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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Uneven bumps, what am I doing wrong? on: August 20, 2007 09:15:02 AM
I'm sorry if this has been asked before but i just can't find an answer. 

I started teaching myself to knit 10 days ago and I've been doing little garter swatches off and on during that time.  Last night I finally sat down to learn to purl and decided to try the stockinette stitch.  Trudging slowly along (it took 20 minutes to make this 4.5" x 5" swatch...AAARGGH) I came up with this:



As you can see the swatch has all these little uneven furrows on the knit side and gaps on the purl  Angry Cry.  Am I knitting too tightly, loosely?  Is this a problem blocking will fix?

I am using worsted weight yarn on 5.0mm/US8 needles, and I'm a continental knitter. 

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help
12  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Vegan Piggy Cake (w/ semi-tutorial) on: August 10, 2007 07:32:03 PM
ACK!!! Your pig is RAW!!  Hehehehehe Grin  Coming from Hawaii, I don't think I've ever seen a pink pig at a luau Wink.  The cake is awesome makes me want to try fondant for my dd's birthday on Monday.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: July 2007 Wish List swap gallery! on: August 07, 2007 01:46:09 PM
be careful, it is addictive, and it is a gateway drug to the rest of the fiber arts...

ACCKK!!  You're so right!  Since starting to crochet not quite 2 months ago I've already had forays in to kool-aid dyeing, bought a winder and swift, become an expert on all types of natural fibres, researched spinning, and traveled far and wide to ALL LYS's within 40 miles.  I've been drooling over yarn so much that my dd has picked up the lingo from me.  It's so funny to the lys ladies to hear an almost-4-year-old piping, "Look at all this yummy yarn, mommy!"  She even got me a 10% discount at one store because she was so enthusiastic and cute Grin 

I do feel sorry for my sewing machine, George, though.  I've neglected him for quite a while now.  I'll be crocheting in my craft room and I'll feel a malevolent stare boring into my shoulders. Looking up at George I see him look over at the pile of cut fabric ready to be sewn together. Guiltily, I look away and mutter, "Just a few more rows and I'll be right over, I promise."  Of course, that doesn't happen, but I will start sewing again just as soon as I finish this last project...  Huh Roll Eyes Wink
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: July 2007 Wish List swap gallery! on: August 05, 2007 06:32:30 PM
Superhooker, you have got to be one of the most awesome swappers out there!!  The package you sent was INCREDIBLE!!  Even before I opened it there was the most heavenly smell wafting from it.  The source was the fabulous felted soap...
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One for me and one for hubby Wink

Then some scrumptious yarn which my dd has demanded I make something with for her because it's "fluff-ly"...

TONS of loose crochet patterns and crochet books!!  I almost bought "the Crochet Answer Book" a week ago Wink

Last but certainly not least a flamingo beaded handbag, dd loves large birds and this bag now houses her littleleappad and cartridges (her fave toy), and some homemade goats-milk lotion which, I have to say, I've fallen completely in love with and have since googled how to make it myself and have earmarked this month's craft budget for the supplies to make more Grin 

Thank you so much, superhooker, I love it all!!  Anybody who gets picked by her is a lucky duck Cheesy
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Homecoming // IYP7: SIGNUPS CLOSED, sendouts 9/1 on: July 30, 2007 04:06:02 PM
Take a crochet hook, put a loop on it. lay the knitting needle between your hand (with yarn tension) and the knot of the loop on the crochet hook.

Now draw up a loop through the loop on the hook.

now wrap the new yarn under the needle and pull a loop through the loop and around the needle until you have cast on enough stitches.

I love this because you have a pretty chain for the cast-on edge and perfectly tensioned and spaced stitches to knit off.

AND it is super-fast!

OMG... I think you've just blown away my reason for putting off learning to knit.  For years I'd watch my aunt curse and sweat her way through casting and it just put me off knitting.  I crochet now, and the urge to learn to knit has been growing by the day.  Ummm... it's only 7pm now and Joann's closes at 9... WHERE ARE MY KEYS??!!!

Before I bought it, I was sewing vinyl in between sheets of tissue paper and then tearing the paper off, which worked, but was a pain, especially when tiny pieces of the paper got caught under the stitches.   

I used to do that, too Grin
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Homecoming // IYP7: SIGNUPS CLOSED, sendouts 9/1 on: July 30, 2007 03:40:30 PM
I would pretty much marry my teflon foot, were such a thing allowed. 

LOL Cheesy  Know what you mean.  Back in high school I used to sew with vinyl a lot and I LOVED my teflon foot.  Alas, that foot was for a singer slant and I now have a low-shank.  It actually took a while for me to find one that was "solid-teflon" most were just plastic with a "teflon-sticker" on the bottom..PFFFFT..you know those will just peel off eventually and leave a sticky mess on whatever you're woking on at the time.  Wink
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Homecoming // IYP7: SIGNUPS CLOSED, sendouts 9/1 on: July 30, 2007 01:54:04 PM
YAY!!  My teflon foot FINALLY arrived today.  I've been wanting one for a while but never really had a need for it as I rarely sew with materials that would warrant its use.  Then along comes this swap and... whoops... don't want to give the surprise away.  Suffice it to say that it will come in handy Grin
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knitted version of a friend's photo on: July 29, 2007 08:52:40 AM
LMAO!! Just hit this rocks!!  Stuff like this makes my day.  He's gonna die laughing Grin
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Headgear on: July 28, 2007 06:05:17 PM
Some color correction/enhancement for you just because i think the piece is incredible Cheesy

20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fill A Purse Swap 2 Gallery on: July 28, 2007 05:27:10 PM
ACK!!  SOOOOO loving that bobble purse!!  I saw something like it in one of the crochet books I got from the library.  At the time I didn't even want to attempt it because I was such a newbie, but that purse is giving me that "I have to make that!!!" feeling Grin
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