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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2010 DeStash-Along on: October 02, 2010 07:56:25 PM
Finished another quick stashbusting project last night, a new water bottle cozy.  My other one got all stretched out from use and kept sliding off.  I used a partial skein of Elann Esprit left over from knitting these shorts.  Unfortunately, I STILL have an egg-sized ball left! Sad

I finally motivated myself to block these cardi pieces that have been lying around for about a month now.  My back hurts from being hunched over for three hours, but it feels great to get this part over with!

Now I get to look forward to the seaming and neckband/buttonband knitting.  This is my first seamed sweater so I'm hoping my seaming won't ruin the finished product.  Set-in sleeves! (Eep!)
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2010 DeStash-Along on: September 19, 2010 11:20:29 PM
I LOVE how your woven blanket looks LaughingLark!

I've been slogging away on and off on a lacy cardigan.  The only thing I've finished lately is a dog sweater for a co-worker's dog (no pictures unfortunately Sad) and this hat that I cast on and finished today.  I needed something mindless to knit while watching football and I've been trying to figure out what to make with this random ball of Rowan Chunky Print.  Ysolda's Urchin fit the bill nicely. Smiley

I'm finding it hard to motivate myself to finish this cardi.  All that's left is to block the pieces, sew them together, and knit the buttonbands and neckband.  Lately, I'm finding that I'd much rather lay in bed and read than finish this project.  Embarrassed
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: 175 Amigurumis on: August 03, 2010 12:37:36 PM
I love the group picture.  So cute! Smiley
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2010 DeStash-Along on: August 02, 2010 06:41:54 PM
So what say we challenge ourselves to make something fun for the joy of creating and not as some sort of "punishment" for buying supplies!

Does anyone else feel that way?  If so, let's post one item that we WANT to make and we ALREADY have the yarn or fabric in our stash!

For me, the purpose of destashing is to actually use the yarn I have instead of buying more yarn that will go straight into the stash.  Most of the yarn in my stash was for projects that I had in mind when I bought the yarn, but for whatever reason, never got around to working on.  Then time passes and I fall out of love with the intended project but I still have the yarn left over with no project to use it on!  THEN I buy new yarn for a shiny new project I like (but never get around to starting).  The new yarn gets piled into the stash.  It's a vicious cycle. Cry

This year, I've learned to work with my stash rather than find an excuse to buy copious amounts of yarn.  There are many projects that I'd love to knit, but I'm starting with the ones that I can knit from stash first.  (I've been working on a lacy cropped cardi from stash for a few weeks now.)  I figure if I really love a project but don't have any suitable yarn for it, I can wait for a few months to see if I still want to knit the item.  If I am, then maybe I can justify the purchase (and cast on right away!)  If I fall out of love with it by then, I'll know it wasn't meant to be and will count it as another stash-inflating event avoided.  There aren't enough hours in the day to spend crafting, so I figure I should spend the time I do have making things I like.  Knitting is a hobby, not a chore. Smiley
25  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Big Fat Moogle on: July 13, 2010 04:17:28 PM
Ahhh he's so cute!  Are you going to make the cat too? Smiley

As I love all creatures that are huge

Snorlax ami?
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting + Pets = Test of Patience on: July 04, 2010 11:05:16 AM
I have a cat named Waffles!

Hahaha awesome. Smiley
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting + Pets = Test of Patience on: July 01, 2010 11:29:55 PM
This thread is hilarious!  Beatrice is so adorable.  Cheesy  I'm lucky my cat Pancake isn't that interested in yarn or knitting needles.  He did chew up some of my circular cords when he was a kitten but he was chewing through all kinds of cords back then. Sad  Luckily, they were the interchangeable sort so I just bought more and made sure I always stashed my work away after I was done.  He also LOVES licking plastic bags.  Sometimes, I'll have yarn and a project stashed in a plastic bag and I'll find a bunch of teeth marks in the ballband when I take it out the next day.

He also steals my hair ties to use as toys.  However, it doesn't really bother me because I find it really cute...maybe because he also used to drop said hair ties into his water bowl all the time when he was a kitten and my boyfriend said he did it because "they smell like mommy" and he wants to keep all his food and precious things together in one place. Embarrassed
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crocheting vs Knitting? on: July 01, 2010 11:09:00 PM
I picked up knitting and crochet at the same time from a craft book when I was a kid.  I tend to prefer knitting when I want a project I can work on while watching TV or movies because I can knit without looking at my hands.  With crochet, I have to watch my work at all times.  It's harder for me to feel where the next stitch should go in crochet because the yarn is not raised off of the surface of a needle like it is in knitting.  I also find that knitting is less taxing on my hands than gripping a crochet hook.

On the other hand, I feel one of the biggest advantages of crochet is the flexibility of shaping a piece of fabric on a whim without having to worry about picking up a ton of loops (that can potentially undo your work many rows back if you miss a loop!) should you decide to frog back and change the shaping.  Also, you don't have to worry about what kind of increase/decrease stitch to use in crochet to make it "invisible" like you do in knitting, or having to "mirror" said stitches to make the piece symmetrical.

With all that said, I personally prefer knitting because I like the elastic, drapey fabric it tends to produce, it's faster for me, I can knit when I watch TV, and it hurts my hands less. Tongue  I crochet when I'm making amigurumi or anything that I want to be sturdy and hold its shape well.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Featured Knitting Projects - July 2010! on: July 01, 2010 10:42:54 PM
Thanks for the feature! Grin
30  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Far out tie-dye skirt on: July 01, 2010 10:11:20 PM
I don't usually like tie-dye but this is a very cute example!  The pattern reminds me of doppler radar images.  I particularly like the offset tiers. Smiley
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