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1  My Heated Hedgehog Habitat in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by NoelleNoodle on: December 05, 2005 09:08:03 AM
Hello!  I made this about three years ago for my (then) baby hedgehog but it's been a sort of ongoing DIY project. 

Basically I made it with a few Sterlite organizer bins, plastic-coated closet organizer shelves, ferret tubes, and a soldering wand.  It used to have a third bin as a second story but I got worried the climbing was too hard for her so I just covered that hole with duct tape. She's not even remotely interested in escaping so that's all I needed to do. 

I posted a lot more info about it on my weblog. http://www.egeltje.org/archives/diy_hedgehog_habitat.php

This fall I changed the way I regulate the temperature using reptile cage heaters on a rheostat now instead of turning on human heating pads whenever it seemed too cold.  She's much MUCH happier and more active with a consistent temperature.
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2  Setting the twist for silk blend? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by NoelleNoodle on: November 15, 2005 12:40:32 PM
Hey guys!  I'm spinning the most beautiful kitchen sink batts of dark brown kid mohair, orange merino, and white silk.  Beautiful stuff that looks like Sweet Potatoes with marshmallows.   Here's a photo I took the other day:

Isn't this stuff great?  I got it on ebay Smiley

So I'm about done now and started wondering if I should do something different to set the twist!  I usually drop the yarn in a bath of really hot water (I like the yarn to felt just a little) and baby lavender shampoo then rinse it with warm water and hang it to dry.  But I was thinking, what if the silk shrinks? 

What do you guys think?  Should I set it in cool to warm water ?  This is my first time spinning non-animal fibers so I'm a bit leery about how well the silk bits will hold the twist.  Maybe I should've done it on my wheel but for some reason this yarn wanted to be spun on the drop spindle instead.

Any suggestions?
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3  Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by NoelleNoodle on: November 11, 2005 04:48:04 PM
Speaking of spinning, I spun the yarn for the Jayne Cobb hat I knit for my best friend's boyfriend.  And I just finished it today!

I ended up doing a k2 p2 ribbing because it looked better with the homespun thick and thin yarn.  Otherwise I pretty much followed the patterns posted earlier in the thread.  The orange is merino (Louet Sales I think), the yellow is corriedale, and the red is a handdyed heinz 57 blend of western us wools.  They're all pretty soft but the merino is the softest.

There are more photos on my blog! Smiley 

Thanks for the great pattern!
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4  Reversible Autumny Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by NoelleNoodle on: November 05, 2005 04:04:49 PM
I spun some beautiful Autumnal roving from Hello Yarn about a month ago

Then last week I knit it into a big hat.

It's sort of a beret, sort of a tam, or dredsack kind of thing.  I dunno.  It's a variation on the page boy hat from stitch diva. 

I like it a lot Smiley

I have a bunch more photos and info on my blog http://www.egeltje.org/archives/jaunty_warm_hat.php

and flickr set http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlehedgehog/sets/1300070/
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5  Pets and Crafts Pics Flickr group in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by NoelleNoodle on: October 18, 2005 06:28:30 PM
Surely I'm not the only crazy person who likes taking photos of her pets and crafts together!  So I started a Flickr group.

Please come post your pics and make me feel a little less insane in my hobby.


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6  My So-called Set in Knitting: Completed Projects by NoelleNoodle on: October 14, 2005 03:53:58 PM
I didn't have enough yarn leftover from making my so-called scarf to make a hat but I wanted to use the yarn up.  So I cast on 16 stitches and followed the pattern until it was wide enough to go around my head and made a headband / earwarmer.

I was worried it was going to be too small for my friend or that it was going to stretch out over time so I added two eyelets to three alternating "purl" rows towards the end and sewed on some wooden beads I got at an estate sale to use as buttons.  So all three rows can be buttoned or they can be changed to make it a bit wider.  It would probably make a good small neckwarmer too.

Oh I used two skeins of Manos and alternated the skeins every other row.  I can't get over how the colors change in different light.

