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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / You Knit What? is no more....please welcome The 4th Knitter of the Apocalypse. on: October 22, 2006 05:31:25 AM
(If this is the wrong place to toot your own horn, modgod, please feel free to move this where ever.)


I have started up a blog dedicated to ugly knitwear of the past and not so distant past.

Please bookmark and visit often. Leave comments, send in submissions of your own.

 ( I am new to blogging and will be experimenting with the entire thing and eventually starting up another blog dedicated to my knitting projects.)

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 300+ post card sized advertizements from Germany on: May 10, 2006 10:29:14 AM
When I was in Germany 2 years ago, these post cards were used near bars and I swiped them all for some future project.

I have no idea what to do with them and am considering ebaying them off.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Just finished my first Muggle project....whew..... on: March 24, 2006 07:51:45 PM
I had been asked since November by this extremely nice guy at our shooting club if I would make him a scarf. He wanted something like cashmere or really soft. Not granny acrylic. Right there, he had me. Oh god, I may be a newbie into this addiction of knitting, but anyone who wants good wool over acrylic knows my number.

I had only just started knitting in September and pooh poohed him until I found the right yarn.  Noro Silk Garden.  45% Silk. 45% Mohair. 5% Lambswool.  Manly colors of brown, gray and shades either side.  It has been a real pleasure to work with this.

I started in January and pretty much frogged it about 5 times and really farked it over after the 5th restart because I was distracted by the TV. Instead of ripping it out again, I went to the knitting store and groveled for help. The Goddesses of Yarn fixed my fark up nicely and I was back in business again. It has been my constant purse companion for over 8 weeks as I do a little every day waiting for my kids to get out of school.

I don't know how to add images here successfully, so I shall link it to my photobucket

  Rolled up.


I just cast on 200 stitches on circular needles ( 5 or 7, can't remember. sorry. I have a 1 bit memory drive.) and knit the entire thing.  Very meditative.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone have a pattern for a knitted cake/cupcake/food? on: March 03, 2006 04:33:00 AM
I've been seeing these knitted cakes and such on ebay for sale and I'm of the mind to knit up one.

My google-fu is turning up zilch.

anyone care to share?

5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Orphan Knitting via Children In Common on: March 02, 2006 06:01:07 AM


KnitPicks has started their first charity drive for the year to knit hat, scarves, socks, mittens for children in orphanges in the Former Eastern Block Countries.

The children in these places receive very little and when they are 18, are kicked out without job skills or life skills or money to be on their own. Their education, to say the least, is pretty basic.  More than 80% succumb to depressing, alcoholism/drug abuse and prostitution to survive.

For our first charity focus in 2006 we have chosen OK! Orphan Knitting. OK! is a part of Children in Common established in 1992. OK! collects donated knitted items, including socks, sweaters, vests, hats and mittens, and delivers them to orphans in Eastern Europe ages one to six years (finished length of 6-6"). OK! asks that all socks are knitted with at least a 75% wool content. Our free Moc Crock Sock pattern, knitted with any of our sock yarns, is an ideal project for both you and Orphan Knitting. To find out more information about donations or this charity, go to www.childrenincommon.org.

Send all knit donations to:
Children In Common
Adoptions Together, Inc.
5750 Executive Dr. Suite 107
Baltimore, MD 21228 

Being an adopted kid myself ( from here) it makes me realize just how very lucky I am in the cosmic nature of things that I was a US kid up for adoption and not in Russia.

I have also emailed them to ask if they need anything like yarn and knitting needles for the kids to learn a skill.  I should follow up by asking if they need any other kinds of craft supplies as well.

I just thought I would share another great cause to craft for.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I have a $20 gift certificate for Barnes & Noble. Suggest a knitting book! on: February 15, 2006 08:27:27 AM
I already have SnB, Knitting without Tears and the DVD of A knitting Glossary with Elizabeth Zimmerman ( fantastic, btw.)

As a newbie, I am looking at anything, really, but it cannot be overly complicated, so Knitting Over The Edge type stuff will probably make my head explode.

I'm thinking hats or socks or even an overall pictured glossary of all the stitches ( from basic to complicated) that is portable.

Bonus points given for linkies!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Circular Knitting needles with a scarf project: Men's rustic scarf...HELP Me!!! on: February 13, 2006 04:59:54 PM
I am having a brainfart.

I am doing a scarf ( I think from Last Minute Knitted Gifts) and it calls for  circular needles. ( I am using a different yarn and needle sizing. Not really the point here.)

I'm on my second row after the cast on.

If I join the two together for the 3rd row, won't I get one huge circular thing?


I feel 20 points more stupid for even asking this in public.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help! How does one sew Barbie Doll dresses ( and not just tube-y top dresses) on: January 10, 2006 12:22:00 PM
[If this is in the wrong place, mods, please feel free to move it. I wasn't sure if it should go in Sewing or Toys.
I have been searching sporatically for info on how to sew pretty dresses for barbie dolls.

What mystifies me is/are the sleeves and small seams.(Actually, the whole process mystifies, but that isn't stopping me on my quest.)

Is there a special attachment for any sewing machine or what exactly?

If you surf ebay for handmade Barbie doll dresses, there are some specatular dresses out there that I just drool over ( for my daughter, naturally)  but ....how do they make them?

Thank you for reading my brainfarted posting.
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Airy Scarf.....help. K1TOG.... on: November 23, 2005 04:55:35 AM
I have figured out the K1Tog, but the stitch then, obviously, shortens the row. The next couple of rows are just regular knitting and when you K1TOG the scarf gets narrower again......

Is this normal and does blocking take this problem away or am I not grasping the concept of Knit Together?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Unraveled sweater....how important to stretch out the kinks? on: November 15, 2005 06:54:10 AM
I am partially through an A&F sweater and have wound the yarn into large balls for now.  I have to state that unraveling a sweater is extremely theraputic and comforting.

Ironically, my husband who is a liscensed builder and has everything one needs for building, does not have one peice of 3.5 foot long wood available for me to use to hammer two nails into it to stretch out and unkink the yarn.

The irony of this is almost delicious.

I was planning on taking the hanks and giving them a dip into water and hanging it to dry over a hanger like stated in Stitch and Bitch, but was wondering just how crucial this step is for reusing the yarn?

Eventually this peice of wood will come my direction or I will just raid a neighbors wood pile.
In the meantime, I thought I would ask.

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