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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Charting success! 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!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Green storage ideas for supplies 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).
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair-Isle stair steps 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....
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Scrumbling on: April 04, 2007 06:24:02 AM
I am interested in seeing a board on scrumbling.  I don't know if it should be under knitting or crochet since its both.  There's very little on craftster about scrumbling & I think everybody trying to stashbust would love it. 
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