But I wrote more about that on my blog Smiley http://www.egeltje.org

And in case you haven't seen the pattern this is it:  http://www.sheepinthecity.prettyposies.com/archives/000079.html
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7  Re: Fiber Friday anyone?? in Spinning: Completed Projects by NoelleNoodle on: October 08, 2005 03:01:06 PM
Sorry I'm late to post!  I was late posting my  "fo friday" on my blog too.  But I wanted to join in Smiley

This is Peach Kelli Pop.  My second plied yarn.  And I got to ply it on my new Lendrum DT woo!


She still needs her twist set but I couldn't wait to take photos.

that stratus is gorgeous!  I have some manos that's almost that pretty.
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8  kitten mittens (pic intensive) in Knitting: Completed Projects by NoelleNoodle on: October 08, 2005 12:43:39 AM
The biggest challenge for knitting stuff for my niece and nephew has been finding something that San Diego kids will actuall be able to use.  Well, it turns out the one year old niece likes playing with mittens.  So I knit her a little pair.  But added a twist.

I had such a great time making these up.  I'll be posting the pattern for it and the little stuffed bear scarf (see below) on my weblog (http://www.egeltje.org) sometime this weekend.

Oh I also knit a fun Sloppy Slubby Scarf out of some yarn I spun last week Smiley

But I think I like the kitten mittens best Cheesy
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9  Re: Loop-d-Loop Pattern Sizes in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by NoelleNoodle on: October 03, 2005 12:03:09 PM
Hey guys!  I've gotten a few pms about how I increased the Ballet T to fit my, um "generous" curves (why, yes, my chest *is* 53 inches thanks for asking Tongue) so I thought I'd post it here in case anyone else was curious about it. 

I think Mizuriro explained it pretty nicely so I certainly don't want to detract from her post either!  I'm just explaining it in different words Smiley

re:  resizing the Loop d loop ballet T

It was totally easy to resize this pattern to fit!  Bear in mind, I bought the pattern directly off the website (http://www.loop-d-loop.com/productspages/summertops/tb.html) before buying the book and I've never taken the time to compare or find any differences between the two. 

I was aiming for a size 22-24 and the original pattern is for two size groups: 1-8 and 8-14. So I had to increase by two increments to get to my size group.

A good rule of thumb for increasing a pattern is to just count the difference in the number of stitches between the sizes. 

For example, in casting on for size 1-8 the pattern says 56 stitches, for 8-14 it says to cast on 62 stitches - the difference being six stitches.  So for sizes 14-18 you should cast on 68 stitches, or for size 20-24, add another 6 stitches for a total number of 74 stitches.

Then whenever the pattern gives a number of stitches, with the stitches for the larger size in parentheses, just add the difference between those numbers to match your size.  With this pattern the difference was usually only 1-4 stitches.

Believe me, I'm "Math is Hard Barbie." Not that I can't do it I just have no patience whatsoever where math is concerned. So the fact that I did the math on the fly for each and every number in the pattern with no writing should indicate just how easy that math was to do.

I also did a few extra shaping rows where I added a few decreases to accomodate the difference in row numbers between the sizes and rows at the bottom to add some belly coverage since the original pattern is a bit cropped for my taste, and belly size.

The particular kind of yarn I was using (two strands of Textiles a Mano "Atlanta" cotton held together) is pretty stretchy and doesn't have much "memory" so it's sort of become less fitted over time so definitely check the elastisity of your yarn too!  And, as others said, that is some bulky yarn so definitely consider how that thickness will look on you too.

So this is what it looks like

I also have a flickr set with some other photos of it if you're curious:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlehedgehog/sets/594702/

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10  Re: Knitted Pumpkin in Knitting: Completed Projects by NoelleNoodle on: September 30, 2005 03:37:08 PM
I knit a pumpkin today too!  I don't have a knifty knitter, I just followed this pattern for the larger size

It's in crystal palace cotton chenille with the stem knit in lion homespun.  I think the nephew will like it a lot.

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