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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / From Rowan 36, Fern on a fat girl (with a few pics) on: March 04, 2005 08:15:45 AM
Hoorah!  It took about 6 weeks of sporadic knitting, but I finally made it.  My Fern cardigan is finished as last!  Woohoo!  I ran out of wool before I had finished, and unluckily I had chosen a discontinued colour as it was on sale.  I posted on the UKHandknitters Yahoo group asking if anyone had an odd ball, and a lovely lady emailed me to say she had found one by chance in a bargain bin and had bought it for me Cheesy  Bless her!  People are so nice sometimes.

I haven't actually blocked properly in this pic, and I had missed a couple of ends that needed weaving in, and I also should get a ribbon to tie across the chest as the pattern is designed to be almost off the shoulder and suggests a ribbon to keep it in place.  I need to find a match for it first though, and the right width (which will be difficult - too thin or thick and it might just look silly).

Anyway, I would love to hear some honest opinions on this - it is lovely and cosy because of the yarn (Rowan Kid Classic), but I'm not sure if it flatters me yet.  Is it suitable for outdoor wear do you think?  Anyway, the pattern is lovely - reasonably simple and you get results quite quickly for something like this.  I also like the lack of buttons, so I don't have to spend ages finding the right ones and then sewing them on (although I might get one to wear underneath to keep the bottom flap in place).

http://www.bryonyramsden.co.uk/blog/archives/Fern cardi flat 2.jpg





I need something ultra quick next I think...  Those handwarmers from Weekend Knitting I think, seeing as I lost my felted mittens on the train the other day Sad  Poo.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Advice for the big busted on the next knit... on: February 27, 2005 01:46:29 PM
Hello all

I'm trying to decide whether to make the Butterfly vest from Rowan 37 or the lace camisole from Weekend Knitting.  Both take the same amount of Kid Silk Haze (which I have already bought in anticipation Cheesy), but I'm not sure which will work better on an ample bosom...  Butterfly catches my eye more, but daunts me a bit as it involves a lot more work than the Weekend Knitting top (which has a v neck, which is always good for people like me).  Both are really pretty though, and would work well dressing up or down, so it just boils down to what would work best on my figure.

Anyone made these or can offer any advice?  Either way, once I pick one, I can't frog it because the yarn won't pull apart easily, so I have to be sure before I commit.  Blimey, I sound like I'm marrying the pattern rather than knitting it up Grin

Cheers
Bryony
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The definition of quality knitted clothing... on: February 11, 2005 01:48:43 PM
http://www.woolknits.com/ModelPages/Catsuit.htm

Cheesy  I think it is the trouser section that does it for me, plus the great style of the model, naturally.  He seems very comfortable.

CheesyGrin
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Girls guide to Simple Knits - advice? on: January 20, 2005 10:42:15 AM
I know a lot of people have used this book, and I was wondering how good it is.  I'm looking for something modern and hip to help me learn how stuff is constructed in order to design for myself.  SnBN has helped me understand patterns and changing them, but I want to be able to understand construction a lot more to make stuff up from scratch and play around.  I know that half of that is experience, but it would be nice to have something on paper to help me Smiley

Also, this book takes quite a while to arrive for UK buyers, and I'd like to know that it is worth the wait and the cost over other cheaper books before I order.

Thanks in advance
Bryony
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Trebuchet - Rowan membership (and anyone who has just signed up for this) on: January 19, 2005 01:43:22 AM
Hi Trebuchet

Did you get your membership pack?  If not it may be because they've had a problem with printing the new magazine.  Apparently it has been delayed.  If you haven't received your pack, they might have been hanging on to send you the magazine with it, hence the delay in postage.

Sad  I'm so eager to see what it has to offer!  Stupid printers.  Not that I don't have loads of stuff to work on! Wink

Anyway, I hope you've had some luck with it!

Bryony
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Thicky beginner questions about spaces on: January 14, 2005 12:46:31 AM
Hello all!

I'm trying to learn how to crochet, and the book I have does not have the best of descriptions - it has taught me how to make a chain and how to do a slip stitch so far, but kindly puts loads of other stuff in the very first pattern that it doesn't tell you how to do!  I'm doing a fisherman's net pattern, and the pattern says:

Make 29 ch
Row 1: 1ss in 9th chain from hook (5ch, miss 3 ch, 1ss in next ch) to end, 6ch, turn - 6 loops made
Row 2: (1ss in 5ch sp, 5ch) to last space, 1 ss in 4th ch of last lp, 6ch, turn.

I've done the 1st row, and have my 6 loops after some confusion as the book didn't explain what missing 3 chains meant, or even what turning was (it didn't occur to me that it was just turning the work around, but if you are new to crochet, how would you know!?  I'm a knitter, but turning knitting is different).

Keeping mind that this is an English pattern, so my miss is your skip, and my ss is your sl st, what do I do to put a slip stitch in the 5 chain space?  I can't just stick my hook in the hole that I've made and put the yarn around the hook cos that would just make another chain on the hook, so what does it mean?

I'm sorry if I am being really newbie about this, but I can't find anything too helpful on the web for my level, as they all seem to be more concerned with stitches I haven't learnt yet.

I certainly don't recommend this book though - don't ever buy How to Crochet by Pauline Turner for someone learning!  The patterns are cute, but the explanations suck big time... Sad

Thanks for saving my sanity in advance!
Bryony
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mohair yarn and an itchy nose on: January 08, 2005 03:26:50 AM
I have some gorgeous Jo Sharpe mohair yarn that I'm knitting up with at the moment to make a scarf.  I do have a bit of a problem with it though.  While it doesn't obviously shed any fibres (I can't see any), there must be some bits flying around when I knit it, as I start coughing and getting an itchy nose.  I don't think I'm allergic too it (I hope not anyway - I love the stuff!), as I don't really get effected by it when it is near me not being knitted.

I heard that if you put fluffy yarn in the freezer for a bit, it will stop it from flying around or irritating you while you knit.  Is this true?  I don't really want to do damage to it!  Or if anyone has any other good tips then that would be fab.

Cheers
Bryony
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / For UK knitters - sale yarn! on: January 06, 2005 12:52:20 PM
Yaaaaaaaaayyy!  I was browsing in Beatties today and they have a sale on in the haberdashery.  I got 10 balls of taupe Sirdar DK for 5 quid!  They had baby yarn and all kinds of kinky stuff on sale.  If you have a Beatties near you go shopping now Cheesy  I don't care if it is 8.50pm, just do it! Wink  Never have I seen such bargains...
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Rowan members monthly pattern... on: January 06, 2005 12:41:44 PM
It is up and blimey it is weird!  Can any other members work out what on earth it looks like on?  It looks a bit like a child's fruit hat or something, but I'm still not sure what is going on! Huh Wink

For those who aren't members, here is a pic of the beast itself...



Can anyone shed light?!!??

 Grin
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yummy ribbed cardi on: January 05, 2005 01:42:28 AM
I like this cardigan, but for that price I could probably just take a normal pattern and insert the cable pattern in myself for much cheaper, and knit it in Rowan yarn or something (which will probably be miles nicer than the stuff they've made it in).

Anyone have any clues on the way the rib is worked?  It looks a bit different to me, but I'm still quite a young ribber...  Looks about 15 stitches across or so on the detail pic...

http://www.warehousefashion.com/cgi-bin/product.cgi?prodid=WFY33

Yummy Smiley
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