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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I've not been busy... (a Kureyon bag AGAIN!) on: January 02, 2005 08:26:45 AM
Just slow at posting them Smiley  Actually I have been busy studying, but knitting is still a requirement everyday, and blogging is not.  Hence it looks like I have spent all Christmas knitting these things, but really I haven't.  Honest (especially if my tutors are here ever!).

I'll just post one pic here, but there are more on my blog if anyone fancies noseying at them, otherwise I might provide too long a loading time for the page...  The link is in my sig below.

http://www.bryonyramsden.co.uk/blog/archives/knittingprojects/Feltedknitsbag/Felted Knits bag.JPG

Naturally it is a Kureyon bag, with the pattern coming from Felted Knits.  I chose it because it reminded me of the Booga bag, but was larger.  It was easy but took quite a long time to do, particularly considering that I have had loads of stuff to do.  It's just about the right size now, because I wanted something a bit more spacious (ie to take to work with knitting and day to day stuff in it), so I hope it is strong enough now - I had to put it through the wash twice.  I SO recommend that book though Smiley  Very good for first time felters, may I add.  It has some really nice stuff in, and most of it is very practical - mostly smaller bits and pieces so that you don't spend masses of money on the yarn for each project.  And it has some VERY cute little slipper patterns Cheesy

32  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Some spare yarn - what shall I use it for? on: December 28, 2004 11:08:53 AM
I've just made a cloche to felt up from some Rowan Magpie (which I got cheap, and I definitely can't get more now), and have quite a bit left.  Round about 200 metres of the stuff, in two colours (purple and blue -more of the purple than the blue as I only just broke into the second hank of it).  The question is, what can I do with just less than 200m of feltable yarn?  It is aran weight (worsted), and I quite fancy making something to NOT felt, seeing as the hat is felted.  I'm thinking some arm warmers with a stripe in the middle or something, but is 200m enough?

Any suggestions would be fab - I might even mix it up with that Fizz yarn I still haven't got round to using, but I don't know yet - that might be too much Wink

Thanks in advance
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Rowan Freda poncho on: December 11, 2004 07:26:33 AM
Has anyone made this?  I got my subscription to Rowan this week, am starting work on it (in a lovely green blue shade in Cork), but I haven't really seen anyone displaying the finished product, even on the Rowan forums...

If you have made it, I'd love to see how it comes out for everyone, as at the moment it is hard to picture it on anyone other than the odd looking model on the website (and she so doesn't do it justice!).

34  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A bargain, but help needed on: November 21, 2004 04:57:02 AM
I just bought 8 balls of worsted weight 100% merino wool half price, in a gorgeous greeny taupe colour, 87 metres each ball.  It was too good an offer to miss.  I have loads of ideas for little bits and bats I can use it for, but I really fancy making a sleeveless top with it.  I just want a plain v neck or a plain turtle neck top, and it has to accomodate my 44 inch bust Sad  I've found loads of free patterns thanks to older threads, but none of them have that sizing or that weight wool.

Does anyone have any recommendations for what I can do to convert them to make what I want, or even if I might have enough wool for it?  If I don't, then I'm better off calling off the search and just making the bits and pieces I thought of, but I'd rather take better advantage of how soft the yarn is, and make something to wear than bits of rugs and cushions with it!

Thanks all in advance
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first felting! on: November 03, 2004 11:23:54 AM
Well, I made my first felted bag, using the Hello Yarn pattern for chunky wool, and I think I overfelted it a  tad Smiley  But, as I had made it as a gift for someone, I thought I would seek my friends' opinions on it to see how they would feel about getting it.  They seem to like it, so a gift it remains!

Feedback would be very welcome, particularly the constructive kind of "you did this wrong by the looks of it - fix it with this, or don't do it at all!"  I used Rowan chunky print, and I only have a front loader, so daringly slapped it in a pillow case with an old pair of jeans on a 60 degree heavy soiling wash.  It even went through a spin without turning into a big mess!  I think I was rather lucky, but I was using a cycle that I haven't used much, and I forgot that it had a spin at the end Sad
36  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / My Charm bag - veeerry stripey on: October 31, 2004 05:58:21 AM
Well, I finally made up and lined and sewed handles to my charm bag (many thanks to MonsterGirl for the kick up the backside Cheesy).  Here is the finished product, complete with phone and purse to guage the size of it.  Think I might stick some snaps in it, but I'll see how it goes for its first use first before I leave it sitting in the stash pile for another month!

37  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with all of your left-over yarn on: October 26, 2004 10:05:04 AM
Does anyone have any ideas for what I can do with half a ball (approx 40 yards) of Sirdar Fizz?  My friend wanted a version of my silly scarf, bought the yarn, and I now want to use up what is left for a little something to justify her buying the yarn.

The only thing I can think of at the mo is a really fuzzy wallet/purse thing!  She isn't the kind for arm warmers, unless I can somehow make a bracelet that isn't too mad...

I don't know if you guys get Sirdar in the US, but this is how it knits up

I also have a complete ball (44 yards) of Sirdar Bigga to use up...

Any ideas or clues?

Ta muchly in advance!

(and RIP John Peel)
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Silly scarf on: October 21, 2004 12:26:00 PM
I've been off work sick all week, and have basically spent my time knitting and tv watching, cos my brain can't cope with much more taxation  Roll Eyes  Luckily I bought some wool last week in a fit of stash satisfaction, and I used it all up in a couple of hours on this  Grin  It was the perfect sick knit!  Low concentration, quick and satisfying, and really silly so it was fun.

It is made up of Sirdar Bigga and Sirdar Fizz, with the Fizz knitted with the Bigga for 6 rows at a time (on 10 stitches, which made up a width of 6 and 3/4 inches), and it is long enough to wrap round the neck fully once and hang down to the waist.  The Fizz was so thin that it carried up the side with no probs.  Both wools are so soft that they are really nice against the skin.  Perfect for a quick fix!

Now that I'm feeling better, I'll have to finish off a scarf in noro kureyon that I promised as a birthday pressie - it twists too much for me to have been bothered with it, so friend will be wondering how I managed to get a new scarf for me but not for her!


Feedback is very welcome Smiley
39  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Pin up queen - bust line? on: October 12, 2004 10:48:41 AM
Hi all

For my next project, I'd quite like to make this jumper, but I'm a bit concerned about the bust line.  I'm rather generously equipped in this area, but the measurement on the largest size should accommodate me.  I'm just concerned about whether that line across the bust will cut me up and make me look odd.  Any other more booby people made this one up?  Judging by the photo, it is supposed to fall across the bust in order to make the empire shape, but still, I'd like to know that it looks ok on the larger lady (I'm a UK size 16 - 18, which is I think 14 to 16 in the US).

Ta v much Cheesy

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