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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Disappointed Knitter's Swap on: April 09, 2006 06:07:06 PM
While knitting a pair of fingerless gloves for myself, I started asking myself whether they would be too small for my big ol' hands. And if they were, what the hell would I do with them? I figured out what I would do (give them to a friend), but an idea presented itself to me. What do other knitters do in this situation?

Let's take a hypothetical situation. Knitter A in San Francisco agonizes over a lovely wool cardigan for 6 months only to realize that what mild irritation she felt while knitting it would bloom into a full allergic reaction while wearing it. Knitter B in the frozen tundra of Canada*, spends a good chunk of her time knitting a cardigan to keep her warm, only to realize that the acrylic she chose wasn't the best insulating material. What do those knitters do with their items? I mean, they're already knit up, and perfectly acceptable, but they can't wear them for whatever reason. I suppose some altruistic souls gives their knitwear away to charity, but my pessimism is acting up and I have a feeling that items like this usually end up buried in the closet/clothes drawer/under the bed/freezer/etc. And it leaves the knitter frustrated and with nothing to show for all their work.

So what I propose to solve this problem is that Knitter A swaps her cardigan for Knitter B's. Being knitters, they'd appreciate the work put into the garment, and most importantly, everyone would go home happy.

The way it would happen is that there would be a thread where people would post ads. The ads would include details about what they're swapping for (i.e. fiber used, measurements, possibly pictures, etc.). The ad would also mention what they'd be willing to swap it for (i.e. a similar item - but in a certain size, color, fibre, etc.) Someone would PM them to trade and when the swap was over, the ad would mention that the swap had been completed so no more attempts to swap for that particular item would be made. Is that making sense? Here's what it would look like on a thread.

Knitter A: I have a lovely red cardigan knit in 100% merino. The bust size is 40". However, I've become allergic to wool, so I can't wear it any longer. I'm looking for a cardigan knit with a plant fiber or an acrylic fiber, with a 40" bust, in red preferably (though I have no issues with other colors - except for neon green).

Knitter B (the knitter with the acrylic cardigan) would PM Knitter A about a possible swap for the rust-colored acrylic cardigan she made. Knitter A and B would work out the details as to sending out the packages. Once the swap was completed. Knitter A would add something like this to her ad to indicate the swap was closed and to avoid further confusion.

Knitter A: "Suitable replacement found, thanks to Knitter B!"

The Disappointed Knitter's Swap would be constant. People would just put up ads and wait for a PM to arrive. Some PMs might arrive later than sooner, but I'm optimistic enough that everyone's ad would eventually be answered. Of course, they would have to be practical in what they ask for. No one would swap a Dale of Norway fair-isle sweater that's too small for a garter stitch scarf in a color that's not liked. But overall, I think it's a good idea.

What do you guys think? Would you be willing to give it a try?

* A former Chicagoan, I thought I had winter down pat. Montreal proved me wrong. And apparently this was a warm winter!  Roll Eyes
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The scarf that love hated on: March 01, 2006 11:20:50 AM
A few a you may remember a topic when I started in "Discussions and Questions" entitled "Atrocious Color Choices." In it, I gave the whole background story about how my friend wanted me to knit the ugliest scarf known to man. With a Canadian flag embroidered on it at some point. Well, after working on that thing for two weeks (I couldn't work more than an hour on that thing without gagging, and kept ripping it out - no joke, the first time I cast on, this scarf was almost two feet wide), I presented him with this scarf. There were tears of joys, and discreet bouts of nausea behind convienently placed bushes. We've decided to call it the "Pretty Scarf" to its face, so as to not cause the scarf to get an inferiority complex.

Hope you guys enjoy this scarf as much as I did. Unfortunately, the picture got messed up on the transfer from camera to computer, but it's cool, the scarf is still mostly viewable (you're not missing out on much, trust me). This is me, modeling, my friend shall remain anonymous (unless you see him on the street, then you can attack him and that scarf and tell him that Sosa sent you).

Technical bits: I knit this scarf in the round on the biggest needles in my Denise kit, size 15's. I double stranded or tripled stranded all the yarn I used, unless I was going for a random "netty" part. This a great stash buster, and I suppose if you actually cared, you could make a scarf such as this look good. But ugly appears to be the new chic, so have at like I did. Lesson learned: duplicate stitching for the first time with triple-stranded yarn is not worth the time or energy. So I chucked the flag motif. My friends decided to help me by sewing on random ugly lace they found. Not only is this scarf hideous, it's also quite practical. It keeps my skinny little emo friend warm in freezing Montreal, through the double layers of acrylic and love.  Grin
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Monk's Travel Satchel in Acrylic? on: February 04, 2006 08:43:55 PM
I came across this pattern and immediately fell in love.

