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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Yarn translation question on: September 06, 2007 05:36:49 PM

I'd like to make this pattern (the cardigan)


Firstly, I'm a fairly new crocheter, so, is this insanely difficult, or is it manageable if my stitches are even?

Secondly, what yarn should I use?

54% Egyptian cotton, 46% viscose, 50 g./110 m./120 yards
300-350-350-400-450 gr nr 17, beige

I'm a total yarn newbie and in Australia, so I don't know what to buy. Last time I checked the yarn alternatives page worked but its not now. I realise that I need 6-7-8-9-10 balls of 50g each. How thick and can I use wool?

Thanks for your help.
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Double stranding on: August 01, 2007 06:25:06 PM
I am a total newbie here and this is probably a really obvious question but I search quite a few back pages and didn't find it. I have a bag pattern that I would like to make (so fit is not essential). The pattern calls for 8 ply, mostly I have four ply yarn. Could I use two strands and have the pattern come out well?

Thanks in advance
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Bow Bag on: May 18, 2007 03:00:22 PM
This is a pattern by Monica Poole origianlly done in cream with roses fabric. I have matching piles of fabric in my house and a pile of patterns. i try to match them up and thought these would go together. I think I did alright but I am not as rapt as I thought I'd be.

Of course, maybe I'd like it better if I could use it. It is in hiding. The vultures, er, my daughters, hang over my shoulder when I am sewing dropping hints about how much they like everything I make. I am having to sew while they are at school and not bring things out until I am ready to wear them somewhere.

Made using very heavyweight fusible fleece and heavy interfacing in the wavy part. Magnetic closur. One pocket. False bottom made from template plastic in a little bag
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / For The Second Time on: May 12, 2007 12:02:22 AM
This is not really a new quilt so much as a do-over. I made this quilt from "Once Upon A Quilt" and did two major things wrong. I used wadding which was too thick and I tried using invisible thread *hisss, evil stuff*.  Plus, I was probaby overreaching my quilting abilities.

Being very unhappy with the end result, I conned Mum into unpicking it for me and requilted it over thinner wadding. So, here are the pics. Please excuse any typos, I think my keyboard is going.

You can (hopefully) see that it now hangs flat against the wall instead of curling away.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black and White Shopper on: May 11, 2007 11:59:38 PM
This one is made from a kit which I paid an obscene amount of money for just to find out how they made it stand up when I was a beginning bag maker (eight weeks ago?)

I had to put stuff in it to show the pockets, they blend right in.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Mounting a Fan On The Wall on: May 05, 2007 06:26:13 PM
This is really obvious but how do you do this. I bought the girls and myelf the collapsible hand fans and I want to put mine on the wall rather than use it. How do you do this? I have no idea apart from blu-tac and that probably won't work due to the weight.

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Omiyage purses. on: March 27, 2007 08:12:47 PM
From the book by Kumiko Sudo.

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black handbag for travelling on: March 27, 2007 07:32:14 PM
This is made from one of the free patterns posted by Diabolica in the Discussion area. The pattern does make a reversible bag if you don't mind the hand sewing on the outside. Dh and I are off to China soo though, so although I would have preferred a magnetic snap or button (for reversability) I did the extensive velcro strip. I am definitely going to do more from this pattern though.

I am making a travel belt in the same black and white fabric as well. Pics may follow, time depending.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stable Bag on: March 14, 2007 01:40:17 AM
I have seen pictures of this bag and tried to duplicate it from that. It is not that big as this is a prototype. I am taking it on holiday with me next month to try it out. The base fabric is a fat eighth. I like the idea that you can just open the bag and have everything within easy reach, no re-organising necessary. In theory anyway.

Holds shape when open.

Showing Handles


Zip pocket at one end, velcro at the other. Tool holder in the centre.

It is supposed to look like a normal shoulder bag when shut.

20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Japanese Evening Bag with Ruffled Handle on: March 12, 2007 12:49:28 AM
I saw a picture of this bag and fell in love with it. I have reconstructed it using a similar fabric I owned and my trusty stitch unpick. I thought I unpicked a lot when following a pattern! The only major change was the handle. The original was beaded. I don't own beads and the one bag I do have with a beaded handle slips off my shoulder all the time.

No pockets, the outside was hard enough. A magnetic snap for the inside.
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