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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knit flat vs. knit in round mitts on: October 11, 2005 07:50:39 AM
So...my sister asked me to knit her a hat, scarf and some mitts for Christmas.  I'm still not a skilled knitter so I am staying away from anything too lacy for the scarf and the hat will be a basic toque with a pompom (at her request) but I'm worried about the mitts.  I'm really not too good with dpns and am hoping to avoid them unless absolutely necessary (like at the very top of the hat, until that point I'm using my short circ.).

My question is this...are there any negatives I should know about when it comes to knitting mitts "flat" as opposed to on dpns?  Are mitts knit in the round better?  That is, should I just whip my lazy butt into shape and do them that way?

Also, has anyone here knit "Wavy" from Knitty?  It seems everyone ditched it for Wavy Gravy from SNBN but I want to know if anyone did complete it and maybe apprx how long it took them.


Edited: because I can't spell.   Roll Eyes
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / My fantasy...a crafting playground. on: June 10, 2005 05:15:43 AM
I was just thinking random thoughts while surfing craftster when this idea came to me.  Wouldn't it be amazing for there to be businesses who basically had a store space equipped with all sorts of crafting equipment that you could pay a small fee to use?  Similar to the idea of community recreation centres but for crafts?  I just find that craftster makes me want to try SOOO many different things but I just don't have the space to store a sewing machine, serger, scrapbook cutters, badge makers, spinning wheels, etc, if I'm probably only ever going to use them a few times.  And the urge to craft hits me at the most random times so it's not as if I can just head over to a friend's place without warning to whip up a quick jordy.

I just picture a place where all the equipment I could need is there and I just bring my supplies to and from.  The idea wouldn't really be practical for people working on "big" projects, like a quilt, but for those people who get the urge to try something new or who really don't have the space for stuff in their home it could be useful.  And imagine, you wouldn't have to worry about cleaning up those stupid little scraps afterwards...that would be someone else's job!!!   Wink

To be honest, I'm not sure if some city already has something along these lines but they don't exist near me.  If you know of any, let me know, I MAY have to move there.   Cheesy
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [SOLVED] Craft Challenge board beef on: May 29, 2005 08:06:27 AM
 What do you think about posting two topics threads for each challenge?  One can be for comments that people make prior to the posting of the finished objects and the other could be where finished objects are put.  It just seems that for the first craft challege there are already 12 pages of comments.  If I didn't know that ahead of time, when I went to check out the FO's I would be stuck skimming through many pages to get to what I want to see.  OR, restrict comments in the thread to "worthwhile" comments.  (I know, I know...who wants to judge what's considered worthwhile?)

The craft challenges are such a great idea but I don't really want to get stuck reading hundreds of posts that say "great idea...I just went to the store!".  As happy as I am that these challenges are inspiring people...I don't need to know that they just went shopping.  I really just want to see the results and be inspired myself. 

Maybe that's just me... Undecided
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / reuse men's dress shirt on: April 30, 2005 10:48:48 PM
So...You know those button down men's dress shirts that there is a huge abundance of in any thrift store on the planet?  I think it would be cool if people had to make some kind of crafty object out of one.  Obviously, some people could restyle the shirts into some other kind of clothing (shirt or not).  Some of the craftsters though, myself included, aren't necessarily all that big on sewing clothing and would use it for something else.  (It's not that I don't like sewing clothing...I just can't really sew clothes unless there is a simple pattern involved).

I think the rule could be that you can do whatever you want with it, as long as it is fairly recognizable that it's previous life was as a dress shirt.  The winner wouldn't have to be from any specific category as long as the craft is well done, that is, those who restyle the shirt into another piece of clothing won't have any extra points over those who reuse it for something else.  And I suppose that the shirt could be made into more than one item if it's for a set.

I have plenty of ideas that COULD be done, even if some are beyond my pretty basic skill level.

