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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Handpainting in the microwave? on: February 12, 2006 08:54:58 AM
For handpaints, I find that using a baking dish in the oven works best. I bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes in a pyrex baking dish. I've used kool aid and wilton's icing dye (I prefer the wilton's to kool aid). Baking the yarn has a few benefits: colors don't run and the yarn stays softer and is much less likely to felt than it would in the microwave.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Argyle Headband ** Chart Added** on: January 17, 2006 06:14:39 AM
That's really lovely! I love KOIGU and have a little stash of it that might be perfect for a headband. Thanks for the pattern.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Name Book - Photo Heavy on: January 06, 2006 05:00:18 PM
Your book is beautiful! About four or so years ago, I made and sold and a shockingly similar style of book. Someone even commissioned a "Charlotte"! Weird coincidence! Mine was not as detailed (I didn't use buttons) but they were very expensive to produce. I used wool felt (which is considerably higher quality than craftstore stuff...it doesn't pill and wears beautifully...I recommend it if you make more.) However, the price is prohibitive when added with the time spent to create one...you'd have to charge, I think, at least $60 a book to even make minimum wage and cover basic expenses. I think the wool felt alone ran around $15 - $20 per book.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Bun in the oven? on: December 21, 2005 06:17:51 AM
Congratulations! When I was pregnant w/ my daughter the best thing I  made her, certainly the most used and cherished, was a quilt which she still uses, 4 years later. I knit her some baby sweaters and booties but those went unworn--they were big and she was small and by the time they fit her it was July and too hot for anything wool. (If you're a knitter, cotton's probably a better, more all-seasonal choice.) I also made bumpers for her crib out of purple fake fur, lined with white flannel. They were easy and not nearly as expensive as store bought and, in my opinion, way cooler.

Congrats again. Hope the morning sickness bug has mercy on you!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / self-striping worsted weight yarn... I cannot remember the name of it! on: November 20, 2005 08:32:43 AM
Does anyone know the brand that makes self-striping worsted weight yarn? I seem to be suffering from pre-holiday related memory loss! Thanks.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: uk music cross stitch kits? on: November 18, 2005 02:58:13 PM
Was it subversive cross stitch by any chance?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Finished the Hourglass Sweater :) on: November 16, 2005 08:22:32 PM
It's gorgeous! Congrats and enjoy.

What yarn did you use?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sock pattern for my dad on: November 13, 2005 06:41:23 PM
Have you tried knitty?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Kate Gilbert 'Gifted' Mittens on: November 12, 2005 03:38:37 PM
I love that pattern too. Yours look great! How much Panache did you use for a pair? I'd love to make some more and adore Panache.
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet- By julsey723 on: November 11, 2005 04:53:52 AM
I've finished mine, and it looks great! I knit it in Cleckheaton Country 100% merino (a fairly generic yarn, but I live in a small town and yarn varieties are extremely limited). It's blocking right now, but when it's dry (dry, you sucker, dry!) I'll have a picture to post!

I am going to be a latecomer to this KAL but wanted to tell Tamantha one thing: www.knitpicks.com!! (Unless the "small town" you're referring to is not in the US, that is.)
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