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1  Re: Knitting Machines: how do I find out if anyone else here has one? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by CatieD on: January 22, 2009 03:32:13 PM
Boucle can be conquered, lol.  Here's the proof.

Mum was very obliging, posing with a blanket over her in 38 degree heat.  No patterning or cabling, unfortunately, because of the difficulties working with boucle.  The cabling would have been easy enough but dropping stitches either side of the cables and ribbing them back up proved to be almost impossible.

The reverse is just a simple hem, enclosing a cotton backing.

My newest project is almost finished - I'm on a roll Grin

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2  Re: Knitting Machines: how do I find out if anyone else here has one? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by CatieD on: October 30, 2008 09:00:35 PM
I've just posted photos in the Completed Projects section.  The cardigan and hat were a combination of machine and hand knitting.

Now I'll have to think up a new project.  Perhaps Christmas presents for the family?

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3  Machine & Hand Knit Cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by CatieD on: October 30, 2008 08:44:50 PM
I knit random baby clothing to use up yarn left from other projects but I cut this one pretty fine - I only had 5 metres left when I finished. Cheesy  We're hoping the next baby to arrive in the family will be a girl but, if not, I'll donate the cardigan to charity.

The ribbing and stocking stitch was done by machine (a bit over an hour) and the yoke and hat by hand (a bit over a day, lol). 

Comments and criticisms welcome.
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4  Re: First Project: Half a Pillow! in Knitting: Completed Projects by CatieD on: September 08, 2008 05:35:57 PM
Hi, striker.  I think you're right - the *wrong* side does look the best.  If you would prefer to have a square pillow rather than triangular, you could fold it like this (fold lines in green and seam lines in red).

Your tape measure is showing 23 inches so you would end up with a cushion approximately 16 inches square.  Is that still too big, do you think?
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5  Re: why can't i figure this out?!!? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by CatieD on: August 22, 2008 09:36:09 PM
I've *borrowed* a photo from Knitty Grin  It was in a blurb about picking up a dropped stitch but I think it's a pretty good demonstration of your stitch.

When you get to the stitch you are required to drop, just let it slip off your left needle and unravel it down so that you have four ladders (the Knitty photo has six ladders) and a stitch.  Pick up the stitch and all four ladders and put them onto your left needle and knit the five strands as one stitch.

I hope that's of some help - sometimes it's better to see a photo. Smiley   
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6  Crafting For The Elderly in Discussion and Questions by CatieD on: January 03, 2007 05:37:09 PM
My father is 89 and quite frail but he insists on showering without assistance.  He has trouble holding a cake of soap so I tried to buy soap-on-a-rope for him at Christmas.  After searching for a week, I found two - $9 and $12!  Not wanting to pay $9 for a cake of soap (I'm cheap, lol), I crocheted this

I originally intended to make more of an open mesh but then decided it could be a combination washer/soap pouch.  Only one problem - he won't use it.  We don't know why - he has dementia.

Has anyone had experience with this type of problem?  Apart from making an open-mesh holder, I'm stumped for ideas.  I'd appreciate any suggestions Smiley

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7  Re: what is this stitch called and how do I it? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by CatieD on: December 30, 2006 03:17:48 PM
Unfortunately, eatyerhartout, I never took a photo of the jacket and the pattern went missing shortly after I knitted it.  This is close to it

but mine had sleeves completely patterned, not just a panel up the middle.  This pattern is out of copyright if you'd like full details but it uses 3 ply yarn and size 9 needles (US size 4).
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8  Re: 60's Kenner's Knitting Machine "Knit-O-Matic". Help! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by CatieD on: November 19, 2006 01:56:59 PM
Looks like you got a good deal, annamal.  I can't help much with suggestions for making anything, apart from scarves but I think I know why you're dropping stitches.

My mother bought a knitting machine in 1960 and, back then, the carriages were not equipped with brushes to open the latches.  It was important to check before you knitted every row that the latches (arrowed, in the photo below) were open before the wool was laid across.

Sorry if I'm telling you something you already know Smiley  Happy knitting!

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9  Re: Help! I think I'm sewing my knitting wrong? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by CatieD on: November 15, 2006 04:44:27 PM
Most yarns are made of several strands so you might find it easier to separate them like this

This is an acrylic and one strand is definitely strong enough to sew a seam.  Also, it's often useful to separate the strands on really thick yarn when you're trying to sew in the ends of your work.  I think the ends are hidden better.

I hope your hands recover quickly - think of all the crafting in your future, lol
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10  Re: Can anyone identify this craft tool? in Discussion and Questions by CatieD on: October 26, 2006 06:15:31 PM
Does it look like this?

This is a rouleau loop turner.  It is used to turn fabric tubes to the right side after they are sewn.  I use mine quite a bit to make drawstrings on bags.  After you've sewn the tube with right sides together, you insert the tool and grab the end of the material with the latch hook and then slowly pull the tool backwards, thus turning the tube the right way out.
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