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PollyWally thank you so much for that information, and now I have seen those boxes of chalk, they do seem similar to the white chalk that seems to glitter came from.  They mention the wax chalk came in natural, so whilst I couldn't describe my small piece yesterday, I will now say it is natural, it is almost transparent.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 13th September
« on: September 13, 2020, 10:44:23 AM »
Just Pottering so pleased to read that your father is hopefully on the mend.  The poor man must be so bewildered with all that is going on with him at the moment, let alone all the fuss of being back in hospital, and the constant move of him from this ward to that ward.  Just what were the nursing home thinking of not encouraging him to drink more fluid even if he didn't want to eat, there are even products that are made up for invalids to drink and they are more than just a liquid and keep the body going - they surely would have helped him rather than leave the man taking nothing in.  Just hope that you and your sister read the riot act to the home - they have a lot to answer for.  Take care a look after yourself.

Stitches I know this is a worrying time for you, let's hope that they can soon get to what is going on, and I do hope he is comfortable.  Do try and get some sleep, this will do you a power of good.  Take care a look after yourself.

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Thank you Lilian for finding that, this looks very similar the the shape and colour of the unknown white wax chalk I have the one that looks like pieces of glitter are in it.  I have bookmarked this for future reference.

My little piece of wax chalk left over from the 60's is not a solid white, it is  sort of transparent, but that really is not the right word, it is so precious that I am very sparing with it.  When I was doing the tailoring course, we had to make a sampler which consisted of half a back of a jacket, so top half of the back so that we could fit a collar on, and I was using a dark grey piece of flannel and this wax chalk showed up beautifully.  It is such a shame that certain things we have used and loved have totally disappeared - why when they worked so well.

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In the wardrobe / Re: A new raincoat
« on: September 12, 2020, 11:11:09 AM »
Lovely raincoat Dolcevita, and very well made as well, now enjoy wearing this, but please keep the rain down your way.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 12th September
« on: September 12, 2020, 10:06:55 AM »
Thinking of you and sending positive vibes to you both Stitches and Just Pottering.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Good Grief ... Another Friday!!
« on: September 11, 2020, 23:33:15 PM »
Thanks for that information RJR_38, that could be useful, is it just for P&Q, curtaining or dressmaking or perhaps all three?  Next, where abouts in Wycombe is it please?

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Acorn, thank you for finding that but I really only want white.  I believe there is always a chance that the colours would not remove totally, which could totally be a disaster.  Thanks for looking though.

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Kwaaked  thank you for such a lovely thought but as you say the postage etc. would be prohibitive, and then of course the Customs would want their share.  But it does show that these sorts of products did exist - so why are they so hard to come by now.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Good Grief ... Another Friday!!
« on: September 11, 2020, 10:39:20 AM »
It was lovely to see Twopence yesterday, quite unexpected.  However one would think that Aylesbury being the County Town would have shops etc. more than the smaller towns, but no.  We used to used Staples for stationery and other things, bought our printer inks from there, even the odd printer, wireless mouse etc.  Now that Staples have gone completely, nothing seems to have taken over the gap left by this store, so just where do you go for such supplies.  I live in a village up in the Chiltern  Hills, so do have a choice of direction to go in to find a place to shop, but there is nothing really to take the place of Staples.  Also a fabric shop in Aylesbury has closed which is a shame, and I have to travel quite a way to buy just a reel of thread.  Twopence did mention that Hobbycraft do sell Gutermann thread, but again it is a journey just for thread or other small bits of habby.  I might just as well resort to on-line shopping for all my needs.

Ploshkin Clarence is absolutely gorgeous - he just wanted your attention.

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Way back in the late 60's I did a Tailoring course and was introduced to Wax Chalk, this was shaped exactly like the tailor's chalk that was used but was so different.  Once a line was drawn it stayed put until this got removed by the iron.  I only have a tiny piece left which is a shame.  At that time a very enterprising haberdashery shop in a nearby village got on the bandwagon and started stocking all the bits and pieces we used in that class, like this waxed tailors chalk, linen stay tape,  something called Shrunk Duck this was a lovely linen interfacing - sadly all these things are now almost impossible to get anyway.

