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Archive for April, 2008

Here’s another photo editing service I heard about, but haven’t used personally.

picnik

It was suggested by someone at Ravelry.com. Supposedly easy to use for those who aren’t so technically inclined. I believe it is a completely online tool used through your web browser so there is no software to download or install. It’s also free (for the basic version) and no registration required. I started to click through to try it out but it’s telling me I need to update Adobe Flash Player to version 9 and I don’t feel like it at the moment, so I guess I’ll have to try it out later.

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Someone who was considering crocheting a bathmat decided to test several different cotton yarns by knitting up dishcloths out of them and testing them for absorbency, shrinkage, stain resistance, etc…

This article on her website discusses the 5 different yarns she reviewed and is quite interesting:

Putting Cotton Through the Paces

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Here’s a nice online utility for resizing and cropping photos (for those who either don’t own photo editing software such as Photoshop, or don’t know how to use it):

Online Image Resizer

Someone in the Ravelry.com forums suggested this for editing/creating avatars. The avatars on Ravelry have to be max size of 100 by 100 pixels, so select the “on  your own” option to be able to use custom settings not offered in their “wizard”.

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Reading on the forums at Ravelry.com, someone suggested the following as their usual dishcloth/washcloth pattern that is very scrubby:

 

Garter Stitch borders

Seed Stitch interior

 

About 7 inches square knit on size 5 needles (author claims to knit loose… so that would be like me).

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A nice stretchy cast on for the tops of socks, mittens, or anything where you need a stretchy edge. If you really want a super-stretchy edge, cast on over two needles, or on a larger size needle than intended for the project.

Video at YouTube of the Twisted German Cast On method

 

I got this link to a YouTube video from the Ravelry forums and am using this cast-on for a sweater I’m knitting for Jenny (for the waistband ribbing). I like it. This might become my new standard cast on.

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roflbot

Add text to pictures using a web form at http://wigflip.com/roflbot/

 

This doesn’t give you as much control or power as photo editing software such as Photoshop, but it’s quick and easy and very usable for non-techies or those who don’t have or don’t know how to use photo editing software.

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Here are some articles with recommended knitting books and magazines. Looks like a very good and complete list:

 

http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6466638.html

http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6469039.html

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