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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Problem - needle thread catching on shuttle race on: October 16, 2009 03:17:14 AM
I have a problem with my new Janome J3-24 machine.  Initially it was working fine but now the needle thread keeps catching on the shuttle race.  It still sews okay for a while but occasionally the threads get tangled in the mechanism.

What do I need to do to fix this?  
Thanks in advance!

2  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Li'l Monkey Blanket on: January 01, 2008 02:52:21 AM
Finally finished - a sock monkey blanket for my baby cousin.  It was on hold for a long time while I put off having to sew it all together.  Now it's done, I'm pretty pleased with it and I'd definitely do it again.

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 'Waffle' iPhone Case on: November 16, 2007 11:49:54 PM
Just a little case for my iPhone.  The waffle look is done by crocheting into the side of the HDC stitch rather than the top.  The yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino with a 3mm hook.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Rings on: October 22, 2007 10:27:37 AM
Inspired by the crochet ring thread in the Questions forum, here's my first crocheted ring.

May I just say that if you thought crocheting into the chain of a worsted weight yarn was a pain, you should try this!  Once the first row's done it's easy.  I used a 1.5mm hook with embroidery thread.

And my second...

Some metallic thread I had lying around.  I can't decide whether it needs a little decoration or not.
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Yarn for Unseamly Sweater? on: October 04, 2007 11:11:27 PM
Would Rowan All Seasons Cotton work for this? 

Fibre:    60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic/Microfibre
Yardage   98 yds.
Weight   50g
Yarn Weight   Worsted

Or even better ('cos I can get it cheap!)  Sirdar Spree.

Material: 60% Cotton 40% Acrylic
Yardage   149 yds.
 Weight   100g
 Yarn Weight   Heavy Worsted

Thanks!  (I'm rubbish at yarn subs!)
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / UK yarn subs for popular US yarns? on: October 04, 2007 10:58:35 PM
I see so many projects knitted/crocheted in Caron Simply Soft, Wool Ease and other cheap, popular American yarns.  The problem is, those yarns are almost impossible to get hold of in the UK.

Can anyone suggest UK subs for these?
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / FO: Knot Ugly on: October 01, 2007 09:11:52 AM
Don't you just love it when colour matches happen by accident?

I'd bought this mohair on sale, stashed it away and forgot about it.  Then I bought this skirt to wear to a wedding and hey presto - a colour match I couldn't have planned better if I'd tried.

This is my third Knot Ugly - it's a great pattern which works up really quickly.  I modified it a bit this time taking two rows off the bottom and two rows off the sleeves to make it fit me better.  I also had to cut out a couple of rows of edging as I was running out of yarn...

8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / What's the name of... on: October 01, 2007 04:08:35 AM
...the stripy raglan sleeve sweater pattern from one of the SnB books?  I think the pictured sample's in sort of berry colours.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / SnB 'Letter Have It' - anyone tried a crochet version on: September 27, 2007 12:42:56 AM
I was flicking through the Stitch n Bitch books in a shop last night and found the 'Letter Have It' bag which is incredibly cute.  I don't knit and have no intention of starting as crochet's just so quick and easy.

Has anyone tried a crocheted version of this bag?  I'm thinking it should be relatively easy if you worked the front and back panels in the round with a couple of well-placed increases and then just did a straight strip for the sides. 
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gift-wrapped scarf on: August 03, 2007 03:30:35 PM
I'm giving one a one-skein scarf as a gift to my upstairs neighbour tomorrow and suddenly realised I've got no wrapping paper in the house... but I do have cake candles, ribbon and muffin cases... Cheesy

Yes, it's an inedible scarf-cupcake!

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