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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Mixing dye stock... on: August 17, 2012 11:50:37 AM
I want to mix up some dye stock for painting yarn, but my ratios seem to be off and the dye is bleeding way too much. I'm using Kenenthrol acid milling dyes, what ratios would I be looking at for pale, medium and strong colours?

I'm sorry if this seems like a silly question and has been asked millions of times already but I've been to the ends of the internets and found nothing!

Thanks, folks!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Traditional (jointed) teddy bear pattern... on: August 14, 2011 09:03:16 AM
For those on facebook, I'm looking for something like this:


(Didn't want to just steal the image) :S

I've looked everywhere and can't find anything similar (free or otherwise)

Anyone know where I could find one like it?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock knitting on: March 20, 2011 02:39:07 AM
I've been knitting for years, but only recently started pushing myself. I've been doing fair isle, intarsia, short rows (yay!) and all sorts of various stuffs, in addition to writing my own patterns.

But sock knitting?  Shocked

Is there some secret to the technique? I loathe using DPNs, so I use magic loop for knitting in the round. Can someone recommend a step-by-step guide/tutorial for baby socks?


Mini Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Waistcoat and Shrug on: December 20, 2010 01:12:47 PM
I made a waistcoat for my baby:

And this shrug for me  Grin

Both made from patterns I wrote myself!  Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Nursing clothing on: July 01, 2010 03:30:27 AM
Does anyone know of any tutes for nursing tops or dresses? I'm having problems finding any nice ones in the shops and the ones I have found are really expensive too! So I figured I'd have a go at making my own.

Thanks in advance!  Grin
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting machines... on: June 20, 2010 02:29:29 PM
I just wondered what the general consensus is on knitting machines? If I mentioned them to my Nan she'd probably spit at me like a llama because she's an old hand at knitting and has a very strong appreciation for all the hours she's put in.

I can see why they annoy old timers but still...I am intrueged and slightly excited by the prospect of a quick knit if they work well.

What do you all think?
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Felting wool-suitable for spinning? on: June 18, 2010 05:58:25 AM
I found this stuff:
It looks very similar to what I've seen for spinning, is it suitable?
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing upholstery fabric on: June 18, 2010 05:21:42 AM
Hi all,

I was wondering if I'll need any specific new items to sew upholstery fabric? Particularly leather. I'm assuming I'll need new needles and possibly a new foot? Any help much appreciated!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Reupholstery on: June 18, 2010 04:07:11 AM
I just wondered if anyone knows of any good tutorials for reupholstering sofas? I have one that is still in pretty good shape but the padding and fabric is tired and could use an update.

Any help gratefully received

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning-economical? Or additional crafty costs? on: June 17, 2010 03:55:02 PM
I'm new to this section of the forum following a rather aggressive google bashing Cheesy
I'm an avid knitter and struggling to keep up with the costs of quality wool but don't want to have to settle for lesser quality fibres just because I'm relatively poor!

I am considering taking up spinning to reduce the cost of my wool. Is this practical? Or will it just end up being another hobby that I get addicted to and actually costs me more in the longrun?

I have to get the craftsters approval before I approach DH with my proposal because if it looks like it's going to cost him the earth he'll quickly lose interest!

Initially I plan on using a spindle because it's extremely low cost to set up and I won't be worried if I just can't get to grips with spinning. I had a quick look at buying raw fibres (so-to-speak) as I don't want to rush out and buy several angora rabbits until I'm sure of what I'm doing-and that I'm going to get along with it.
There doesn't seem to be all that much difference in price between buying the ready to knit stuff and the fibre for spinning-or am I just looking in the wrong place?

Any advice you can offer is GREATLY received!
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