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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn for Rowan's Anna on: November 17, 2006 11:33:50 PM
It is 4 balls of Rowan 4 ply Soft, which makes it about 700m of 4 ply yarn Smiley  I quite fancy making these too, but my calves are stupidly chunky, so I don't think it would work Sad
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help With Knitting Pattern PDF on: October 09, 2006 01:00:39 PM
When I created PDFs, I used a freebie programme called PDF Creator which was dead easy to use, and all you do for that is write your pattern in word, then send it to print, but instead of selecting a printer, you select the creator programme.  Well easy, and I highly recommend it.
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Garnstudio Hoodie! KAL on: September 09, 2006 03:27:42 AM
I have this pattern in my to do list, and have some stuff in the stash for it Cheesy (a miscellaneous no-label yarn I got from Coldspring Mill that is a chunky 100% wool in black and was DIRT cheap!).  Not sure when I can start though - I have studying to do and 5 projects on the needles at the same time, which is a bit of a bummer.  BUT, I so want to make this soon Smiley  Hopefully I'll be able to join in before you finish!
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Go for Baroque (Happy Hooker) Crochetalong on: August 31, 2006 10:49:25 AM
Would Rowan 4ply Cotton work for this?  I'd love to make this cardi (even tho I'm a beginner crocheter, but I figure I can do it if I work at it Cheesy ) and I have a big pile of 4 ply Cotton that would be perfect for it...  Anything that doesn't make me buy more yarn and uses some stash up Wink
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 3 balls of Rowan kidsilk haze... on: August 28, 2006 10:57:20 PM
If you can crochet, KSH makes a beautiful granny square scarf, or you could make gloves/handwarmers and a scribble lace scarf (gloves only take up one ball of KSH, and scribble lace is just straight knitting but with a thick yarn thrown in for 1 row every few rows).  You could even just make a really simple vest without the lace pattern, and just knit it on big needles to make it look lacy.

KSH is so versatile that you could make almost anything you fancy, so have a think about the ideas we all put forward and flick through some pretty books and see where the urge takes you.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Debbie Bliss Jumper, having some trouble... on: August 20, 2006 03:25:29 AM
Ok, so if it is 14 sts, you should definitely give these yarns consideration (I've got these ones from yarndex.com, a very handy site where you can search by weight or gauge of yarn Cheesy):

Rowan Cork (which is discontinued, but you might be able to find some cheap on Ebay)
Wendy/Peter Pan Chunky with Wool or Classics Courtelle Chunky
Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky (not the cheapest of yarns, but you can probably get a good deal on one of the discontinued colours on Ebay.  If you are making a small size tho, it might be worth investing in because of how lovely it is)
Sirdar Click Chunky (I have some of this, and it is very cheap and cheerful, and lovely for the price)
Sirdar Bonus Chunky (DIRT cheap - 1.10 for 100g)
Sirdar Denim Chunky (more expensive, but washes well, lasts a long time, and has a nice tweedy texture)

As already suggested, Texere are excellent and you can buy online from them (they have a gorgeous chunky alpaca blend for 8.00 a 400g cone, but I'd email and check whether you'd be able to get gauge.  They also do excellent undyed pure wool cones in a chunky weight - I've used their 4 ply lambswool cones and it is lovely and soft).  Ebay is always a goodie if you are willing to put up a fight Wink and there are quite a few good sites with sale sections worth checking.

http://www.cpu-enterprises.com/ is good for cheaper brands with wool content like the Sirdar stuff, and she sells them pretty cheap compared to some shops anyway (postage is only 2 quid Cheesy).

Get Knitted have loads of sales yarns, and they have one that might be ok - GGH Samoa for 1.49 a ball.  It is normally 16sts, but if you go up a needle it might work.

http://www.celticove.com/acatalog/Jaeger_Stock_Clearance.html have Jaeger extra fine merino chunky on 3 for 2 which might be rather lovely Cheesy and if you look at the 'other' in the sale section, there is a lovely Filati yarn called Funky for not much money.

You might also be interested to know that http://secure.elann.com/frames.asp ship to the UK, and they are fabby at doing bargains Cheesy (incidentally they have DB merino chunky for $3.98, and at the current exchange rate that is pretty much 2 quid a ball.  Remember that you'll have extra postage tho).

Lastly, http://scandinavianknittingdesign.com/html/wool_yarns.html#alaska might be of use to you - Alaska knits up at 17sts, but Drops have patterns with it at 14sts, and it is really good value for 100% wool too.  All the Garnstudio yarns are fab by the way Cheesy  And SKD are really quick and cheap (their alpaca 4ply is really really gorgeous).

Hope you find something you like out of this lot, and that I haven't just given you a load of links you already knew about!


7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Debbie Bliss Jumper, having some trouble... on: August 19, 2006 03:24:50 AM
I can vouch for the sizes being big in DB patterns.  I made the ribby cardi from the cashmere collection booklet and it was terrible - really big and shapeless Sad  Not to say that your chosen pattern won't work out, particularly if you are making a child's size (I made the one for my bust measurement).

What gauge is Rowan Chunky?  I can't find any references to it on the Rowan website, even in the discontinued yarns section.  If you can give us the gauge from the pattern book, it should be quite easy to find a nice UK sub yarn (I am a Brit knitter too, and I have lots of good cheap sources for you Cheesy)
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Icosa Welt Ball Pillow on: August 14, 2006 10:53:16 AM
WOW! Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked  That is so funky it hurts!  Fabby!
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater on: August 12, 2006 10:49:19 PM
That's gorgeous!  And I agree - the fit looks fine to me, and empire lines are very flattering.  Loving the sleeve shape too.
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater on: August 11, 2006 10:30:12 AM
Woohoo!  My friend at work has had a yarn delivery from her sister Cheesy  I get it Monday!  Can't wait (but I never expected it to be so quick either)! Cheesy
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