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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Knitty's Stardust on: January 21, 2008 10:13:54 AM
Anyone up for it? (I confess, I've already started it and wanted to share the mohair love/pain).

I find it easy to motivate myself for this sort of lace knitting- once you see the motifs coming out, it's very satisfying. Plus it grows quickly compared to the 4-ply vintage-ey stuff I usually knit. I've substituted Sirdar Blur for the yarn (sort of a pale sea-green- not sparkly but that suits me fine) and I managed to finish the back and start one of the front ties on my first ball. I am impressed.

This is the first time I've knitted with mohair, and it's making me very tolerant of my mistakes (as in, "that motif's out of place, but mohair's such a pain to unpick, the mistake's not such a big deal")... Wink
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Different types of silk? on: May 06, 2007 10:21:51 AM
This could go on any of the fibre craft boards, I suppose, but thought I'd post it on my spiritual home Wink

I've been looking at online yarn shops and they stock different sorts of silk: Lopi, Tussah, Bourette etc. They're all beautiful in the pictures, but the prices vary wildly.

What do these names signify and how will the different types of silk behave for knitting?

Thank you!
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing in the UK? on: May 06, 2007 10:15:55 AM
I've been inspired by the latest Knitty to have a go at dyeing yarn in a crock pot.

Getting hold of undyed yarn doesn't appear to be a problem- however, I wanted to know if anyone had tried using the food dyes available in UK supermarkets (Supercook, for example) and whether they'd had any success. Just so that I know before I dive in, yarn first...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / R2 rag- suggestions? (or: why not to go rooting around in the bargain bin...) on: February 11, 2007 08:01:36 AM
Can anybody suggest a suitable pattern for this yarn? I bought it in the sale in my favourite department store ages ago, but haven't found a use for it and it's sat in my stash bag making faces at me.

I have 4 x 50g of R2 rag yarn (basically cotton jersey cut into a long strip; each ball is 27yards (25m) long so I have 108yds (100m)). It looks like it'd knit at a chunky weight. I was thinking of making a case for my camera, but thought that might mean there would be some of the blighter left to mock me.

I was also wondering about making a bag of some sort, but was unsure as to how far 100m of chunky would get me (and nothing else in the stash would really go with it).

Please let me know if you've got any ideas- I don't want to be beaten by 200g of misfit cotton! Huh
5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / "Adapted" Ultra femme sleeve question- Now with picture! on: January 07, 2007 02:26:03 AM
Because the yarn I'm using for this (a slate-grey boucle, which I picked up in a charity shop and have no idea what it's made of) worked up better at a larger gauge, I'm following the instructions for the next size down (maybe it should've been 2 sizes down, but never mind).

Anyway, the result is that the sleeves look like they're going to be huge, although the body looks like it will fit. And one (one!) of the sleeves keeps rolling up (I did wonder about this as it's good old stocking stitch, but it doesn't do that on the model*).

I was thinking about crocheting around the edge to hold the sleeves in- any idea if this will work (or if there are any suitable crochet stitches that are elastic laterally)?

If anyone's got any handy hints, please share them (particularly if they don't involve frogging the sleeves- I think frogging boucle could be -erm- interesting  Undecided)...

Thank you!

*Famous last words, I know.
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