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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Why does it DO that?!? on: April 09, 2006 09:36:16 AM
When I knit in the round, all of my stitches lean to the side until I have a sort of "twister" pattern.

Here is an example of what I am talking about:

EVERYTIME I knit in the round, this happens. I can't figure out what I am doing wrong! I want the stitches to stay vertical!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Socks on 5, 6, or 8 dpns? on: April 09, 2006 09:31:34 AM

I've been searching for a pattern for simple socks on size 5, 6, or 8 dpns (since that's what I have...haha). The yarn is http://www.yarn.com/yarns-knitting/jelliBeenz.html.

I have a pattern that calls for size 7 dpns, and I have made the socks in that pattern before with this yarn...but I guess I lost my 7s. My mom wants a pair of socks by Easter! BAH! HELP!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first socks! on: February 28, 2006 01:33:02 PM
I started these guys back in December and got sidetracked when I did two Newsboys and the Skully sweater from SnB.

The pattern is the Basic Sock Pattern from Knitting for Dummies. I used Jellybeans yarn. I still have a bit left over...so I'm thinking of making baby socks for someone out of it!

14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first cotton! + an old one!! on: February 28, 2006 01:20:12 PM
I'll start with the old one. I've had this baby spun up forever, but I've been pretty busy lately. I now have the time to actually post it. I don't have a name for it.

Here's the ball of fiber when I bought it:

and when I spun it, I wound up with two big balls (hold your jokes Wink )

I am way more excited about the fiber I spun this morning. My boyfriend and I took a trip across Missouri to KC to see Nine Inch Nails. In the middle of our roadtrip, I saw a BILLBOARD for a FIBER STUDIO! I freaked out and noted that we'd have to stop by. This place had more fiber than any other place I've been in personally (sans fiber festivals, of course)! I didn't have much cash, so I had to be cheap. I picked up a mix bag of 6 different shades of this soft cotton fiber. It is the softest fiber I have ever spun with! What a dream!

Here is the bag after I used a little of the fiber:

and I spun up half of it this morning:

I can't express in writing HOW SOFT this stuff is. I'm definetely making a hat out of it. Soft, lightweight...perfect for spring!

The next fiber I will be spinning was bought back in November. I just haven't touched it, yet, because I'm bad like that.

Here she be:

Anybody suggest anything fancy? hehe
15  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Two (one altered) Newsboy Caps (lots of pictures!!) on: January 25, 2006 01:13:18 PM
I bought SnBN some time ago with the sole purpose of knitting the Cabled Newsboy Cap. I got some 100% cotton yarn and went to it....and I finished it in no time at all! Seriously, this is a fantastic knit! Instant gratification and no boredom with repetitiveness.

Once I finished it (in only three days), I wanted to make another version of it in dark red.  It was just so much fun to knit! So, I got some cheap Simply Soft and went to it. I finished this hat in only ONE DAY! (It helped that I was home sick from work...Sad )

As you can see, I really just took the cables out. Cables are kind of fancy to me, so I wanted one of these that was more "every day." That's the only change, really. I absolutely love both of my hats!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / a whole slew of knitted goodness + pictures & mitten pattern!! on: December 11, 2005 12:02:56 PM

Irish Hiking Wristwarmers from http://wineandneedles.blogspot.com/2004/12/wrist-warmer-pattern.html
I used cheap-o Red Heart.

I can't recall the name of this yarn, but this is a scarf for my little sister for Christmas. I'm afraid she won't like it, though...she's the biggest tomboy I know. It's just made with simple st st.

This was actually the very FIRST knitting project I ever started....but I just got around to finishing it after it had been set aside for so long. It's a scarf for myself made from Simply Soft in black. It's quite  a wide scarf, but it keeps me warm. It's just simple garter stitch all over.

I'm quite proud of this one (can you tell? haha). It was my first dpn project, and I love it! It was a hat made for my boyfriend, but it's short on his head. As you can see, it fits me just fine Smiley It's also made of cheap-o Red Heart...haha. The pattern was free http://droppedstitches.blogspot.com/2004/11/two-movie-easy-knit-hat-pattern.html  It certainly took me longer than two movies, though  Huh

These were my first pair of mittens. I made them for myself and I JUST missed the first snow. I was on the middle of my second mitten! Oh well, my hands freeze in the rush-hour traffic on my way to work, so I'm still glad I made these. It was a really really easy and quick pattern. It's on straight-needles. I have the pattern if anyone wants it. A girl on myspace sent it to me Smiley Red Heart, again. I'm cheap :-p
17  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Henry Rollins! HELP!!!! on: November 23, 2005 08:27:52 AM
I am attemting my first pattern out of SnBN...and it's the Henry Rollins doll. I'm making it for a Christmas present for someone...so I don't want to mess up!

I made the body just fine, but now I've come to the arm:

"Working in St st, inc 1 st at each edge of EOR 2 times, then every foll 4th row 3 times.

Work even in St st for 15 rows.

Change to black yarn.

Work even in St st for 2 rows.


Here's the dilemma I have:

What the hell does EOR stand for? That entire row and the one following has me more than confused.

Also, it says do two rows and then bind off after switching to black, and the doll in SnBN looks like it have quite a bit more than two rows black on the top of the arm.

I'm just very confused.

Has anyone else made it?
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / I've been a busy bee! Loads of Pics!!! :) on: November 03, 2005 02:50:25 PM
I haven't made soap in some time, but I'll be teaching a class at the local Michaels in 20 days...so I figured I'd better brush up on my skills. I've made even more soap since picture time, but this should do for now!

These are my frogs and turtles. They are green (dur!) and they have eucalyptus-mint as the scent. It smells fantastic, and it's supposed to be a stree reliever! I made the turtles for a girl who is having a baby tomorrow! She is a turtle fanatic. ...I have no idea what I'm going to do with the frogs.

This bar is all kinds of fun. The reddish outer layer is scented with the eucalyptus-mint stress-reliever, but the inner scent in the bluish is vanilla-lavendar, used for relaxation. There are apricot seeds for exfoliation and eucalyptus leaves for stree relief in the soap.

This is my cinnamon and maple sugar oatmeal soap. My mom swears up and down this is some of the best stuff she's ever used on her face. I love the yummy smell and everyone wants to take a bite out of them.

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Manly Scarf - My own Pattern! :) on: November 03, 2005 02:43:14 PM
My dad's birthday is in a couple of days...and I just couldn't find the design I wanted for a scarf for him. I bought two skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and decided to just make up a pattern using my size 10 needles.

The pattern will be available on my upcoming domain (a craft one shared by friends), which I'll post once it happens.

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Easy Sweater Pattern!?????? on: October 31, 2005 11:22:48 AM
I want to use Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn to make a basic sweater. I can't find just a plain ordinary sweater pattern! Everything has to have cables and stripes and blah  blah. I know how to do that stuff, but I want a plain sweater! Does anyone know where I can find a pattern online?
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