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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lace Weight Shimmers on: October 25, 2006 09:48:19 PM
Well...   I've got a couple of scarf patterns I've written up that could use up one or two skeins, if you'd like 'em. Just drop me a line and I'll email them to you Smiley Also, Eunny (www.eunnyjang.com/knit) has an awesome free Print o' the Wave stole pattern that I bet would work!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: anybody been to old navy lately? on: October 25, 2006 09:46:11 PM
I always check the seams and fiber content when I'm out shopping Smiley

"Is this wool? How much is it? I could make a sweater from this much wool!"
"Well, yes, honey, but it already is a sweater."

Added bonus? The larger sizes are usually the same price, so I buy the biggest they carry!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1000 Yards of Projectless Yarn on: September 27, 2006 11:23:59 AM
You know, I looked up more about it and it's actually considered a bulky weight yarn (I'd say the lighter side of bulky, personally). I'm getting about 3.5 spi on 9s, I'll swatch up tonight and see how it does on 8s, but I may just have enough for a top-down raglan.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting/crafting for friends for free? on: September 26, 2006 02:20:37 PM
I love the craft swap idea too - I'm currently making a scarf for a friend who's making me a set of bracelets. I've had another friend ask me about honestly commissioning a Dr. Who scarf, and even at $0.10 to the yard (less than half what the professionals I know charge), I'm still quoting him almost $300. Which, incidentally, is a great way of getting out of knitting 3200 yards before christmas.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 1000 Yards of Projectless Yarn on: September 26, 2006 12:04:41 PM
I ordered some yarn from handpaintedyarn.com, in the Dusty Olive colorway, which arrived recently. There's much less of the pink than I had been expecting - instead, there are areas of not-ugly brown/pink which still work well with the greens, but are not at all what I was looking for. Since I'd rather not return the yarn just for not looking like the picture (again, it's not a bad yarn), I've thought of turning it into some kind of top now that the cooler weather has started here in Texas.

Does anyone know of a pattern (or photo I could base a pattern on) that would look good in a fairly muted but still contrast-y variegated yarn? It feels like worsted weight, maybe heavy worsted to slightly bulky, and I've got seven skeins of it. Any thoughts?
16  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing yarn with henna? on: September 21, 2006 08:27:57 AM
I've never dyed yarn with henna, but I've done skin, hair and wood. The main thing with henna is that it only works on protein fibers, and it's a bitch to wash out. It's a very thick paste, even working just with hair (my own) it often takes repeated wash cycles to get all of the grit out. I'm not sure if yarn is up for that amout of handling without felting. Depending on what color you want you can either add a terpineol EO (such as tea tree) or not, but whatever dye gets into your yarn is going to continue to oxidize as time passes. Expect something like a bright orange when it starts, and varying shades of mottled brown as it oxidizes. It's very hard to get an even color over a large area with henna (on skin, at least). I would recommend not trying it on a yarn you're particularly fond of.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: the most practical length of circulars? on: September 20, 2006 11:11:35 AM
24" circs are my weapon of choice. They're just long enough that I can work on sweaters or flat-knit scarves without a lot of excess cable jumbling me up. I do have my other, hat-sized cable needles (from the denise set, don't remember the size but I think it's 18-20"? either way, it's just right for my head), and for socks I prefer DPNs to any number of circs. The only thing my 24" circs aren't long enough for is giant square shawls, and really, that's no fault of the needles Smiley
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn wranglin'... what's your preferred method? on: September 14, 2006 11:42:31 AM
I'm a big fan of the winder/swift combo. I wind all the yarn I get into cakes, so they're easily stackable in my stash cabinet Smiley
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 100% unscoured wool with natural oils? on: September 14, 2006 07:43:09 AM
Oh wow XD

Scouring is the process of removing the wool yolk (that oil you feel) from the wool, usually before spinning. Wool spun "in the grease" still contains the yolk. Scouring is done similar to washing, only with water hot enough to melt the lanolin off. I'd recommend hanking the yarn, setting up a sinkfull of the hottest water you can stand with some dawn dish soap, and soaking the yarn in that. Be careful not to agitate, to avoid felting. Use more soap than you think you'll need, make the water feel slippery, the soap wraps around the fibers and also helps prevent felting. If you do a rinse, use water the same temperature so you don't shock the fiber. When it's all cooled down and dry, you can do another wash in Eulacan to soften it up a bit, that puts a little of the lanolin back in, but not nearly as much as there is in unscoured wool.

If you choose not to scour it, what you have right now would be good for something you want waterproof.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where do you knit? on: September 12, 2006 07:30:48 AM
I usually knit on the bus to and from campus, walking to and from class, work, and the rat lab, occassionally IN the rat lab if the experiment allows (not often), in class if the prof doesn't care, at lunch, at home on the couch and in the car Smiley Basically whenever I'm not doing something else with my hands or at work, I'm knitting!
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