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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Slipping stitches on: December 12, 2006 12:46:49 PM
Hi there,
I'm fairly new to knitting, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question. I'm working on Knitty's Sheldon, http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTsheldon.html, and I have a few questions about slipping stitches.

When you slip a stitch, should you twist it? I'm guessing that when you slip a stitch "as if to knit", that means that the yarn should be held in back, and when you slip "as if to purl", the yarn should be in front. But when you knit, you insert the needle into the frontmost "leg" of the stitch, should you do that when you slip the stitch? Then it would come out twisted, right? Or should you just move it from one needle to the next in the same orientation as it is, untwisted, and just keep track of if the yarn is in the front or the back?

Thanks for any answers!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Horse with detachable saddle and head thingy. on: June 06, 2006 12:40:20 PM
This is a gift for a little girl called Emmy.

It is made from foam (from an old mattress that was used as the backrest on my home-made sofa when I moved away from home), batting, and various fabrics. It's quite big, about 21-22 in tall and 25 in long. The saddle and head thing (bridle?) comes off, and attach with velcro. This is the 3rd horse I've made, and I changed the design somewhat, as well as the order of assembly, which meant I ended up sewing a lot of it by hand  Undecided.

Here it is with the saddle and head thing off:

The eyes are felt appliques (glued AND sewn, so hopefully they will endure a toddler...) and the hair parts (I don't know the proper words in English) are made from fringe.

And here you can see the gear:

The loops on the head thingy open and close with velcro. You only need to open and close one loop to put it on, but I made all of them in two parts so that the risk of choking is less (I'd really, really hate for something like that to happen). The saddle attaches with velcro as well. The fuzzy parts are on the horse and the scratchy parts are on the saddle, so that the horse is comfy to ride bareback as well Smiley. The saddle is made from thin fake leather, and contains batting to make it fuller. On the underside I have embroidered a message (in Swedish) saying "To Emmy, June 2006, Tove and Mattias" together with some hearts (Tove is me and Mattias is my boyfriend, we are the ones giving the horse to Emmy).
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / "Wavy" seed bead necklace *WITH TUTORIAL* (Image heavy) on: May 03, 2006 01:32:56 PM
Here is a necklace that was created when I was playing around with seed beads and thread a while ago. I was experimenting with making beaded fringes and similar stuff, and made this "ruffly" thing. I wasn't very pleased with it, and didn't really know what to do with it, but made it into a necklace anyway. Then I just happened to use it one night because the colors were right for my outfit, and got lots of compliments on it. I even got a request (the green one). Several members of my choir asked how it was made, so I created a tutorial, which I have now translated to English. Time to give something back to the Craftster community  Grin.

Here is the original necklace:

And here is the one I made for a friend:



Seed beads in a size you like (I used 11/0). Two colors are used in the tutorial.
One larger bead for the closure
Thread, at least 5 times as long as the desired length of the necklace

These instructions assumes you will have 2 colors, called A and B.

OK, here we go:

1. Start by stringing 4 + 5 beads of color A on your thread, then the large bead that will be used to close the necklace and then one more bead. Run your thread through all the beads but the last one. Leave a 20 cm (8 in) tail.

2. String a multiple of 8 beads of color A on your necklace, to produce the desired length (I used 37 times 8 = 296 beads). This is hence called the "main string".

3. String 4+5 beads of color A, and then enough beads (color A) to form a loop that just fits around the large bead in the other end of the necklace (I used 21 beads).

4. Go through the loop beads once more, and then tighten the thread to form the loop. The thread now goes through each bead in the loop twice. Then go back through 5 + 4 beads.

5. Time to switch color. String on 7 beads of color B, one of color A, and then 7 more of color B. Skip 7 beads on the main string, and then go through the 8th bead. Tighten your thread. Now there is an arc of beads in color B.

6. Repeat this until you have 4 + 5 + the large bead left on the main string. If you chose 37 times 8 beads for the length of the necklace, you should now have 37 arcs in color B. Go through the next 4 beads on the main string, so that your thread exits between the 5th and 6th bead counted from the large bead.

7. String 3 beads in color B, one in color A, and 3 in color B. Go through the 4th bead in the closest arc, marked with purple color in the picture.

8. String 3 beads in color B, and go through the middle bead in the part of the main string that is enclosed by the arc (marked in purple). String 3 beads in color B and go through the 4th bead in the other side of the arc (green).

9. String 3 beads of color B, one of color A and 3 of color B. Go through the 4th bead in the next arc. Then 3 beads of color B, go through a bead on the main string, 3 beads of color B, go through the arc, and so on until you exit the last arc.

10. String 3 beads of color B, one of color A and 3 of color B and go through the 4th bead on the main string counted from the end of the last arc. Go through all the beads to the loop, then through the loop at least once (to reinforce it), and then back through the main string. Go through a few of the arcs to fasten the thread.

11. In the beginning, a tail of thread was left near the large bead. Go through a few arcs with this, go back to the large bead to reinforce, and then back through the main string. Go through a few arcs to fasten.


I hope the tutorial made sense, sorry for any language errors. Feel free to ask if there is anything I need to explain better. If you don't feel like counting, you could always leave a random number of beads between the arcs and the closure and make as many arcs as there is room for. I like it even, though  Smiley. If you follow this description, I'd love to see the result!

Thanks for reading!

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