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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Spit Splicing Brown Sheep Nature Spun "Snow" color? on: February 24, 2012 02:38:22 AM
Does anyone know if the Snow color for the Nature Spun yarn line by Brown Sheep Company is spit-splicable (http://brownsheep.com/yarns/nature-spun/item/740-snow?category_id=9)?

The Web site says that the Nature Spun line is feltable except for the colors Snow, Natural, Lullaby, and others. I'm not looking to make felted projects, but the yarn has to felt enough to join together an old tail of yarn with a new one. I'm looking to get Snow so that I can dye it to different colors and I want to get one-lb. cones so that I don't have to guess how many balls or skeins to use. I don't want to spend so much money on a shade of yarn that can't be spit spliced. I was informed by an employee via e-mail that the Snow color, a pure white, was bleached, so it doesn't felt because of that. Is that even true that bleach stops the fibers from being able to lock with themselves? I'd never heard of that before.

Hopefully, someone's had experience felting/spit splicing the Snow shade of Nature Spun to be able to help me.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Thoughts on "Makoto's Cross Stitch Super Collection"? on: May 13, 2011 11:48:19 PM

Has anyone read Makoto's Cross Stitch Super Collection? Do you have any thoughts on it? I'd never had an interest in cross stitch before, but after finding this book at Barnes and Noble and flipping through it (I wish that I had the money to buy it, or that my library carried it; I'll request it at my local library), I'm now interested in learning how to cross stitch. Before, I'd only seen cross stitch on those plastic canvases that I guess people hang up on walls or set on tables. I'd never thought to cross stitch on other items (though I'd seen knitting books that suggested cross stitching on knitted fabric but the examples were uninteresting to me).

This is his Web site. Even though it's mentioned in his 2011 book, his Web site hasn't been updated since 2007, unfortunately.

I also just found his flickr. The photos seem to be from classes that he has taught. I wish that I could take a class with him.

Amazon.com has a typo in the first instance of the book's title. It misspelled his given name of Makoto as "Makato." It's right everywhere else on the page. Undecided
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Spit-splicing nonwool animal yarns? on: March 03, 2011 09:30:47 PM
Does spit-splicing work for other animal hair yarns other than wool, such as alpaca, cashmere, angora etc.?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Japanese Crochet Books VS. English-Language Books on: February 16, 2011 06:59:37 PM
It seems to me that Japanese crochet books have so many better patterns than those of English-language books (I'm from the USA, so most of the English books are from here, but I'm sure there are some that originated from Great Britain or other English-speaking countries). Why is that? What about crochet made it catch on outside of the US, and especially in Japan?

After doing a search on ebay, I found so many great books. If only I had money! Here are a few that caught my eye:

Lace motifs. There are barely any thread crochet books here, yet Japan has so many! The crochet books here use worsted or heavier weight yarn and just makes the stitches look thick and ugly. Japanese lace books seem to use crochet thread or fingering weight yarn, and the patterns are so much more whimsical. Looking through a recent Delia's catalog, it seems to be a trend here for some women's clothing to have delicate crochet trim, such as on tank tops. I'd like to reproduce that, but there just aren't many pattern books to use as resources for lace trimming.

This "basic" book has colorful projects, better than the plain beginner books here. Are these projects supposed to be for beginners?  Shocked

This book has some neat items. I like the mesh vest with floral and sun applique, as well as the strawberry bag. I cannot stand the freaking golliwog, though. What the hell?

As a sidenote, it's not just the crochet books that are better. Here are two sewing pattern books for men that have wonderful quality items:  jackets & coats and pants, to name just two. The sewing books released here have garments that really look hand-made ,and not in the good way. But the garments in the above sewing books look as if they were bought from a store. Also, there are barely any sewing books for men released here. Grrrrrrrrr!!!

I'm no Japanophile (such people annoy and scare me), but instead of making new books in America, Japanese crochet pattern books should just be translated into English. Tongue The only one that I know of that's been translated is the Kyuuto book, but the preview images I've seen aren't attractive to me.

