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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cutting a hole in knitting? on: November 19, 2013 07:28:51 PM
I need to cut a hole in a knit dog sweater, to be able to attach the leash to her halter when it's cold out. It feels like acyrlic, so I can't just slice it and felt the edges.

I used to be a diehard knitter, so I should know how to do this, but I can't remember which of my books it's in and everytime I try to google all I get are instructions on yarn overs.  Sad

Help please? Thanks so much in advance. 
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lucky Duck :) on: November 04, 2008 08:25:27 PM
This Halloween I went as a Lucky Duck. 

I used felt for the feet, tail, and dress embellishments, with pipe cleaners to straighten and provide support.  I made a necklace with 7 horseshoe charms, and wishbone charm earrings.  This pic was from work - I ditched the white shirt when I went out that night. Smiley

Thanks for looking!  And a parting tip - don't attempt to look for a rabbit's foot the week you need it!  They're not as easy to find as you'd think, which is why there isn't one in my costume. Sad
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lucky Duck on: November 04, 2008 08:22:14 PM
This Halloween I went as a Lucky Duck.  The dress is from Kohls, the leggings from Wet Seal, the headband from Forever 21, the beak from Target, and the gloves from a costume shop.  All the rest came from Joann's.

I used felt for the feet, tail, and dress embellishments, with pipe cleaners to straighten and provide support.  I made a necklace with 7 horseshoe charms, and wishbone charm earrings.  This pic was from work - I ditched the white shirt when I went out that night. Smiley

Thanks for looking!  And a parting tip - don't attempt to look for a rabbit's foot the week you need it!  They're not as easy to find as you'd think, which is why there isn't one in my costume. Sad
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / A misunderstanding, a bad pun, a paper bag, one hour, and a pow-wow on: September 05, 2008 07:37:33 PM
So I really have no desire to win the challenge (I couldn't care less if I even make it into the poll), but since a post here inspired my idea I wanted to post what I came up with.  It's bad, no straight lines and only took an hour, but since I love my idea I'm going to make a new one eventually.

I saw phaedra 2's A Tee Pee (toilet paper) Cozy post, and misunderstood and thought it was going to be a TeePee (for TP, get it?).  Since hers had nothing to do with Native Americans, I had to run with the idea. 

And thus, the TP's TeePee: 

Next to the tp for size:

and supplies:

The sticks are bamboo skewers, and I also used markers and hordes of tape and glue.  The yarn is helping keep the skewers from sliding around inside. 

Thanks for looking, I hope it makes someone else smile. Smiley

ETA: I apologize for the poor photo quality and the squishiness of the supply pic, don't know what happened with that one!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cabled Pullover from KnitSimple - anyone else having serious problems? on: January 04, 2008 08:36:26 PM
I'm knitting the Cabled Pullover from KnitSimple's Holiday mag (it's the trapeze top with the cable that runs across the chest and arms). 

I've knit about 6 sweaters in the past and have been knitting for a few years now.  This is the first time I'm actually using the yarn the pattern calls for, so of course I'm going to have problems. 

I was attempting to make the size small because I'm a 35 bust and I like my sweaters to just graze my body, like it does on the super skinny model in the mag. 

First, I couldn't get gauge.  I was up to a sz 10 needle (calls for an Cool, and I'm still at 19 sts/4".  Gauge is supposed to be 18 sts/4".  I figured it'd be ok since I didn't want it quite as big as the small, but I wanted it bigger than the XS, so I just went for it with the 10's.  I decided I didn't want/need it 4 feet around at the bottom (this should have been a red flag), so I cast on 92 sts per side instead of 104 and I eliminated the first decrease row.  I decided to knit the front/back panels in the round.

This thing is HUGE.  It's over 6 extra inches too big at the bust, not to mention the hips.  They SAID the model was wearing the small, and she looks like she's a size 2 or 4.  I'm a size 6, which with the extra holiday weight is pushing it. 

What the?!  To get it to a managable size, I'd have to cut off 15 stitches per side!  Not even the XS is that small, and my gauge is tighter! 

I've done the math and resized patterns when I've gotten a different gauge and it worked out okay, but with the way this sweater is constructed with half of it knitted bottom up and half side-to-side, I'm afraid to do it.

Is anyone else having trouble with this?  Any ideas what I could be doing wrong?  I'd like some feedback on what *I* could possibly be doing wrong before I write to KnitSimple and ask about what could be wrong with the pattern...

Thanks for any help.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone seen a free pattern for a hat like this? on: November 30, 2007 08:14:18 AM
I'm looking for a free pattern for a cabled earflap hat.  I really like the one by Uptown Knitting in this photo:


I think (actually I know) I could figure out the pattern to it myself, but I'd prefer to work off a pattern than have to deal with all those numbers.   Wink

Thanks for any help!  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn weights drive me crazy on: November 15, 2007 07:40:42 AM
When I become president, I'm going to make a law standardizing certain words for certain weights of yarn. 

If I were to want to make a pair of socks from Knitpicks yarn, which weight should I use?  They have the options of carrying weight, lace weight, and fingering weight. 

Specifically I want to make Knitty's Clessidra, which calls for regina silk on sz 1's.  But I'd like to modify the pattern to make them on sz 2 or 3's, because I'm not the most patient person in the world. 

Thanks for any help! Smiley 
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I don't know where I saw this pattern on: October 30, 2007 12:57:53 PM
Argh, I suck.  So there was this pattern for a sweater, which I didn't like, so I ignored it.  But now there's a sweater out there at Gap that has the same shape, different cables, so I need that pattern to see if I can modify it to the Gap cables and make it for less than $78.   I thought it was on Lion's website, but no luck on a quick go-through. 

The gap sweater is here:  http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=8998&pid=480405

Any ideas where it was?  It's a relatively new pattern.  Thanks for any help. 
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Star Trek Blanket on: October 22, 2007 10:16:35 AM
um, hi.  I made a Star Trek blanket.  It's still not finished, as I still have to sew a lining on the back to cover up all the loose ends.  

Colors in the second pic are more accurate.  I used about 10 balls Bernat Satin on sz 7's for the blanket and Lion Brand Glitterspun (two gold, one silver) for the logo, which I duplicate stitched because my gauge was totally different for the two yarns.  You can't really tell from the pics, it's stockinette with a 2" seed stitch border.  It ended up being 42" wide x 56ish" long.  If I had to do it over again, I'd switch the silver and the gold so the writing would stand out more.  My initial plan was to have the circle in the middle and a small communicator from each of the series in each corner, but alas, the charts weren't working out so well and by the time I finished the middle circle, I wanted to kill the thing so I decided to quit.  

ETA: fixed the pics.  It took me about 3 months or so....I was unemployed at the time so it didn't take too long Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / scoop neck vest pattern? on: July 08, 2007 10:59:55 AM
I'm wondering if any of you guys know where I can find a pattern for a scoop neck vest.  People on TV have been wearing them recently with button-up shirts, the neckline comes like halfway down the boob.  Mariska Hargitay wore one on SVU in the Philadelphia ep while she was on the couch with her brother, but I can't find a pic.  And I haven't found one in the stores yet that isn't permanently attached to some pretend shirt (though I have to say I've only looked at 2 stores). 

I can modify patterns, so even if it's cabled or intarsia or whatever, I've just never done a vest or a scoop neck anything and I need the basic shape.  I'm having a hard time looking myself due to dial up hell.

Thanks for any help Smiley 
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