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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting/yarn shops in Spain on: May 21, 2007 05:52:13 PM
Anyone know any good yarn stores in Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla or Grenada?  I'm going this summer and NEED to find a place.  =D

Thanks in advance!
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Setting dye in silk yarn on: May 07, 2007 02:57:57 PM
I got some silk sock yarn at the MD Sheep and Wool, and it says "Dry Clean Only" on the label.  I talked to the guy there and he said it only says that because people were complaining about the dye running.

I want to set the dye in the socks or in the yarn before I give them to their recipient.  What's the best way to go about this?

Hot water and vinegar?  Cold water?  With vinegar?  Other ways?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted Hamster Pattern on: February 20, 2007 08:01:10 PM
Hi everyone!  I've threatened my boyfriend with a knitted hamster plushie, stuffed toy type, but now I'm unable to find a pattern anywhere!

Normally I can mess around and figure out a pattern/free form knit on my own, but hamsters are such organic shapes...

So my question is, does anyone know of a pattern for a knitted, stuffed hamster?

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Swell Hat from Knitty.com on: January 21, 2007 04:34:35 PM

Begun: January 14, 2007
Finished: January 16, 2007
Yarn: Cascade Alpaca in purple and white
Needles: Size 8 (US) circulars
Pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTswell.html

Notes: I knit this hat about three times.  The first time I followed an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern for a meitered earflap hat, and while I admire Elizabeth Zimmerman, this hat was not to be.  It looked retarded.  

The second time, I reknit the hat according to the Swell pattern, using size 5 needles.  It was TINY.  It fit my head, if I yanked, but it definitely wasn't going to fit my father, for whom it was a Christmas gift (to match his gloves {http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/haldir_fancier/dads_gloves.jpg} from 2005).  I was still working on it on Christmas.  But when I finished it and showed it to him, it didn't fit, as I had foreseen.  So I frogged it.  

Then I knit it a third time, using instead size 8 needles, for that's what I had used for the first version of this hat, and they had worked beautifully.  I made the earflaps garter stitch instead of stockinette something whatever, and I made them bigger.  But, after that, I knit the hat exactly as the pattern said, with a few more inches of purple between the ears and the wave, and between the wave and the crown.  The crown closes in very quickly, so I ended up knitting that a couple times too before it made sense.

And now it's beautiful!  Dad loves it.  I loved knitting it, even if it was a pain in general, because the alpaca is so nice, and it's pretty, and I finally mastered the stranded colorwork.  I think it's lovely.

Artsy shot.


5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Just a hat. on: November 07, 2006 03:32:40 PM
But it's a fun hat.  This is for my boyfriend's roommate at college, who finds another place to sleep when I come up.  I figured I could knit him a Christmas present for that.  It took me all of about two days to complete, and I'm going to weave in the ends tonight at my SnB.

In progress yesterday...

And finished today.

Pattern is Amber (http://magknits.com/Mar06/patterns/Amber.htm) on MagKnits.com

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