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Today... / Re: Monday 9th October and the days are whizzing by
« on: October 09, 2017, 09:01:30 AM »
Miserable day, after a miserable weekend, weatherwise.... :(  It matches the mood.....

Still plagued with a rotten head cold too.

Roll on Friday....  :S


Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Does this machine exist
« on: October 07, 2017, 11:29:55 AM »
I have a Pfaff combi, and yes it is a learning curve - although there are a series of excellent videos on Youtube from the Sewing Machine Warehouse if you would like a close up look at how difficult it is to change over.

I must be honest and say that sometimes I just use a twin needle, especially for children's clothes.


Machine Accessories / Re: Twin needle
« on: October 07, 2017, 11:22:45 AM »
It will probably be the needle, unless you have a ball point or stretch twin needle.  It sounds too simple I know, but I've done it myself, and thought I could trick the machine, but no, I had to change to a stretch twin needle.

The thing is, that ball point will sew on woven fabric, but stretch/jersey/lycra hate needles meant for wovens.....


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. 


Today... / Re: Saturday 7th October
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:02:18 AM »
Filthy weather here, very fine, but heavy rain - I know because I was stood outside work, waiting for the Roller shutters to work - battery malfunction.    :S

So, not only am I full of a cold, I'm now soaked to my skin, and have to go out again to do the banking.  :(

And guess what? The sun is now streaming through my office window.  :angry:


The Cafe / Re: Look who visited me yesterday!
« on: October 06, 2017, 11:48:20 AM »
Wow Ruby!  They are spectacular!  We get some every year, but nothing like that!


The Cafe / Re: Fridays' Mixed Double TSP BIG Birthday Wish ....
« on: October 06, 2017, 10:13:58 AM »
Many Happy Returns to you both!

Have lovely birthdays!

:flower: :vintage: <3 :sew: :cake:

A Good Yarn / Re: Best Way to work with Charts
« on: October 06, 2017, 10:06:29 AM »
Great advice EB.  I usually knit with a notebook at the side of me to record rows, but never thought of marking pattern repeats - great idea.

I did try the KnitTink app, but can't come to terms with it.... ><


Today... / Re: Friday 6th October
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:13:29 AM »
Bright and sunny today, but very cold.  At least it's not raining....

Much paperwork to attend to this morning, but this afternoon, I plan to try to repair a sweater.  I pulled it out of the wardrobe to try it on, and tiny holes have appeared.....  I think we have a wool moth.  It's Merino Wool, and I can't wear it for very long, but I do like it.....


A Good Yarn / Re: Best Way to work with Charts
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:54:19 AM »
Thank you, Thank you girls!  I really thought it was me being thick, that the charts spooked me.

I've read the reviews on this cardi, and they made me feel stupid, as most of them said what an easy knit it was apart from a few mistakes in the pattern!  Now, I'm thinking, where are these mistakes?  I'll be watching for them, but I do wish the writer had been more specific.

Up to now, I've transcribed the pattern in Word, from an enlarged chart.  It took some time, but it may save my eyes later, and the laminator will be called into service (if I can find it :)). 

What was wrong with old fashioned patterns, with straightforward instructions?  Although I shouldn't complain as this is a free pattern.


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? 


Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Getting Back on Track
« on: October 05, 2017, 15:09:25 PM »
Sympathetic hug, from another sufferer.  I'm really trying to shake myself out of it, but, easier said than done.  :'(

Enjoy the visit with your GChildren, my girlies do help to lift my mood for a while.

Take your time Low, but keep up with the gossip on TSP, we'd worry if you didn't.

 :flower: <3


The Cafe / Re: I'm Going Grey
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:59:43 AM »
My hair is the bane of my life, there's just too much of it!  Still dark brown with bends (no waves or curls here), and a few stray silvers at the temples.

My mum and her sisters all had the same hair, and one aunt only had a smattering of silver even into her 80's.

I do have a few streaky bits put in along my hairline, but I'm thinking of knocking them off as I'm becoming less vain than I once was.  ;)

My friend who has Lymphoma, loses her hair on a regular basis due to the aggressive treatments she endures, so if all I have are a few silvers, I'll cope with that...


Today... / Re: Its Thursday 5th October and......
« on: October 05, 2017, 08:45:59 AM »
Overcast cool and damp here, after a very, very wet night.

Managed to cut my thumb as I was getting ready to leave the house today.  DD passed over a mandolin she no longer used, and as I went to put it away, it sliced my thumb - blood everywhere.  Fortunately it's my left one....

The day can only get better!  ><


The Show Must Go On / Re: Latest ballroom dress - mean and moody Tango!
« on: October 04, 2017, 14:38:10 PM »
Amazing dress, and beautiful dancer!


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