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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Questions about some of my knitting failures on: December 24, 2017 01:49:07 PM
I have a couple of questions since I'm wondering how to avoid these knitting failures. Smiley Thanks in advance if anyone can help.

I guess I can't post photos in this post, though I've done it before but anyway here is the link to my member gallery, photos of these knitting mistakes are posted there:

I got a set of round knitting looms. I made this gray hat which I was proud of when I finished, because it was the first thing I'd made. But upon further inspection and trying it on, I realized that my hand, or my forehead when I wear it, is totally visible.

I tried to find an answer online and some pages said to use 2 strands of yard instead of one. I made a beige hat like this. It was SO difficult to do on the loom, and I tried to leave it as loose as I could and it was still super tight and difficult to get off the pegs. Plus I think it's ugly. I didn't finish it.

Then I made a gray scarf. It just rolled on both sides and does not look like a scarf. One solution might be to wash it and then block it as it dries but I'm not sure how well that is going to work. I am open to suggestions as long as it's not super difficult. I don't even know what the name of this stitch I did is, I just found it on a YouTube video about how to make hats and used it for the hats and this scarf.

So those are a few of my knitting failures so far. My sister just had twins in Sept. and I want to knit them baby blankets. I've been researching how to do simple blocks and connect them and I think I might have understood that. I mean it will have some small holes in it like the hat but, it might turn out more like the scarf where the holes are not that obvious (I think using a smaller size loom on that one helped). But if you have any ideas on how to make the hat not have holes in it (without using 2 strands of yarn) or how to make the scarf not roll in on the edges, I would appreciate that. Is it just as simple as using thicker yarn on the hat? I think there should be a way to do it with regular sized yarn. The yarn I'm using isn't super skinny.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafts that I can do anywhere on: October 28, 2016 10:09:10 AM
I've wanted to make crafts (specifically quilting and pottery, but lots of other stuff too) forever, and I've never really had the chance to start. I took a pottery class in college, that was great but that was a long time ago. I started to make a quilt at my apartment once in the US and I never got to finish it.

Now I'm teaching ESL in Korea; I've been teaching ESL in Asia for 5 years now and with the exception of a one-day soap-making workshop I have not been able to do any crafts. So I'd appreciate some suggestions for crafts that I can do here, without lots of resources - I can order stuff online or I can find an art store but I don't think a crafts stores would be easy to find. I would like to make something useful and lasting though, not something little and just for decoration. I can't knit because of old tendonitis.

I did try to begin oil painting at my last apartment in Korea a couple of years ago. But it was ridiculous because I did not know how to get rid of the dangerous solvents that I had to use to thin the paint. I literally left the solvent in a tupperware and somehow it evaporated, even though the lid was on. That's embarrassing. But I didn't think I was supposed to flush it and had no idea what to do with it. I ended up moving and left my oil paints behind; did not make any progress with painting needless to say. That's something I would consider trying again - but I might just try water mixable oil paints and not add any solvents.

I know it would seem like, in Korea, there would be a lot of places to learn pottery. But there aren't because a) the potters don't speak English and/or don't advertise any classes online and b) my ex, who was Korean, told me that Koreans see pottery more as a serious art form that you would study professionally and not something that is commonly done just for fun. (I think they offer it as an activity at festivals but I don't hear of people taking it as a class for a hobby.) I'm not sure how true "b" is but it seems to be.

Sorry I'm venting but it is frustrating never having the opportunity to create something when I really want to. There is one quilt store in Seoul apparently, Happy Quilt, but I would have to walk on a dirt road to find it after getting off at the nearest subway station. :-/ I could buy a machine but I don't know if I have the time to invest in making large quilts right now. I'm not trying to make excuses, it just feels kind of difficult to do crafts here. Soap is something that is possible and I might begin making that.

Any ideas? I'd be happy to hear them if you have any to share.
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