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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Alternate uses for leg wax? on: August 03, 2009 07:14:01 AM
Does anyone have any ideas for other things one can do with leg wax besides waxing one's legs? 

I bought one of those $10 at-home leg waxing kits at the drug store - two of them actually - and used up 1 and a bit of the second before deciding it's not for me (shaving is more efficient and more effective).  But I hate to just through away this whole jar. 

If you've never used leg wax, it's very sticky and gooey, somewhat liquid at room temp (though you microwave it gently for application). 

And what the heck, here are the ingredients:
Corn syrup, fructose, glucose, saccaride hydrolysate, sucrose, glycerin, water, chamomila recutita flower extract, carica papaya fruit extract, honey, lemon juice, lemon peel oil, acetic acid, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben.

Any ideas???

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beaverslide Cobblestone on: May 06, 2008 06:19:44 PM

It's been a long time since I've posted here.  And this sweater was a long time in coming, too. 

Pattern: Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood (Interweave Knits Fall 2007)
Size: 43" chest
Yarn: Beaverslide Mulespun, 90% wool/10% mohair, color: mink
Mods: Cast on 10 fewer stitches for the cuffs and that's IT.  This pattern is just about perfect. 

I love this pattern and I love this yarn and it would seem that A. loves his sweater! 

See all the invisible shortrows that make this sweater fit so well? 

No, you can't, can you!  That's because they're brilliantly invisible.  Jared is awesome.

I can't recommend the pattern or the yarn enough - more details on my blog.

Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Warm hands for a cold house - Rib & Cable Mitts in Gloss on: February 27, 2008 10:12:16 AM
Rib and cable mitts from IK Spring 2006 (http://www.interweaveknits.com/preview/2006_spring.asp), in Knit Picks Gloss, burgundy:

I love them!  But they're not for me, actually; they're for my sister in Seattle whose house is basically uninsulated (Seattle's warm, but not that warm).  Of course I took so long making them that it's just about spring there now.  Her hands are bigger than mine, so they're a little long on me:

So far, Gloss worked really well for these.  The pattern calls for sport weight, and Gloss is fingering/sock weight, so I just cast on 52 stitches instead of 48 and added a rib at the outer edge of the hand.  We'll see how the yarn wears. 

But because the gauge is smaller, I kind of feel like I'd like a proportionally bigger cable.  Well, next time!  (This is my second pair, and I wear last year's all the time.  I think I'm just going to keep making them.)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock help! Stuck on the Widdershins heel.... on: February 01, 2008 12:58:05 PM
I'm pretty good at figuring out knitting problems, but am not an experienced sock knitter and I got myself in a minor puzzle with the heel on widdershins http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer06/PATTwiddershins.html.

Thing is, I didnt make gauge for these socks, but I didnt worry about it. I just made toe increases till it fit and generally adjusted as I went.

Now Im at the turning of the heel, though, and Im lost because my stitch counts are off and I dont really know what hers mean, so dont know how to make adjustments. I've only ever done one pair of toe-up socks before (and never cuff-down), but they had a short row heel, and I need some help with the concept of the toe-up gusseted heel.  Can you help?

At the end of the Gusset section, it says 74 stitches. I assume thats total, on all four needles, but not clear how they should be distributed. I have 80, with 29 on the cably part (needles 1 & 2) and 51 on the heel gusset part (needles 3 & 4) theyre uneven because of the recent gusset increases.

So then in the pattern you knit 31, m1, k1 w&t - should that be all the way across the back of the heel? Doesnt seem like it, since there would have to be much more than 37 st there (that is, by her count, not mine). If not all the way across, then, how far?

And then the # of stitches you purl on the next row jumps down to 17 and Im not sure why.

If I understood how it was supposed to work, I could probably make up the numbers, or fudge them. Can someone explain, or point me to an explanation somewhere?

Alternately, is there a mathematical way to convert this heel formula to my sock?

Thanks so much if you can help!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The brainmonsters got my nephew! From both ends! on: January 12, 2008 01:33:20 PM

Pattern: Brainmonster by the awesome Cyn (adult size for cartoon-head kid)

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, red, 1 skein + Dalegarn Free Style Superwash wool (white), 1 skein (together enough for the hat, slippers, and mittens)

Needles: #6

This pattern rocks.  Worked perfectly!  Though would have turned out a bit too small if I'd been making it for me. 

Still had yarn, still had time, so....

For this one, I just used my Grandma's slipper pattern (http://merp.wordpress.com/2007/02/24/grandma-slippers-i-take-up-the-torch-needle/ and added some teeth and a tongue. 

More detail, more pics of both on my blog. 

