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A Good Yarn / Knitting Techniques
« on: January 06, 2022, 09:36:17 AM »
This thread has come out of my frustration at not knowing how to do something, and becoming sidetracked by the need to know.  By the time I have mastered the skill, invariably the project has become a UFO.

Anyone else have this problem?

My latest and ongoing frustration was with the tubular cast on with provisional yarn - sounds like a mouthful I know, but it's a lovely rib finish for necks and hats.

Anyone else struggle with techniques in the same way? 


I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Fabric Christmas tree
« on: December 22, 2021, 10:57:43 AM »
This has just come up on a FB feed, and I really like it. Fabric Christmas Tree Here

Too late for this year, but maybe next - if I remember! :laughing:


Patterns Discussion / PyjamaTops
« on: October 19, 2021, 09:36:09 AM »
It's getting cooler at night now, and I don't yet want to put the extra quilt on the bed, when it's just my shoulders feeling the chill.

So, yesterday, I had a root around t'internet, and found a couple of possibles.

First up, a really beautiful top, and I think I have a pattern which I can easily adapt.

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Then there's this one, which would be lovely over a vest top

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Any suggestions for a pattern will be really helpful...


Sewing Machines / Bobbin Problem
« on: October 07, 2021, 12:21:49 PM »
I had an easy job lined up yesterday, turning a favourite duvet cover of Lilya's into a couple of fitted sheets.  Cotton fabric, so straightforward - wrong! 

All started well, until my bobbin ran out.  The bobbin winder on my 1475 cd, is a bit tempramental, (she's an old girl after all), but, re-filled and re-fitted, I started sewing again.

Right from the start, the stitching was playing up, but I couldn't find the problem.  The thread kept breaking, and my machine wasn't happy at all... :facepalm: :thinking:

I was trying to finish the sheet before investigating further, but it was driving me mad.

I cleaned out the bobbin area,  and gave it a drop of oil.  Still playing up. :rolleyes:

I decided to re-thread from scratch.  Still the same...

Scratching my head, I took the bobbin out, and looked at it closely.  It was standing proud of the bobbin holder!  :scream: Scratching my head as to how just one bobbin in a batch can be faulty???

I took it out and replaced it, winding the old thread from the faulty bobbin.  When it came to the end, the bobbin slpit in half!   :faints:

I realised then what had happened.  The bobbin appears to have been wound far too tight, and sprised the bobbin in half...

All is as it should be now, but this is a perfect example of how seemingly trivial things, can cause very annoying problems.

Everything is now fine, and my Pfaff is hopefully good for a few more years!  :perfect10:


A Good Yarn / Circular Knitting Needle Question
« on: September 29, 2021, 07:57:09 AM »
I am suffering with painful hands, and my knitting needles aren't helping.

I am a recent convert to knitting in the round, using either circulars, or dpns.  The dpns don't cause me a problem, as I just use plain bog standard (the grey type) needles. Sometimes though, I like to use circulars, and I'm struggling to finda brand which suits.

KnitPro are OK on the hands, but the cords (and where they attach), catch on the yarn, driving me nuts, and I have to stop often to help the yarn over the join.

Haya Haya, are too pointy, and painful to work with, although they don't seem to jar on the yarn as much.

It's an expensive business trying new ciculars, so I would like your thoughts.


A Good Yarn / FreeSockPatterns
« on: September 23, 2021, 09:49:07 AM »
I found three lovely free patterns HERE

I think they are all too difficult for me, but thought some of you more experienced knitters may like them.

I love the Shell Sock, but I think the only one I might be able to have a crack at would be the Heel Less sock...

Nice leg and arm warmers too...


Technical Help / Vogue V1610 -SB Kimono
« on: September 13, 2021, 19:33:35 PM »
Why do I do this to myself?

I picked the pattern, decided on the fabric I was going to use and started to lay it out.  Only after I had opened it out, did I realise that there was a beautiful large floral design I wasn't seeing when the fabric was folded up.

Now I have created a problem.  I would love to have one of the big floral motifs on the back, but this would result in a lot of wastage.  It would also mean that I needed to replicate on the front, and I'm not sure I have enough fabric for that...

Any bright ideas as to how I can make this happen?  I can always use a contrast for the front band, and the belt, but I need a back, 2 fronts and 2 sleeves out of the main fabric - at least.

Hoping someone will have a bright idea.

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A Good Yarn / Unpicking, Tinking ??
« on: September 10, 2021, 10:24:28 AM »
I've been knitting the lovely little Holding Hands baby blanket pattern, and it is a really straightforward, easy pattern.  Over the last few days though, I've felt really off my perch, overtired and hot, tummy a bit off, so rather than stand sewing, I've picked up my knitting.

The blanket is shaping up really well, but, several times through lack of concentration, I've found myself having to unpick several rows.  It's time consuming, and tedious.  I know there are various ways of correcting mistakes, but I usually use the 'one stitch at a time' method - unless I have many rows to unpick, when I will unravel the rows to the nearest couple of rows, then finish by unpicking a stitch at a time.

I know there is a method of correcting your work, if the mistake is in a small area, but I'm not that confident about using it...

Any tips out there about Unpicking to correct knitting mistakes?  151 sts isn't the end of the world, but when the mistake is only over 4sts, 4 rows down... :boohoo:

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A Good Yarn / Knitting Needle Cases for Circulars
« on: September 01, 2021, 11:23:17 AM »
I was watching the last episode of Stitched in Sweden, when I came across a knitting case which I didn't know I wanted, but now I believe it will be very useful to me.

