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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: I did it! on: July 29, 2006 07:36:22 AM
Well congrats on the first sock!  They really are addictive to make!  Just wait till you do the 2 on 2 circs!  oooh!

About the LYS..reading about that made me really sad, I would've been mortified and probably would've performed a very unflattering crying/lashing out scene.  But I'm also sad that she's so afraid.  It sounds like she might have some post-traumatic stress disorder and could maybe use some counseling for that and definitely have someone working the same hours at the shop.  Good lord I hope the husband didn't put a gun behind the counter as well.
2  UNITED STATES / New Mexico / forming an Abq Craft Guild on: April 12, 2006 05:36:31 PM
There are several of us around town and some in my stitch n bitch group have been talking about forming oun own Albuquerque-based crafting guild and hosting our own renegade craft fair.

There are specific guilds for spinning and weaving as well as one for knitting but we're hoping for a younger, more general craft group. Sort of in the vein of the "Austin Craft Mafia" or the "Church of Craft".

Along with offering booths for our Etsy members we're hoping to sponsor fun competitions like "Ugliest first scarf", "Oldest Work in Progress", fun things like that instead of the ubercompetitive submissions they have at the fiber fiesta and state fair. 

We want to put the FUN back in Craft!

You're welcome to come by our Stitch n Bitch group - meets on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Flying Star on Rio Grande Blvd.
The stitch n bitch group weblog is:  http://abqsnb.blogspot.com/
The Snb yahoo group is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/abqsnb/

Or at the "Knitters not Quitters" group which meets on Saturdays from noon to 3 pm at Napoli Coffee on Carlisle.
The KnQ yahoo group is:

There's also a Knit Night group that meets on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 pm at the Satellite Coffee shop on Central directly across from the UNM Bookstore.
This is their Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/albuquerqueknitnight

I've run across a few others around but those are the three I've been to.

If you're interested in getting together about the guild or specific Etsy stuff I'm going to be at Napoli this Saturday for a few hours. Email me at nolnoodle@comcast.net and we can get together.

Oh, and children are welcome at the Napoli group!  There's been questions about that since we try to keep the Flying Star kid-free so the moms can have a night off to let their hair down and use their potty mouths.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: French Baby Octopi on: February 26, 2006 06:47:15 PM
I love that you made them French.  They are really cute anyway but the little beret and tags make them much more special.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Yet another scarf... but it's speshul--made by me! on: February 18, 2006 09:02:32 AM
I really like Yarn Bee yarns and I haven't seen this one before.  It's really pretty!  I like your scarf Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Shocker Mittens (Well-adjusted Adults Only): Pattern!! New Charts!! on: January 23, 2006 03:46:38 PM
Can't wait to see a shocker-along  Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Shocker Mittens on: January 18, 2006 08:41:55 PM
I always thought that was a gang sign or something.  This explains A LOT.

Oh, I just showed this to my husband (wondering if he knew what this was).  He did.  Laughed his butt off.  Then sent me this link (In deference to killerdaisy's comment, this link is somewhat adult in nature.  Offcolor language but photos are PGish. But I don't recommend following the links at the bottom of the page mmkay?)  http://www.rotten.com/library/language/the-finger/shocker/
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clapotis and Scaefer's Anne? on: January 18, 2006 08:25:40 PM

...I was figuring I'd weigh the needles I'm using, then once I get to that part, I'd weigh the knitted part plus needles, subtract weight of needles, and know how much yarn I used. Then I keep an eye on my remaining yarn until I have just a little more than the weight used to start off with, and then start decreasing. In theory it works beautifully. Lets see about reality...

Exactly!!  I do think that would work - just be sure to have a little extra.

I wish I could have gotten a second skein - I'd really love to make a big one that I can use as a wrap on chilly evenings. I may still try to find something else to make with this and wait till I can find something else ot make clapotis with. I DID just get a raise at work today - so I may celebrate that by buying some beautiful yarn! I mean... I'm used to getting a certain amount, I may as well use the first 'extra' money to splurge before I even feel it in my wallet!

Congrats about the raise!  I'm a big enabler about yarn buying so I say you deserve another skein as a reward Wink

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Moral support/will this work? - Felted chullo on: January 18, 2006 08:45:00 AM
I think it will work although it might be a good idea to knit on larger needles like 10s or 11s to give it more room to felt without shrinking too much.  Maybe make the earflaps a bit bigger (like 15-20% bigger) so they won't shrink too quickly.  Lamb's Pride felts beautifully!  I think you can pull it off!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clapotis and Scaefer's Anne? on: January 18, 2006 08:38:39 AM
I made a clap a little bit bigger than the "mini" version (http://www.midnightknitter.com/knitpixiepatterns/uploads/clapotis_bamboo.htm) with about 550 yards of Noro Cash Iroha - which is a worsted weight and I used US 8s.  With a fingering weight you might want to use larger needles.

I did section 2 two and a half times rather than the one and a half called in the "mini" so it was a bit wider, and was suitable as a small shoulder wrap after blocking.  You can see photos of it here:

I was working with 99 yard balls and I noted that it took approx 1 ball to get to Section 3 - the "straight part" - so I just kept repeating Section 3 until I had a little over a ball left - being sure I had some extra yarn just in case - then started the decreases.  So if you can find a way to note how much yarn it took to get through the increases you'll have a very good idea of how much it'll take to decrease.  That way you will be sure that you have enough to finish it when you need to.

Does that make sense?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knit to quit on: January 18, 2006 08:20:45 AM
Way to go!!  I didn't take up knitting until two years after I quit smoking (January 29th will be my third year anniversary of quitting!!) but I really wish I'd been knitting when I first quit - it really would've helped!  Have to say, Zyban/Wellbutrin and the Nicoderm CQ patch worked well for me, but I think knitting would've kept me from eating so many salsa-flavored sunflower seeds.  And I would have more finished stuff too!

Good luck!!
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