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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / lost pattern link for striped lace scarf? on: April 22, 2008 07:30:54 AM
Hi -- I've spent all morning looking for a pattern for a friend.  DO you know what I'm talking about?  This scarf used a fine yarn and a large needle, knit a few rows and then held along a thicker yarn for a few rows before returning to the plain thin yarn to create a striped effect.  Anyone?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / hot date in two weeks and I have nothing to wear! on: March 20, 2008 06:19:27 PM
no, really, I have nothing to wear.... I had a baby and am 30 pounds heavier than my nice clothes would like.   And I have no money.  But lots and lots of stashed yarn. 

So I'm going to "India Night" for dinner and entertainment.  I have a pair of pants that will do.  I need to knit a top.  Something cute, sexy, maybe Indian-inspired, and FAST.  oh, and that will look good over DD lactating boobers and a stretched out flabby tummy. 

Any suggestions?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / So I've got this box of patterns... on: May 19, 2007 11:58:15 AM
... that my grandmother has had since the 1940's and 50's, and some look like they're probably even 1930's!  There are a few from the 60's, too, that my mother made as a teenager.

I want to get rid of them, hopefully by turning them into cash.  The trouble is, I have no idea what they might be worth.  I did a quick search on Ebay and on Etsy and it looks like the basic rate is about $5.00, but some on Ebay were looking for in the neighbourhood of $500!  Crazy.  But exciting... so how do I know which of these patterns are worth $5 and which are worth, say, $20?  or more?

Any advice?  Is there anywhere I can look for more information?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / prices of vintage sewing patterns? on: May 19, 2007 11:49:21 AM
I have recently come into a collection of my grandmother's old sewing patterns, most from the 40's and 50's.  I'm thinking about selling them.  A quick search on Etsy and Ebay showed that patterns are generally about $5.00, but there is a range from $1.00 to $500.00!  How do I know if some of these patterns are worth such a nice little fortune?

Is there somewhere to go or some resource somewhere to help me price these patterns?

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sunhat with ponytail cutout -- with pattern! on: May 11, 2007 07:41:16 PM

I made this hat.  I designed this hat.  I love love love this hat.  I plan to make more of this hat, and play with different widths of brim (maybe single crochet for it, even?).  In the name of share and share alike, here is the pattern -- please use it!  Give it away!  Share it around!  (but nobody's allowed to make any money off it, okay?  cuz I'm not, and if you did, I'd be stinkin' jealous! )

Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter (worsted weight, 100% cotton -- any yarn matching this description will do, I think)

Hook:  5.5 mm (fits my 22.5 inch head -- I made one with a 5mm hook and it's a bit snug but will likely stretch to fit beautifully)

Funky abbreviations: 
FPDC:  yo, insert hook between stitches of row below from back to front and around the front of the post of the stitch from right to left, yo and draw yarn back around the post.  Yo and draw through 2 loops, Yo and draw through final 2 loops.

BPDC:  yo, insert hook between stitches of row below from front to back and around the back of the post of the stitch from right to left.  Yo and draw yarn back around the post.  Yo and draw through 2 loops. Yo an draw through final 2 loops.

[ ] repeat across row or around round

Pattern notes:
Ch 2 grows the height up, but then the first PDC is worked around the stitch at the base of those 2 chains.  Do not work the ch 2 stitches at the end of a row or round just ignore them.

Basketweave pattern worked flat: (on 63 stitches)

   Row 1:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] end with 3 BPDC, turn
Row 2:  ch 2, [3 FPDC, 3 BPDC] end with 3 FPDC, turn
Row 3:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] end with 3 BPDC, turn

Row 4:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] end with 3 BPDC, turn
Row 5:  ch 2, [3 FPDC, 3 BPDC] end with 3 FPDC, turn
Row 6:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] end with 3 BPDC, turn

Basketweave pattern worked in the round (on 72 stitches)

   Rounds 1 3:  ch 2, [3 FPDC, 3 BPDC], join with ss to first FPDC
   Rounds 4 6:  ch 2, [3 BPDC, 3 FPDC] , join with ss to first BPDC


Ch 65.  Hdc in 3rd from hook and in each stitch across (62 hdc + 2 ch at end = 63 hdc)

Work basketweave pattern back and forth (flat) for 9 rows (3 blocks high x 21 blocks long)

Ch 9 at end of row and join work to begin working in the round.  Continue basketweave pattern in the round 3 more rows.   **first round only, do hdcs across the chain stitches
Work is now four blocks high.

Crown decreases ** blocks will now be only 2 rows high instead of 3:
Round 1: ch 2 [BPDC 2 tog, BPDC, 3 FPDC], join.
Round 2: ch 2 [2 BPDC, FPDC 2 tog, FPDC], join.
Round 3: ch 2 [FPDC 2 tog, 2 BPDC, 2 FPDC, 2 BPDC], join
Round 4: ch 2 [FPDC, BPDC 2 tog, 2 FPDC, 2 BPDC], join
Round 5: ch 2 [BPDC, FPDC, BPDC 2 tog, 2 FPDC], join
Round 6: ch 2 [BPDC, FPDC, BPDC, FPDC 2 tog], join
Round 7: ch 2 [skip stitch #1.  PBDC 2 tog stitches # 2 and #4 (skipping #3).  FPDC (except at end of round)]
Round 8: sc in each BPDC.  Fasten off.

