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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitting machine? on: September 04, 2006 09:35:23 AM
i got a used knitting machine a while ago and i'm planning on trying it out today - is anyone here into machine knitting? any tips & tricks to share?

right now my plan is to just take some leftover knitpicks palette wool and mess around and see what happens, but if anyone can point me to some patterns or anything, that would be great!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted hot water bottle & tissue box cover on: February 23, 2006 06:45:30 PM
here are a couple of things i knitted out of white buffalo yarn - it's unspun 6-ply, so it was too chunky for what i wanted, so i separated out the strands and used it as 2-ply. very cosy - esp the hot water bottle! no more burnt toes!

the tissue box i knit bottom-up - the first row was picot, so i could thread elastic through to make it fit nicely.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: wedding dress - a reproduction of a 1930s gown - IMAGE HEAVY on: February 20, 2006 06:06:04 PM
is it just me, or is the post not showing up? sorry, i'm new at this! here we go again:

the inspiration for my wedding dress was a dress on the vintage clothing website, thefrock.com (http://www.thefrock.com/talmadge_page1_main.html - scroll down to see the dress - it's blue ombre, about half-way down the page on the left)

i drafted a pattern on newsprint, and made a mock-up in muslin, which i ended up using as both the pattern and the interlining.

here i am sewing in the kitchen. the fabric i chose was white silk charmeuse - very slippery, tricky to work with, and any errant pinholes or marks will show. i pressed the fabric with a touch of easy-on starch before working on it, to make it hold still.

the ironing never stops!

here's a shot of the flange-thingy - the silk was a pain to work with, but beautifully drapey:

i like this shot of the back:

and finally, married! the dress worked!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help: shedding alpaca on: February 17, 2006 11:29:17 AM
hello... this is my first post here, althought I have been reading for a while!

I knitted a scarf out of Inca Gold Bulky, and it sheds. a lot. I'm afraid my scarf will disappear. is there anything I can do to make it stop??


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