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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / How to make a "millstone collar" or "ruff collar" on: February 01, 2012 09:45:54 AM
I want to make.. what I believe are known as "millstone" or "ruff" collars..?
The large round ruffled collars that would have been worn during Shakespearean or Elizabethan times..

Here are some images of the kind of thing I have in mind:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3a/Sir_Francis_Walsingham_by_John_De_Critz_the_Elder.jpg
http://s011.radikal.ru/i317/1112/34/e0e0c00def02t.jpg

I can't seem to find any instructions online searching.. so thought I would ask here to see if anyone would have any ideas..

Thanks
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What is the best way to knit cardigan bands? on: October 29, 2009 04:57:36 AM
All the knitting patterns for cardigans i have it  asks you to knit the bands separately and sew them on.. Which i don't really like because i can never get it to look neat.  But i have recently seen a few handknit cardigans and pictures of cardigans being knit, where the bands have been knitted up the side of the cardigan and not sewn on separately..

What way do you knit your cardigan bands (or front borders, whatever you like to call them)?

How can i adapt my cardigan patterns so that it is done this way?
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Please help me with my spinning on: July 27, 2009 11:45:24 AM
Ive been wanting to learn to spin for the past few years now. So a couple of days ago i bought a spinning kit off eBay, It had a wooden top whorl drop spindle and 4 clumps of wool fibre and a very confusing instruction sheet . I have been watching videos on how to spin for the past few days and the videos made it look so easy and simple, people spinning beautiful yarn.

My spinning kit arrived today and i have been trying to spin since i got it.  I thought it was going to be smooth and easy like in the videos but instead as soon as i started to spin, beginning with the leader yarn, then after a few seconds the drop spindle dropped to the floor, and this kept happening. Finally i somehow managed to get it started. so i done what i had seen in the videos and kept fulling down a bit more fibre every so often and i was quite happy. Then i looked at what i had done. I had created the ugliest yarn i had ever seen i was soo ashamed.

The length of yarn started off OK, then it got really really fine, then really thick, then thin etc etc..
Why?

Then i noticed my yarn was curling up on itself. I believe this means its overspun.. How can i prevent this from happening?

Also what is the best way to start off with a leader yarn?

I know it will take a lot of practicing before i can spin beautiful smooth yarn, But i would just like to know how to prevent these few problems from happening.



Thanks
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help finding a pattern.. on: July 01, 2009 01:07:43 PM
Hello  Smiley

I have been looking for a free pattern for a
  • V-neck tank top
  • chunky/bulky yarn
  • stocking stitch
  • for a women
Can anyone help?

I have tried all the free sites i know except ravelry, as it doesn't seem to be working for me at the moment.

Thanks
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Which is easier to knit? v neck or round neck cardigan? on: April 06, 2009 02:26:07 PM
Ive never knit a cardigan before, I just want to know which would be easiest, v neck or round neck or are they both the same?
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What can you make with fat quarters? on: February 22, 2009 09:24:12 AM
I have a few fat quarters and i dont know what to make with them,
Any simple ideas or links would be helpful
thankyou
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Increasing question, dont under stand the pattern on: January 17, 2009 09:39:21 AM
Ive just started a very simple sweater and Ive understood the pattern until now,,
 I'm onto the sleeves which are ribbed,, and the pattern says:

"Continue in pattern, shaping sides by increasing 1 stitch at each end of 3rd and every following 8Th row until there are 60 stitches."

I really dont know what this means.... Can somone explain this a bit more easier?

Also how do yous all keep track of which row your on when doing your increases/decreases?


Thankyou, Aaron
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I need pattern for a sweater ( first sweater ) on: December 29, 2008 02:00:16 PM
Hello I am a novice knitter. Tongue
So i want to knit a sweater.
I have been looking for something free ,basic and with very little increases and decreases.

Im sure i seen a pattern for a short sleeve sweater where you just cast the sleeves on to each side...cant find it though.

Can anyone help me find one? Smiley
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Can i trasnfer a design on a page onto fabric? on: December 19, 2008 03:30:38 PM
Is there a way to transfer a design i have drawn on a page in pencil on to peice of fabric for embroidery? Huh
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / first row help? on: November 22, 2008 09:29:12 AM
i am quite new to crochet, the only things ive crocheted are granny squares where you crochet into the middle of the circle and not into the actuall chains,

Now i have a pattern for a vest pattern i want to make, and im stuck on the first row..

My instruction book shows a diagram with the hook going under both top loops,  ive tried it but i find it very hard to do, it seems that my hook is too big to go into the tiny chain, (or either ive done my chain row too tight,)

do you have to insert the hook under both top loops on the chain?,


Is this normal for a first row? if so , do yous have any tips on making this easier?
maybe doing the chain on a larger hook ?

and i also find my chain gets all twisted.. Huh

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