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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vogue Stitchionary vs. Harmony Guides? on: April 24, 2008 06:56:41 AM
Thanks for that recommendation elkaro!  That looks like a good "beginner" book for me to maybe see how often I actually use a stitch guide.

I'll also check out the library.  For some reason the Boston library system really sucks, you wouldn't think so, but it does.  So who knows if they will actually have it.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vogue Stitchionary vs. Harmony Guides? on: April 05, 2008 05:48:50 PM
Thanks for the feedback!  I'm still completely undecided.  Maybe I'll just have to spend a good long time at the bookstore looking at every single page of all the books... ha ha.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Vogue Stitchionary vs. Harmony Guides? on: April 02, 2008 10:11:13 AM
I'm thinking about investing in a stitch dictionary set and I'm curious if anyone has an opinion on which is better: the Vogue Stitchionary series or the Harmony Guides?  Both claim to be the definitive stitch dictionary...

The cost difference is only about $4, so that's not a big factor.  I guess what I'm interested in are opinions about readability and variety/usefulness of the stitch patterns.  (Usefulness: I don't really need a whole bunch of crazy elaborate stitch patterns I will probably never use, but I'd like to have more patterns that I can get in my general knitting reference books and on freebie sites online.)

In terms of knitting magazines, I prefer Interweave Knits to Vogue, but I don't know if this makes much of a difference here.  Maybe it does?

All insight is much appreciated!

Also, does anyone have an opinion on investing in a set vs. just buying a single all-in-one stitchionary?

What I'd use it for: I don't really design a lot of my own patterns but I like to swatch out different stitches just to learn something new and hone my skills, maybe make a scarf or pillow and test out a new yarn.  But who knows what the future holds?
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Fitted Knits-along ? on: January 31, 2008 09:12:40 PM
I'm working on the back to school vest and I'm up to the bust increases and have run into a stupid problem - after  I do the first increase sequence, where do the stitch markers go for the next rows? (the removable markers, marking the darts)  Am I supposed to keep moving them up each row?  I'm pretty sure that's it, but I want to double check.  Anyone?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Yarn flowers...ok alone but need ideas on: January 21, 2008 08:42:48 AM
You could sew them together and use them as a border for something in your house - like a window or mirror or something.  I am also in love with the garland idea!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Buttons! LOTS of Pictures!!! on: January 21, 2008 08:39:13 AM
Thanks!  I'll try scanning them - I hadn't even thought I that.  Since my post I have also started taking the pics with the digital macro setting on my camera, out of direct light but not in the dark - which has also helped with the glare problem.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Sheldon's girlfriend on: December 13, 2007 09:34:34 PM
Oh, and I'm glad everyone enjoys my cat's interactions with the Shell family.  I just get a kick out of her!  I can't wait to see how she takes to the babies.  I may stuff one with catnip just to torture her... or not.  Sheldon is an awful lot of work for a cat toy....

Anyway, here are a couple of cute family pics from a while back:

Sheldon with naked Sheldina!

And Sheldon being a gentleman:
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Sheldon's girlfriend on: December 13, 2007 09:25:58 PM
I have a pattern now for a knitted pearl necklace (thanks to Cougar1!) so I will try it out and report back.  As for baby Sheldons?  So far my plan of action is to use really small needles...  ha ha.  Though I suspect I may have to resort to math.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Sheldon's girlfriend on: December 12, 2007 06:05:49 PM
Sheldina indeed has a bun in the oven!  I hope turtles have a long gestation period, as my WIP basket is fulll!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sheldon's girlfriend on: December 12, 2007 06:59:45 AM
I am making a Sheldon family for my niece and nephews and I just finished the darling girl version, Sheldina!

This is from the knitty pattern, Sheldon.  I used knitpicks shine sport in blush and orchid.  I originally planned to put a bow on her head, but since her eyes are on top there was really nowhere to put it without it looking very stupid.  I am toying around with the idea of making her a little pearl necklace or something, but I worry that might not be child safe.  If anyone has thoughts on that or a possible child-safe accessory I'm all ears!

Here is a link to my blog post on her if you want more info on technical specs and whatnot: http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2007/11/fo-sheldina.html

This is the second in my Sheldon series and I have to say that I love the FO, but kniting them up is not exactly fun.  There is just so much tedious assembly work!  I keep telling myself it is good practice, and some day I might not hate finishing so much if I find it easier.  Next up is the little boy version - Sheldino!
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