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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Runaway Hat on: November 03, 2008 09:00:30 PM
This is my latest creation: The Runaway Hat. I call it that because I started with a basic pattern but didn't follow it all the way through and it sort of evolved as I made it. The pattern sort of ran away from me and the hat got a bit out of hand. I used a purple, worsted weight, acrylic yarn and I forget what size needles.

I tend to mostly knit on the bus or in tiny little spurts of time, so the hat took forever and there are different bits in it from different days, so it doesn't really look like one cohesive pattern. The first and second half of the hat look like two separate hats that got squished together into one. I think it turned out pretty well anyways. I'm not sure if I like it enough to keep it though, so tell me what you think!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / needle size help! on: October 10, 2008 08:35:31 AM
This may seem like a silly question, but I need help determining what size of needle to use. All my knitting needles don't say like size 7 or anything, they just have the width in millimetres. On most patterns though, it says size 7 (just an example) and doesn't specify the millimetre width. Is size 7 the same as 7 mm?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help finidng a wrap pattern!!! on: September 28, 2008 03:09:10 PM
So I am going to my cousin's wedding in about three weeks. It is outside, so it will be a wee bit chilly. I have  an outfit planned (mostly in my head): a knee length, flirty little dress that is strapless, some opaque tights and some black ankle boots, but the part I'm having a hard time with is something to cover my shoulders and keep me warm in the chilly fall air. I was originally thinking of just a big shawl sort of, but I bought the dress today, and in the store the sales woman showed me this amazing wool cover type thing, but I have no idea what it is called! I was extremely tempted to buy it, but it was horrendously expensive, so I want to try and make something similar.

I'm hoping that if I give a description, someone will send me a link to a patter similar to it, so here goes!

It was a wool knitted wrap, almost like a little capelet but it was one continuous piece of fabric with a twist in the front. You just pulled it over your head and it sat over your shoulders.

Does anyone know what this would be called? I would absolutely love a pattern for it, even if I don't have the time to make one before the wedding.

Thanks so much!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Bangles!!! (a wee bit image heavy) on: September 15, 2008 12:52:22 PM
I've been seeing a lot of knitted bangles lately. Well really I mean old bangles that people have knitted over, so I decided I would try the same thing, only with crochet. I decided that my first one would be just a tester and instead of covering a plastic bangle, I would make one out of cardboard and experiment with that. I made it and it worked out so well that I decided to make the rest with cardboard too. So without further ado, here are my first two completed crochet bracelets!!!

The white looking one is actually a mix of white and pink, but the flash makes it impossible to tell.

And this is the cardboard base for my creations:

I made it out of about three strips of cardboard, all the same width. I stapled the ends together and stapled all the way around it, overlapping my staples, so that it is harder to bend the cardboard.

Here is the beginnings of my next bracelet:

It is a bright white wool with a somewhat lumpy texture.

I hope you like them!!!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Scarf for my guy? on: August 11, 2008 11:21:02 AM
Hi! It's been a while since I was on the crochet boards since lately I've been tryingout some knitting projects, but I'm a crocheter at heart!!!

Anyways, down to business... My boyfriend's birthday is coming up very soon, and I want to make him a present. His parents took a trip to Ireland recently and brought him back a hat that he absolutely loves, so he asked me to knit him a scarf to match it. The hat is dark forest green with a white stripe across it. It is a pretty plain, basic beanie, and I am trying to figure out what sort of scarf to make for him. I was planning to knit the scarf, and I still might, but the only problem is that I am not a very fast knitter, and am running out of time. I really would prefer to crochet the scarf, since I'm much better at that, but all the scarves I have crocheted in the past have turned out looking rather girly, whether I wanted them to or not.

If anyone knows of any plain, "manly" pattern for a crocheted scarf, please tell me!!!

I'm still considering knitting it too, and maybe just giving it to him almost finished, so any knitting patterns for a guys scarf would be great too.

P.S. Sorry for the knitting stuff in the crochet section!
P.P.S. This was the most annoying topic to post ever! My keyboard died halfway through and I couldn't figure out why, and eventually deduced that the batteries are dead, but I had no other batteries, so I had to move to a different computer entirely and start the post all over again... Just felt like adding that.... Just so you all knew...

Anyways, help me please! Thanks! Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with a hat!!! on: August 11, 2008 10:47:48 AM
I've made a few hats recently, which all turned out well, and I want this next hat to be a slouchy style hat. All my hats so far have been trial and error hats instead of from a pattern and this one is going to be the same, but since I've never knitted a slouchy hat before, I have a few questions.

