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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Barbara Walker pattern treasuries - advice please! on: August 04, 2008 02:04:58 PM
I'm looking at these lovely books online, as no shop here seems to carry them  Sad , and I think I can only really afford one.

So if you own one or more of the treasuries, which would you recommend?
I'm more interested in lace than cables, but they all seem to be mixed, is that right?

Martha xx
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Black food dye? on: July 23, 2008 10:50:50 AM
I've been playing about, dying white wool yarn with black food dye with vinegar, but it keeps just taking a dark red from the bath and leaving the water a lovely blue/violet shade, that won't take at all since the yarn saturates itself with red! I'd like the colours to split but can't work it out!
Any tips? Is it when I'm using the vinegar - soaking the yarn in vinegary water, then adding it to a heated dye bath with more vinegar? Is this too much?
Help! Huh
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hemlock Blanket Question on: April 13, 2008 05:48:29 AM
I know lots of people on here have made the lovely Hemlock from brooklyntweed, and I'm almost done on mine.
Here's the thing: I'm not really feeling the decorative cast off, with the loops. It's a bit too fussy, and people have commented that it takes an age to do.
So, can I skip it, and just cast off normally? Or will that result in a world of curly-edged horror?
I don't want to mess up so close to the end! Has anyone else deviated at this point?

4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / More help on Kittyville please! on: March 12, 2008 12:16:24 PM
I'm all done with the main part of the hat, have just hit difficulties with the earflaps; my needles and yarn were both finer than the ones in the pattern, and I know I tend to knit quite small, so I added 12 to the cast on, making 96 stitches.

So I figure following the instructions to count so many across from the beginning of the round won't really work!

Are the earflaps slightly to the front rather than being exactly in the middle? If I work  the set number from the middle, plus 6 to compensate for the extra 12 stitches overall, would that work?

Help much appreciated, I've really enjoying knitting this so far and don't want to mess it up now!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Missoni-esque zig-zags? on: August 19, 2007 02:52:08 PM
I'm trying to work out how to do the classic missoni zig zag, inspired also by the Noro pattern Butterfly (which is a dead-ringer for missoni).  All the online patterns seem to be over too many stitches, so the zigzags are longer and less angular, but i'm not picky really. is there a particular technique? help much appreciated!
Martha xxx
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / British Bunnies on: November 27, 2006 03:31:49 AM
Considering making these bad boys for a present, but having yarn difficulties.  I can't get hold of worsted yarn here, it's DK or aran for the closest match. AND I can't get any nice angora stuff either.
So, could I use 2 strands of aran? Or would that be too thick, would one do the trick, or maybe one strand of something thicker, like chunky weight?
Very confused.  Huh Any help would be grand!

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