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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Knitting for Hospitals etc on: February 25, 2007 07:01:52 PM
Thanks Jennie... that would be great.
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: Knitting for Hospitals etc on: February 25, 2007 01:42:47 PM
Thanks for replying Toast.  I did some knitting for a Women's Refuge one year, but got the impression that they were inundated with stuff & not too interested in getting more ( it was not the Bay of Plenty shelter!)

What sort of things does your shelter like to get?

Re the hospitals... I live in quite a remote area and any call to a hospital is a toll call, so I  posted on here hoping some other crafty person might have already explored the options and I could pick his/her brains & save the toll costs (I'd rather spend the money on wool!)

Anyway, thanks for your help! Much appreciated!
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Knitting for Hospitals etc on: February 21, 2007 05:09:15 PM
Many of the sites on the net have suggestions of  great things to knit for charity, but a lot of them don't really apply to NZ conditions, or are for overseas charities which would involve horrendous postage costs.

Does anyone know of NZ charities that need knitted articles?  Our local old folks home is swamped in afghans, and I already supply the local school with slippers for the junior classes in the winter, so I'm looking for some different ideas.

Particularly, do hospitals here take things for prem babies? Or stoma covers, or other things like that?  Any suggestions?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: monkey baby stuff- patterns wanted on: June 28, 2006 03:28:24 PM

There is also this one

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to BASKETWEAVE in pattern HELP????????????? on: June 19, 2006 08:54:20 PM
You are welcome... Smiley Don't forget to post a picture of the finished masterpiece.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to BASKETWEAVE in pattern HELP????????????? on: June 19, 2006 02:18:08 PM
Yes, the site must have been out . It kept telling me I was banned yesterday.  I was very relieved to find it functioning normally today (need my daily dose of Crafster, I do)

Your instructions seem to be unusually vague... normally knitting instructions are much more clear, and leave little room for misinterpretation... but those you are using are very hard to fathom.

I think you do your first decrease on row 9 (having done 8 rows straight)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to BASKETWEAVE in pattern HELP????????????? on: June 18, 2006 12:51:52 PM
If you decrease one stitch, then that is one stitch less in that segment of the basket weave, so you do have to adjust the pattern.

After 8 rows your pattern will be well established, so you can easily see where your knits & purls should go.  Adjust your knitting accordingly.

So... Row 1:   K1, p1 k3, p1 k3,across the row.

 Decrease 1 stitch   K1, p1 k3,  Purl the first 2 stitches together, k3, continue in in pattern.

Your row now starts: p1 k3, p1 k3....  Next decrease row, knit the first 2 stitches together,
Your row now starts: K3, p1 k3...
And so on.

 At least, thats how I would do it
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: :-[ i feel so stupid - please explain! on: June 18, 2006 12:36:06 PM
Patterns often ask you to add a few stitches to the end of your row.  There are various ways to do this.  The easiest is probably the one shown on this link


This may well be the way you cast on to start your work anyway. 
To add stitches on it is easier to swap your needle over to the other hand, as if you were staring a new row, then cast on the extra stitches, and then knit back across them
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby Hats on: June 13, 2006 11:21:57 PM
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: my intarsia is pulling!! help! on: June 13, 2006 04:55:22 PM
If you are only doing one or two stitches then changing colour it sounds more like fairisle to me.  In fairisle you dont keep cutting the thread & restarting, you carry the threads with you across the back of the work as you go.  You need to catch the threads you are not using  on  a particular stitch by bringing the thread you are using around behind them as you make the stitch, so they are held against the back of your work.  You need to catch the threads about every three or four stitches so that the loose threads at the back are not too long.  This makes your work neater, and helps with the tension.

If I were using 6 colours I would alternate which colour I caught, by catching a couple of different ones each stitch or second stitch.  That way you dont get all 5 spare ones caught in the loop of one stitch and it makes the finished work look more even. ( reduces that puckering effect)

With fairisle you do have to be very careful not to pull the carried threads too tight.  They should be loose enough so that when you stretch your work slightly they are not pulling it tight.  It is very easy too have your threads too tight & lose the stretchability of  your work.  Remember loose is  better than tight!

Carrying the spare threads with you as you work  also cuts down greatly on the number of ends to sew in later.  It is best not to sew in your ends till you have finished.  If your first stitch in a particular colour is a little loose, just gently pull it by the loose tail till it is about right.  The second stitch should be fine.  You can adjust the tension of those slightly loose first stitches when you are sewing the  loose tails in later.  Just be sure to leave enough length in the tail of the first stitch so that you can sew it in easily later, and it doesnt come undone as you are working.

When sewing the ends in the same rule applies dont pull the threads too tight leave a little slack so the stretch isnt lost.
Usually I sew in horizontally, but if I have a lot of threads I may sew some in on an upward  or downward slope, just to ensure that the work is not too bulky at the back in one place spread the sewn in threads around.

Carrying 6 threads across your work isnt easy they do tend to wrap around each other & tangle, so you need to stop every few rows & separate them out again.  It makes the knitting go more smoothly if you do. 

Here are some sites that might help:


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