What does everyone think?  Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Canadians - knitting supplies on sale until March 11 on: March 08, 2005 05:44:30 AM
Hi fellow Canadians,
Now I realize that this won't interest some of you but I thought I would let you know just in case.  Zeller's is having a sale on certain yarns and sewing/knitting supplies.  The yarn is only TLC/red heart stuff but I figure the knitting supplies, at buy 2 get 1 free prices, aren't a bad deal.  They only have plastic and aluminum needles but if you're new to the world of knitting, new to circs/dpn's or not against using needles in those materials it's a good time to get some supplies.  They also have the standards like point protectors, needle sizers, stitch holders, stitch markers, blunt end yarn needles, etc. 

If you've been thinking about getting some stuff I would recommend you go soon though.  When I went by yesterday there were about 6 women scrambling over the knitting needle section which is, at my Zeller's, about 2 feet wide.

I got 4 pairs of circs, a set of dpn's and a cable needle for about $13.  Admittedly I managed to find some items that were clearance priced but still included in the sale and the cashier made a mistake when charging me (which I only realized when I looked at the bill at home).

The sale isn't shown in their online flyer but it's:
buy 2 get 1 free - knitting and sewing supplies
buy 3 get 1 free - redheart, TLC and south maid (old maid???) yarn
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A question for the non-North American knitters on: March 07, 2005 06:18:12 AM
I was lurking on some other knitting forums (although now that I'm on my work computer I can't remember which ones) and some European knitters expressed surprise that we go crazy for some of the yarns they have over there.  The yarns they were referring to (again, can't remember too many details) were yarns like Gjestal Naturgarn (sp?) that, as far as I know, are "respectable" yarns.  But to them...it was just a run of the mill yarn, nothing special.  In fact, the impression I got from one of the posts was that they were almost considered "cheap".  So...I was just wondering what are "cheap" yarns to you guys and gals?  And what yarns do your LYS's import from North America?

Of course, I'm new to this whole world of knitting and I'm by no means a yarn snob so maybe Gjestal is a cheap yarn and I just couldn't tell.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What exactly is a "mill end"? on: February 11, 2005 08:30:43 AM
Ok...so I'm slow.  What is/are mill ends?  I don't have any knitter friends to clarify this for me.  Is it discontinued yarn or "seconds"?  I've seen deals on mill ends but I'm afraid that if I buy it I'm going to start knitting and discover that something is wrong with the yarn. Thanks!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Check out this sweater!!! on: January 31, 2005 12:56:45 PM
I didn't put this in completed projects because I didn't knit it but it was so cute I HAD to share it with my craftster buddies.  I have a larger Jpg version (plus a version with the Toronto Star mini-article attached), if you'd like it.  Just PM me.

He is a fairy penguin with a sassy striped sweater.  And to clarify (my not-so-open minded brother asked this) "fairy penguin" is a species not a bigoted description.  It keeps him from grooming himself and swallowing toxic oil after oil spills.  The Tasmanian Conservation Trust made the original appeal for them.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How can I tell if this is enough yarn? on: January 18, 2005 07:47:10 AM
Sorry that this is a bit of a dodo question...A store near me has some laceweight cotton/silk yarn on sale.  They only have odd skeins (no matching or even coordinating colours) although I do like some of the colours they have.  The skeins are 350 yds.  They also have a few balls of laceweight wool tweed that are 550 yds (again, no matching colours, only odd balls).  I have NO idea how to figure out how much yarn I need for projects if it's not right there on the pattern but I saw these skeins and wondered if I would be able to get an openwork shawl out of one of them. 

I'm super new to knitting.  Is there some kind of "knitter's math" that I need to know that will help me figure these things out?  I learned to knit from the book "Ready, Set, Knit" and I've been doing some simple pattern work but nothing other than scarves sans pattern.   If there is a beginner book that explains how to determine how much yarn is needed for items like shawls and afghans I would be grateful to learn its title.

Thanks (I love you craftster peeps!)
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