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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Cosmetic Ingredient Suppliers in UK/London? on: May 16, 2011 11:05:14 AM
I am trying to find suppliers in London or elsewhere in the United Kingdom who sell deodorized cocoa butter, preservatives, avocado butter, fragrance oils, essential oils, castor oil and other ingredients. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions about this and links to websites. If anyone has had any experiences with any retailers in the UK, I would also appreciate feedback about their services.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help Finding a Coat Pattern? on: October 29, 2010 07:36:47 AM
I like the Simplicity 2311 pattern, but I have never made a coat before and I am concerned about the back yoke:
http://www.simplicity.com/p-5380-misses-miss-petite-coats.aspx

I would prefer a coat that was similar to view b but without the yoke at the back. I do not understand why the back is split into three pieces. Would it not be possible for me to cut the back in one piece? How would I compensate for the seam allowances?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Favorite Brand/Type of Double Point Needles on: May 07, 2010 03:43:55 AM
Does anyone have a favorite brand or type of double point needles? I bought a set of cheap double point bamboo needles from China and have been really unhappy with how sticky they are. When I bought them, I thought that they would be like my Clover bamboo knitting needles, but I have been a bit dissapointed by them. I then switched to Magic Loop and have gotten tired of fussing with a cable. It is especially annoying for very small diameters.

Do any of you have a favorite type of double point needles? I.e. Bamboo, metal, etc.

Also, do about have a favorite brand? I am looking at Bryspun right now, so I would love reviews of them, but I am also open to other brands.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Translating Industrial Yarn Weights? on: April 22, 2010 09:04:40 AM
Hi, I am trying to figure out how to translate industrial yarn weights to have an approximation of whether an industrial yarn is a lace/heavy weight/bulky/dk, etc. For instance, what does NM 2.5 mean? And N.M. 2/7000?
Thanks to anyone who has advice about this.

I was able to find some explanations here after searching on the web, but the translation still is not clear to me.
http://www.softtextile.biz/yarntechnicalterms
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Will Frogging and Reknitting Guage Swatch Change the Final Guage on: April 18, 2010 05:32:06 AM
Hi All,
I have knit a worsted weight 21-stitch guage swatch and am concerned that it is too small. I would like to frog and reknit the gauge swatch. Will this give me an inaccurate guage as opposed to knitting with fresh yarn? I am planning to wash and block the swatch after knitting it. Thanks in advance to those who respond.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What is the name of this cable? on: March 11, 2010 05:45:04 AM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iuwLnLZI6aI/SoCHxBLOFyI/AAAAAAAABUg/LzWe8RSnusk/s1600-h/IMG_0955.JPG

If anyone has a link to a page that describes how to make the cable, I'd be grateful. Also, are the cables mirrored? How would I go about planning a sweater with mirrored cables?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Similar Pattern to the Canadian Olympic Sweater Coat? on: March 08, 2010 07:55:20 AM
I am trying to find a similar pattern to this Olympic Sweater coat. Does anyone have advice about this? It is alright if the gauge is not the same as what is in the picture, as I am planning to use a thinner yarn than what was featured in the picture. My yarn is a bulky yarn that works up on a 7 mm needle.

Here is the coat. I am interested in the one that has the brown belt.

http://www.aritzia.ca/style/lookbook/2010-olympic-costumes

It looks like a reverse stockinette wrap cardi with a v-neck and a collar has either been picked up and knitted with short rows or that has been knitted separately and sewn on.

Thanks in advance to those who respond.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about how to do waist shaping by changing needle sizes on: March 08, 2010 05:36:34 AM
Hi all. I am considering making some garments using the herringbone stitch and I would rather just do the waist shaping by changing needle sizes rather than further complicating my knitting by adding increases and decreases. Does anyone have advice about how I would do this? Thanks in advance to those who respond.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Aargh - one side has more stitches on cardigan pattern. Should I rip? on: March 07, 2010 09:06:06 AM
Hi All,
I was nearly finished with the body of the drops 103-1 cardigan pattern when I noticed that
a) the back has one more stitch than I thought that it would have
b) the right front has two less stitches than I thought that I should have. I have already divided for the armholes and finished most of the back.

The right front has 40 stitches and the left front has 42 stitches at the point where you cast off for the armholes.
The back had 56 stitches at the point where you cast off the middle stitches for the next.. I do not know what to do at this point. Can this project be salvaged or should I just forget about it and rip and start all over again?

Here is the link to the pattern:
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=103&d_id=1
I am using Cascade Eco Wool so I did have to change the numbers a little bit, but I  still find the stitch discrepancy to be strange.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about back of the neck and collar of Drops 103-1 jacket on: February 25, 2010 04:17:06 PM
I have a question about this section of the pattern for the Drops 103-1 jacket which can be found here: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=103&d_id=1:
"When the piece measures 51-53-55-57-59-61 cm cast off the mid 20-20-20-24-24-24 sts for the neck. On the next row cast off 1 more st towards the neck = 20-21-22-21-23-24 sts left for each shoulder."


Why have they stated that "1 more st" should be cast off and is it really only one more stitch or one stitch on each side of the shoulder?

Then they write:
"Cast off when the piece measures 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm."
Am I correct in believing that they are saying that each shoulder should be knit for 3 cms?

Finally, the collar directions are really convoluted.
"Collar: Pick up approx. 36 to 42 sts in between the MT at the neck line (i.e do not pick up sts in the outer most 16 sts each side at the mid front). Knit 2 rows of garter sts on the last row inc. 12 sts evenly distributed = 48-54 sts. Continue in Double moss sts with 1 garter sts each side. At the same time inc. 2 sts each side as follows: To inc. knit 2 sts in the outer most st, then make a yo which should be twisted on the returning row incorporate new sts into pattern as going along. Inc 2 sts at the beg. of row a total of 9 times each side = 36 extra sts = a total of 84-90 sts. Cast off when the collar measures 12 cm mid back.
Sew the collar tight to the front pieces each side in the outer part of the edge, i.e. new sts are sewn to the 16 cast off sts each side. Sew the arm and the side seams inside 1 edge st. Sew on the buttons."


Can anyone explain why they are suggesting that the collar should be done this way? Would I get the same look if I simply just knitting straight up around the neckline? I was planning to hold the double moss stitch stitches and knit up from them so that the pattern would be continuous and pick up stitches in the stockinette section. Would I get the same look as in the picture?
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