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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Deep V vest w/skulls on: September 13, 2006 12:59:11 PM
That's a brilliant synthesis of two different patterns.  Old and new, classic and funky... My antonyms doth overflow.  You're clearly a very skilled knitter, but your design skillz ain't too shabby, either.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: washcloth - self-designed! pointlessly complex! on: September 13, 2006 12:37:00 PM
I'm totally with what you guys are all saying--that there's nothing wrong with trying out a stitch on a dishcloth, and it's kinda fun.  (Way fun, actually.)  I'm just not a "fancy washcloth" (or dishcloth) kind of person.  So the object is just what happens to come out when I do all that stitching, as in, "Well, I've started, so I might as well make something vaguely square-like."

Will I ever apply what I've learned to something larger and more useful?  Your guess is as good as mine.

But this was my very first project using cotton, and I'm hooked... so you may see more self-designed, pointlessly complex washcloths in the near future.  Thanks for all the kind comments!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dishes Beware... on: September 10, 2006 06:44:11 PM
Slipped stitches do the coolest things.  A simple pattern that looks great on that yarn... very groovy.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / washcloth - self-designed! pointlessly complex! on: September 10, 2006 05:46:48 PM
Really, I just like trying out stitches.  Haven't yet found the patience for a big project.  So this guy is cotton and a little more elaborate than many of the knitted cloths out there, but has a really neat texture.  I CO 43 stitches and used US size 8 needles.


This combo of slipping stitches and bringing the yarn forward or back comes from my beloved Reader's Digest Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting & Crochet Stitches, p.72, "Speckle Rib I."

The edging is a k1, p1 seed-stitch, but the knits are done into the backs of the loops.  That makes the stitches twisted, and therefore a bit tighter.

And here's the back.  I was pleasantly surprised by the nice ridges that showed up.

I love comments, if you've got any.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Re: Portrait in a Beer Cap on: August 27, 2006 12:19:38 PM
It's so tiny, but still with those great brushstrokes.  A great portrait, regardless of size.

And don't you worry about some drops of beer.  Happy dog!
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Re: The toilet-paper horse! on: August 27, 2006 11:28:32 AM
Very cool of you to enter something that wasn't made out of expensive materials or constructed with elaborate or complicated techniques.  And I think it would've never occurred to me to use tp as a medium... Nice!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Re: The Golden Doily on: August 27, 2006 11:10:59 AM
Your choice of colors is just great--it really makes the doily snap in a way it wouldn't if it were monochrome.  And your tiny, tiny stitches look so tidy.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Re: The Tiniest Craft Room Ever on: August 27, 2006 10:53:58 AM
That's pretty fantastic.  It's like a Borrowers craft room!  The wax dress form and the little piles of fabric on the top shelf are neat touches... and the carpet makes me think of my grandma's sewing room.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sloppy Scarf! on: August 26, 2006 05:35:25 PM


This whole scarf barely made a dent in the Baby Bee Sweet Delight - Pomp yarn I bought at Hobby Lobby last weekend.  The cobwebby lace is about as mindless as lace can get.  I normally knit with a very tight gauge, but that's impossible with this kind of stitch (and on larger-than-recommended needles - US 13).  It's all loose loops and curly edges--hence, "Sloppy Scarf."  And it took just two nights of not-at-all-intensive work.

I'm already thinking of a million ways to alter this, but here's my basic pattern.  I CO 14 stitches -- row1: k2, **Y fwd, k2tog, k1, rep from ** to end -- row 3: **k1, Y fwd, k2tog, rep from ** to end, k last 2 stitches -- and purl on the even rows.


10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Glass Marble Magnets on: September 10, 2005 06:03:21 AM
Okay I have the biggest problems with these things.  I use the 3600 but I always end up with what looks like cracks or airbubbles once they dry.

do you see the airbubbles?  I try pushing down as hard as I can.  I try moving the glue around and trying to press the airbubbles out. 

Is there some kind of secret I don't know about?


I can't see the air bubbles in your picture.  But I've had a problem with little streaks muddling the tiny images I've glued to glass marbles.  Something caught my eye the other day when I was reading Durwin Rice's New Decoupage.  One of the earliest projects is gluing a picture on the backside of a glass plate (so you see the image through the glass).  He points out that though you don't want too much glue, you should be using glue that dries clear.  Therefore, you don't want to be squeezing as much glue as possible out--it's not the glue that's making the streaks (and air bubbles, I imagine), but places where there's no glue in between the picture and the glass.

The solution is to make sure that you leave a complete layer of glue and gently work bubbles to the edges with your fingers or whatever.  And magically enough, none of the picture marbles I've made tonight have streaks in them.  They just take longer to dry... I just use regular ol' white school-type glue, which is of course opaque at first, but becomes clear as it dries--the marbles are like slow-motion polaroids.

Oh, one other thing that seems to be helping--in the same book, Rice is a huge proponent of soaking your images in water to "relax" the paper.  It wouldn't work if your picture were on photopaper or printed on an inkjet, but I typically use magazine and calendar pics and letting them float on a little dish of water until they stop curling up works great.  Just lift the image out of the water, shake excess off, and push facedown into the glue.

If I were less lazy, I would provide you pics of my thrilling, streakless picture marbles.
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