Those of you who use circulars, and particularly interchangeable circulars, may have the same problem of storage.  Not so much the needles, but the cords, which never seem to stay tidy.

So, when I saw this case, I wanted one.  Unfortunately, I think it may have been self drafted, as I can find no reference to a pattern.  So, if anyone has seen something similar, I would be very grateful...

Or maybe i can draft my own... :thinking:

Fingers crossed this picture works, as I took a screenshot.

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A Good Yarn / Baby blankets
« on: August 31, 2021, 11:00:50 AM »
Another of DD's in-laws is expecting, so it was a good excuse to do a bit of crocheting and knitting.

I've been dying to get the needles out again, but everything is all over the place since our re-furb.  So, I went online and found a lovely little blanket Here .

Initially I was put off because I hadn't enough yarn to make it, but I printed it off anyway.

I then picked up a crocheted blanket I'd started last year, (Spring into Summer corner to corner) and not pursued because I hadn't enough white yarn to finish.  Then I had a brainwave, I would cut it with some lovely yarn I came across.  This was a great idea, and I got nearly halfway before realising that the white would still not be enough.  As a last resort, I asked OH to have a look for me - it was from B&M and very pretty.  He managed to get some more  :thumbsup:, but it wasn't the same batch and it had gone up in price !  No matter, it looks fine, and I've been able to finish the main blanket - now for the wide border!

Plenty of time to think when you're crocheting, so I managed to work out the stitches for a smaller knitted blanket, and it looks as if I'll now have enough to make a newborn blanket.  :thumbsup:  The yarn btw, is beautiful.  I remember getting it from a charity shop before the madness started, cost me a pound I think.  It's a Wendy Cotton "YoYo" , with a little nylon and lycra, and is a dream to knit with, and looks beautiful knitted up.

I've worked out the pattern as best I can, and fingers crossed I will have just enough to finish!


Patterns Discussion / Burda 126 03-2018
« on: August 10, 2021, 20:47:48 PM »
I'm just about ready to throw the towel in with the back vent on this jacket.   :headbang:

The instructions are sparse, as Burda patterns always are, but also confusing, as I'm sure some of the measurements are wrong eg On the left back trim the vent facing to 4.5cm (7/8") wide, and press to inside:rolleyes: :S

I will have another go tomorrow, but after that, I'll be altering the vent to suit one that I understand... :rant:

The worst thing is, I made a complete toile back in January, and all went really well.  I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing wrong... :boohoo: :boohoo:

Any suggestions???  :boohoo:  :headbang:


House Beautiful / Small upholstery project
« on: July 05, 2021, 11:08:09 AM »
Last week I started to upcycle an old Oak telephone seat (I know! That's really old!), to fit under the stairs. 

All went well, and it painted up nicely.  Just needed to seat done.  I found a piece of fabric in the stash, but 6" too short, so we went out on Saturday to buy more.

I got two lots of fabric, both nice, but only one was The One.

Did the seat on Saturday afternoon, and it went on beautifully. 

Sunday, however was a different matter.  The fabric did not like going around the curved back.  I took it off three times before deciding to cut another piece.

I had a bit of a re-think, and decided to put some foam backing on, and add some temporary glue.  No better.  I'm thinking of throwing the towel in and making a cushion to cover the awful creases which happen when I try to smooth the fabric down...

Any help out there?  Please... :boohoo:

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I saw this & I thought you may be interested! / Maison Fauve
« on: July 02, 2021, 11:41:15 AM »
This company has just come up on my FB feed, and it looks really interesting.

Although it is French, the tutorials are good, so easy enough to follow.

I need to give this a closer look, I'm sure some of these patterns have my name on them... ;)


House Beautiful / It's Curtains for me!
« on: June 26, 2021, 18:51:45 PM »
The time has come.  We have put the curtain rail back up - not without a blue tinge to the air... :laughing:  Why won't the man listen when I tell him what to do... :dance: :laughing:  I put the original up, and it's a queer shape, so I found it easier to work from the middle.  It only pinged off twice before he tried something different... :laughing: :dance: :laughing:

Now I have the conundrum of making up my voile curtains.  I say conundrum, because I haven't got much fabric to play with - it was a remnant and I just took what I could get, so I need to get my thinking cap on.  Fortunately, it isn't a curtain to be drawn, mainly to dress the room, but it will need curtain weights, and I think the strips will be most suitable. 

More updates on Monday...


Patterns Discussion / What a Numpty!
« on: June 22, 2021, 11:43:48 AM »
While I was having my clearout of the sewing room on Sunday, I came across 4 pdf's. I knew what the first three were, but the last one is a mystery.  So, to try to tidy things, I decided to cut out, and accurately lable the patterns.  The first was easy, just an overnight bag pattern, easily sorted. I moved on to the Burda Trench coat which proved to be a bit of a marathon.  I started sticking yesterday, while I waited for the Carpet man.  I got up at stoopid o'clock this morning, so thought I would carry on where I left off yesterday.

Just finished, and all cut out, but, I noticed the test square in the paper bin, and thought I would double check it.  I could have wept.  Instead of measuring up at 4", it measured 41/2"...

I'm usually so careful about printing the test square and measuring it before printing off the full pattern.

My mind is now racing, looking for quick fixes, but I think the answer will be, that I must print it again.

A random thought passed through my mind, but not sure it would work.  As Burda patterns don't have seam allowances, I wondered if I sewed without adding s/a's that might work?

Any thoughts?  Or is it to be consigned to the bin?  I'm thinking the latter... :boohoo: :'( :boohoo: :headbang: :boohoo:


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