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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Kenmore Mini Ultra--Problem? on: May 16, 2005 12:22:14 PM
I just bought a Kenmore Mini Ultra from a Sears Liquidation Sale on Ebay. Essentially these are items that have been returned and *might* be missing some parts (mine seems to be missing a dustcover, but everything else is there). These items are a little iffy, but much cheaper than normal. I got mine for $30.

I'm a brand new sewer and know next to nothing about sewing machines. I plugged it in to try it out, and it seems to work fine *except* after I stop pressing the foot pedal, and the needle stops, sometimes (a little over half the time) when I press the foot pedal to get it going again it doesn't move and just makes this whirring noise. But if I turn the knob on the side of the machine that moves the needle up and down (just read the manual and can't remember what it's called...) and then press the pedal, it works just fine.

Is this normal? Is it something to be worried about? Is it just the position of the needle that throws it off or what? (usually I put the needle all the way up before pushing the pedal again.) Ok, I would *really* appreciate help on this! Thanks!

2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Completed Spiderweb Capelet on: May 11, 2005 09:41:07 AM
When I make pom poms I take one giant length of yarn and fold it in half, then in half again and then a third or fourth time. Then I start threading it through the donut. That way it takes less time to get the donut wrapped really well and you still get a good shaped pom pom. Also are you using two pieces of cardboard that are shaped like donuts?  I use two pieces back to back, then cut the wrapped around yarn around the outside, then pull a long thread between the two donuts and tie it tight. I don't cut away the carbboad donuts when I'm done, just carefully pull the pom pom out. Then give the pom pom a little haircut if there are pices that are too long.
Good luck!

Other than the folded length of yarn and not cutting out the donuts, that's exactly how I did it. The folded length of yarn makes a lot of sense--you just leave it folded as you wrap it, right? I was hoping there was a way to do while just pulling it from the skein, but I can't think of one. Also, how much do you wrap it around the donut? I wrapped it until the center hole was mostly full with yarn, but was that too much? (I'm so upset over the amount of yarn I wasted on my giant pompom... it really is giant-sized.)

Thanks for everyone's help!

3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Pompom issues on: May 10, 2005 09:27:38 AM
I need advice on making the pompoms! I tried the way it says to in Stitch'n'Bitch and miscalculated how big my "donuts" needed to be, and my pompom was about 4" wide! But more importantly, this method took FOREVER. Like, 1 1/2 hours. It looked good when done (albeit huge) but then I was cutting out the cardboard donut, carefully I thought, and I snipped the yarn tying it all together and it came apart. I managed to salvage it by retying it, but it's just not the same. I almost started crying when I did that!

The other method I tried has you wrapping yarn around a cardboard rectangle, tying it off at both ends then snipping (horizontally) the center of the yarn wraps on each side. Make sense? This made two so-so pompoms which weren't nearly as cute and full as the first. (But didn't take nearly as long and we slightly more size appropriate.)

So can someone tell me how to do this right? Because so far it hasn't worked. And if I'm going to do it the donut way, how do I make it go faster, and how do you do it without constantly snipping workable lengths of yarn to wrap around the donut? You can't just do it in one continuous length like with the cardboard rectangle method.

Ok, done babbling. Help would be greatly appreciated!

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: My Cat Likes to Craft (kinda....) on: May 10, 2005 08:16:23 AM
Your cat looks so cute stuffed into that basket! I'm a knitter, and my first cat, Lea, could care less except to occasionally swat the yarn once or twice before she gets bored, but my new kitten, Fiona, is a different story. Anytime I leave my knitting laying around, she curls up and lays on it. Cotton, merino wool, fun fur, you name it, she loves to sleep on it. (I have to knit her a cat bed some time!) And if I'm knitting, she'll lie in my lap and chew on my working yarn (because it moves) until I stop her and move the yarn away from her. It's so cute, I would let her if it weren't for that whole "ruining my projects" thing!
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Wanna have a Spring Fling? on: April 14, 2005 12:04:50 PM
I might use "Sinfonia" mercerized cotton. I don't know if it'll substitute well, as I haven't looked up the gauge/size/thingy for Rowan Wool/Cotton.
That probably wasn't helpful.  Cheesy

I just knit the Rowan Wool Cotton for the Bunny baby hat, I knit with size 5s and my gauge was 22 sts and 32 rows for 4".

I'm dying to make this one, but I've never knit a sweater, and I've just made two HUGE yarn purchases... but the Rowan Wool Cotton is a DREAM to knit with--I absolutely loved the feel of it. I didn't even mind using the small needles (I use large needles on everything). I'm thinking black (to go with everything) or a nice fuscia color. I'm obsessed with pink lately. Smiley

Good luck subbing! I'm kind of a stickler for always using the same yarn shown (sometimes even in the same color) because I'm afraid it won't look as good if I substitute it. I figure it's like when you had to do experiments in school and you had to control all but one thing... well, my knitting is pretty reliable, but if I'm learning to do something new that's the experimental part. I try and control all other factors to make it look as good as possible.

Done babbling! I'm going to go look up yarn for this project...

6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Bunny Hat! on: April 14, 2005 10:58:26 AM
Hi! This is my first post to Craftster, but I've been reading it off and on for a while. Anyway, I'm making this adorable hat for my best friend's new baby boy (in tan with pink ears) and I have one or two questions.

I've got all the knitting done, and I'm on to the finishing. I've never blocked anything before (I'm really good at getting around it) so how should I go about blocking the ears?  Also, I don't really feel like shelling out $10 for the yarn for the face, so what else could I embroider it with? Any recommendations?

Thanks so much!

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