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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Quick & easy glasses case on: August 28, 2005 01:44:58 PM
I made this in a couple of hours for my grandmother's birthday.  The only reason it took that long was the sewing part--I was at the beach and so had to hand stitch the lining.  I remembered her birthday while I was on vacation, so this was very thrown together using whatever I could find on short notice.  I think it turned out pretty well, all things considered.  The black loop for the button is sort of icky, but I figured it would be easier for her to see than one made of the same yarn I knit with.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Candy wrapper rings on: August 28, 2005 01:33:05 PM
I was bored at the office and one of my coworkers brought a big jar of mini candy bars to a meeting.  Voila!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Needles pick up stitches to help knitters on: August 04, 2005 05:36:34 AM
By Julie Clothier for CNN
Wednesday, August 3, 2005; Posted: 10:13 a.m. EDT (14:13 GMT)

LONDON, England (CNN) -- An English design graduate has created a device to help knitters keep track of the number of stitches they have knitted.

Rebecca Spender's "KnitWit" device automatically counts the number of stitches in each row by detecting the movement of the knitting needles.

The project was her final-year assignment for a product design degree at Brunel University in west London.
Inspired by her grandmother and aunt, both of whom are keen knitters, Spender wanted to create something to help eliminate mistakes, which can ruin a design.

The knitting needles are fitted with a tiny 5mm x 5mm "accelerometer" motion sensor chip, which uses the Earth's gravity to monitor the tilt or angle of the needles.

Manual counters currently on the market can monitor the number of rows knitted but because a button has to be reset after a row is complete, the knitter can forget and the device becomes useless.

Spender says that because knitting involves the repetitive action of wrapping wool around a needle, the sensor automatically detects when a stitch is complete and when a new row is being started.

It sends the information to a handheld wireless device, about the size of a cell phone, which records the data on an LCD screen, measuring the number of rows completed and number of stitches in each row.
The base station was designed to be lightweight and portable, which would make it ideal for using while commuting on public transport, Spender, 22, says.

It is battery-operated and can be recharged in the same way a cell phone is charged, with the needles being placed in two tiny holes in the base device.

"When you are knitting a pattern, there are different numbers of stitches in each row. It's really hard to try and keep count when you're knitting, especially when you're learning to knit, and to have to go back and count what you've done is really time consuming," she says.

"And if you don't keep track of what you're doing you end up knitting a jumper two sizes too big."

At this stage, the invention is a prototype but she says it has the potential to perform other functions, including memorizing a pattern so it can tell the knitter when it is time to change wool color, whether they have dropped a stitch or if they need to increase or decrease the stitches in a row.

Spender is not sure whether her invention will become a commercial reality, but already knitting enthusiast Web loggers from all over the world, including in the U.S., France and Japan, have given her idea the thumbs up.

"This handy little thing will keep track of your stitches and rows while you mindlessly knit during 'Law & Order,'" says one blog.

Spender will soon take up a year-long post as designer in residence at prestigious boys school Eton College in England.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! (turning a regular belt into one I can snap buckles onto) on: August 01, 2005 08:23:42 AM
I want to take some of my regular belts (that have neat designs but boring regular buckles) and turn them into the kind I can snap crazy cool giant buckles onto.  Anyone have any directions/tips for accomplishing this?
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / twinkling H2O paints on: July 28, 2005 07:51:54 AM
Has anyone used these?  They sound cool, but I don't know much about them--just what I've seen on merchant web sites where they're for sale (like http://www.stampstruck.com/mall/h2o.asp).  I was thinking of using them with stamps, but I don't have much experience with those either.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / amber on: July 21, 2005 09:48:37 AM
I was searching online for some amber resin to put in this little carved diffuser I picked up on a trip for around $5.  (I wanted to duplicate this $125 product: http://www.blissworld.com/shop/detail/PG-02/)  I found the amber at Eden Botanicals (www.edenbotanicals.com), so that's taken care of.  But I was wondering if any craftsters have used amber resin to make soap or other bath & body products.  Any pointers would be much appreciated. 

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple but snazzy ribbon scarf on: July 13, 2005 01:00:12 PM
I made this for my mom for Mother's Day and forgot to post it.  It's just garter stitch with fringes looped onto the ends, but I like the way it turned out.

I made it using Lion Brand Incredible ribbon yarn in #201 Rainbow on #15 needles instead of the recommended #13.

Here's a link to the free pattern: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/ki-ribbonScarf.html
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fuzzy vibe cozy on: June 10, 2005 03:11:00 PM
This is my first project posted on craftster, so I wanted it to be something fun.  I knit this vibrator cozy for my girlfriend out of two skeins of Bernat Boa yarn in Partridge.  It was just going to be a rectangle, but I ended up increasing at the end for the fluted-looking top.  It turned out way too big, but that just means it holds more.  Wink  I picked up the ribbon on a whim and was pleasantly suprised at how well it matched when I got it home.  What do you guys think?

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