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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fair Isle Mittens on: February 03, 2009 02:20:00 PM
I knitted these in a matter of days because the pattern was so fun and addictive!  I couldn't wait to see how they would look when finished.

The pattern is "Selbu Mittens" from the book Folk Mittens.  The yarn is good ol' Cascade 220.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My First Socks! on: October 17, 2007 09:02:30 AM
FINALLY I knitted my first socks. 

They are the very basic 5-stitches per inch pattern from Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd (a GREAT book - highly recommended!)

The yarn is a hand-dyed colorway made by Schaefer Yarns.

Anyway, they're not fancy or too exciting, but I was pretty proud because they're the first ones I ever made and they turned out pretty well.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sox Stix - Anyone using these? on: September 24, 2007 01:54:55 PM
Just curious... I was perusing KnittersReview.com and saw this article about Lantern Moon's Sox Stix (the review is here)

Maybe it was the cute bag... I don't know, I couldn't resist ordering one set (I found them reasonably priced on eBay).  I just ordered mine today (I got ebony size 3's) though so I haven't had a chance to try them out.  They seem like they'd make really nice gifts too!
4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / SnB Calendar: Saving/Storing Pages? on: September 06, 2007 11:44:24 AM
I have the '07 SnB calendar and plan to get the '08 version as well.  I've been saving all the Friday pages (project pages) but right now I have them in a mess, clipped together in a pile.

I wondered if anyone had a creative idea for storing them long term? 

I thought about sticking them in a 6x6 scrapbook, but some of them are printed on both sides (though I guess maybe I could photocopy the backsides and put them side-by-side in the scrapbook).

Any ideas?
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Sand? (as in, regular sandbox, play sand) on: August 31, 2007 12:07:16 PM
I didn't see any threads about this yet.  I'm in the midst of modifying an old fish tank into a crab-habitat for some fiddler crabs, and I bought a BIG bag of sand (only came in one size).  Well the tank doesn't need NEARLY that much sand, so I'm left with like 25 pounds of it.

Any ideas for craft projects I could use regular old sand with?  Huh
(Things I could use for gifts would be great!)

I was thinking maybe zen gardens, but other than that I had no ideas.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Sublime Stitching: Addiction? on: August 31, 2007 09:56:06 AM
I only just recently discovered Sublime Stitching.  I placed my first order and it arrived yesterday.  I got the kit with "Monkey Love" and then I got a 4-pack of patterns too (Kurt Halsey, Krazy Kitchen, Craftopia, and Sushi Bar).

I started working on the tea towel from the kit last night.  I embroidered the cupcake from "Krazy Kitchen" so far.  My stitching isn't so great quite yet (practice makes perfect).

Anyway... today I found myself drawn to the site again and I ordered 12 more of the patterns.  I couldn't help myself!  I just want to collect them all so I can mix and match -- they're ALL so great! 

Does anyone else have this addiction?  Cheesy Ha ha ha.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Machines? on: August 24, 2007 07:07:12 AM
My mom, knowing I've taken up knitting, offered to give me her two knitting machines.  She got them years ago, when I was a kid (late-80s/early-90s ish?).  I don't know much about them, except that there are two of them (one for bulky yarn, one for fine yarn), and that they're in long cases and weigh about a billion pounds!  I remember that they're noisy -- they had all these hooks that you'd arrange in or out to form a pattern, and then there was this "trolley" that you'd push back and foreth over and over to "knit" the rows.

Does anyone know anything about these things?  Does anyone here use them? 
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Family Tree Scrapbooking - Ideas/Inspiration? on: August 24, 2007 06:54:33 AM
I'm getting married in October to my long-time boyfriend (*squee!*) and one of goals over the next year or so is to make a scrapbook showing our family tree (combining both his family and my family).

I could use some ideas/inspiration on how to organize it though. 

I'm not sure how to put it in a logical order?  Like, should I do (for instance) the whole first half of the book my side of the family, then the second half of the book his family?  OR should I do my parents, then his parents, then my maternal grandparents, then his maternal grandparents, etc (alternating sides)? 

For those of you who've done family tree type scrapbooks, how did you put yours together? 

(I got this scrapbook album from eBay, so I'm going to use this for my family scrapbook project!)
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Help with Kittyville - picking up stitches? on: November 09, 2006 08:53:18 AM
I'm working on the Kittyville hat -- it's the toughest project I've done so far (started knitting about 2/3 wks ago).  It was my 1st project knitted in the round -- and I LOVED it!

I've finished the hat-part itself but now I have to add the ear-flaps and the kitty-ears. 

I'm struggling with understanding how to pick up stitches from the CO row to add the ear-flaps?  The SnB book explains to pick up stitches from the center of the "Vs" -- but the brim of the hat is in seed stitch, so there's no "V" to look for.  I tried just experimenting picking up sitches, but I don't think it looked right.  Also, are you still supposed to use the same size needles for this?  I was having an awful time trying to pick up stitches (probably the WRONG ones) and have them slide onto the needle -- it was way too tight (and my knitting isn't usually THAT tight).

Any help/advice would be great.  I just LOVE this hat and don't want to screw it up now that I'm halfway there!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Flared legwarmer pattern? on: November 08, 2006 09:06:45 AM
I'm looking for a pattern for "flared" legwarmers.  (Something kind of like THESE on ebay.

I was at Borders the other day and saw that Not Your Mamas Knitting has a flared legwarmer pattern like what I have in mind ... but I kind of asked for that book for Christmas, and I don't want to run out and buy the book and spoil a gift that someone may have already bought.  Wink

Can anyone suggest any easy slouchy/flared legwarmer patterns that I could find online?  (Nothing TOO hard, as I'm still a beginner!)  Most of the ones I've seen are more fitted. 
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