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A Good Yarn / Re: Who will get their knitting machine out?
« on: Yesterday at 09:59:34 »
There is one other thing @Diane - many handknitters do not make good machine knitters. You have to put hand knitting and the techniques you use right out of your head. The process is completely different. The machine is very good at lots of things (as well as quick!) but it will not do everything you do by hand. If you can separate the two in your mind you will do well.

It's probably not for me if i'm being totally honest, it's taken long enough to get hand knitting techniques in to my head. I think i'll sit back and just watch the projects that all you lovely ladies produce and admire them.
I like trying new things to keep the mind active and crocheting will be one of them, mum has just given me the Sophie's Universe kit so it looks as if this will be next on my list.

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A Good Yarn / Re: Who will get their knitting machine out?
« on: Yesterday at 09:17:17 »
@Elnnina Thanks for all the info, I think it's something that i would need to check out before purchasing as i'd definitely need some tuition  :rolleyes: The only bit that's putting me off is the need to have it out all of the time, i don't really have the space and as mentioned before, if it got stored under the bed, would i use it? probably not. I do enjoy hand knitting and i ask myself would i miss the relaxing in the recliner of an evening doing my knitting? maybe. I think it's just me wanting every craft gadget going  :laughing:

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A Good Yarn / Re: Sleeveless top for Mum
« on: February 26, 2021, 20:45:04 PM »
Starsky and Hutch

Oh gosh that's really funny, i'll tell him that and maybe he won't want me to knit it  :laughing:

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A Good Yarn / Re: Felix blanket
« on: February 26, 2021, 18:40:52 PM »
@CraftyIrish That is so pretty, another craft i need to add to my list  :faints: I tried crochet once many years ago and never could get the hang of it but it's something i need to master. Once i've finished my super chunky jacket, i might have a dabble.

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A Good Yarn / Re: Sleeveless top for Mum
« on: February 26, 2021, 18:33:15 PM »
Wow lovely. I'm always in awe of you knitters! I can only sew..  :laughing:

Why don't you give it a try  :) I'm not an experienced knitter by a long shot, i grope my way through patterns and tend to only do easy ones, although i am getting a bit more adventurous. My husband wants me to knit him a Lebowski cardigan  :scream: it's giving me sweats just looking at it.
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A Good Yarn / Re: Sleeveless top for Mum
« on: February 26, 2021, 16:43:06 PM »
That's a very chunky chunky!

Your right, just checked and it’s super chunky

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A Good Yarn / Sleeveless top for Mum
« on: February 26, 2021, 16:08:14 PM »
Well i've just finished this sleeveless top for mum for Mothers day, knitted in King Cole 4ply and i must say what lovely soft wool to knit with, bought a second lot in the bluebell shade, not sure what i'll be knitting yet but it will get used.
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Next project is this chunky jacket, thought it would be nice for the autumn and those chilly evenings, i'm using King Cole Chunky tints in the woodland shade. The back is complete and halfway up the left front so far.
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A Good Yarn / Re: Who will get their knitting machine out?
« on: February 25, 2021, 08:32:22 AM »
@Greybird thanks for the information and advice, they do look rather large these machines, not sure if I have the space to keep it out all of the time, think I need to get a bigger house  :laughing: I will have a look at those models though and some of the YouTube vids

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A Good Yarn / Re: Who will get their knitting machine out?
« on: February 24, 2021, 20:28:54 PM »
Ooh i'd love a knitting machine but they look so complicated to use that i don't think i would ever get the hang of it. This week i've been watching a few videos on youtube and it all looks so confusing, maybe i'm just getting old  :rolleyes: If i was to purchase one  what would you recommend getting?

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A Good Yarn / Re: More socks
« on: January 28, 2021, 07:29:15 AM »
Morning  :D
What length sock needles do you knit with? was looking at a set but they are 15cm rather than the 20cm that I’ve been knitting with, wondering if they would be too short.

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A Good Yarn / Re: More socks
« on: January 27, 2021, 20:57:07 PM »
Yes, first up they do look great  :)

When you're knitting the heel flap, are you doing the number of rows stated in the pattern, or have you had to make adjustments because of any sizing issues?
If it says pick up 21 stitches, then I'd assume you've done about 42 or 42 rows? And slipped the first stitch of ever row? That should give the obvious edge point to pick up. Then you can squeeze one or two in the 'gap' between the flap and the remaining stitches across the instep - that helps prevent a hole forming there too.

I find it's a bit of 'have a go' rather than being precise :)

The pattern states to knit the heel flap to 8cm which is about 27 rows unless i'm reading it wrong, see attached

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A Good Yarn / Re: More socks
« on: January 27, 2021, 19:51:44 PM »
Some lovely socks here ladies  :D, I too have been knitting socks this week, finished a green pair at the weekend but they came out more like bed socks  :laughing: I used some James Brett 4ply sock wool. The second pair i've started using King Cole 4ply zigzag wool, this has a higher wool content and the sock is much tighter. The bit i really struggle with is picking up the stitches after shaping the heel, there never seems to be enough loops to pick up, the pattern i'm using states to pick up 21 but i can only ever get to about 17? any tips gratefully received.

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Block of the Month 2020 / Re: Novembers BOM
« on: December 27, 2020, 20:27:09 PM »
I must say what beautiful quilt's you have all made :loveit: I really should participate if there's one for 2021 as it would help me take my mind off other things.

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Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: New sewing room
« on: December 27, 2020, 18:01:08 PM »

I do, it's a log cabin, 4 x 3 metres but just at the mo it's a wee bit chilly, I haven't done any sewing for about a month now  :|

Do you find you have plenty of room with the 4 x 3 metres?

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Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: New sewing room
« on: December 27, 2020, 13:57:52 PM »
In Cornwall I used the converted garage. It was dry lined and insulated.I had kitchen worktop down one side and it worked well

I almost got my hands on our garage, it's a detached brick built one 18x9, hubby said i could convert it, then changed his mind the following day :\ he did however suggest i could get a sewing room erected at the bottom of the garden. Just working out what size i would need etc

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