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491  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Yarn Alternatives for SNB projects on: February 25, 2004 06:31:55 PM
just wanted to say thanks to all the people who contributed to this thread! i had the same question recently, but didn't really get the answers i was looking for. but this thread is great! it's making me feel braver to try different things, even though i am a newbie to knitting.  Grin i found some cheap cotton yarn at michael's that, amazingly enough, had the perfect guage for me to try out the cell phone cozy. (i'm trying to work up to harder things slowly so i don't get discouraged!) i'm planning to have a go at the knee socks and "punk rock" backpack before moving on to some of the sweaters, but i don't think i'll use the recommended yarn for many of the projects. too much wool for a floridian!
492  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Oh captain, My captain! on: February 25, 2004 02:13:17 PM
i don't think anyone got my Walt Whitman reference...

i got it too! this is a cool idea. i may need to do this sometime, as my chairs have been sitting on my porch so long that they're getting all faded and dirty. (i know, they're portable chairs and i can bring them inside, but that didn't realy occur to me until after it was too late to make much difference.)  Embarrassed
493  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Jeans on: February 19, 2004 01:53:57 PM
by how much are the jeans too small? where? can you pull them all the way on? can you get the zipper at least part of the way up?

one thing that you might be able to do is make a more "low-rise" jean out of them by cutting off the waistband and possibly also shortening the zipper. then you could reattach a (larger) waistband if you wanted, or just make a hem at the top for a no-waist pair of pants. just make sure if you cut the top of the zipper off, to add some other form of stops so the zipper can't pull off the top of the teeth entirely.

then, of course, there's the more labor intensive "racing stripe" method of enlarging, where you put a coordinating/contrasting strip of fabric down the entire length of the outer leg seam. which might be kinda cool - you could make an interesting flare at the bottom while you were at it, if you wanted.
494  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / yarn questions from a beginning knitter on: February 18, 2004 06:15:00 PM
hey all you crafty ladies (and gents!),

i hoping you can help enlighten me about choosing yarns for knitting projects. i recently started learning to knit. then i heard so much about stitch n' bitch, i had to buy that. now i'm really excited to start making some of the patterns in that book! it seems like all of the patterns suggest using Brown Sheep brand Lamb's Pride yarn. I promptly went to my local craft store, Michael's (i live in NE florida, i don't have a lot of choices like you new yorkers do!) and found almost exclusively acrylic yarns. boo! so here are two questions:

1) if i buy my yarn online, does anyone know if www.kaleidoscopeyarns.com is a good place to use? they seem to have the cheapest prices on Brown Sheep yarns, but i want to make sure i'm not overlooking anything.

2) living in NE florida as i do, if i were to decide to make some of the projects in cotton or acrylic instead of wool blends, are there any guidelines you can offer for choosing an "equivalent" yarn to the one suggested? i'm guessing that if i choose something that is about the same thickness/same guage, that pattern should work up about the same. (except i won't be able to block or felt it.) am i right?

sorry for the rambling post! (i feel like i've done nothing but blather on since i just this board, but i can't help myself; you all have such great ideas!) thanks for your help!
495  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:BUUUUUUUUGZZZZZZZZZZ! on: February 17, 2004 01:55:38 PM
Hey! i HAVE NO CLUE what you were talking about because I was too busy ddrooling over your profile picture!!!!! Kiss

you thought that pic was sexy too?! strange, i've seen him in movies recently (that is the same guy, right?) and thought he was attractive, but wasn't overly impressed. but something about that picture...
496  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:Wanted: Help with my tee shirt on: February 16, 2004 12:10:10 PM
i've recently taken some shirts that were way too big for me and used the fabric with a pattern that i have for a fitted t-shirt (i used new look 6160, but made some alterations). of course, the logos on those were centered, so i'm not sure how it would work for your shirt. but i can attest the the fact that you can cut off the sleeves and reattach them without ruining the shirt.

if you're not up for reworking the entire shirt, one way to give it more shape is to put darts in the (lower) back. that way you'll be able to show your womanly curves a bit more. good luck; let us know how it works out!
497  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Garland Galore on: February 16, 2004 08:49:41 AM
ooh, try crocheting with it! you'd probably need an enormous hook, but i bet it would make a neat boa. or a bag, though you'd probably have to line it with fabric for stability. post pics if you try it!
498  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re:fake inches? on: February 15, 2004 07:25:02 PM
i've never actually measured the pattern pieces to compare to what the envelope says they should be, but i have definitely made a pattern in the "correct" size for my measurements and had it end up ridiculously large. i think it just depends on the style of the piece you are making and somewhat on the company that made the pattern. i am an 8 in ready-to-wear, but when i sew for myself, i use anywhere from an 8 to a 12. (or even 14!)

i wish i could get enough confidence to begin making patterns for myself. does anyone know resources for learning to do this? do colleges offer courses? classes at a sewing/fabric store? individual lessons with a seamstress?
499  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Stick a (knitting) needle in your eye on: February 15, 2004 07:27:36 AM
i agree with firefly - use the how-to sites on the internet. sometimes it helps to have several different descriptions (or pics) of the same thing because it helps to give you a better idea of what's going on. sometimes certain words or pics just click in your brain, while a very similar pic or phrase doesn't.

but don't feel bad! i'm a beginner too, and i was trying to K1, P1 and kept ending up with a jumbled mess. it took me several tries to get that when you are switching from a knit stitch to a purl stitch, you have to 1) move the yarn to the front of the needle and 2) do this by passing it between the two needles. of course, the book i was using said to do exactly that, but i just didn't get it on the first several tries! go figure.
500  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Warm Weather Suggestions? on: February 14, 2004 02:25:31 PM
princess, your email address is hidden in your profile. if you want me to send you the pattern, you can send me your address at kabili@hotmail.com if you are worried about posting it on here on a public board.

also, another suggestion is to look around at www.knitty.com - they have an archive of their old issues, and the summer one has some interesting projects. (i had a chuckle when i saw the "grass" skirt.)
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