I have already started on circular needles and have a short band for the front, but now I'm wondering if I should start increasing stitches, or if I should move it onto larger needles, or both. I was planning on moving onto some larger needles and increase a few stitches but I don't know how many stitches I should increase it by!

I have started on 3mm needles with a very thin yarn, (although it said worsted weight on the package, but seems smaller to me...) and I was planning to move it onto needles that are about 5mm. Will this work? How much should I increase?

Can someone help me please? Any ideas or input will be much appreciated!!!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Relatively new knitter needs help with casting on!!! on: August 01, 2008 04:48:36 PM
I am a relatively new knitter, but I have managed a few basic projects so far. I just got a slightly more advanced hat pattern today, and the first thing it says is to cast on using a stretchier cast on stitch. I don't really know what that means. So far I only know one basic way to cast on and I didn't know there were other ways!

Can someone please help me?!?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with round needles??? on: July 30, 2008 12:42:35 PM
I am mostly a crocheter, but I recently decided to take up knitting as well. I've only done a few really successful projects so far and they were all scarves. I'm not sure if I'm really ready to move on to harder things but I want to try anyways, so I want my next project to be on round knitting needles.

I don't mean knitting in a round, since that still seems a bit too confusing for me. I mean using those needles that are connected in the back. I want to try making a hat with them, so I was hoping someone could offer their expertise on this? I really don't know where to start besides casting on... After that I don't know what to do.

If anyone can give me any tips, or even a relatively easy pattern that would be amazing!

P.S. I also have one other question. Using knitting needles for a long period of time makes my index finger hurt a lot.... Does anyone have any suggestions to fix this problem?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for boyfriend for Christmas? on: December 18, 2006 04:41:04 PM
I have no clue what to get for my boyfriend for Christmas!!! I know I've left it late but I actually started trying to figure out what to give him like weeks ago!!! I will need something by the weekend and I don't know what to do!

So here is the situation. We have been going out for a little over a year now so I want to get him something special (I am unfortunately almost completely broke). I really would like to make him something, but I can't think of what. I am a very good crocheter (not to toot my own horn or anything) and a decent sewer, and an ok knitter (although I have almost no experience), but I fear that anything I could possibly make him would embarrass him. That would not bother me so much except for the fact that I know that he will wear it all the time regardless of whether or not he likes it, just to make me happy. If it was something he just put in a closet and ignored it really wouldn't bother me but if he didn't like whatever it is I made him he would use/wear it anyways, which would (for some weird reason) break my heart. If there is anything I could make a teenage guy, that he would love I really would love to know what it is.

My next conclusion was that I should just buy him something and be uncrafty because even then I have no clue what to get him. (I feel like such a horrible girlfriend for this...) He really doesn't have many interests that don't cost alot of money. He is way into skiing and sailing, but it's not like I can buy him a boat or some skis. And he already has the best of like everything for both sports. (He's kind of a rich kid. Come to think of it he is my complete opposite in almost every way... but I love him <3) He doesn't listen to much music, doesn't even have an mp3 player, is not into fashion or looking good at all really, and doesn't really have many other interests.

So does anyone have any ideas at all???

oh geez sorry for all my random rants in the middle and such.

And sorry for writing a freaking novel...

help if you can though please!!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / yucky turtleneck help on: December 17, 2006 11:09:35 AM
Well it's winter here and I end up wearing sweaters all the time, but I really don't have that many wearable sweaters, so naturally I figured I would find some old clothes to recon into sweaters.

While digging through my room I found 4 turtleneck sweaters that I was given a few years ago. They all still fit me and I absolutely love all the gorgeous knit fabrics they are made of, but I HATE turtlenecks.

No offense to those of you who like them ,but I have this horrid inexplicable fear of being strangled. I don't mind necklaces or scarves, as long as they aren't too tight but a turtleneck feels tighter and I just sorta freak out and think I'll like not be able to breath or something like that.

So with all my freakish phobias aside... I really need some Ideas for what to do with these to make them wearable. I would love to wear them but I think I may just have a pnic attack if I put one on...

I thought of cutting out a new neckline for all of them but that really does seem a bit boring... I would like any ideas you may have.

I also want to ask if I cut off a part of something that is a knitted, will the whole sweater unravel???  I don't want to ruin the gorgeous sweaters while trying to change them...

I've just realised that one of them is perfect for felting because it is far too big on me! I have never felted anything before so I'm not sure... but once you've felted something it doesn't unravel right?

Well if anyone has any ideas please share them with me!!! Thanks!
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