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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / going to Taipei on: August 25, 2009 05:36:09 AM
I get to go to Taipei for 10 days starting September 6.  Anyone have suggestions of crafty must-see, must-do, must-buy's? or must-eats .. . .
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / You're Not Knitting!!! on: February 16, 2007 02:36:41 AM
I just had to share.
Last night I was sitting on the couch with my yarn and my needles. I had started a sock, screwed up the lace pattern - and decided to frog.
So I was back to a ball of yarn in one hand and the needles in the other.
I started a Turkish cast-on (I'm a toe-up gal) and my BF looks over at me and says
Bf:"You're not knitting!"
Me:Huh? what do you mean?
Bf: you're not knitting - you're just wrapping the yarn around the needles figure 8 style
Me: What's knitting then?
Bf:(a movie would show this soooo much better)You have the yarn on the needles and you [makes rotating motions with his fists]. That's knitting. You're not knitting. Why aren't you knitting?
Close with much laughter - he's obviously never been present for the birth of a sock before *grin*
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Hostess Gift Advice on: February 06, 2007 06:55:41 AM
I moved to the Netherlands from Ohio 1 1/2 years ago.
A friend of mine (from the States) is in Florence Italy with her husband and new baby for a semester.
My boyfriend and I have been offered a stay at their "pensione" (i.e. with them in their apartment) Cheesy
I think we're going to go for about a week.
I suppose that we were invited so a hostess gift isn't "required" but they're saving us tons of money that we would have had to spend on a hotel (I've wanted to go back to Florence ever since WE studied there in college - so it's a trip we'd be making at some point anyhow)

I'd take food - but she's allergic to nuts and that's not always so well noted on labels here, and with the new baby she's being ultra careful, so she wouldn't eat anything "strange" anyhow. Otherwise I'd take fancy Dutch cookies . ..  I searched hostess gift on here and did come up with a nice candle as a good suggestion, but most suggestions involve wine (they're living in ITALY land of great wine- don't think I'm importing wine) I'm sure they buy delicious bread from a bakery (we did and we were only students) and they'll be flying back to the States in June, so I don't want to burden them with extra stuff. I've also already (last summer) knit things for the baby. And all the pictures I've seen of the baby she's wearing something knit (from me, her mother, her grandma, other friends etc.)

So - I'm really drawing a blank. I have until April to come up with something. Does anyone have any ideas?
(oh - and if my friend reads this [she's crafty too] - she should tell me what she wants and then fess up so that I get all the embarrassment out of the way at once)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / oh oh - steek help needed . . . on: October 02, 2006 06:49:16 AM
I followed the steek directions from Sweaters from Camp. If your legs of your 3 steek stitches are numbered 1,2,3,4,5,6: I crocheted together 2&3 and 4&5. Then I cut the horizontal bars between my crochet stitches . . . TA daa - it looked great - then I tugged at it and it unraveled  - the crochet chain has separated itself from the body of the knitting. I've luckily tried this on a guage swatch instead of the vest that's completely finished except for steeking and adding ribbing at the arms and neck. I'd attach pics, but my camera batteries are completely dead Sad

What did I do wrong!?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / guage issues on: June 29, 2006 04:27:57 AM
I would love to knit rogue (girl from auntie)
I have the pattern and everything.

I've tried to get guage with several different types of yarn. My latest attempt - Knitpicks Wool of the Andes - claims 4.5-5 stitches per inch  - perfect for Rogue.
NO matter what needles I try to use  - 7's 8's 10's - I get 5.5 stitches per inch. Every time. Argh!!!

Am I the only person to have this problem? Is there a solution? Other than to find a yarn that claims 3 stitches per inch that I can knit at 4.5? Apparently - I am a tight knitter  Cry

Or do I just knit Eris which wants 5-5.5 stitches per inch?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / help with some antiques . . . on: June 22, 2006 11:37:56 AM
I'm hoping I'm not the only one with this problem . . .

I don't often crochet, so the answer to this isn't such a huuuge deal I guess, but it falls into the category of I really really really want to know.

