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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / men's dress pants - mission impossible? on: April 24, 2007 08:40:59 AM
So I have a wonderful boyfriend who has a terrible curse: a 26" waist. Yeah, I know, I weep for him too. Anyway, he has a new job selling high-end jewelry for the summer, and needs snappy new dress pants for work, but there's just about nothing available for him; most men's fashion goes down to a 30" waist minimum.
Have you ever sewn dress pants for men? Have you seen any patterns that go down that far? How much of a problem is it? I'm an adequate seamstress but not really a pro.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sock knitting machine - tips? help? on: February 03, 2007 09:21:15 PM
So my aunt has inherited a lot of neat crafting things from my many, many great-aunts, and among these are something like four knitting machines of different sorts. I tried her Bond machine, but it jams constantly, and just isn't as fun as "real" knitting.
A week ago, though, I borrowed one of the others. It's an antique crank-handled sock knitting machine. I kid you not. Here's a couple of videos of my mom, dad, and aunt playing with it:



Anyway, I was trying to get used to it today, and really wanted to recycle cotton from thrift sweaters, but it seems to be way too splitty for machines (as you can see here). Can anyone recommend a cheapish tightly plied sock weight cotton that might split less?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / when is a 2 not a 2? on: July 10, 2006 02:51:25 PM
I've been knitting socks for a few months now, and now that I'm coming up on the end of my Hederas I thought I'd invest in that holy grail of sock needles, the addi turbo. All the socks I want to attempt next from knitty (Pomatomus, Lickety Split, the really tall crazy ones, etc) use "US #2 / 2.75mm" needles. But! Addis don't seem to come in 2.75mm, just 2.5mm or 3mm.
So: which should I go with? Will either work without messing up my gauges too badly? Have any of you successfully knit the pomatomus on addis, and which size, and did you have to adjust?
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / very, very antique whorl (pics) on: July 03, 2006 04:19:21 PM
Though I don't spin myself (lack of money for another new hobby more than anything) I do drift through here on a regular basis and I thought you might like to see something from an archaeological dig I was on earlier this summer. It's a stone spindle whorl, probably about 1500 years old (very ballpark, we don't have any dates at all yet) from a Maya site in Belize. It's in perfect condition and is obviously well made - the hole is dead centre, and they didn't even have metal tools. It's not what you'd call valuable, but it is pretty exciting to find.

And though the professional archaeologists knew that's what a spindle whorl looks like, thanks to you cool cats I was the only one who knew how they actually work.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I made a spindle at least...? on: January 22, 2006 01:05:54 PM
So I was bored last night and decided to make a spindle.
I pulled apart an old paintbrush, dremel'd a point and a hook into it, and jammed a CD down on it so it won't move:


(I promise I'm not really a vampire - the nailpolish is dark purple and I'm winter pale but not dead pale!)

Then I disembowelled one of my roommate's old mix tapes and tried it out with some blue acrylic junk, having no actual fibre around:


Attempt 1 (suckage, because I didn't twist the cassette tape first) and attempt 2 (yay!):


And I was so happy I immediately knit a cozy for my roommate's iPod shuffle:


It's a sweater only a mother could love, but I love the idea of spinning cassette tape into yarn using a CD spindle to make a sweater for an iPod.
Next up: getting some polyfill and trying to make some yarn out of fibre.
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