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1  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN: A Stitch In Time Saves on: August 27, 2007 08:48:20 AM
I got this e-mail from the organizers - hope you can donate/attend!

The 35W bridge collapse has affected us all, personally and as a community.  Although we cant do much to build the bridge back up, we can do something to support the families of those injured or lost.

In response to this tragedy, some of your local crafting friends will be hosting:
A Stitch In Time Saves
Grumpys Downtown
1111 Washington Avenue
September 6, 2007
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How Can I Help?

(1)  Are you a crafter or an artist?  Do you know someone who is? Craft like crazy (make them craft like crazy) and drop or send your donations to:

Crafty Planet
2318 Lowry Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418

Please have your name/website/contact information along with pricing on your item(s).  Donations must be received at Crafty Planet no later than September 1, 2007.

(2)  Are you a retailer, gallery, group leader, or part of a crafty community?  Please put this notification in your next newsletter or send a special email to your contact list.  Spread the word!  Also, please consider donating to the show (talk to your tax person - you may be able to write it off!)
(3)  SHOP, SHOP, SHOP!!!  Please join us at Grumpy's on September 6. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for crafty shopping goodness!  All proceeds and donations will go to the Minnesota Helps Bridge Disaster Fund.

Questions? More details? Just want to chat?  Drop us a line at AStitchInTimeSaves@gmail.com.
Thank you for your support!

Trish, Sarah & Diana

(Thanks especially to Crafty Planet and Grumpys for helping us make our charitable dream a reality!)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knit Night cupcakes on: June 07, 2007 09:39:24 AM
I'm not sure if this belongs here, but I had to share this with other knitters. This woman is amazing! Um, vegan cupcakes with knit marzipan garments on top? Yes please!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Braided cable hat on: May 28, 2007 09:24:47 PM
I made this for a friend this past winter and never posted it. I made it up as I went. There are things I would change if I did it again, but it was a learning experience! And it was a good excuse to use lovely Artyarns supermerino.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone seen "The Science of Sleep"? on: October 08, 2006 07:45:46 PM
I saw it about a week ago, and I'm still thinking about all of its crafty elements.  One of the main characters, Stephanie, makes beautiful art out of fabric, and the other main character, Stephane, is an inventor.  Here are my favorite crafty things   in the movie.  If anyone can find pics of these, that would be great.  I haven't really had luck.
4. The felt boat with trees in it
3. Stephane's fantastic fair isle hat
2. Stephanie's gorgeous cream-colored, turtleneck sweater dress 
1. In one of Stephane's dreams, Stephanie has a knitting machine that is played like a piano, and as you play a song this great colorwork knitting comes out!

While I was watching it with my non-crafty boyfriend, I thought of all of you!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Project for 3 skeins of Hempathy? on: September 27, 2006 03:10:47 PM
I am about to frog The Project That Will Remain Unnamed (don't we all have one of those?).  So, I have 3 balls of Hempathy that I'm not sure what to do with.  It's such an unusual texture.  Any suggestions?

6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / 'Lickety Split' from Summer Knitty on: July 14, 2006 03:43:35 PM
This might be a little hard for me, but I'm going to try it: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTlicketysplit.html.  If they turn out, they will be a present for my sister.  She was born in the year of the rabbit, so mine (hopefully) will look like the pictures.  If I like the pattern, I hope to make some for myself (year of the monkey, woot!). 

Anyway, there are many things in the pattern that I haven't done before, so I thought that if anyone else was working on these, we could collaborate!

7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Posting Excel Charts on: May 15, 2006 10:56:22 AM
I have a knitting chart I'd like to post, and right now it's in Microsoft Excel.  I don't have a blog or website to link to.  How can I share this chart?

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Eve from Magknits question on: May 05, 2006 03:33:18 PM
I'm thinking about making this sweater: http://magknits.com/Mar06/patterns/Eve.htm, but maybe with short sleeves.
It says to use bulky yarn and size 4 needles.  Is that right?  It seems like it would be really tough to knit with bulky yarn on such small needles.  Please let me know if I'm crazy.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Red Ribbon Illusion Scarf: Now with Pattern on Page 1! on: May 03, 2006 08:06:28 PM
I made this AIDS Awareness scarf for a silent auction to raise money for my local AIDS Walk.  It was my first time trying illusion knitting, and my first time making up my own pattern for a project.  I really like how it turned out; now I just have to hope someone bids on it!  