I was cataloging my knitting needles because I need to buy a couple and I want to be doubly sure I don't buy duplicates. So - I thought - why not catalogue the crochet hooks too - so I know what I actually have for future projects. My knitting needles and crochet hooks come almost exclusively from my grandmother. There are a few modern additions by  me, but they're mostly 40 years old or older. Most are probably quite a bit older ..  .
the brands are mainly Bates or Boye with some unlabeled and some other random brands.
Here comes my question . . . .
I have size10/J/6mm hooks. Everything else is smaller. But the numbers range from a rusty 00 to 13 (with 13 being so tiny I think the only think it's useful for is sewing thread) and 10 seems to be the most popular (there are 5)
What I totally don't get is all the size charts I'm finding seem to think that as the number goes up, so does the needle size - and mine are backwards. Does anyone know of a chart or something that I can figure out what these are in today's terms? I also have 4 lovely but very very tiny unlabeled unnumbered antique hooks. Is there a way to determine the size? (with knitting needles there's a guage that you can stick the needles in .. . )
Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks . . . .
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / aaargh! two socks on: May 09, 2006 02:04:58 PM
has anyone else tried this:


I thought it sounded like a good idea.  I could do mosaic socks and sort of free form without making notes since i'd be doing both socks at once.

I just spent 1/2 hour + doing 1 row.  Yup - 1 row.  I'm not really a slow knitter.

The first side of both socks went great.
The first second side (sounds wierd - but do you follow?) was ok - but a bit wierd cause both socks were completely on 1 needle.

The second second side was impossible.  I had to add in a DPN to finish it.  Because the sock is ALL on 1 needle and you're knitting 1/2 of it onto the other needle.  And at the end - it just doesn't work.

Has anyone else tried this?  I'm so frustrated. Am I doing something wrong? or is it just a faulty method?

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Simple v-neck on: January 11, 2006 11:16:48 AM
I apologize in advance for any typos - my fingers don't seem to be connected to my brain tonight . . .

I have some lovely Henry's attic Alpaca.
It's soft - It's fuzzy - I'm in love.

Every sweater I think - OH! I could use the Alpaca for that . . . I get the wrong guage with it.

So - Unless someone else can say - Hey I used the Henry's Alpaca for this rockin' pattern . ..

I think I want to try a sweater generator.

I guess I'm really asking if anyone has used this:
and been pleased (or otherwise) with the results.

Or has any other grand suggestions for a simple v-neck sweater pattern with some shaping that will work with slightly less than worsted guage yarn.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / help! lost recipe on: November 01, 2005 01:50:26 PM

i had a recipe for an eczema salve.
i got it from the soap dish forum. (from someone who's username either started with an N or an E - i think)

i was very excited about making it - i ordered all the ingredients - etc.
then life interfered, and i never got it made.

my soap/etc. notebook is missing, and the soap dish forum is down.
i know all the ingredients because i stored them in a separate box all of their own, and even some of the amounts - but not all, and i need the instructions.

does anyone out there know the recipe i'm talking about?
here are the ingredients as i know them:
Jojoba Oil
Aloe Vera Oil (probably 4 ounces)
Chickweed Herb
Comfrey Leaf
Nettle Leaf
Neem Powder
Kokum butter (4 ounces)
Mango butter (4 ounces)
Shea butter (4 ounces)

i know i need to infuse some amount of the herb in the jojoba.
that's where my knowledge ends, sadly.
any help out there?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / rogue; alpaca; size ? on: October 28, 2005 02:40:43 AM
Ok, I broke down and ordered the Rogue and Eris patterns.  Figured I'd buy 'em, read 'em thru, and decide which to do.

I still haven't quite decided -
buuuuut  . . .

I have 2 questions that apply to both.
I have a yummy 100% alpaca yarn I'd like to use in a soft chocolate brown (assuming I can get gauge)
Will the cables melt away, or will the yarn be "springy" enough for it?

annnnd  . . .
What size should I make?
I'm a 36C - I measure 38" around.  But the sweater I just measured (that I like the fit of) measures 18" from armpit to armpit.  The smallest rogue size is 35.5" and 17.75" from armpit to armpit.  The next size up is 39", 19.5".

This summer I spent a huuuge amount of time making a sweater that ultimately turned out to be completely the wrong shape (particularly for who it was for).  I so don't want to waste time like that again . . .

any advice for me out there? 
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