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71  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting in the round shy - what's a good first project? on: June 19, 2006 02:55:29 PM
Using circs for straight knitting is also handing for KIP'ing on buses and such like - less likely to prod neighbours accidentally. I agree that hats are a great first project for circs but would also like to suggest bags. One doesn't need a pattern, just cast on enough stitches to fill nicely a 40cm circ and then start knitting round and round. Once the bag is deep enough (or you're fed up with knitting it), do a three needle cast off, by working the first and last stitch of your round together, then second and second-last, and so and so forth.  Or you can cast off half the stitches, knit flat for a few inches to get a flap, cast off, and then sew up the bottom. Easy peasy.
72  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: It's okay, because I have another eye and I can get by with one. on: June 19, 2006 02:39:29 PM
If you can crochet, you can learn to knit. Honest. As a crocheter you have an advantage, because you'll have a better understanding of how this whole yarn through loops thing works. Take a breather, don't bother about watching videos, looking at pictures any more - you have the knowledge you need already. Just sit there with the needles and yarn, hold them the way that feels right to you, and relax. IMHO, the best cast on for a learner is the knit-on. That's where you put a slip knot on the left needle, put the right needle through that front to back, wrap the yarn round, pull it through, and pop that new loop onto the left needle. Don't worry about how you hold the needles, if you've got one under your arm, or stuck between your legs or whatever, as long as you can make the little loops do what you what. Once you've got the hang of the process, you can practice other holding methods until you find one that you like better than the others. Don't worry about whether you're wrapping clockwise or anti.

The stitches are tight because you're (up)tight. If you can relax, so will your stitch tension. I was coaching someone who had been knitting for years and her stitches were waayy too tight. I asked her why she pulled them so tightly and she said it was so they wouldn't escape. Once I showed her how easy it was to pick up dropped stitches with a crochet hook, she relaxed immediately and her knitting loosened up. It's a common problem with beginners, however they're doing it, and it is just the worry of doing it wrong, or losing a stitch or whatever.

I started knitting when I was 2 - if a toddler can manage it, so can you. I've never been particularly dextrous - I couldn't tie my shoe laces until I was 8, but I could knit clothes for my dolls.  Roll Eyes

73  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Re: New craft supply sources in Dundee on: June 19, 2006 02:04:17 PM
I may need to make the trip up from Falkirk just to go to this place- can you let me know when it's open.

Oh, definitely, I am going to be so all over this shop.  Grin

74  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: New finished projects - animals, amigurumi, spaceship img heavy on: June 17, 2006 07:59:51 AM
They are fantastic toys - just right for stimulating young imaginations. Has the dragon been for a ride on the spaceship yet?  Wink
75  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / New craft supply sources in Dundee on: June 16, 2006 12:58:03 PM
I saw a stall last week for Silva Moon, which is a shop in Exchange Street. They sell Oriental clothing & American snack foods which seems like a strange combo to me Cheesy but that includes Koolaid apparently. I haven't have had a chance to visit the actual shop yet but he had some cool clothes on the stall.

Plus there's a bead shop opening soon, back of the Wellgate, just along from the Black Hole. We were speaking to the owners and they reckon they will be open in about six weeks - the delay because of getting the stock in. They said they'll be stocking 800 different kinds of beads. They showed us around the shop, which they are still painting & such like. It looks great already! I'm not even a beader and I'm excited!!

Let's support these shops so we can keep them, and maybe get more cool shops like them in the town.

76  U.K. AND IRELAND / SCOTLAND / Dundee Craft Group on: June 08, 2006 04:16:45 PM
There's a Craft Croup which meets in the Highwayman Community Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 1 pm. After the meeting we have lunch together in the centre's coffee bar.

The group has been going for several years and just now we're doing free taster sessions open to all comers from 10 - 11 am. June 14th is bookmark making (with plastic canvas), June 21st is jewellery making and June 28th is no-knit scarves (using a Loopa). You just need to bring yourself and your tea money (we provide the biscuits  Wink). If you have any special ingredients you'd like to turn into jewellery or a scarf, bring it along.

If anyone wants to join the group on a regular basis, there's a four week probation period before 'full membership'. It's just to make sure that we all get along.

The group does all kinds of different crafts, depending on what mood we're in or if someone has a new craze which infects the rest of us. We sit around a table, blethering, poking fun at each other while crafting. I'm 'most likely to get glued to the table' and 'most likely to glue own fingers together'.  Roll Eyes

77  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: CD clock - First post ever. on: June 06, 2006 12:11:27 PM
That's brill - it's like a little space probe.
78  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what's your favourite knitting tip or trick? on: June 03, 2006 01:37:06 PM
Knitting backwards is great for entrelac & such like. I've also purled backwards, in one of those crazy "because it's there" moments.

When I was a kid, I hated the knit stitch, and so did garter stitch purlwise instead. It confused the hell out of my mother.

I think mucking around with different ways of working add to one's understanding of how knitting works so if I'm not doing anything else I'll switch methods, styles etc. It also helps when I'm teaching others because I can adapt to what they can do (such as when teaching someone who has difficulty using her hands or such like).
79  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's in your knitting library? on: June 03, 2006 01:28:30 PM
I have an embarrassing number of knitting & crochet books; a bookcase full and more. They are nearly all charity shops finds or from ebay.

However, I wouldn't be without:

The Knitter's Handbook by Montse Stanley - It shows so many different techniques, with clear diagrams and explanations. If I'm not sure which cast on to use or which buttonhole method would be best, this is the book I grab.

The Harmony Knitting Stitch books - I only have the first three

Wild Knitting by Angela Jeffs - It shows how exciting knitting can be, and has some awesome pictures. A review on Amazon describes it as the Rocky Horror of crafts, and it's not wrong.

Actually, on further reflection, it might be easier to list the books I could do without, because I love nearly all of them to bits, whether it's for the patterns, the techniques or the cheesy 1970s photos. I tell people I'm a collector because it's the only way to justify my knitting & crochet library but that's resulted in folks giving me any old/vintage patterns they find and now I have HUNDREDS.
80  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pen holder on: June 03, 2006 10:34:17 AM
That's a great idea - saves on carrying more bags etc than absolutely necessary.
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