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131  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: finished "Mobile Monsters" on: January 10, 2005 04:35:41 PM
Hee!  Yep, it looks very monster-like, in a cute and cuddly way!
132  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: my piggy camera cozy on: January 10, 2005 04:33:09 PM
ADORABLE!  And so chubby! 
133  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Bam 13 on: January 10, 2005 04:25:07 PM
It looks fantastic!  Yeah, he'd better love it!  I'm going to have to make sure my goth-y anime freak sister doesn't see this...
134  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: idea for NEXT snb book (if there is one!) on: January 10, 2005 04:22:38 PM
Do you know why particular yarns will be called for in published patterns?  Often it's because the yarn companies gave yarn or sponsored the publication in some other way.  Listing alternates could be a good way to piss off the sponsoring yarn companies.  Additionally, getting yarns that are reasonably widely available and not about to be discontinued can be a trick in itself.  One of the patterns I wrote for SNBN was originally done in a yarn that turned out to be from a company that didn't want to sponsor SNBN, so I made a different selection...but the colors I chose were being discontinued.  So I chose again, but that didn't work out either, and the editor suggested I use yarns from a particular company that was already supplying yarn for other projects in the book. 

Maybe what could be included that would be helpful for finding subs (in different countries, when yarns are discontinued or unavailable, etc) would be to have a list of the yarns, photos of the strands, and general info.  I've seen this in knitting magazines like Vogue and IK, as well as in a Japanese knitting book I bought.  I really wish older knitting magazines and pamphlets had it...I have a stack of vintage patterns, originally printed by yarn companies, so the patterns call for yarns that don't exist anymore, and sometimes they don't have a gauge included with the pattern.  Augh!

And for plus sizes: there are reports from the Knitty crew that a book for plus size patterns is in the works. 
135  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting for choice? on: January 10, 2005 01:51:30 AM
Is it time to start a post for this in the Knitalong forum?

136  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting for choice? on: January 04, 2005 10:20:40 PM
Hi all!  As the pattern designer, here are my two cents:

Please take a moment to read the rough draft of the Womb Pattern FAQ.  I wrote the pattern as part of a larger project, and I'd really appreciate getting images, footage, and interviews with participants in Wombs on Washington.  I can be contacted through the link given at the bottom of the pattern at Knitty.

I've had a brief discussion about Wombs on Washington with Amy, the editor of Knitty, and it looks like copyright should not be a problem for participants. 

If anyone would like to convert the pattern to crochet, sewing, etc., please honor the copyright by making the conversion instructions available for free (e.g. by posting here on Craftster) and linking to the original pattern. 

The yarn called for in the pattern (Cascade 128) is not widely available, and I think it's been discontinued.  Cascade never replied to my inquiry about the status of the yarn, so I'm just guessing.  The pattern does have Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky in Lotus Pink listed as a viable, tested alternative.  You can, of course, use any yarn you choose in any color you fancy.  From a structural perspective, it's best to be working at a gauge that results in a fabric dense enough so that the stuffing doesn't peek through the stitches. 

Have fun!  Let me know if you have any questions about the pattern and/or need any assistance with it.

*edited to add* - just for further clarification: I am the designer of the pattern, which was published in issue 10 of Knitty magazine.  Chimblysweep saw the pattern after it had been published and thought it would work well for a political statement she wants to make.  Wombs on Washington is not my project and I am not one of the coordinators.  I am available for *assistance with the pattern*; if you have any questions about Wombs on Washington, please talk to chimblysweep and read the LJ entries. 
137  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: A knitted womb.. haha. Seriously! on: December 06, 2004 04:15:33 PM
I'm glad you ladies like her!

I'm still a little surprised the pattern got published - I knew it was pushing it, even for Knitty.  I'm really, really glad it's published and available for free, because it's part of a larger project I have in mind.  Like the Blythe dolls, I'd like to see people not only knitting Womb, but setting up little scenes and taking photographs, perhaps (perhaps!) for collecting into a book or putting together as a short film.  I haven't worked out the details on that yet.  Will definitely post as I get this all sorted out.

138  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Head Hugger (SNBN) on: November 23, 2004 11:40:17 PM
At first, the flower pattern threw me for a loop.  Luckily, a girl at my SNB was there to puzzle it out with me - and once you get it right, it's very "of course!"
*phew* I'm glad you got it figured out!  Writing the pattern for the flower was not easy - I wanted it to be relatively simple, worked flat, and quick to make, on top of looking like a chunky cutout.  I like your explanation - would you be willing to post it over at the Virtual Stitch n' Bitch over at knithappens.com, or give me permission to post it with your screenname? 

I love the purple that you chose - it looks beautiful on you!
139  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / SNBN mobile cozy errata on: November 06, 2004 11:23:13 PM
I haven't gotten my copy of the book yet, so I'm not certain this is errata - if someone has a copy of the book, would you let me know if I'm right about the following info missing from the pattern?

1. The pattern doesn't tell you how to make the ears stand up.

I don't know how the stylists got the ears to stand up.  My pattern results in floppy bunny ears, which is darn hard to photograph so that you can see they are bunny ears.  I'm guessing it would be pretty easy to just thread in pipe cleaners to get the ears to stand up - just straight up the ear if you just want them up.  Or maybe whipstitch a pipe cleaner around the edge of the ear with matching sewing thread so that they can be shaped?  I'll ask Deb and see if she knows.

2. The pattern doesn't list the turquoise yarn. 

The pattern only lists black and pink for yarns.  That's not really an error - originally, the pattern was going to call for pink and turquoise, but it turns out that the turquoise works up to a different gauge.  This happens sometimes - different colors of the same yarn can be slightly different in weight, and in this case, enough so that there's a definite size difference.  I decided to change the bunny color to black, but sent the turquoise sample in anyway, with a note about the size problem - I didn't think it would get photographed.  Oops.

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