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451  U.K. AND IRELAND / WALES / Re: Anyne out there in Wales? on: November 23, 2005 08:57:44 AM
Ah! thanks for that, I shall explore further  Smiley
452  U.K. AND IRELAND / WALES / Anyne out there in Wales? (knitting yarn on: November 23, 2005 06:57:56 AM
M and Mr S just spent a very pleasant weekend in Wales. Whilst there we visited Curlew Weavers near Newcastle Emlyn in Ceredigion. As well as making beautiful hand woven fabric, throws, and clothes, they sell very, very reasonably priced knitting yarn in lovely colours. I bought just over a kilo of green DK-weight 100% wool for 15.75.

So if you live within a reasonable distance or you're planning to visit, Curlew Weavers are well worth a look.
453  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help me sock pattern on: November 15, 2005 04:52:25 AM
Capnhooty I'm so glad you asked that question! I'm just embarking upon my first sock, and was eyeing that part of the pattern with extreme trepidation. So you're not alone.

Best of luck with your sock. Let's compare notes when our respective footwear projects nearing completion...
454  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: my poor poor beanie on: November 11, 2005 02:04:44 AM
Hi BooneyGoobert

I tried that London Beanie pattern too. As it only took two balls I splashed out and bought some lovely Rowan cashmere/merino yarn to make a hat for Mr Safetyfox. I did the whole thing on DPNs and it was my first go at using them...

I follwed the pattern to the letter (apart from he wanted more stripes) and it came out waaaaaaay to big for him. That'll teach me to knit a swatch first  Embarrassed

Luckily, because I have dreadlocks the huge hat fits me rather well! and I've ordered some more lovely yarn to have another go at a hat for my husband, cos his ears are getting cold.
455  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Literary knits (oh... and hello from a UK newbie) on: November 08, 2005 03:35:08 AM
I don't remember any women in Heart of Darkness!?

I don't think they actully get to say anything. They just sit there knitting in a sinister manner...
456  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Literary knits (oh... and hello from a UK newbie) on: November 07, 2005 02:31:57 AM
oh! and there's a neat group who does knit n readalongs i've been meaing to join for a while:

you knit something inspired by the book, and chat about both.  i *love* this idea   Grin

Ooooh fab thanks for that! looks like a brilliant idea! Maybe see you there...
457  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting characters? on: November 03, 2005 01:44:59 AM
I'm a novice knitter too, but I believe the technique you're talking about is called intarsia... I bet if you search Craftster or Goggle 'intarsia' you'll find the info you need.

I've been teaching myself to knit from Knitting for Dummies and that has a section on intarsia. It doesn't look too hard but I've not actually tried it yet!
458  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Literary knits (oh... and hello from a UK newbie) on: November 03, 2005 01:41:51 AM
Now I'm trying to remember if there's knitting in Mrs Dalloway... I'm fairly new to knitting so I'm going to have to re-read Music and Silence with my knitter's head on! I read Tale of Two Cities at school and hated it at the time (as is often the case when you're a teenager) but it looks like it could be time to revisit it.

I also remembered Heart of Darkness -- not an actual plot device, but there are three highly symbolic women, one of whom is knitting...

Thanks everyone for your enthusiastic answers!
459  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Literary knits (oh... and hello from a UK newbie) on: November 01, 2005 03:37:13 AM
I can knit and read simultaneously. Wink

Fantastic! you must have an extra arm or two, a music stand, or a very understanding partner! I'm still struggling with knitting at the same time as watching TV :\

460  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Literary knits (oh... and hello from a UK newbie) on: November 01, 2005 02:33:20 AM

I've been lurking around here for a while and I've finally decided to take the plunge. I saw the movie knits thread, and it got me thinking about my two favourite activities: knitting and reading (I'm working on a way to do both at once).

In Robertson Davies' Cornish Trilogy, the renegade monk Parlabane is always knitting long socks. Later on, one of his knitting needles is instrumental to the plot...

Has anyone else read something in which knitting is a plot device? And no I don't mean Stitch & Bitch, I mean novels!
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