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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Because I don't already have enough to do! Would you use a site like this? on: March 07, 2006 02:48:12 PM
Someone came up with a suggestion in the Clapotis KAL thread that echoed an idea I've been tossing around for a while now, so in an effort to avoid working I did a bit of research to see what all would be involved in implementing my idea. Now that I *think* I know how to do it, I thought I'd throw my idea out to the masses and see what  you all think.

My idea is to start a site where some of the very common patterns are listed, with a database of info about them, such as yarn used, colorway, needle size, # of repeats done, comments, changes, etc..  People would just have to fill in a form with all the relevant information, and the site would be searchable by pattern.. or by a specific yarn.. or other assorted criteria. And maybe even link to a photo of the finished piece.

I know that personally, I would LOVE a site like this... it would be great for when I saw a pattern I liked and wanted to substitute the yarn with another since that way I would be able to look up who used what, and see how it looks. The success of the site would be heavily dependent on people actually taking the time to enter their project once they finished working on something - that's my biggest concern - WOULD people take the time to do that?

I'm fairly new at the whole database thing, but I'm pretty sure that with a lot of caffiene and late nights, I could pull off something like this. Besides, I'm looking for a new challenge in the web design/development area. But before I go through the effort, I want to make sure that there is an interest/need for such a site.

Thoughts, comments, feedback? Please? If I DO go through with it, I know I'll be asking for a lot of opinions and feedback about it from the members here since this is the biggest knitting community that I am a part of. So I want to make sure that all of you would actually be interested in it, and not get totally fedup of me for asking questions concering what you'd like to see on the site and the such.

Can't wait to see what you all think!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The ethics of knitting for someone else... on: February 22, 2006 10:06:39 AM
Here's something I've been wondering about for a while...

I know most knitters love to make things for others. Not me. I've been burned by making things for people who don't appreciate the time/effort put into something, not to mention the cost. So with a *very* few and rare exceptions, I no longer make handmade gifts for people.

But.. what happens when someone sees something I've made and decides to ask me to make it for them.. the only way I'll do it is if they pay me for my time. So what happens.. when the pattern is a freebie, such as clapotis (I'm on a clappy kick, and I have someone who'se been eyeing my progress on it and I have a feeling is gearing up to ask me for one) There's no way I'm going through all that work w/o being compensated for it.

BUT.. those patterns are for personal use only.. not to make to sell.. so how do the ethics behind this work? Is there any difference between me making something and sticking it up on ebay trying to make some money.. and someone seeingthe pattern and wanting to pay me specifically for my time (and materials of course) for making something they don't have the skills to make themselves?

Suggesting I teach them to knit... yeah, I thought of it too.. but the idea is quite ludicrious if you know the people involved. Most of them are of the generation that DID learn to knit/sew/etc as kids in india. But very few ever got particularly talented at it.. and none of them can be bothered with it any more - they're the kind who'd rather pay the big bucks and have it made for them or buy whatever it is they want from some designer boutique.

I'd LOVE to hear opinions on such a situation..I'm sure that I'm not the first person to come across it and I'd like to be prepared for when I'm faced with it. I don't want to go against the ethics/copyrights/etc.

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas needed for a 'manly' blanket/afghan... on: February 16, 2006 09:41:29 AM
Years and years ago I made a friend an afghan for christmas.. the last time I saw it was 3 years ago.. and it was looking pretty ratty (ie, it's been well used and well loved over the years).. Said friend is now moving this week and I'm thinking that this year a replacement afghan is in order for his birthday gift / belated house warming present.

I'm much better at knitting now than I used to be 7 years ago when I made the original afghan, and I want this piece to reflect that improved skill level. But it needs to be 'manly' .. my friend is absolutly an unfussy type person.. something simple.. he'd be happy with big squares of garter sewed together all in the same color with the rows alternating vertically/horizontally if I wanted to do that. But that would bore me out of my mind to make.

I've droped a not even remotely subtle hint to make sure he really wants one.. and I'm pretty sure he does. SO even though I"m currently bogged down in WIPs... as soon as I finish a couple of them I'm going to start on this.. so  I wanted to start thinking of ideas/design...

I want it to be made in pieces - so that it's portable and I can take it with me. Also.. sections of plain stockingette are ok.. I have no qualms about doing those on my bond knitting machine and spending my time hand knitting just parts of it that will make up the detail/design of it.

It will probably be fairly monotone.. most likely blue. And made of acrylic .. he's a guy.. care and feeding of expensive yarns just doesn't happen.. I'd hate to make something our of wool to find out he felted it accidently. Not to mention.. COST! This thing is going to be sized either as a blanket on the bed, or a huge afghan to go on the couch of a 6"++ person.. so it needs to be big. I don't think I can afford nice wool in such quantities!

I keep picturing large panels or squares (16 inches maybe?) of stockingette with strips of heavy cables between them holding the stockingette together. The plain sections could be machine knit, and the cables could be hand knit  in looong strips and the whole thing sewedtogether.

Has anyone seen a finished piece like this...? Or any other manly afghans/blankets that might be a good candidate for this gift? Maybe a suggestion for a yarn that I can make this with? Lion brand something?

I'm sure that with all the knitters here, there's someone who's designed or made something similar to this before.. i'd LOVE to see it if you have!!

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tempting gets Liberated.. on: February 13, 2006 08:34:42 PM
I meant to make tempting. I really did. But I'm not a verry ribbony person. And I was scared to death that it would fall off me.  So I started with minor little tweaks - decreases to narrow it  as I worked the yoke. Then, I thought that wasn't enough... while I loved just where the neckline fell, it was too low on my shoulders still.. so I added short rowing around the neck and shoulders to raise the back... ended up with a curved neckline.

