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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Turned hem - question on: September 29, 2007 06:35:15 AM
Just a quick question: I'm knitting Anna Bell's Bridie and I'm altering the sleeves so they'll be wide with a turned hem.  I've checked out some other patterns with turned hems (like Serrano on knitty) and I was wondering why they're all cast on and knitted with smaller needles for the hem portion.  Can anyone tell me the reason for that, just so I can understand why it works.  Thankyou!
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Colour choices on: June 21, 2007 02:26:30 AM
Can anyone point me in the direction of some inspiration for colour choices?  I got a load of incredibly cheap, beautiful organic wool to dye last week (from All the Fun of the Fair on Carnaby Street in London: it was 2.50 for 100g!) but I am an idiot when it comes to colour choices.  I really want to make something beautiful but I have no idea what colours suit me or what colours go together!  I've done lots of dyeing with food colouring in the microwave before, but I need some ideas or an idiot's guide to colour.  I wear bright, plain, mismatched colours all the time, and I want to get educated!
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Did anyone watch the Great British Village Show last night? on: June 04, 2007 05:33:35 AM
They had a knitting competition on it, and it was generally quite fun!  I saw a grown man crying when he was awarded the second prize in the tomato competition and there were a lot of giant vegetables.  The cake-baking, jam-making, flower-arranging and knitting were judged by the WI and it was a bit gender-segregated.  The knitting competition was quite unfair too, because for some reason they thought that this lovely lacework stole wasn't advanced enough (?!) yet a stocking stitch poncho which won it apparently was!  And it was funny because some of the items were really ugly and they had to try and find something diplomatic to say about them.  Plus, the judges were scary as all hell.  Seriously.  It's on next sunday too at 7.20pm.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dress from a duvet cover on: May 05, 2007 08:44:54 AM
This is a dress I made from a duvet cover I got from Oxfam.  I dyed it purple and, weirdly, the dye only really took on the flocked parts, which has made them stand out a lot.  I used an existing dress as a pattern, but modified so it was more fitted around the waist.  The straight neckline went all to crap so I pleated it, and now it's a kind of sweetheart shape which I actually like more.  This was my first time putting in an invisible zip, which was a bit of a nightmare on my machine so I ended up doing it by hand.  I've also learnt the importance of remembering that my fabric has a repeating pattern on before cutting out the pattern pieces (the dress is symmetrically patterned now, but it wasn't originally!).


I can only apologise for this shot of my boobs; they're genuinely not so overwhelming in real life!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / razor cami/ knitty kitty/ wave wrap (a lot of pics) on: May 05, 2007 08:31:04 AM
These are some things I've knitted recently...

firstly, my fluffy mohair knitty kitty:



a wrap I made for my friend's wedding, but didn't need because it was BOILING hot in London last week...



and finally my razor cami...





I used Debbie Bliss Cathay for this, which I really like.  It got a bit hairy at the end when I nearly ran out of wool: I only did two stitches wide on my icord and I finished the straps with two inches to spare!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ear flap cable hat and cable jumper on: March 18, 2007 11:33:55 AM
I knitted this hat because, apparently, it's going to snow next week.  The pattern is here http://www.plasticsoul.org/18seconds.html.

This is my hat...



And just cobbled together my first wearable jumper out of the leftovers...





This is part of the Bergeres de France knitalong which is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=123489.0.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty Gattino or other cats... on: March 06, 2007 02:33:39 PM
Has anyone made gattino from knitty?  I couldn't get a good idea what it would look like from the photos, and google isn't bringing up any other pictures from other people's.  Or does anyone know of any other cute knitted (or crocheted) cats?  I'm happy to pay for patterns if they have good photos so I know how they'll turn out.
thanks guys x
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitting business opportunity on: November 07, 2006 06:28:03 AM
Hello everybody,

I've been offered an opportunity to do piecework handknitting for a company, which should be a cause for celebration.  However.  They say that they pay 30 per garment, but I'm a bit concerned about whether I'm just an unreasonably slow knitter or whether that seems too little.

Does anyone have any links or general rules of thumb they use when estimating how long it will take them to knit something?  I'm thinking I could perhaps make a hat or a scarf in about six or seven hours, but that would still work out at them paying me below (British) minimum wage.

I'm in a bit of a dilemma, because they say they're an ethical clothing company, but I'm not that convinced it's any more ethical to pay British people a sub-living wage than it is people in India.  Is this acceptable because I knit anyway as a hobby?  Or should I just take the money and enjoy the high-quality wool they'll give me to knit with, despite getting paid a pittance?

thanks for your opinions and guidance Smiley
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