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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first quilt on: August 31, 2009 06:02:32 AM
Great quilt (never would have guessed it was your first), and the back is super awesome!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blocking Woe on: May 30, 2008 03:34:42 PM
Blocking cotton won't ruin it- just handle the wet piece with care. Cotton likes to stretch, especially when wet. Also cotton won't have the blocking "memory" that animal fibers have, which is why I think a lot of people don't block it. Personally, I like to wash and dry my gauge swatch and then wash and dry my cotton garments, 'cause to me, the biggest benefit of cotton is to have a garment you can wash and dry! (And in my experience, cotton always shrinks.)

Good luck!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice with knit sweater i want to copy. *with pics* on: May 29, 2008 06:21:51 AM
Way cool. From the pictures, it kind of looks like it has some saddle-shoulder stuff going on. Though I'm with you with making it as simple as possible. Sounds like you've knit raglans from the top down, but never from the bottom up? Do yourself a favor and find a pattern for a basic bottom up raglan and you'll see that there's no sleeve shaping to be done- it's just like top down, except you shape with decreases instead of increases. (The only bottom up pattern I can think of off hand is the Hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.)

In any case, please post some updates when you get into it. The sweater looks awesome and I can't wait to see what you do with it!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tilted Duster (Wool Sweater Just in Time for Spring!) on: May 17, 2008 09:52:55 AM
I'm developing quite a tradition of finishing warm, cozy sweaters just as the temperature gets warm enough to not need a warm, cozy sweater. Behold:

The Tilted Duster from Fall 2007 Interweave.

Knit in the called for Berroco Peruvia (which I found to be nice and sproingy, but a little splitty and weak, since it's single-ply). I'm actually really pleased with the fit. I was worried that this was going to be a sweater that might only look good on those with skinny hips and flat stomachs, but I think it's a pretty flattering sweater for us curvier girls, too.

Now, on to springier endeavors!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: felted coasters for mother's day on: May 05, 2008 08:21:28 AM
You could knit one big square, felt it, and then cut the coasters out of the big felted square (as long as your fabric is fully felted). You'd get a lot more of the color changes from the yarn.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: lilac hair? on: April 24, 2008 06:35:19 PM
Fantastic job on the hat... and in Manos Silk blend... mmmm.

I totally feel you on the hair thing. Right after I left my corporate job for self-employment, the blood-red streaks went in my hair. And it was totally worth the wait  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Just In Time For Spring: Winter Accessory Roundup on: April 24, 2008 06:28:00 PM
Thanks, everyone for all the nice comments!

It's really nice! Your stitches are SO even!  Shocked
I've been trying to learn how to knit, but my stitches are not even at all  Cheesy  So I'm amazed hehe

Once you get comfortable knitting, your stitches will start to get much more even. A good blocking will even out your stitches even more.  Smiley
8  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Re: Visiting Madison-need cool places to go to on: April 22, 2008 01:25:12 PM
Ladysmith, that's rough. I grew up in a small WI town, so I feel ya'.

I just recently moved back to Madison after a 6 year absence, so I may be missing some stuff, but here's what I can suggest:

The Madison farmer's market just started back up and is not to be missed. It's right on the capitol square (and is probably within walking distance of whatever museum you are going to). It's on Saturday and earlier is better to avoid crowds. You'll be able to cobble together an amazing breakfast or lunch from the stands (although I like to cross the street and get crazygood pastries from Caf Soleil, which is on Pickney right across from the capitol). The capitol building itself is pretty cool to walk around in.

My old favorite Thai place has closed and I haven't found a new one that I really like, but I have been very pleased with Maharani on W. Washington for Indian.

I know of two independent fabric stores: Stitcher's Crossing on Mineral point, which is mostly quilting fabric but carries designer prints (like Amy Butler), and Gayfeathers on Williamson, which is an eclectic little shop full of apparel fabric, designer cotton, japaneese imports, and home decor fabric. The Jo-Anne on the westside on Odanna Rd is pretty new and pretty well-stocked, but still pretty much what you'd expect a Jo-Anne to be.

"thedailypage.com" is a good resource to check out for restaurant listings and going-ons in Madison.

Have a great time this weekend!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Just In Time For Spring: Winter Accessory Roundup on: April 21, 2008 02:04:36 PM
Seems I chose the worst winter in years and years to leave California and move back to the Midwest. Now that the weather seems to be making a change for the warmer and the snow is finally melted away, I present the winter accessories I knit this year:

Gretel in Manos del Uraguay

Endpaper Mitts in some random wool and wool/silk sock yarn (great first colorwork project, by the way)

A hat for my husband, roughly based on Elizebeth Zimmerman's Very Warm Hat in RYC Cashsoft DK (I want to save up all my Cashsoft yarn scraps and in 20 or so years, build myself a nest out of it- love that stuff)

It's reversible!

Kim's Hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (with tassels! 'Cause we all know that knitting is really all about tassels and pom-poms, right?) and some largely improvised mittens out of some more Manos

All that and I was still cold all winter. Good thing it's finally spring!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Two-for-one knitting technique on: April 21, 2008 01:40:16 PM
I love knitting both-of-whatever at once. For whatever reason it seems so much less arduous to knit, say, both sleeves together than to finish one and still have another to do. Plus, if I didn't, I would never, ever has symmetric sleeves.  Smiley
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