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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Any knitters who can speak Albanian? on: August 09, 2007 09:53:08 PM
Hello,
Are there any craftsters who speak both English and Albanian, and would be willing to help translate a few knitting terms? Or can you suggest any books which might help?

Please PM me if you can help!
Many thanks,
Clementine

(x-posted in "countries" forum)
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / Any knitters who can speak Albanian? on: August 09, 2007 09:52:14 PM
Hello,
Are there any craftsters who speak both English and Albanian, and would be willing to help translate a few knitting terms? Or can you suggest any books which might help?

Please PM me if you can help!
Many thanks,
Clementine
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Intolerable Cruelty on: January 23, 2007 05:44:44 PM
I finally finished knitty's Intolerable Cruelty and I'm really happy with the way it turned out it's definitely my most successful knit yet!

It's amazingly flattering for a knitted skirt, I think it would look great on just about anyone, but be warned you will definitely need a slip, as I found out when I looked at my photos this morning (whoops).

I used the specified bamboo yarn, which is soft and slippery enough to make the skirt hang really nicely. I couldn't find a "perfect" substitute for it, as either cotton or wool will not have the same flattering drape.  

It took about two and a half weeks of knitting time, and then sat in my WIP basket for about a month before I gathered the courage to start the crochet loops. In the end, I decided that crocheting with the bamboo yarn was a task way beyond my limited skill set and cheated by finger-knitting the chain for the corset-y loops and then sewing it into place. I also did away with the two YOs at the bottom of the back panel, because I didn't like the holes they made.

The pattern specifies that it is to be worn below the waist, and the top of the skirt is quite loose. In retrospect, I'd probably improve the fit by making the waist of the skirt a bit smaller and keeping the hip measurements the same (hey, I have child bearing hips, I'm sure a lot of you can relate!). But that's definitely a personal choice, and I figure it's always better to have a little extra room around the waist than to have something too tight.



Thanks to Ashley and knitty.com for a fantastic pattern.

 
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing question: Is regular Kool-aid "unsweetened"? on: July 13, 2006 09:13:28 PM
Hi!
I want to do some Kool-Aid dyeing but of course, in Australia, we don't have Kool-Aid.

I've found somewhere I can buy it pretty cheaply on-line, but I just wanted to make sure am I supposed to buy *regular* Kool-Aid (just listed as Kool-Aid then the name of the flavour) or should I look for Unsweetened Kool-Aid? I've found Sugar-Free Kool Aid, is that what I'm supposed to egt? It only seems to come in a few flavours...

Thanks!
Clementine
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / anyone tried these? stretchy circulars on: July 13, 2006 08:23:32 PM
I have been moaning about the non-existence of stretchy circulars for a really long time, only to find out that they do actually exist (see website below). but no-one I've spoken to has even heard of them, let alone used them. Has anyone here tried them out? they're not *that* expensive i guess, but they only stretch 10-15% which doesn't seem like a lot, so I'm not sure whether to spend the money or not...

http://www.stretchycirculars.com/catalog1.html

Any comments/advice gratefully received.
x Clementine
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ysolda's Apocalypse hoodie on: May 25, 2006 11:46:03 PM
Has anyone else started/finished Ysolda's Apocalypse hoodie? it's from http://www.ysolda.me.uk (hi Ysolda!) and it is awesome!

But I'm not too sure about the best way to stop the bottom edges curling the yarn I used was 60% wool, 30% alpaca and 10% acrylic, so it blocks fine, but the bottom edge keeps rolling up, and I really don't want to put ribbing or crochet on the bottom as it will look a bit wrong. I know it's probably a pointless question, but just thought I'd ask... Wink
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