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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Pinup Queen! on: October 19, 2005 05:03:52 PM
hi! wow, yours looks great! I am starting one in a very similar color -- a dusty pink in Classic Elite Lush. It took me forever to start this project because I waited for the yarn to be sold for a reasonable price on ebay. I think I got 10 skeins for $50.

So I have a question for you - I finished the back and the instructions for the neck were really confusing. You go from rib to working back and forth and I couldn't tell if it was supposed to be a garter, or a stockinette. I went with stockinette, but he final product looks funky to me and there is no schematic provided in the book.

do you have any pictures of the sweater from the back? I would love to see how it's SUPPOSED to look so I'm not so anxious about moving to the rest of the project.

in any case, yours is beautiful and congratulations!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: easy first sweater knitalong for those who are lacking confidence? on: February 14, 2005 03:39:52 AM

very impressive! i really love the celery color you're using.

if you like top-down, easy sweaters, here's another GREAT pattern to play with:


basically you pick whatever yarn and gauge you want, do the math (very little) and it magically fits! i've done two now and it still amazes me that it works out. My first one was with the standard neck (which I later picked up and made into a ribbed turtleneck) and the one I'm doing now is the v-neck. unbelievably (at least to me) it actually looks like a "V"

just putting it out there for anyone not willing to pay $5 for a pattern, or who prefers a raglan.
3  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re:NYC Crafty Girls on: January 31, 2004 07:08:32 AM
BrooKlyn croshayhooka here! anyone know of any crochet venues in FortGreen or ParKslope areas.

there's a Crochet Meetup on the first Tuesday of the month at 7p.m. This month it's being held in Park Slope, at Gorilla Cafe on 5th Ave & Park Pl.  Go to crochet.meetup.com for more info or to rsvp (or just show up on tuesday).  

I also have gone to the Brooklyn Stitch & Bitch (mainly knitters) and crochet.  We're all yarn geeks, nobody cares what you work on.  It's on Mondays 7-9 at the Flying Saucer Cafe on Atlantic Ave between Nevins & 3rd Ave.
4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'n Bitch Projects on: January 30, 2004 08:57:38 AM
poorlittlefish - what yarn are you using for the manly sweater?  how is it going?  

i want to make it and want some yarn options in case I'm not able to find the one called for in the book (which isn't in front of me at the moment or I'd look it up)

i'm also hoping the 'L' will fit... my guy usually wears L, but i'd hate for it to be tight on him.  I hesitate to make the XL if it'd be too long/poofy.  is it a tight-fit?

as for me, i've done a variation on the "ribbed for her pleasure" and "fireworks" scarves (on the fireworks i'm making it a keyhole like the windy city scarf).  ready to move on to more ambitious projects and with v-day coming up, was hoping the 'manly sweater' would be a good one.
5  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re:Long Island has a craftposse? on: January 23, 2004 07:12:21 AM
i used to live on long island; i just moved this month, but there;s a lot of good thrift shops and craftstores. you just gotta look for them. right now i live in queens, and i almost miss the big-ass space for huge craft stores..... LIRR doesn't look too bad right now. lol

i live in queens too, but i think it's miles above the other boroughs in terms of options.  at least we have smileys and up by my house, there's a big Rag Shop which has lots of crafty goodness.  i live in northeastern qns & have a car, so if there are must-visit crafty outlets esp in Nassau, definitely post them because I'm always popping around on weekends to new places. speaking of LIRR, there's a new weekend $2.50 fare which might come in handy for this sort of expedition.

suzukibeane - PLEASE list the good thrifts.  not only do i wanna shop them, i also have a car trunk full of things i purged but need a good place to donate.  thanks!

6  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re:NYC Crafty Girls on: January 23, 2004 06:55:53 AM
1. Smileys.  As a relative beginner, I've recently graduated from the 100% acrylic to wool or wool blends, but not quite ready to spend $15 a skein on a potential disaster of a project.  So if you're not a yarn snob, this is your nirvana.  It's right under the JMZ train stop in Woodhaven, so easy to access by train, and if you bring a quarter you should be able to park at a meter nearby.

2. Yarn Tree and Knitting Hands both rock.  The latter has a much bigger selection, and more on the low end to make it a bit more accessible to people on a budget.  Yarn Tree was really, really friendly when I went in and they were spinning yarn in the store, which I'd never seen before. It's tiny and has a limited selection but definitely worth checking out.

3. Knit NY -- people were asking how it is and when the Stitch n Bitch meets there... As it happens, there's currently a debate raging on the NYC Stitch & Bitch mailing list about whether Knit NY is an unfriendly venue.  It is very crowded and they seem to be promoting the hip-quotient of knitting so there always seems to be a camera crew in there. They have a beautiful selection of yarns, though there is absolutely nothing on the low-end, price-wise. The display is genius -- one ball/skein of each style with the rest tucked away out of site.  Keeps it nice & neat and takes up less space.  The remainder of the floor space is dedicated to a few tables where you can enjoy lots of coffee drinks & baked goods they also sell there.

The SnB group meets there on Tuesday nights at 7pm but good luck getting in the door if you go at that time.  People start snagging the last of the seats around 6 or 6:30.  That's part of the debate -- it's too crowded.  Meetup has a knitting group that meets there on Wednesdays once a month.  Supposedly other days of the week are less crowded.

It's a cute place, but as a relative beginner, while I appreciate their yarn selection, I'm not quite ready to spend $100 on a potential failure of a project.  Maybe when I'm a lot better.

My question -- has anyone ever been to KnitWits in Bayside, Queens?  It sounds like it might be really nice and isn't far from where I live.  I might check it out this weekend...
7  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re:NYC fabric shops on: December 30, 2003 06:52:11 PM
Another chain to check out is Rag Shop -- they're a full line crafts shop, similar to Joann or Michaels, but there are two within NYC...

one right by me in College Point Queens, in the WhitePoint shopping center on 14th Avenue just West of the Whitestone (Van Wyck) expressway.  there's another in boro park, brooklyn supposedly.

Their website is mostly useless but does have a link to their current sales, which includes printable coupons for like 40% off a single item, or 30% off an entire order (good on certain days only)
8  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re:NYC Crafty Girls on: December 28, 2003 12:01:09 PM
i love the idea of a greenpoint snb!
keep us posted.  
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