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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Silver yarn? on: August 03, 2006 06:12:32 PM
Can anyone point me in the direction of a shiny, silver yarn?

I'm thinking along the lines of Lion's glitterspun. 

Except cheaper.  Less than $5 a skein, because I'll probably need a lot of it and I'm poor.  Unless it's an incredibly large skein.  Or it's glitterspun on a site selling it for way cheap.

And entirely silver, not a different color with silver specks.  And not fuzzy or furry.  A shiny gray might be okay. 

I'm wanting to make something black with silver in it, reminiscent of a night sky with stars. 

Thank you for any help!!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone who has "Wild Knitting" by Angela Jeffs - I need pattern help! on: August 02, 2006 01:44:48 PM
So I checked out this book from my library, and started making the Webbed Feet (it's pg 103).  It's missing some pages and the page with the gauge and the types of yarn was gone, but I figured I could wing it using the needle size since I'm usually close to gauge.  Everything was going just fine.

However, I only wanted to use one type of yarn, so when I got to the webbing, since it called for a larger needle I just doubled up the yarn I was using.  This isn't working at all.

I need to do some calculations to make this work, but I can't do that if I don't have the gauge or at least the measurements of the webbing.

So can someone please please tell me what the gauge for yarn B is supposed to be?  It'd also be nice to know what thickness of yarn they used for yarn B...

thank you sooooo much!
23  Illinois / Illinois: North / For all crafters in the south suburbs - Hancock in Matteson closing, great sale! on: July 13, 2006 04:00:10 PM
The Hancock Fabrics in Matteson (near Lincoln Mall) is going out of business! 

For the knitters,  I was in there yesterday and all knitting supplies are 70% off.  I got sz 7 lion brand dpns for $1.86, and size 10's for $2something.  They have almost all sizes in straights, and they have a bunch of lion and no-name circs and bamboo circs too. 

Yarn is 50% off too, though there isn't too much left.  There were single skeins of different colors/weights wool-ease, the 100% wool, lots of Jiffy and boucle, Tiffany, Mystery, etc. 

There were quite a few pattern booklets left too. 

There was tons of fabric left too!  From 50-70% off, plus an additional 10% off if you bought the whole bolt.  There were sewing machines, patterns and mags left too.

Plus a bunch of thread, ribbon, trimming, what looked like hats you could decorate, scissors, etc.

They're also selling their display tables/cases for as low as $15.

go before it's too late!  Smiley
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / FYI for knitters near the south suburbs of Chicago on: July 13, 2006 03:48:24 PM
The Hancock Fabrics in Matteson (near Lincoln Mall) is going out of business.  I was in there yesterday and all knitting supplies are 70% off.  I got sz 7 lion brand dpns for $1.86, and size 10's for $2something.  They have almost all sizes in straights, and they have a bunch of lion and no-name circs and bamboo circs too. 

Yarn is 50% off too, though there isn't too much left.  There were single skeins of different colors/weights wool-ease, the 100% wool, lots of Jiffy and boucle, Tiffany, Mystery, etc. 

There were quite a few pattern booklets left too. 

go before it's too late!  Smiley

25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Ugh, I can't do this, please help on: July 08, 2006 04:46:26 PM
I'm a knitter, and in order to make a chart for knitting in knitpro, you need a stencil-type picture (at least for the project I want to make since it'll be my first intarsia attempt).  It has to be fairly large (at least 300x300 pixels or larger) and have no grey spots.  This pic of Grissom ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36150.0 ) is absolutely perfect for this.

This is my first time trying to make a stencil pic, and I have been trying and horribly failing at making Bob Barker (The Price is Right - I'm gonna try to craft my way onto the show).  I've read 2 different Photoshop tutorials and tried a bunch of different pics, but they all either come out grainy, way too shadowy on his face, or his head disappears because his hair is white.  The newbie posts haven't helped either Sad

All I want is a good quality stencil pic of Bob Barker, facing forward, moderately large, that looks like the Grissom stencil in quality.  Not too much black, not too much white, clean lines.  Can anyone help me?  Suggestions?  Anything?  There are pics of him here: http://images.google.com/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&q=bob+barker&btnG=Search and here: http://images.google.com/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&q=the+price+is+right&btnG=Search

Thank you for any help you can give!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Dangerous yarn? Or, can yarn kill? (aside from hanging people with it of course) on: June 20, 2006 03:29:01 PM
I hid this ? in a different post, but it didn't get a response, so I'm trying on a dedicated post Smiley

I picked up some way cheap yarn at a rummage sale.  It's really old, and 100% acrylic.  The band says (I believe) orion acrylic and it's "guaranteed moth-proof forever".  This "feature" is courtesy of the Dupont company.

