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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:first project - teddybear on: March 18, 2004 11:08:39 AM
Oh, and if your scarf is curly, just block it.  Lay it out flat on a towel and steam it with a steam iron (you just hold the  iron just above the scarf and let the steam come out).  I just did this for the first time last night on a curly scarf and it worked wonders - and only took like 5 or 10 minutes!

this may work, but there's something crucial to remember here: stockinette always curls! every newbie discovers this.  (stockinette stitch is when you knit one side, purl the other.) if you want your scarf not to curl, simply choose a stitch that has knits and purls on the same side (garter stitch, moss stitch), or put a border of such a stitch on each side of your scarf. (each long side, that is.)

for anyone interested in the finer points of why stockinette curls, check out this thread:
22  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re:Off topic discussion on: March 16, 2004 09:22:19 PM
bewitched, i'm sorry about your loss. warm thoughts are going your way.  thanks for taking the time and energy to be both eloquent and accurate.
23  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Re:eugene craftsters? on: March 16, 2004 11:06:21 AM
hey, shazaam, you should come on thursday! we'd love to have you.
24  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Re:eugene craftsters? on: March 16, 2004 11:04:49 AM

Eugene Stitch n Bitch is on Thursday (this week it's 3/18) from 6 to 8 at Allan Brothers Beanery on W. 5th St. Come one, come all! As before, all skill levels and all genders open (we'd love to find the Elusive Male Knitter).

Check out
for some of our creations!

Any questions? Please PM me (wordie) through craftster.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:voodoo wristwarmers from knitty on: March 16, 2004 10:13:00 AM
yep, dpn's are the way to go. seriously, they're not bad. it's just like knitting with straight needles, except instead of turning the needle you go around and around. this page might help you visualize it:


you can do this with any number of dpn's. for these wristwarmers, i used a set of 5. i wanted to make the wristwarmers pretty warm, so i knit them tight (size 5 needles for the gorilla hands; size 7 for the sparkly, which had two strands of yarn held together).

good luck!
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re:Tampon case on: March 13, 2004 11:00:38 AM
these are all great crafty ideas! i have to plug (heh) vinnie's tampon case, though... *so* funny, and it's sturdy without being rigid (i.e. it can hang out in your bag without getting beat up).


my friend has the book/period chart that comes with it sometimes, and it's hilarious. it comes with postcards that say "send me chocolate" and stuff like that.
27  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Re:eugene craftsters? on: March 11, 2004 12:47:33 PM
come! we're open to all!

stitch n bitch is TODAY from 6 to 8 at allan bros. beanery on w. 5th. (the building says "banana warehouse".)

we'd love to see you there!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:The Stereotypical Knitter on: March 11, 2004 10:48:21 AM
word on knitting in class, emling. always ask your teacher if it's okay! i am one to encourage knitting in any context, but as a teacher i can't approve of it in class. you're not taking notes on composition if you're looking for that dropped stitch.

i've gotten very few comments on not being stereotypical. (i'm 24 and, er, indie, i guess. not really into scenes, but not "mainstream," either.) tons of people knit when i was in college, and tons of people knit here in eugene, OR. everyone is wearing gorgeous scarves out here. lord knows we need warm clothes with all the rain! strangely, the only people i've gotten weirdness from have been (you guessed it) the folks at the LYS. not always, and not consistently--but boy they can treat me like i'm a total novice or (as someone said) i'm lost on my way to starbucks. all that even though i have been knitting for 6 years, i've been going to that store for 2, and i now live in the neighborhood, so i drop in there all the time! i think it's more knitting snobbery than shock at young people knitting.
29  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Re:eugene craftsters? on: March 10, 2004 01:05:47 AM
this week's stitch n bitch will be from 6 to 8 on thursday (march 11th) at the allan bros. beanery on w. 5th st. send me a private message if you need more info!

30  Oregon / Oregon: Southwest / Re:eugene craftsters? on: March 07, 2004 06:44:28 PM
hi! chocodog and i  have been meeting weekly with sort of a revolving group of people. all are welcome! usually we meet thursdays from 6-8 at cafe paradiso (9th & Olive). we're thinking about testing other locations as well, since sometimes paradiso has shows setting up at that time.

so that's the plan! please come! if the location changes for this week, i'll post on this thread.
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