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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / spring has sprung swap? on: February 09, 2008 04:01:23 AM
well, its about to, the snowdrops & crocus are out, the rest are shooting up... & we all need something to look forward to!

obviously dependant upon the current season where you live - here in the uk we are finally seeing some sunlight again

newborn animals, flowers, greenery, fresh air  - & simply feeling great !

anyone interested? i am sure theres a thousand & one things that could be made linking to spring
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / starting up advice needed please! on: February 08, 2008 02:27:04 PM
i am sooo tempted by the beautiful wools on here!

i mark exam papers every year, so get a nice lump sum of cash each summer on top of my usual wages- instead of frittering it away i am seriously thinking about getting a wheel etc & having a go at spinning my own wool

anyone have any ideas of start up costs? (I am in the uk)

any general words of advice very very gratefully received! thank you in advance

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what could i knit with hipknits silk aran? on: February 01, 2008 12:02:53 PM
just got 3 skeins, absolutely beautiful - 2 pink, 1 purple

ideally i dont want to mix the colours, far too colourful in my little world of black

but my minds gone dead, i just dont know what to make - i know i DOINT want a scarf

any ideas people of craftster who are more awake than i am? many thanks!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / thank you for wool,ex-only thing you got right! help with using it needed please on: January 24, 2008 11:54:05 AM
a knitting question

i have oodles of sublime Luxury Soft Cotton DK to use up (thank you ex of mine, about the only thing you ever got right was buying me this!) - whats the best sort of thing i can use it for, as i usually knit with 100% wool? am thinking something for meeeeeee, but what will hang best? will it work for a top down raglan cardi, for example?

thank you, people of the group
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / once upon a time...folklore & fairy tales swap on: January 21, 2008 11:12:55 AM
anyone interested?

a wealth of ideas out there - think of all your favourite childhood theme, dolls, stories, castles in the sky...glass slippers, red cloaks, the wrong path in the forest...

frogs & princes, poisoned apples, spinning wheels & spinning tales...

(can you tell its my favourite theme?)

would lend itself to papercrafts, sewing, textiles, knitting, jewellery - everything! go on, indulge me
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 2nd dim question (but i am getting there!!) on: January 20, 2008 04:50:38 AM
am trying to make this: http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id62.html

the lovely boobholder

thanks to confirmation that i was going about it the right way, i managed the actual knitting on circular needles fine (in fact its one of the neatest pieces of knitting i have done)

BUT i would be lucky if it fit my thigh, never mind my body!

i used aran weight wool, on 5mm needles - i suspect the wool was far too thick - i have loads of dk wool to use, if i try that with the 5mm (i usually use 4mm with dk) is it likely to come out larger sized? or am i being even more dim than i suspect? do i just need to cast on more stitches? help please!

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Somewhat dim circular needles question on: January 15, 2008 02:07:31 PM
i think i am trying to run before i can walk (ie am going for pretty ambitious things to knit then getting very frustrated when they are less than perfect)

i am going to try this: Minisweater, a.k.a. Boobholder, by Stefanie Japel

my silly question is this:
am i right in thinking it is done on circular needles because it is knit in one piece (to save seaming i assume), & there would be too many stitches to go on a straight needle? is it as simple as that? i just knit backwards & forwards as i would on 2 straight needles, knit then purl?

oh, & the only time i tried my circular needles, they got so tangled that i wanted to lob them out the window, how do i sort that, soak them in warm water maybe?

sorry, i am tired & frustrated - i dont cope well with not being able to do something!! any help very gratefully received

28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / cropped cardi / shrug-type pattern help please! on: January 14, 2008 01:26:53 PM
does anyone have one they can recommend?

i have a lot of dk & chunky weight to use up, am confused by circulars, love cables, not easily scared - could someone point me in the direction of a decent pattern please?

i am about a 38" bust, if thats any help!

many many thanks in advance (yes, i know theres a world of patterns out there, the trick is getting one that others know goes together well!)
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my brea bag (with beads & flower!) on: January 13, 2008 01:33:55 PM
eskimo wool from a ravelry swap (the best ravelry group ever!), fully lined in pink, with zip - big (expensive!) glass beads on the handle & a huuuge flower

nicely over the top, just how i like it!

am really pleased with how this turned out

30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 1st jumper- i think i hate you on: January 13, 2008 10:01:05 AM
body sewn up, sleeves to add on, but everythings pretty much done.... night after night after night of knitting...

and i dont think it fits at all well & i dont think i like it

woe is me :-(
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