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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: March 20, 2008 11:34:29 AM
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 Undecided

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!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: March 18, 2008 11:51:06 AM
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.

I just realized I have a picture of my "dread" yarn - you can see it here http://www.flickr.com/photos/nevermore17/2341776320/.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: March 18, 2008 10:37:43 AM
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!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Recommended Brands for Magic Loops- Besides Addi and Knitpicks on: October 20, 2007 07:33:14 AM
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.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern deciphering on: July 29, 2007 02:38:35 PM
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!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Books for learning to design lace and cable patterns??? on: July 29, 2007 01:23:29 PM
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.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Top down or bottom up? on: July 08, 2007 07:56:59 AM
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.
18  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Tour de Fleece 2007 on: July 08, 2007 07:26:06 AM
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.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: In need of some ideas--small amounts of fancy(ish) yarn. on: June 24, 2007 08:41:56 AM
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.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Strongest knit stitch? on: June 24, 2007 08:36:58 AM
Or, if you really don't want it to stretch, you could knit a strip the right length in the same pattern as the body and sew it to a strip of nylon webbing.
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