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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A beginner sock maker on: November 17, 2006 07:53:51 PM
 I bought yarn to make my mom some socks for Christmas. The first pattern (http://stitchesofviolet.blogspot.com/2005/08/more-fun-than-cables-sock-pattern.html) I tried, did not work at all! I am not really sure why, but the cables just looked like silly mistakes. The second pattern- Jaywalkers- had the wrong gauge and looked bad.
 I want to make a pattern with a pretty pattern or something in it, but nothing with large holes. I really love cabled socks, but I am having a heck of a time finding a good pattern. Also, I want to do them top down becuase I don't trust myself with the toe-up method yet (unless of course it is easier).
 My yarn is from KnitPicks, and I am using size 1 needles (not really good to buy needles first, but I had a pattern ready and everything).
 Can anyone suggest a pattern that is not too hard, but will have something to keep me from getting bored knitting it? Thanks to anyone who can help me  Smiley
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted Tam pattern on: November 11, 2006 06:03:21 PM
 I already printed off the pattern for the Mary Jane's Pithy hat from Turtle Knits (http://www.littleturtleknits.com/pithyhat.htm), but I am looking for other patterns for a hat in that style. I would like something that is kind of floppy and big. I could try crochet, so if you have one of those as well, I could probably figure it out Smiley Thanks for the help.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Short Row confusion on: November 06, 2006 09:30:09 PM
 I really hate to have to come on and aska billion questions all the time, but I keep getting stuck on really lame stuff...
 Anyway, I am making this headband for my sister:

 And I cannot figure out what it means when it says, "However, on the first row, wrap the last stitch of the last repeat... Wrap this stitch and turn work."
 I have done short row stuff, but it never said anything about wrapping? Can someone explain what that means? I googled the instructions, and didn't come up with anything. Can someone please help me out?
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red and Retro-- mini-skirt on: November 05, 2006 03:34:37 PM
 This was one of the projects I loved when I started, and I don't really like anymore. It didn't come qutie how I wanted, and there is just something about it. Oh well  Roll Eyes I do need to make the waistband smaller (it is pinned in the pics), but that will have to wait until I have more time.
 Anyway, it was inspired by some of the really cute skirt I have seen in old magazines and in vintage shops. The pockets started out as real pockets, but then they kind of got messed up so now they are just for looks (shh, don't tell anyone...  Cheesy)

 (the 'pocket')

 (and my usual sink picture)

 Excuse the crap pictures. The camera I used stinks, and I was not feeling all that creative  Cheesy
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock knitting questions on: November 01, 2006 02:04:46 PM
 I am going to be knitting my first pair of socks soon, and while I have a pattern picked out and everything... I'm not sure about yarn.
 Here is the pattern I want to make:
 I messaged the designer, and she said any fingering weight yarn will do. The sock yarn on Knit Picks, seem to be more affordable than the Opal yarn I have found other places.
 Anyway, my question is this: Would this yarn look good in cables?
 (The brown one near the end)
 I'm not sure if the different colors would look bad in cables. If it would, has anyone had any experience with any of these yarns?

 If you could give any help or tips, I would be very appreciative! I really am not sure what I am doing when it comes to picking out yarns...  Tongue
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Argyle sweater dress/stripe shirt on: October 31, 2006 06:01:30 PM
 I couldn't think of a more interesting title  Roll Eyes
 Anyway, I feel a little annoyed becuase I lost the before picture of this shirt. It was an extra large men's polo shirt with humongous sleeves with weird cuffs.
 I took out the buttons and collar, and sewed the opening closed. I flipped that to the back becuase when it was in the front it stretched out really strangely on my boobs.
 Here is the finished outfit:

 And here is a picture of where the collar was:

 This second was a large striped t-shirt, that I slimmed down and added black cuffs to the bottom edge and sleeves.


 I apologize for the crummy pictures.
 And on a side note, I personally don't like reconstructed t-shirts that are so crazy they are unwearable. I like mine to be more simple and clean cut... but that is just a personal opinion  Smiley
 (I don't rightly know what it is with me and standing on my sink...)
27  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Winter coat/jacket sewalong on: October 27, 2006 08:10:07 PM
 Becuase of the cold weather, I am making a few winter coats. I thought maybe doing a sewalong would motivate me more Cheesy
 It can be any pattern you wish to use, as long as it is a coat or jacket. If you are making a cape or poncho, that works too!
 So, any takers?
28  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / No sugar added, Vegan blueberry muffins on: October 26, 2006 03:52:48 PM
 I used whole wheat flour, but you can use all purpose or unbleached flour instead. The recipe is a little different than what I am used to, but the banana did add really good sweetness. Using milk makes them a little softer than normal muffins, so you can use oil instead and they will have a more crumbly consistency.

1 cup mashed banana
One tablespoon flaxseed, mixed well with three tablespoons cold water**
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy milk
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup berries (I used raspberry, but blueberries, blackberries or finely chopped strawberries would also work well)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line or spray 15 muffin cups.
2. In a large bowl, stir together banana, flax mixture, water, and milk or oil. Add flour and mix. Quickly stir in baking soda and powder, then mix gently. Fold in berries. Spoon batter into preared tins.
3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they test done. Cool slightly, and remove to wire rack.

    *You can use oil in place of the milk. The muffins come out very soft using milk- the oil will make it slightly more crumbly, but it does raise the fat content.

 ** If you are not vegan, you can just use one egg in place of the flax and water.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Houndstooth fabric on: October 26, 2006 01:44:18 PM
 I am making a dress for a swap, and I need to find a medium size houndstooth print fabric. While I would prefer more of a thick winter fabric, cotton would work. I found one on fabric.com, but I don't know I really like it.
 Can anyone suggest an online shop where I can find some for a reasonable price (less than $10 a yard)?
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sugar on Snow- neckwarmer on: October 16, 2006 04:38:20 PM
 This is my very first time posting in this board! I do knit regularly, but I am one of those people that starts a million projects, and finishes two or three of them Wink

 Anyway, I finally have a finished project to show off. The pictures does not do it justice. It is a neckwarmer with baby cables, and a really pretty tan yarn with little flecks of color. I made it for my mom. I used Sugar on Snow(http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/PATTsnow.html) from this months Knitty, but after figuring out the amount of stitches to cast on and the cable pattern, I pretty much did my own thing.
 *Note: This was a birthday gift for my mom, and she is modeling  Smiley
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