Knit or Crochet or Cross Stitch or... ~ FSU's Crafting Circle

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by AragornElessar, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

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    Andruska, I wish I could take advantage of Hobby Lobby or other such stores, but...

    1, I'm in Canada.

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    2, I'm in Rural Canada. In other words, the middle of nowhere unless I get to Sudbury which is three hours away. In Sudbury you've got the options of Wal Mart, Zellers, Michaels and then the little independants. My sister's been trying to get me to a new indy one that's opened in her area of Sudbury, but as neither of us can drive due to respective medical stuff and the transit doesn't service that particular part of town yet, it just hasn't happened yet. Hopefully next time I'm over there we can swing it.

    As for around here, I'm pretty much dependant on the V&S/Stedmans everything you can think of jammed into one place Rural General Store in two towns. The one closest to me has the best yarn department in this area and even better, if they don't have it, they will w/in the week if you have the order information. The other one used to be like that, but then they changed ownership and...Which is a shame because they used to be one of the few places in our area that would have more than just the big three yarn companies (Patons, Bernat and Red Heart). I still bop in there from time to time, but it's sad to see what it's like in there now when I remember how it used to be.

    I really do wish I could get into a Hobby Lobby one of these days though, but that would mean I was on a trip across the border and who knows when that'll happen.

    Okay then...Remember how I told everyone I came home w/more yarn and that I at least had a few days to put it away/bury it into the stash before Mom saw it? Well...W/two of the skiens of Sashay yarn, I don't have that problem anymore and two people in my Family will be getting lovely fluffy lace ribbon knitted scarves. :)

    The one was made from the one w/all of the blues and turqoiuse and I decided to give the wider version of the scarf, which is casting on of 10 sts and going from there, a try. While it's really gorgeous, it's w/out a doubt a scarf for a "good" coat/occasion, as it's not very long length wise. It does overlap, but you won't be able to tie it, if that helps explain it.

    The other one is what everyone thinks of when thinking of these scarves. Narrow in width, long in length and able to be tied if that's what you want to do w/it. This one was made w/the one that's all neutrals/beiges and when hung on the back of the chair in our kitchen, it's so striking the way the shifts in the colour changes work. Really, really pretty.

    I still have one more skein of the Sashay and it's another one in the blues/turqouise. This will be made though in the usual pattern of casting on 6 sts and knitting away after that. I forgot how quick these come together though, as I haven't knitted any since just before Christmas. Seems everyone who knits who tried this fell so in love w/how quickly you could make a gorgeous and fashionable scarf, that Red Heart wasn't prepared for the demand and...You can figure out the rest. :)

    What I'm working on right now though, is Red Heart's newest Boutique member. Their Ribbons line. If you've seen this in the stores and you're thinking of giving it a try, I can't stress what I'm about to say loudly enough.

    Go to Red Heart's website and download the instructional videos over there for the Ribbon line. You can't just pick out one of the ends and start off like you can w/most other skeins. They not only show you how to knit and/or crochet w/the Ribbon, but also how to "open" the skein and what to do next in order to have it good to go to work w/.

    If I hadn't done that and watched the videos before I ever took it out of the bag from the store last night, I don't even want to think about the massive mess I would have had on my hands. So if giving this a try is on your list of To Make and/or Try, go to Red Heart's site and see how it's done.

    I'm crocheting this time and while I *think* I'm doing it right and it looks like the scarf in the picture of the project, I wish I hadn't gotten the colour scheme Ribbon that's black/grey/charcoal grey w/silver thread for embelishment. I don't think it would have been as big a problem on knitting needles, but unless I'm under a really bright and focused light, seeing the single crochets in all of that dark can be a wee bit tricky.

    Anyway...So far, so good!!

    But I'm saying that as quietly as possible ;)
     
  2. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone! It's been a while... my daughter turned 9 and all of a sudden she's a complete tweener. I think we're done celebrating so hopefully things will calm down around here... anyhoo, NO progress on the knitted purse. I put it down and just haven't gotten to it :( I'll have to get back into it asap. In the meantime I've been busy with another project: backing up all of the photos/videos in the laptops. What does that have to do with crafting? Check it out!
     
  3. kwanfan1818

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    Finished knitting a sleeveless version of this last night in this yarn (color #18), which is a lot spongier than shown in the first two photos. Today I spent two hours trying to block what is almost a circle on two blocking boards on which it didn't quite fit, using four containers of T-pins. It looked more like a hand-rolled taco, :lol:
     
  4. myhoneyhoney

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    WOW, nice!

    Now that I'm finished with the black purse I'm going to try and attempt making a duvet cover. My current cover is over 5 years old and is so worn/pilled, it's sad. I can't make up my mind though on which one to make. My dilemma.
     
  5. made_in_canada

    made_in_canada INTJ

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    I like 2 better, for whatever my opinion is worth ;)
     
  6. Anita18

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    I like #1, so there we go. :lol:

    The Kitchener stitch is driving me insane, but I think I've figured it out now. :eek:
     
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    I like both of them: very different looks. I can see why you're torn.
     
