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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Handspun sweater on: July 17, 2007 09:43:26 AM
That's beautiful I aim to spin enough for a sweater in the not too distant future.


Emma
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question for experienced carders & fleece cleaners on: June 29, 2007 01:51:29 PM
There is a tool called a picker which helps open up the locks and gets some of the VM out. They're vicious looking things and pretty expensive though.

Emma
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Noro-like Color Changes on: June 22, 2007 06:56:26 AM
I suspect that the colour changes come from the way the yarn is spun rather the dyeing process.

Perhaps if you encourage sections of colour to blend by smooshing them together a bit?

Emma
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any hints on getting roving to dry? on: June 18, 2007 05:15:12 AM
If you don't want to use a washing machine then a salad spinner is very effective. Even more low tech would be to put the roving in a towel, grab the ends of your towel and spin the towel around.

Emma
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Boutique" pattern sites? on: April 20, 2007 02:45:15 PM
Here's those I can remember off the top of my head:

www.zephyrstyle.com
http://www.chiagu.com/
http://www.thegarterbelt.com/
http://www.theknittingvault.com/

HTH

Emma
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Copying Colourways on: April 17, 2007 03:33:41 AM
How do people feel about deliberate copying of other people's colourways for personal use?  I've seen a few colourways that I like and would like to reproduce for my own use since I can't afford to buy the yarn/roving at the moment (or for several months actually.)

What about accidental copying? For example, I sat and made notes of a few colourways that I thought up myself and then while surfing etsy shops later, I found that my ideas weren't exactly unique.

Ultimately, is it impossible to avoid a certain amount of duplication?



Emma
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lace Knitting on: April 09, 2007 10:43:27 AM
Kiri at alltangledup.com is pretty good too.

I also liked knitting up Branching Out.

Emma
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: merino and tencel tips? on: April 09, 2007 10:36:36 AM
I've never spun it myself but have you tried spinning it from the fold? Just thought it may be worth a try.

Emma
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ribbing tension -- help! on: April 02, 2007 11:56:09 AM
I have this problem too - my tension is pretty even otherwise.

I've started to wrap the yarn in the other direction around the needle when making the first purl stitch. The path the yarn takes is slightly shorter and so the knit stitch will appear tighter.

This will make a stitch that sits wrongly on the needle, you just need to twist it back the right way when you come to it.

Emma
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you used the Dick Blick tie dye strings? on: March 31, 2007 06:11:35 AM
I've not used the strings - never heard of them to be honest - but I've previously got a spotty effect by flicking bleach onto the fabric with a paintbrush.

Emma
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