Looking at some of the comments made, it seems this bag has a tendency to streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch when you put heavier objects in it. And well, what's the point of having such a bag if you can't carry all your stuff in it?

But then inspiration struck.

Cotton stretches.
Wool stretches.
But acrylic doesn't (well, not permanently at least).

So my question is, would knitting this bag in acrylic eliminate the problem of everything stretching out? Would I still have to add a lining and crochet around the gusset to ensure this bag's survival?

If this acrylic thing works out, I just may have a project for the Knitting Olympics.  Cool
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Atrocious Color Choices on: January 25, 2006 09:39:13 AM
My friend has enlisted me to knit him a scarf. His only request is that it be atrocious. Naturally, being one to please, I promised him I would knit him one. Now, the thing is I wear black or gray 99.9% of the time, so colors aren't really my bag. So what color combinations can anyone suggest that are absolutely putrid? Maybe bright orange, crappy brown, and pukey green? I'm planning on making this scarf out of acrylic (bless that yarn and its colors not found in nature). So lay it on me. Think of the worst combos of colors ever. Show pictures. Whatever you want. I want to have fun with this thing. Grin
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking my Cheat's Fingerless Gloves on: November 04, 2005 07:32:03 AM
Do I need to block my fingerless gloves before I seam them up? I used the the Cheat's Fingerless Gloves pattern from Oh My Stars. I basically taught myself how to knit and purl using these gloves, so my experience is little. I would think blocking would be a bad idea because of the ribbing, but I'm not sure. Any help would be appreciated.  Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Breaking on: October 22, 2005 01:40:47 AM
What do you do when your yarn breaks?

My skein of yarn somehow ended up in a huge tangle, and I was trying to unknot it. I guess I pulled a little too hard, and now it's broken. And still tangled. But I'd like to know what to do with this yarn once i untangle everything. Do I tie it back in with a knot. Do I give up? Do I chuck this whole thing in the garbage? Undecided
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Absolute Essentials? on: June 05, 2005 05:46:29 PM
What do I absolutely need for my first attempt at cross-stitching? I know I need a pattern, embroidery floss, and Aida cloth. But other than that, is there anything else I need?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Vogue #7776 Fabric Substitution on: August 25, 2004 05:07:46 PM
I'm planning on buying Vogue #7776 and making myself a nice dress out of it. One problem though - I'm not sure I want to deal with the recoomened fabrics.

The recommended fabrics are:
  • Crepe
  • Soft Faille
  • Silk-Like Jacquard
  • Wool Jersey
  • Light Weight Wool Challis
  • Silk-Like Broadcloth

Obviously, all the fabrics above are kinda pricy and not so... washable. I'm not perfect, and even if I look nice in a dress doesn't change the fact that I act like an ogre.  Cheesy My sewing experience is kind of limited and I was wondering if anyone here with more sewing experience could recommend me another kind of fabric that I can throw in the wash without worries. If it's a bit pricy, I think I can deal, I'll just have to save up my pennies for a bit.  Tongue
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Easy Skirts on: July 31, 2004 11:32:31 AM
Hello, crafty guys and gals. School's coming up and of course, everyone is thinking about getting clothes for school. I'd like to make a few skirts before school starts and continue making them throughout the school year. I'm basically looking for free, simple patterns online for skirts. Anyone care to share any or point me in the right direction?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with a Sailor Fuku Top on: May 05, 2004 10:43:07 AM
My friend has conned me into making him a sailor fuku top.

What is a sailor fuku top, you ask? THIS: http://www.limebarb.com/store/uniforms/sailortop_short.htm

My idea is to buy a V-neck shirt from the thrift store, seam rip it and use it as a pattern for the sailor fuku top. My plan was to add the backflap to the top of the back piece of the pattern. But thinking it through, I encountered a problem - how would I wrap a kerchief around this? And instead of doing anything productive, I'm sitting on my hands wondering what to do about this tiny glitch in design.

Any of you crafty guys and gals can give me any tips on how sew the back flap on that allows the kerchief to be wrapped around the neck? Or any other ideas on how to attach the kerchief? Any help would be appreciated.
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