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Forum: How-to Questions 08-07-2009, 10:49 PM
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Views: 2,095
Posted By sideways
I use nail polish to mark my metal & wood...

I use nail polish to mark my metal & wood needles. It dries perfectly smooth with no drag and so far doesn't seem to be wearing off anytime soon. Nail polish may or may not stick to plastic needles,...
Forum: General Knitting 08-07-2009, 10:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,946
Posted By sideways
I won't even attempt to sell hand knitted items....

I won't even attempt to sell hand knitted items. I've learned thru my sewing that most people do not understand the individual hand labor that goes into it.

We are competing against mass produced,...
Forum: What'cha Knittin'? 07-03-2009, 06:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,636
Posted By sideways
Wow, it's gorgeous! Much nicer to look at than...

Wow, it's gorgeous!

Much nicer to look at than the one I hacked together from clothes hanger wire, a lazy susan & trusty old duct tape :mrgreen:
Forum: Pattern Central 07-03-2009, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,761
Posted By sideways
The July 1st dishcloth is still available via...

The July 1st dishcloth is still available via google's cache. Get it quick, don't know how long it will be...
Forum: Pattern Central 07-03-2009, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,761
Posted By sideways
No more Anniesattic.com Free Pattern daily?

My usual bookmarked link for their Free Pattern of the Day hasn't worked for a few days now:
http://www.anniesattic.com/free_pattern_day/printer.html

I used Google to do a site-specific search and...
Forum: How-to Questions 02-15-2009, 05:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,147
Posted By sideways
Which is best depends solely on the knitter you...

Which is best depends solely on the knitter you ask, and what you decide is best for you.

I learned basic knitting English style, but never went anywhere with it. In the meantime I learned to...
Forum: Pattern Central 12-01-2008, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,067
Posted By sideways
I do it the boring way, lol.......punch holes in...

I do it the boring way, lol.......punch holes in the sheets and keep them in a notebook binder. If the pattern sheet is too small to fit the binder, I stick it in a plastic pocket sleeve thingy.

I...
Forum: Crochet! 09-02-2008, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,327
Posted By sideways
Also might want to check ebay. When I was...

Also might want to check ebay. When I was starting out, I scored a couple lots of various knitting/crochet tools (dozens of pieces) dirt cheap. I ended up with a few duplicates, but the vast majority...
Forum: General Knitting 06-20-2008, 10:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,360
Posted By sideways
I have a bunch of SnC that I got dirt cheap in a...

I have a bunch of SnC that I got dirt cheap in a closeout. One thing I made so far was a handtowel, based on a dishcloth pattern. Got the idea from Ravelry, only I modified the pattern even more. I...
Forum: General Knitting 06-19-2008, 11:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,125
Posted By sideways
Non-pilling yarn for socks? (not that fine stuff)

I finished my first pair of socks a while back, and really like them. The wool keeps my feet warm despite having sweaty feet.

My problem is the yarn (Patons classic wool) pilled horribly after two...
Forum: General Knitting 06-19-2008, 11:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,741
Posted By sideways
I made a loom out of knitting needles and...

I made a loom out of knitting needles and corrugated plastic (aka Coroplast). I snatch the very illegal signs advertisers stick in the ground along public roadways & at intersections. The plastic is...
Forum: General Knitting 05-15-2008, 04:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,379
Posted By sideways
Sorry that this is a late reply. I posted a swift...

Sorry that this is a late reply. I posted a swift here at KH. (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1071317#post1071317) I also put together detailed directions over at...
Forum: Crochet! 05-15-2008, 03:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,754
Posted By sideways
If this helps: For the corners, you make 3...

If this helps:

For the corners, you make 3 crochet stitches in the same space, all right next to each other.

The bottom of the stitches will be crowded together, but the tops will fan out. This...
Forum: Pattern Central 03-07-2008, 11:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,019
Posted By sideways
If their shop isn't heated, maybe fingerless...

If their shop isn't heated, maybe fingerless gloves or mitts? I've seen mechanics wearing them before.
Forum: Pattern Central 03-04-2008, 04:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,102
Posted By sideways
I am guessing at the least, there is some sort of...

I am guessing at the least, there is some sort of a strapless bra built into the front of it, here's why:

--Her bosom doesn't seem to shake or jiggle much during the video, and it doesn't move much...
Forum: General Knitting 02-29-2008, 06:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,297
Posted By sideways
I got to thinking about how to use the swift with...

I got to thinking about how to use the swift with larger hanks. Just bend the wires as shown.

I also posted the directions at Instructables.com....
Forum: General Knitting 02-29-2008, 03:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,379
Posted By sideways
Lelvsdgs --- Thanks :) A cheap electric drill...

Lelvsdgs --- Thanks :)

A cheap electric drill costs just a little more than a ball winder, but they're waaaaay more useful. I've used mine to make cording. I put a hook-shaped piece of wire (coat...
Forum: General Knitting 02-28-2008, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,379
Posted By sideways
DIY ball winder

Materials:
drill
wooden dowel or knitting needle #10 or smaller
masking tape

Tape the yarn along the dowel in two places. Start the drill slowly, using the other hand to control the tension as it...
Forum: General Knitting 02-28-2008, 11:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,297
Posted By sideways
Marlajap, for sure this could be tweaked and...

Marlajap, for sure this could be tweaked and improved. For that matter, there's plans for a wood homemade swift (http://www.instructables.com/id/SewUseful%3a-Portable-Tabletop-Yarn-Swift-for-windi/)...
Forum: General Knitting 02-28-2008, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,297
Posted By sideways
Update -- After using it for a while, I found the...

Update -- After using it for a while, I found the setup was a little bit too light. If the yarn hit any resistance, the plastic susan would either slide towards me or backspin a little in the...
Forum: General Knitting 02-27-2008, 02:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,297
Posted By sideways
DIY swift ultra cheap

Materials:
lazy susan
two wire coat hangers
duct tape

Tools:
pliers

Straighten out the hangers w/pliers, tape to the susan, bend arms upwards. Easy peasy.
Forum: How-to Questions 02-24-2008, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 936
Posted By sideways
If the pattern calls for a bulky (sounds like it...

If the pattern calls for a bulky (sounds like it does) then you might need about the same. It's hard to say because of your own tension, actual thickness of the yarn, needle size, etc. You may even...
Forum: Pattern Central 02-21-2008, 07:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,102
Posted By sideways
Since my dress form doesn't have arms, I did a...

Since my dress form doesn't have arms, I did a draping on a giant Barbie, lol. As you'll see, it's basically a long skinny rectangle. It may have some shaping on the long sides, but more about that...
Forum: Pattern Central 02-20-2008, 11:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 761
Posted By sideways
Google "persion slipper knit pattern". I...

Google "persion slipper knit pattern".

I remember seeing a couple similar patts elsewhere, but I don't think they were felted. You could probably fiddle with the needle or yarn size to get a bigger...
Forum: Pattern Central 02-20-2008, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,102
Posted By sideways
No pattern needed. It's just a really long...

No pattern needed. It's just a really long rectangle. The width would depend on how much of your skin you want to cover.

The total length would need to wrap around one arm at one end, hook in the...
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