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1  Rainbow Wellie Socks using King Cole Zig Zag in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittersusie on: March 14, 2010 05:16:30 PM
I just finished these:

All the snow in the UK this winter meant my wellies actually proved to be better shoes than my walking boots, which are lightweight and not waterproof, and my steelies, which just don't seem to have as good grip on snow and are usually covered in mud from work. However they were very cold, and are a little tight on my calves, which rubs a bit.

So I was going to make the ones by Louise Butt in the knitting collection, but on closer inspection realised my calves are far bigger than the largest size given on the pattern. I therefore made up the pattern myself, using this tutorial from knitty: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/FEATsocks101.html for the foot bit and measurements from my leg and a tension square.

As you can see, the yarn did some odd things, but I guess that's self striping yarn. and at least it changed in roughly the same place on both socks. I think the toes look a little pointy too, although there quite comfortable on.

Now I've finished them, I think they're slightly too large around the calf, so I might make some form of garter for them at some point, although at the moment I'll probably just wear them with boots anyway.

Here are a picture of them with my Wellies:

I made a massive ribbed cuff, rather than the frills on the original pattern which I thought would look a little better. It's so huge so I can fold it over or push it down or whatever I feel like at the time. I think next time it would have been better in a thicker yarn for the cuff, and would have looked better with the wellies if I had done that bit with a plain green yarn.

However with these boots, I love them as they are:

All in all, as they are my very first pair of socks, I'm immensly proud of them and I can't wait to wear them out.  Grin

Comments, criticism, and advice absolutely welcome so that the next pair I make (although not for a while - socks that long for legs as big as mine take a long time...) are even more brilliant.
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2  Search for off the shoulder neckline pattern in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by knittersusie on: February 21, 2010 07:45:57 AM
Does anyone know of a pattern or tutorial to help me achieve the sort of neckline below?

Not actually for a wedding dress (I'm NOT making my own dress for that...) but I love that neckline and would like to try and recreate it myself on a more casual dress. Also, not necessarily with it gathered and twisted in the way that one is, although I wouldn't say no. I'm more interested in the actual line of it.

Any pattern (dress or top) will do. I've been searching for ages and can't find anything even close.

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3  Tea cosy in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittersusie on: January 28, 2010 12:04:21 PM
These are photos of the tea cosy I knitted for a friend who got married last summer. She got it a little late though as I never found any yarn I wanted to use until I found this. If I could describe it, I'd say it's Heather in tea cosy form - colourful, straight forward and always bringing cheerfulness, comfort and a hot cup of tea to any room or gathering...

Apologies for the poor quality of the pictures.

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4  Fleece lined Arran style jumper/sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittersusie on: January 23, 2010 03:36:17 PM
My goodness, this has been a labour of love.

It was my first ever jumper/larger project. Because I'm a poor student, although I knew I wanted to knit the pattern for knitter'sbloke I simply couldn't afford to go out and buy some nice soft wool. So then I found a huge amount of pure shetland wool on eBay for a great price, bought it thinking "well, it might be rough but it'll be hardwearing and better than acrylic". I did know when the wool arrived that I'd need to do the collar and cuffs in something softer, as my fiance is ALWAYS complaining about rough itchy clothes, so I used Mirasol Tupa (50% silk/50% merino) which I knew he liked already (I made a scarf out of it for christmas last year and it's the only one he'll wear now.)

So anyway, to cut a long story short, I made a hash of the tension due to vague unthought out thoughts about (slight) felting, and it ended up FAR too wide. I gather this is a common problem for inexperienced knitters. I then took a risk and washed it on a 30 C wool wash, which actually worked quite well (didn't shrink too much lengthways at all, and came out rather softer). None the less I decided to line it with fleece anyway, since there was room and it would make it more of an outdoor garment than just a jumper. Sounds simple, except that I'm an even more inexperienced sewer than I am a knitter! I got a sewing machine for christmas, and could do basic stuff but had never made an item of clothing. I ended up machining the seams on it and handsewing the lining to the jumper. Getting the zip to lie flat was another saga in itself!

So anyway, that's the saga of the jumper. It's now finished (as of an hour ago), and I love it to bits, so I'm posting it up here before even knitter'sbloke has seen it finished (we live in different cities, not seeing him for another week - too long to wait to show off this!). It's not perfect, but I's really proud of it for my first item of clothing, item of sewing that involved more than just straight lines and basic hems, and, most of all, large knitting project. Having said that, any advice, criticism and comments would be very helpful for the next project.

The whole thing:

Close up of the inside of the collar:

Close up of the cable pattern:

Close up of the lining seam:

I may post a couple up of him wearing it in a couple of weeks.

And I'm off to pour myself a whisky.
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