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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Foot Sizes on: October 10, 2007 08:28:26 AM
I measured my fiance's foot for you hehehe.  He didn't even ask why lol, he just stuck it out.  He wears a 10.5 to 11 depending on the shoe and is about 10" circumference.

Is the recipient with skinny feet or wider feet?  I'd say anything in the ballpark of 10 - 11" circumference would do.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gauge Swatching - Socks on: October 10, 2007 07:23:01 AM
Is there anything different about swatching for socks?  Since my first sock didn't work out I'm frogging and restarting from scratch, including making new gauge swatches just to make sure, I'm also starting a different pattern based on the links I was given in my other post w/ a different yarn so I'm swatching that too.

What is your preferred method of swatching?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Foot Sizes on: October 09, 2007 06:51:22 PM
I think I may have found an answer for you...

"The American size of the shoe is three times the heel-to-toe length of the foot, measured in inches, minus a constant (what for?), so each half size increment is 1/6 of an inch (4.23 mm). The subtractive constant is 22 for men, 21 for women (or is it 20.5?), and 9.75 for children (9.67?), but the latter only up to size 13 1/2, after which another constant is used! For instance, a mans foot that is 10.5 long requires an American shoe size 3 x 10.5 22 = 9.5."

Sooo... working backwards it would look something like this:

3X - 22 = 11  since we know he's a size 11.  If you remember your algebra to solve the equation, you simply add 22 to each side and get 3X = 33.  Then divide each side by 3 to discover that X (in this case the length of the foot in inches) is 11. 

There is nothing that I can find which tells the width of the insole based on the size of the shoe.  It may be handy to know since you are converting from a woman's pattern that women's sizes (a medium is about a size 7 from what I gather) are 1.5 sizes smaller than a mans.. so the corresponding woman's size for him would be a 12.5.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sock-tastrophe! on: October 09, 2007 03:17:51 PM
Well, the toe-to-top is a bit of a misnomer in this pattern... because you cast on the tube of the sock, pattern calls for 76 stitches.. and that is from cuff to base of the toes and essentially you just knit in pattern with a section at the beginning and at the end for the heel. Then you kitchener stitch the last row and the cast on row to close the tube.. once you've got the tube then you knit the toe onto the end of it on circulars.  Its a strange pattern but not that complex really... I was going by looks because essentially I didn't know any better!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock-tastrophe! on: October 09, 2007 02:42:15 PM
Ok... so I have been bitten by the 'must knit socks!' bug.  I have a handful of patterns to try and plenty of sock yarn and got most of the way finished with my very first sock only to realize... I have fat feet and fat ankles =/  I am horrified.  Not surprised though since the rest of me is more to love, but since I've never had issues buying regular sized store socks...

I have been using this pattern and the yarn in the picture that I got before they discontinued it because I love stripes and think they are cute..


But seriously, these things are sized for a 98lb twig. Its knit side to side and then kitchener stitched to make the tube, then you pick up stitches on two circulars and work the toe around. 

I'm so discouraged.  What do I do to make socks that will fit my funky feet... besides lose weight of course, which is an ongoing battle.  Measuring these beasts it has turned out that I have a foot that is 9" circumference, an 11" ankle at the ankle bone, and from the base of the toes to heel about 8" long.  eeek.

I should have measured my feet before beginning of course, but since they don't give the measurements for 'women's medium' - I was just kinda hoping they would fit knit as per pattern since I'm a foot size 8.5-9 in shoes and buy regular socks w/o issue. 

I have 3 other knitpicks patterns I want to try but now I think none of these will turn out right and since I haven't even finished my first pair, well, I'm not real confident on how to alter the pattern for fat feet.

I want pretty socks like everyone else lol  /cry
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Need Ideas - Recon shirt w/ crochet on: July 03, 2007 07:55:24 AM
Hey chicas - I'm looking for some ideas.  Back in November I sewed this shirt for my mom and it turned out horrible - she's built a tiny bit weird and the pattern I used was just not right... either way, it sucked. I'm much better at hooks and sticks nowadays!  But she loves loves loves the fabric and I'd like to take the shirt and cut the back out of it and cut the two front panels out of it and use crochet to fill in the blanks - it would need a crocheted neckline and sleeves, probably edging down the front center to close up the front, maybe split up the panels and make a crochet stripe in the middle for that under the bust look depending on everything else.... and a bottom edging would be nice - but I'm just not all that familiar with whats out there (fairly new to crochet, long time knitter) and I'm sure plenty of you in crafterland have melded fabric with crochet before.... any ideas?  Links to possible patterns? 
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: A Very Dishalicious Dishcloth/Washcloth Swap Round 2 Gallery on: July 01, 2007 04:51:54 PM
I finally received from Mint, the post going to/from Australia can be a bit slow =)  I received this great lacy red knit cloth.  Unfortunately I don't think I took a picture of the one I sent her... I'll double check for it...   Anywho, here is the great cloth I received from down under!

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dragon Swap Gallery! on: June 12, 2007 07:35:14 AM
I was just coming to post pics and you beat me to it hehe. I'm so glad you liked the 'loot'.  Sorry - pirates on the brain!

Here are some pics of the gorgeous items I received in exchange.... I got a very cool dragon embroidered (does that count as embroidery?) tote bag which I've already started using for crochet and knitting projects as well as a wooden chest/box painted with a celtic dragon on the lid and lined with fabric. I also received a nice little card and a fabric bracelet/cuff with the kanji symbol for dragon embroidered on it.  Thank you so much!!

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dragon Swap!!! [Sign-ups CLOSED! Send out 1st June] on: June 06, 2007 06:15:03 AM
This is what I get for printing my postage out online... due to some kind of an error which I still don't really understand my package I sent out was returned to me today ! =/  =(  =(

I have reboxed it in a fresh priority mail box and am taking it to the post office this afternoon.  It should arrive 2-3 days since it IS priority so hopefully no later than Saturday my partner will get her stuff.  I feel so awful!

Well  *wink*  here is hoping the items will make up for the delay!  =)

10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pirates vs. Ninjas Swap (sign ups CLOSED; Send Outs June 20th) on: May 24, 2007 12:07:03 PM

I signed up to do either theme - can't wait to find out of I'm doing pirates or ninjas!
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