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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / free Japanese weaving patterns on: June 06, 2008 12:51:26 PM
Hi folks,

I don't know if anyone would be interested, but I stumbled across some gorgeous free Japanese weaving patterns while hunting for knitting patterns. They're by Pierrot, a Japanese yarn company. They're all charted, so they should be easy to figure out even if you don't know Japanese.

Click on any of the pictures to be taken to that pattern's page. To get the pattern itself, click on the link where it says 織り図 (next to the little pattern schematic icon) and the PDF will download.

Hope someone finds this useful! Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lion Brand Magic Stripes at BigLots on: March 31, 2008 10:33:20 AM
Just a heads-up: I just found Lion Brand Magic Stripes at BigLots for $1.50 per skein. Considering that they're 100g skeins, that's a lot of yardage for anyone looking for some cheap 75% wool yarn.

They had dozens of them at the one closest to me. Hope this helps someone!  Smiley

(edited to fix glaring typo)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Boatneck baby sweater on: July 08, 2007 07:22:27 PM
I started a boatneck baby sweater for charity the other day, and I just finished weaving in ends and sewing the buttons on. Why is it that the finishing work always takes longer than knitting it in the first place?

Not entirely sure the yellow buttons work, but I didn't have any buttons that matched any better.  Wink

This was a pattern of my own design (shape-wise; the colorwork is from a punchcard), done on my flatbed knitting machine with sock yarn from my stash. This sweater's so easy! Perfect for charity knitting because of the lack of shaping, and I thought boatneck would be good because it's easy to pull over a baby's big head.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Susitna on: June 25, 2007 06:21:26 PM
I designed this shopping bag and knit it on my standard gauge knitting machine:

I'm calling it Susitna after Mt. Susitna, a mountain I see every day (also called Sleeping Lady). It's super stretchy and can hold a ton of stuff. I think I'll be making several of these for Christmas presents.

ETA: free pattern is available on my blog
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Penny Sock on: July 23, 2006 01:04:22 AM
My first machine-knit sock!  Grin

size 10 (US) woman's sock:

in action:

I didn't do the second one yet, but I'm just so excited! I thought it would be difficult, but it's not at all. I used the Penny Sock pattern at Dimity's (no direct link, unfortunately, but it's easy to find). It's a toe-up sock that's seamless up until the ribbing starts. I love it! Now I'm going to have to make a ton of these for myself and for gifts.  Cheesy

6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / replacement parts? on: July 08, 2006 09:37:16 PM

Does anyone know where I can get replacement parts for a Harrisville rigid heddle loom? I did Google it, but I got so many hits that it wasn't that useful.

I found a Harrisville loom at a thrift shop, and it's just missing what I assume is the heddle (not sure on the terms), but I don't want to plunk down the $5 if I can't get a replacement part for it. It's either "Easy Weaver A" or "Easy Weaver B" on this page.

Any help at all would be appreciated. Thanks!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Best thread for brocade? on: July 21, 2005 01:42:32 AM
Hi all,

This is my first time posting a thread, so I'm not sure it's in the right place. Hope so!

Anyway... I was trying to make up a pattern in brocade tonight, and I had a terrible time with the thread. What's the best kind of thread to use with a brocade?

I was using silk thread because I had the perfect matching color in my stash, but it wouldn't stay - I could just pull the stitches out, so the garment would fall apart. I had a bit better luck with plain ol' polyester thread. But is there something even better?

Thanks in advance!
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