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1  fevered knitting, not a good idea! in Stitch And BOTCH by KittenKaboodle on: April 14, 2008 07:01:38 AM
Two weeks ago my kid came home from college with a present for the family: a flu bug making its way through the student population.  I decided that I did NOT have a flu and I could NOT take time off work.  Which went quite well until Thursday, as I was taken to the doctors with a temperature of over a hundred, a throat that felt like I was swallowing hot razor blades, a cough that wouldn't stop and aches that felt like I had run a marathon.

I had a secondary infection and my hubby was instructed to keep me at home. away from any sewing machines or any other work and to be sure I got plenty of rest.  I was to take antibiotics and some cough syrup with plenty of warning stickers telling me not to operate any machinery, and a note from the doctor saying "especially big sewing machines"

Perfect I thought!  I can learn how to knit socks!  I've been wanting to learn how to knit socks for a while, but I always have trouble at the heel, it requires time and patience, something I am occasionally short on.  Because I am couch ridden, my fevered brain reasoned, I can knit for hours without anyone stopping me!  And knitting needles are not (usually) dangerous machines I can safely knit and not injure anyone too badly.

I found my sock yarn, purchased months before.  I found my double pointed needles, holding flags in a lego city!  I found the instruction book!  I cheerfully and feverishly began to knit.  My huuby made sure I took the pills and the cough medicine and my boys didn't complain as I watched CSI:Miami DVD's all weekend.

There's something about the instruction for short rows and fevers that don't quite mix.  Or something about me not bothering to read the instructions carefully.  Or perhaps it was a defect in my measuring.  No matter what the cause, I now have a single, rather odd, too short for my foot and three times too large for my ankles sock.  I am quite proud of this, for reasons I don't understand.  I am now less fevered and looking at the book, with the steps carefully checked off, including five too many short rows, and the page on toe shaping seemingly missed.  Here's a picture of my sock.  I don't know if I should take it apart and try again, or keep it as a reminder to A. don't knit while feverish. B. Don't knit while on narcotic cough medicine and C. Take two days off when a flu starts, or seven days when I have no choice.

My only comfort is that it is vaguely foot shaped, only for a person with a four inch long foot.
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2  Re: Split Skirt? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by KittenKaboodle on: February 13, 2008 08:16:05 AM
Usually the flare is an even line from the waist to the hip and downwards from there.  The line should blend and the shouldn't be any sudden jags outward. You will need to add to the inseam to preserve the crease line; which is also the grainline and essential for pants that are balanced and fit well.

The classic method taught by most drafting books is to cut up the crease line grain line and close the dart, being sure that the fullness on the hem is equal on both sides of the crease line.

Here's a quick and dirty illustration of the two methods. (Ignore the ugliness, I did it with whatever pen was next to the computer)  The red dashed line is the alteration on the top drawing, the second is with the dart taped shut and the alteration is in the middle of the pants.  The crease line is also the grainline and it is always in the center of the leg, and you will want to have the same amount of fullness on both sides of the crease line.  Needless to say, you'll need to experiment and test this in scrap cloth to fine tune the fit.  Hope that helps a bit. And I hope the picture shows up!

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3  Re: What is duty like on beads? in CANADA by KittenKaboodle on: August 02, 2007 08:25:57 AM
Duties aren't a big problem, unless you're buying precious metals.  I've had high duties on gold wires in the past, and other times there's been next to nothing.  You might need to check the Canada customs website for details on duties, they've changed since I've bought from the US. 

What ticks me off -and why I stopped buying from the US -is paying border broker fees when something is delivered by the big couriers, like FedEx, UPS etc.  The US postal service/Canadian postal service is less than five bucks, while couriers can charge anywhere from 25 to 75 dollars to bring things across the border and have them inspected.  That's simply outrageous. Check who does their shipping, if its one of the big couriers then you might be stuck with a huge border broker fee.

There are a couple excellent bead stores based in Canada. My favourite for on line shopping is beadFX found here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.html I get crystals and specialty wires from here.  Their prices are excellent and delivery is reliable and fast.

Does the kw in your name refer to K-W Ontario?  Because if it does toss away your computer and make tracks for Bead Bazaar in Uptown Waterloo.  Seriously, it's like a bead catalogue only you can touch the beads, not just look at pictures. It looks like a hole in the wall kind of store but the selection inside is amazing.  Stephanie has everything you need and then some, she will even help you find some hard to find items.  She also sells her own lamp worked glass beads, and these are spectacular.  The Michael's Craft Store in Westmount Place has an amazing selection of beads, wires and findings from some of the larger American companies -no shipping or duties required. I haven't ordered from the US since these two stores came along.
This incredibly horrible cell phone picture is a lariat necklace I made from beads and finding purchased at both places. The big pink floral bead is From Bead Bazaar.
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4  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by KittenKaboodle on: May 30, 2007 08:55:21 AM
My new baby: his belt isn't attached, his bell clamp isn't clamped, he's waiting to be put together...but I'm really happy with him!  He's a floor model Singer 20U73.  All he does is straight and zigzag, but his fastest speed in 1800 stitches per minute.  I have a ton of sewing I need to do and he should be able to take care of all my sewing.

Why is the new machine a he? Good question!  Because all my machines have names, and this one I named after an ex who once wanted me to choose between him, or buying a sewing machine. I chose the sewing machine, and it turned out to be the far better choice!  My husband agrees! So my new machine is now know as Mr. Anderson.

I look forward to a nice long relationship with my new machine.
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