  8. cruisin

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    I like them both, but prefer #1
     
  9. zaphyre14

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    There's a knit/crochet group that meets at my church on Tuesday evenings for two hours to make items for various organizations and for the church bazaar. It started about six weeks weeks ago with four people and is now up to about 12. If you don't know how to knit or crochet, they will teach you and supply yarn, needles/hooks and patterns. Three young girls (in their 20's - that's a girl to me) joined and are learning to make premie hats for a hospital.

    I don't do either but since all crafts are welcome, I show up with a needlepoint or cross stitch kit or whatever project I'm working on at home. Last week I cut out pices for tissue box covers; this week I hope to get one assembled. At least it's a regular time that I set aside to actually get something DONE. :)
     
  10. skatesindreams

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    My opinion, as well.
     
  11. myhoneyhoney

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    I've decided on 1 because several friends on FB have stated that 2 reminds them of caskets. EEEK!!!! I still like 2 but now whenever I see it I think of caskets. Not something I want to bury myself in every night. :yikes:
     
  12. cruisin

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    :lol: amazing how a few comments can ruin something for you.
     
  13. Anita18

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    :rofl: Now we will never unsee it! :rofl:
     
  14. myhoneyhoney

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    ugh, I know. Too bad... now I'm wondering if those designers were ever told the same thing.
     
  15. OrioleBeagle

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    I like to crochet doilies and knit scarves.
     
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  16. made_in_canada

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    I've been meaning to say vesperholly that my earrings came and I've received many compliments :) Thanks!
     
  17. vesperholly

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    Aww :D So glad to hear it!!! Thanks for your support, it really means a lot. :D

    I've just added a few necklaces to my shop (I bought a drill and I know how to use it! :lol:), and I have designs and materials for more, including dangle earrings. Hopefully things will start picking up as the holidays approach. :cool:
     
  18. vesperholly

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    I attended a meet-up in NYC today that was organized by a guy who has a sewing blog and lives near the garment district.
    When I am browsing there on my own, I have no trouble going home and thinking it over and coming back another day if I liked a particular fabric. It's not like they are going to sell out if I don't buy it then and there. Alas, I discovered I have zero discipline when shopping in a crowd.
    I bought: some cotton velvet (to make a muffin hat; I'm going to a Renaissance fair soon and need a hat to match my lady-of-the-manor dress) a gorgeous navy brocade with bits of dark orange to make a sexy pencil skirt (I can wear it to the ballet, I suppose) 2 different print lawns (will end up as blouses) and 2 different knit jersey prints (I'm trying to get to grips with sewing stretch fabrics)
    I will regret this when I get my credit card bill. :lol:
     
  20. Anita18

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    I've been tasked to make a convertible mitt in 3 days. I've finished one, need to finish the other by tommorrow evening. :wall:

    Learning continental knitting because my hands are starting to cramp. :eek:
     
  21. myhoneyhoney

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    I ♥ continental knitting, so much faster for me than the throwing style.

    My new project: I started working on the duvet! Photo included
     
  22. Anita18

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    Is there a trick to doing knit/purl ribbing without driving yourself nuts with continental knitting? :lol:

    I mean, purling is bad enough with continental! I got my knit stitch pretty fast on it, though.
     
  23. myhoneyhoney

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    Practice, lots and lots of practice on scrap yarn. It took me days to figure out continental.
     
  24. AragornElessar

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    I was over at YouTube the other day looking up something at Red Heart's channel, when I noticed something called Catherine's Wheel in one of the side menus. It looked interesting, so downloaded the video and then clicked on the link to the pattern that was in the description. That ended up leading me to one of the most frustrating experiences I've had in crafting.

    Has anyone else ever seen a crochet or knitting pattern written out in long form and not using the short form? Such as "Crochet three treble crochet into the fourth treble crochet on the pattern row beneath." Etc...etc...etc... At first I thought that was throwing me off, but after four more attempts, I realized it wasn't just that the pattern was written long form, but the pattern was off period!!

    Off I went to Google and found another pattern and *this time* it's working perfectly. It's a sort of a variation on a Granny Square, but not.

    Bold and Beautiful Catherine's Wheel Crochet Throw

    It's pretty easy now that I've got a handle on it and would be perfect for a scrap blanket project thing. :)
     
  25. vesperholly

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    Very pretty!
     
  26. Anita18

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    LOL yeah I had less than one day, so I made do. :lol: Definitely goes faster than the throwing technique though!
     
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    I just learned continental this year, but I can't purl with it. I use the Portuguese method for purling, with a knitting pin, since it's too hot to run yarn around the back of my neck.
     
  28. AragornElessar

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    Ooooh....As I've mentioned, I'm into LOTR and also Renaissance/Tudor era stuff and have made (w/help) my own LOTR costume. Also that I make Circlets and Tiaras for both. Would love to see a picture of your dress and hat once you've gotten it finished Marge.

    Pretty please? :)
     
  29. AragornElessar

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