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Tutorial--T-Shirt Yarn **This tutorial is intended for personal use only.** About 5 years ago, I prepared a tutorial with pictures showing how to create yarn from cotton t-shirts. T-shirt yarn is a very durable yarn. Okay, I will start off by saying that I have had these t-shirts sitting around my house for over 3 months just taking up space. Luckily the t-shirts that I have to work with are in a good array of colors so eventually it will give me a nice variety to work with. **Please note that only the unprinted, plain portions of the t-shirts are suitable to make into yarn. Start by placing a t-shirt onto a flat work surface. Using a sharp scissor or rotary cutter and ruler, cut away the bottom hem. Take the bottom of the tube (closed end) and fold it upward, leaving a 1-inch margin at the top. Fold it once more, making sure that you keep the 1-inch margin at the top. Start cutting your t-shirt into strips, leaving the upper 1-inch margin intact. Unfold the strips. Now go ahead and have fun with t-shirt yarn.

knit and tonic You know how it is when a song is in your head. It makes it worse when you can't recall the lyrics in total. But your brain hums it as you go through your day and at some point you feel like subjecting yourself to "It's a Small World" to break the monotony. But enough of that. The song that has been in my head is "Stardust" as sung by Nat King Cole. So, I'm in a bedroom and laying on a big bed with lots of white sheets, pillows and a fluffy duvet (much like the one I sleep in every night). "Sometimes I wonder, how I spendThe lonely nightsDreaming of a song . . ." And I sit up, lean over to him, look into his eyes and join him in song (with a really good Julie Andrews voice): ". . . Then, two good looking dark-skinned men wearing Calvin Klein white underwear come behind us and lean through the open windows, reach over to Mullen, and begin to rub his shoulders. Next thing I know, I'm in nursing school. "Sometimes I wonder, why I spendThe lonely nightsDreaming of a song . . ." ". . . ". . .

Knit Picks Tutorials knit and tonic: The Provisional Cast On (Is your Friend) Part II I was just thinking that most knitters, when faced with a so-called magical and quick unzipping method of the provisional cast on, would more likely than not faint if all the stitches on the needle, be they 20 or 200, suddenly became "live" and cried "put me on the needle, quick, before I unravel!" Even still, an hour or two ago, I continued to lament the fact that my new favorite version of the provisional cast on didn't "unzip" in the way those cheeky knitting book writers and editors tell you it will. But then I went and did some reading about different methods, and discovered that only one or two types "unzip," (although I'm willing to bet those are pretty much a crap shoot, too) and that this particular one, the one that is the EASIEST one I have found, does not unzip. But now I'm thinking it is just as well. Otherwise, what would we do with all those live stitches all of a sudden sitting there? Would we take a calm, deep breath and carefully place them back on the needle? 1. 2. 3.

mprsdrose Fuzzy Thoughts indigirl: stylish knits, modern life- welcome Ravellings on the knitted sleeve -- Part I To some knitters or would-be designers, there is nothing so daunting as designing a knitted sleeve that fits. The problem with sleeves -- whether the simple, boxy drop-shoulder style, or those involving more intricate shaping -- is that there always seems to be a whiff of uncertainty about the finished product. First, there's uncertainty in length. And then there's the uncertainty in determining a proper upper arm width. Finally, there's the uncertainty of armscye depth. So, if you're in the position of having to add sleeves to an existing sleeveless vest or top, or designing a garment from scratch, how do you pick the right sleeve style, and how do you crunch the numbers to make the sleeves fit the body? To answer these questions, you'll need to be acquainted with the common types of sleeves used for clothing, and what measurements to take. Drop shoulder What it looks like The drop-shoulder style has the simplest lines of any sleeve style. Set-in

knitting: picking up stitches/sweater oonstruction question I've been experimenting with a weird way I thought of to make a cardigan, inspired by Knitty's Tubey. I'm doing it with Homespun, since if I'm going to try something new, might as well make it a $10 sweater that hides mistakes. I'm using very long circular 10s. The sleeves are knitted up as one long stockinette piece. I started at my right wrist at 25 st., increased up to 36 for the the upper arms, then bound off 10 st. for the armpits and knit 24 st. flat for a while. I'm starting the body now. The question is, how many stitches should I be picking up? Thanks! Olives and Mermaids and Wine, oh my... Redshirt Knitting

Stretchy Bind Offs I want to save these somewhere so I'll always know where to find them again. Will update this later after I test them all to say which one is my favorite for toe-up sock cuffs. Update: EZ wins, not a huge surprise. Hers is listed first. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Cast off from Knitting Without Tears Break yarn, leaving a tail about 4 times as long as the circumference of the sock. * sew forward (right to left) through two stitches as if to purl, leave the stitches on. Denise's variation for circular knitting (from For the very first stitch only, after you go backwards through it, do not remove it, instead move it to be the last stitch on the final needle. From (Ask Athena) Stretchy Bind Off by Sarah Hauschka Email: -- Seattle, WA, USA Description: In the first stitch, draw up a loop and leave it on the right needle. Continue to alternate this with yarn forward (purling) and yarn back (knitting). 1.

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