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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help needed, charity knitting, rough handspun....What to do???? on: June 11, 2007 09:45:38 AM
I was given some handspun wool to knit for charity with, it is spun
wonderfully at a worsted weight, but it is the roughest wool I have
ever encountered. My first inclination would be to make anything that
would not come into contact with a human body. If it must come into
contact with a person, it will need to be lined.
I tried felting it to no avail and even after washing it did not soften
up at all.
So does anyone know of a charity I could knit for (this stipulation of
the spinner was that the wool be used for charity) with very rough wool
and what on earth could I knit? I have 700 yards of the stuff....
I am thinking lined hats, but really will take any ideas at this point
in time....
Oh and I consider myself and advanced beginner/medium skill level

Thanks for any help!

12  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Long Open Shawl Crochet-a-long. on: May 30, 2007 11:03:02 AM
It would be good to note here that the difference is probably skein size, my Joanns only carries teeny skeins of SS while walmart skeins have twice as much in them..... I pay about 2 dollars a skein for the biggies and one dollar and fifty cents for the teenies.
NO idea why they do this except to confuse me.  And I bought some pounders of something else the other day for an afghan, only they were a variegated, so the pounder wasn't really a pounder, even though it said pounder right on the label.  I am pretty sure the yarn people are trying very hard to keep us in a fog....I know I buy much more yarn in a fogged state  Roll Eyes
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: $34.77... on: May 24, 2007 07:14:09 AM
LOL, Maybe they are talking about those little mini sweaters, if it doesn't cover anything other than boobs, you can get a lot less yarn :-)

Actually, when you think about it, it kind of makes sense.  My hubby works at Hobby Lobby, they have knitters there that have NEVER been in a yarn store.  Now when you can get wool ease and it's super yardage for 2.49 a skein, and even big girls like me can get a sweater out of 9 or 10 skeins, you have a cheap sweater.  It may be hard to imagine, but there are hordes of knitters out there buying less expensive yarns.  Many of my relatives live in small towns, and the only source in town is the Wal-Mart.  

My mother who is an IMPECCABLE knitter, would never think of going to a yarn store...(she is instead a machine embroidery snob :-)
but she has made countless sweaters and blankets out of good old red heart that the kids adore.  

So actually, I think as an internet community of knitters, we are a little yarn snobby, but I also do not think that is wrong.  I know when I decide to do the sweater I really want to do, I will invest 100 dollars or more, and it will be an investment wardrobe piece, but I also know I will probably make more cotton ease, or wool ease, or simply soft trendy garments, because I just won't spend good yarn money on trendy shrugs.

Sheesh....sorry, guess I had more to say on this than I thought.  Grin
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions for all you knitters out there! on: May 02, 2007 07:51:52 AM
I totally know the feeling....
I took a few whacks at knitting, but they were lazy whacks.
This time it has taken :-)
My first project: A calorimetry
My second the same :-)
My third: the umbilical cord hat
My fourth: Worsted weight socks
my fifth: baby sweater and mary jane booties
my sixth: Actual socks with itty bitty sock yarn and itty bitty needles

My 7th is Grumperina's Odessa hat, and I am also making more SOCKS :-)

I totally love socks.  Do not be afraid of them for they are easier than you think.  Besides, even if it comes out fairly wonky, feet have a way of making the knitting look OK :-) Also anyone close enough to comment on the skill level of the knitting in your socks is also close enough for a quick toe in the nose. I find that to be particularly effective with sock critics.

Among my goals before the year is up, is a tank for me, and maybe a little bit of lace something.......
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sock yarn doesn't count? on: April 25, 2007 02:25:57 PM
Well, since every sweater I want to make costs in excess of 80 dollars..... and the MOST expensive sock yarn at the store I <3 is like 25 dollars a skein, and I only have to get one skein of the 25 dollar stuff, I usually end up with sock yarn.
I however AM on a sock yarn diet and can get no more until I knits up all the sock yarn I have.  Hopefully at the end of the diet I have saved some moolah to invest in a sweater. 
Knitting is sooooo not cheap.
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Lose this stupid weight swap! on: April 09, 2007 12:14:19 PM
Hey I received :-)

This poor box decided to take a fairly long detour in getting to me... thanks to a wickedly strange mailman....
who delivered it to a neighbor, who was on vacation, but whose mother picked it up, only to be retrieved
by said neighbor and delivered late into the night Easter Sunday.  First time I have ever received US mail on a
Sunday, let alone EASTER Sunday :-)

Anyhoo, I tend to get very lucky with my swaps, and this time was no exception. 
I received a fantastic storage pouch with a psychedelic tummy..., a very adorable journal
(I notice the journal has its eyes on my lunch..... this worries me.....), and one unmistakably clever altered pedometer......

Thansk Fizzle.... You ROCK  Grin
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm Making a Bench Out of GRAPEFRUIT CANS! Need feedback! on: April 02, 2007 12:13:35 PM
I think it is an interesting idea..... and It might work....
check out this http://www.patiopvc.com/classmod.html not the same thing clearly, but might offer you more ideas on the cheap :-)
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Booties on: April 02, 2007 11:52:06 AM
Oops, they are peaches and cream or some other typically dishrag cotton.... I had the yarn from crochet days and had tossed the label... but now I know why knitters are not fond of the stuff, between the baby sweater and these, It was a bit on the punishing side.

Oh and knit simple is definately a favorite of mine so far... it seems simple=easy :-)
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cute Booties on: April 02, 2007 11:38:47 AM
Ok I feel silly for even posting these, but I can't help it!! I am so new to this knitting thing, and I love it!
So my knitting history to date is:
Calorimetry (x2)
then I made me some worsted weight socks...
Then I got carried away and made a baby sweater (no finished pics yet, it is blocking) and finally, this sunday I made THESE... these are my favorite so far! I just love them!  They are from Knit Simple magazine (so is the sweater I made) and would not be here except for the magazine has a great picture by picture tutorial for them!!!!
anyhoo... enough babble :-)

20  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Re: Monkey Pillowcases on: April 02, 2007 09:09:48 AM
Thanks :-)
I added the ribbon :-) Couldn't resist.....
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