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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Sports Bras on: February 24, 2006 11:33:34 AM
Does anyone know where I can find patterns for knitting sports bras? Most of the knitted bras I see contain hooks or underwire...and I'm looking for a knitted bra without underwire or elastic. I found a couple on Knitty that come close, and one in a book called Urban Knitter, but all of them appear to use elastic or hooks. Can't I just use ribbing to make it snug around the bottom?

When I was younger, I couldn't wait to wear the satiny, lacy bras in Victoria's Secret or department stores. Now that I'm a (tad bit!) older, however, I simply will not wear underwire - I find it horribly uncomfortable. But my problem lately has been that anything even remotely close to elastic also causes me pain. Yup, you got it - straight out pain. It's like a headache around my mid-back and armpits. (I should mention that I'm probably a 32-A or B...) I just can't handle the elastic around my torso or over my shoulders for very long...I end up getting back and/or shoulder cramps.

You're probably wondering what I do about it....right? Well, when I'm working out I wear sports bras with very light/stretchy fabric and elastic, and then I take them off as soon as humanly possible. Stretchy camis can also work, but they sometimes still cut into my armpits. It's tougher when I dress up, though. If I'm wearing a sweater or something baggier, I'll often leave on my bra but unhook it when I start to get the pain. And Victoria's Secret carries these little bandaid/pasties to cover up "party hats"...I've found that they work great not only for times when I can't wear a bra (backless tops) but also when I'm just not in the mood to put myself through the pain that bras make me suffer.

So lately I've been getting pretty creative about how to go bra-less without being inappropriate. The pasties and layering light-weight tees under outer tops or sweaters so far works the best for me. But when I'm working out, I absolutely must have some support, so I thought knitting a bra would work.

I'd create my own pattern except that I've not yet figured out how to do that. I'm really intimidated by all the number calculations that go into it, and I'm not sure how to create shaping or other advanced techniques without a pattern. I've altered other patterns for length or size or whatnot, but even my first attempt at resizing a sweater (my first sweater) went haywire.

Any thoughts?
 Grin Thank you!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP with Broad Street/Glittens Please! on: February 12, 2006 06:53:57 AM

You know the feeling when you've tried a pattern about 10 times and had to rip it out every time, with no success!?! (And what's worse is that I'm still not very good at ripping out to a certain point, and I keep starting nearly from the very beginning!!!!!)  Angry

I've wanted to make convertible mittens forever now, but didn't feel confident enough in my skills to give it a try until I came across the Geranium Glittens (modified from Knitty's Broad Street Mittens) on www.figandplum.com. I purchased the Sock Garden yarn and started it up without a problem. But now I keep getting to this point where I can't go any further (without messing up), and I feel paralyzed. Please help!

Using and combining the instructions on both patterns, I just finished the thumb gusset increase. At this point, the Knitty pattern says to place the added 12 sts, plus the purled st (which I knitted and used a st marker to mark), and the stitch at the end of the needle onto a stitch holder. Ok. This should be easy, but it's not. I get that the 12 added sts go onto the needle, and I think the one just before them (to the right) goes on too...it's the one just before the increases and would be equivalent to their purled stitch. But the one on the "end of the needle"? What's that? The first stitch on the second needle (which is all the way on the right, and skips over a ton of other stitches in between)? It just seems all wrong to me when I try it.

Then the next step, casting on 11 more stitches, is also confusing to me. Where do I cast the stitches onto? I assume it's on the beginning (right side) of the second needle, but again, when I try it it just seems all wrong.

HELP, please!!!!!  Huh Cry

Oh, and BTW...I found that although I have small hands I have so far used the number of stitches suggested in the Knitty pattern. The Sock Garden yarn is a bit finer than Knitty's yarn, plus I tend to knit pretty tightly - so I found the Fig/Plum sizing suggestion to be a bit too small for me.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need HELP with Weaving In Ends on: January 04, 2006 12:15:52 PM
    So now that I've been knitting for a bit over a year now, I'd like to branch out and try some more interesting patterns. The trouble is that I hate weaving in ends so much (partly because they just end up popping out again on me) that I can't justify it.

    I'm about to a beginner-intermediate level and have accomplished some basic striping, but I think I'm sort of making up my own way to get around the ends. What I've been doing when I change colors is to cut color A (I've learned my lesson and begun to leave several inches for weaving), begin with color B, and later tie them together (yes, in a knot!) before weaving the ends in. I'm sure my technique for weaving in my ends is a bit haphazard, and I've been told I really shouldn't be knotting my work, but I'm telling you, I've never had good luck with changing colors. I also crochet, and I have the same difficulty. I have a beautiful granny square afghan with ends popping out all over the place! It just ruins the effect, and makes me wonder if all my hard work will come unraveling before my eyes.

    So my questions are:

  • Is there a better way to weave in the ends?
  • Is it okay that I'm knotting before weaving? If not, how do I make sure my work doesn't unravel?
  • What is the "spit/splice" method? I've seen it briefly mentioned somewhere here in Craftster...
  • How do YOU deal with weaving in ends?

Thanks in advance for all help! Grin[/list]
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / beaded earrings on thread??? on: April 23, 2005 02:29:24 PM
i've been wanting to make uber-dangly seed bead earrings, but i find that i don't like the way wire bends and head pins are too stiff looking.

i like the way the seed beads move on the thread (like chain would move), but i can't figure out how to finish them off so the seed beads stay on the thread... i tried crimp beads, and they simply do not work.

any ideas? has anyone ever done this before?

5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / square one on: April 20, 2005 04:22:45 PM
Well, I truly have read most of the information in the forum and posting instructions, and I just can't seem to figure out how to post pictures. (And to think I thought myself somewhat computer-savvy....)

I use a digital camera and when I plug in my USB it automatically starts the program to upload pix to my computer. I'm pretty sure they're in jpeg format... When I right click on a file in My Computer, it tells me that it's using QuickTime or something like that, but I don't see an option to change it. Ick.

So when I try to upload the picture, craftster tells me that each and every file exceeds the limit. Yikes!

I guess I'm not as computer-savvy as I thought!

Any help would be appreciated...I'd sure like to share my projects with you! Smiley
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Painted Flowerpots and Flower Cookies on: April 20, 2005 08:44:59 AM
Every year my mom says she doesn't want any gifts (for Mother's Day, her birthday, or other holidays...), and every year I get her something anyway...to which she exclaims how much she loves it and then never uses it because it's too "precious". I even bought her these gardening shoes (because she always gardens barefoot!) and she didn't wear those, either.

So this year I've wizened up and I'm going to make her gift. Wink

I got the idea for painting flower pots somewhere around here (this site or another, I'm not sure...), but as I was thinking about what to fill it with I saw some really fun flower cookie cutters and chocolate molds. I haven't decided which to make, but I'm planning to put either the cookies or the chocolates (much smaller, so less desirable) on lollipop sticks and "plant" them in the flower pots.

Question, though...does anyone know if those lollipop sticks can go in the oven? I'm guessing they'll either catch fire or just turn brown... Not sure how else to get cookies on sticks....Any ideas?Huh? Huh
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