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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Thrummed mitten question. on: February 03, 2006 08:37:59 AM
I'm currently making thrummed mittens as a very belated Christmas present for my mother. My question is this: Can they be blocked (and washed, too) normally? It seems to me that the fleecy bits inside would get matted down by water, and I don't know how easily they would come back to their normal poufy state.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn recommendations? on: January 24, 2006 05:56:57 PM
For a while now I've been wanting a decent-sized bag for carrying things, and a few months ago I made myself Knitty's "Tasha." It works well for when I want to carry knitting around, and for light things (a small book or a notebook), but if I want to put in something that's even slighly heavier, it starts sagging like crazy. I'm now searching around for a bag to put heavier things in. Heavier as in the weight of a textbook (2-3 pounds).

I'm probably just going to make up a simple pattern to use, so what I'm really looking for is yarn recommendations. I'm thinking it would have to be made out of at least a worsted weight wool (where I'd knit the bottom of the bag with two strands held together) and that there would be some felting involved. If anyone has a good brand to recommend, or a particular weight/fiber content of yarn I should look for, or even tips on making sturdy bags, they would be much appreciated.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Back home for break, with some knitted items for showing. on: December 27, 2005 09:53:29 PM
The bad thing about being away at college for months at a time is that the digital camera is at home, completely useless to me. Now that I'm back, though, I can take all the pictures I want. Whee!  Grin

First, a pair of mittens (from the book Vintage Knits) I made myself around Thanksgiving. They're out of thin yarn, so they're not good for playing in the snow or really really windy days, but they get me to and from class without my fingers freezing off.

(Extra picture.)

Next, the Linux Illusion scarf (the thread with the pattern is floating around somewhere).
At first it looks like stripes...

But if you tilt it, you see a penguin! And words! It's magic!

I made myself Tasha from Knitty a while back, but the pictures didn't turn out very well... The only one that came out decently was of the cable panel at the top of the bag: Click me!

Currently in the works are another Tasha for my grandmother, and Tubey for myself.

Sorry for the picture overload, I got a little camera-happy. Smiley
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Illusion Knitting Issues on: September 18, 2005 10:06:37 AM
I'm trying to make the Linux scarf as a present for my dad. I'm using Caron Simply Soft on US 6 needles, which gets me very nearly the right gauge (20 stitches in 4 inches). The trouble is, I don't think the penguin pattern is showing up very well. I've only knit 7 rows of the chart (so 28 rows total), and maybe I just won't be able to make anything out until it actually looks like something other than a collection of bumps, but it's kind of worrying. I can see the pattern just fine on the wrong side of the fabric, and that's also kind of worrying.

Is this nomal for illusion knitting, or should I try it again with smaller needles?
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Not enough yarn for Clapotis? on: August 27, 2005 05:26:11 PM
I picked up some really soft, fuzzy, delicious yarn on sale at JoAnn Fabrics, and decided I'd make myself a nice scarf with it. I started a Clapotis, and ended up buying several more skeins of the yarn for about 20 dollars to finish off the pattern. But I've used nearly all of it already and am still not halfway through with the pattern. I'm not really sure if it would be worth it to buy more yarn, it's more expensive than I'd like it to be. Should I just undo what I've done and use the yarn for something else, or is it worth it to buy more?
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Knits and Easy Toys on: August 20, 2005 06:48:40 PM
Whenever I go to Barnes & Noble I browse in the craft section to see if there are any interesting-looking books to buy. There were two today that appealed to me, but cost more money than I had with me, so I remembered their names and am now looking them up online to find cheaper prices. But both of the books have gotten mixed reviews, and I'm wondering what your collective experiences with them are. The books are Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas and Family Circle: Easy Toys by Trisha Malcolm.

Any input would be most welcome. Smiley
17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Snoozy Puppy on: July 19, 2005 05:12:11 PM
I only recently started to crochet things that were not granny squares or single-crochet-all-the-way-across blankets, and wanted to make a surprise present for a friend. I saw this puppy on a website that I can't remember at the moment and it was so cute I just had to make it.

(You can't see it very well, but there's a gigantic white tassel behind the cap.)
The only problem with Snoozy Puppy is that my mom has fallen in love with it and is one step away from forbidding me to give it away. ^^;;
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