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1  Washington / Washington: Northeast / Re: Any Craftsters in Spokane? - let's knit in public on June 10th! on: June 05, 2006 03:56:37 PM
SlickMariaVic and I have been pm'ing back and forth, tossing around the idea of getting together to knit and I just wrote her to say, no I'm still too busy, and then I remembered that June 10th is Worldwide Knit in Public Day! http://www.wwkipday.com/ - anyone want to join me in knitting in public? How about Riverside Park? If someone who knows the park better than me can suggest a good meeting point, I'll be there. Would 11am - 1pm be good for others? You wouldn't have to stay the whole time.

Who else is interested? Cheesy
2  Washington / Washington: Northeast / Re: Any Craftsters in Spokane? on: June 04, 2006 08:14:54 PM
Hey, I just transplanted myself from Seattle to Spokane this weekend. Grin  I'm in the South Hill neighborhood.

Craftwise, I tend mostly towards knitting and felting. Though now that I'm living in a place with no washing machine, I may not be felting as much.  Cry

I'm surrounded by mounds of boxes, so it's going to take me a while to get back to any type of crafting. I must be more addicted to cooking than to crafting - I took a break today to bake bread. But no knitting breaks.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted laptop sleeve on: May 24, 2006 09:57:35 AM
Felting seems like it requires lotsa time and space though. Maybe I can try to find a wool jumper in the thrift store and felt it..but not sure how to join the pieces together.
I've toyed with the idea of buying old wool sweaters (jumpers) from thrift stores and felting them - I couldn't decide whether it would make sense to cut them up before or after felting. Also, there's a small chance that the piece would be made with superwash wool or whatever it's called, the stuff that doesn't shrink and that you can't use for felting.

I'm not sure why you think knitting (as opposed to felting) a laptop sleeve would require a lot of space - a certain amount of time, yes. But knitting stockinette stitch in the round on big needles goes pretty darn fast. I knit the bottom rectangle in garter stitch, so that went quick too. Picking up stitches around the edge of the rectangle in order to start knitting in the round was a little laborious. The other thing that slowed me down was that I don't have circular needles and the dp's I have were a little short for the amount of stitches I had on them, so I had to keep squishing the knitting back onto the needles and picking up dropped stitches. The other thing that was slow on this project was hand-sewing the little flaps, buttons, and button holes. I don't have a sewing machine. Sad

I knit this is in about 2 weeks, working in my spare time. Drying time after felting was around 3 days, I think. And then another few days to do the hand sewing work.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted laptop sleeve on: May 20, 2006 09:59:14 AM

ohh, I love it!

Great colors! I never tried felting something i knitted because i don't know how much it will shrink.

I guesstimated that I would need to knit it 130-135% of finished size. The reality for this piece is that the width needed to be about 125% and the length needed to be closer to 150%, especially if I had wanted to have the opening on the short side. I was lucky that I was able to rotate it and have it still work. You can control the amount of shrinkage somewhat if you pull it out of the washing machine every few minutes and check on it and do a little stretching one direction or the other, but I think that only gives you about 1-5% leeway.

This is the 5th or 6th piece I've felted and I'm definitely addicted. Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted laptop sleeve on: May 20, 2006 07:17:46 AM
thx lulu clyde & wealleatpasta!

I should note that this probably wouldn't work too well with a strap - it pretty much has to be placed within another bag/backpack/pannier/whatever. The felted wool is great as a padded protector, but it would really stretch out if it were holding the weight of the laptop.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Shel Silverstein Swap Gallery on: May 19, 2006 05:13:24 PM
Hooray! Hooray! I recieved from Teamwang today, all the way from EEEeengland! So much fun Shel Silverstein stuff! I got 1. a box decoupaged with illustratins and poem "loser" with the greatest fuzziest sticker thing! Where did you find that? 2. poetry magnets with words from "one inch tall" 3. shel magnets- so cute! 3. A NEEDLE- FELTED MISSING PIECE PILLOW!

I was browsing thru the picture hosting part of craftster and saw the felted 'missing piece' pillow and then had to search for your post on it, because it is incredibly, adorably cute! Very cool, Teamwang.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted laptop sleeve on: May 19, 2006 03:41:43 PM
I used Brown Sheep Nature Spun yarns: Blue Boy, Butterfly Blue, and I think the purple must be Purple Splendor - http://www.brownsheep.com/ns.htm.

I made the pattern myself - I did the bottom as a rectangle and then picked up stitches all the way around to knit the rest in the round. That really helped with blocking it to the right shape.

Thx for the positive comments! Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted laptop sleeve on: May 19, 2006 02:53:02 PM

This shrank quite a bit more in length than I was expecting, because I really wanted this to go the other direction. But luckily it didn't shrink as much as I was expecting in width, because that meant I could rotate it 90 and still have it fit my clunky old Dell laptop.  Undecided

I wanted a sleeve for my laptop so I can drop it in my daypack or bike pannier, so that's where the cord and mouse will go. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted eyeglass case on: May 13, 2006 01:09:55 PM
The felted wool doesn't appear to be scratching the lenses - that's something I'm careful about too. I was worried that there would be enough lanolin left in the wool that it would leave an oily residue, but that's not happening either.

You could always line the inside of the case with a soft, non-lint-producing cloth (linen, cotton, silk).
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted eyeglass case on: May 13, 2006 07:31:10 AM
I finished this in an afternoon - very easy and fun to do. Knit in the round on dp needles with Brown Sheep Nature Spun wool (? 42 sts on size 7 needles ? - I didn't write it down so don't quote me on that). Then sewed the bottom, tossed in the washing machine and it felted to the right size in less than 10 minutes.

I actually decreased the stitches at the top but it still stretched out, so that's when I added the little folds at the opening.

I'm used to a hard case for my glasses, so this feels a little floppy, but I figure if I don't crush it at the bottom of my book bag or toss it around too much, it should protect the glasses fine.
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