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Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 07-03-2008, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,524
Posted By hocns
woolhousetools.com has a large, handmade wooden...

woolhousetools.com has a large, handmade wooden ball winder for about $90 cdn. You can easily get 1/2 lb or more of yarn on it. I have one and love it.
Forum: General Knitting 05-06-2008, 06:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,350
Posted By hocns
I do that, except I always knit the first and...

I do that, except I always knit the first and slip the last, but the effect is the same. It does give a very attractive edge to a scarf.
Forum: General Knitting 05-06-2008, 06:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,601
Posted By hocns
I just mailed a small package to a town about 60...

I just mailed a small package to a town about 60 miles away and was charged $10. I nearly fainted. Our PO is going nuts. On the other hand, I just got a large order (as in 2 large boxes) from...
Forum: General Knitting 05-06-2008, 06:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,176
Posted By hocns
I find that if I gently touch the middle of one...

I find that if I gently touch the middle of one of my cats' backs with the point of a needle (not a sharp one), the cat's skin will sort of creep towards the needle. It's really weird.
Forum: The Lounge 05-06-2008, 06:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 821
Posted By hocns
I LOVE lilies-of-the-valley, so of course, even...

I LOVE lilies-of-the-valley, so of course, even though I have bought a few in the past they have always died. My mother used to have them growing in her gravel parking lot. Maybe I'll take MMario's...
Forum: The Lounge 05-06-2008, 06:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,029
Posted By hocns
Imagine having to go LOOKING for a cat, in my...

Imagine having to go LOOKING for a cat, in my case they just show up. Our latest found-in-the-ditch baby has just been spayed, and has been bossing around the others since she moved in.

Our other...
Forum: General Knitting 03-31-2008, 09:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 771
Posted By hocns
A friend of mine used one to knit a hat. It went...

A friend of mine used one to knit a hat. It went really slowly, compared with how she could knit with needles, and the hat looked big enough to fit a pumpkin. The stitches were also all loose and...
Forum: The Lounge 03-30-2008, 07:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,302
Posted By hocns
One of my dogs had a stinky episode once for a...

One of my dogs had a stinky episode once for a few weeks, after she found and partly consumed a long dead groundhog. Talk about a lethal weapon, silent but deadly. The vet put her on lamb and rice,...
Forum: The Lounge 03-30-2008, 07:00 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,110
Posted By hocns
Can't stand Walmart, never could. For years...

Can't stand Walmart, never could. For years before we got one here, I would hear about how much better lif would be when Walmart came. Well, the only difference is that there are now more closed...
Forum: General Knitting 03-12-2008, 04:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 764
Posted By hocns
Mohair knits up thicker than it looks. A fairly...

Mohair knits up thicker than it looks. A fairly fine-looking mohair will knit up worsted weight. Check the gauge on the ball band.
Forum: General Knitting 03-10-2008, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,848
Posted By hocns
I've seen it used like "the put up is 10 50-gram...

I've seen it used like "the put up is 10 50-gram balls per bag": therefore it refers how it is packaged.
Forum: General Knitting 03-10-2008, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 851
Posted By hocns
IMO, "no dye lot" is synonomous with "cheap". I...

IMO, "no dye lot" is synonomous with "cheap". I have never come across a beautiful yarn that has no dye lot.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-09-2008, 12:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,334
Posted By hocns
I see you have a jumbo flyer. I think the jumbo...

I see you have a jumbo flyer. I think the jumbo flyer alone is about $150 new. I think you have quite a deal.

You might find it easier to learn to spin with the jumbo flyer and bobbins, as...
Forum: General Knitting 03-05-2008, 10:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,094
Posted By hocns
You can slip a bead on a crochet hook, and then...

You can slip a bead on a crochet hook, and then hook the st off the needle, slip the bead onto the st, and replace the stitch on the needle. This gives you the option of placing the bead where you...
Forum: General Knitting 03-03-2008, 12:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,977
Posted By hocns
I have 2 of her books, 2 stitch treasuries. They...

I have 2 of her books, 2 stitch treasuries. They will not give you patterns for hats or whatever, but they have hundreds of all sorts of stitch patterns, categorized by lace or cable etc. The books...
Forum: General Knitting 03-03-2008, 09:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,905
Posted By hocns
To only special order decent yarns is sort of...

To only special order decent yarns is sort of self-defeating. There are still many people who have no on-line access who haven't got a clue what's out there; if all they see at their yarn shop is...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 02-28-2008, 02:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,334
Posted By hocns
I have 3 Ashford traditionals and love them, they...

I have 3 Ashford traditionals and love them, they were all bought used. Different size flyers are available so that you can spin anything from lace weight to chunky. And I agree with...
Forum: Pattern Central 02-27-2008, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,482
Posted By hocns
Even though I am a fairly experienced knitter, I...

Even though I am a fairly experienced knitter, I had a hell of a time with that scarf, often short a stitch, and it's difficult to open up a few rows and pick it up again. What worked for me was to...
Forum: General Knitting 02-25-2008, 07:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,659
Posted By hocns
Some friends of mine forced another friend to go...

Some friends of mine forced another friend to go to emergency once (we thought she might have had a stroke) and we all took our knitting. Five of us, including 1 man, sitting in a row knitting...
Forum: General Knitting 02-25-2008, 07:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,179
Posted By hocns
Different people have different hands that react...

Different people have different hands that react to different things. I know someone who can't knit with red wool, doesn't matter what brand. If it doesn't bother you when you squeeze it in the...
Forum: The Lounge 02-24-2008, 08:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 498
Posted By hocns
Thank you for your post, although I was not...

Thank you for your post, although I was not looking for info. I might make it up to Mtl this summer, and will look up those stores. And I already have orders from friends for some bagels; there's...
Forum: The Lounge 02-24-2008, 11:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 498
Posted By hocns
I'm originally from Montreal, and was there a few...

I'm originally from Montreal, and was there a few years ago visiting family. We couldn't find any yarn shops, although there MUST be some somewhere. Can't help you with where to go or what to see,...
Forum: The Lounge 02-24-2008, 11:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By hocns
A few years ago, some seed companies had molds...

A few years ago, some seed companies had molds that you could buy and put over young squash, or whatever. As the squash grew, it would grow into the mold, and then you could take the mold off and...
Forum: The Lounge 02-24-2008, 10:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,426
Posted By hocns
A 12-pack of diet cokes is more soft drinks than...

A 12-pack of diet cokes is more soft drinks than I consume in a year. My sister drinks 2 2-litre bottles of diet pepsi a day, ugh. I can understand addiction, though. Mine is pasta and bread. ...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 02-24-2008, 10:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,421
Posted By hocns
I have an antique table loom, and it nearly drove...

I have an antique table loom, and it nearly drove me insane. I have, ahem, several other looms as well as a modern table loom even though I don't weave much. But the modern loom is much easier to...
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