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21  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re: Brighton (allston/brookline/newton) SnB? on: January 08, 2006 02:48:41 PM
I guess I'm just lazy, I was kind of hoping to get one started in Brighton.  Roll Eyes
22  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re: Brighton (allston/brookline/newton) SnB? on: January 06, 2006 07:11:15 PM
I could also come into Cambridge if that is more convenient for people.  The 86 bus connects Brighton and Cambridge, and it's faster than the T.

I think there are some lots in Brighton Center, along with meters...
23  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Brighton (allston/brookline/newton) SnB? on: January 05, 2006 08:39:21 PM
Anyone interested?  There is supposedly a SnB in Allston, but it seems to be dead.  I'd love to meet some people, hang out, and knit or craft anything else that is easily transportable.

There's a neat cafe in Brighton Center called Cafénation where we could meet, but there is a whole slew of other possible places up and down Comm ave on the Green B line.

Anyone out there?  Hello?  Smiley


We've formed a group!  We're meeting on Monday nights from 6-8 at Cafénation in Brighton Center.  PM me if you'd like more info!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Natalie Dee Cross-Stitch on: December 17, 2005 05:11:18 PM
thanks everyone!

I want to cross stitch the 'Lets Make a Sandwich' one.

you totally should!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Natalie Dee Cross-Stitch on: December 11, 2005 12:28:58 PM
Have you been to http://nataliedee.com? She has posts drawings every day and they're awesome.  I decided to cross-stitch one of her designs on a doily*:


Here Natalie's original, for comparison:

Hope you like it!
*I got permission from Natalie to post this here.  Go check out her site!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need help with Socks and Hats on: December 07, 2005 09:37:44 AM
To get my bearings with DPNs, I made two iPod cozies - they're quick, only took an afternoon, and can get you ready to attempt larger projects knitted with them.

I used a pattern that I bought at a local LYS for beginning socks from Knitting Pure and Simple.  For me, the hardest part about sock knitting was not freaking out about the DPNs.  Turning the heel just magically happened when I followed the pattern.  You just need to trust the pattern!

If you want to start socks, I do recommend the Knitting Pure and Simple Beginner Sock Pattern (not free - only available through yarn shops, but it was totally worth it for me).  But before you jump in, learn these basic things:

1.  Knitting on Double Pointed Needles (DPNs)
2.  Ribbing  (alternating knit stitch and purl stitch in a pattern)
3.  SSK (slip, slip, knit)
4.  K2Tog (knitting two stitches together)
5.  Picking up stitches

I don't know what other skills different sock patterns use, but these 5 were sufficient for the socks I made.

None of these techniques are all that difficult, but it might be overwhelming to learn all or most of them in one project.  Take an afternoon, some practice yarn, and visit http://www.knittinghelp.com and you should be fine.  She even shows how to turn a basic heel and get started on the gusset in one of the videos.

Then all you have to worry about is gauge, to ensure your socks will fit!  Read this article on Knitty to solve that problem... http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/FEATswatchout.html

You can do it!  Just maybe not before Christmas... depends on how much free time you have Smiley
27  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: beginning knitting knitalong? on: December 07, 2005 09:02:26 AM
I made the shocking pink coif from knitty for my first non-scarf thing, and it was very straight forward!  It's quick, rewarding, and teaches you increases, decreases and i-cord without stress.  Definitely good skills to have!  Free pattern here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTcoif.html

After that, I made the Panta with leftover yarn from the coif.  The pattern is always floating around on the first or second page of completed projects.  That's great for increases, decreases, and ribbing. 

After those two projects, I was game for socks!  They turned out fine!  Now I'm going to make a quick knitted t-shirt.  Maybe those two patterns will give you all a similar boost in knitting confidence.  And both are nice to have around, for those of us "enjoying" a cold winter right now...

28  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Non-animal yarn help on: December 07, 2005 08:27:58 AM
I'm not one to stifle a good discussion, but is this thread really the best place for a debate on whether animal yarns are humane or not?

Robyn asked,
Does anyone have suggestions for non-animal yarn that knits well and looks great, I am trying to expand my horizons.

All she is looking for is some yarn advice.  If she had noted allergies as her reason for not wanting to use wool, no one would have tried to convince her that she's not really allergic, or that she's just misinformed, or that wool from company so-and-so won't make her sneeze.  But as soon as she mentions that she's vegan everyone jumps on her, and most aren't even answering her question!

I'm only speaking up because I'd hate for this to conversation to get nasty, and I'd love for Robyn to get some yarn advice; I'm interested too!

So, that being said, what are some good yarns that just happen not to include animal products?  Smiley
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Easy Knitted Dog Collar on: December 06, 2005 10:16:09 PM
Aw, your dogs are adorable.  I love the idea of soft, light weight, comfy dog collars.  I've met some pups whose necks had been rubbed bare by their rough nylon or leather collars!  If I was a doggie I'd much prefer this kind of collar.

And the knitted bags for the tags... ingenious!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue and Brown Stripey Sweater! on: December 06, 2005 03:44:51 PM
woah.  absolutely perfect!  did you use a lot of shaping, or is it just stretchy yarn that conforms to body shape?
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