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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitting with hooks? on: August 27, 2006 06:29:34 PM
So, dude.  I've seen the "cro-hook" thingies out there. Looks like it's all about afghan stitch, tunesian crochet, etc.  What about carving a hook into the end of your knitting needles and just knitting with them?  Like, knit and purl and all that jazz.  Wouldn't this work?  I've been thinking- I had one of those "ah-ha!" moments last night about how knitted fabric works and comes together.  Took me long enough! Anyway, I learned to crochet way before I ever learned to knit, so at first I thought: Damn!! This knitting thing is HARD! How do they pull all those loops through without a hook!?!?
  Well, I got used to it, and am actually quite a fast knitter. I think. BUT, I'm still toying with the idea of crocheting a knit fabric. If you know what I mean.  Maybe I'll buy one of those circular cro-hook needles and try it out. I just can't help but think that "crocheting" a knitted fabric would go SO much faster (as crochet always does!).

Anyone have any experience with this?  I thought I'd seen something like this, and instructions and stuff, somewhere on the web, but can't find the link to the product anymore. =0( What do you guys think?!?
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / large kiss lock purse hardware!? on: August 15, 2006 12:57:08 AM
have you guys noticed all the cute handbags out right now that have that "kiss lock" closure?  Like coin purses, but the bags I've seen (the super cute ones, anyway) have a much larger exagerrated version.  Huge metal ball closures.  Looks. So. Cool.  I've searched high and low, but CANNOT find anywhere that sells just this type of hardware. (yes, I've found the sites that sell the regular kind)  But I don't want to buy a whole bag just to rip it up and use the hardware...help! Anyone know what I'm talking about?!?  ;0)


13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / decreasing a chevron stitch pat? on: August 14, 2006 03:10:12 AM
OK.  I know it can be done, I'm pretty sure I've seen it knit somewhere.  How do you decrease when you're knitting a chevron stitch pattern? Zig zag kind of stitch.  I thought about starting with a number of stitches between the increases/decreases (for example 20), then decreasing that number little by little, keeping the increases/decreases in the same spot.  That would make a funny shape if you knit it flat, wouldn't it? Like, it would be sorta circular?
  If i'm not making sense, just beat me. No, seriously. I need help with this.
Like, what if you wanted to knit a chevron stitch for the sleeves of a sweater. come on, help a girl out, here.  I need to know... ;0)
Thanks in advance, oh knitting gurus! (YOU rock!)
Looks something like this?  Or is there a better way? One that won't end up looking like the label you took off yogurt cup?
(((ˆis a knit stitch, V is a decrease, ^ is the increase, and v is the selvage)))
Thanks again if you can help! =0)
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Trade me your GOCCO- I'll make you ANYTHING (that I know how to!) on: July 16, 2006 07:05:54 AM
I need a gocco but can't pay that much for one.  I can make you anything (check out my website below).  Clothes, patchwork, peyote stitch beaded dreaddie thingies, felted wool bag, knitted items, etc!  I'm totally willing to work with you on anything custom.  I want my GOCCO!

Message me if you're interested.  I promise it will go to a good home!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green Clutch w/monogram applique on: July 07, 2006 09:23:50 PM
Hay there. I just finished this bag.  This bag was actually a test of the pattern I drafted- I really want to make this with more woven ribbon which I've been addicted to lately. (see thread:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46604.50)  But, I figured, if I have to test the pattern, I might as well make something usefull. =0)
  So, I did it in "earthy" colors and monogramed a "C" onto the front.  (I had my new myspace friend Chelsea in mind!) I'm so proud I drew the "c" myself!  I suck at drawing.  Even letters. . .  ;0)

  Anyhoo, I used this heavy interfacing that's just too heavy- so it's a little krinkly.  But still cool, I think. I love using piping and I used the same fabric for the inside.  I might put a tab closure on there, but haven't decided.  K. Have a looksie...

Thanks for looking! =0)  Peace!

