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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is this Anthropologie Sweater Vest Knit or Crochet? on: May 18, 2006 03:48:12 PM
Here's a link: http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?sbsize=1&sbs=1&sbsCatID=1436&itemID=9863&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=1436&iMainCat=1433
Any ideas? I doubt I could recreate it, but I would love to do something "inspired" by it.

2  Arizona / Arizona: Central / LYS near ASU? on: May 18, 2006 12:01:17 AM
I am going to Tempe next week for several days and I am looking to do some yarn shopping while there. Any suggestions for locally-owned shops near ASU? The hubby's doing a conference there and I'm just along for the ride, so I will have lots of time to explore, but no car.
I have searched this board for yarn in Tempe, but so far I've only seen Jo-Anns and some thrift stores mentioned. I've got those in Oakland. Are there any small, interesting shops I should check out?
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / San Francisco Bay Area Knitters: Knit toys for Katrina Victims on: May 12, 2006 12:09:11 PM
This was posted on the listserv for my LYS:

Got oddballs of leftover yarn? Put them to good use!

Donations of hand-knitted toys sought for bringing to families in Slidell, LA (30 miles from
New Orleans). Toys will be brought to a Habitat for Humanity building site on May 28 by
Article Pract staffer Mae Chan Frey and distributed to families working on their new

Some of our favorite Knitted Toy patterns can be found on line for free:


We've also got some really fun books with cute knitted toy patterns:
Debbie Bliss Toy Knits
Family Circle Easy Toys
Kids Knitting
Toys to Knit

And lots of single patterns from Fiber Trends, KnitWhits, and more....

Come by the shop with your knitted toy donation. We have a bin in our 'Donation Station'
just inside our front door.

Thanks to all who are able to participate!
-The Article Pract Staff

Article Pract is located at 5010 Telegraph Ave in Oakland.
4  California / California: South / L.A. Knitting Cafes? on: April 09, 2006 12:13:46 PM
Hi all,

My husband is living in Orange County right now for a job, so I go down from the Bay Area on a regular basis to visit. We usually spend one night in L.A. proper while I'm there, and I am interested in exploring knitting (and sewing, but not just now) resources in Los Angeles. I have heard about Knit Cafe, which sounds nice, but are there other coffee and knitting combo places to check out? I'd love to visit yarn stores, too, but since he's gonna be with me I figured a cafe setting would be better so I can install him with a newspaper at a table as I browse to my heart's content.

I should mention, too, that I am interested in hearing your reviews of places you've actually been, since I can easily find generic, comprehensive lists. When I searched this board for yarn stores, etc, I found a lot of links, but only a few were recommended from personal knowledge of the place.

What are your favorite places (minus jo-ann's, michaels)?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fairly simple-looking banana republic dress--help! on: April 03, 2006 10:32:13 PM
I am digging this dress in a big way:

Can anyone advise me on making it? My best guess right now is to make two big triangles of fabric at the top, ruche them in a little across a empire waistband, and do something similar with the skirt (ie, make it too big in the waist and then gather is under the waistband). the back seems to be kind of a boatneck and is gathered (a little less than the front) as well.

The biggest question I have is how much should i gather? Say my waist is 35"--how much wider than that should the bottom fabric be before it just looks way too bulky?

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! I have no idea what DK means on: March 16, 2006 12:34:05 AM
So, I bought some yarn on ebay and, being a total knitting moron, I figured Uruguay DK sounded nice and I bought a lot of 10 skeins of it, hoping to make a sweater. Problem is, I have yet to find a pattern that calls for DK yarn in a sweater that I like. So what do I do? Did I get an amazingly good deal on this merino/alpaca/silk yarn because it's not suitable for making sweaters? Or I am missing something in the patterns that will unlock the secret door to knitting bliss?
Also, as I mentioned, I have ten balls of the stuff. If I need to make a size XL sweater, will I have enough yarn?

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Alchemy? Turning McCall's Wrap dress into a fab DVF on: March 09, 2006 05:50:57 PM
So I bought this pattern http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4770.htm--McCall's 4770--at the fabric store for a buck. What I really want is Diane VonFurstenburg's Justin wrap: hhttp://store.nordstrom.com/product/product_brandboutique.asp?styleid=2870524&boutique=dresses_n_occasion&category=2376776~2374327~2374331~6001765~6001771&SourceID=&refsid=9438&origin=related&refcat=2376776%7E2378685%7E2378687%7E2378707&slotid=2
I have very little machine sewing experience and zero experience with sewing from a pattern. The McCall's pattern calls for "lightweight linen, challis,crepe de chine, or silk broadcloth." DVF dress comes in either rayon jersey or silk. Do you think I can do the mccall's pattern in jersey?
Also, the pattern dress looks like it has padded shoulders, giving it a boxy shape. How would I alter this to give it a softer, rounder shape?

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Craft my Ride on: March 09, 2006 05:03:32 PM
I would like to cover the seats of my car with something and do some other decorating as well. Of course, since my car is a 22-year-old Volvo, I would like to keep the decor cheap and simple seeing as how she might die on me any day.  Undecided She's a med-dark metallic blue and currently has dark blue corduroy seats and navy blue plastic dash and interior doors. I'd love to do seat covers in a color/print that contrasts with the navy interior.

Any suggestions? I am also open to suggestions on ways to cover the steering wheel, accessories that people like in their cars, or things to make my car cozier for my passengers.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / An idea for toting yarn around--seeking advice on: February 20, 2006 01:30:51 PM
I am curious what others think about this idea since I haven't been knitting very long and can't predict every peril in knitting:

Once at Target I saw this tupperware-style container that had a flip open top that was desinged to hold a skein or a couple of balls of yarn so that you could keep a project organized in one place. The yarn pulls out through the hole in the top. It was the same concept as this: http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/073245.html, only taller.

My idea is to make them out of empty coffee canisters that have plastic lids. I would just cut a hole in the top part to pull the yarn through. Would this work, or is there something more to those yarn ball holders than is immediately apparent? (I will, natch, make sure the canister is free of any coffee grounds!)
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / For those lazy days: fat girl online sites on: January 30, 2006 09:04:51 PM
Okay, so when I'm too lazy/busy to make my own clothes, I like to shop online 'cause Lane Bryant isn't always having a sale. Here are some of the spots where I look for plus-size goodness (many of which have been mentioned elsewhere):
www.elizabeth.com showcases several plus-size brands
www.lanebryant.com (duh--though not much, since i can't afford it)
www.bandlu.com--very hip stuff, some good sale items
www.torrid.com (again, duh, but did you know that Liv Tyler's sis is one of their models--looks just like her, but zaftig)
www.sizeappeal.com--okay, i admit i have never actually bought anything from here, but i looooove their romance novel/softcore porn photospreads--think satin and shirtless cowboys
http://www.figleaves.com/ for bras

Where else do people find good stuff?

EDIT: Lest this thread get deleted, I just want to mention that many people "shop" these sites for inspiration for their own crafty items  Wink
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