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1761  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Stitch Marker Swap - Round 2 (Sign up (5/15/05-5/27/05, Mail Out: 6/13/05) on: May 23, 2005 06:59:09 PM
So I don't think I qualify for this swap cause I just joined craftster this month, but it seems like so much fun and I've been meaning to try my hand at some cool stitch markers.
Is is possible for me to join anyway?Huh  I was thinking I could mail to my partner and they would only have to mail back when they received my markers.
Sorry if I'm being totally out of line by asking this, I just thought I'd try.
1762  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Orangina a-long on: May 23, 2005 03:31:41 PM
All the finished tops look great!
So I have what's probably a stupid question about the ribbing, I'm about 10inches into the second piece and hoping to get it tonight. I noticed that it's 3/3 ribbing and the number of stitches isn't divisable by three. Have people just been decreasing by one stitch when they get to the ribbing? I feel like I might be missing something there.
1763  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Cleaves? on: May 19, 2005 05:37:56 PM
Those of you who used Wool-ease chunky,
did it knit to around the same gauge on 10.5 needles, or did you change the pattern around some?
And I'm assuming from the thread that it's not that scratchy cause it's mostly acrylic?
I'm making Orangina right now and I think I need a nice big needle project next.
1764  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting needles on airplanes? on: May 19, 2005 02:24:36 PM
I wouldn't worry about this cause it happened about two years ago and I think there was craziness involved, but my mother actually had a bag of yarn confiscated at security. She had no needles or scissors, just the yarn she was bringing me as a gift. She was told it was a restraining device (!) and all I'll say about that is that it was black mohair with a gold fleck.
Luckily she complained to a really nice lady at the airline when getting on her flight and she thought it was so ridiculous that she picked it up at security for my mother and mailed it to me.
The punchline is that when my mother got on the plane, the woman in front of her was actually knitting!
That's the thing about security, you never can tell when you're going to get someone crazy/ drunk with power and you really have no rights in those situations, so anything can happen.
1765  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitty Suprises! on: May 19, 2005 01:24:55 PM
I actually thought the tank was really cool. Trust me- there are no kids anywhere near the vicinity of my future, but now that I'm 27 so many of my friends and co-workers seem to be expecting. Most of my knitting friends and I seem making an endless stream of baby sweaters and I thought a cool alternative for the mother was a really neat idea.
That said the doll patterns really do seem like a pretty niche market, since very few people must own those dolls- although the pictures were really cute.
Maybe I'm just easily pleased Smiley
1766  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Orangina a-long on: May 17, 2005 11:35:50 AM
but i really need some inspiration to keep going on orangina. any ideas?

This is what worked for me. I found if I count through the rows by counting to 9 instead of repeating the pattern, it's much easier not to lose count. Each of the yarn overs count as 1 and after a few times I had it memorized that if I'm saying 5 I should be doing a k2tog etc.... Since I started doing that I've been able to knit this while watching TV again.
Also if I'm in the middle of a row and think I might have lost concentration I count to the end in multiples of nine. If there's the wrong number of stitches left over I know I messed up the pattern and can pick back sooner than later. I find I'll go for a while with no mistakes and then I inevitably have to correct a row or two- but the lace is so pretty it's really worth it Smiley
Sorry if this is obvious advice- I just thought I'd share what's working for me.
1767  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Orangina a-long on: May 16, 2005 12:29:30 PM
Hey everyone,
I'm knitting Orangina right now too. I'm using a linen/viscose yarn in a lime green- sort of shot with yellow- that I bought at Stitches West. I'm really excited with how it's turning out, especially since it took forever to decide on what to make with this yarn and I think the lace shows off the yarn really well. It's my  first lace project so I'm really proud- and amazed at how such a simple repeat makes something that looks so fancy.
I have one question so far, do you think it matters what line of the pattern to leave off with when I finish either the front or back? I think it would be good to end on a purl row, but do I need to finish off the pattern repeat?
Can't wait to see everyone's progress
1768  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: hitchhiker's guide marvin the cuddly android - pattern included on: May 16, 2005 11:54:24 AM
I just watched the movie this weekend and all I could think about was how knitting this guy just jumped to the head of my really long 'must knit' list!
Thanks so much for the pattern!!
1769  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Furry knitted Teddy Bear on: May 11, 2005 01:20:47 PM
Thanks for all the great compliments! This is my first post on this site, but wow is it ever rewarding!  Grin
I got the pattern off e-bay so I don't know it it's possible to find, but it was "Annie's Attic" called 'Knit Teddy Bear' and the number is 892691. On the back it lists a website AnniesAttic.com and a number 1 800 LV-ANNIE for catalogs.
It came out really differently from the pattern because of the yarn substitution, but it's such a straightforward pattern it's easy to just pick a yarn and see what you get. I used the furry yarn with it's recommended needles and didn't worry at all about gauge and I think I got lucky.  I can't remember the yarn type, but I think I have an extra ball hidden somewhere in my yarn stash so I'll try to find it. It was more of a fluff type than an eyelash and was really soft and easy to knit with.
1770  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Furry knitted Teddy Bear on: May 10, 2005 04:38:03 PM
Here's a guy I knitted about two years ago. I substituted worsted weight yarn with furry yarn and he came out great. Kind of big, but very cuddly. I've never posted on any forum before, but Mr. Bear wanted to show himself off.

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