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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Corrugated rib for Tams? on: June 06, 2008 05:48:27 PM
Hi All-

I'm trying to do Tam C of the Three Tams pattern on Knitty:


And I can't for the life of me figure out how to do corrugated rib.  Currently I'm purling with my right hand and knitting with my left hand, since I can knit Continental but not purl.  The first time I did it, I somehow figured out how to do double knitting.  When I did that, I would hold the knit color in back the whole time, and the purl color in front, and knit along. 

The second time, it still doesn't look right, but this time I'm switching both yarns to the front to purl, and both to the back to knit. 

I'm at wits end and about to throw the project across the room.  I thought the charts would give me trouble, not the frakking ribbing. 

Please?  Halp?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted Knitting Bag on: July 05, 2007 02:08:26 PM
Well, it almost doesn't count as a retcon, because all I did was paint it, but I figured I'd post anyway.  I was inspired by the reusable grocery bag challenge, but I didn't feel like making something from scratch. 

I carry my knitting in this bag to work with me, so I figured it needed a little something.

And one with my dog, Spencer.  Poor thing, can you tell he's not used to having things dangled from his neck while his crazed mistress takes pictures?

Thanks for looking!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Favorite fictional person swap? on: July 02, 2007 05:31:15 PM
Okay...so maybe it's just me...but I find fictional people very interesting, and I have some favorites.  I thought this would appeal to a broader group of people than a 'favorite Jane Austen character' or a 'favorite comic character' swap. 

The way I figure it, you could pick one (or two) fictional person(s) from any media, including books, movies, plays, ballets, comics...anything, really.  And your partner would make you stuffs based on that character. 

What do you all think?  Anyone interested, or am I completly off my nut here?

(If there's been something like this before and I missed it, I apologize.)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First lace scarf on: May 28, 2007 08:35:29 PM
Okay, so I'm a little bit crazy to be knitting a scarf in May/nearly June.  But RecycleMicol sent me some gorgeous handspun yarn for a personal swap, and it was taunting me with its purpley-lace-weighty-goodness. 

This is the first time I've knit lace, and I really enjoyed the pattern.  It was not too complex, but entertaining as well.  By the 23rd pattern repeat, though, I was getting pretty bored. 

I used the Marnie's scarf pattern, from SpinDyeKnit's blog, here: http://spindyeknit.com/patternfiles/marnie/ , and laceweight handspun from RecycleMicol. 

Onward to the pictures.

Pre-blocking.  Looks like a snake.

Obligatory action shot.

Excuse the futzy edges...my tension was not even side to side, and I didn't pin out every single loop, so they're a bit uneven.  Thanks for looking!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Print o' the Wave Yarn Sub on: May 27, 2007 11:07:22 AM
I apologize if someone has asked this before, but I did a search and didn't come up with anything. 

I'm pretty new to lace knitting, and I'm just finishing my first lace scarf.  I want to try Eunny Jang's Print o' the Wave stole, but I'm unsure if the yarn I have is lace-weight or 'cobweb' weight. 

I have one skein, about 500 yards, of Alpaca Delight Mini from Blue Ridge yarns.  That will be enough for the pattern if it is indeed cobweb weight, and it sure looks thinner than the Alpaca Cloud sample I have from Knitpicks.  But it says 'laceweight' on the label. 

Am I going out of my mind?  Has anyone ever worked with this stuff before, and if you have, what weight would you say it is?  I can always go get another skein if I run out, but it's expensive, so I'd prefer not to have to. 

Thank you for any advice you can give.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help on a cape from the movie '300' on: April 27, 2007 05:59:08 PM
So, yeah.  I'm a total dork, and I want to make myself a cape like the ones the Spartans wear in the movie '300'.  I know, I know, quit rolling your eyes.  Wink

Anyway, I can see that the cape is attatched to this harness sort of thing that goes around the shoulders, across the back, and fastens in the front with a brooch thingy.  I can figure out how to make that okay. 

My questions are these:  How do I make it fold like that?  Approximately how much yardage of whatever am I going to need? (It's floor length, and I'm about 5'6")  What shape is the fabric going to need to be in?  What sort of fabric do you think would work the best?  It should be rough and kind of heavy, but not burlap rough.  I'm at a loss, and ANY help is loved and appreciated.  I'm sorry if I'm not being very clear. 

Here's some reference pics, if you've not seen the film.  Enjoy the abs.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ukranian Eggs (pysanky) *pic obese* EDIT: More eggs on: March 29, 2007 05:45:26 PM
So, here are all the pysanky I've made so far this year. 

These eggs have been varnished and emptied.

These eggs have not been varnished or emptied yet, hence the slightly duller sheen.

And I'm off to scrub the wax off my hands.

Edit:  Here are some new eggs I've done. 

This egg was done for the lovely RecycleMicol for a personal swap.  I hope she likes it!

This egg was also sent to RM for her neighbor's daughter, who is crazy about Disney princesses.
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / London Calling on: March 06, 2007 07:17:25 PM
Here's a London Calling that my wonderful mom made for me.  Being as we didn't want to spend a hundred or so dollars on the yarn the pattern called for, we made some creative substitutions.  She used Mango Moon Capelli, which is supposed to be a carry-along weight but worked fine except that it stretched unless she was very careful. 

Three weeks, about a scrillion little balls of yarn, homemade yarn bras and a bunch of cursing later, it was born!  I love it to death.  Picture! 

Please excuse the pink owl shirt underneath.  Not the best choice, I know, but I was right home from dance and didn't want to wait to change. 

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First embroidery project, cherry blossoms (pic obese) on: March 06, 2007 01:49:16 PM
This is my first successful embroidery project, which is a little strange since I do most other kinds of needlework.  I got the pattern from a kit from Michael's...Savvy Stitches, or something like that.  I have no idea what the ideograms mean, I'm not even sure whether they're Chinese, Japanese, or something else. If anyone could tell me what they mean, I'd be grateful. Anyway, pictures.

I like it very much, but I have no idea what to do with it...
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re-buttoned and Painted Jacket on: February 24, 2007 07:10:09 PM
I got this spring jacket from Old Navy on clearance, but the buttons had to go.

I ripped off all the original buttons (all 12 of them) and sewed on new spiffy Celtic ones.  My fingers weren't too happy with me after that.  I liked how that looked, but I decided the back needed a little sprucing up too. 

And now, pictures! 

After I sewed the new buttons on.

I got the buttons at Joann Fabrics.

Action shot.

Action shot of the back.  I drew out the knot, copied it to reduce the size, cut out the areas where I wanted paint with a razor blade, pinned the design to the jacket, outlined with pencil, and painted with fabric paint.  Phew! 

A close-up of the knot.

Since I'm obsessive compulsive, I also painted the belt and grommets with a paint pen. 
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