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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Thoughts on Solder Paste? on: May 16, 2008 10:55:09 AM
Has anyone used solder paste before?  I've only used sheet solder in my jewelry pieces, and I don't have a ton of experience with it, so I'm wondering if there are any drawbacks to solder paste.  It seems like it would be much easier to work with, so not only am I considering using it for my own work, I'm also thinking of using it in my high school art classroom.  Any advice?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Taking a sweater IN? on: November 23, 2007 09:33:07 AM
I knit a sweater for my dad last Christmas...and after an entire year, he has finally admitted that it's too big! I'm wondering if I could seam the sides and arms to make them smaller.  I don't know if it makes a difference, but I knit the sweater in the round, so there aren't any seams to begin with.  I know I could mattress stitch the sides and arms and I read something about even maching sewing them...but I guess my biggest question is, what do I do with the excess material?  Is there a way to remove the excess without having the whole thing unravel?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Rule for cable "shrinkage"? on: July 15, 2007 01:49:42 PM
Does anyone know if there is a formula or a general rule of thumb for how much a cable will pull in a garment?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Reversing a cable chart? on: July 07, 2007 11:12:56 AM
I am attempting to knit a Gedifra pattern that seems to have some major errors in it.  Since it's a raglan sleeved sweater anyway, I was thinking of scrapping the pattern and just knitting it top-down.  My question is, how do I follow the cable chart?  Upside down and backwards?  Would I have to reverse the direction of the cables?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Photo transfers on glass? on: April 27, 2007 05:31:14 AM
I'd like to do some photo transfers onto microscope slide glass.  Unless there's a tricky wat to do it yourself, I'm assuming I need special photo transfer paper...anyone know where I can get it or what would be the best kind to get for an inkjet printer?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Twinkle Shopping Tunic on: April 22, 2007 12:28:41 PM
What a quick knit!  I used 3 skeins of Twinkle Soft Chunky in "urchin" and knit the size small even though I am NOT a size small, because the tunic is so stretchy.  The pattern is from Twinkle's Big City Knits, and can also be found in Vogue Knitting Holiday 2005.

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Am I making this up? on: April 18, 2007 07:50:03 AM
I made some flat polymer clay pendants and I want to give them a nice finished edge.  Is there a material out there that's like a very thin, soft ribbon of metal that could be folded around the edge and burnished into place?  I have no idea what it would be called.  Did I make this up?  If so, any suggestions for finishing techniques that don't require a blowtorch?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace Hoodie on: April 14, 2007 03:58:50 PM
This pattern is from Rebecca 32.  I used Patons Classic Wool Merino on size 8 needles.  I made just a few small modifications.  I knit the body in the round, and eliminated one pattern repeat, because the lace pattern was so stretchy. I also knit the sleeves to three-quarter length, rather than full length.
I have to block the hood again, but other than that I'm pretty happy with it!

I'll never actually wear the hood up, but the construction is pretty interesting.  There's a goofy picture of the hood here:http://flickr.com/photos/knitchick2/459065077/

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What size should I knit?? on: April 01, 2007 04:21:16 PM
I'm going to knit the Ruffled Surplice from the current issue of Interweave. Photo here: http://flickr.com/photos/knitchick2/425904129/

The smallest size is for a 33.5" chest, and the next size up is for a 37.5" chest. I'm a bit small-chested, so my chest size falls right in between those two measurements, but I'm afraid the rest of me would look better in the larger size.   (I usually take a medium in store-bought clothes, if that helps.)  Or is this the kind of pattern that would look better with some negative ease?  I'm using a cotton blend yarn for this pattern, so it won't have much stretch, but might loosen up over time.  And it's a wrap sweater, which would probably allow some room for error, but I'm not sure which side to err on!

My apologies if that was too much information,  Cheesy but if anyone has thoughts or suggestions, I'd really appreciate it!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Zip-Up Hoodie (with link to tutorial!) on: March 13, 2007 05:04:06 AM
This hoodie is a combination of several free patterns, a little bit of math, and some top-down raglan know-how.  I posted a tutorial on my blog for anyone who is interested!

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