Brim (is worked back and forth)

Join yarn at one corner of cut out.
Row 1: ch 2 [5hdc, 2 hdc in next stitch] end with 3 hdc, turn.
Row 2: ch 2, 2 hdc. [2 hdc in next stitch, 6 hdc] turn.
Row 3: ch 2, 5 hdc. [2 hdc in next, 7 hdc] 3 hdc, turn.
Row 4. ch 2, 2 hdc. [2 hdc in next, 8 hdc] turn
Row 5: ch 2, 3 hdc [2 hdc in next, 9 hdc]  do not turn
Sc up the side of the brim.  Hdc around cut-out, sc down other side of brim.  Fasten off.

Option 1:  join yarn and sc 4 stitches up end of first block of basketweave at base of cut-out.  Work back and forth on these 4 stitches about 20 rows.  Fasten off and repeat on other side for second tie.

Option 2:  holding 2 strands together and using 6.5mm or 8mm hook,  make chain at base of cut-out long enough to tie in a bow.  Repeat on other side.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / In an English Country Garden... on: April 30, 2007 08:05:08 PM
No, we're not in England -- but we are in the Commonwealth and we are in a garden!

My summer knits entry started out like this:

But my little buttercup (she turned 2 in February) has suddenly taken to wearing dresses and made a very diplomatic suggestion for my knitting entry:   "no! I want a dress!  You make me a dress for me, please Mummy?" 

How could I say no?  So my summer knits entry became this:

Clearly, gardening is more exciting when you're properly dressed for it... note her delight at having found... a muddy rock.

Thanks for looking!

Pattern is my own, a top-down raglan with a-line increases below the natural waist, and a frill at the bottom.  Made with Bernat Handicrafter, 100% cotton on 4.5 mm needles.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / DH's Scout socks -- funny fold and bad heel to successful FO on: April 20, 2007 08:42:25 PM
I've been knitting my husband a pair of Scout socks for his upcoming birthday -- since it's nearly impossible to find navy blue knee-socks with a wide cuff for men.  Understandably, you might argue, but that's another story...

I'm knitting toe up using Knitty's Universal Sock pattern.  I'm using 3mm needles and Red Heart Cotton Twist, a cotton/acrylic blend (because it's what I could get in the right colour.  It's a worsted weight, but he likes the thickness of the sock.) I find the heel a little "shallow."  After the foot, I've switched to 2x2 ribbing and have about 7 inches of it. 

Sweetie tried on the sock tonight and the foot fits well, but the heel is not a great fit.  Worst of all, there is a fold over on the top of the ankle.  It bunches up there.  It looks like the ribbing on the top half starts way later than the ribbing on the back half, too. 

What can I do to fix this problem?  I already pulled out one sock back to before the heel, then it occured to me to put up a picture for you to see... I'll do that tomorrow.  [EDIT:  here are the pictures]

In this first picture you can see the folding over:

And in this second one, you can see the shallow heel and the poor fit around the ankle:

Would a flapped heel help?  What is causing the bunching at the ankle? 

I'd love some advice from the experienced sock knitters out there... I'm still new at it.

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Crochet Swap Gallery on: April 04, 2007 11:05:09 AM
Okay, happy hookers -- post yer goods!

original swap thread
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Sunhat Swap Gallery on: April 04, 2007 11:02:23 AM
Post 'em if you've got 'em!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Sunhat Swap CLOSED (send by May 1, 2007) on: March 26, 2007 07:50:59 PM
HELLO, SPRING!!!!  Now if only we could get rid of all this snow and bask in the sun!  Here's a chance to get ready with a brand new one of a kind sunhat, made especially for you:

Swap name: SUNHAT SWAP
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Yarnhag
Sign-up date range: March 26 - April 10
Date to send item by: May 1, 2007

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 25

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO  No, but I won't organize if nobody wants to send to Canada!  (this happened once before and it made me sad and I won't do it again).  This swap is especially intended for residence of the Northern Hemisphere who are just entering the warm season, but those south of the Equator are also welcome to join!

All ages allowed?  YUP -- under 18's should, of course, check with parent etc.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO, I AM NOT
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Not applicable

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:

This is a quick, one item swap: make a sunhat for your partner!  All styles and construction methods may be considered (for example, you may sew, knit, crochet, batik, embroider, weave, knot... I don't know what else!), but it has to be a wearable sun hat (so, like, no wool or thick quilting, okay?).  Brims are strongly recommended -- they are what keeps the sun off!  You can make the hat from scratch or decorate a purchased, plain hat.  Extra throw-ins are allowed, but the main idea here is to make a hat for someone else, without a lot of stress and worry and postage fees.  It's almost summer, after all!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer (***Include "Sunhat Swap" in your subject line, please!):

Name of swap:  SUNHAT SWAP

Craftster username

Email address

Your real name

Mailing address including the country

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

What construction method(s) might you use to make a hat?

What construction method would you best like someone to use to make your hat? 

Favourite/least favourite colour(s)?

Sunhat style preferences?

Head measurement? (measure above the eyebrows and across the bulge at the back of your head -- where the brim of a hat would normally rest.  Specify inches or centimetres.)

Anything else you would like your partner to know?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


green = sent
blue = "send-ee" received, positive feedback given

Yarnhag  --- > craftADDchick

craftADDchick --- > zenochka

zenochka ---> MoonLightbliss33

MoonLightbliss33 --- > mlcrays

mlcrays --- > Yarnhag

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