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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help!! Problems knitting in the round on: November 11, 2011 06:40:53 AM
So I've been knitting off and on for pretty much the past 15 years. I crochet mostly, and have never gotten past knitting flat (mostly scarves.) But I decided I wanted to try knitting in the round. Attempting to learn this has brought something to my attention that I didn't think was an issue with knitting flat. So here's my problem.

I cast on using the slip knot method. When knitting flat, I cast on the required number of stitches. For round knitting (and learning purposes) I continue casting on until the stitches go all the way around the circle and aren't stretched out. I put my stitch marker on, and then begin knitting the second row. However, the more stitches I use, the longer the string between stitches becomes. In flat knitting, I always fixed this by adjusting it with the tail at the end of the second row. I don't know how to fix this when knitting in the round. By the time I finish the second row, the amount of yarn hanging between stitches can range anywhere from 4 to 6 inches. What am I doing wrong?!?  Huh
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tetris Magnets on: October 09, 2011 05:31:37 PM
This is my first needlepoint project in about 16 years! Somewhere I saw tetris magnets, and got the idea to make them myself.


Plastic Mesh Canvas
6 colors embroidery thread
adhesive magnet roll
cookie sheet (or other magnetic surface)

I did a google search for tetris shape outlines. I only came up with 6 of the 7 shapes, but once I got the hang of it, that 7th shape was easy! They turned out a little smaller than I had originally planned, but that's okay. I made three of each shape. First I planned for how large each square would be, then I traced the outline of each shape on the canvas and cut it out. I then "colored" each square with the embroidery thread. I then cut out a strip of magnet to fit the piece, and stuck it onto the back of a cookie sheet for safe keeping. I laid a heavy book on top of the shapes that I had finished. Because the magnet was in a roll, it was kind of curved whereas the plastic canvas was not. If the adhesive doesn't stick, I'm going to hot glue the magnet onto the canvas.

The final result:

And the playing surface, it also gives you an idea of how small the pieces actually are. The brown magnet at the bottom serves as the bottom of the screen.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wreath Ornaments on: October 06, 2011 12:45:28 PM
Following the same process as for this wreath https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391449.0, I used wooden Cabone rings as the base. I chose a white yarn with flecks of silver in it, and the little holly came in a package of 6, I don't remember what they were supposed to be used for but they work well for this!

The first image shows the detail more, and the second image is to show the size.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Fall Wreath on: September 25, 2011 06:06:56 PM
Inspired by https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390551.0


Red Heart Super Saver in a wonderfully fall-esque chocolate color.
Fake Mums
Fall type ball things on a stem
Polyurethane ring
Hot glue gun

I started by using a hot glue gun to attach the end of the yarn to the ring, then wrapped the yarn around, continuing around until the ring was covered and the green didn't peek through. Then I glued the flower heads and the steam of balls in an arrangement that I liked.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Fall Table Centerpiece on: September 17, 2010 09:00:22 PM
I'm not really sure that this is where this goes, but I guess it fits. While decorating for Halloween, I was having a hard time finding something I liked for the centerpiece on my table. I decided on something simple, and something that would work not only for Halloween, but would carry me through to Thanksgiving. A $5 wire basket from Wal-Mart and two bouquets of fake mums (in one of my favorite colors ever!) later, and I have this! The second picture is the better color, it also shows my Yankee Candle salt and pepper shakers better Smiley

It seriously took about 10 minutes start to finish. I had to cut a cardboard circle for the bottom of the wire basket, so the flowers wouldn't fall through. Then I pulled all the flowers and leaves off of the stems, layered the leaves in the bowl and layered the flowers on top. I love it!
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Boy Beanie on: September 12, 2010 06:54:17 PM
I made my boy a beanie! Well, technically I made him two. The green one was a test because his head is slightly larger than what the pattern was for, so I had to alter it a little bit. Basically I just added an extra row of increasing. Turns out he likes it better than the black one (which has the different color stripe the pattern included) because it fits better. I didn't write down how I increased the extra row so I did the black one a little differently. But he likes them and that's all that matters!

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Finally finished the Queen Anne's Lace Scarf! on: September 12, 2010 06:48:54 PM
I started this scarf last year sometime after seeing this post:

I finally finished it today! It's 70" long (5' 10") and about 3 1/2" wide. The second photo shows the color better.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Too many knitting needles!!! on: August 19, 2010 10:00:28 AM
So I have a dilemma. A short while back I kind of went insane when it came to buying knitting needles. I basically bought every pair I ever found at thrift stores. Which may sound awesome to you. There are 2 problems: 1) I crochet more than I knit and 2) I have way more needles than I could ever need even if I were to become a crazy knitter.

Which brings me to craftster. I took out all the needles I wanted to keep (basically a pair in every size that I have) and am now left with a stash that looks like this:

3 pairs sz 11, 1 pair sz 10, 2 pairs sz 9, 6 pairs sz 8, 2 pairs sz 6, 4 pairs sz 5, 2 pairs sz 4, 3 pairs sz 3, and 1 pair sz 2. I also have random needles that don't have partners (5 sz 1s, 2 sz 2s, 4 sz 3s, 2 sz 4s, 2 sz 7s, 1 each sz 8 and 9, and 2 sz 10s).

Then there's the problem of the DPNs and cabling needles (I don't even know how to use these!:Smiley) You can see that I basically went into frenzy mode buying needles.

Most of the needles are aluminum, while a few are plastic. I refuse to throw them away and I would rather see them go to someone who will use them rather than a thrift store.

What do you suggest I do with them? Should I try to sell them? Would they be worth swapping?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Two finished slouch type hats on: September 24, 2009 06:04:36 PM
These are two of the three hats I finished this week. The third was the same yarn as the green hat shown, but a different stitch pattern. I made it for my friend and she was so happy that I didn't have a chance to take pictures of it before she took it!  Cheesy I've been looking everywhere for these slouch type hats and wasn't happy with any of them enough to buy them. So I made my own!

The purple hat is an open stitch pattern I kinda made up using a version of the shell stitch. With the hot Florida weather, it's nice to be able to start wearing it now! Both of these are made with Caron Simply Soft, and a size K hook.

side view:

back view:

The green one I made for my sister. After seeing my purple one she wanted one that wasn't so open. You can kind of see the shell stitch pattern I used in this one. Sorry they're blurry, my sister wouldn't stand still!

side view:

back view:

Please be honest! Would you wear these? Would you buy them? How much would you be willing to spend on something like this? (So many questions I know!  Tongue )

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I want to make my own Christmas cards. *UPDATE* now with pictures! on: October 13, 2007 11:36:56 AM
Okay. I've looked all over the site, and I've found some semi-useful tips, but some of my questions are still unanswered. Please help!

First off, I don't have/want to spend a gazillion dollars buying supplies and tools and such. I've never made my own cards before, but last year my friend sent me a beautiful handmade Christmas card and I want to try that this year. What do I need to get started?

Second, would it be better to buy things from a store or online? I've looked around a little bit online, but haven't begun putting much effort into it yet.

Last, what tools/supplies do you guys recommend?



Okay. I decided to make my cards tonight during a CSI marathon on A&E (hooray!)

here is the group of cards I've made so far:

Here are the gift tags that I made as an afterthought:

The group together:

Some of my favorites:

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