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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Graffiti quilt for cancer (photo fat) on: June 30, 2010 03:23:30 PM
I absolutely love it...but I'm getting a headache looking at it!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: springtime color block socks on: March 15, 2010 10:26:55 AM
Yay for knee high socks (just finished mine too). I love the colours in yours.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cupcake dishcloth :) on: March 15, 2010 10:21:21 AM
This is so cute! I wouldn't ever want to use it as a dish cloth though, it seems such a waste...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Wellie Socks using King Cole Zig Zag on: March 15, 2010 10:19:24 AM
Thanks all! I'm wearing them right now with a pair of patterned tights and they're so comfy after being in scrappy muddy and plain work clothes all day.

Shara - that is what I did, but I think I didn't take into account just how stretchy it would be. Does it make a difference to the stretch if something is knitted straight or in the round? Because my test square was on straight needles, and I swear I measured the tension loads of times, and like I say, they're just a tad loose on the calf and so tending to falling down, although the tights I'm wearing at the moment seem to be giving a much grippier surface than my leg, and it's less of a problem.

Rottenlittleboys: So that's what it's called! I take it this is a common problem. Is there some wonderful trick to get it to stop/reduce it?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Wellie Socks using King Cole Zig Zag 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.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Search for off the shoulder neckline pattern 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.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fleece lined Arran style jumper/sweater on: February 18, 2010 03:02:09 PM
I keep forgetting to take some photos of him wearing it. There were a few glitches to do with the length of the lining, which I've sewed on too small a stitch length to unpick (woops) but it's wearable and looks pretty good from the outside. His main complaint now is that it's far too warm!

Puffy, that's a habit I picked up from another board I use, where people's boyfriends/husbands/wives/partners/children are refered to by appropriate variations on your own username, unless they also use the board in which case you would use their username.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tea cosy on: February 15, 2010 02:02:09 PM
It's funny, I never had any problems making that, and now I'm trying to repeat it for my fiance, I can't get the hang of those stupid circular needles again. Grr. Must just get DPs in every size possible, then I'll be fine lol.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: John Lewis sewing machine on: February 04, 2010 03:17:25 PM
Thank you so much for your help. It's really obvious now I look at it again, but sometimes I guess the obvious things are not the ones you spot. And now I'm back to being very happy indeed with my first sewing machine. Cheesy
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: John Lewis sewing machine on: February 04, 2010 08:45:53 AM
Cheers, that's encouraging.

I thought it was made by Janome. So how do I screw it on? There are no instructions for that in the book, only how to do the clip on ones.
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