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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Now, I've never spun before, but I am curious . . . on: September 30, 2005 10:02:52 PM
How much practice does it take before the finished yarn comes out evenly? I've seen some handspun yarns that are thick in some places, thin in others, and I can just imagine how horrendous that would be when trying to keep the tension right when knitting it. I'm just curious as to how much practice it takes before the yarn ends up as all one thickness when it's done. Is it difficult to try and keep it that way, or does it just sorta come naturally?
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Dishcloths to washcloths? on: September 30, 2005 03:48:33 PM
Cotton knit dishcloths aren't exactly hard to make or some by, but how well to they work as facecloths, for example? Are they soft enough to use? Do they end up smelling funny really quickly? (I can't imagine they would, since dishcloths get all sorts of dirty food and water stuck in them, and can come out just fine.)

I suppose my main concern is how soft they are, and how good they'd be as facecloths. If they're any good, I may grab myself a giant ball of dishcloth yarn and start a-knitting, since I seem to have washcloth theives no matter where I go.
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A great idea for a Christmas gift. on: September 28, 2005 04:14:41 PM
I plan to do this this year, and I just thought that some other people might benefit from the idea.

Etched wine glasses.

Go to your local cheapy store (Dollar Store, whatever it's called in your area) and find some wine glasses. 10 to 1 they'll have some. Buy a set of 6, just to make it nice and even.

Then go to your local craft store and buy glass etching cream, as well as some stencils. I figure the rest is obvious.

It's relatively cheap, and makes a wonderful-looking gift for adult friends or relatives when you don't realy know what to get for them. Find a nice stencil design and use the etching cream to put it on the wine glass.

Just be careful with the cream. It's highly corrosive, so work in a well-ventilated room, with kids and pets out of the way. Wear gloves, and possibly goggles, just to be on the safe side.

This whole venture should cost you about $20. (At least it'll cost me that.) All things considered, that's not bad for a set of etched wine glasses!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mystery yarn swap? on: September 27, 2005 05:26:05 PM
I'm sure we've all seen it. Discount bins at yarn stores, where the label has been ripped off the ball/skein and so no one knows what brand it is, how long it is, or what it's made of.

Wouldn't it be kinda nifty to get a few of those balls and trade off? No one knows what they may be getting, because no one knows what the heck the yarn is in the first place! You may end up getting something really good, or you may get something that you just can't make anything out of no matter how hard you try.

Personally, I think a swap like this would be fun. If there are people interested, I'll probably end up arranging one once the new year comes.
15  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Saint John, New Brunswick! (Or anyone from nearby NB that wants to drive to SJ.) on: September 26, 2005 05:43:13 AM
On Tuesday, at about 3:30, there's going to be a little knitting/crafting group sitting in the back of the Feel Good Store uptown. Feel free to join us for tea and fun crafty talk!

We're trying to make this a regular occurance, maybe once a week, or once every 2 weeks. No silly 'membership' fees or anything of the sort. If you want to bring money and buy tea for everyone, we'll just love you all the more (:p) but it's not required. We're thinking it'll be primarily a knitting group, but we won't discourage other crafters from bringing along their works in progress to show off, or to work on.

Remember, Tuesday, September 27, 3:30 PM, at the Feel Good Store uptown. Hope to see some people there that I don't already know. Smiley
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Request for a cloak pattern on: September 20, 2005 01:07:12 PM
I have a friend who's looking to make a hooded cloak for herself, but every site she finds online pretty much says, "Here's what the pattern's called, now go find it yourself." I figured asking around here might help a lot. Has anyone got a pattern for a hooked cloak that they're willing to post, or direct me to, or something? I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What do you do when you're knitting? on: September 12, 2005 06:39:59 AM
Do you watch TV? Listen to music? Attempt to play board games? Or do you just sit in silence and knit?

Just curious. I sit with the TV on for background noise. Exteral stimulation is a good thing, and makes the time pass by quicker.
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Handmade Christmas. on: September 11, 2005 07:30:55 PM
Or Yule, or Kwanza, or whatever your preference is.

In short, this year, I vow to have all the gifts I give be made by my own hands. Whether I know something, or sew something, or whatever, all of my gifts will be handmade.

Is anyone else doing this too?
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Questions about blocking. on: September 11, 2005 06:40:43 AM
Can cotton be blocked properly? I've heard that you can't block synthetic fibres, but since cotton isn't synthetic . . . It also doesn't have much give to it . . . Therefore I figured I'd ask here first.

Also, what happens if you try to block something made of synthetic fibres? Does it just not work, or does it go all screwy?
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can't figure out. on: September 10, 2005 08:34:31 PM
Okay, this may seem pretty stupid, but for the life of me, I can't figure out yarn-overs. I just can't figure them out. What the heck am I supposed to do? From little video clips I've seen, it looks like I'm just setting up to knit, or purl, a stitch, and then . . . what? What do I do from where? Do I continue with the stitch? If so, how the heck does that make it different from a normal stitch?

Very confused . . . >_<
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