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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What yarn would you use for this sweater? on: June 21, 2005 02:16:15 PM
Maybe you could find someone who spins who can "make" the yarn you want... it might be more expensive than finding something that almost works, but I've found that if you truly want something specific, nothing else will 'almost' work.
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I ruin my supplies more than my crafts. on: June 17, 2005 02:24:30 PM

California's weird. IIRC, Orange Juice was one of the substances found to cause cancer in a study done in California.
43  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can I dye my Cashmerino Baby yarn black? on: June 13, 2005 08:48:36 AM

You should use acid dyes to dye 'hair' type fibers. Dharma has some instructions: http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/208783-AA.shtml but yes, typically dying this type of fiber requires heat.

You could probably do like with silk and use the vinegar + dye + microwave method (dye + heat set all in one!)
44  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wallace and Gromit: Shaun the Sheep on: June 08, 2005 10:00:21 AM
Be forewarned, they're not easy to find. I got a wendolyn, and am still looking for shaun, wallace, and of course, gromit. Cheesy
45  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Snowball Cat Bed on: June 06, 2005 11:47:30 AM
Awww, love the kitties. Smiley

I just finished this for my calico kitty http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/cmgulley/detail?.dir=6f5f&.dnm=1e41.jpg in orange (floor) and green (sides). I just thought the pink was a little much.

I had to steal it away from her to take the picture.
46  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitted paint-by-numbers porn! on: June 04, 2005 05:44:29 PM
Tassels! I vote tassels for her nips. That'd be cute and sassy!

but that's my 2 cents. [I may have to find a more appropriate image to do that to... after all the other ufo's that are sitting 'round here...]
47  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Movie Knits on: May 22, 2005 10:45:52 AM
I saw "Unleashed" on Wednesday -- there were some fabulous knits in it; mostly on Victoria. She's got some really pretty sweaters and scarves. And tons of them! She seemed to have a different really cute sweater on in each scene. And Jet Li had a couple of nice knits, too. Smiley

As I also 'knit' chainmail, I found the one chainmail vest fascinating. They had to be HUGE rings, as the pattern normally ends up looking like a knitted metal garment (even in 3/8" rings).
48  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: A *free* sheep? on: May 18, 2005 02:39:51 PM
I found this one: <a href="http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/toys/sheep.htm">Miss Peace Sheep</a> after a quick google... I don't know if she fits your bill.
49  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing with Dharma Trading Prolcyon Dyes - help on: April 21, 2005 09:10:54 PM
Procion dyes rock, but it sounds like you may have been missing pieces. I don't dye yarn, but cotton fabric -- we start with a soak in soda ash, then pour dye (1/4 tsp per 1c water, approx) over the fabric. Keep damp for 4-24 hours, and rinse.

No thickeners needed, and we don't use the urea, either. We've tested this many many times and get good results. Smiley
50  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting Books on: April 06, 2005 02:22:42 PM

The "for dummies" book is useful, but once you've picked up what they're talking about, I'd recommend the Quilt-in-a-Day books, or one of Alex Anderson's books (Start Quilting with Alex Anderson, maybe?). I've got more books on quilting than I know what to do with some days, but if you're thinking about a quilt, and have either hand-sewing or machine-sewing skills, it's really fun and relatively easy.

I started with *no* skills, btw. And a $79 sewing machine. (because I knew that I'm just flakey like that)
Once you can sew in a straight line, well, that's 90% of the battle. Smiley
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