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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Molly Ringwald - Ravelympics on: August 12, 2008 10:11:38 AM
Very cute!  Buy some Hollywood Fashion Tape -- they sell it at Joann etc and Bed, Bath and Beyond (and probably other places as well). I swear by it for keeping tank straps and low cut V-necks in place.

Great job!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: recyled yarn KAL? on: May 05, 2008 07:57:56 AM
I just wanted to let everyone know I posted instructions for a homemade skein winder under completed projects.  My wrist was getting very sore from using a niddy noddy to unravel sweaters so I built this.  It can be used to unravel a sweater directly into hanks or can be used as a swift.

Here's the link:

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: PVC skein winder on: May 04, 2008 12:22:54 PM
That's great liebschien.  By the way, I have a modification I'd like to try when I get around to it.  If your BF is going to make this for you, you might consider this.
 From the picture, you can see there are 4 T connectors on the swift (not the stand).  I was thinking of getting these and the PVC pipe that will connect out from them in a bigger size so they could slide up and down the 4 bars that extend out from the middle, thereby allowing me to adjust it for the length of skein I need.  Holes could be drilled and bolts with wing nuts (or maybe a metal hook similar to what is used to change weights on universal exercise machines) could be used to change the T position along the 4 bars.  If I try this, I will post a picture.  I just don't have time at the moment.

Good luck!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: PVC skein winder on: May 03, 2008 08:13:05 PM
Thank you sactownsue!!

 I fixed the mistake.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / PVC skein winder on: May 03, 2008 07:51:26 PM
Hi all.  For anyone interested, I am posting instructions for building a skein winder out of PVC pipe.  Someone on ravelry was interested and wanted to share a link for some fellow knitters who are not on ravelry yet.  Hope this helps.


 If you are going to use a handle or crank, get that part first.  Make sure the handle can be screwed onto a bolt.  Bring the handle with you to the hardware store to see what width of bolt you need.

Get these additional parts:

For the swift part:
  One long piece of PVC pipe (I used 1/2 inch diameter)
  One cross shaped ("slip" instead of the kind that have to be threaded) PVC connector (for middle)
  4 PVC Tee shaped slip connectors
  4 PVC Elbow shaped slip connectors *** make sure all of the connectors are the same diameter of your pipe***

For the stand (you could use wood here instead if you want):
  1 long piece 1 1/2 inch wide PVC pipe
  4 1 1/2 inch Tee shaped PVC connectors

Hardware needed:
  5 1/2 inch bolt of whatever width your handle requires (mine was 5/16 mm)
  2 flat washers that fit bolt
  2 Hex nuts that fit bolt
  2 nylon (or metal) spacers 1 inch long

    Also, you will need some glue that will adhere to PVC pipe so that you can glue the pieces together.

To assemble:

Using a hand saw, cut 4 pieces of PVC pipe for the four arms of the swift, 4 shorter pieces for the part the yarn will wrap on and if you are making a stand with the PVC cut those pieces, too.

I don't have a diagram, so I would suggest just looking at the picture and, using the appropriate glue, glue the swift part together.

Assemble stand if making.

Then, you will need a drill with a bit that will work on PVC pipe (if you don't have the right bit, you can buy one for about $5).

Drill a hole that is the same size as your bolt into the middle of the cross slip PVC connector.  Also, drill the same size hole into the stand where you want the swift to hang.

Finally assemble in this order:

2. nut
3. washer
4. through swift
5. washer
6. bolt

Tighten the bolts.

Then add two spacers before putting the bolt through the stand and cap it all off by screwing on the handle.

That's it!!

This cost about $10 to make.

About $7 for PVC pipe and hardware.
$3 for the handle, which came from a Sno-Cone maker I found at the thrift store.

edit:  See post 7 here for a proposed modification.
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Butterfly a-long (Rowan 37) on: April 03, 2008 09:24:42 AM
The pattern is in a book called Romantic Style.  Maybe your local library will have it.

Good luck!
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: recyled yarn KAL? on: March 31, 2008 08:47:16 PM
Thanks! I wish more people would try this pattern.  I'd like to see how it looks on others.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Leafy Sweater on: March 30, 2008 08:00:11 PM
That's adorable!  Your daughter has good tastes and your a great knitter!
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: recyled yarn KAL? on: March 30, 2008 07:51:12 PM
Ruby Tuesday -- that color is gorgeous!  I look forward to seeing your completed FO using it.

I just finished Robin Dodge's Runway Bolero (http://www.metapostmodernknitting.com/RunwayBolero/tabid/66/Default.aspx)
 I really like it!!  I used various cottons from thrift store sweaters.  I think it will be great for spring.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Oblique on: February 22, 2008 06:04:31 PM
That is a gorgeous sweater.  It looks so nice on you and you obviously did a superior knitting job.
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