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1  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Loveland Thrifting/SNB on: February 05, 2007 01:47:31 PM
Hi!  Wink A while back, I was looking for a group around Westminster; now I'd love any info on a Stitch n' Bitch in Loveland (or if anyone out there wants to start one). 

And; I just have to report that the thrifting up here is top notch; there are several shops downtown within a few blocks of each other (my fave being Find on 287 N).  PM me if you need any deets!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / If you're near Denver, and like Alpacas.... on: February 26, 2006 09:09:33 AM
Go to the alpaca show in Longmont!  I bought a HUGE bag (12.5 oz) of semi-processed alpaca for $10!!!
It's at the Boulder County Fairgrounds today until 4pm. 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Monster yarn Neckwarmer! on: January 22, 2006 09:52:26 PM
I bought this awesome handspun awhile ago and just figured out what to do with it!  I knit it on sz 13's in seed stitch.  The yarn is felted wool and mohair locks.  And I used a glass bead for the button.  

and a close-up of the yarn (kinda blurry though)

Thanks for takin' a peek!
4  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Newbie needs a group on: December 31, 2005 05:41:21 PM
Hey Craftsters!  I moved out here about 2 months ago.  I live in Westminster and have too much time on my hands cause I'm still looking for a job... anyway, anyone have a knitting/craft group accepting a new member?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / IK Mukluks- Plymouth Foxy ??? on: December 20, 2005 08:04:03 AM
Hey I was really into these mukluks until I looked up the foxy yarn and it costs $27.99 for 17 yds?!!!!  And you need 6 skeins?  Am I missing something, like it comes in a bag of 5 balls or something??  Good God, yarnies!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Meatwad Hat *and pattern* on: December 18, 2005 04:56:36 PM
Widdly wah, widdly widdly widdly!
I knit this hat for my hubby.  About a month ago, we saw one you could buy online, and it was crappily made.  I knew I could rock it harder, and besides, he doesn't let me knit him anything so I had to make one!

I wrote my own pattern and duplicate stitched the face on from a chart I made.  And the main yarn is Lion Brand something in the perfect color!
So if anyone is interested in the pattern, say so and I will post it!
Meatwad gits the honeys, g.

Thanks for all the comments...and here's your pattern!

Finished size:  to fit a 23" head (it fits my hubby, but on me it's like a meatwad mask)
Yarn:  Lion Brand Chunky (i think)  in Spice and black and white yarn scraps in similar weight.
Needles:  US Sizes 9 and 11.  Can be worked in the round or flat.  I used US sz9 dpns for the ribbing, and then US 11 circs with the magic circle technique, but US sz11 dpns would have been best.
Notions: Stitch markers or waste yarn
Gauge: about 13 st x17r = 4"x4"

Cast on 72 stitches using sz 9 needles. Join if working in the round.  Work in K2, P2 ribbing for about one inch.  Change to larger needles.  Work in stockinette stitch for 5 1/2" to 6" depending on head size.  (note: I think I should have stoped at 5 1/2")
Decrease Rounds/Rows:
Round/Row 1:  Place marker at beg. of round.  *K2tog, k10, Pm*.  Repeat between ** 5 more times (or to the end of the row/round).
Round/Row 2 and all even rows: Knit (if working flat, purl)
R3: *slip marker, k2tog, k9* repeat 5x
R5: *slip marker, k2tog, k8* repeat 5x
Now 8 stitches remain in each repeat. 
R7: * slip marker, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2* repeat 5x
R9:*sm, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1* repeat 5x
R11: *sm, k2tog, k2tog* repeat 5x
Cut yarn leaving long tail.  Thread through remaining stitches and pull tight.  Weave in ends and sew using mattress stitch if worked flat. 

Okay, I'm having trouble trying to make the chart, since I drew it by hand.  I don't have Excel or Photoshop. So, I'll tell you how I did that.  
First I went to this site http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html
It genterates real-size graph paper based on your gauge.  You just need to enter 2 numbers (it is very well explained and easy, believe me) and then you can print out the grid.
Next, I found a picture of meatwad that I wanted to use and opened it in a picture editing program.  I cropped the picture to only his face and adjusted the size to about 5x7.  I put it into black and white and played with the contrast a little, just so the lines were easier to see.  Then I taped the picture to the window and taped the grid on top and colored the squares in over the outlines of the eyes and mouth (the black parts of the hat) where they looked best.  

To sew the face onto the hat, I started on the 3rd row up from the ribbing with the black yarn.  In the white areas, I ended up using a double strand of yarn to fully cover the base yarn.  
Now, make your own Dewey, Vanessa, and Boxy Brown dolls and hava happy day!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kids gifts: dino toy and slippers w/links to patterns on: December 15, 2005 01:31:49 PM
YAY!  Two more gifts done and ready to mail.  

The steg is for my baby cousin and you can find the pattern at: www.xtreme-knitting.com
And the slippers are for one of my girl cousins.  I used this super easy craftster pattern and just added some ribbon so she can tie them up like a ballerina!   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12662.0
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace Shrug on: December 11, 2005 07:18:47 PM
Hey! This is the Viennese Shrug from Interweave Summer 2005.  I am currently addicted to knitting lace!

I used just over 3 skeins of Lion Brand Imagine acrylic/mohair blend that I bought 5 years ago for $1.50 a pop! Cheap and pretty, just my style. Wink
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Thin single ply okay to knit? on: December 07, 2005 09:57:28 AM
Hello! I am a total newbie at spinning (I'm not even a week old yet!) and I am spinning this merino/tussah blend.  I was hoping to knit  a large scarf/wrap in a lace pattern with my yarn.  Would it be okay to not ply this yarn? I am comfortable spinning at this width and would like to just go with the flow.  

                                              (gratuitous fiber shot)
              BTW I've been amazed by all the yarns on Craftster!  You all rock!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dr. Strangevogue, or How I Stopped Worrying and Fixed the Problem on: December 06, 2005 07:23:12 AM
Hey all!  
Here is my solution to the vogue vest disaster:
I picked up stitches around the neck and worked in 2x2 rib, decreasing with sl 1, k2tog, psso at the center front v. This was my first Vogue pattern (I'm an interweave girl) and it might be my last!  But I am happy with the results now.
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