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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Postcard swap? on: June 08, 2010 07:17:19 AM
I was in one of these awhile ago, but I'm studying abroad now and there are some AMAZING postcards in little stores around my city, and I'd really like to share! I searched, and I don't think there's a postcard swap going on right now, so I was wondering if anyone would be up for one? Postcard swaps are usually pretty quick!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with lace weight yarn? on: February 03, 2010 02:29:52 PM
I bought some fabitty fab 100% alpaca yarn, lace weight, on clearance, and I have about 800 meters of it. Ummm only problem is that I have no idea what to do with it! I'll take any pattern suggestions! I've never knit anything with lace weight yarn before.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Simple stitches on: November 03, 2009 06:37:43 PM
I have a yarn that has a ton of different colors in it, and I'm making it into a hat. However, I just finished the brim and realized I have no idea what stitch to use for the actual hat! I want something nice and simple to show off the color. Any suggestions?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I went a bit hat insane! [Pic heavy!] on: August 24, 2009 08:33:54 PM
I've been making hats like crazy for the past 2 weeks (preparing for fall!). Plus, they're awesome stash busters, and totally fun to knit :]

Here are all the ones I've made! I think the mint one is my favorite.

I like adding ribbons to hats, can't ya tell? I think they look pretty cute, considering I used no pattern! Thanks for looking :]
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Placing a marker with a yarn over on: August 12, 2009 02:01:20 PM
So I'm trying to make my first wearable piece, and the pattern calls for a yo, then place marker. But the row after that, I'm supposed to knit those stitches, and I'm confused about where to place the marker, since it's right in the middle of the yarn over. Any help would be appreciated!
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Which dye to use? on: March 31, 2009 07:27:55 PM
So, I've never dyed anything before, but I have a scarf that I really want to dye. I've seen that people use kool-aid to dye stuff, and then also stuff like Rit dye.

For the tutorial I found to do the dyeing on the scarf, the person uses Rit dye and a spray bottle (to create a gradient look), but I was wondering if the same thing could be done with kool-aid? I feel like kool-aid might be a little more forgiving for a first dye. But I also want the colors to be REALLY bright, and I heard that kool-aid tends to come out a bit pale-ish.

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions? Thanks!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Beginner spinning, and need a bit of help plz! on: February 21, 2009 04:11:48 PM
So, I purchased a beginners kit which included a drop spindle and two batts of wool. I drafted (is that what it's called when you split it in half?) 4 times, so now I have 8 pieces. I tried to spin the first bit, and it turned out really thickly. I was just wondering if this is the usual thing to happen, or maybe I didn't split the batt enough, and maybe I should split them all again (so that I end up with 16 pieces) to get a thinner yarn?

Haha, I feel like such a noob, but I'd appreciate the help!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Undertaking a really difficult project, and need help! on: February 08, 2009 04:27:35 PM
I've never knitted intarsia, OR a blanket/afghan, but I'd like to try my hand at both for a project.

My brother is leaving for boot camp tomorrow, and he won't be back for 13 weeks, and after that he'll be stationed at a base in Norfolk or Chesapeake, Virginia (about 10 hours driving away from home), and I'd like to make him a blanket to take with him. I'd really, REALLY like to knit the Marines symbol in blanket form (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/21/USMC_logo.svg)(probably just the inside, red part), but I've never knit a picture before. I don't even know how to go about doing it. I know for smaller pictures, people make grids, and one square = one stitch, but I have no idea how I'd make a grid big enough for a blanket, or how to blow up the grid and how many stitches it would equal, etc etc.

Does anyone have any advice or tips? They would be really, really helpful because I would love to be able to make this for my brother!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / I didn't know my boyfriend was so crafty! on: February 02, 2009 10:22:45 AM
So, I thought I was the crafty one in the relationship. My boyfriend is great, he always wears or uses whatever I make, no matter how ugly or uncomfortable it turned out! So I was greatly surprised to come home from class one day and find these scattered all over my desk!

A close up of the stars. He put smiley faces on ALL of them!

He scattered them all over the top shelf of my desk (please pardon my messy shelves!)

A close up of the paper jar he made for me to keep them in. It's funny because he came over and asked to borrow my crayons, but wouldn't tell me for what! He colored that side of my name in my favorite color and put my name on the opposite side in his favorite color :]

I know these stars are probably pretty easy to make, but I had no idea he was crafty or creative at all! And I just loved that he had the patience to sit there and make all of these (which I wouldn't have patience for!) and I liked the story behind them. He told me that in some Asian countries (I think mostly Korea) a boy will make a bunch of these paper stars and put them in a jar and give them to a girl, and they're a sign of love, commitment, and devotion. He said that sometime he'd like to get some nicer decorative paper and make bigger ones, but I love these ones just fine!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Problem using DPN's, help please! on: February 01, 2009 01:34:40 PM
I've been working with dpn's for a awhile now, but I've only made things using plain ribbing or just knitting, so I never noticed this until I tried to use a stitch pattern.

I cast on the stitches, and then join them like I'm supposed to, but when I come back to the joined stitches on the 2nd or 3rd time around, I notice the right stitch (the first one cast on) looks like it's a stitch above the left stitch (the last one cast on) even though they are joined on the same row. So when I stitch a pattern the rows on the 1st and 3rd needle don't join properly because the 3rd needles rows always appear a row above, even if they have the same amount of rows.

I hope I explained my problem thoroughly, I don't really know how else to describe it. I hope someone can help!
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