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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Using different wool for a pattern - how many stitches to cast on? on: October 24, 2011 12:30:10 PM
How beautiful is this scarf by the way?!  Grin
http://www.purlbee.com/big-herringbone-cowl/2011/1/5/whits-knits-big-herringbone-cowl.html#comments
On the website it's made with big chunky wool and 12mm needles.  I've bought wool that I'll use with 4.5mm needles.  I'm a bit of a novice knitter - if with the big chunky wool you need to cast on 220 stitches, how many stitches(ish) would I need to cast on with the skinnier wool?  Huh

Thanks people!  Cheesy
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower corsage things on: July 12, 2008 07:59:28 AM
I'm on the committee of my local Residents' Assocation and we're getting geared up for our community Fayre Day that we organise that's held in August.  Last night I had the brainwave of crocheting some little corsage things and here are the first six:




I'm quite pleased with how they've turned out!  Smiley  But, more importantly, do you think anyone will actually want to buy them?!?    Huh
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Best charity shop bargains? on: April 25, 2008 03:25:19 PM
Not stictly speaking clothing/recon related, but what would you say your best charity shop bargains are??

Mine are, both 'as new' quality, a 'Pink' shirt for 4 (Pink are a UK brand that the ladies shirts go for at least 55 new) and DKNY jeans for 2 Smiley Smiley 

I *love* charity shops  Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shirt to waistcoat - simple, but I'm a newbie and really chuffed with it!! on: April 21, 2008 09:44:41 AM
So I started with this, which looks like a perfectly fine shirt, but there were sweat stains under the arms Shocked (eew!) which meant it couldn't be worn as a shirt anymore.....


So I decided to turn it into a waistcoat.  I intended to keep the pockets on it, but when I cut the sleeves off I had major pookling action at my boobs going on  Angry, like so


So the pockets had to go as I couldn't put darts in when they were there.  Anyone else wish they had slightly smaller boobs sometimes, just to make the sewing easier?!

And this is what I ended up with!


(I still need to fix one of the darts a bit)



What do you think?  I'm quite chuffed.  It's the first thing I've reconned that I'll actually wear Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Are scarf fringes baby safe??! on: March 24, 2008 06:29:14 AM
Ok, this may be a really dumb question, but bear with me as I haven't crocheted things for babies before!!

I'm making a hat and scarf set for a friend who has a baby due soon.  Obviously scarves look much nicer when they're finished off with a fringe or suchlike, but if I knot on a fringe will the baby be able to unknot it and eat the fringes?!?  That would be slightly disasterous.   Shocked  Is this likely to happen??  If so, is there another way of finishing off the scarf to look nice without knotting on a fringe?  The baby's going to be a boy, so I don't really want to put a lacy edge on it as I don't think Sharon's boyfriend (who plays in a rock band!) would necessarily appreciate that!

Thanks for your help people!!  Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing bras into dresses? on: February 17, 2008 11:05:15 AM
Ok, so I'm super thinking ahead here....

I'm thinking of making an evening type dress for Christmas (I warned you I was thinking ahead!) and would quite like to make a backless one.  I've seen a couple of folk mention before about sewing bra fronts into dresses and wondered if folk could tell me if they have experience of this and how well it worked?  I really need the bra to work quite well as I wear a size 34DD so need the support!  Cheesy Do you need to use a fairly stiff material for the dress?  And line it and sew the bra to the lining?

I need to think so far ahead as I haven't made anything really yet (just reconned a couple of things and made a couple of simple bags etc) so haven't dealt with lining, zips etc so will probably need to make a couple of dresses to learn all the skills before I make the proper Christmas dress!

Thanks to all for your help!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First two hats :) on: January 20, 2008 09:44:43 AM
This is my first topic after lurking on the clothing and crochet boards for a couple of months.  I love this site!  I think I may be addicted....

Anyway, I have exams in a couple of weeks for my masters and what am I doing?  Studying??  No!!  Crocheting of course!  I'm a complete beginner, so please be kind..... Smiley

Hat number 1


This hat was entirely made up pattern-wise.  Just alternating rows of double and treble crochet.

And on my handy modelling box

The wool is super wiggly as I bought it in a charity shop and didn't realise it was from something that someone had ripped....which is fine, but it also meant it was actually lots of bits of wool knotted together - grrr

For hat number 2 I wanted a newsboy type hat with a brim and kind of followed this pattern
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=93&d_id=22&lang=en
I chose this pattern as it was the first one I found in British rather than American terminology!  I ended up altering it a bit as I've no idea if the wool I was using was comparable to that in the pattern, I was definitely using the wrong size hook and didn't bother doing any gauge type measurements (I'm far too impatient)  So there's a couple more increasing and decreasing rows in mine.  I think I also made it inside out or something, but nevermind....

So a Saturday night of TV and crochet results in hat minus brim.  I almost nearly didn't put the brim on as I liked it this way too!  But I figured if I didn't like the brim I'd just take it off again.  It's actually cream on the top (see a later photo). 


And plus the brim


And from the top (before the brim went on, hadn't woven the tails in yet) to show the pretty triangles you get.


I'm quite pleased with my hat and I'm going to wear it tomorrow to keep me warm on the way to work Smiley

Comments welcome! Smiley
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Anyone else here from Scotland?? on: November 18, 2007 09:45:20 AM
Hi!  I'm new Smiley 

Bought a sewing machine a few months ago, but only took out of its box a few weeks ago.  Only made a draught excluder so far (keeps the draughts and spiders from coming under my front door!) but have grand plans and have a partly made hoodie and dress sitting in my sewing box looking at me in an accusatory fashion.  But I work full time and I'm studying for a masters, so really can't spend any time doing crafty things....

I'm in Edinburgh, Scotland btw.  Anyone else in my neck of the woods?

This is the best website ever  Cheesy
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