stranded, that was a nightmare to knit with. I thought I had gauge, but it turned out to be about three sizes too big. It was a horrible experience. I wrestled with it for months and finally finished it out of spite hoping I could come to terms with it or throw it away.

But then, when I was sewing the straps on, something miraculous happened. The yarn and the pattern suddenly realized they were supposed to work together.

Tea Rose Halter

The corset lacing in the back fixes the size issue just perfectly!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Perfect lacy summer sweater! on: May 01, 2007 07:43:47 AM
I've been wearing this constantly with tees, jeans, dresses, everything -- and NO ONE has yet said, "Did you knit that?" which to me says it looks pretty hot. But I'm biased.

It's the perfect thing for summer because A) it's cotton, perfect mix of cool and warm, B) just wad it up into a ball and toss it somewhere when it gets too warm, and C) so easy to wear, just tie it and forget it!



I also sewed the tunic top (I made it up myself). The straps and trim along the top edge are single crocheted out of the same yarn as the sweater. So it's a twin set, right? Yay!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / poor little weasels... on: April 10, 2007 09:51:49 AM

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yay, it's spring! Pink dress! on: March 20, 2007 01:15:31 PM

First sewing post!

Can you tell how much I love it? It's my first dress. Now off to make more...  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Bit of Lace on: February 28, 2007 07:26:08 PM
I love old lace. I also love the idea of knitting new lace from antique lace patterns because of the sense of actually connecting with and even touching the past, in a way.

This is the "Kendal" lace insertion from the 1891 book "Home Work" archived and referenced at knitting-and.com: Kendal Insertion

This piece of lace can be worn as a belt, as a neck-thingie, or as a way to keep my hair out of my eyes.

10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Petunia bag from IK on: February 26, 2007 09:00:57 AM
In need of a roomy, lightweight tote to sling over my shoulder on upcoming vacations, I'm making the Petunia bag from IK spring 07.

There are two things I love best about this pattern: it's a classic, practical shape, and the stitchwork tells the whole story.

Anyone else making this?

I'm using white 100% cotton yarn from a recycled sweater which is about the same gauge as Cotton Classic.
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