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Your Favourite Suppliers / Woolstack
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:14:17 AM »
I've used this company twice in recent weeks, for new knitting needles, and I am very pleased with the service.

I received my first order, for 2 pairs of Addi circulars in two days, even though they were ordered late afternoon.

My Knitpro Nova, Metal Interchangeable Needle De-Luxe set, was again two days, but free as it was over £25.

One of the cables is not screwing on all the way, so another will be on its way to me on Monday.

Communication was quick and decisive, and I'm pleased. 


A Good Yarn / Best Way to work with Charts
« on: October 05, 2017, 15:38:46 PM »
I found a lovely pattern to knit for my hols (Christmas), but, it's a Drops pattern (not the easiest), and the lace chart is the work of the Devil!  :S  I know it's a free pattern, but that shouldn't mean that pattern quality should be poor.

I've spent ages transcribing the pattern into something I can understand, but it isn't ideal. How does everyone else manage?  To add to my woes, the chart is tiny!  No rush for this, I have got other projects on the go, but it's annoying that I can't just dive in and start knitting.

Any hints for knitting  lace patterns? 


A Good Yarn / Garter Earflap Hat
« on: October 02, 2017, 09:07:23 AM »
This is a free pattern by Purl Soho,

On the face of it, a very simple pattern, but there are hidden traps for the unwary!

The first problem I had, was working with very short, circular needles (I haven't yet mastered Magic Loop). It was hard on my hands, which are rather large, and not as flexible as they were.

The short rows were a bit of a pain, as I kept messing up.  Once I had decided to do a trial hat, things became clearer.

The next thing was the pattern.  It isn't for beginners imo, mainly because it misses things out like, working to the end of the row etc.  Although, on the website, questions are answered, but who sits in front of a PC or Ipad when they are knitting?

The last criticism from me is that the last few rows are really, really difficult, and you do need some knowledge of working in tiny spaces, with either dpns, or magic loop.  I tried both, dpns didn't work as the needles kept falling out of the stitches, so I did a very poor approximation of a Magic Loop.  Fortunately, it doesn't show at the top of the hat, and the little antenna thing hides it!

Having said that, it's a lovely little hat, and looks great on Theo.  I just wish it was easier.  I may try to convert it to flat knitting now that I know how it all works.


A Good Yarn / Isabella Hat
« on: September 30, 2017, 09:03:01 AM »
This is a free pattern on Ravelry, by Flier Judit.  I made it while I was waiting for needles for Theo's hat.

What do you think?


A Good Yarn / Magic Loop - Craftsy Course
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:56:02 AM »
I received my 30cm circulars to knit Theo a couple of hats, and started a trial one yesterday.  I love the hat: , but using those needles is really difficult for my hands.  I have big hands, not very flexible, and subject to cramps, so this has been a harder project than it need be.

Francesca suggested trying the Magic Loop, and I have tried, but it's always resulted in failure, for some reason, even with Youtube vids, I can't grasp the concept.

However, this morning, I saw a link to a Craftsy course, and wondered if it would be worth doing.  Have any of you tried it, or any other ML tutorial? 


A Good Yarn / Circular Needle Supplier Help needed
« on: September 27, 2017, 13:07:13 PM »
I feel as if I'm going slightly mad over a hat....  :S

I tried to change the pattern to 2 needles but wasted the evening trying.  No worries, I'll pop in to town to get the correct needles, not fond of circular knitting, but needs must.

Tried the Range, none at all, and the only other knitting supplies place on the market only had 100 cms long ones.

The sizes I need are 4.00 and 4.50, 30 cms long.  I have looked and I have looked, and the only availability I can find is either the US, China, or pay silly price and postage from the UK.

Does anyone know of a reliable supplier, preferably UK, with reasonably priced, and prompt delivery? 

Jessie (who needs to make a little hat for Theo)

A Good Yarn / Robin Bambino 2488
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:57:39 AM »
A little cardigan for Theo.  This pattern is donkeys years old and I started it while waiting for Jemima Puddleduck  ;)

The hardest part is always the sewing up, which seems to take ages.  I like flat seams so it does take a little while longer.

I'm going to look for a little hat pattern to use up the rest of 100grm ball.


Your Favourite Suppliers / Faerie Fabrics
« on: September 20, 2017, 15:26:52 PM »
I've just had a parcel delivered from Karla Burton at Faerie Fabrics on Facebook.  I ordered 2 lots of jersey/elastine (?) fabric at £4 each, delivery was £2.90.

One of the fabrics is 130x95, the other is 120x140 and both are quite heavy - lovely for something with a nice drape.  The fabrics came individually wrapped and labelled as per FB picture, with a pretty card inside.