PS-That's right, Chelsea, you're the proud new owner of this cute clutch!  Lucky girl... =0)
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cute petticoat with wide eyelet trim ruffle! on: June 05, 2005 07:04:17 AM
I made this skirt to be a petticoat to go under another skirt, but it's so cute by itself, that I find myself wearing it as is!  It's so easy to make- you can bust one out in about an hour and a half if you've got a sewing machine, and if you have a serger, it'll only take a few minutes!  Seriously quick project for you impatient types! =0)
  It's similar to the 3 tiered skirts that are so "in" right now- like the Old Navy commercial, and posts I've seen up here... only it's just the one tier at the bottom.  But I haven't seen any of those broomstick skirts that use pretty eyelet like this, so I thought I'd post it.
  I think I may try making one with 3 tiers, but time will tell...

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Felted Fuzzy Slippers! on: March 09, 2005 08:17:29 PM
hey hey hey!
  I decided after felting for the first time using noro kureyon yarn, that I love it!  So I got my BF to buy me 3 skeins of Lamb's Pride worsted for my b-day! Woo hoo!  (Thanks, baby!)
Now, when he bought them, I wasn't sure if they would become a little bag, or some slippers.  But after looking at knitty's pattern for the slippers, I decided it was all stuff I could already so.  So I gave it a try...I've never knitted socks before, and thought this would be the perfect intro.  It was!  And they turned out better than I ever dreamed!  Here's the pix:
Here's before (my boys size 8 shoes for perspective)
And here's after!

  I put them in the washer a total of twice, and when they came out, they were sooo small!  But I was able to stretch them back out, and now they're perfect! =0)
I stretched them out, and wore them when they were still wet to mold them to my big feet. And it worked! They're Mine and MINE only!  yay..!
K, bye bye!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / NEW crocheted Rasta TAM- With Swirl pattern on back! Very cool!! on: January 27, 2005 07:42:51 AM
Here's the latest in Rasta Tams from me!  It's got a big swirl pattern on the back! check it out!

Hope you like!
<3 Sarah
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / MORE Peyote stitches+ BIG HUGE mushroom scene w/clouds! on: January 20, 2005 04:57:56 PM
OK, here's more stitches... both made for my BF.  The mushroom one is HUGE!  You wouldn't believe how many beads it took.. I had to keep going back to buy more cause I didn't think there was any way it would take THAT many!  I think it was an amulet bag in a past life....=0)
  And the argyle was a special request- after I made the first argyle stitch with earthy tones of browns and greens, he thought it was cool, and proceeded to take me to the bead store and pick out the colors for HIS new stitch.  The problem with that is that he's color blind, and while looking for a good pink color, he kept picking up these blue tubes and going "is THIS one pink?"  No, baby, that's blue!  Imagine if I wasn't there to help him, poor guy. He'd have such an ugly wardrobe!
   I keep telling him it's not that hard to learn how to do peyote, but he refuses.  I think he just wants to make me make everything.  Just so he can brag and say "oh, that? my girlfriend made that for me," everytime someone asks him about something.  AWWWhhhh....he's so cute, man.  I love him! =0)
OK, here's the pic..

and THANKS CRAFTSTER!! my new best friend.... Grin
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (wristwarmers?) on: January 12, 2005 09:09:16 AM
Hi there, yes...ANOTHER post!  I'm on a roll, what can I say?  Trust me, it won't be like this for long. I'll get busy, and not post for like, a YEAR!  Here goes again..
  These are fingerless gloves or wristwarmers I made with Paton's "Divine" yarn.  It's cheap- only about $6 a skein, but it's got mohair, people!  79.5% Acrylic, 18% MOHAIR!!!!, and 2.5% Polyester.
  So, it feels dreamy, and soft on yer skin.  I like it a lot.  Plus, the colors are pretty.  Only thing to watch out for is frogging.  It's nearly impossible, so be sure on your pattern, or be confident if you're winging it.  They're trimmed in pink fun fur, and I got the pattern from midnight knitter here (minus the bobbles, although, if you're working with acrylic WW, the pattern looks GREAT WITH those!!):

Her free patterns are SOOO much fun! Check the rest of 'em out, too!

THANKS SO MUCH again!  I love you all.....
Sarah Tongue
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