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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My messy edges on: July 13, 2007 04:02:48 PM
I do the same thing as HotRock, and love the look. I know on some projects, like afghans, people crochet the edges, but I have no idea how. (Haven't yet figured out crochet myself . . .)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Muggles say the cutest things . . . on: July 08, 2007 08:11:04 PM
Scene: pit stop at a highway rest stop during 12-hour drive to summer vacation location

My mom: (gets out of car with grumpy look on face) Argh, I think I dropped a stitch on my sock!

Adorable friend-muggle: Oh, don't worry, Kathy, I'm sure it's still in the car somewhere . . .

My mom and I cracked up.

Anyone else have a well-meaning (but ill-informed) friend say something about your knitting that made you laugh your butt off?
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: People trying to copy your craftistic/artistic ability? on: June 15, 2007 04:35:35 PM
Perhaps I'm just an evil person, but . . .

WIPs, you said she copies even the sketches you make, right?

Were I in your position, I'd sketch a few ridiculously hideous or bad things and see if she copies those. Or talk loudly about your plans to put two colors together in an outfit that are totally wrong. Or use a really difficult technique to put your work together that someone without skill wouldn't be able to duplicate without looking like an idiot. You are the source of her copying . . . use that fact to your advantage and see if you can get her to make a fool of herself. That'll teach her to copy.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How many WIPs do you usually have going? on: May 23, 2007 09:10:56 AM
I have four WIPs, but usually I have more.  This is because

1) Sometimes I get bored in the middle of a big project, or frustrated
2) I like playing with different yarns, and different yarn weights
3) I like to have different projects for different knitting times - small, simple things for knitting on the bus/walking/in class; a big ol' blankie for zoning out in front of the tv; a small but more complex project to take to knitting club, like socks; and, occasionally, something that's a challenge for when I want to REALLY 100% focus and knit.

Do projects that I have the yarn, idea, needles, and pattern for, but haven't cast on for yet, count? 'cus I've got two of those, too.

Oh, and sometimes I have different projects for travelling long distance or on holiday, too.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: It all started when I walked into the yarn shop . . . on: May 13, 2007 11:05:39 AM
Smiley I think this works especially well as a stash-busting project because it is so small . . . a sweater or an afghan or even a pair of socks can take weeks or months to finish, but a little rectangle knits up in a day (or about an hour and a half, if you're me).  So it works as instant gratification, too - you get an FO right quick instead of in a month or two.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: It all started when I walked into the yarn shop . . . on: May 10, 2007 02:07:51 PM
(blushes) aww thanks everybody! All your nice comments make me feel really special . . .

ArrghMatey, love your pics!!!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / It all started when I walked into the yarn shop . . . on: May 09, 2007 03:32:29 PM
. . . and picked up a skein of linen yarn.
But I wanted it.
I wanted that yarn.
So I made myself a deal:
"Self," I said, while the saleslady gave me a strange look, "If you can made a dent in your stash - a substantial dent - then you can buy yourself two skeins of pricey yarn."
Now, my stash is tiddlywinks compared to some here.
But it was substantial enough. Here it is, a year and a half or so ago:

And this is what I did with it:

Seven inch by nine inch rectangles of garter stitch. ONE HUNDRED of 'em.

I gave them to my LYS this afternoon; there's a woman there who will make them into blankets for a battered women's shelter.

It took me approximately two months, during which I was ridiculed by my family for knitting during movies (in the movie theater), football games (in the stands), while reading, in class, while walking, even. The stash is currently smaller . . . but not small enough. I've got about 25 skeins of yarn and four 1-gallon ziplock baggies of odds and ends yet to knit up. THE STASHBUSTING CONTINUES!

(My favorite moment in all of this came when my English teacher called me out for knitting in class. When he asked what I was knitting, I told him I was stashbusting. A classmate behind me piped up, saying "That makes me think of you punching a guy with a mustache."  'stache-busting t-shirts, anyone?)
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Bunny (with "pattern") on: May 08, 2007 03:56:05 PM
Meredith, that's totally fine with me! Thank you for asking, and I hope your project is a big success!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: book cover (more like book cozy actually) :) on: March 17, 2007 09:14:48 AM
Perfect for the booklover/knitter . . . I think I'd make one in a really soft yarn, then bring my book to bed with me and snuggle.  Cheesy  I'm wierd.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: bayerische Socks! on: March 17, 2007 09:12:15 AM
Sehr schoen! Those are some of the most beautiful I've seen! How long did they take you to knit?
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