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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knit sleeve - do I stretch it to measure it? (with pics!) on: October 12, 2006 02:24:51 PM
I'm knitting "Sorrel" from Rowan 40, and the sleeves are knit in a sort of rib. I've been increasing, and now I'm at the point where the pattern says to knit until the sleeve measures 44cm.  

My question is that because the sleeve is rib, it's really springy, so I must need to stretch it a bit to measure it (or do I??!), but how much is enough?

I took some (admittedly quite poor) pictures to show how stretchable it is:

not stretched:

Stretched a bit:

I would really appreciate  advice about this!

Thank you x
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Some things I've been knitting on: October 12, 2006 03:33:19 AM
I haven't posted an FO for a while, so here are a few things I've been making...

A nice warm scarf for the winter (Rowan's "Pia")

Christmas pressie bag

Jayne Cobb hat for Mr Kinkyknit

A knitted babe in the style of me (more clothes to follow!)
And still working on Rowan 40's Sorrel

23  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Sorrel from Rowan 40 on: September 14, 2006 08:16:33 AM

Is anyone else knitting Sorrel from Rowan Magazine No. 40???  Smiley
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka dot dress - Please may I have your opinion on the ribbon?! on: August 09, 2006 04:20:18 AM
I finished this today:

I had to throw some extra darts at it to make it fit, and take it apart at the top, which was a giant pain, but I'm finished now.  Anyway...the bow is just pinned on at the mo, because I have some questions:

-do I need wider ribbon??
-or a smaller bow??
-how the hell do you tie a neat bow anyway???!!

So, what do you think???

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Woo! Fab 60s dress for dancing the night away on: July 31, 2006 02:54:05 AM
I made this dress, based on a vintage wedding dress pattern I have, and I love it!



(Sorry the pictures are quite bad  Embarrassed, I don't really like taking pictures & I'm no good at it.)

Anyway, I wore the dress out dancing at the weekend and 2 people came up to me to tell me that they loved my dress!

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Psychadelic Kaftan for Hot Summer of Luuuuurve on: July 26, 2006 12:40:57 PM
I saw this fabric and knew it had to become a kaftan...

I'm mostly very very happy about it, for 3 reasons:

1.  I learned how to make bias binding! I know it's not rocket science, but this little machine knocked my socks off...

2. I used my shiny new overlocker to make my seams neater than they've ever been before...

3. And I even did a rolled hem!

The only thing I'm not so sure about is that the front slash ended up being more revealing than I'd intended, but it's intended to be a beach cover-up, so I think it will be fine.

What do you think??!!!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Infinite (...ly annoying) dress on: July 25, 2006 11:02:10 AM
I LOVED this beautiful dress:
And I reeeally wanted to make one, so I bought some fabric (which cost 1.55, so a bargain) and tried.

Well, I never did find a way to make my serger work on this fabric, so I just sewed it with zig zag stitch and left the edges raw.
Anyway, here is the (sort of) finished product, hastily tied on dressform:

...but even though I measured my waist, the hole I cut in the circle skirt is huuuge, so it's going to show my booty when I turn around  Undecided:

Another look:

Also, the ties are 3 metres long, which is a little excessive  Embarrassed

I like it more than I thought I would, but I do have some issues I'd like to resolve...

When I cut the waist in the circle, I actually managed to cut it oval, so now the hem is wopnky. Any tips on getting it straight?

Is there any way to fix the "shows my bum" problem??

Thank you! xxx

28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing 2 way stretch fabric with serger - help! it's all going wrong! on: July 18, 2006 09:58:30 AM
I have done a search on my question, but I can't find the answer that I need.

I have a serger (but I'm very new to it) and I want to sew some 2 way stretch fabric, to make an infinity dress.  I thought this was supposed to be easy with a serger, but whatever I do to my stitch length and diff feed, whenever I sew (scrap bits - I haven't screwed with th actual dress pieces yet!) - the fabric sort of moves away from the needles and so I end up with a horrible wavy edge, mostly with the 2 fabric edges not even sewn together!  What am I doing wrong?!!!

I'd so love to have any help you can give me - Thank you so much in advance!


29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stuffing toys knit in dark yarn on: July 05, 2006 12:57:40 PM
I've searched, but I can't find the answer to this question - I'm half way through knitting a toy with very dark green yarn, and I'm thinking that if I stuff him with white stuffing, it'll show through.  Is there a nifty trick to avoid this?

Thank you!  Kiss
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine feed dogs stuck in "down" position - help! on: June 19, 2006 02:22:39 PM
It's a Brother CS 8060 and I've had it for about 3 years, and I've just spent 50 on another repair about 2 weeks ago Sad

I was sewing with it, and the feed dogs didn't seem to bo working properly, so I thought I'd try putting them down then back up again, thinking there might just be some lint making them go a bit slow, so I put them down, and they won't come back up!  I'm really sad about this.  Can anyone help me?

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