This sounds a little...scary to me.  Obviously it's been through some sort of chemical treatment, and the yarn is from the asbestos era.  And I haven't seen this on any new yarn....but then, I'm sure the science behind moth balls has significantly advanced since then.

So the question is, has any clothing moth-proof treatment ever been deamed dangerous for use?  I mean, I don't want to go making something wearable from something with the serious potential to cause cancer. 

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / <3 Rummage Sales on: June 16, 2006 10:21:36 AM
Now that summer is here (at least in the US), my mom and I have been hitting up the local rummage sales.

This week, I managed to get 16 full/mostly full skeins of yarn for under $4.  That's less than 25 cents a piece.  I'm very excited.  Don't have a clue what to do with it all, but still, very excited.  And I got some pattern mags for 10 cents a piece!  They're old (1990's) but since they're old they don't have all the wacky fun fur patterns in them.  BUT the one magazine shows you how to knit a shawl...out of Christmas Tree garland.  Yeesh. 

And I got one of those big air hockey games for $15.  Rummage sales rock Smiley 

One little question though, some of the yarn is rather old, and has this "moth protectant" feature.  This feature apparently is a chemical because they have "DuPont" on the label.  I don't see this on any yarn today, so I'm wondering, is this safe?  Should I just use this for cozies and not stuff like blankets or stuff to wear?
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cotton yarns - suggestions/reviews please on: June 11, 2006 05:13:20 PM
I've been looking for a cheap (read - $2-3 for a 100+ yard skein tops), soft, sport weight/DK weight cotton to make a sweater.  Specifically the peppermint sweater from SnB, so it needs to be a yarn with a lot of color choices so there's multiple shades of tan, pink, or purple (the colors I want to use).  I'm going for something flexible, easy to work with, and not too shiny.  I don't like the feel of Sugar & Creme, it's too stiff and I feel more appropriate for cozies or dishtowels.

When I was in Tuesday Morning, they had these old baby hat kits with Lion Brand Cotton-Ease.  I felt it up and it was PERFECT, exactly what I am looking for, aside from the fact that it's discontinued (why?! argh).

Anyway, I've used Elann's Endless Summer Connemara collection before, and wasn't that impressed, it shed quite a bit while I was knitting with it so my needles, my room, and myself were covered in black fuzz.

But I see that Elann also has a cotton called Sonata.  I've searched for it here and the posts I've seen haven't really given the yarn good reviews.  I was wondering why this is.  Is it sheddy like the Connemara?  Hard to work with?  Does it split or not wash well?  Has anyone used both Sonata AND Connemara and can compare the Sonata to the Connemara?

Or if anyone has any suggestions for a cotton/cotton blend cheap-o soft yarn, I'd love to hear them.  OR if you know of a place online that might still have Cotton-Ease in stock (I already checked ebay) or someplace that carries Plymouth DreamBaby DK for cheaper than $3.50, that'd be great too.  Smiley

Thank you so much for any help!!!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Help (of the finding variety) on: June 06, 2006 09:48:31 PM
I've got 3 pleas for help. 

#1:  In the stapler scene in the movie Two Weeks Notice (Sandra Bullock/Hugh Grant), Sandra's wearing this brown headband that looks like it has eyelets.  I'm sorry I can't find a pic of it, it's almost the same color as her hair so it doesn't show up in screencaps.  Anyway, I'm really not opposed to making my own pattern, but I'd absolutely love it if someone could point me to a similar pattern.

#2:  I've got 3 skeins of Manos Del Uruguay Cotton Stria in the off-white color.  It's awesome, it's soft, I love the color, but I haven't got a clue what to do with it.  It's 348 yards worth, I believe.  It's cotton, so I don't want winter wear.  I'm thinking either a pillow or a capelet-type thing, but I'm having trouble finding patterns that use approximately the yardage I have.  I've glanced through the Knitting Pattern Directory, but there's just too many patterns to go through when you're working with dial-up.  So do you guys have any suggestions?

#3:  In the same vein as #2, I went crazy and bought 5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft Quick (it's the bulky one) in berry blue.  I think they're something like 70-90 yards each.  I've been trying to figure out what to do with it for 5 months.  Haven't got a clue.  Again, I would love any pattern suggestions.  I'm pretty much open to anything. 

Thank you so much for any help, it is greatly appreciated. 

30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Magknits is up :) on: June 01, 2006 07:50:10 AM
Some cute patterns this time around, I'm loving Lux and Rose of Sharon Smiley
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