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231  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dropped Stitch Shawl w/ Twist! on: January 02, 2006 01:00:24 PM
I haven't done this particular project, but I have used the drop stitch and it does seem intimidating at first. And you're not "unravelling" as much as you really are just dropping the excess yarn from your previous stitch. I actually learned the drop stitch from a horrible tutorial on the DIY network website.

Just dive in, the drop stitch will work itself out. Like most things in knitting: it all seems completely crazy until you suck it up, follow the directions, and Viola! it works. Good luck!

p.s. I heart knitpicks! good'n'cheap
232  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty Winecozy and a scarf on: December 18, 2005 02:36:14 PM
what size needles did you end up using? I've been using sz. 8 and my gauge swatch was way off, but it looks alright so far against a bottle of reisling we have at home. The pattern says to knit until the work is 8 inches long, but it doesn't seem like it's long enough. Did you have to make any changes to make it work?
233  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Armwarmers! My first project that isn't a scarf! on: December 10, 2005 12:59:26 AM
right on! great job! doesn't it feel awesome to actually finish your first project that you can't buy with the skein of fun fur??

now add stripes!
234  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: What ot do with Big, black boots on: December 10, 2005 12:43:10 AM

go to your local army surplus store and get some black boot laces. They hold up better and look ten times better than the manufacturer's laces. They make the boots more comfortable, too
235  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: What ot do with Big, black boots on: December 10, 2005 12:40:41 AM
I've had the same problem, in fact I traded half a bottle of whiskey for my old dr. martens, and that's simply not the life i lead anymore.

However, I wouldn't trade them for the world, think of all the places those shoes have been! And so many more placces they will go!
 To further sing the praises of good ol' docs:  I was told "now you bring some sensible footwear" when on my way to Italy a few years ago. We only went for a few days, and EVERYONE brought white, expensive, name-brand walking sneakers (which is the numero Uno sign that says 'you are a tourist, you have money' to any ne'r-do-wells) and I brought my docs and some pairs of thick socks. At the end of every rainy night my co-vacationers had sopping wet feet and most of them started getting colds, while I had water halfway up my jeans and was completely oblivious with comfy, toasty toes.

Maybe you don't need to change your shoes as much as your view of them. I see my docs as ice and snow lifesavers. I'm not the most graceful lady but the tread on the bottom plus the gauntlet of leather around your leg (paired with some tall socks) makes your feet impervious to wet and cold. Now if you have good gloves and a good hat, you've won the battle on keeping in your precious body heat during the winter season!

But as far as dressing them up goes, I've been covering them with legwarmers that I've made from old sweater sleeves. If you get belled legwarmers in a big size, they look so cute with black toes sticking out of them. Change your outlook from "hot topic" to "anime chic" (cause they make yous ankles look tiny and showcase great calves), pairing your docks with a button up shirt (and a tie, perhaps?) under a v-neck sweater with some hot jeans and you're good to go.

PLUS! (oh yeah, there's more!) those boots with a little bit of a heel can make you look long and lean (and pick your jeans hem off of the floor). Try wearing them with trouser pants, or a black dress... just play dress up and find out what you can do

first things first, legwarmers will totally change your boot style, good luck!
236  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone else hate UO? on: December 10, 2005 12:09:58 AM
if it makes you all feel better, or worse, Urband Outfitters actually started out as a head shop.

however, I found this out because my friend was going to get my boyfriend a good job with benefits and reasonable hours at the local UO, only to be led around jumping through hoops like a lapdog for weeks until we find out that they hired the guy who has issues with showing up on time & a drinking problem.

needless to say I have my own issues with the company, but I already did before the job-getting debacle occurred.

However, I'll take issue with Wal-Mart before I do with Urban Outfitters. In the meantime, this company will send me their catalogs for free which tell me what I can make with my own hands that are IN style, not just myh style, and I can happily rip off their ideas and sell my own new, improved versions.

Don't hate, re-create!
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