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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sustainable/eco-friendly knitting needles on: October 11, 2007 07:57:46 AM
i'd  love to hear if anyone knows of some sustainable wooden (or ebony? etc.. something heavier that bamboo) knitting needle options? i know some ideas for being a bit more eco would be using needles from a thrift store (reusing/reclaiming) but wooden needles are harder to find than the more common metal or plastic. i wonder which wooden options would be the best when bought *new*. are there online suppliers for earth friendly, natural needles? i do have a pair of bamboo (that is usually very sustainable due to it's fast growth) however they are not as nice to hold as a nice weighted wooden... just something i'm thinking about as i get set to purchase a new pair of circular needles. does anyone know if all ebony needles are eco-friendly and sustainably harvested? how about rosewood - i have a feeling that might not be harvested so sustainably (but i'm not at all sure)?

thanks for any tips in this discussion...
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / quilt challenge #1 - sandollar on: January 30, 2007 08:02:35 PM

white cotton fabric with layered thin cotton batting.
hand quilted. inspired by nature.
3" x 3.5" approx. size.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / need clarification for what to do next on: January 13, 2007 02:39:20 PM
just did the stockinette stitch for a back of a
child's sweater. it is 16" long. And there were
54 stitches in a row. next step reads:

Neck Shaping
P (18) and k18, p to end of row. K all sts next row (RS).
Rep last 2  rows 1 more time. Work should measure 17".
Refer to Technique 1, Bind Off on page 43. BO all sts.

so, does that mean i should purl 18 stitches then swing
the yarn piece over andcontinue knitting 18 more stitches.
that will be the next row i do? that does not = 54, right?
anyway, after purling and kniting a split row, i should just knit
36 stitches? then next row purl 18 and knit 18? etc... up until
bind off (that is another whole step)

i'm just confused about suddenly having a shorter amount of stitches.
am i reading this right?

thanks in advance for all the help and advice.
this is my first attempt at a sweater. i'd love to succeed.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / knotty mess behind by tshirt embroidery on: December 29, 2006 08:50:32 AM
i just completed a koi fish from the sushi bar
packet. behind the design is a bunch of knots.
all bumpy. i think this will annoy my daughter
when she wears the tshirt. is there a solution to this?
i used stitches like the back stitch and split stitch.

also, when i ironed on the design it went
through the shirt onto the back! does the
transfer ink really not wash out?

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