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In the wardrobe / Lining a boil-in-the-bag coat
« on: July 13, 2021, 15:51:35 PM »
I bought a very thin waterproof coat, it says it's breathable, but it has no lining.
I've tried wearing it twice and it's been wetter on the inside (particularly the sleeves) than the outside, yuk!

I have some mesh lining fabric and I've traced a pattern off the front, back, and sleeves.  Would I make this lining the same size as the coat, or a bit looser?  The coat is a loose fit, and the sleeves nice and wide, and the lining has a certain amount of give.

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In the wardrobe / Butterick B6101 - yet another version
« on: June 10, 2021, 17:12:26 PM »
Some fabric arrived yesterday, and it's all sewn up today  :)

It's slightly odd fabric, a polyester jersey with almost see-through fine lines in it.  Unfortunately, these lines ran across the fabric, not a good look for a fat lass.  As it stretches across and down, I decided to cut it sideways so the lines run vertically, which looks good, but that means it's more stretchy up and dwon, so I think it's made the hang a bit longer and narrower, but it's still ok.  And I just love the colour and design on the fabric.

A few changes to the pattern - I levelled the hem a bit at the sides, the pattern has it hanging quite low particularly on one side.  Also I don't do the little sticky-outy pocket, just the big one, which this time I've put a couple of tucks in the edge to stop it being so droopy.  And no little collar, just self binding. 
No, it's not been pressed, I think it would just melt...

I like it  0_0

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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Large patterned jersey
« on: May 06, 2021, 17:56:56 PM »
Very large patterned jersey - not cotton, and not thin.  And not my cup of tea  :P

Width - 150cm
Length - 2m

£5 + postage

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Very difficult to describe, a sort of white lacey layer on a very very fine knitted backing.  Would probably be ok for a soft light jacket perhaps?  A type of polyester I presume.

Width - 150cm
Length - 1.5m

£5 + postage

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Woven, with a very slight "give" to it, not enough really to say stretchy.  Looks a bit purple in the pic, but is actually burgundy.  Probably polyester of some sort.

Width - 148

Length - 2m

£5 + postage

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Stretches both ways, the ripples run across the fabric.  Polyester of some sort I guess.

It looks pink/purple in the pics, but it's really burgundy.

Width 124cm
Length 1.4m

£4 + postage

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A Good Yarn / ...and the last cardi for a while
« on: March 30, 2021, 16:36:58 PM »
The latest one, I'm having fun mixing two colours together and like the random marl effect.
This one again in full needle rib for that fabric that hangs nicely.
Please excuse the "moire" effect in the first pic, the second one shows the knitting better.

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A Good Yarn / Yet another blue cardi
« on: March 13, 2021, 17:16:38 PM »
And the latest cardi, this time is a strand of denim blue and a strand of sandy coloured yarn, knitted in full needle rib again.  I do love the way this fabric hangs so flat.
This time, I've moved the seams, so they are from the edge of the armholes downwards, the front and backs therefore have no armhole shaping, and side panels have the underarm shaping, if that makes sense.
I've even got the sleeve length spot on this time.
For the neckband, I cast off round the neck edges, then knit the band and re-hung the neck edges and cast then off together.
I have since discovered how to take full needle rib off on to waste yarn (circular knitting on both beds) but not sure how easy it would be to then re-hang live stitches, I'll have to play with that.
I didn't quite get the back view right, but thought you could have a laugh at the pic anyway  :laughing:

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A Good Yarn / Shades of blue cardi
« on: February 16, 2021, 19:24:17 PM »
I've spent the last few days knitting another cardi.  I'm using two blues, one denim and one sky, one fine strand of each knitted together.
It's knitted in full needle rib, that makes a lovely flat fabric that's the same on both sides, but is a little fiddlier to do shaping as it's one the main bed and the ribber.
I also had the bright idea of working out how to knit a "grown-on" collar, which has worked, but the variegated effect of the yarn unfortunately highlights where stitches were held then knitted into the collar, but it doesn't matter.
As I'm so fat, I can't knit the back in one piece, and think one centre seam would look odd, so like other cardis I've done this one has a centre back panel. 
I though I'd do a pattern on the panel, so I've spent all afternoon finding a stitch pattern, then plotting it onto Designaknit, which then prints a copy which is used to mark the design on a punchcard, then punching all the many little holes in the card.  I've knitted it with a couple of different choices of a second yarn, and decided I don't like the pattern against the plain, so it's going to be plain after all.
Some pics of progress up to now.

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A Good Yarn / The Bernie-inspired mittens
« on: February 01, 2021, 17:09:25 PM »
My son asks "Can you make me some mittens like Bernie Sanders'?"  "I expect so", I reply.

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Why don't I learn to say "No"?

