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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My 4th Doctor Scarf Finally Finished! on: September 14, 2014 01:16:27 PM
Well I cast on this baby months ago, but kept putting it down cause 830+ rows of knit stitch gets boring. This was my primary reason for learning to knit and I am happy to say I have finally finished it, including weaving in all the ends (which was a nightmare btw). I hate weaving ends. I am primarily a crocheter but I wanted to knit this for a more authentic look. I did, however, knit it on smaller needles than the pattern called for (3.5mm rather than 5mm) mostly because I was scared I would trip over it (I am not the most graceful or coordinated person. It's far from perfect, one of my color changes is on the opposite side than all the other ones and I think I somehow picked up a stitch somewhere when I first started, but it is mine and I made it and I will wave my geek flag proud.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Some New Hats! (Slightly Image Heavy) on: August 18, 2014 05:37:44 PM
While I am fully aware it is, indeed, August...the weather changes very rapidly in Eastern Canada and it will soon be time for glorious hats. That and I am working on stock for my first craft show (with hats anyway, I have done shows for other stuff in the past). Just wanted to share some new ones Smiley

Pirate Owl

Cookie Monster

Inspired by Frozen

Pikachu! This one was a lot of fun.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need a Pattern Suggestion on: July 17, 2014 09:41:21 AM
So I bought this beautiful cashmere lace weight yarn and I have been waiting for the right pattern for it, but I am itching to use it so now I'm on the hunt for a pattern. I thought it would make a nice slouch hat for summer, but I can't find a pattern anywhere for a slouch hat pattern in lace weight. I'd kind of like something not plain, but not too busy. I have about 220 yards. Since I don't want to have to frog my precious yarn, anyone have a pattern I can use?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking - Advice Needed on: June 21, 2014 07:19:14 PM
So a while back I embarked on the journey of the knit 4th doctor scarf. I'm nearing the last few rows, and I know I need to block it, but I haven't blocked anything quite so long before. For those unfamiliar, the scarf will be approximately 8 feet or so long before blocking. The whole thing is knit in Vanna's Choice (100% acrylic). What's the best blocking method for me to use for the piece? Normally for smaller things I would pin them to my ironing board and steam with a hovering iron, but the scarf is longer than the board :/
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / A question about tunisian hooks on: May 17, 2014 06:26:14 AM
So I started out with the tunisian stitch a little while ago to do some colorwork, but all I have for a hook is the kind that's about 12" long with a stopper on the end, which really limits what I can do with it. I was looking at getting a set with cables, and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations. I usually use bamboo or other wood hooks, the only time I use metal is when I am using the teeny tiny ones for snowflakes and such. I was looking at a set of bamboo hooks with cables on ebay, like this set

Has anyone used this type before with the bamboo hook and the plastic tube? Did your yarn slide over the plastic ok? I just find the metal hooks so heavy, especially when I like to crochet for hours at a time. Any advice/recommendations are appreciated.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Would Like to Learn to Knit Socks on: March 16, 2014 06:06:38 AM
Hey, so I am just getting into knitting, I have been crocheting for years...I'd like to learn to knit socks, and I am looking for a good tutorial that really dumbs it down for a new knitter. Preferably continental style, since that is apparently how I knit. All I know how to do right now is cast on and knit stitch. So links to videos that illustrate the techniques I will need and maybe a (very) basic pattern. Seems like all the ones I have found assume one already knows how to knit socks :/

Thanks craftsters!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Knitter - First Project WIP on: March 11, 2014 06:25:25 PM
So I have been crocheting for about 8 years, never tried my hand at the needles until now. I wanted to make a Tom Baker Doctor Who scarf, and being a true Whovian and wanting to have it authentic, I decided to knit it. I got casting on pretty quickly, and the knit stitch looks ok (even though I apparently hold my yarn in the "wrong hand"...my left...but it's easier for me coming from crochet). It's coming along quite nicely, except my first color change is on the wrong side...ugh! Being a perfectionist, I debated pulling it all out and starting over, but then decided it will be at the end and no one will notice except me with that much scarf (it will be like 8 feet long, after all). So I'd like to share what I have done so far. I'm also looking for a good second pattern to try. I'd like to knit socks at some point, but not sure how complicated that will be? If you know of a good beginner sock pattern (one that goes into great detail for those who have not done much knitting) it would be greatly appreciated! Anyway, without further delay, here is my progress so far (I started on Friday night):

ETA: Here's where I got my pattern: http://vermontpublictv.blogspot.ca/2012/07/doctor-who-scarf-knitting-or-crochet.html
Colors are all Lion Brand Vanna's Choice.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recently Made Hats (Pic Heavy) on: January 01, 2014 09:47:46 AM
So I have been making hats for friends and family lately, just wanted to share a few:


My version of a Minion

Hello Kitty


Reindeer baby


Reindeer and Puppy are from patterns I found on "Repeat Crafter Me" (she has a ton of awesome ones, check her out).Thanks for looking!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Tree of Life Afghan on: January 01, 2014 09:39:17 AM
I had some time over the holidays since my gifts and hats I needed to make were done, so I got myself a big bag o yarn and started the tree of life afghan I have been coveting for so long. I always found the pattern a bit intimidating. I have been crocheting for about 8 years (crap I feel old just saying that) but mostly just smaller stuff like hats, mittens, scarves, etc. I have done some serious work on this blanket the past week, so after much profanity and a bit of ripping out, here is what I have done so far!

It's a bit wonky in spots, but I don't think it will be noticeable in the finished product. I'm also going to change the border from what is written on the pattern I think, it's too ruffly. Pattern is free from Lion Brand.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / First Attempt at Coffee Filter Roses on: September 04, 2013 06:26:06 PM
So since I finished my brooch bouquet with plenty of time before my wedding next June, and real flowers are hella expensive, I decided I would try coffee filter roses for the flowers for my wedding. I followed the tutorial on the Martha Stewart website, and made about a dozen on the weekend...those suckers take a long time to make! Then, not being a painter, I grabbed oil paints at the store rather than watercolors...had to take them back...let's say hubby-to-be now has more experience with types of paint than he ever cared to have! I also had a failed attempt using a bouquet holder (which I had to go to about 5 different stores for) with them, and ended up getting some PVC pipe cut to 9" for the handles. It all worked out though, here's how the first dozen turned out:

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