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Jun 6, 2012 15:04:14   #
If you press "Print," do you get a sweater? If so, I'm downloading that game NOW!
 
Jun 6, 2012 08:38:22   #
Have a very Happy Birthday!

hennie wrote:
Right he is knitted, just need to sew him together. I'll show him undressed as soon as I get back on. (its my birthday today so who knows if I@ll get back on today)
Jun 5, 2012 13:32:46   #
If you have access to a local yarn store, I'm sure they can help you, or find you local knitter's guild.

There is also "The Knitter's Book of Yarn", which can help you learn about yarn: how it is made, the diffferent fibers, the weights, etc. With that knowledge, you will be able to make better substitutions. Check your local library to see if they have a copy. Amazon has it for $20 in hardcover, which I think is high. Kindle version is $16. I didn't see a softcover version. If spending $20 upfront helps you make better decisions, it may save you money in the long run. Hopefully, however, your library has a copy and you can read it and learn without cost.

I took a "Yarn 101" class at my LYS that has helped, though I still have to ask for help oftentimes.
Jun 5, 2012 13:19:54   #
Wow, hats off to you for being able to get this done by Monday.

It took me weeks to make a sock monkey for my son (18-year old boy LOVES monkeys) and it looked awful.

I am so envious of you faster knitters!

Looking forward to seeing the finished project, and God bless you for taking this on. I'm sure the winner will appreciate it. The kids are losing the ability to write well (thank you Internet-speak), and it deserves to be rewarded!
May 14, 2012 16:19:14   #
quiltnqueen wrote:
I'm glad you asked Betz because I was wondering where they ordered them from? Anyone have the website?


It is www.craftsy.com. Toward the end of the month they do their mystery boxes for knitting.
May 14, 2012 16:10:08   #
I am the queen of "strongly worded letters" but I have to agree with everyone here. If the mislabeling appears to have been done at the source and not by WEBS, please give them a call and a chance to straighten it out. I've never dealt with WEBS so I have no dog in this hunt, but just as an average consumer who is wont to yell and scream when done wrong (and yes, I send praise when praise is due as well), I would most definitely give their customer service folks a chance to sort it out.

Let us know how it all works out.
 
May 7, 2012 15:53:42   #
I have the ball winder. It is wonderful.

I have a DH, two DSs and a DD as swifts at this time, who work out just fine, so no need for a swift purchase!

The cakes, as you call them, are much easier to work with, once you master the art of getting the center pull to work consistently. Trust me, that is an artform! Having said that, knitting from the outside of a swift-wound cake is much, much easier to do than a hand-wound one. The tightness of the wind has something to do with it, I think.

Bottom line is, if cost is an issue, purchase the ball winder first. Even if you do not have others at home to help you, you can put your hank of yarn around the back of a straight-backed chair to hold it, then use one of your hands to guide it through the winder as your other hand cranks the handle. It may take some fiddling, but you should be able to set yourself up at your kitchen/dining room table, or at your computer desk with minimal problems.
May 4, 2012 11:54:18   #
FireballDave wrote:
As a personal note, some people who post patterns, don't do so in PDF format with good reason. I have posted a couple of designs on this site where they can be printed out for members to use for free. I have been dismayed to discover my patterns being sold on ebay, getting items withdrawn by the faceless cabal that run e-totter is no easy task. In view of this, my attitude is to make the chancers work for it, proving I have not published the pattern in this form makes this easier. I don't see any good reason why people should pay for something I have posted for free and I'm utterly opposed to profiteering pirates!
As a personal note, some people who post patterns,... (show quote)


Although I shouldn't be surprised, I find this unfathomable. Fifty pokes with lace knitting needles for each offense, I say!

chickkie wrote:
Some of us don't know how to make a PDF file that can be accessed by everyone. I tried to load my toe up sock pattern to a pdf file and publish it here, and it didn't work.

Rather than being unhappy with regular files, just be happy that people are willing to share.


Chickkie, you just go right on designing stuff and the rest of us will figure out how to PDF it! I couldn't design my way out of a paper bag and greatly appreciate those of you who spend the time to do so, and are then willing to share that effort free of charge. Thank you for what you do!
May 4, 2012 10:48:59   #
Neeterbug wrote:
DaraAllen...
Thanks for the good information. I've been using the cut and paste method but like to try your method.


You are welcome.