Are Japanese patterns easy to understand for someone who doesn't know Japanese? I've read that they have charts and very few text instructions. Even if one cannot read Japanese or if there are no charts, one can still use these books as inspiration just by looking at the beautiful garments and trims. Though, I believe that if one has a decent knowledge of crochet, then the items could be easily replicated just by looking at them.

What are other people's thoughts on Japanese books? Do you feel that they are better than the drab books that we get here in the USA (or wherever other people are from)? Are the books worth the money? I think it might just be the US books that are boring. I've read another poster's comment on here that Russian and German pattern books have good crochet lace patterns. There are barely any of those here, and crochet is great for lace.  Roll Eyes
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Fingerless Woman Crochets and Knits for Charity on: February 04, 2011 12:11:30 AM
Fingerless woman crochets and knits for charity.

I saw this on my local news two nights ago. It is a touching story and the woman is very inspiring.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How To Get Those Wrinkles Near Topstitching? on: January 11, 2011 01:27:52 AM
How are the wrinkles near the topstitching on some ready-to-made clothing made? Is it an effect of washing the garment after construction and having the fabric shrink? It'd be neat to get a similar effect at home.

Here's an example of what I mean:

The fabric ripples near the topstitching, whether it's a single or double line of stitching.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Superwash wool as warm as regular wool? on: December 26, 2010 10:38:52 PM
I'm curious to know how warm superwash wool is compared to regular wool. I guess it would be less warm since the fiber has part of the scales removed. I'd like to use superwash wool as ribbing for a sewn jacket as it would have to be washing-compatible with the rest of the garment. It doesn't get very cold here in Georgia, USA, I'm told, but I easily get cold. In the fall some months ago, I saw people wearing t-shirts while I had on a jacket!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Arthur the Aardvark Knits! on: December 18, 2010 11:25:45 PM
Arthur Unravels

This is from the current season fourteen of the show. This is such a cute episode. It's relatable to any male who knits. I wish I had the stuff to knit in public.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / what serger stitch to use for attaching jeans pocket to pants? on: February 01, 2010 11:39:23 PM
Take a look at the inside of the pockets of some of your jeans. I need help deciding which serger stitch to use to attach the jeans pocket (usually white fabric) to the denim fabric that's under the waistband. I have seen some jeans where the denim fabric is straight stitched onto the pocket bag, but others use some sort of loopy stitch that I'm not sure can be reproduced by a home serger, but I'd like to use something close to it.

The denim fabric is stitched directly on top of the pocket fabric with right sides facing up, no seaming like normal. Here is a video of factory-made jeans, and you can see what I mean at 2:02. On the wrong side, I have seen some pockets that have two parallel rows of chain stitches, and some pockets with the wrong side of a coverstitch (two rows of chain-like stitches with a zig-zag inbetween them).

I have a 5-thread serger. Any ideas would help!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need help looking for 100% mohair yarn on: January 08, 2010 10:49:33 AM
I'm an annoying purist, so yarn blends really bother me for some reason. Does anyone know of good, superfine to fine 100% mohair yarn that is available in many colors? I'm looking to work up a striped sweater vest with black as one of the colors, and I'd make many vests with different colors for the second color.

I think there's a misconception of 100% mohair yarn being too fragile, so it is often blended with other fibers for strength. I found this blog entry about pure mohair yarn where the person said that the yarn that she used was very durable. Included in the entry is a link to a brand of pure mohair yarn. Unfortunately, it doesn't come in many colors.

I found this yarn. It seems good, but it's not available in black. Also, it's labeled as "boucle", of which I'm a bit wary. When I think of "boucle", I think of that crazy, thick yarn that would look horrid knitted throughtout an entire piece. But isn't all mohair (be it pure or blended) boucle anyways? The ones I've seen in stores aren't labeled as boucle, but they do look the part. I guess I don't notice since mohair is often thin, so its boucle characteristic isn't as ugly as its thick counterpart.

Another yarn that I found.There's also this, but it's so thick and doesn't come in a variety of colors. What an ugly word, "slubby".
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