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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: U-Lock Cozy on: December 03, 2007 08:05:07 PM
My sister could so use one of these. Thanks for the great idea!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Kool Aid Sweater on: November 27, 2007 03:30:22 PM
Thanks! I was amazed I did get the fit right.

And you can't be the only person drinking kool-aid...I know there aren't enough knitters to keep it on the shelves just for dyeing.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Warm winter coat (advice needed) on: November 21, 2007 06:00:56 AM
I just inherited an enormous stash of fabric from a neighbor - it dates back to the 60's. It would fill about 10 of those 30 gal storage tubs.

It is full of stuff...lots of wools, jersey knits, searsucker ginham...

In any case I want to make my four year old a winter coat out of some of the corduroy. I have at least 5 yards in a bright red.  Has anyone done this? I also have some 300 polartec fleece I plan on lining it with to make it warm enough.

I am trying to figure out a good pattern to use, and if it is possible to end up with something machine washable.

Any ideas?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cabled hat & Irish hiking scarf on: November 20, 2007 07:01:23 PM
Great color on you! I'd also like to know what yarn it is.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Kool Aid Sweater on: November 20, 2007 06:59:25 PM
No worry about fading...the high acid in the kool-aid lets the dye "grip" to animal fibers. No fading or bleeding.

It is pretty weird, when you dye the fibers the water all the sudden goes clear when the dye grips.

Probably even stranger that the stuff is sold as a food.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: The meaning of handmade holidays? on: November 20, 2007 06:55:48 PM
I've been thinking a lot about this lately. I treasure the things that had that kind of thought and effort go into them so much more.

I also find myself thinking much more about the recipient when I make something rather than just purchase something ready made. This is the whole point of gift giving for me. It is what I am trying to teach my children, despite the din of commercials.

I decided to try my hand at a craft-along this year to help keep my momentum gong. I'm calling it Handmade Holiday Craft Along, with the idea being you give something handmade to someone for the holidays, the more the better. My hope is folks will be willing to share ideas and keep everyone motivated.

Hopefully it will help me keep focused on what gift giving is really about.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Kool Aid Sweater on: November 20, 2007 06:45:30 PM
Oh kool-aid is strictly wool only around here...my kids don't even know you can drink it.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mouse mittens on: November 20, 2007 06:24:02 PM
OH! I love these...I would wear them. I can't believe it was the first time with DPN's...the stitches look really even. Great job!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Leaf Sweater from Phildar Tendances on: November 20, 2007 06:17:31 PM
That is amazing, a great pattern. I love the color you used!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kool Aid Sweater on: November 20, 2007 06:15:52 PM

Finished this a while back, and now that it is getting chilly it has seen a lot of use.

It is Knit Picks Palette, originally in tan. I over-dyed it into about 6 different shades using kool-aid. Knit it us as a top-down raglan, shading the yarn from green to purple.

The best part is it still smells a little of kool-aid.
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