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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / New Love - knitted bowls (link to pics now in fifth post) on: September 12, 2005 10:14:12 AM
I am in love with all my little knitted bowls. It was interesting to see which yarns felted nicely for this project (Noro Kureyon didn't do so well... I was surprised, but was not suprised to see the Lamb's Pride, Cascade 220  and Araucania all do pretty well). I will post pics after they're done drying. I think one will make a good business card holder for my desk, and a couple are destined to be gifts.

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Snake Scarf on: September 08, 2005 09:25:28 AM
I designed this snake scarf for my littlest nephews (3). I still have to add the finishing touches -- tongues, rattles & 1 set of eyes.

Pattern is here.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mini Sophie on: September 08, 2005 08:11:12 AM
Discussed earlier, I finally have pics of my mini Sophie bag. I still have to add a magnetic snap, but you can't see it anyway.

Before Felting

After Felting

I love this bag, I love this yarn (Classic Elite Paintbox).
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Half-size Sophie? on: August 30, 2005 03:43:31 PM
I picked up a lonely orphaned ball of yarn today that I think would make an adorable little felted bag. Of course it's half (exactly) the amount I need for Sophie. I'm wondering if I could do a half-size one (for my niece). Has anyone tried to make this smaller?
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Camo yarn? or Blaze orange? on: August 29, 2005 12:27:03 PM
I'm on a hunt for yarn to make my new nephews-in-law hunting hats. Their mother assures me that goofy hats with ear flaps (in the right colors) will be perfect for hunting (they asked her for socks). I'm totally going to use the Jayne Cobb hat pattern (w/ a better decrease and no pom pom), but am stumped about where to even begin looking for camouflage wool!

I found the perfect color orange yarn at lunch, but it was acrylic and too light. I'll bet Brown Sheep has something. I would like to try for camo first.


(ETA: Worst-case scenario is I find some nice olive "drab")
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knots in yarn... interesting reply from Crystal Palace on: August 22, 2005 05:51:39 PM
It annoys me when I pay good money for yarn and find knots in it. I figure it can't hurt, so I take a few minutes and write to the company, expressing disappointment in the quality of the yarn. Sometimes it pays off and I get the yarn replaced. Sometimes my letter goes into the trash. (I've only done this 4 times). My letter to Crystal Palace/Straw Into Gold went into the trash, but I followed up with an email. I predicted in my LJ that I'd get a list of excuses. I was right... but I got them in a smart-ass, condescending email that included this little tidbit:

"It's lucky that you have had no other knots in any of our yarns, but they do exist and you should find an average of 2-3 knots in every 10 balls of Big Net (100 gr balls) or 20 balls of yarns that are in 50 gr balls. For you to have ONE knot in a 100 gr ball of Big Net is not unusual"

Basically, the email read like a snotty, chiding email, implying that I don't understand "quality" yarn and that I just "have to live with a few knots." (Hand to God, this is a direct quote).

Guess what brand of yarn I'm never buying again? Not actually because of the knot in this one ball*, or the possibility of a knot in other balls*. I'm never buying their yarn again because they're snotty. Yeah, I'm that kind of consumer.

*Truth is, I know that this kind of thing happens. But it's one of those things that if you complain about, sometimes you get action.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Trying to start a knitting circle at work -- showing off the flyer on: August 10, 2005 02:46:32 PM
I posted these all over my building today. I had to come up w/ something besides "Stitch n Bitch" because of the whole office thing.

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Jack Skellington patterns or charts? on: August 10, 2005 07:25:56 AM
Anyone have a clue? I promised my SIL I'd look around. (I saw the "boob tube" but she's looking for something for a hat or scarf (for a boy, I think)).

Thanks in advance!!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Book -- Cheaper Than Therapy -- coming out in Sept. on: August 10, 2005 07:21:17 AM
Here's the release info -- http://www.modeknit.com/cheaperthantherapy

I'm all excited, because I have an essay in the book (so, I'm affiliated, but don't profit from it's success). It's a collection of essays, edited by Annie Modesitt. Will be available via Amazon.com and in many local yarn stores.

20  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Knitting groups, SnB's, etc. in or around Oakland Cty? on: August 09, 2005 07:58:09 AM
Is anyone aware of (or part of) a knitting group, circle, guild, Stich & Bitch, etc. in Oakland County? I'm near Waterford, Pontiac, Keego, Sylvan, Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield, etc.
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