I renamed this sweater Liberation.. because it is the first time I ever took a pattern and made it my own.

I love love LOVE how it fits me. I'm busty.. and I think this is one of those sweaters that helps with the 'if you got it, flaunt it' look. I just can't wear it with any of my tight jeans because it gives my tummy rolls that show through the sweater. But I think it'll look great with a black skirt.

More pictures over at my gallery: http://www.artsygal.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=12

I'll put detailed info on the changes I made on my blog.. uh.. eventually..
15  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southeast / NE PHilly knitters? on: February 13, 2006 10:51:24 AM
I tried starting a knitting/crochet group in NE Philly a while ago and it fell flat on its face. We were meeting at the starbucks on 2nd Street pike and Street Rd... though I would have loved to make it a little less NE .. find a location near US 1... somewhre between Woodhaven and Grant.. or about 5 miles or so from that area.. Franklin Mills mall area is also good.

Does anyone know of a group in that area.. or is interested in joining one and has any suggestions for a place to meet?  I know myself.. if it's not very close to me.. I'll never want to drive all the way to it. And I know that there's a knitting guild that meets in a library right around that area already.. but 1) they only meet once a month, 2) Even at the age of 29, I felt a good 20 years  too young to be there. I'd love something that meets every other week at the least.. or even every week..

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Guages and swatches and needles oh my! on: February 09, 2006 07:26:37 PM
I'm sitting here swatching for clapotis. I'm sitting on my bed, surrounded by 8 balls of noro silk garden... with THREE swatches going at once on 3 different needle sizes. And as i keep going from one to the other trying to decide which I like best.. here's some thoughts I'm tossing around about yardage...

Same size swatch, different needle size: If I were to knit a 5"x5" square of stockingette using the exact same yarn.. once on size 8 and once on size 10.. the size 8 one would use more yarn. This is because the size 10 gives me a looser fabric.. more holes in it.. hence less yarn being used. The denser fabric is using more yarn to fill al those holes.

Same number of stitches, different needle size: If I were to cast on 20 stitches and knit 20 rows of stockingette in the same yarn.. once on size 8 and once on size 10 needles, the size 10 swatch would use more yarn - because both swatches have a total of 400 stitches (20x20) but the larger needles make bigger loops, hence more yardage needed.

Am I on the right track? Am I completly wrong? Has anyone ever actually experimented with this? I tossed this out on the knitty chat room where I am now, and none of us have any idea.. so I figured I'd ask here.

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cell phone cozy for the Razr? on: February 09, 2006 11:01:44 AM
Yup.. I joined the masses and got the Razr for my new cell phone so I can be like a billion other people out there...  BUT.. all the cases I see for it are just.. FUGLY... OR.. don't have a hole in them so I can see the display on the front. One of my reasons for getting it was the picture caller ID.. i can see a picture of whoever it is that's calling me. So there's no point in a case that covers that display is there?

Has anyone made something for this phone? I'd LOVE to see it if you have!

18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Desperately seeking... a name for my blog! on: February 03, 2006 10:37:05 AM
Ok ok. so I caved under the pressure. I want a blog. I want to show off pretty pictures of all my finished objects. I want people to oooh.. and ahhhh over my stuff and leave me little notes and comments.

My problem? I'm a numbskull when it comes to picking usernames / etc etc.. I want something fun.. some thing creative... just.. something good! I already own the artsygal.net domain name.. so it'll be along the lines of http://?Huh?.artsygal.net  ...

In the blog will be - my ramblings about my knitting... but I also crochet... I cook, decorate cakes and cookies, redecorate my apartment, dabble a little in sewing/quilting. I want a space where I can consolidate everything for my assorted hobbies together I guess. And I want a witty name. The only witty names I can think of involve only one hobby, not all of them. The only name I can think of that covers all of them isn't incredibly witty ( MadeBy.Artsygal.net) Told you it was blah!

Soooo.. I'm beseeching all you clever witty funny lovely people to help me here! Pretty please?
With sprinkles on top yet?


19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I want to make the clapotis from KnitandTonic's blog.... on: January 31, 2006 09:58:17 AM

This one. I did a google image search for clapotis.. and fell in love with this one. I've gone out and bought the exact same yarn even.. 8 balls. I'm ready to cast on. Then it hit me - I have NO idea what size needles she used, nor do I have any idea how many repeats she did.

I've looked all over the blog hopingto find a way to email wendy and ask her - no good. If it's there I'm blind. So I'm having to resort to all of you here... does any one have any suggestions on what needle size to use for Silk Garden? Any suggestions how many repeats to make to get that size - which is *perfect* for what I want... or even a way to contact the owner of that blog so I can ask her myself?

I'd be ooohhh.. sooo grateful!

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I feel so productive! on: January 29, 2006 09:16:14 PM
I've been itching to try making an actual pair of socks - and finally last night I cast on. What do I use - a worsted weight yarn? Of course not. I picked a pattern that uses size 0 (yes, ZERO)  needles.. and a yarn that gives me 12 stitches per inch. 

I was prepared to proceed at about an inch a day.. IF I was lucky. So far today I've knitted a good 6 inches!  I feel SO productive!

Lets hope I keep going at this pace... I'd like to actually finish these socks while the weather is still cold - I love to wear socks around the house in the evenings to keep my feet warm.

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