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1  Re: ANY sock KAL anyone? in Knitalongs by flaky on: January 25, 2008 01:45:18 PM
two little monkeys covering my toes:

I used Maizy yarn - which is made primarily of corn.  How bizzare!   The yarn was splitty & a little difficult to work with - but I *can* put it in the washer/dryer - which earns it bonus points. 
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2  Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases in What the heck can I do with THIS? by flaky on: January 19, 2008 06:10:19 AM
I am a knitter & I use mine to store circular needles.   I removed the paper & black insert and labeled them.   This only works up to US size 11 needles - anything bigger than that is too fat for the depth of the box.

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3  Charting success! in Knitting: Completed Projects by flaky on: January 17, 2008 03:52:44 PM
My knitting New Year's resolution was to branch out & start trying new things - namely charts. I chose one color work chart and one lace pattern. Here are a couple of things I completed so far (I started before Christmas on my NYR - I am not a knitting speed demon). 

Bird in Hand mittens (beautiful pattern by Kate Gilbert http://www.kategilbert.com/index.html

And my Embossed Leaves socks from IP "Favorite Socks" (pardon my cankles)

Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: ANY sock KAL anyone? in Knitalongs by flaky on: January 17, 2008 03:41:30 PM
I LOOOOVE socks - yay. 

I am making a pair of monkeys right now so I'll use those as my KAL if thats ok. 
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5  Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? in Knitalongs by flaky on: January 17, 2008 08:05:50 AM

Here's my yoke!   I settled on Patons Classic Merino in Faded Denim.  I usually wear darker colors - but I didn't think I'd be able to see the stitch definition as well (and, frankly - there was the most of this color in the same dye lot at the store!)

As I was knitting this, I was thinking it would have been nice to turn the yoke around and make it a cardi. 
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6  Re: Knitty's Lizard Ridge in Knitalongs by flaky on: January 17, 2008 07:57:20 AM

Here's what I have so far - I am planning to stop at 16 squares and make it a wall hanging.  I saw someone who had felted theirs slightly!  If I am brave enough - I might do that to add stability to the finished piece. 
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7  Green storage ideas for supplies in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by flaky on: November 30, 2007 12:40:52 PM
Alrighty, then.  I am typically not this slick - so I am so excited about my cleverness I just had to show off.  Here's a couple of super-cheap (essentially free) storage ideas for knitting supplies.

This is the packaging our pillowcases came in - I have re-purposed it to make a handy do-it-yourself sock kit.  It has a small clear pocket on the inside (impossible to photograph) to keep notes about my pattern AND it fits in my purse!

Like that fuzzy photo?  Another re-purposed storage item for small knitting notions. I keep darning needles, safety pins, and stitch markers in mine. As you may have surmised by now, it was formerly a prescription bottle. The handy child-proof lid keeps these items from falling out all over my knitting bag.

One last clever way to re-purpose an item. I took the black plastic inserts out of several CD jewel cases and VOILA ... I had a nice tidy way to store my circular needles. I found this works well for all needle lengths - up to a US size 11 (anything bigger than that is too thick for a jewel case).
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8  Fair-Isle stair steps in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by flaky on: November 12, 2007 04:57:07 PM
Help! Help! Help!

I am working on a sweater with a band of fair-isle design 2" or so above the hem.  My design is basically a big band of three colors making diamonds which ring around the bottom of the sweater. I am knitting it in the round & am finding that the fair isle pattern does that ugly stair step thing that you get with stripes.  I know the little slip stitch trick to correct it with stripes - but that only works for one row.  I tried to continue doing this on each row & I am getting this weird looking slip stitch mess.  Anybody have any suggestions?   

So far, my back up plan is to just make that the side of the sweater & always keep my arm to my side when I wear it.  I'm right handed - so I guess it will have to be on my left side - and we'll just see how well I do without my left hand.

here is my sweater - not afraid to rip it back if that's what the craftster gods suggest....
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9  Re: DPN organizer? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by flaky on: April 22, 2007 06:54:37 PM
I got a really good deal on bamboo dpns in every size up to 11s on ebay so I made this cute dpn cozy for them.  Actually, I made one for my straight needles and one for my dpns.  Its just two pieces of fabric sewn together with ribbons sandwiched in between to make a tie. I stitched a straight line to make every pocket.  It was a relatively quick project if you have access to a sewing machine.  Once all the needles are in it - you just flap the top over it & roll it up.  (See the rolled one in the background).

Another option is felted needle condoms - I have made a few of these for my 13" needles.  This was in the Magical Knitting book I think.  Just take some scrap wool & knit in garter a small rectangle.  Stripes look best.  Sew it up along the bottom and one side - felt it - and while its still wet - stick it on the end of a wooden spoon or other dowel.  Twist it & secure it with a couple rubberbands until its dry.  They look really cute when they are done! 

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10  Re: Magic Ball Knitting in Knitalongs by flaky on: April 22, 2007 05:39:18 PM
I thought I just posted this but guess not.  Here's a shrug I finished this spring using the magic ball concept - I didn't know it had a name!  This is just a big rectangle with the ends sewn together to make armholes.  I used  any kind of yarn & didn't worry too much about what colors went together - just go for it.
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