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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: candy stripers laptop bag stitch pattern question on: August 25, 2008 11:19:34 AM
I'm not an expert on stitches but in my opinion it probably makes the side stronger so it can hold the weight of a laptop.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what should i make with this wool??? on: August 25, 2008 09:31:39 AM
I think with that wool it's a perfect oppurtunity to learn knitting in the round and make a nice hat for the winter.  Or make a fancy looking scarf - not just your regular garter to stockinette stitch scarf, but a really fancy looking one that will make itlook like you spent hours on end making it Smiley but really it only took a day or two.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn: How can I know? on: August 24, 2008 08:15:33 PM
Stitch and Bitch Nation - by Debbie Stoller - is an invaluable guide to helping you understand gauge and how to work around the gauge if you want to use a different yarn, or if you're like me and go for feel of the yarn rather then what the pattern calls for.

It's available off most online book stores if you don't mind paying the extra shipping and handling.  But it comes with some REALLY nice patterns in it that I greatly enjoyed making and foisting upon unsuspecting friends Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: why cant i knit? on: August 24, 2008 02:25:59 PM
There are such things as a knitting class, find a yarn store (an ACTUAL yarn store, not just an everyday store that sells yarn and other things) and usually the ladies (sometimes men, mostly ladies) will either help you get signed up for a class or may even just give you a pointer or two to begin knitting.

My advice: When it comes to holding the yarn, do it how YOU feel comfortable, especially when you're first starting out.  Forget about tension problems, forget about the ball, just focus on the needles and how you find it best to wrap the yarn around them appropriately.  When I began I had some mutated form of continental yarn holding and 5 year old who couldn't quuuuuuite grasp the idea of holding the yarn properly. (Note: I was 16 when I first learned to knit)

For me getting the knack of knitting was like riding a bike - I couldn't QUITE understand how to do it, then one day I was watching my grandma speed through a sweater for my grandpa and it just *clicked*, nothing special, she didn't say anything, I just understood how it should work and a way I went.

4 months should be plenty of time to get it done, but your boyfriend will love the gift no matter when he gets it because YOU made it for him.  I know this for a fact Smiley told my ex once that I'd knit him a pair of mitts for christmas...he got them in July.  He couldn't use them for like 6 months but he appreciated the gesture none the less.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / May the Triforce be with you.... on: June 17, 2007 05:18:43 PM
I'm making a sweater for the boyfriend for his birthday (<_< shhh) and he's obsessed with both Starwars and Legend of Zelda.  I'm going to go with a Legend of Zelda theme and use Jesse's Flames from SnBN as a base pattern...now my only trouble is designing the Triforce for intarsia knitting  Undecided I've completely failed through about 5 swatches of trying to get it to look right, and I can't.  I've created some images in Photoshop, tried graphing it, tracing it, pleading with it, glaring at it and, of course, looking at it with disdain...but all to no avail!

If someone could maybe point me in the direction of a graph for the Triforce that would be awesometastic!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting needles on airplanes? on: June 17, 2007 05:14:26 PM
I would assume it isn't a problem but thought I'd ask - has anyone had any trouble bringing their knitting needles through airport security?

My friend did, we were headed over seas though, to England, I had brought some crochet and she had brought knitting.  I had a simple plastic hook and she had brought some metal needles, they said no to the needles but they were fine with the hook. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Doing it in public: Leave me alone and let me knit! on: June 17, 2007 05:11:22 PM
I think I"m pretty much a horrible person for this...usually I knit on the bus (because our transit system is that craptacular that I have a one hour bus ride to and from work) and when people give me that "Aw...ain't she quaint?" look and look like they're approaching and ask what I'm making I usually just go "Oh this? This is to hold my illegally smuggled cocaine! People wouldn't even THINK a person who knits gets high on cocaine!"

 Tongue they usually catch on to the sarcasm, a few people on the bus laugh, and then I"m usually left alone for the rest of the bus ride.
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Jesse's Flames...help! on: June 17, 2007 10:03:33 AM
My boyfriend was looking through my knitting books in search of a sweater for the colder climat we recently started inhabiting (from Phoenix Az. to Edmonton, Canada...oh the places family will make you go...) and found the Jesse's Flames on in the SnB Nation that he liked, only he wanted it completely different! (Well that and it'll be the first sweater I've ever attempted!)

But the main thing is he wants it forest green and gold (simple enough) except instead of flames on the cuffs he wants the Triforce from Legend of Zelda (will the geekiness never end in this relationship...) to be up on the arms, around the bicep area. 

So now that you have the background info just have some questions!

1. Is this acttually possible? Should I try and change the pattern or should I sneak in the Skully pattern while he's not looking and just add a line through the chest on that one?

2. Does anyone have a intarsia and/or fair isle graph of the triforce lazy ol' me could use?

3. Could someone explain to me how exactly the "ssk" decrease works? I looked it up on the abbrieviations table and it may as well have just said "ssk" still instead of trying to explain it.

4. ON the last line of the pattern on the first page it says "...work dec row, then EOR 18 (19, 20, 20) times more - 43 (48, 53, 60) sts" what exactly does that mean? Does it mean every other row I show should the decrease row x amount of times?

5. And finally I looked through the beginning of the book for help on changing the sweater to fit my awkwardly shaped boysquare (seriously, his measurements would make you think he's a square) but I still don't know what to choose, he has a 34" chest and I measured longer than this torso because he likes to wear his shirts long so technically he's shorter in the torso then 19", but we're going with 19" so he won't complain to loudly.  He also wants it to fit loosely on him (god forbid he actually show his great body) so I was assumeing the medium (finish chest is 41 and finished lenther is 26.5) does that make sense for making it fit big and baggy on him? I figured it would....

Thanks for taking the time to read and answer my awkwardly phrased question!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Bunnies for my babies! on: May 10, 2007 08:06:58 PM
oh my! They're so cute! Lucky kids, wish I could get something that awesome in my easter basket  Wink
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Searching for some awesome Amigurumi and advice... on: May 10, 2007 05:27:09 PM
I've been off and on crocheting (and knitting) for about a year now...but I haven't been able to find anything that I actually want to make! I did, however, find some amigurumi patterns...in japanese....

Just wondering if anyone has some free (I am but a student after all) amigurumi patterns they'd be willing to share?

As well as advice in making some of them? I tried once and just kind of got a very large circle...

All help would be greatly appreciated!
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