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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / more sock yarns! on: June 20, 2007 08:03:52 PM
I came up with two new colorways this week. What do you all think?

The first is called "Martha" after my favorite customer at the yarn store I work at...the second is called "elizajam" which is my secret identity/alter ego superstar DJ name.
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: New Sock Yarns! on: June 20, 2007 07:58:51 PM
They're all very pretty. I might have to go buy one....
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: First Attempt at Acid Dye on: June 20, 2007 07:57:29 PM
Wow that's so bright. I love it!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Kona fingering 2-ply AND how do you feel about nylon in sock yarn? on: June 11, 2007 07:30:49 PM
Has anyone used Kona Fingering 2-ply? What's it like? Appropriate for socks?

I'm looking to change my base yarn to something less expensive and Kona is the best deal I've found. It's 100% superwash so it can go in machines and come out fine.

The base yarn I have now is 75% superwash and 25% nylon, which people seem to like but I'm indifferent to. Do you feel the need for nylon in your socks?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Callling All College Knitters! on: June 11, 2007 07:27:08 PM
As a college student, what I love about knitting is that I am constantly creating something. Many of my friends seem to drift about, going out a lot, watching tv, and generally not doing much of anything. Knitting makes me feel as though I am always accomplishing something, whether it be a finished project or learning a new technique. This sense of accomplishment keeps me motivated--and being motivated in one area of my life spills over into the rest of my life.

For me, and many others, knitting has helped my concentration greatly. I honestly do have ADD (officially diagnosed many, many times) and rather than medicate myself I choose to knit. Knitting calms me down, but it also entertains the part of my brain that is likely to be looking out the window or surfing the net during lectures. Many of my professors have expressed shock that when I am knitting I'm alert, responsive, and I participate to the point of leading discussions during class, but when I'm not knitting I'm as good as asleep.

Trying to quench the fiber addiction on a college budget is a science. I don't stash. I can't afford it and I don't have the room for it. I can't afford to knit big projects like sweaters, so I knit a lot of socks. I usually can't afford $100 for a sweater, but I can always afford $20-$30 for a pair of socks. But I think buying yarn is equal to people who buy a lot of clothes or go out to the bar a lot. You make your financial priorities and you will sacrifice one thing in order to have another. I rarely buy new clothes and I don't go to the bar often because I am saving my money for other things (yarn!).

I don't like to buy cheap yarn (by cheap I mean crap). I shop around, I try to find a discount when I can, but often I save for a month or so to buy the yarn  my heart desires.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Eiffel from Knitty *3 pics* on: June 07, 2007 02:06:42 PM
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / RPM socks on: June 07, 2007 02:03:40 PM
These are the RPM socks from knitty. I sized up the pattern to 72 stitches to fit my boyfriend.


I used two skeins of Koigu KPPPM (I lost the ball band, sorry...)

More details on my blog.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Nerissa from Rowan 41 on: June 05, 2007 07:30:26 AM
This is beautiful!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Caftan Pullover Interweave Knits Spring 2006 on: June 04, 2007 08:32:30 PM
this is awesome. it looks great on you.
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing large amounts of yarn. on: June 04, 2007 02:31:03 PM
I'm actually struggling with this, too. I've been hand painting mass quantities of yarn to sell and my system isn't very streamlined. I'm still VERY confused about getting three or four colors one one skein using the stove, so I've been mixing, squirting, and microwaving.

There has GOT to be a better way!
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