Question ?Would a dress with a bustle work on a poppet?Maybe if you leave off the tail?Or should I forget about it?Input please.Thanks
I don't see why it wouldn't - if you wanted to keep the tail, you could put the bustle on top of the tail, and let the tail peek out from under the skirt at the bottom. Or, alternatively, place the bustle underneath the tail, and leave a hole in the skirt somewhere just below the waist band where it can poke out. You should try it!
Since we're talking about spinning, I was thinking about making dreads, knitted items for my Miranda.
If you are wanting to try it...do you NEED a spinning wheel? Those suckers are expensive?
Nope - you don't need a wheel. They can get expensive (mine was $350 used - retailed for about $700 new!). Luckily, drop spindles are much cheaper to make or buy. Wooden toy wheels from a craft store + a chunk of dowel + a small metal hook is all you need to make an easy drop spindle. There's scads of information on the internet on how to spin with a drop spindle too. Takes some practice, but it isn't hard.
Wheels do allow you to spin faster, but you can go pretty fast with a drop spindle too.
Also, for those of you who are looking for dread-type hair, you could always arrange a personal swap with a spinner and ask for bulky felted singles yarn. I finished one skein up a while ago that got felted while I was dyeing it and it totally looks like green and blue skinny dreads - totally in scale for poppets!
And while I'm at it, I might as well introduce myself - I'm Amy. I've been watching this thread with interest, but as I'm currently without access to a sewing machine (or money for fabric), I haven't made a poppet yet. I have set up a personal swap for one though! Eeee!
Any long circular will work, but those two brands have flexible cables which makes working magic loop easier. If you need a larger size needle (4.5mm - 6mm?) I think Michaels carries cheapish needles in those sizes with a flexible cable. You can also use other circulars, but the stiffer cables makes it harder to work, in my opinion, and can increase laddering between the needles.
Actually, you'll need to purl them off of the holders onto the needle. The loop of yarn created by slipping them would be a problem. Don't worry about the 23sts not fitting. It'll be a bit of uncomfortable on straight needles for the first bit, but once knit, those stitches will curve to create the shoulder bit of the raglan. Just follow the instructions, and you'll be fine!
Both books I have to recommend are difficult/expensive to get a hold of, but you may be able to find them in your library or via inter library loan. The first, Shetland Lace Knitting from Charts by Hazel Carter (from Schoolhouse Press) is pretty good and talks about designing lace, though it concentrates on Shetland style lace, so it may not be what you're looking for. The second, Creating Original Hand-Knitted Lace, by Margaret Stove is really expensive to buy (like $60 from Lacis), but it would be perfect. It goes through, step by step, how to create your own lace patterns from some inspiration. Try to get it via interlibrary loan.
I like top down because it's easier to fit, but I find myself knitting more from the bottom up. That way, you do all the boring parts first (plain stocking stitch) and then all the decreasing happens at the end to make the shoulders. It keeps me motivated! Also, I can decrease more neatly than I can increase, so bottom up is better for that too.
Wow - everybody's stuff is looking great! I'm not going to be participating, as I don't live with my spinning wheel, and I don't really like using the drop spindle. I look forward to seeing more from everybody.
You probably have enough of the dk weight merino to knit a shoulder shawl, if you're into that sort of thing. Once knit from the center back downwards on biggish would let your use nearly all of your yarn and still get a useable shawl. Work in pattern until you've got maybe 10 or 20 m left (don't want to run out) and then bind off very loosely and block a lot.
Or socks. Those would be some expensive luxury socks though.