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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knifty Knitters! on: January 21, 2009 02:01:35 PM
If it were me I'd be sorely tempted to try to fix the scarf you've got now with some stitching.  You might be able to fake another row of purl stitches, or something, to make it more noticeable.
That would be a great idea.  Now, if I could just figure out how to fake the stitches.  Smiley  I'll play with it a bit when the scarf is done.

Use duplicate stitch when you're done. Its an embroidery stitch that works great on knitted stuff.

My class on the LoomClass group this month is actually going to be on texturing stitches and how to convert them from needle knits to loom knits - there are only three ways - slip stitching, duplicate stitching, and knit/purl combos.

Also - it looks *really* nice aside from that little issue. Good job!
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: December 02, 2008 09:09:26 PM
I need help with some ideas for what to make for my sister, Dad & Mum, please  Cheesy. My sister is really into live music, she works in fashion and has a really quirky style. I just have no ideas of what to make her. We're all making handmade gifts this year, and she is really creative, so I have to think hard.

I think I've already mentioned about my Mum, she just got back into knitting and she has quite a lot of time for that. She also loves baking and gardening.

For my Dad, he's an engineer, and he loves gadgets and cooking. I was thinking of making a gift basket type thing, with some small nifty gadgets, but I'm not sure what else to put in there?

I'm a crochet newb, so I could do something that involved that. I can hand sew and cross stitch quite well, and I've got a sewing machine, but I'm not too confident on it yet. I can also do paper crafts and jewellery making, but me, my sister and Mum are sensitive to cheap metals. :/ 

Please help!  Smiley

Dad - make him a cookbook of interesting technical recipes?

Mom - take some knitting needles and do some interesting tips. I've seen clay ones and papercrafted ones that are really cute. You could make your mom think of you each time she knits!  Wink

Sis - make her a cowl or neckwarmer out of some interesting varigated yarn. They're at the height of fashion this year, and there's a lot she can do with them to make them unique right now.
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: November 27, 2008 12:46:25 PM
I'm starting to freak out a little because I have yet to figure out what to make/buy for my bf.
He's 18 and is going to school halfway across the country from me but we'll both be going home from Christmas.
His budget is a lot larger than mine so I have to get creative.
He's very open to anything I give him but it's difficult when you're giving to someone who already has everything. He buys whatever he needs.
I am stuck Sad

Well, tell us your crafts, hon! We need to know what you're capable of!   Undecided

Otherwise, I would say boxes of homecooked goodies, a promise package promising a years worth of letters or postcards (everyone loves getting mail), some framed pics of the two of you, a small flipbook of pictures - things that will remind him of home or of you!   Cool
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knifty Knitters! on: November 27, 2008 12:36:43 PM
I tried three different times to work a pattern into a scarf on the loom.  I would get really far and then see about 5 rounds ago that I messed up...I dont have the patience to fix it so I gave up...any pointers out there for me?  I am new to this site and am not even sure how to post a picture of what I was doing on here...lol.  Help...Lame-o in WA.   Undecided Thanks

I think my frog ratio is 5 rounds to every 1 LOL  Grin Nah, seriously, everyone does it - don't feel bad! I'm constantly trying new things and ripping them right back off again.

Can you tell us more about what's going on - like your yarns, the mistake factor (twisting, jamming, tightness, etc.)? We can help!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: November 24, 2008 05:44:03 PM
I really need some help for what to craft for my little brother. He's 14:

-he's quite nerdy - socks and sandals sort of thing
-doesn't like most foods (not even lollies!), doesn't eat a lot at all (so i'd have to give him something that he could save for AGES and eat really slowly)
-doesn't like ornaments, doesn't appreciate art
-hates clothing
-hates girls!
-but LOVES inventing, like making things out of lego and magnets
-likes soccer (doesn't like a lot of sports though)
-likes computer games/playstation
-plays piano and quite smart but doesn't like reading

I know it's difficult but if anyone has an idea, that would be great. Thank you!

What about making what I'd call a doohickey kit? I did one for my brother when he was that age out of car parts.

