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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is it worth blocking Stylecraft Acrylic?! on: November 25, 2007 03:01:49 PM
I'm finally getting round to doing all the finishing for my xmas pressies, after putting it off for the past 2 months....

but, I have an alien scarf, in really quite cheap acrylic (I know, I know, but he's 12 and tends to ruin anything "nice") and it's a little curly (mainly at the ends, but still...)

Is it worth attempting to block it? should I block using an iron instead of my usual "wash and pin", I think I read (possibly on knitty) that this can make acrylic lose some shape/sheen?

Anyone have any experience of Stylecraft (special DK), I'm guessing that's a UK specific question...

You can see the ends a bit here, I'd flattened it as much as possible for this pic though!

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mother-In-Laws Shawl on: November 12, 2007 05:21:15 AM
My SO's Mam turned 60 last weekend, and this is the present I made for her:
The first 2 are pre-blocking

In situ (the only pic I remembered to take post-blocking!):

I used Sidar's "Snuggly Baby Bamboo" as I wasn't sure what (if anything) she was allergic to, and it blocked WONDERFULLY!  I was a bit worried that the lace wasn't showing very well, but my trusty swatch convinced me and I went for it (one of the few times I've used a swatch... tum te tum).  I would've preferred it to be a bit longer, but I only found out 3 weeks in advance (yes, I did yell at him!) and my LYS only had 6 balls of the same dye lot, so 6 it was!

It was a really really simple pattern, I did most of it whilst watching the tv!  In fact, it was such a lovely pattern (simple, yet interesting), that I'm thinking of doing one for his step-mum for xmas as well!  The lace knitting is only 1 row out of 4, so although it wasn't my first lace knit I'd highly recommend it for a beginner

Hope you all like it  Smiley
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Why does this yarn hate me?! on: November 02, 2007 11:28:46 AM
I'm currently using some really cheap (and quite nasty) acrylic, and it's driving me insane!

I naturally seem to twist the yarn as I knit anyway, but this seems to twist much more than normally, and when I try and untwist it it seems to make it unravel the individual threads/plys in the yarn itself and then they knit at different rates...!  Meaning, not only am I left with really twisty yarn, but also with yarn that's separated and that I have to keep "pushing" the longer bits down towards the ball...  Angry

Would holding my yarn "properly" (ie that odd thing where you move it between your fingers that I've never quite managed to grasp) help with this?  Is that why I'm constantly twisting the yarn anyway?  I don't really want to learn how to do that if it's not going to help (mainly because I *should* knit left-handed, my right hand's quite useless when it comes to co-ordination!)...

Or should I consider learning how to knit continentally?

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dashing and Voodoo Wristwarmers on: September 19, 2007 07:33:24 AM
Just a few years behind everyone else, I've finally made some Dashing and Voodoo wristwarmers

Dashing were made for me, though I might frog the right-hand one, cause I stupidly managed to do the bit above the thumb 5 rows shorter and I think it'll bother me if I dont  Angry  But I still love them anyway!  They only took a few days, and I knitted them backwards, starting from the fingers down, cause I didn't know if I'd have enough wool!

And Voodoo were made for Flikk's birthday tomorrow (he's just opened them, so I can post now!)

I mainly followed the pattern, but added some dec/inc around the wrist so it was more snug, and did 11 stitches for the thumb hole, rather than the 6 it said!

A fuzzy pic to show the decreases/increases

For both I used an aran weight wool, bought off ebay, dyed by the seller.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What can I make with this yarn?! on: September 18, 2007 01:22:54 PM
Through a really weird incident I ended up with 10 balls of yarn being left on my doorstep (yes, I now believe that yarn fairies exist!), but the problem is it seems to be a discontinued yarn, I can't find it on Ravelry and even Google only comes up with 1 link, and that's ebay!  It's the same yarn mind you, just in a different colour, the ones I have are "Delphinium", so quite a vivid blue.

I've just started knitting a lace scarf in it, but it's a bit too shiny and it's not dropping well, plus it seems a little too light for a scarf, which is a shame cause I could churn out loads of xmas presents from it! 

Any ideas what I could try next!?  It's DK, 100% acrylic (so I can't even practice felting with it, tsk), and really soft/shiny/odd!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting backwards? on: September 16, 2007 12:32:33 PM
Is there any (logical) reason that knitting a pattern backwards (ie row 10-1 rather then 1-10) shouldn't work?

I'm doing Dashing from Knitty, but I don't know how much wool I have! (hand dyed yarn, so I know the weight and I *think* it's roughly the right amount, but...)  So I thought I'd knit from the fingers to the elbow, and I can't see why it wouldn't work, but...

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting for hot climates? on: September 09, 2007 03:05:40 PM
A friend was visiting last week and was fawning over various knitted things I've recently done (mainly my xmas present pile), and, although he didn't ask directly, I know he'd love to get something hand knitted for xmas.

Thing is, I hadn't even considered it, because he lives in Dubai!  A place where they spray cold water on pavements/sidewalks to stop people from passing out from the heat!

So... I know I've seen some of you guys from the warmer parts of the US talk about ways you can 'get away with' wearing knitted items, certain fibre contents, knitting more lace/less densely etc, but I don't know where to start on searching for any previous topics on this  Sad


He's a lovely guy, and I think he'd be really moved if I managed to make something he'd not pass out in!  Grin
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is this pattern right?! on: August 19, 2007 10:54:57 AM
I'm working on a lovely cat pillow and I've gotten to the intarsia, but it's telling me that my border should now be 3 extra stitches each side than it was before...

That doesn't seem right, why would I change the border size just because I'm doing the picture?

19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My First Stuffie! on: August 16, 2007 11:22:23 AM
I'm so very proud, I usually only knit (so much so that I almost put this thread into the wrong forum...), but I saw this pattern/tute and knew I'd found my sister's birthday present!

I mostly followed the instructions, but used a t-shirt instead of a sock, so a bit of extra sewing was called for, but I managed to finish him in 1 day.  A day with no work, granted, but still, one day  Cheesy

And here he is:

a rather phallic back view...

His star is because I managed to nick the fabric, so there's a tiny hole, and I'm way too much of a perfectionist to leave it there!

I'm also considering making him a little cape... he seems to call for one  Grin
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Goofy Dinosaur :D on: August 06, 2007 10:26:54 AM
My sister-in-law got caught by the recent flooding in South-West of the UK, the entire ground floor of her home is ruined... Aside from the usual things, the main issue is proving to be things for her 18 month old son, who (obviously) doesn't understand where all his toys have gone!  She was well insured for the 'standard' things, but we're all trying to, as quickly as possible, replace/create new toys for him!

I had a rummage through my stash and found some cotton like wool I'd ripped from a charity shop jumper (so nice and washable!), and he was stuffed with the inside of an old pillow (again so he's nice and washable). 

And voila, Mr Stegs was born

I'm so goofy you just have to love me Cheesy

Look mum, even though my legs are really odd, I can walk!

Off he goes for a wander...

All packed and ready to go
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