First, I had to make a stitch pattern to download into my machine, found a good photo to copy and managed to do that.

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The originals were actually made from jumpers, cut up and sewn.

The list of things that went wrong:-

1.  The download of the stitch pattern kept failing, but got there eventually.

2.  I did a test knit of it, then realised I was knitting the wrong design, doh!

3.  Found the pattern wasn't knitting properly, decided it must be the downloading not gone right.

4.  Drew out pattern on mylar sheet that feeds into machine, didn't wait for ink to dry, all smudged, had to clean the sheet off and draw it all again and leave it overnight.

5.  In the meantime, realised the machine wasn't selecting the correct needles  for any pattern, and after a day and a half of testing various things, came to the conclusion that the carriage was not working correctly, although it had been.

6.. Got other (punchcard) machine out, punched all the little holes in the card for the pattern, worked out when I had to change colours, background and pattern, then found the row counter wasn't working on the machine, stuck solid.  Took it apart and found a screw wedged in the counter mechanism.

If you're bored now, just skip to the pics!

7.  Knitted first mitten, took a while having to keep changing colours and remember to put the gap for the thumb in the right place, but probably about an hour.

8.  Started second mitten, lost count of the number of times I did something wrong and had to undo rows, pick up dropped stitches, etc.  Took almost three hours... and a few "magic words".

9.  Sewing them both up took almost two hours, and I still cannot for the life of me make a neat seam, but hey-ho, they'll do.

10.  The dratted things are now out of the house, on their way to my son.  And they are browner than they look in my photos.

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A Good Yarn / Who will get their knitting machine out?
« on: January 26, 2021, 13:14:59 PM »
Come on, peeps, you know you want to.  Dust it off and get it set up, I'm feeling a bit lonely with mine...

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A Good Yarn / Fingerless gloves
« on: January 16, 2021, 19:43:18 PM »
These were a nice quick make, if a little fiddly.  The thumb didn't quite sit right on the first one, so on the second one, I put it 4 rows lower down, and it's great.
Now I know they fit, I'll make some in a nicer colour, maybe with a bit of pattern too.

Of course, Someone had to interfere when I was trying to take photos  0_0

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In the wardrobe / Fleece dog suit
« on: January 15, 2021, 17:34:12 PM »
The poodle turns into a snow leopard  0_0

I more or less managed to make a pattern from one of her bought suits, it wasn't easy trying to make a dog-body shape thing into flat pieces.

I thought it was best to use safety pins when I was fitting it better round her tail end  :S

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A Good Yarn / The blue cardigan disaster
« on: January 15, 2021, 09:48:29 AM »
A tale of woe...
This was done on my Brother 950i machine, using a garter carriage for the fancy back panel.

Firstly I'd decided to buy one 1500g cone instead of three 500g cones as it was cheaper. This meant, as it's very fine one-ply, that I had to wind off "cakes" on a wool winder so I could knit it three strands together.  No problem, just takes time to wind it.  BUT when knitting, once the "cakes" got used a bit (taking yarn from the centre) I kept getting knots and tangles, so I had to watch it carefully whilst knitting.

The machine decided to go wrong part way up the back panel so ended up taking a bit of it apart and lubricating it-successfully.

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Then ! decided on a different pattern for the back anyway.

Got it all done, then found that dratted back panel was shorter than all the rest of the cardi (that panel took about five hours of the garter carriage going continuously and this was the second attempt) so I decided I could steam and press and stretch it - kinda worked.

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Sewed it all up on my new Hague linker.
I then found that the garter stitch hems all flipped up and the button bands flipped in, and the back seams need to be pressed cos they wrinkled a bit.

This is acrylic yarn - have you tried pressing acrylic? It doesn't like it. I knew it wouldn't but thought I could get away with it.  I didn't did I?

Oh well, I'm wearing it now!

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A Good Yarn / Finished machine knit cardigan
« on: December 13, 2020, 11:37:21 AM »
Finally, it's done.  In fact it's the second one done as the first one turned out too short  :S

The yarn has been a pain, as it's kind of crinkly/nobbly/lumpy, and it's been very good at getting caught up where it shouldn't, and is probably why I had about six or seven dropped stitches on the back panel.  On the plus side, as it's quite textured, you can't really notice where I've bodged up the dropped stitches  0_0

I had lots of toys out for making this. I designed it on Designaknit, which I could then hook up to the machine and use interactive knitting via the laptop, so it told me when to increase or decrease, which row I was on, and even which needles should have stitches on, brilliant!  I also used the garter carriage for the garter stitch patterned back panel, that took hours, but it's motorised and knits along on it's own. Again, brilliant!  And finally I sewed it up on my new linker - yes, another brilliant!

The only downside is I probably ought to put the machine away now to get the spare bedroom ready for my daughter coming over Christmas.

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