Hmmm... just looks liked a regular old striped scarf:

But wait!  What is this strange magic?:

The auction is Tuesday; I'll let you know what happens!


EDIT: Ok, so I have no idea how to post a chart, so I wrote it out.  A couple things to explain: the lines in black font are knit in black yarn, the lines in red font are knit in red yarn (you can obviously change the colors), and every odd numbered row is knit, straight up.  I included the first few odd rows to get you started, then left them out for ease of reading.  Following this pattern will make ribbons that are pretty large & in charge.  I'm sure you could play with it and leave out some lines to make them smaller, if that's what you'd like.  Please let me know if you have questions; I'm not always such a good communicator.  Thanks for your interest in this pattern - I'm glad people are using their knitting skills for good and not evil!

Yarn: Lamb's Pride worsted, 1 skein each of red and black
Needles: size 8 straight
MC = red
CC = black

CO 29 sts in MC
(Row 1 [RS]: k)
Row 2 [WS]: p

(Row 3: k)
Row 4: k
(5: k)
6: p

(7: k)
8: k
(9: k)
10: k5, p5, k9, p5, k5

12: p5, k5, p9, k5, p5
14: k5, p5, k9, p5, k5
16: p5, k5, p9, k5, p5
18: k5, p6, k7, p6, k5
20: p5, k6, p7, k6, p5
22: k6, p5, k7, p5, k6
24: p6, k5, p7, k5, p6
26: k6, p6, k5, p6, k6
28: p6, k6, p5, k6, p6
30: k7, p5, k5, p5, k7
32: p7, k5, p5, k5, p7
34: k7, p6, k3, p6, k7
36: p7, k6, p3, k6, p7
38: k8, p5, k3, p5, k8
40: p8, k5, p3, k5, p8
42: k8, p6, k1, p6, k8
44: p8, k6, p1, k6, p8
46: k9, p5, k1, p5, k9
48: p9, k5, p1, k5, p9
50: k9, p11, k9
52: p9, k11, p9
54: k10, p9, k10
56: p10, k9, p10
58: k11, p7, k11
60: p11, k7, p11
62: k11, p7, k11
64: p11, k7, p11
66: k10, p9, k10
68: p10, k9, p10
70: k9, p11, k9
72: p9, k11, p9
74: k8, p6, k1, p6, k8
76: p8, k6, p1, k6, p8
78: k8, p5, k3, p5, k8
80: p8, k5, p3, k5, p8
82: k8, p5, k3, p5, k8
84: p8, k5, p3, k5, p8
86: k7, p6, k3, p6, k7
88: p7, k6, p3, k6, p7
90: k6, p6, k5, p6, k5
92: p6, k6, p5, k6, p5
94: k6, p6, k5, p6, k6
96: p6, k6, p5, k6, p6
98: k6, p5, k7, p5, k6
100: p6, k5, p7, k5, p6
102: k6, p5, k7, p5, k6
104: p6, k5, p7, k5, p6
106: k6, p5, k7, p5, k6
108: p6, k5, p7, k5, p6
110: k6, p5, k7, p5, k6
112: p6, k5, p7, k5, p6
114: k6, p5, k7, p5, k6
116: p6, k5, p7, k5, p6
118: k7, p5, k5, p5, k7
120: p7, k5, p5, k5, p7
122: k7, p6, k3, p6, k7
124: p7, k6, p3, k6, p7
126: k8, p13, k8
128: p8, k13, p8
130: k8, p13, k8
132: p8, k13, p8
134: k9, p11, k9
136: p9, k11, p9
138: k10, p9, k10
140: p10, k9, p10
142: k11, p7, k11
144: p11, k7, p11

Repeat these 144 rows two more times, then repeat rows 1-8.
I made tassles by cutting pieces of yarn in pieces of about 14 inches each, then took 3 of one color, folded them in half and pulled the loop through the scarf with a crochet hook.  Bring the ends through the loop and pull tight.  I alternated red and black along the edge.

Happy knitting - I'd love to see your FOs!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First project for dpns? on: March 11, 2006 11:52:13 PM
I've never used double pointed needles before, but keep finding patterns I'd love to do, if only I knew how to use them.  I've found basic instructions on line, but need some suggestions on a good first project for dpns.  Probably something small (so it's not so hearbreaking when I have to keep frogging it) but interesting. 

What were your first projects on dpns?  Were they good for a dpn novice?  Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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