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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A bag I named after my daugher! on: October 17, 2006 09:25:31 AM
Trs jolie!
It looks awfully professional!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: fingerless gloves from 'one skein' - now with picture on: October 08, 2006 10:57:23 AM
knittingal: I dissolve the dye in vinegar and 'cook' the yarn with it in the microwave (like you do with kool aid - see tutorials on this, e.g. on knitty). Then after, i wash it with dish soap, so it won't smell.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting In School, and it's effects on my grades! on: October 01, 2006 09:05:31 AM
Well I used to knit in school, and I could be sure there would be a couple of others in my class doing the same. It was in the eighties and knitting was cool. We drove the teachers crazy. Some didn't like it, but mostly they let us. We also did all kinds of hard patterns in class, not just k1, p1 !! One time a teacher got mad at me for knitting in class and threw my skein out of the window. There it was, three stories down and my knitting was still in my hands! I had no choice but throwing it out of the window as well and race down the stairs to get the whole thing back. The teacher let me, he was laughing his head off after he did it...

Anyway, I teach at the university now and you can be sure I take it as disrespectfull when students knit in my class. I would not tell them not to do it, though. They are grown up people and have to make their own decisions. University is something different than highschool and I never myself  knitted in a university class. I have considered knitting during meetings and conferences, but I think people would get a wrong picture of how serious i take the meeting. So I do not even take it to such events or to my work, although I would have a little time during breaks to do some knitting. I just take the finished items....

so I would say, go ahead until you find out you p*ss people off with it.
cheers, rineke
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: fingerless gloves from 'one skein' - now with picture on: September 23, 2006 04:07:02 AM

Yes I used vinegar, otherwise the dye won't sit. The egg colour came in tablets and I just dissolved them in a little bowl with only vinegar, no water. It worked!

cheers, rineke
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Candy pouch from omiyage - now with pictures on: September 23, 2006 03:58:53 AM
Hi again
The pouch is absolutely easy to make, almost every part of it is squarish. So you can do almost the whole thing with the sewing machine. The only things I did by hand was sewing the lining in, making the button and sewing that on. And the string ends. Thanx for you reactions!
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Omiyage by Kumiko Sudo (image heavy) - post your FOs here! on: September 22, 2006 09:03:03 AM
Saw this post too late - I just posted my candy pouch from this book under 'purses, wallets' etc. I love all the ones posted here!! And the book!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fingerless gloves from 'one skein' - now with picture on: September 22, 2006 08:57:57 AM
the book One Skein by Leigh radford has these fingerless gloves in them that I made. the yarn is grey sock yarn which I dyed with egg-dye (used for dying eggs at easter time - it works just like other food colouring).

Hope you like!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Candy pouch from omiyage - now with pictures on: September 22, 2006 08:37:17 AM
Hi everybody,

the book Omiyage (Komiko Sudo) was brought to my attention by a craftster and I bought it right away. I made this pouch from it:

Instead of antique silk kimonos I used old pillow cases, sheets and a duvet cover.

The green fabric I used lent itself beautifully for the button on the bottom:

Anybody else made this pouch?

(I couldn't see the pictures so I modified the message - hope you can see them now!)

cheers Rineke
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how could i knit this? on: August 23, 2006 02:26:47 AM
Three ways to knit this, I think, and which one you choose depends on whether you like to knit in the round or not, and whether you like to have a lot of stitches on your needles at one time or not:

1. CO a number of stitches that will equal half of the head's circumference (make a swatch first), then knit stockinette stitch until twice the height. BO. Make a seam at both sides.

2. CO a number of stitches to equal the full head's circumference (make a swatch first), then knit stockinette stitch until the height of the hat. BO. Make one seam at the side and one on the top.

3. Knit in the round as suggested by djinnj, CO a number of stitches to equal the full head's circumference then knit stockinette until the height of the hat. BO and make a seam on the top

Either way, you will now have something that resembles a 'double' square or a square bag.

To make the 'ears': Fold the square together as if you're making a triangle and sew it up firmly, about an inch or so from the corner. Do this at both sides.

If you do not want a roll brim, you could do a purl one, knit one rib on the base of the hat. Or a purl two, knit two rib.

Cute hats, show us when you're done!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / orange felt handbag - or how ideas turn out differently than you planned... on: August 21, 2006 07:03:22 AM

Hi everybody, I made this bag. In fact I designed it too - only I had something slightly different in mind. Basically what went 'wrong' was that it did not get the pumpkin-like shape I intended after I blocked it with a balloon. Still I like the way it turned out, especially the way the lines are appearing by using different colours.

Basically, I knitted a rectangular piece of 100% wool (different colours of embroidery wool tied together) with three lines of waste yarn in them, as you would do for knitting pockets in a garment (see directions for this technique in e.g. Elizabeth Zimmermans writings or a decent introduction to knitting techniques). Only instead of a rectangular pocket I knitted a trapez (a triangle with the top cut of) in the round on each inserted waste yarn.
Unfelted it looked like this:

So originally I planned for these pockets to keep their shape a bit, so they would not just appear as colours but also as shape on the finished item. I guess I could have put smaller balloons (longish) in the pockets before I blew up the big one, or I should not have blown up the balloon so much (there was a trace of shape left when I took it out of the washing machine. Or make bigger pockets, maybe.

Anyway, I'd like to know whether you have any great other ideas to actually get the shape of a pumpkin out of it next time (I just love the way pumpkins are shaped...). But also whether you like it as it is?
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