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371  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / grandma's knitting needles on: April 27, 2005 04:33:59 PM
so, my mom is in the process of clearing out my grandma's craft room.  this wonderfuly strong willed grandma of mine is slowly being overwhelmed with altziemers.  she was the craftiest chick i'd ever met.  organic gardens every summer, some hand made polyester pants suit every sunday at church.... every room of her little house held some new project whether it be dough roses, knitted baby dolls, or raggedy ann and andy's in the sewing room.  so mom has been sending me a ton of stuff.  first i got her sewing machine and yesterday came 2 huge boxes full of wacky old knitting patterns and more knitting needles and crochet hooks than i'll ever use in my life.  mom wasn't joking when she said i'd never buy another knitting needle again. 
here's a picture of just the ones i was able to fit in the two needle roll ups she also sent me.  AND the most kick ass circ needle kit.  almost every gauge needle tip and every cord length... essentialy making all my other needles pointless

and yet i STILL have a freezer bag of mismatched plastic and alluminum needles.  what should i do with them??  i already have dreams of making a shadow box with her wackadoo little gadgets and vintage tools.  i found this beautiful round wooden case holding 5 pristine #1 dpn's that have a tag saying its from milwaukee and cost 15 cents.... they lived in milwaukee when my mom was a baby.  so there's quite a few relics/gems in this box.  should i fashion them into little arbors for my potted plants?  is there some sort of crafty thing to make with old thin needles??
372  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: tin can strawberry planter on: April 26, 2005 08:05:03 PM
do you think there's any risk of rusting?  i have vague memories of trying the same thing with international coffee tins for an herb garden, and they rusted out within a couple monthes.  but i wonder if the cans we get red peppers and artichokes in at work might have some treatment.....  Undecided  the real problem lies in remembering to water them
373  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: yes friends, the boy knits! on: April 26, 2005 08:00:03 PM
what yarn did you use for the top of yer cat bed???  i love the colors you chose for everything  Grin
374  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dreadlock tam on: April 26, 2005 07:07:06 PM
kay, i clicked and it didn't work.... so here's what i posted...

i found one.... i found one. twas on the label of some lion brand homespun yarn. its for a beret but i altered it some. here's a try at it. i used the above yarn which is a semi chunky soft yarn you can find at any fabric store or craft store with a decent yarn section. use #8 circular needle(16", #10 circ needle(16" and #10 dpn.

rounds 1-7 k1, p1 rib

rnd 8 *k2,m1, repeat from* across round-105 sts.

rnd 9 change to larger needles and work in St st for about 3 1/2" for beret style. i did it for about 6 inches to try to make space to hold dreads. i think this is where you can best tinker with size. i think the next one i'd make even longer though as my locks might be too long or heavy for this one.


decrease as follows(change to dpn when needed)
dec rnd 1 k6 *slip 2knitwise-k1-p2sso, k12, rep from* 6 more times; k6.

K 1 rnd

dec rnd 2 k5, *slip 2knitwise-k1-p2sso, k10 rep from* 6 more times; k5.

K 1 rnd

continue decreasing in this way every other round until 7 sts remain.
(i don't know if this means do round 2 every other round... or if it means decrease in the same way aka k4....k8....k3...k6.... i did rnd 2 style for several rounds and then gradually went the "k4..k8...k3...k6" route. came out nice and rounded evenly

nest round... k2tog around until 2 rem. work 2 rnds on 2 sts to make a lil nubby thingie. break yarn and pull through remaining stitches. hide ends and web block the beret on a large dinner plate. i skipped the blocking. the opening ended up stretching out way too much to be used alone. so i slipped some thin satin ribbon through the headband like a drawstring and tied it tight on my head to custom fit it. i think if it was a little longer, it wouldn't have kept slipping it off my head. hope it makes sense!!

all good things in all good time
375  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dreadlock tam on: April 26, 2005 07:02:28 PM
i found this beret pattern on the back of a lion brand 'homespun' yarn.  i just made the non increase or decrease part by several inches.  i posted it at this dreadie forum.  if the link doesn't work, i'll copy and paste it later Smiley

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