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Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-18-2014, 02:11 PM
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mullerslane - I used a regular bar of detergent...

mullerslane - I used a regular bar of detergent soap I had in the cabinet. It is in the shower, but sits on a wire rack so that it has air circulating all around it to dry between showers. My mom...
Forum: The Lounge 10-17-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,533
Posted By vaknitter
I just finished reading "The Birth of Venus" by...

I just finished reading "The Birth of Venus" by Sarah Dunant and I LOVED IT. It is historical fiction. The main character is by all accounts fictional yet the story takes place in a historically...
Forum: What'cha Knittin'? 10-16-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 134
Posted By vaknitter
baby Acorn hat

You may have to squint to make it out but this hat is meant to look like an Acorn hat. My cousin is pregnant and refers to the fetus as acorn so I knit her an acorn hat. My boys are too big to...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-16-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By vaknitter
Felted soap - I made one to test it out before...

Felted soap - I made one to test it out before making a zillion as Christmas gifts. It is lovely to use, however, after a few days of use the soap inside has been reduced to a gelatinous mass....
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-16-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By vaknitter
Whew - I survived hand felting pumpkins with 24 -...

Whew - I survived hand felting pumpkins with 24 - 3 and 4 yr olds !! I intended to take a picture of my son's 4yr old class with theirs but the teacher threw me off by having me do them in groups of...
Forum: The Lounge 10-13-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By vaknitter
green tomato salsa

I've never had good luck ripening green tomatoes so I have been looking up recipes and made a green tomato relish/salsa for some fish we grilled last night and it was AWESOME ! The fish was gone and...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-11-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By vaknitter
:woot: It came out beautifully !! I love the...

:woot: It came out beautifully !! I love the color I got. We will do the project Wed and I will be sure to post a picture.

I only needed half the roving I bought so guess I will dye up the rest...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-09-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By vaknitter
Thank you. I will go get some Kool-Aid and give...

Thank you. I will go get some Kool-Aid and give it a try this evening.

I have dyed wool before w/out giving a thought to felting it. Even used it after I dyed it to make a felted bag. It was a...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-08-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By vaknitter
Dyeing roving ?

I have offered to do a fall project with my son's pre-school and decided on handfelting in zip lock bags. I was hoping to do pumpkins. I can not find orange roving and have purchase an...
Forum: General Knitting 10-05-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By vaknitter
Gearhart Sock Knitting machine

Saw one of these for the first time at a Fiber Festival today...it was awesome !! I've been to this Fiber Festival every year for about 12yrs and this is the first time I've seen this demo. Even...
Forum: General Knitting 09-26-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 501
Posted By vaknitter
I too am a fan of the ribbed pom pom hat ! I...

I too am a fan of the ribbed pom pom hat ! I have one with a dangley pom pom that I have sewed back on a couple of times b/c a puppy chewed it off.

The fingerless gloves are a GREAT idea !! I love...
Forum: The Lounge 09-26-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By vaknitter
Well...it turns out they ripened about 7-8 at a...

Well...it turns out they ripened about 7-8 at a time and so we gave a couple away and ate the others. Turns out my 4yr old likes to eat tomatoes straight out of the garden like an apple !!
Forum: General Knitting 09-24-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 501
Posted By vaknitter
Choosing what to knit as a gift

My son's preschool has a new director, she has 2 daughters, they are from a warmer more metropolitan area and quite literally own NO winter wear. Having always lived in winter prone climates I find...
Forum: General Knitting 09-19-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By vaknitter
I have never tried to knit in wrist splints so...

I have never tried to knit in wrist splints so this may or may not help. I did try to knit with my hand/arm in a cast but well....If you have carpal tunnel problems you want a brace that is on the...
Forum: The Lounge 09-17-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 207
Posted By vaknitter
SKUNK

I took the puppy out to pee last night and while he was sniffing around for just the right spot he wondered into a shadow and startled a skunk ! UGH. My eyes were burning so bad. I'm sure his were...
Forum: The Lounge 09-17-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By vaknitter
Those are really neat. My boys would get a kick...

Those are really neat. My boys would get a kick out of collecting stuff to put in there. I wonder how long greens and pinecones stay looking nice in the oil?
Forum: The Lounge 09-11-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 508
Posted By vaknitter
Thank you ! I went with Neutrogena since I've...

Thank you ! I went with Neutrogena since I've had good luck with other products of theirs not aggravating my face.

Sakura I appreciated your comment about using what you can find at your local...
Forum: The Lounge 09-04-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,533
Posted By vaknitter
Another random book suggested by my local...

Another random book suggested by my local librarian...Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. It was an interesting book, historical in nature, short and easy to read.
This is the translation I...
Forum: The Lounge 09-03-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 508
Posted By vaknitter
face wash?

Does anyone have a face wash they love?

Before my sons were born I used St Ives but while pregnant I started reacting to something in that so started using a Clinique product. It was a micro-bead...
Forum: What'cha Knittin'? 09-02-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By vaknitter
you are brilliant !! My first love is cross...

you are brilliant !! My first love is cross stitching but my hands are no longer capable of gripping a tiny needle and loom anymore. I have done duplicate stitch before and while it is not my...
Forum: What'cha Knittin'? 09-02-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By vaknitter
The LEGO socks are amazing !!! If your 7 yr old...

The LEGO socks are amazing !!! If your 7 yr old doesn't like them my 4 and 2yr old would be more than happy to fight over who gets to wear them !! Did you follow a pattern or make that little man...
Forum: General Knitting 09-01-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,606
Posted By vaknitter
This is an issue that is currently driving me...

This is an issue that is currently driving me batty. I have never ordered on-line before and am currently looking to order a bunch of wool to make felted slippers. I find that within the same...
Forum: General Knitting 08-29-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 759
Posted By vaknitter
XtopherCB - I'm with you. I'm not allergic to...

XtopherCB - I'm with you. I'm not allergic to bees, not even really scared of bees but no way I would still be able to live in that house. I have 2 young boys and I can get out a lot of stains and...
Forum: General Knitting 08-29-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 622
Posted By vaknitter
wrong size needles in the case !?

I bought new Addi needles to re-knit socks for my husband. I had size 2 and I felt like the pattern was too loose so I went and bought size 1. Now months later I am midway through the socks again...
Forum: General Knitting 08-26-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 726
Posted By vaknitter
I inherited some of that once too !! I recall it...

I inherited some of that once too !! I recall it was a bit thinner than today's Red Heart or Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Classic has 146yds/3oz and CSS is 315yds/6oz (so 157 for 3oz)

There is...
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