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371  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Trouble with alpaca fiber on: October 23, 2007 04:46:16 PM
So I'm pretty novice with knitting (learned this July) but I have done a lot of knitting in the short time and have been quite pleased with each and every project that I have finished with zero problems with the patterns. However, I am having a ton of problems with my latest project.

  I decided to tackle the easy, peasy "silk sleeves" pattern from One Skien. Instead of using the recommended silk /mohair fingering weight yarn, I substituted alpaca fingering weight yarn. It has been a nightmare to knit with. I have had to completely frog the project twice now, the last time with literally the very last stitch. My problem is that I end up dropping a stitch and find that it is impossible to pick it back up. I try frogging back just a couple of rows but I cannot get the stitches back on my needles. For now I have given up on this project and after the second disaster I almost gave up on knitting entirely (don't worry, since then I have about created about 10 FO's).

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Is it the alpaca fiber or does this problem occur frequently with fingering weight and fine gauges? Maybe I have over extended my capabilities with this pattern but it really seems like it should be extremely easy.

I would really love to complete this project because 1. I love the yarn. It's so soft and warm against my skin. And 2. My office is freezing! They keep the thermostat at 68 degrees and I freeze to death.

372  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Yet another Calorimetry on: October 23, 2007 04:20:34 PM
I make myself a colorimetry after every project I complete with the left over yarn. I have made seven now. And it took me three tries to get the  right size! The first one was made exactly as the instructions were written (I gaged and everything) and it almost wrapped around my head twice and went from crown to eyebrows! The second time I cast on 80 stitches and only did 10 row repeats instead of 15. It was the right diameter but still really really wide. The third one was just right at casting on 80 stitches and repeating 7 times. But it's so easy and is a really good project to use up the left over yarns that I will continue to make this pattern until I am old and gray!

I really love the yarn you used to make this one. I think I may just have to find a project to make so that I can use the left over yarn to make another calorimetry.
373  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: hats! on: October 21, 2007 06:04:54 PM
I am so bookmarking this topic in hopes that you will someday publish a pattern for the giraffe hat!
374  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Science/Math geek Swap (SIGNUP 10/19/07 - 10/31/07 ; MAIL BY 11/30/07) on: October 20, 2007 09:52:20 PM
I'm so excited about this swap, I think I peed myself a little bit!
375  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Gothic Raggedy Ann and Andy Rag Dolls on: October 20, 2007 09:05:34 PM
Oh my! I know about 20 people on my Christmas list who would love a set of these.
376  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Turtles, turtles everywhere! on: October 20, 2007 09:03:38 PM
Even my husband gave this little gal and "awwwww".
377  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: any scratchboarders here? on: October 20, 2007 08:57:13 PM
Damn impressive!
378  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: What to do when your fiance' leaves you on: October 20, 2007 08:55:21 PM
I am so jealous and know exactly what you mean about not having any real attachment to the place before. My husband and my decorating styles are on opposite poles of the spectrum. I love comfort and style, he loves extremely sterile retro (think white plastic tables and pod chairs). Needless to say, the whole place is retro-futuristic and I hate it.  I would love to bring bamboo and wrought iron into my home but it would look so out of place. Maybe I should kick my guy out!

That being said, I would leave the inside of your grandmothers hutch the sky blue color that it is. It looks marvelous.
379  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: So...I have a lot of honey.... on: October 19, 2007 06:06:42 PM
Not a meal or anything but I use honey as a facial mask. It moisturizes and tightens pores really well. I warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds on 50%, then just pat it on. Don't put on so much that it is dripping off of your face, just enough to get a thin layer all over. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, then wipe it off with a warm cloth. Seriously smooth skin with a wonderful glow. It works better than anything that I could but in the "health and beauty" section and since you just have tons of the stuff laying around, you should give it a try.

My mother also uses honey with a little bit of olive oil as a "pre" conditioner. She mixes 1/2 cup of honey with two table spoons of olive oil. She then works a small amount through her hair until it is all coated. Leaves it on for about 2 min. Before she rinses it out, she adds shampoos her hair and it rinses right out. Leaves her hair silky smooth and smelling great.
380  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Chocolate pumpkin "Country Living cake" on: October 19, 2007 05:48:14 PM
Would you please tell your coworker that I would also like one of these for my birthday. Thanks Wink !
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