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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
11:43 am
Help with too bright color
I have some yarn I bought from eBay that is a lot brighter than I had hoped for. I would like to make the colors less wild. Its a varigated yarn with blue, yellow, flamingo pink and wow orange. Its by Rio and color #10. If it were cotton I would plunge in and just bleach it when done in the washing machine or tea dye. I cut off a tiny bit of orange and let it sit over night in a glass of cold tea and nothing happened.

What do you think? How do I make it less glaring? I'm prepared for shrinkage. My plan is to knit, then dye and shrink.

I know how  to crochet, but I'm having a tendonitis and maybe carpal tunnal problem tha makes it very painful. I have a gazillion knitting looms and I just dug a knnitting maching out of my mom's attic. There are some very nice small gage knitting looms out there. My brother has a drill press and he made a gazzillion of them when he was between jobs for my mom and she shares.

I try to practice frugality by buying yarn fron Dollar Tree, yard sales, eBay, Smiley's webpage, and unknitting sweaters from the Goodwill.
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
5:22 pm
Hey again/sock
I have been away for a while due to some preggo complications, but I am doin ok now. I started my first pair of socks and would liker to make mroe I am wondering if any of you have good recomendations for where to find free/or very cheap sock patterns?

Thanks all
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
1:24 pm
More free patterns

you have to register but there are a lot of free patterns there
Monday, May 28th, 2007
4:50 pm
Does anyone know of an INEXPENSIVE acrylic yarn that is 4 ply, worsted, as soft as Carons Simply Soft, and comes in Hunter Orange, Christmas Green, and Royal Blue?  Have a pattern that calls for Red Heart Super Saver and there is NO WAY I am touching that stuff...

Current Mood: ???
Thursday, May 24th, 2007
12:04 pm
How do all of you  practice the art of beinga frugal knitter/crocheter?
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
11:34 am
Yet again another website

A woman I am on a knitting group with passed this website along. I have not ordered from them so I don't know how good they are.
Saturday, May 19th, 2007
12:53 pm
Something I found
While I was out of town I stopped by a Michales and found out they were having a 2 dollar sale on quite a few different yarns. I am not sure if it is still going on but I thoiught I would give you a heads up
Thursday, May 10th, 2007
11:54 am
Yarn brand question
Has anyone here used TLC's Cotton yarn? I understand it has teh same cotton/acrylic content as Lion Brand's Cotton ease but is cheaper in price and has more variety of colors. I am wondering if anyone else has tried it so I can decide if I want to try some out

X-posted to knitting_chat
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
1:05 pm
Monday, May 7th, 2007
10:36 pm
Another yarn site
I found this today and thought I would share

4:32 pm
Joann's Coupon
Here is a printable coupon for 40% off a single item. I am not sure if you can use it more than onec but since it was in a email I assume so.

Have fun everyone


X posted to  poor_skills
Saturday, May 5th, 2007
6:34 pm
Cheap Mobius
I started knitting a mobius scarf today for my mother for Mother's Day. I am using Carron's Simply soft is a nice blue color. Wish me luck, this is my first mobius project ever. I hope to get it done in time, I am seeing my mother the day after Mother's Day
2:52 pm
Order got here
My first order with Smiley's just arrived today. I got 26 skeins of yarn for under 30 bucks. I am very happy. I got the yard I needed for my Mom's cowls and some fingerless gloves for my whole family.

I split the shipping with a ncie woman who live down the street from me so it came out even less

Does happy yarn dance
Friday, May 4th, 2007
11:41 am
Just wanted to give a Head's Up
Apparently Vanna White has a yarn coming out soon. She is bringing it out with Lion Brand and you can see it launch on DIY Network this Sunday at 9 pm Est. during the Inside the craft and Hobby show 2007. It shouls be hitting the stores soon after that.

I wonder how much it will be when it launches?
Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
7:14 pm
Giving Back
I ran across this website last night and thought it was a wonderful idea ... http://www.shawlministry.com/ 

I went to the Lion brand website and foudn out that they have a section of free patterns for prayer shawls. i thought I might make some for somewhere, not sure yet. Maybe a hospice in my area.  I thought I woudl share. I don't think they have to be very expensive to make and I like the idea of comforting someone, even if they never know it was me

I just thought I woudl share and if anyone was interested give them the site
2:06 pm
I don't know if this really fits in here, but it's a way to see if a cheaper yarn is the same size as a more expensive yarn. I just learned this from Interweave Knits, so apologies to those for whom this is old news.

In Interweave's yarn descriptions, they list a statistic called "Wraps Per Inch" or WPI. The way I understand it, this is a measurement of how many times a given yarn can wrap around a ruler over a distance of one inch.

So if you find a pattern that calls for a prohibitively expensive yarn, find out that yarn's WPI and then see if your chosen substitute measures up!

NOTE: This is only good for helping determine which yarns might knit up at a similar gauge; you'll still have to watch your fiber content for stretch, drape, and memory.

Current Mood: productive
11:36 am
SOO Quiet
It has been quiet here lately. I just wanted to let everyone know the you all are welcomed and enouraged to post anything you like here.
Monday, April 30th, 2007
1:17 pm
Pattern Pricing
If you buy patterns, and I will admit I have bout 3 magazines and 1 book. Where do you find your best pattern deals? I tend to look around www.half.com  for book deals. I went to http://www.glampyreknits.com/ after making the better sweater she designed for Knitty Gritty. She has a book out that looks good and I foun it for 14 dollars instead of 22. I have not ordered it yet because  I am still trying to decide whether it is a good buy or not. I noticed she has some patterns for sale for download  but I am leery of that too.

What do you all think. What is the most you would pay for a pattern book and still feel like you are saving money?
Sunday, April 29th, 2007
12:19 pm


I really like  reading them as well and sometimes they have up some really knift patterns.

I sometime do a search on google for free patterns and get lucky there once in a while

I know  that the suprise patterns are up on Knitty.com now.

I would love to see some of your great pattern resources
Saturday, April 28th, 2007
8:48 pm
Just wanted to say hello
To all of teh new people who have joined us . Please feel free to post any ideas and tiups you have to saving money. Soon there might be a pattern swap. Let me know if you are interested
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