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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knittys Jeanie on: December 24, 2007 09:24:00 AM
I can't wait to start one of these! I have a skein of Bearfoot and a Skein of SeaSilk and I think I'll swatch both and see which I like better. Smiley
But for now... back to the last minute Christmas countdown knitting. *ugh*
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: thanks for breaking up with me, here's yr scarf! [DANICA] on: December 04, 2007 08:20:29 AM
I think it looks fabulous with your hair! Personally, I'd keep it just because of that. But if you can't stand it, there's NOTHING wrong with giving it to someone else who will appreciate it.
Don't give it to him, whatever you do! I know it's tempting but it's not worth it and he's not worth it.

Sorry to hear about the MySpace break up. That is just shameful (on his part, of course). Unfortunately I've had a couple experiences like that. My last BF actually left me nasty comments breaking up with me over something he's heard from friends, without even talking to me about it. But I assure you it could have been worse. He then proceeded to take all of my stuff he had at his place and dump it on the lawn/porch of my dad's house. Lol. Super classy moves, no? I'm still sitting on a bunch of sock yarn in colors I'd never use that was to become a love pair of fair isle socks in his favorite team colors. Tongue

Knitting for someone and having them dump you first sucks terribly. I was working on a scarf for a guy I was dating when he suddenly pulled a no-call-no-show on me for a couple months. Luckily I was also planning to make one for my brother out of the same yarn so I decided that one was his and just never made the other one (turns out I loathed working with that yarn anyway Tongue). If I had finished it (and it wasn't one I already planned to make for my bro), I still would have given it to a family member or friend who'd appreciate it. Probably my mom because she loves everything I make and always wants all of it. Lol.

Anyway, your scarf is beautiful and deserves to be worn proudly by someone who loves it and appreciates what you put into it. Don't feel bad when you look at it. Take it as beautiful physical proof of how much better a person you are! Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Don't You Hate When People Say................ on: November 27, 2007 03:39:52 PM
My favorite is:
"Oh, you're like a Suzy Homemaker..." in response to any crafty endeavor that someone else doesn't know how to do... LOL!

Just because I don't list "Happy Hour" as my favorite hobby doesn't mean I'm not hip. (Ooh, but don't get me wrong, I do love Happy Hour,   Cheesy)

Oooh, if I could make happy hour and crafting fit together without leading to inevitable frogging and frustration, I'd be the happiest gal around. Lol. Wink
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tension issues on: November 27, 2007 02:10:21 PM
I think you need to pay attention not just to the looseness of the loop that's on the hook before you start the next stitch but also to the looseness of the second loop that the hook picks up, when you're doing a single stitch. If you tug on the yarn a bit to keep that second loop really tight before you close the stitch, that will do a lot for the evenness of the stitches.

I hope I'm using the right terms. I learned to crochet in Italian. Smiley
Sounds right to me! Great tip!

Indeed. Smiley
Fortunately, I don't seem to have a problem there. It's mostly the first loop. I think that's because I tried solying the problem by tightening the second for long enough that it's a habit now.
My evenness problems seem to be more horizontal than vertical, usually.

I'm doing much better thanks to all the suggestions. Unfortunately my left hand is giving me a fit so I haven't been able to crochet much lately. Sad
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Don't You Hate When People Say................ on: November 27, 2007 11:50:11 AM
I always counter with, "I don't have the patience NOT to knit." It's true, too. I don't have the patience to sit there doing nothing.

Exactly. I have little to no patience most of the time and a raging case on inattentive ADD. It doesn't take the most patience in the world. Now I *do* have a tough time finishing things or having too many on the go at once. Lol.

I do go through phases where I don't have the attention span to knit but when I'm in those phases, I pretty much can't do anything at all so... Tongue

I think it's funny when people say they don't have the time/patience/etc for knitting, yet they have the time and patience for hours of tv/internet/gaming/etc. Heck, at least my tv time is productive! Wink

[As far as it being non-feminist, they can shove that. Feminism is all about being able to do whatever you want with your life and not be judged for it. I craft because I enjoy it and because it's different. I'm not anit-feminist just because I knit/crochet/crosstitch. I'm also not anti-feminist for wanting to stay home when I have kids, being a little obsessed with my hair, or not being 100% career driven. I respect other women's right to do what they want with their lives and should be respected for my choices as well, even if some of them don't seem exactly stereotypically women's lib. If I'm forced/expected to fit into a certain mold or lifestyle in order to prove myself as a feminist, how is that an improvement over the lack of choices that feminism is supposed to be against? The point is to have the right to avoid all the molds, make your own choices, be yourself, and be respected for it.]
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you ever chosen yarn over food? on: November 27, 2007 10:15:50 AM
I'm planning to blow most of my recreation budget on yarn and stuff tomorrow. Maybe that'll reign in all the eating out and going out drinking I've been doing lately. Lol.
Lately I haven't been knitting much and too much of my recreation/relaxation has involved food, beer, and such. I'm hoping to change that before classes start again next month. Took a little break from school and had my fun so now it's time to get back down to business. Crafting fits into that much better than partying.

I've definitely chosen yarn over more vital things in the past though. Like gas (more knitting time if you can't get anywhere) and one of my textbooks (just as well since I dropped the class).
Thankfully I haven't had to worry about buying my own food much since I moved back in with my dad to cut expenses.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knucks on: November 27, 2007 09:39:32 AM
Oh those are lovely!
How did you do that cuff? I love it! My mom wants a new pair of Knucks for Christmas (managed to lose one of the last pair Tongue) and I'd love to try your cuff.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tension issues on: September 14, 2007 01:50:33 PM
Don't worry you will eventually "loosen up", almost everyone I teach tends to hang on to the hook and yarn so it "won't run away" so to speak.  Try switching your hook size, go one smaller and look at the results, then try one larger and look at the results.  Remember hook size is not written in stone.  Also everyone has a different tension, some people crochet tight and some loose, you might notice if you are say watching a scary movie you will crochet tighter (it's the tension).


My problem tends toward random loose stitches normally. The reaching with just the hook and not tugging the loop is helping a bit though. Which is good because I can keep my finger where I like to. Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tension issues on: September 11, 2007 04:02:02 PM
I think I may have found part of the problem. I tend to put my finger on the loop that's on the hook because I find it easier to stabilize my right hand that way. I broke my left hand a few months ago and while it's a LOT better and I'm able to craft, I can't hold support the whole thing with my left hand. I'm going to practice later and see if I can find a new place to put my finger without disrupting the stitches. It seems when I do that, it gets too tight though. Bleh. For now I've just been going back if the loosey is one a few stitches back (hooray for crochet to be so easy to frog and restart) and just telling myself the rest will come out in the wash. ;P
It's nothing major major (usually) but I do need to make some adjustments, I think.

The part about letting the hook reach over, not the stitch is great. I'll watch out for that! Smiley

I really appreciate everyone's input so far and welcome any more anyone else might have.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tension issues on: September 11, 2007 07:07:51 AM
Yeah, but I need to make some sort of adjustment to the way I'm practicing, maybe. I've made a bunch of potholders, half a large afghan, half a small afghan and lots of swatches/experiments and I'm comfortable with the motion but something just isn't working out quite right. It's not horribly off, just not as even as I'd like. I don't know what I'm doing wrong so I don't know how to change it and practice differently.
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