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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cable Pattern Not Adding Up? on: January 01, 2009 09:29:29 PM

I'm working the Marjorie sweater pattern from Spring 2008's Knitty (The pattern is here:  http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring08/PATTmarjorie.html).  I altered it a little and am knitting in the round, which doesn't seem to be my problem that I can tell.

I've gotten successfully through the bottom ribbing and am working Chart 1.  Since it's a flexible pattern, I'm making size 1X for the bottom and will decrease to make a Medium for the top, so right now, I have 224 stitches (per side); I've divided the 224 stitches into 16-14 stitch sections to let me know where to repeat my pattern.  However, as I approach Chart 2, the math doesn't add up.  The first rows of Chart 2 are worked over 26 stitches, and 26 doesn't divide evenly into 224, so I'm at a bit of a loss.

Am I reading the pattern incorrectly?  I see that there are red lines within the chart itself, but I don't know how to interpret those; I can't get that to divide evenly into 224 either.


2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting sleeves in the round? on: December 14, 2008 10:40:49 AM
Now, I've knit sweaters before and have gotten out of it.  It's too tedious for me, especially the sleeves.  I like to see immediate improvement, and when I don't, I tend to lose interest (which makes me probably just about the worst knitter ever!)  However, a recent move to a colder climate has made me reevaluate my disdain for knit sweaters and basically, I need a good one Smiley

However, I was thinking that perhaps to speed the process up, I could knit in the round.  I've knit the body of a sweater in the round before, and hey, wouldn't it be the same idea with the sleeves?  Cast on and work with dpn's until it gets big enough to switch to circulars, and then finish with circulars until the cap which would be on straight needles?

Does anyone know of a reason why this wouldn't work?  Or if it would work?  Or even better, if they've had success in the past?

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Cupcake and Gato de la Muerto... on: February 15, 2008 03:57:13 PM
(Or, what I'm doing instead of writing my thesis.)

Here are two recent projects that I just completed.

My first is a cupcake light pull.  My lamp came with an annoying little ball on the end that makes a terrible sound when it bumps into the lamp base.  After about 6 weeks with a bare and ugly chain, I decided to make my own, quieter version and my cupcake resulted:

Now I'm stylish AND un-distracted Smiley

I then made a Calaca-style kitty.  I love kitties, especially the graceful way they arch their backs, which I tried to capture.

He is made out of lots of armature wire with a polyclay over.  Unfortunately, he had a fall and broke his pelvis, so he's also held together slightly with hot glue  Lips sealed  He keeps my Edgar Allan Poe action figure company Smiley

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / mmm, pie on: May 13, 2007 09:56:10 PM
Remember Weebl and Bob and how they were popular for 15 minutes about 5 years ago?

Well, as I was making this, all I could think was "mmm, pie...want pie now!  When come back, bring pie..."

And thus was born, cherry pie slices, or, polyclay crust with resin filling goodness  Cheesy

This is actually version 2.0--version one had smaller slices and larger polyclay cherries.  I wasn't entirely happy with that, so I added red seed beads to my resin this time, but the resin matched too closely to the beads, and the beads were too small to realistically be cherries (this size bead could be blueberries but they'd be very small cherries.)  However, I think next time I'll buy larger seed beads that aren't shimmery and give those a try  Grin

The pictures don't quite capture it, but the "filling" is fairly translucent and you can see the "cherries" straight through to the bottom.  It looks like the so-bad-for-you-its-good roadside diner pie that I'm eagerly anticipating this summer  Grin
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tutorial: Kiwi cane in 10 steps... on: April 20, 2007 09:25:38 AM
I don't know how other people make their kiwis, but this is how I've been doing mine.  It was also my first cane, first tutorial and a lot of other firsts Smiley  But I've had great success and hey!  It's already peeled!

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Kiwi tart on: April 18, 2007 02:39:33 PM
I took my wee victory and made a tart!

I've never seen a kiwi tart, but I like the idea...
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A small victory--a wee kiwi cane on: April 15, 2007 10:06:57 PM
My first cane and I'm in love!

I made it while watching the Sopranos with my friends tonight...and they thought I was going mildly nuts until they saw the results  Cheesy

I had to put my cane away though...I need to focus on school work before clay (boo).  I have plenty of cane left, and I intend to make a wee kiwi tart  Grin
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Twice Baked? on: April 09, 2007 12:51:34 PM
I was sitting in class and day dreaming when I was struck with an idea for a new poly miniature.

I want to make a pineapple upside down cake miniature, but I'm not sure how to go about it.  I want it to look something like this: http://www.rachelleb.com/images/2005_07_25/pineapple_upsidedown.jpg, (although I will say I liked the look of Alton Brown's better), but I'm not sure how to sink the pineapple slices into the cake.

Would I be able to make my mini pineapple slices, bake them, then sink them into unbaked "cake" clay?  I don't want the pineapple pieces to crack, which is my main concern (although, gloss has been covering all manner of sins lately...)

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Phew! These are going straight to my... on: April 05, 2007 07:42:33 PM

Well, it's not actually mine, but you get the idea.

These are my first miniatures, and I'm completely hooked.  I started out wanting to make cupcakes but found them irksome (I diluted my frosting with vaseline and it got a nice, lumpy homemade look, but it was hard to apply and distorted the cupcake.  Nothing too bad, just nothing to write home about.)  The cake is definitely my favorite though.  It was awesome looking in and seeing the layers for the first time.

I made the pie in a bottle cap and had hoped for a clear filling (there are actually little cherries in there) but it didn't work out.  I still like it though.  I think if I were to do it again, I would tint resin and put it in, then bake the lattice over top.

Regardless, excited!  I have a new obsession to add to embroidery...

10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Yardage? on: July 06, 2006 08:58:53 PM
Hey all,

I`m on the road and am about to go to a favorite knitting shop.  I would like to get the yarn for the Stitch `n` Bitch Nation messenger tote bag (the smaller of the two).  Could someone tell me what kind of yarn and how much the pattern calls for?  I have the pattern, just not with me and I'm in dire need of a backpack for next year Undecided  I'll post pictures when I'm done!

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