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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / entrelac instructions? on: March 03, 2007 11:43:31 PM
I am trying to learn entrelac from a pattern at awww.frecklesandpurls.com--it is pdf on the right hand side. I keep getting confused and I think I need to take it in more baby steps--I can get to tier 2 and then it is all over.

Are there any great online tuts for this? Even a book you learned from? I really want to conquer this technique and show it who's boss if ya know what I mean. Wink I have taught myself all kinds of stuff and I refuse to accept that I will need to go down to the LYS and pay for a class to learn entrelac.

Thank you!!

2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [SOLVED] gardening board? on: February 27, 2007 09:43:17 AM
What do you guys think about a gardening board? I am just starting up and have realized that my greatest reative resource is null or info!!! ARG!

Is gardening crafty enough? I would think so, but perhaps not. I'm sure a lot of craftsters have beautiful gardens though....I want to PICK THEIR BRAINS MHWAAHAHA!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Seattle Knitting Expo--any thoughts? on: February 24, 2007 07:18:15 AM
I just found out about this and seeing as I live only 3hrs away I will probably need to go. Has anyone been? I am looking forward to cheap yarn--is that a reasonable expectation of this type of expo? Are classes worth a wad of cash on a college student budget? I am excited but I need to know what I am getting into. I just started knitting in november but love it and knit almost everyday.  Tongue

Thanks so much!
(*Sorry if this is the wrong section.)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / to frog or not to frog...my first soc on: February 20, 2007 01:25:42 PM
Alright. I was in the MYB swap and my lovely partner DharmaLei sent me yarn and a pattern for my first socks!! I have been working on it this month and am finally to the foot of the sock so most of the hard stuff like turning the heel, picking up stitches, keeping track of decreases is done and I think I really did learn a lot. Problem is that my sock looks well--crappy. It is developing these unfortunate holes and bare spots--I think I dropped stitches and picked them back up wierdly. My camera is not cooperating at the moment but I can try to photograph later.

Should I frog it and begin anew? It has taken a ton of time but the idea of making the other sock to match besides impossible due to mistakes just seems depressing. I think that is a sign that I should remake it.

What are your opinions about sock knitting? Do they make you sad if there are holes or is that not the point? These will be for the boyfriend since I made them too wide and I really am not sure that he is into the homemade look they are taking on. Sock yarn is expensive enough that I think frogging it and trying to hone my skills may be economially sound as well.

HELP! What would you do/have done?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / yarn sub. debbie bliss cathay? on: February 03, 2007 04:18:51 PM
Hey!! I am new enough to knitting that this shrug http://www.debbieblissonline.com/books/cy/cy_2.htm  would be my first wearable item!! As such, I am having some trouble substituting yarn. I have been to yarndex but I am not sure what to look for. Composition and gauge? Will composition mean similar draping? Anyhow--It calls for Cathay which is a gauge of 22; 50% cotton, 35% viscose microfiber. 15% silk.

Also while Im on the topic of debbie bliss any favorites?? I am looking to buy some on sale soon and was curious. Cashmerino gets rave reviews but what about merino dk.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cables coming out flat on: January 13, 2007 12:31:17 AM
If this has been asked already- I am sorry. I couldnt find it. Anyhow. I tried doing cables for the fist time on the irish hiking wrist warmers.   http://irishhikingknitalong.blogspot.com/2004/12/wrist-warmer-pattern-modifications.html
I used cascade 220 and followed video tutorials but mine came out rather flat and mangled. Does blocking change this??? I thought they were going to puff out right away. Is there an obvious mistake im making or do I just need a bit more practice?

Thanks so much!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitting scratchy wool for others on: December 18, 2006 06:34:44 AM
 Does anyone have good ideas about how to knit with something that itches me? I want to be able to buy cheaper wool than I have been when it will be a gift, but it itches to knit with. Could I wash it with fabric softener before using it or wear gloves or something? If you have any ideas please let me know!!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / how to seal cardboard decoupage? on: November 12, 2006 03:47:00 AM
I made a decoupaged cereal box a while back and I spent so much time on it that I want to make it as sturdy and durable as possible. Could I use varnish to seal it? Would resin brushed on work well?? I have reincforced the inside with duct tape and I want to also decorate the inside but I can use modge podge on the inside if it will work still. Just want to stiffen it up. Thanks so much!!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / new orleans theme? on: September 16, 2006 07:51:58 PM
MY mom wants to have a new orleans themed party and have everyone bring a building tool for charity. I think this is such a cute idea and she isn't very crafty so I was hoping to help her out a little bit. I won't be in town so I need ideas that will be easy to pull off. I got the idea for a cajun BBQ from another post. She wants food but is a pretty bad cook when it really comes down to it. Anything she can buy and serve that will rock? Special beverages? Music?Decor? Thanks so much!
10  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / teach a free class!!! on: September 12, 2006 01:29:51 PM
Hi all,

I was just curious if anyone here has ever taken or taught a freeskool class? If you dont know what im talking about here is the link. It is a great organization that runs free classes taught and taken by community members. Be a good communist Smiley


I took one last term on beer brewing and it was AWESOME! We are about ready to start brewing on our own and homemade beer will account for many many gifts in the near future. (I'm gonna make etched pint classes as well!)

Anyhow--there are not too many classes at a time and I havn't seen any crafty ones. I guess I'm sort of asking some of you more experienced craftsters if you had any interest in signing up to teach one some time so i could take it  Tongue

The deadline to submit a class has been extended to mid-november for fall term, but I thought I'd put the word out for the future as well. A few crafty things they have on the wish list include canning, ethnic cooking, stencil making, and sculpture. Anything crafty/artsy/creative would rule!

thanks for reading!
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