I've also used PrimoPDF for more complex documents with great success. I write and edit large technical manuals (thousands of pages) for a living, and have done so for 30+ years, so I do whatever I need to do in order to get the job done. Find what tool works for you and run with it!
May 4, 2012 08:46:38   #
Glad to hear that it's all good.

I would recommend going through the styles in each file and deleting any that aren't used and doing an overall clean up. For example, if you add "bold" to an existing style, Word, in its infinite wisdom, creates an entirely new style. Try to stick to Word's embedded styles wherever possible. That will keep your Word file less cumbersome and much smaller. If you need help doing this, just PM me and I'll do my best to walk you through the process. I've taught Word classes for years, but doing it via PM will be a bit interesting!
May 3, 2012 12:18:24   #
I have over 33 years of computer experience. In all likelihood, the culprit is not a virus or your computer, but Word.

Instead of rewriting the code that makes Word work, Microsoft has just added code to it, and added code to it, and added code to it. The result is that the program is cumbersome and runs like a snail.

A little know fact about Word is that each time you cut and paste from another document into Word, ALL THE STYLES AND FONTS AND ASSOCIATED STUFF from the file you are copying from are ADDED to the style sheet of the file to which you are copying. That means that every font change from every file for every year you maintained that file, along with every Word version update, etc. is stored in Word document.

My bet is that the file just got overloaded with one too many styles being imported into it.

Now, what to do: You've received a lot of good advice on rolling back your computer's backup to a previous version of the file. The file is not lost, a backup is there somewhere. Don't shut down your computer and get a local computer whiz (yes, most teens are a good source) to come rescue you ASAP.

For future reference, don't keep adding files to your giant Word document. Break it up into smaller chunks if you are hell bent on keeping it in Word, no more than 50 pages per chunk.

Microsoft may have gotten its start on ingenuity, but unfortunately it's spent the past 20 years being lazy. There is an old programmer's adage: "If builders built buildings the way programmers write code, one woodpecker would knock out all of civilization." I think that is Microsoft's secret Mission Statement.

Good luck!
 
May 3, 2012 11:17:04   #
I believe that Internet Explorer has the ability to save web pages as PDFs automatically, no cutting and pasting involved.

On my screen right now, I have an icon on the far right of my toolbar (standard toolbar, no add-ons installed) that looks like a globe and a pdf image. There is a small black down arrow next to it that when pressed gives me the option to convert web page to PDF.

I am at work at we are using an ancient version of IE, version 7, but I know that my home version has something similar.

I am a computer nerd so I have no troubles with cutting and pasting from a web page to MS Word and then making a PDF, but I hear your pain.

I think that one thing that may be happening is that the author of the pattern, if posting it on his/her blog may want us to actually read said blog and not just download the free patterns. I don't know because I don't write blogs, but I do try to read them when I find such a situation. Some of these blogs are very well written and full of wonderful information. Some are crap. Either way, it only takes me a few minutes to peruse the blog of someone who took the time to write a pattern and make it available to the rest of us.

I hope that you can find an easy "one-button" solution to your problem. I know that technology can be daunting. My husband is technologically challenged, and watching him on a website is painful to me, but I try to guide him and not do it for him so he learns.

Good luck!
May 2, 2012 08:58:43   #
My local Michael's carries them, though they are at the very bottom of the racks, kind of stuffed in near the knitting and crocheting notions.

Here are some other sites I found when I was looking for myself a few months back:

http://www.charmwoven.com/

http://www.namemaker.com/

http://www.etsy.com/shop/JennifersJewels

I wound up using the ones from Michael's, mostly because I'm lazy, but these other sites look much better. I had to write my name on the ones from Michael's with a Sharpie, which isn't so professional looking!
Apr 30, 2012 13:26:42   #
Well, don't I feel stupid. I'm on Craftsy's mailing list, and deleted the e-mail before reading it. Now, of course, they are sold out.

/duncecap

You can bet my sorry butt will be paying better attention come Memorial Day weekend!
Apr 27, 2012 11:24:01   #
Ronie wrote:
I used lionbrand cotton yarn, its soft actually I knitted it on size 6 needles and that might of helped with the texture.. I would love a knitted spa cloth pattern.. I have a pattern for a crocheted one.. its nice too..



Ronie,

Here ya go:

http://dishandwashclothmania.com/knit-cloths/

Enjoy!
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