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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Rosette pattern help on: March 30, 2008 07:33:15 AM
Im new to crochet but armed with my stitch 'n bitch crochet I am tackling a lovly pattern for a 1948 rosette necklace. http://www.annalaia.com/crochetjewelry/1948RosetteNecklace.html

In the second round the pattern is:
2nd round- into each 2ch., hole put 1 d.c., 1tr., 1 d.tr., 1 tr., 1 d.c
The pattern in british so I have figured the UK > USA stiches i should be doing, but am I doing each of the 5 stitches into each ch., or spacing the 5 stitches across the 2ch.,?

Hope somebody can help am at my laptop armed with the hook and thread!
2  U.K. AND IRELAND / WALES / Re: Cardiff craft stores on: March 27, 2008 01:29:16 PM
I have just moved to south wales and have been having a few crafty adventures in Cardiff.
The arcades off st marys are brilliant. Head towards the castle and to the left of the castle is Castle arcade (behind pizza express) theres a brilliant button shop there, wallt to ceiling with buttons, aswell as some great boutiques like lunacy where you can get alot of inspiration for projects from. To the right of the castle is High st arcade with th lovly bead shop.
City road has lots of fabric stores, I passed one the other day that advertised stocking libery fabrics which I shall be exploring at the weekend!
Im interested in the inkshop people have mentioned I pased the other day and didnt think it was a real shop! lol
Happy crafting everybody!
3  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: so...i fully ripped off rachel pally...(pics) on: June 22, 2006 08:04:25 AM
i have been looking for a dress like this for ages!
and tutorial or even basic guides line would be brilliant!
great work on making a brilliant dress!!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: good beginners drop spindle? on: April 10, 2006 11:16:49 AM
i got a top whorl spindle from ebay and hated it, i cannot use it for some reason, so just as a temporary measure so i could spin my roving into yarn i made a CD spinldle bottom whorl spindle and i love it.

It is really balanced and spins forever, my dad found some metal washers the exact size a my dowel that i slipped on to add some extra weight, also when i superglued it to the CD at the bottom it made sure that the CD doesnt fall off.

I would say if you are learning try this to start with as it is inexpensive so if you drop it on the floor from time to time while learning it doesnt matter! (i cant get my joins right so the fibre ends up splitting apart at the join and my spindle falls!)
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Handspun on: April 10, 2006 10:34:25 AM
i love the lilac and light tan combination, those two colours just look stunning together! all of your yarns seem to just go with the colours! they a re brilliant!
do you dye the yarn yourself or buy it in in those colours?
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Mill End Creations! on: April 10, 2006 10:05:37 AM
I love what everyone has made with these mill ends!
I cannot beileve how cheap they are for 1 kilo it is amazing shape i live in the UK it works out at $30 with shipping, im still trying to decided it it is worth it!
Love the blue that you dyed yours bitibis, what colour koolaid did you use?
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: pencil roving on: March 31, 2006 10:02:07 AM
I have found a knitty link with the koolaid colours,
this is where i got my first buzz of wanting to dye with koolaid from, I jus wandered how people had found pencil roving as i found 200g for 4 soi thought it would be worth the try if it was ok to spin!
thanks for the pictures, im glad to see that the colours do turn out right!!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / pencil roving on: March 30, 2006 08:59:22 AM
I am new to spinning and have been looking around at different types of fibre to spin, i have only used roving in the past, mainly merino, but i have seen pencil roving for sale at a good price (ready to dye as well,as i thought id give kool aid a try) i was wandering how hard/easy is this to spin on a drop spindle?
has anybody spun with pencil roving before with a drop spindle? how did you find it?
hope that you can help me!
thank you Hannah
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: exotic lace yarns on: March 12, 2006 10:07:16 AM
I'm in love with super soft fibre, never going to buy any though as i will be addicted and will never leave the house again untill i have spun and knit with them!
there is a really nice pattern on knitty for a lace scarf:  http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTbranchingout.html
But i guess it depends how complicated lace you are willing to knit!
post a pic when you are done! whatever you decide to make
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: my very first handspun yarn! on: March 02, 2006 12:31:23 PM
thanks for that advice!
koolaid now sells online to the uk, i found the website: http://www.koolaiduk.com/ if anyone if intrested, they are like 45p a sachet so its not alot to loose if it doesnt work out first time!
I know what you mean about bulky singles! mine would be like rope too, im jus to scared to spin alot more thinner incase it all breaks on me!
Im off to stitch 2006 so i will get lots for fibre then so i have not reason not to experiment!
thanks for the advice and comments again everyone!
Hannah Smiley
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