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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with fabric dyes for vintage/unknown fabric content? on: May 30, 2008 10:01:16 AM
I'm re-constructing a number of vintage dresses for a photo shoot and pretty much all but one of them need to be dyed in various bright, floral colors.  Some are all one color, some are going to be kind of a tie-dye effect, and some only need the VERY EDGES dyed in a contrasting color, so.. it's going to be a bit of a challenge.

Our biggest issue is that some of the lace on the dresses is acrylic, some of the dresses are polyester or poly-whatever lined... yeah.  Good times.

Any dyes that you would recommend?  Any you would NOT recommend?  I'm looking for experienced advice here, otherwise we're just gonna stare at the shelf like lost stitchers when we get to the shop.

Any tricks of the trade?  We are purchasing a vat of vinegar for color-locking, but any other tips would be appreciated, like how to "paint" dyes on rather than just dunk it in a bin and let it sit.

I will be going to Michael's and JoAnn's for these items, so no brands that I can only buy online, please.  Think Dylon, Rit, Tulip...  I'm located in the US.

2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sophie Knitalong on: June 08, 2007 10:36:15 AM
I just started a Sophie KAL on Ravelry for peeps who wanted to do one!  Figured I'd give this little thread a boost, since it's been a year and 5 months since it was last posted in.  ;-)
3  UNITED STATES / Delaware / Re: Delaware knit/crochet roll call! on: June 05, 2007 05:16:20 AM
Wow, I am so excited to go check it out!  Darn my 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. work schedule this week!  Thanks!
4  UNITED STATES / Delaware / Re: Craftsters in Newark? on: June 04, 2007 11:07:37 AM
I work up at Clayton Hall at UD.  They apparently have a knitting group at the Newark library every other tuesday, anyone ever been?  I always mean to check it out, but I work a second job and Tuesday's a regular shift for me.

Keep on keepin' on, knittahs
5  UNITED STATES / Delaware / Re: Delaware knit/crochet roll call! on: June 04, 2007 11:06:38 AM
Knit/Crochet/other from Newark here.  I'm now a UD full-time employee, so I'm on campus all the time.  It'll be great to see other crafters around campus!

Has anyone been to the new Stitches with Style?  Apparently they have a new owner and have revamped a bit.  I was just curious if anyone had checked it out!  (and for those of you that didn't know about it yet, it's an independent fancy-yarns store in Newark/Pike Creek area)
6  UNITED STATES / Delaware / Delaware Ravelry-ers! on: June 04, 2007 10:54:38 AM
Hey all, I just received my invite for Ravelry.com and have joined up!  I've added a few Delaweenies, but wanted to see if there were any more drifting around on there, or wanted to join up.  They've been getting the invites out pretty quickly nowadays (mine took two monhts, but I hear they're trying to get people in much faster now), and it'd be a great way for us to keep track of each other yarns, projects, favorite places to shop, etc.

Of course, craftster will still be a wonderful place for all kinds of crafters, but Ravelry's definitely good for the knitting/crocheting/spinning folks we've got here.  I've already put in some suggestions on what to do for local peeps (get togethers/SNBs and whatnot), so hopefully they will get some new features kicking down the line.

Check it out, and friend me at "letmebeyoursong" if you're on there!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ravelry! Extra invites... on: June 04, 2007 10:42:08 AM
Never fear!  I had even forgotten that I asked for an invite, which must have been back in Feb. or March when I had free time, and I received mine days ago.  "letmebeyoursong" is my username over there... I see new people on the "new members" list every day, so they are definitely progressing in putting people in.  I hope everyone gets their invite soon!
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: One-Skein Knitting - KAL and stash murder, as well as adding skillz on: January 21, 2007 02:37:31 PM
I meant One Skein Wonders, I didn't realize there was a book called One Skein Knitting... interesting.
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / One-Skein Knitting - KAL and stash murder, as well as adding skillz on: January 21, 2007 11:47:26 AM
So... I've joined up with the "no new yarn in '07" brigade... you know, where you knit up everything you have before you can buy new yarn.  I think I have one of the loftiest tasks, as I've somehow garnered over 180 skeins of many, many different kinds of yarn that are currently residing in what we lovingly call my "yarn coffin" (it also serves as my coffee table).

And on top of that, I'd like to expand my knitting skills greatly.  I've been knitting for many years, but due to combining that with many other hobbies (theatre, singing, D&D, video games, board games, tea-ology, romance novels, writing, failing out of college), I haven't actually learned too many techniques and expanded beyond hats, scarves, felted dice bags, and one cabled mess that has yet to be identified... most of which I freeformed, because I also am not accustomed to reading patterns.

So I've picked up the One Skein Knitting book (the first knitting book I've owned, I'm a library-aholic too) and I want to go through and knit every pattern, even if it's something I'm not remotely interested in.  It should use up a good number of skeins, there will be patterns for all of the different weights I have, and there's quite a few things in there that I really have no idea how to make...  I'm aware that there's a few crochet items as well, so for a KAL purpose, we could skip that, or combine it with a crochet-community CAL.

Is anyone interested in a major book-and-stash-attack KAL and learning experience?  Have any input or advice?  Think I've completely lost my mind?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anybody picked up One Skein Wonders yet? on: December 05, 2006 05:40:00 PM
I just bought this, and it's actually the first knitting book I've ever purchased.  I'm very ADD and have too many single skein messes laying around, so I'm really excited to knock some projects out in this.  Most of the stuff is simple enough to keep my focus, but still awesome looking.  Yay!  Be sure to post if anyone wants to do a KAL from the book.
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