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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: ball animals on: December 14, 2006 08:35:12 AM
Those are very cute. Obviously, it's the penguin I like best  Wink but they are all lovely. I think people would buy them. Are the fabrics all the same texture or have you varied them?
22  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Re: Zero posts! on: November 17, 2006 09:52:11 AM
I have heard mythic tales of the wondrous Letham Craft Shop.  Cheesy

I've also been told it's too exciting for me to visit by myself because I'd go mad from all the choice.

I really really NEED to go.

The Di Gilpin knitting shop in St Andrews is fantastic. I need to back there, and actually manage to buy something this time.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: i'm a south paw, or tales of the lefty learning to crochet on: November 11, 2006 05:05:27 PM
I'm a righty teaching a lefty how to crochet, and I've taught lefties before, including one girl who was completely single-handed - she practically never used her right hand. Everyone seems to have found a different way to adapt. I've scanned in diagrams and then reversed them - that worked for one person but not for another. Someone else sat opposite me and copied but that didn't seem terribly effective. The single-handed girl ended up having to work her technique out herself because I couldn't crochet without using my right hand at all.  Embarrassed

I use my left as much as my right so I've been trying to use the normal crochet methods reversed and it's very awkward. What my pupil & I are trying now is holding the hooks and yarn the usual way, but instead of moving the hook with her right hand, that stays still, and it's the left hand that's doing all the moving. E.g. instead of putting the hook through the stitch, we put the stitch over the hook. That seems to be working. I'm going to spend time practising this method so my pupil can just straight copy me.

I like to have a bit of notice before teaching a lefty to knit or crochet so I can switch my brain over in advance.  Cool Trying to teach a righty & lefty at the same time is mind boggling though.
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: can't make button holes or double stitch :( on: November 11, 2006 04:49:42 PM
There are loads of websites about the old Singer machines. I bought one earlier this year and looked up its serial number. It was made in Glasgow between June & July 1908. In two years time I'm going to have a party for my sewing machine. My pal thinks I should try and get a telegram from the Queen to celebrate a centenary of working life.


They are things of beauty while modern ones just seem so anonymous.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The worst thing about knitting.... on: November 10, 2006 11:32:08 AM
Hah, I'm a Born Again Knitter.  Grin I've always knitted but sporadically. Then, five years ago I saw the Light and I've been a complete obsessive nutter about knitting & crochet ever since.

What triggered my conversion? The onset of General Anxiety Disorder which then meant many many nightmares and much insomnia. Knitting & crochet got me through the night when my marbles weren't up to reading or puzzle solving. My journey back to a nearly normal life has had as much to do with yarn as with people, more helpful than medication or the counselling I got.

I've been nicknamed the Woolly Evangelist, converting people to the joys of knitting. I don't know how many people I've persuaded to take up knitting again - definitely double figures.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bond Elite Knitting Machine manual on: November 07, 2006 03:21:21 PM

Try this list. It doesn't mention the Elite in the blurb but I joined up when I first got my Bond (Classic) and they were very helpful.

I'm not sure of the exact differences between the Classic & Elite but if you can't manage to find an Elite manual I could scan in my Classic one to get you going or 'talk' you through casting on. You know, Push out your needles, Put the hem on, yada yada.  Smiley Shout if you need a hand  Wink

It is like riding a bike though. Once you get started, it comes back pretty easily.

This is another useful Bond site http://heidisknittingroom.com/

Hope this helps.
27  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Re: Zero posts! on: November 06, 2006 05:19:18 PM

I may just have to use that as my excuse and finally get around to learning how to knit in the round!

You're a pretty good knitter & all round crafter, so you'll pick up it no probs. Get yourself some 40cm (16inch) circs, and start making hats. It's pretty nippy round here just now so you should probably add in some ear flaps  Smiley

And as for weird swaps, you've been replaced at the Craft Group by a dozen Chinese ladies, who love jewellery making & get very excited when I produce my knitting.
28  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Places in Perth? on: November 06, 2006 05:14:37 PM
I'm going to be spending Wednesday afternoon wandering round Perth while my bf is at a job interview. I know about the Wool Shop in North Methven Street and Loose Threads  in St John's Place (they have a terrifying website though  Grin).

Any other crafty places I should visit?
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My new favorite hat! on: November 06, 2006 03:35:45 PM
What a great selection of colours you've used! Was this hat making frenzy a one-off, or are you a hat making maniac like me?  Cheesy

I love that the weather's got colder because now I can start wearing my hats again.  Cool
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: peaches n creme...your thoughts, please on: November 03, 2006 11:11:13 AM
Have you looked at texere.co.uk for a nice cotton? They have some on cones which seems pretty cheap (compared to Rowan anyway Smiley ) and most of their yarns come in a good range of colours. I don't know if you'd get the fading effect you're after, though.

http://texere.co.uk/shades.php?reference=213  which is 4ply

http://texere.co.uk/shades.php?reference=806  which is chunky

http://texere.co.uk/shades.php?reference=150   DK

http://texere.co.uk/shades.php?reference=15  this one is a fiver for a 500g cone of 4ply, which is 2000m.

Or they have a wide selection of undyed cottons. Home dyeing might get the effect you want.

Lindsey  Smiley
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