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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / ponytail hat on: November 01, 2006 05:02:45 PM

I actually made something for ME?
I have never in 20 plus years made something for myself.
Then I fell in love with this yarn made by ...Red Heart.
It's called "Rag Doll". Described by them as roving wrapped in a fringed thread.
It is beautiful yarn but was oily and I had to wash it before I knit it so I didn't get hives.
After all that handling, I had to make something for myself. I caved over pretty colors.
Why is it a ponytail hat?
Because I made a hole in the back for my ponytail.
I was extremely pleased by that.

Other details...hmmm

my own pattern, colorway is "Wow", and I used 10 1/2 circular and DPN's.
Thanks for looking and any comments!

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / need a new approach for my toughest student... on: October 20, 2006 06:45:01 AM
My Husband.
Bless his heart, he is INTO it!
He has diligently tried to learn to knit( even went with me to a guild meeting last night!)...and does great, except for one issue. He is having a very very hard time with controlling the tension of the yarn. I know most have that problem, but every single way that I have showed him for regulating his tension...and for handling the working yarn in general has not worked!
Here is a bit of relevant history.
He is older and in his childhood, lefties were switched.
He has discovered through the years that things his Mom normally wouldn't show him how to do, his brain takes over and does it left handed.
I myself am left handed and knit kind of reversed continental...
I hold the working yarn in my right hand...my working needle is in my left hand.
So he says he wants to knit left handed.
We have gone through holding the yarn in the left hand, holding it in the right...nothing seems to be working out.
Also he thinks he has to grasp the yarn tightly in order to keep it from falling out of his hand!
The only thing that seems to work somewhat is for him to brace both needles on his thighs and then hold the yarn between the thumb and index finger and wind it slowly around the needle.
and he may even somehow learn a rhythm like that...but I doubt it.
I would really like him to find a way to hold the yarn so he can develop an easy flow.
I have taught a lot of people to knit...adults, children...right handers...left handers. ( I CAN knit right handed...but I don't love it.)

He has pr oven to be the toughest case ever!

Has anyone has similar problems learning to knit..or while teaching someone...?
Does anyone have any insight a not awkward way to hold the yarn.
I'm always aware that there a bunches of ways to do something that I know nothing of, and would really like some insight.

I also think his larger hand size could be a factor, in him properly feeling the yarn...could be...not sure.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / More intarsia charts added! ( including skull with flames) on: October 13, 2006 06:38:48 AM
Hope you like them and can use them.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My art...as a chart. on: October 09, 2006 01:27:29 PM
I have the story and how it will look when available for download( later today...me and my computer need a rest.)

... http://wrongsideknitting.blogspot.com/2006/10/chart.html

I spent about 10 hours total on this...only one step being the use of the knitpro online tool to make the adjustments I needed to put it in grid form.
There was much to do before and after to make it practical to actually knit for someone other than Kaffe Fassett.
I will have a link to where to download it later, as well as recommended yarn and the colors... if you are up to a knitting challenge....well..it'll be a challenge for me....anyways...go for it.
This could probably be a needlepoint design too.

I now have a link to the chart on my blog, which will take you to my website and the chart or you can go directly to this link.  http://www.diosaperdida.net/freestuff.html
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / no pattern hat on: October 01, 2006 06:01:47 AM
This is a child's size hat that I made. ( hence the fact that it is too small for me)

I didn't use a pattern...more a formula based on general head sizes. I'm not 100 percent happy with the job done because I should have done the ribbing in a needle size smaller....and I know better!
Oh well..next time.
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / janome? on: August 30, 2006 08:56:55 AM
I have found a Janome DC3050 at a great price...does anyone have a machine similar, or this specific machine?
Thanks for any advice..I dont want to make a 400 dollar mistake.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted bath "flower scrunchie..and a snake knitted from potholder loops on: August 12, 2006 01:42:35 PM

A couple of small in between projects to give me a break from a large and rather boring shoulder afghan that I am knitting for my husband.

The snake is for my daughter..she has been asking for a knitted snake all week..and her B-Day is next Friday..so I am all about spoiling her as much as possible all week long.
(somewhat older parent who never thought she would have children...plus she was very premature..spoiling her is hard to resist. I don't resist during my children's "birthday week" )
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet and beaded necklace for wedding on: July 27, 2006 06:03:03 PM

No pattern, crocheted in thread and used seed beads and also beaded wire for the pendant part..then I dyed it in some tea so it wouldnt be so white..my dress is more a cream color.

Thanks for looking.
I get married tomorrow ..so send me your good vibes..please and thank you.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Twin sunglasses case with handpainted fabric on: July 14, 2006 07:21:55 AM
Hi there. I wanted to have a place for both pairs of my sunglasses so I made this little twin holder.
I painted plain white muslin and sewed it up with batting inside.

The shape of one of the sunglasses makes it a bit odd looking..but it really is a nice straight rectangle.
Thanks for looking!

And a close up

20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Moon Eyes on: July 09, 2006 11:12:30 PM
This was inspired by my daughter whose eyes look like little upside down moons when she is tired, and about to fall asleep.
Thanks for looking.

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