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Saturday, March 19, 2005


amimono: "I wanted to do a test run of my ability to design a custom-fit glove. The Winter IK from last year has a good article on the process, so I'm testing it out with stash yarn. (Which, by the way, was kindly given to me by Maureen...she RAOK'd me months ago with this, while it looked like I was still aiming to be a sock knitter. Then, all at once, I got totally bored with socks. But see! It's not going to waste!) I have to say, I loved how the first color stripe on the first finger fell right over my knuckle, then the second became the tip! I duplicated the trick by starting the second finger partway into the faux-fair isle print section instead of with the bit of blue I had left after finishing finger #1, and I plan to do them all that way now. These shouldn't take me long to finish, I only started this one at about 11pm last night. Suddenly I see all these different gloves in my head that I need to design..."

Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

Great scarf patterns to crochet. Interesting variety and good prices.


Cotton: "Cotton Yarn Skeins: Best for storage. Allows yarn to be relaxed until ready to use. Can be used with a Yarn Swift.
Pull Skeins: Some column_1~ Yarn manufactures will Skein their yarns in ready to use center pull skeins. Look at the yarn label to confirm. "

Magic Crochet

Magic Crochet: "Crochet began turning up in Europe in the early 1800s and was given a tremendous boost by Mlle. Riego de la Branchardiere, who was best known for her ability to take old-style needle and bobbin lace designs and turn them into crochet patterns that could easily be duplicated. She published many pattern books so that millions of women could begin to copy her designs. Mlle. Riego also claimed to have invented 'lace-like' crochet, today called Irish crochet. "

All Tangled Up - Knitting from Across the Pond

All Tangled Up - Knitting from Across the Pond: "I sort of forgot the gussets. I'm toying with the idea to go gussetless, but know im my heart it's not going to work, so I guess, there'll be a right old ripping session here shortly. Hard to believe how 2 little triangles are so integral to a pair of socks. If only I could do without them!"

Needles and Wool

Needles and Wool: "I sure wish I knew how to rip back lace to make it about 12 inches shorter but for the most part I like it. I got a few compliments on it at work today and one co-worker offered to buy it right then if I didn't like it and said she would have made it even longer. Go figure. There is a really nice sheen to the yarn that just doesn't show up in the pictures. It's pricey though so I would never buy enough to make a whole sweater."