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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / something's not adding up! on: December 14, 2008 10:43:56 AM
Hi!  Wondering if someone could help me figure out what's going on here...I'm trying to make this scarf (the version without fringe) 


and it says to cast on 31 stitches.  But then for row two, doesn't that come out to be more than 31 (I'm getting 41)?  Both adding it up mentally and trying it out, it's not working out right.  I'm sure it's probably me doing something wrong rather than a pattern typo.  Hmmm... 

Here I'm trying to explain how I understand it, the numbers in parentheses being number of stitches...hope it makes some sense.

k1 (1) [yo, k1 (1), slip 1 (2), k2tog (4), psso (6), k1 (7), yo, k1 ( 8 )]

so the stuff in the brackets adds up to 8 for me, times 5 as it instructs equals 40, plus the k1 at the beginning equals 41.   Huh
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / i need, rather than have, something to recycle for this one... on: September 30, 2008 11:34:34 PM
i'm looking for creative ways to recycle something to package my handmade jewelry!  anyone have any ideas, sites, anything?  thought about (well washed) squares of styrofoam trays that things like mushrooms sometimes come on for earring cards. 
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 3" x 4" plastic sleeves on: September 17, 2008 06:29:49 PM
i think they were originally for my brother's "magic: the gathering" cards or something similar...  got 12 of 'em.  might do something not-so-crafty and just write quotes or something and use these instead of laminating. 
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / nets that potatoes/onions/citrus come in on: September 14, 2008 09:54:50 PM
any crafty ideas on what to do with these?  other than maybe cutting into strips and knitting/crocheting into scrubbies for either dishes or shower...which is fine, but one only needs so many scrubbies!  and i've got a HEAP of these things...  in winter they are good to hold suet for the birds.  what else?
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / katamari ball on: April 30, 2008 04:13:18 PM
wondering if anyone has tried the magnetic katamari ball pattern here: 

i'm in the assembly stages and having a really hard time trying to sew on the last four "nubs" onto the overstuffed ball...  i tried with a plastic yarn needle which got all bent out of shape and then a sharp metal needle with an eye barely big enough to fit the yarn, and i can't it all the way through the stitches.  hmmm...
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / just ranting... on: April 28, 2008 10:29:57 AM
i started the Janis Tank here  http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_5188912,00.html

i didn't use any of the yarns they mention, just looked at the weights and yardage, etc. and picked my own and ended up with TLC Cotton Plus and Lion Brand Incredible.  the Incredible was one lone skein in the clearance aisle, but according to my "calculations" it would be enough.  well.  here i am in the middle of the second front piece, still got the whole back to do, and i'm almost out.  ack!  (i admit i did not do a gauge swatch.  i know i generally tend to be a tight knitter...for this i went up half a needle size and made an effort to be a little looser.)  anyway, so i guess once again i've learned my lesson of gauging...  and maybe don't go with the clearance yarns i might not be able to find again.  here i was thinking i was gonna get away with making something awesome for less than $5!  i'm about to start a sweater, the last one i tried i think the pattern was way off, but i'll tell you i DID gauge that sucker, over and over, never got it just right but close enough, and for all that trouble had to scrap it anyway.  grr.  i think i'm gonna retire from knitting temporarily! 
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / from Amigurumi World! on: April 07, 2008 07:50:33 PM
so i've taken up crochet, gave up on the granny squares, and soon after received my copy of Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli.

and here's what i've made so far!  the fruits are about life-size, bigger than the book suggested they'd be, due to probably my yarn choice and still being a new crocheter and maybe losing count or not so great at tension, etc.  the apple has a worm to go with it in the book, i didn't make that (yet).  and the hedgehog gets ears and arms eventually.  that guy's pretty tiny...you can kind of tell in relation to the keyboard.  he's shorter than a bottle of nail polish, for reference.  anyway, tons more in there i want to make, it really is seriously cute stuff.   

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / what am i doing wrong?! (granny squares) on: March 25, 2008 10:04:17 PM
i'm a newish crocheter, and decided i need some kind of long-term yarn project i can work on when i don't have anything else to knit.  i decided on making granny squares to eventually make an afghan out of.  well i found one that looked easy, and tried it.  it came out terribly!  i don't know exactly how to describe it, and i ripped it up so no picture, but the part when you join to start the next round kept coming out really weird looking.  extra holes and the double crochets leaning in different directions, etc.  i kept going thinking maybe it would shape up when it got bigger, then at one point it started to look REALLY weird and i counted the double crochets on all sides.  23, 23, 23, and...14!  what!  i figured maybe the pattern wasn't written right so i looked for another, and tried that.  something still isn't right!  i'm new but i understand all the abbreviations involved and know how to read the pattern, so i don't get what's going on.  i did see a video on youtube which i thought might help, but it didn't because it kept zooming out or cutting off and i really wanted to see the whooole thing being done.  so, with that little bit of not-very-helpful information, can anyone offer me guidance or point me to a pattern they are sure is right so i can try again and determine if it's something i'm doing, before i tear my hair out?!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / slouch disaster on: February 27, 2008 09:44:48 AM
i was so happy to finish it!  i don't even like hats but i thought this one might change me.  the directions were clear, i had no problems aside from the fact i wish i had started from the outside of the yarn to get more of that dark purple than the reddish purple...UNTIL...i was taking pictures when i saw a weird spot and i picked up it for a closer inspection and things started to unravel (not-so-great pic below to illustrate)!  how could i not notice a dropped stitch...(or a few?!)  ahhhhh!  is there any way to fix this, you think?  : (((  so sad... 

the disaster!

pretty purple

just being silly...

**edited to fix giant image, sorry.**
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / kitty with no ears. on: February 21, 2008 05:30:47 AM
i made a kittyville!  first hat!  aside from the practice attempt which i screwed up in a few ways:  forgot about the fact that all knit rows is automatically stockinette in the round, so i was knitting a row then purling a row.  then, first time using dpns, that got messy and things fell off, and just didn't go well.  and it was huge and floppy.  scrapped that, tried again, and this is how it came out.  pretty good, i think!  it's for someone else, but here's a secret, i've been "trying it on" and not taking it off, haha.  his only request was a hat with flaps...i hope it fits him and he'll like it! 

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