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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Need help IDing and dating this wheel. on: February 16, 2012 10:33:11 PM
I recently inherited a spinning wheel from my grandmother, and it is in need of some TLC. I'm trying to figure out how old it is and what company made it (there's no logo I can find) because I'm pretty sure I'll need to replace several parts. Spinning is still very new to me, and this is my first wheel. As far as I can tell, the connector to the footman is leather and everything else is metal. Pretty sure it's a single drive scotch tension?

From the side:


mother of all:

... which hinges down, I guess to adjust tension on the drive band?

Maidens rotate to allow bobbin/flyer removal:

Every piece of metal on this wheel is rusted and I can barely get it to turn, and it needs a new drive band and brake band. The bobbin and flyer in the photos are the only ones that came with it, and though my grandmother had several spinning books (with copyrights back to the 70s) and an Ashford brochure, we couldn't find anything about the wheel's purchase.
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Baby's First Tattoo - no seams - pattern help! on: December 28, 2010 04:09:19 PM
So I'm going to make the Baby's First Tattoo sweater for my incoming niece (due any day now!) but I absolutely loathe and despise seams, so I was hoping to rework the pattern to be knit all in one piece - aside from making and adding the sleeves, of course.  I know that you're supposed to leave out seam stitches when adapting the pattern, so does that mean that I would take away one stitch from each side panel and 2 from the back?  Will that mess with my shaping patterns later?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Luis Vuitton - cheapest EVAR on: April 02, 2007 03:17:10 PM
Ask and ye shall receive! Here's the chart for those who asked:

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Luis Vuitton - cheapest EVAR [updated with chart] on: March 31, 2007 01:54:21 PM
When I heard that the theme this month was Scrooged, I knew I had to do something couture for cheap - it would just be too awesome.  I'd charted the Luis Vuitton monogram pattern a while ago for a different project (never completed) and knew it was perfect.  So I headed out to my local craft store and scoured for cheap-ass yarn.

First things first, the receipt:

I bought 2 skeins each of Redheart Coffee and Cornmeal.  Redheart is cheap enough but I got it on sale to boot! I wound up using just over 1 skein of the Coffee and less than 1 of the Cornmeal.

This thing took me for-freaking-ever.  I've worked charts before but never for the entirety of a project. O.o  Never. Again.  If I'd had more time and more patience I'd have worked another repeat of the chart, as he scarf turned out shorter than I wanted.  But oh well.  It's done!!

In action:

Monogram pics:

Side note: I switched the positions of the L and V so it's not technically copyright infringement Smiley

One more:


Some of you wrote to request the chart I used.  Here ya go:

I used 4 vertical reps of the chart total and the width of the scarf is only one.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Heartbreaker Hoodie - UPDATED on: March 02, 2007 12:36:03 AM
Thanks Smiley  The safety pins are basically my favourite part - I just wish I'd been able to find some of those ridiculously, comically HUGE ones.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Heartbreaker Hoodie on: February 28, 2007 01:00:17 PM
:charlie brown face: Aaaarrrgh!

I wash the hoodie and the iron-on appliqus came off.  :grump grump grump:  Fine, I give up! I'll embroider the freaking things on.

Does anyone know of a washable fabric marker that will write well on yarn?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Heartbreaker Hoodie on: February 23, 2007 07:20:51 PM
Thanks.  And yeah, totally tedious.  I'm an English-style knitter and it takes forever to do seed stitch that way, so I actually made the effort to work Continental on some of it.  (Unfortunately my Continental gauge is really loose, and when you look closely at the hoodie you can tell the difference Sad )
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Heartbreaker Hoodie on: February 21, 2007 04:22:20 PM
Aww thanks everyone.  I'm considering making a second one with more modifications now, so I guess it would be more my own pattern than this vintage one.

cha cha cha: Nope, the front and back were worked flat as separate pieces and then sewn together.  I never checked my gauge but I'm assuming it's about the same as what the pattern recommends, if not a little tighter.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Heartbreaker Hoodie on: February 20, 2007 12:58:04 PM
Fluffy Monkey: Nope, the only modification I did was to sew up the sides.  I might have made it a little longer than the pattern said - I would just try it on and add length as needed. If I'd given it more thought I would have worked it in the round until the armholes and maybe even done it in SS instead of seed.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Heartbreaker Hoodie - UPDATED on: February 19, 2007 09:47:36 PM
Ahh, not only my first EVER challenge entry anywhere EVER, but also my first knitted object of this size and complexity.  Cheesy  I used this 1962 pattern I found on Glamarama here.  I loathe and despise ponchos (no offense to those who love them, they just look terrible on me) so I sewed it into more of a sleeveless sweater.  Someday I'm going to add a front kangaroo pocket but I'm quite pleased with this. I added a broken heart to it (hence the name) to make it a little more modern and less blah, and put some safety pins through it. I used iron-on patch stuff to make it after my sewing attempts failed.  All in all it took me about 2 weeks to make and used just over 3 skeins of Plymouth's Encore.

The Hoodie:

From the side kinda:

With the hood up:

Hood from the side/back:

After a rip through the washing machine, the iron-on patch heart, er, separated from the rest of the hoodie.  So I did a little work and here's the update:

The heart is now surface-crocheted onto the vest.  I like the right half better than the left  Undecided  But at least I don't have to worry about it coming off!
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