Too cool for words.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Seattle and Singapore Market Bags on: January 05, 2008 10:58:42 AM
Over the course of the past 6 mos., I made 2 Saturday Market Bags (http://www.magknits.com/June06/patterns/market.htm):

One is for my mom, who is about to move from the suburbs into Seattle, and the other is for my boyfriend's mom, who just moved from Salt Lake to Singapore.  Big lifestyle changes, meriting new shopping bags, in my opinion.

I used Tahki Chat Print, a discontinued cotton tape yarn, for both.  And modded both quite a bit, inspired by disdressed (http://disdressed.blogspot.com/2006/08/string-bag.html).  I did 2 handles instead of one (more strength, and easier to open and load), used some seed stitch instead of stretchier garter stitch, and added a reinforced base. 

There are some more pics and more explanation on my blog. 

These are, I think, great bags!  I hope they wear well!

(Oh, and they didn't actually take 6 mos. to knit.  I made some other things, too.  Wink)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stripy hemp raglan for cartoon-head nephew! on: December 16, 2007 01:30:27 PM
I regret that I cannot bring you a photo of the cartoon-head itself (will try to bring one back from Xmas), but my dog will stand in:

I "designed" this myself using one of the top-down calculators you can find online: http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/topdown.cfm (not much of a feat of design, on my part)

My nephew is 4, and though my sister says he's stocky for his age, nonetheless his head circumference is only 1/4" less than his chest/tummy circ.!  So I put in that button band to get it over his head. 

Unfortunately, it only just fits him now - not good enough for the year ahead - so I'm planning to add some length when I go home next week.

The yarn was Hemp for Knitting #102 Allhemp6, and though it's stiff to knit with, it's wonderfully soft and durable once you put it through the washer & dryer.

More pics & info on my blog: http://merp.wordpress.com/2007/12/16/stripey-hemp/
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / DIY Furniture pads - great idea, iffy execution (4 pics) on: December 10, 2007 05:09:05 PM

Ok, this topic actually isn't that crafty, just diy, and ugly diy at that.  So I thought I'd start it off with this magnificent, very crafty, handmade heirloom, a chest my grandma's cousin painted for her back in the 1930s.  I recently inherited this and another chest, and though neither were in anything close to pristine condition, their well-being is further challenged in this new environment of jumping and barfing cats, dripping plants, and general sloppiness. 

I needed something that would not merely protect them from biofluids, but also gouges and heavy things.  But have you ever priced furniture pads?  It's ridiculous, for a little piece of foam.

So I made a couple myself.  On the whole, I did a horrible job, but they accomplish their mission:

I bought a huge sheet of insulation sheathing--very dense pink stuff about 1/2 inch thick, found in the building materials section of Home Depot.  It needed to be denser than regular packing styrofoam to withstand heavy houseplants and cats and the occasional ill-placed thumb. 

Cut it to size, and cover with contact paper.  Seems simple enough.  But actually, the original piece of insulation wasn't cut at right angles, which made all my measurements (t-square and all) completely wrong, plus I suck at contact paper, as you can see above. 

But then I learned about the hair dryer trick and the next one came out much nicer.

Total cost: approx. $12
And they will certainly be very durable. 
Plus, I have a lot of foam left over for a wonderfully huge blocking board for knitting.

Hope someone finds this idea useful and does a nicer job than me!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / What to make for a Deadhead baby.... on: November 11, 2007 04:07:27 PM

This was a quick, almost spur-of-the-moment knit for a friend's baby's first birthday.  She's not even remotely a deadhead (the mom, I mean.  I don't know about the baby), but i had this skein of colorful yarn from the Target $1 bin, and it turned out to be even more colorful than I thought.....

Pattern: Baby/Kid's Earflap Hat: http://heyjulie.wordpress.com/2007/03/20/babykids-earflap-hat/

It's a great pattern, easy to read and cute and all-purpose and stuff!

A couple more pics on my blog. 

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sahara - but with eyelet lace (3 pix) on: September 08, 2007 03:23:35 PM
I finally finished my Sahara! 

As usual, I'm well behind the curve, I suppose.  But I'll just say, as everyone else has: this is a wonderful pattern! 

I used Goshen yarn from yarn.com (cotton/modal/silk) - inexpensive and I loved it.  And of course made some mods to the shaping.  Also left off the lace at the bottom hem (didn't need to be drawing the eye there, you know). 

I kept trying the lace in the pattern and just didn't like how it was coming out - too poofy - so I replaced it with this eyelet rib lace from the Vogue Stitchionary:

Here they are, compared: 

More pictures and talk on my blog. 

Thanks for looking!  Hope lots more people are encouraged to knit this - it's surprisingly easy!

P.S. Not exactly rare knowledge, but I should include the pattern source, shouldn't I?  http://www.stitchdiva.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SDS-031
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