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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Where do I find the Fall Knitscene 2006? on: March 19, 2007 05:19:39 PM
I know I've seen countless posts looking for specific back-issues of magazines, but I can't for the life of me find recommendations! I really want to knit the Central Park Hoodie from The 2006 Fall/Winter knitscene, but buying it from their website would be about $13 and the cheapest I've see on ebay are comparable. I live in Brooklyn... Any suggestions? Thanks so much!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning sock yarn? on: March 14, 2007 09:04:51 AM
I just spun up about 400 yards of sock-weight singles and would like to knit them into socks.  I'd like to make them stronger than just merino, and think I have two options:

Plying the yarn with something stronger, or

Setting the twist, and then knitting the sock with a strand of my yarn and a strand of something else.

Which one would be better? And if I went the plying route, what could I ply it with to keep it thin (should I use thread?)

Thanks for ANY advice!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / The Sheep Studio spun up on: March 08, 2007 09:43:39 AM
I got my first order from Carol at The Sheep Studio (http://www.thesheepshedstudio.com/Roving.html)and am thrilled with the fiber! She uses mill ends from Brown Sheep and her stuff is by far the least expensive I've found- $7.50 a pound.  I placed an order on Monday night and it got here this morning (Thursday). I would definitely recommend ordering from her. She even added 2oz of some lovely greyish stuff for free.

Here's 140 yds. I'm not sure what I would do with it and I think I may overdye it.  I'm not sure what color though- green would be too army, yellow might be a little poopy, perhaps blue or purple? Tell me what you think! Has anyone else used this for dying?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Know of any good knitting zines? on: March 07, 2007 09:16:06 AM
I just moved to Brooklyn and found the zine Knit Knit- it's awesome! Great construction, color photocopies, well-written articles. The store also had Habitat, which was done by one person but had patterns and advice from the writer's grandmother- so sweet and informative!

Does anyone know of other knitting zines? Where can I find them? Do online distros carry knit zines?

I know nothing about zines but lots about knitting, so any input is greatly appreciated!
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Who loves alpaca? I do! on: March 03, 2007 12:17:49 PM
This is my first experience with alpaca, and I can't get enough of this gooey, luscious, dreamy fiber!  This was specifically intended for a project with a due date, so I was a bit hasty with the spinning- it came out really bulky.  This is about 2.3 oz of alpaca from Brooklyn General, and I spun it up on my Louet S17.

My roommate insisted that this picture was too boring, and she kidnapped it and dressed it up. I don't condone smoking, especially if you're a ball of yarn, and for future possible yarn-trading reference, there is no lighting up 'round the fiber!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Garter St. Wristwarmers w/ Pattern! on: March 03, 2007 12:02:33 PM
Hey y'all- I know that wrist warmers are as ubiquitous on craftster as
clapotis are on the knit blogs, but I'm super psyched at how these
turned out! They're knit sideways in garter stitch and I used alpaca I
spun myself.  

 Materials: 100 yds bulky weight yarn. Lambs Pride bulky is great, and 1
skein will make two pairs.

10.5 needles, for an approx. gauge of 3.5 sts/in

Yarn needle

Pattern: The entire wrist warmer is worked in garter stitch. Work pattern
twice and when seaming, sew one "inside out"- the short row sections
will be the palm on each hand.

CO 22 sts, K 5 rows

Short row shaping: *K 10 sts, yf, sl1, yb, move slipped stitch back to
left hand needle, turn work around and with yarn in back, K to end of
row (only 10 sts)
K 2 rows*
Repeat ** two more times
K 2 rows

Thumb hole: K4, BO 4, K to end
K14 sts, CO 4 sts, K4

K 17 more rows, and leave a 2 ft. tail to seam up the edges.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarf with my own handspun on: February 24, 2007 05:59:48 PM
There's nothing incredibly exciting about this scarf, except that I made it using yarn I spun on my wheel! More details (perhaps too many) on my blog, http://nomoresweaters.blogspot.com
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / amigurumi bird ornaments (w/pattern!) on: February 03, 2007 11:53:28 AM
I made about 30 of these for Christmas presents. They were so quick, really easy, and very cute:

fastest amigurumi I've done- each took about 40 minutes of crocheting and sewing them all up.

I like to start any amigurumi by making a slip knot, crocheting around
the loop, then pulling the end tight to close up the hole. Here's a great
tutorial that has a similar idea to mine:


20 yds worsted weight yarn- woolease has great colors
Yellow or orange scrap yarn for beak
H/8 hook
Plastic snap-on eyes (I found some at Michaels)
Yarn needle
6 inches of ribbon

This is done entirely in the round

Ch 6 in a circle
Round 1: 2sc in each sc (12 sts)
Round 2: *sc, 2sc* around (18 sts)
Round 3:*sc 6, 2sc* around (21 sts)
Round 4-14: sc around

Snap on eyes between 11th and 12th rows leaving about
5 sts between them.

Round 15: *sc 6, decrease* around
Round 16: *sc, decrease* around

Stuff firmly with fiberfill. Don't worry if you end up crocheting
the stuffing into the last round- you can always carefully snip
it off.

Round 17: dec around. Cut with 6 inch tail, sew the top closed.

sc 5 in loop
sc 2 in each sc
work for four rounds
Leave a long tail, don't stuff, and sew to the row that is two
rows below the eyes.

Sew on beak, thread ribbon through the top, tie off, then pull
through so the knot is hidden. The more firmly you stuff your
bird friend, the less it will sag if you decide to hang it somewhere.

Don't hesitate to post or pm me with any questions! I love this
amigurumi nonsense...

Thanks for looking!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Argyle dog sweater on: February 03, 2007 08:18:30 AM
I think she may actually like this one! Check out the tail-wagging action:
I used Lambs Pride worsted weight and the pattern is from Posh Pooches, a decent pet gear book with 12 patterns ranging from an iffy dog scarf patterns (for real. would your dog ever wear a scarf unless it was sleeping?) to simple and easily altered sweaters. It came with dog-topped knitting needles, which I may have actually used for this very project (so knitting nerdy!)

Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCall's Skirt 4783 is decent on: January 12, 2007 11:09:22 AM
Here it is:

First off, the sizing on this was pretty weird. You were supposed to measure at "hipline" but I would reccommend measuring at the largest part of your booty- if I had done so, my skirt would have fit! I had to give it to my little sister... The instructions for the zipper was confusing so I winged it. Generally, though, it was a nice, basic pattern with few pieces, took only about two hours to make, and was a good introduction!
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