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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: How to Lock up a Backpack? on: January 10, 2010 05:30:52 PM
Way cool.  I was thinking of doing something like that.  If I punch grommets side-by-side, though, how strong will that be?  I'm thinking if there's not enough fabric/ canvas in between the two, it would be too easy for the entire thing to rip out with repeated wear and tear.

Here's another question.  Even if I manage to padlock the zippers in the closed position, it's still easy to lift up the velcro and slide your hand in that way.  Any way I could keep the top flap closed?

I was thinking of doing something like this.

Lining up two grommets, one on the flap and one on the panel.  Putting a loop of cable through the two grommets, securing with a small padlock.  (Do this three times:  once on the left, once on the right, once in the middle.  Secure the zipper loops in the padlock, too. 

QUESTION:  How can I create a flat piece or something else to keep the cable loop from slipping through the grommets?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / How to Lock up a Backpack? on: January 10, 2010 03:11:06 PM
Hi all!

Starting next month, I'm going to be traveling around the world for an indefinite period of time.  I am so excited!!! 

I'll be living out of a backpack.  I'd like to have the option to secure my backpack from "curious" people.  I know that it won't be completely secure--someone could always take a razor to the canvas--but I'm thinking more about hostel workers rifling through my stuff.

Here's how the front of my pack opens (it's a front loading panel):

There are two zippers that go up each side, and then a flap at the top that has velcro to attach it to the top of the panel.

I can't think of anywhere else to ask this question, so, I turn to the amazingly creative minds of Craftster:  how would you lock up or secure this opening to my pack?  I have at my disposal:  zippers, grommet punch, steel cable, small padlocks.  I'm totally willing to modify this pack as necessary.


Thanks so much in advance!!!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Knitting Bucket Organizer on: February 18, 2009 07:21:57 PM
I can't believe this...  I logged into Craftster to look for ideas for ways to store my knitting supplies...  and ON THE TOP OF THE FORUM PAGE WAS YOUR PROJECT!

The FSM has spoken.  I am inspired.  I will be doing this, this weekend.

Thank you for sharing!

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mala Beads, repaired and revamped! on: February 08, 2009 08:51:05 PM
Nothing is permanent, especially not our meditation beads.  :-)

May your restrung beads continue to guide you well!  They look lovely.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I am cable stupid. on: January 29, 2009 07:37:28 PM
Awesome!  Thanks for your help.  I think I just need to get used to knitting this way...  already it's starting to feel more natural.

For something like mittens, I don't have the option of flipping it inside out, so I think it's best to get used to knitting this way.  The last pair of mittens I made, I purled the entire time so the outside would appear as stockinette stitch.

Thank you again.  :-)
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I am cable stupid. on: January 29, 2009 06:05:31 AM
It doesn't look like the 4th picture on this page? http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Knitting_in_the_Round

Hmmm...  no, it doesn't.

Since I know I can do cables, I decided to knit up a little tube, to figure out why I can't combine cables and DPNs.  I realize my last post was wrong.  The knitting hangs away from me, not toward me.  My needles are INDEED on the far side of the tube, away from me.

Is this as simple as pushing the knitting right side out?  I tried that, and it's really uncomfortable to knit that way.  After a few stitches, I find that I've gone back to the other way.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I am cable stupid. on: January 28, 2009 07:37:25 PM
Yep, I'm almost certain that the problem is that the cables are on the INSIDE of the tube, not the outside.

You've probably been knitting with the needle tips and working yarn on the far side of the tube, away from you. When you flip them, hold it so those tips and the yarn will be close to you and the yarn on the right needle.

I know exactly what you mean...  except the needle tips and the working yarn are on the side of the tube closest to me.  Thank you for suggesting that, though.  Any other ideas?

So strange...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I am cable stupid. on: January 28, 2009 06:55:49 PM
Ok, I just knitted a few cables.  To prove to myself that I do, indeed, understand how to knit cables.  Whew.  Good to know that I'm not totally going crazy.

I am 100% sure that the thing that's screwing me up is that when I knit the patten above on DPNs, the cables end up on the INSIDE of the wristlet.

Is it as simple as turning the wristlet inside out when I'm done?  Or is there something I'm missing?

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I am cable stupid. on: January 28, 2009 06:26:01 PM
First, I need to vent.  I AM SO F*$&%^# FRUSTRATED.  I really want to cry right now.  I actually poured myself a drink to calm the f*** down.  It's not actually the cables...  I'm stressed out at work, feeling badly about myself, and since I knit to relax the fact that this f****** project is driving me crazy makes me want to BREAK something.

Ok done ranting.

Can someone look at this pattern:


and answer these questions?

1)  Why do my cables look like mouse turds?  Specifically, instead of looking like cables, it looks like the stitches are being stretched really tightly and it looks like a jumbled mess.  Does that make sense?  I've read the directions, I've looked at the pictures, and it's just not working.  What am I doing wrong?  I'm thinking that I'm putting what SHOULD be the "bad" side of the cable on the outside of the wristlet.  I don't understand why the stitches don't "flow" nicely, though...  instead, it looks like they're jumping over each other.  So strange.  Which brings me to my next question:

2)  Second, this pattern makes no f****** sense.  I think I'm getting screwed up on the right side/ wrong side deal.  If I'm knitting on DPNs, is the right side the side that faces me as I'm knitting (on the inside of the wristlets), or away from me (the outside of the wristlets, the side that faces the world)?

3)  This is building on a k2,p2 ribbing.  On the second cable row, if I [k2,p2]x2 then p1,k4,p1, the cable (on the outside of the wristlet) switches from being made by knit stitches to purl stitches.  Shouldn't I be doing k1,p4,k1?  Is this true for the entire pattern?  Should I always knit wherever it says purl and vice versa?  That's just stupid.

If anyone can shed some light on the right side/ wrong side deal, it would be MUCH appreciated.  It would also keep me from breaking my knitting needles and giving up on knitting for a few years (been there, done that).

a very stressed out and pissed off homestar
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Brazil, Brazil, BRAZIL! on: January 28, 2009 06:48:56 AM
My sweetness is going to Brazil the week of his birthday.  I'd like to purchase and/ or make a gift for his birthday that will be useful for his trip.  Either Brazil-specific (preferred), or useful for international travel in general.

More about him:  prefers practical gifts, not really very "touchy feely" (i.e. I probably won't give him pictures of us to take with him), adventurous.

I have gotten some AMAZING ideas from you guys before...  turn on those creativity juices!!

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