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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / I can't sew knits!!! Help! on: September 23, 2007 08:10:01 PM
So, I've been trying my hand at sewing knit fabric, jersey T-shirt stuff, and EVERYTIME  I try, the fabric gets pushed down by the needle into the feed dogs and all jumbled up.  I've tried different needles, ballpoint, etc.  Does anyone have special hints for sewing knit fabric?   Thanks so much, Julie  Kiss
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood swap? on: June 01, 2007 12:13:10 PM
After reading this article on Mental Floss: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/5943?rss

I would LOVE to do a Mr Rogers' swap.  I'm too new to the swapping process to organize, would anyone else be interested in organizing and/or swapping?

If you're not interested, but a Mr. Rogers fan, read the link, it's a tearjerker!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sweater ENVY, need pattern! on: March 28, 2007 02:05:30 PM
Okay.  So I did something hysterical today.  Whist shopping at my favorite store, Target, I spotted the most gorgeous sweater walking around on a lady.  I had to find out where she got it.  So I followed her into the bathroom (not into the stall!!)

Was that a little weird?  She must've thought so, because she looked at me like I was an alien for asking about her sweater.  I figured that asking for a picture of it (with my cell phone) would be out of the question.

She said she bought it from Anthropologie, but I didn't think to ask when.  Obviously now it's not online, so I've compiled some pictures of the features that make this sweater/jacket so damn cool:

It's a basic fitted cardigan like this:

But has a collar more like this:
Muchas gracias for that lovely pattern, erincatherine, it's a beauty https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=124866.0

And has under arm shaping on the sides like this:

Does that make any sense?  Does anyone know of a pattern like this one?  Normally, I avoid seaming at all costs, but on this sweater/jacket it made it look so tailored...  I suppose I could draft this up myself, but I am so busy lazy...
Thanks for any and all help.  And any feed back as to whether or not it's weird to walk up to random strangers and ask about their clothing would also be helpful!  Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Jesse's sox, to frog or not to frog?? on: March 05, 2007 09:09:05 AM
Hello friends!!

I am currently in the process of making some sox for my DH.  I'm pretty much winging it, using a toe-up design with a cable motif in the middle and some cables on the side.  This is the question;  Should I start the front of the sock in purl background, or leave it how it starts in stockinette and then goes to purl background for the motif?   My DH says he doesn't mind that there is such an obvious line where the stockinette stitches go into the purl/motif pattern, but it's kinda bugging me...What do ya'll think?

The motif:

and a truer picture of the colorway, the yarn is trekking, needle size 1:

comments/criticisms much appreciated!  Kiss
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bumblebear and friends on: December 28, 2006 05:10:58 PM
I made this little guy for my dotter for Christmas.  Though not an original idea by any stretch, I did it without a pattern, so I guess that counts for something!
and the side view:
and the obligatory action photo:

And since the amigurumi bug has bitten my butt, I've made more piggies:

I didn't write down the bumblebear pattern, but I could if anyone were interested...let me know.  Comments and criticisms always appreciated!   Cheesy
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first amigurumi, my piggy christmas angel on: December 11, 2006 08:40:28 PM
So, I've done some crocheting before.  And by some, I mean like granny squares.  So I'm quite pleased with how this little guy has turned out.  I had a great time making him.  The pig pattern is from a book called In love with Crochet from Leisure Arts that I picked up from Joann's forever ago.
I made the wings up based on A LOT of patterns off the internet.  It took me FOREVER to come up with some I liked.  And I'm not too sure about these   Undecided

So anyway, some action shots:
Climbing up the Christmas tree..
And at his new home as our Christmas angel..
He seems very happy to be there.  My dot is going crazy about him...She reeeeellly wants to play with him.  But he's mine.  She did get to hold him for about a second
I promised that I would make her one next.

For now, Hamlet is staying on the tree.  And then I think he will come to work with me to cheer up my basement office  Cheesy
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / piggy tail hat (modified again, now with earflaps!!) on: November 25, 2006 09:16:32 AM
I'll put the update here so you won't have to scroll down for it:
So what do you do when your kid won't keep the hat that you so lovingly made for her on her head.  You tie it on!!!

The new(ish) and improved piggytail hat:

bwa ha ha ha!  Now she'll keep it on for more than 5 sec... Man, it's hard to outwit a 2 year old... Wink

Okay, the hat itself doesn't have piggy tails, but it does have spots where you can stick your piggy tails through. 

This is dot v.1.  She has the craziest, wiliest, knotiest hair in the world.  (probably not true, but it seems like it  Wink) It is a daily struggle to comb her hair.  So when I am finally able to get it into piggy tails, I'm not taking them out for anything, especially not to put a hat on to go out side.  Thus the birth of the piggy tail hat. 
I thought about leaving a hole on the top for a pony tail to come through, but that seemed like a little much for one hat.  Perhaps another day. 
I thought about making embellishments for the hat, but the yarn is pretty busy on it's own.  It's Lion Brand, prints, 100% wool, knit on size 4 dpns, stockinette stitch with two buttonholes where the piggy tails come through. 
What do you think fellow crafsters?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Secret Stash (who's got one??) on: November 17, 2006 07:43:45 PM
As I was busily squirreling away my latest goodies into my ever growing stash, I wondered (out loud, of course): I wonder if people hide their stuff like I do, or if they leave it out in the open.  If I leave my stuff out in the open, my dear husby will say " I can't believe you bought more stuff!!  You really should finish what you've got going" He has no idea how hilarious this statement is. Cheesy  So, I just stash it away, and then pretend to dig it out at a later time so he thinks I've had it all along.  Does anyone else do this, or am I just nutzo?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / felted aran sweater? on: November 06, 2006 08:32:32 AM
A long time ago, when I was first knitting....I knit a lovely aran sweater for the dear hubby.  He wanted longer sleeves, so I blocked them a bit longer, and now they are too long!  Any thoughts on how to shrink them back down?  And if not, has anyone ever felted an aran sweater?  Thanks so much for your help, Julie
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