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1  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?
2  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!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / purling front and back? on: November 27, 2007 02:22:26 PM
I'm just wondering if there is a "correct" way to purl into the front and back of a stitch.

How exactly does one purl the back of a stitch?  I've been knitting for years and always just fudge my way through this one, but now I'm working on a pattern that uses this stitch a lot and my work is looking messy.

Any help would be greatly appreciated... especially if anyone can recommend pictures or videos to illustrate.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A safety line how to? on: October 02, 2007 06:10:58 AM
I've heard many mentions of threading a "safety line" into your knitting to provide a place you can frog back to when you are about to knit into perilous waters, but I can't figure out exactly how to do it.  Is it as simple as just threading yarn through all the stitches on your needle?  (Am I that dumb?  ha ha)

Does anyone know of a place to get instructions for this (and/or instructions on how to properly put the stitches back on the needle when you frog back to it)?  Merci!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / anyone recognize this stitch? on: August 24, 2007 01:31:16 PM
I inherited this half finished afghan from my aunt, but I'm pretty new to crochet and I can't figure out what stitch it is.  Whatever is it, it looks pretty simple, so I'm hoping I can finish it up.  Any help is greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

(it's double stranded)
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / I rolled my own! on: August 21, 2007 06:44:41 AM
I've had a crappy needle holder for ages that my needles always fell out of, and I've been meaning to make a new one ever since I got S&B, but never got around to it.  WHY DID I WAIT?  This needle roll is awesome!  It is HUGE - holds all my needles, plus room for duplicates and the giant flap across the top keeps everything in its place.

Tapestry fabric is pretty expensive, so I used some lovely printed corduroy and one piece of embroidered corduroy for my holder.  I'm pleased that I went with a heavy fabric like the pattern recommends - it made a nice sturdy case.


7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / afghan pattern suggestion? on: August 08, 2007 09:09:20 AM
I acquired a massive amount of white acrylic yarn from my Aunt and I can't think of what to do with it other than crochet an afghan.  Since one color sounds pretty boring, I'd also like to stashbust a bunch of stray balls of different colored yarns as well, but I will only have one skein or less than one skein (like, 200 ft skeins) of each color.  Any thoughts on a pattern I can use with one dominant color and an opportunity to incorporate a small amount of other colors?

I'm pretty new to the crochet scene so I think I need a pattern I can just stick to rather than rely on my own ingenuity to make it up as I go along.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to Tie a Pretty Bow? on: August 02, 2007 09:16:53 AM
I'm looking for some instructions on how to tie a pretty bow. 

I obviously know how to tie a bow, but how do you tie the nice neat ones you see on garments that always show the right side of the ribbon and they look like both of the "legs" of the bow come from the back rather than one from the back and one from the front? 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / New Harlequin Paperback Books on: July 13, 2007 10:07:12 AM
I read a lot of the Harlequin paperbacks and once I'm done with them there is really no point in keeping them around since that's not the kind of genre you re-read.  None of my friends want them and there are only so many times you can just ditch them in some public place hoping someone with pick them up and enjoy.

Any thoughts on what I can do with them?  They aren't vintagey looking ones, just the new ones.  Sometime the cover pictures are fun, sometimes not.  The titles are usually sort of kick-ass, and the insides contain lots of fab dialogue.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Firefly Shot Glasses on: July 07, 2007 01:18:04 PM
I guess this is the right place for this post, since the technique involves a transfer.  I thought I'd post them here since there isn't a whole lot of info on lasertran paper on Craftster.

So, without further ado, here are three shotglasses with images from the TV show "Firefly" that I just made for a swap.

I used the regular lasertran paper with a color laser printer and did the bake-on application method.  At first I tried to heat-set the decals in the oven, like it says you can do in the instructions, but it was a disaster - all of the ink pilled up and the images were super spotty.  So, I tried again and this time I used a heat gun and it made all the difference in the world!

The first glass (on the left) is one I made with one of the first decals (the pilly oven-set ones), and I didn't like the way it looked, but didn't want to waste the shot glass, so I baked one of the better second decals over it.  I was worried about baking it twice, but it turned out okay - but maybe a little more bubbly than I would have liked.  The second glass is made with two of the good decals stacked right on top of each other (but baked once) and the third glass is just one of the first (pilly) decals just baked once.  You can really see the difference in the intensity of the color between the first two shotglasses and that third one.  Layering the decals makes a big difference!  (Special thanks to Craftster DogGrrl for that tip!)

One more tip from my experience: the square design on the second glass ended up a little warped because of the shape of the glass.  I would recommend sticking to a circular design like in the third glass for a more even look or even one like the first glass that is still square but doesn't have real defined edges.

Thanks for looking!  I hope these tips are helpful to anyone who might want to try transferring images to glass!
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