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21  Re: My FO's (Bayerische sock, Arsaig, 2 Shedir's & Indigo Ripples Skirt) in Knitting: Completed Projects by peps on: May 03, 2007 11:06:17 AM
My photos are not showing up. How do I get them to show up here?

It looks like you have the hyperlink to your images listed twice in each of your [IMG]http://tags.  Delete the second one and it should work.

On the one image where the link shows up in your post you need to change the first tag from a close image "["/img] to a start image [IMG] and delete the second url.

Hope this helps!
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22  Re: Mrs. Darcy KAL in Knitalongs by peps on: April 30, 2007 05:00:07 PM
OK, here's a WIP pic of my front pieces... with button holes on the wrong side and a slightly less dramatic neckline... ha ha.  I would say the color in the photo is pretty true to the actual color of the yarn.  (This is my cat's favorite color!)

Indieknitter - this pattern totally rules and I'm more than happy to be a guinea pig to test it out Smiley
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23  Re: Sheldon Turtle (finally!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by peps on: April 14, 2007 03:00:07 PM

Sheldon also makes a good kitty pillow.
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24  Vacuum Sealing Your Stash: a good idea? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by peps on: April 10, 2007 08:44:07 AM
So, I saw on an infomercial for the food saver that you can use it to vacuum all the air out of your yarn and reduce your stash to a neat little flat slab.  Has anyone tried this??

I am moving soon and I'm definitely planning to do this short-term for packing, but I'm concerned about the long term effects if I were leave my yarn vacuum-packed for several months.  Will it poof back out to its original gauge and luster?  Will it be all wrinkly?  It sure would be nice to store away all my wool until the cool weather returns. 

Any fiber experts want to weigh in?  Or any brave souls who have already tried this?

-- update 4/12/07: the experiment --

So I tested out some yarn in my mom's foodsaver with positive results (see pics below).  I opened the bags a few minutes after sealing them and the yarn poofed back out to normal.  One thing to remember if you try this is that the yarn becomes pretty hard and completely inflexible once you have sealed the bag, so you should try to arrange the yarn while the air is being sucked out so it gets to be the shape you want it.

one ball of yarn before vacuum sealing (appx. 3.5 inches tall):

one ball of yarn after vacuuming: (a little over 1 inch tall):

and here is how small a big pile of yarn can get (this was about 7 skeins):


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25  Flirty Skirty! in Knitting: Completed Projects by peps on: March 29, 2007 06:34:16 PM
Is anyone else a DIY network Knitty Gritty addict?  Well, I am.  When I first saw them make this skirt on the show I thought the idea of a knitted skirt was totally hideous - why would you want to wear a hand knit across the widest part of your body?  But then I read on Vickie Howell's blog that the stitch pattern is based on a pattern for a little girl's mermaid costume and I instantly became obsessed with making my own mermaid-inspired skirt.  Isn't it funny how one little detail can totally make a project irresistible?  Anyway, here's a pic:

And a closeup of the stitch pattern:

Not only is this my first knitted skirt, but it's also my first non-accessory wearable.  Yay!
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26  Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by peps on: March 27, 2007 06:06:53 PM
My Jayne Cobb hat...

The yarn store was out of orange lopi and I was in a "must knit now" mood, so I just bought some standard orange wool and double stranded it but it actually worked out really well because the lopi is itchy as all hell and the orange part is really the only part of the hat that touches my head and that just happens to be the least itchy of my yarns!

Also, no one ever says anything about this hat, but I have a fruity oaty bar tote bag and I've had two people stop me to say how cool that is.  I have enough yarn left over to make another hat and I swear I'm going to offer to knit it up for the first person who notices my tribute to Jayne!
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27  Rebel Alliance Reverse Applique Pillow in Knitting: Completed Projects by peps on: March 10, 2007 09:07:31 PM
I saw a "reverse appliqué" pillow on Knitty Gritty where you machine-sew two knitted pieces together and then cut out the front part so the edges are all frayed and the bottom color shows through.  Since I love frayed jeans, I figured this was a technique I had to try!

The original pattern used a fleur de lis image, but I decided to geek it up a bit with the rebel alliance symbol from Star Wars.  I think I'll make a companion pillow in blue and black for the empire.  I also nixed the piping trim because I'm lazy.

If you decide to try this technique out, let me underscore the importance of putting the tear away stabilizer on the WRONG SIDE of your work.  I put mine on front without thinking and then I had to go through the whole design with tweezers and pull little bits of stabilizer out of the stitches.  What a pain!!

Here's the pattern from DIY's website: http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_4842335,00.html   

[edit 5/2: changed links to pics to embedded pics]
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