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81  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Razor cami knitalong? on: July 04, 2006 03:31:59 PM
ive just started a child size one of these.  ive been using a really old set of metal dpns that are so not slippy and its hurting my hands so ive ordered a new set of circulars to finish it in.  im doing it in fuschia cathay on 4mms.  i did think it might be too chunky but i'm four inches in and it looks lovely Smiley
82  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Summer Socks KAL on: July 04, 2006 02:45:14 AM
I like the flip flop socks from Spun - anyone fancy a KAL with me on anything from their sock collection?
83  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: *Sock Virgin* KAL on: July 04, 2006 02:43:13 AM
here's a pic of my finished mini tech guy socks:

and i've put all the pattern adaptation notes on my blog.

i'd like to do some of the summery toeless socks from spun, i'm starting a new KAL topic just for them if anyone wants to try their next pair of socks Wink
84  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: *Sock Virgin* KAL on: June 25, 2006 12:42:26 PM
can i just say that using the short row technique as in the tech guy socks (magknits) looks lovely but purling 3 through back loops is a bloody nightmare. 

still, i've completely finsihed baby sock #1, it looks lovely, i'll take a pic and post in a bit Smiley
85  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: *Sock Virgin* KAL on: June 25, 2006 02:40:59 AM

is there anywhere you can go to knit up a quick small swatch to check the necessary needle size?  we dont have anywhere here (yet Wink) but i know some yarn shops offer that facility.

im dubious about having two sets of dpns on the go at once, but i think that it comes down to personal preferences, if you think you can do it then go for it!  actually, maybe it isnt such a bad idea, knit ten rows, swap over, it could work.  Grin

thinking as im typing here - but actually thats not such a bad idea.  i might give it a go myself!

as for swatching - im knitting a baby sock as my swatch.  that means i'll get the right gauge (because it is different in the round than flat) but it also means i can practice all the techniques in the pattern.  you can always take it apart to use the yarn later if you need to, or if you have enough left over you can make the second baby sock too.
86  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Anybody from the Southwest of England? on: June 25, 2006 02:33:53 AM
well me and ally (friend and business partner) would probably both be up for demonstrating some stuff, she's more crafty than me though!  i'm sure she'ld be up for coming along sometimes too.   i only really do knitting, but im up for having a go at other things.  i like informal groups, where people can demonstrate techniques and learn from each other Smiley

87  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: *Sock Virgin* KAL on: June 24, 2006 07:16:11 AM
im getting started on my first set of socks. im making the tech guy socks from magknits - the plain (3x1) rib pair.  i'm doing them in jaeger alpaca, two strands held together, and i'm using 2 3/4mm dpns, which gives me 6sts per inch, and a nice flexible but solid fabric so they'll be soft but will take a good beating.  i've made one test sock so far sized for a one year old (i just happen to have one handy  Wink) just to test out the turning technique (short rows).  i'll make a matching sock over the next couple of days and then post up a pic.

the socks i want to make are for my partner who has much bigger feet, and they're for wearing to play golf on wet days, to keep his feet dry.

i think making the bigger pair i am going to have problems getting them both the same length, i'm terrible at remembering to count rows! 

i'd like to try the two socks on circulars technique but dont have the circs in the right size.  is that technique complicated to learn?
88  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Anybody from the Southwest of England? on: June 24, 2006 07:06:56 AM
plymouth Smiley

i wouldnt be able to make every week so dont count me as a regular, but id come when i could and probably bring my daughter.  how long might the sessions be?  would you have set projects or would it be a bring-your-own?  or a mixture of both? 
89  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Anybody from the Southwest of England? on: June 23, 2006 01:37:11 AM
hi sally - will it be kid friendly?  i have a 4 year old daughter who'd be really into that sort of thing.  she's good company, i don't think she'll get in anyones way.

90  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Anybody from the Southwest of England? on: June 15, 2006 11:51:33 AM
they were meeting in the joint cafe on north hill, thursdays from 5ish to 8pm.  i havent been for ages though, it clashes with my daughters martial arts group.

i went into the Range the other day, they have started selling yarn.  its all synthetic stuff but theres some nice colours and textures, all for about 1-2 a ball.

im going to try and get a website together for our venture, we've got our name registered, we're Take Back The Knit Community Interest Company Ltd.  I bought the takebacktheknit.com and .co.uk domains ages ago, i need to learn how to use dreamweaver so I can get a basic site up! 

Ally gave a full days workshop today in the local community college, to a group of A level students, she spent all day making gorgeous dolls with them.  she says they were totally engrossed in it all, and most of them stayed late after she'd gone to continue making them.  they say that 'kids' (well they're a level students so not kids really) are not interested in school lessons, but its just a matter of finding stuff they like and are interested in.

im going to try and organise a needlecrafting evening up at Freedom Fields, on Lipson Road (Plymouth) its a park but its got a cafe in the kids bit of it.  i think they might let us have the space for a couple of hours.  would anyone be up for this, come along, bring your knitting/crochet/whatever?  on a nice sunny summer evening.  if it turns out well maybe we could make it a regular date Smiley  its in the kids bit so anyone (like me) with little ones would be able to come, and theres cold and hot drinks available.  im going to go up tomorrow and find out whether we can use the space.  maybe we could fill it up one sunday?
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