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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A knitted throw or blanket? on: July 28, 2006 11:00:57 AM
what's your favorite pattern, how long did it take, did you enjoy it, is it a free pattern (gotta love free)?

I've decided to make friends a blanket as a very very very late wedding gift.  I just can't find a pattern that I LOVE and want to make.  Let's see what you got!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hour Glass Sweater question on: January 13, 2006 12:05:51 PM
OK that makes it 45....now I feel chubby. Cry 

I was hoping for the 41, but I have the right amount of yarn and I'd hate to put all that work and cash into it and it be too small.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hour Glass Sweater question on: January 13, 2006 11:12:27 AM
Perhaps this should be in the Last Minute Knitted Gifts post, but I need help not finished projects.

So I'm going to start knitting "soon".  I have a measurement question, my size selection is 41 or 45 in the chest.  I'm in the middle of the two (closer to 41 and closing in on it....thank you new gym membership!).  I'm not a tight knitter so would knitting up to a 45 be better or is a 41" chest a better choice?  I have a really broad back (ex swimmer) and am tall....5-10, but length additions I can handle.

I know the sweater isn't suppose to be roomy, but how much room is in those measurements to begin with? 

I've got enough yarn for the 45, but I was hoping I could add some length to the sleeves (sleeves are never long enough for me) and not need more yarn.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Socks questions on: January 09, 2006 03:19:47 PM
Hey I posted a sock question earlier!  While I've been knitting for a while and do work on dpns I was always like "No WAY am I doing socks they take forever and are on tiny tiny needles!".  Well we were in our LYS this weekend and the hubby spied the self patterning sock yarns and couldn't believe that they knit up into a pattern (more than just a stripe!) so we (I) bought some (1 ball for 2 socks) and am working on it now.  I think I got it.  It's pretty cool, very masculine and eye catching.  Google self patterning sock yarn (I found lots that way).  Then head on down to the LYS and ask to see their stash.

dpns aren't too terrible to work with, I find it goes fast, and I haven't droped a stitch yet!  I also picked up a pattern (on recommendation by the really nice sales woman - she said that this was the pattern she learned/became addicted to socks on) Fiber Trends Hellen's Favorite Socks, ask for it, thus far no problems, but I haven't hit a heel yet! 
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Self Patterning Sock Yarn question on: January 09, 2006 01:14:08 PM
Cool, I'll keep going then.

Problem is the 1 yarn the husband picked didn't have a sock picture to go with it....I have no idea what this is going to look like. I'll do a search tonight when I have all the bits on me.  I "think" it will be some striped thing with checkerboard patterning and some v patterning in areas.

Thus far I have stripe of tan and a strip of purple and white blobs and now I'm working on something in red and white blobs....

I will remain calm...
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Self Patterning Sock Yarn question on: January 09, 2006 12:59:47 PM
So I've decided to take the sock plunge and knit up some self patterning socks.  The hubby didn't believe that it would work so I bought the yarn to prove him wrong and make him something.

Thus far...and I'm not far, he's right, I can't get it to pattern.

I'm using a simple sock pattern, because there wasn't one included with the yarn.  I think my problem is with gauge.  Do I need to be the gauge that the pattern says I should be or do I need to be the gauge that the yarn says to knit up in?  I don't have the label with me right now, but it's something like needles: 2-3 (check, I'm using 2) and then like 30 stitches per 4 inch (but the pattern I'm using is 7 per inch or 28 per 4 in). 

Ugh....maybe I should keep knitting and wait until I've done an inch or so...how anoying.  I bought the pattern and sock yarn together at Knit Happens (their ad is usually here - and I live in DC)  they were so friendly and knowledgable, I hope they didn't stear me wrong.

7  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Re: DC area fabric stores! on: December 30, 2005 06:15:22 AM
Coming in really late here, but thought I'd add my .02

G-Street is fantastic, it's nationally known for their fabric and the classes they offer are fun (expensive, but fun).  White Flint is the better metro and the stop puts you right at the corner of the strip mall it's located in (there's also a very good AC Moore with a nice yarn selection - as far as box store yarn selections go).

I've noticed that G-Street prices are about 20% more than what I can find elsewhere (I've bought upholstery stuff as well as fabrics there).  So if you have the time to browse then surf it might be worth it, but if not there are worse ways to spend that 20%.  the quilters fabrics are fantastic, the evening fabrics and bridal fabrics are just sooo nice (just to look at, and at $100 a yard I'm not going to be buying that any time soon, if ever!).

I work (on and off...right now off) at the Greenbelt/College Park Jo-Ann.  We do have a good selection of fabric there.  It's about a mile from the Greenbelt Metro (walkable, but there are buses too).  If you're looking for something fun it's worth checking out.  We have a huge selection of Asian inspired fabrics (the shiny silky stuff) and we're getting more Indian styled fabrics (for saries - ok that's spelt wrong)...mainly because of the area the store is located in.

And please let me plug Zipcar (as I'm a member - but there are other carshares in DC).   It's a great way to get to these places if you aren't a car owner.  You pay by the hour and you don't need insurance or to pay for the gas (it's included).  They're located ALL OVER DC and at many Metro stops.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: 1 year until wedding gift? on: November 08, 2005 01:30:05 PM
A countdown calender?  365 days to go before the big day.  Each day has the days remainding and a reason why you're getting married/love this person.

I did a similar thing, less than a years worth, it's hard, but 4 years later he still gets the deck out and reads thru it.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Flannel cloth? on: November 08, 2005 01:02:22 PM
I've made burp cloths from cloth diapers, and then dressed them up with cotton edging.  So if you just one the cloth so you can do the design I'd skip making them and buy as your first step.

If you want flannel then yes I'd do some very thin layer of batting.  A quilter made some cloths for me and she used batting.  Adds some protection because NOTHING gets spit up stains out 100% (and babies always find the Dry Clean Only stuff to spit up on).

Remember to wash your fabric in HOT because many moms wash in hot to "sterilize" their baby items.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Ideas on what to make for baby shower? (newbie to crafting) on: October 26, 2005 09:10:37 AM
Do you have a sewing machine?  Easy gift is a tab blanket.  2 pieces of fleece (or flannel or if you're really lucky and find Minky use that...mmm minky). with some looped ribbons around the edge and sew it up!  There's directions on this board to making them.  I guess you could do it by hand, but a machine is quicker.

No machine?  A tied fleece blanket.  2 pieces of fleece (you could do a basketball theme on one side and something more "baby" on the other.  So 2 pieces of fleece, cut 1" wide by 4" or so long strips around the edge of it (so it looks like fringe) Do this on both sides (cutting them together is a good idea).  Tie the two sides together and you're done.  Very easy.

Theoretically you could teach yourself to knit and make baby booties...check out the knitting board and in particular "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" thread....fantastic booties in under 2 hours.
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