Basically, get a large container and fill it with all sorts of mechanical things - little springs, motors, metal plates, LEDs, screws, etc.

That way he's got a container to hold his trappings (also helps keep Mom happy LOL) but he's got tools to invent with.

I'd look at Make magazine and check out the biggest things listed there and throw 'em in.

Actually, anything over there is good for the inquisitive and slightly geeky. You might find something inspiring!
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)? on: November 24, 2008 05:38:28 PM
Okay, so I've totally rehauled my list - though its still not finished:

Dad: no idea
FIL: wants motorcycle gift cert again, I shall oblige!  Cheesy
MIL: will be getting a set of fingerless mitts if I have the time, if not, she wants B&BW
SIL: shes still no clue...
BFF: she's getting oven mitts and a set of pot holders - almost finished
Mom: a pretty scarf and a new pair of gloves - scarf almost done
Female Dance Teacher: a feather and fan scarf in SWS - 1/4 done
Secret Santa: a hat/glove/scarf set for 3 year old Lilly!
Brother: wants another hat, and something else I haven't quite thought of yet.
Husband: stand mixer (thanks to the M&D, I've got the cash now)

I'm kinda thinking I should do something for my male dance teacher, but I'm never quite sure with guys and handmade. A woven scarf might go over well with him....hmmm...
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knifty Knitters! on: November 24, 2008 05:31:03 PM
anyone thought about trying some thigh high socks or leg warmer like deal?

I saw some on the lionbrand site. and I thought they looked cool.

Oooh....that might be a fun use of the loom clips to increase...

my brain's been working all day.

Did you guys see theres another KK yahoo group? They've gotten me excited about using my looms again!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knifty Knitters! on: November 16, 2008 07:19:14 PM
So I've searched and searched and can't find anything on it so here it goes, if it has been answered before, sorry Tongue

I want to make my hubby a skull afghan for Christmas. Has anyone ever attempted to do this or something similar and if so, details please.


This could easily be done on the looms  http://www.therunningyarn.com/2008/04/pretty-punk-blanket-free-pattern.html. It has been in my Ravelry queue for quite some time now. It is super easy to do, and you can subtract/add skulls to it, and of course, change the colors and size to desired. Because it is done in strips and then seamed, I think this would be a wonderfully easy afghan on the looms.

Hope this helped some.

I like that a lot - but the gauge is a little small for the KKs. My bet would be the larger you do the skull, the easier it is going to be to see with the larger gauge. I've been toying with the idea of doing one large skully on a blanket and seeing how that turns out. You might just have to play with the design to get it quite perfected.

You could also always duplicate stitch the skulls onto plain squares. Also an easy idea. I could have swore I saw someone do skulls on the KKs around here, but I'm not finding it right now.  Angry If I do, I'll post the link!

Edit: Of course I find the link right after I posted this...

19  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: help with lactose intolerance!! (and chocolate) on: November 04, 2008 09:22:44 AM
I buy these (the dark ones) at the local Target all the time, and I have problems with milk products other than cheese: http://www.chocolatebar.com/nutrition1.asp

The dark ones with fruit cut the bitterness very well (though I'm one of the nuts that enjoys 80%+ dark chocolate).

I don't think you could make milk chocolate without some sort of milk product, but that could just be me. I haven't had the vegan varieties. My thought is that non-dairy creamer is all fat and has a different chemical composition so it probably wouldn't do the job - and some have casein in them which might cause your guy to get sick - but you could try to find one based on soy and give it a try.

What you could also do is try taking the dark chocolate, melting it, and adding additional powdered sugar. That might take the bite out of it that you guys don't like.
20  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegetarian/Vegan Sandwich List on: November 04, 2008 09:11:35 AM
lgithly toasted chiabata with semi sun dried tomatoes, feta, a lil humus and scallions!!! yuuummm

Ooh...I might have to do that for dinner tonight!

My fave is leftover grilled Japanese eggplant, some homemade mustard, and a mozzarella round. Yum!
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