Very happy to recommend this lady, and I told her so.  I will most definitely be using her again!


A Good Yarn / Looking for JemimaPuddleduck
« on: September 18, 2017, 13:01:44 PM »
It's that time of the year when I pick the needles up again.  First up will be some cardigans for Theo, but then I would like to knit Jemima Puddleduck for the girls for Easter.  I did Peter Rabbit last year and they loved him, so I think JP would be equally well received.

Problem: I can't find a copy!  :(

Only one is available on Ebay:

.... but there are already 6 bidders, and it's up to £10.50 so far..... :S

Does anyone have a copy of this pattern for sale please, or know where I might get one?

The back copies of mags I've  looked at, only go back to 2014....


Patterns & Fitting / Trouser alterations after weight loss.
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:52:01 AM »
I would normally make new, but I have three pairs of trousers which I've made over the 'summer?', one pair I haven't even worn, and I think I should have a go at altering them.

Anyone done this?  How did you go about it?  Does each pair need altering separately?

Should I print off another copy of the pattern in a smaller size? (StyleArc Barb, so not too complicated).

OH is commenting on my baggy bum, so I must do something about it :)


Vintage Machines / Feathereight help needed please!
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:12:54 AM »
I took my FW home at the weekend, and plugged it in for the first time.  I forgot that the switch was on and the machine ran for a few seconds, and then jammed.  I knew it would be a thread jam, and had a look, but there is still a tiny bit of lint trapped in there.

My difficulty is, that when I stripped her down originally, I was unable to totally dismantle the bobbin mechanism. Now this looks very easy when I've looked online, but I can't get it to budge.  It needs doing, because I don't think it would have stalled with a single thread in there, I think it more likely, that there is a build-up, which needs attending to.

But how to access it when it appears solidly in place....?


House Beautiful / Help with Corner cutout on furnishings...
« on: September 11, 2017, 09:06:00 AM »
This is the reason these cushions have remained unmade for a very long time!

I have two cushion covers to make, a back one and a seat.  Both are box cushions, and both have horrible little cutouts, which need to be included in the design.  The hardest thing is, that they are so small....

I started the back cushion on Saturday, and it was horrible, and it looks horrible - no pics, sorry.

I've brought the second in to work with me, and looking for help with it!

The corner here, is at the back of the cushion, and I will need to manoevre the zip insert around it, but how?  I can see it being an absolute pig - the one on Saturday was worse - but no zip to accomodate.

The picture shows the corner I need to go around, and it's fraying already!!



The Cafe / Why is it...?
« on: September 09, 2017, 11:21:53 AM »
that I have a drawer, and many jars full of buttons, and not one which is suitable for the current project.  ><  So, I went on a button buying mission this morning.  I got some lovely ones - a couple may even be suitable for my top!  ;)

Needed more piping cord for these blessed cushions, and some zips.  ;)

It would have been rude not to buy a few bits of fabric too - a little more of the Swallows and Amazons (before Veg buys it all!), and a horrid green (Cagoule type fabric  :x), to make a snooker table cover.  OH has just paid the GDP of a small country to have it re-covered, so now wants a cover to stop the sun fading it......  what sun is this?

So, a wet weekend sewing, and sorting through my lovely buttons is planned .....

Whatever you're doing, have a good one!


Welcome to The Dark Side / Theo's changing mat
« on: September 04, 2017, 09:15:37 AM »
Not sure if this is the proper place for this, if not, please move it....

DD asked for these, as I'd done a few for Lilya and she really liked them.

I'm afraid it isn't very square as my cutting mat and rotary cutter were at work, this means that the 'quilting' (such as it is) looks even more wonky than it is!

Four layers here, top fabric, batting (just leftovers), PUL (waterproof stuff - v slippy!), and bottom fabric.


Patterns & Fitting / Butterick 5889
« on: September 04, 2017, 09:03:37 AM »
I bought this off a FB seller, and really liked it for my hols.

However, I haven't yet finished it, and it may stay that way, as there are a couple of things I really don't like about this.

First, it comes up huge!!  I did a medium after reading PR, and it's still large (I'm 42 bust usually).

Then there are all these bindings....  I had to do contrast because I didn't have enough fabric, but I have to say, those hem bands are horrid.  It says to interface, which I did, but the interfacing - soft as it is, makes it stick out like a marquee.  The neck band I made wider, as it looked unbalanced with the front band, but still not fond.

I think, if I'm short of a project, I may rip the bands and facings off and replace them, because a) they are not a good colour contrast, and b) the hem facings hang very badly.

What do you lot think?


eta: apart from that, it's a nice make  :S

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