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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: First Knit then Felted purse...stripey! on: July 12, 2006 09:29:25 AM
i've found that the two most important things about felting are:  know your yarn and know your washer.  i have definitely found that some wools felt faster and smaller than others.  and some machines agitate more roughly than others.  if in doubt you can always felt a test swatch and get an idea how it's going to come out. 

*knock on wood* i've always gotten good results, and if it's a yarn i haven't felted before, i just pull it out of the wash cycle and check it more frequently.  that's a good idea anyway - you can avoid some problems in felting if you actually shape it periodically throughout the felting cycle.  (get it to be more square, straighten out handles, etc.)

and i guess the third important thing is to use a zippered pillow case or washing bag - it will keep the lint out of your machine AND prevent the item from stretching too much in weird directions.

i adore felting and i've been told i'm really good at it.  some of the regular customers at the LYS i work at will only let me felt for them.  (we have a machine in the shop)  if you have other felting questions, i'd be happy to help!

22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: First Knit then Felted purse...stripey! on: July 11, 2006 08:07:35 AM
i actually do mine on the least delicate cycle, unless i just want a light felting.  but even then, if you check it every few minutes, you should be fine.  nice job with hand felting.  how long did it take?
23  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: knitscene's central park hoodie on: July 11, 2006 06:32:16 AM
i love this pattern and i've been dying to try cables!  i won't be able to cast on for a while (way too much else to finish) and hopefully i have something in the stash that will work (as i am also b-r-o-k-e broke!)  i'd love to hear how things are going in the meantime.

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where is the coolest place you've ever knit? on: July 07, 2006 01:21:09 PM
i knit everywhere i can.  planes, trains, cars, baseball games, at the beach, in mexico visiting my parents last winter.  the coolest place?  hmm ...
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Why do you knit? on: July 07, 2006 07:46:40 AM
1.  my cousin made me a scarf for christmas a few years ago and i thought "hey, i can do that!" and i made her teach me (though i didn't have to really "make" her, she was quite willing to teach!)

2.  now i knit like a feind.  everywhere.  constantly.  my non-knitting friends make fun, until i present them with a yummy scarf or felted bag or whatever.  it makes me happy, creating objects as often as possible.  it is meditative.  it satisfies my need for alone time AND social time.  my knitting friends inspire me and keep me motivated.  it is magical and satisfying and when i accomplish a project with a skill that was new to me, i love the feeling of learning something new.

3.  if i had to pick one person, it would be my favorite instructor at my shop (where i work, dangerous for a knitter), bernadette st. amant.  she is such a patient knitting coach and never makes me feel dumb that i haven't figured it out on my own, and she makes me feel like i can knit ANYTHING.  and she is such a kind person in general.   but all knitters inspire me.  i'm always learning something new from other knitters, especially brand-new knitters, because they teach me new ways of thinking about knitting.  i am coaching my friend Lisa through her first mitten and she was learning how to KFB.  while reading the pattern aloud, she called it "Kentucky Fried Something", so now i call it a "Kentucky Fried Increase"   Wink
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: teeny tiny knitting needles on: July 07, 2006 07:02:45 AM
oooh ... now i am curious about what you're making because i, too, am working on a teeny tiny knitting project for the challenge!  i've not ventured into alternative needle materials.  what about a blunt tapestry needle instead of sewing needles?  they come in pretty teeny sizes, but maybe won't puncture your fingertips.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rebel Alliance Purse (felting, intarsia, and a killer logo) on: July 05, 2006 04:25:31 AM
that totally rocks!  i should have been working on one during my star wars marathon this weekend!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / free-form knitting advice? on: June 23, 2006 12:31:42 PM
i'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my copy of "unexpected knitting" by debbie new because i really want to try free form knitting.  has anyone done this?  any tips?  or other books/websites you'd recommend?

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: a lotta knits on: June 22, 2006 09:48:18 AM
WOW you have been busy.  i sense you have an affinity for red and black.   Grin

nice work, i love the patons chinese jacket, what is the pattern?
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What I'm up to... (project-wise) [picture heavy...12] on: June 22, 2006 09:41:21 AM
i love your danica, i am also attracted to bright vibrant colors!!  the brighter, the better!!  (post more when you're done!)

and i've recently found myself with more WIPs than usual ... i'm feeling restless in general, and i guess my knitting is restless too.  unfortunately, the one thing i should finish is the least appealing to me, but it's for a gift so i feel extra obligated!

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