Then a few years ago I found a shop that used to stock all manner of items, but these were not immediately seen as they were hidden away in drawers and cupboards, and I came across some other form of wax chalk, only this time this was an oblong shape and seems to have a slight glitter in it.  The only way of finding that this shop had all sorts of weird and wonderful items was to ask if they could order something for you, and the reply was 'Oh we have some of that' and into the various cupboards and drawers they would go.  Sadly again the oblongs of this chalk do not have any name stamped on them which is a great pity.  Also the shop no longer exists.

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A Good Yarn / Re: Anyone got a Knitmaster 600/700?
« on: September 09, 2020, 16:57:15 PM »
Greybird - thank you for your kind comments.  I must admit I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to knitting, sewing and embroidery!!

Oh I remember Diane Bennett and yes she came to us at Chiltern Machine Knitting Club, and I have a few of her books as well.  When Designaknit came out I had this system on two floppy disks - in fact I think this is the version I still have, only the rapid change in computers operating windows system means that I would need to change this over to a DVD or whatever they are doing at the moment.  I ought to investigate this further because I am a real scaredy cat when it comes to computers and some of the terminology they use leaves me helpless.

When machine knitting was in its heyday, I had two specific friends that were also machine knitters, Twopence on TSP, and another friend who incidentally won the first Knitmaster Competition oh so many years ago now.  Then in later years there was another lady from Chiltern Machine Knitting Club that won that competition and another who was a runner up.

Thank you for the tip about the alternative to a dropped shoulder, but having sort of perfected by trial and error a set in sleeve, which is drawn on my Knit Radar/Contour what ever they call it these days, I am going to stick with that. A long time ago now, I knitted a boucle sweater using two ends one a very fine industrial boucle yarn and a matching 2/30's yarn.  When completely knitted I then joined the seams on the sewing machine as this gave such a neat finish and with wear it became almost invisible.  I had also finished the neckband in such a way that it was almost impossible to undo.  The sweater was laying on my bed and I was looking at and thinking there is something wrong - that part is a different colour, yet it had all come off one cone.  The more I looked the more obvious it was and I was right it was a different shade.  So I set to to unpick and unravel - only I had plated this which made it far trickier to undo.  I only wanted to undo the front to where the line was that showed the beginning of a darker shade - oh I was so careful in not letting the stiches run, and I managed to pick up all the stitches successfully, and then undid that row whilst it was back on the machine, and then proceeded to knit back up to finish off the front again.  If you have ever plated you will know that this is not the easiest thing to do knitting wise but does make for a nice sweater.  Now you cannot see that anything other than a perfect front has been knitted.  All the hem bands on the sweater and sleeves and the neckband I have knitted (still plated) but reversed the knitting so that these show the knit side as the outside whereas the body shows the purl side as the outside -this shows up the lovely boucle yarn.

Have you looked on abebooks.com for the books you are wanting? a brilliant second hand book place.

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A Good Yarn / Re: Anyone got a Knitmaster 600/700?
« on: September 09, 2020, 15:10:55 PM »
Greybird, well I have good news for you.  Whilst I have many Ricki Mundstock patterns, I cannot get near to them without a major upheaval in my room, so rather than keep you waiting I spoke with Anne Smith of Machine Knitting Monthly as she really is a mine of information  Bless her she could get at her copies easily and went off to have a look, and yes there are diagrams, she said some were better than others, but you should be able to draw out the shapes following what you see easily enough onto your Knitradar sheet.  She also said the Aran type ones are just squares of knitting, and dropped shoulders.  I must say I much prefer the clean smarter lines of the set in sleeve although I am guilty of knitting the drop shoulder style in the past - but not any more.

Whilst I was chatting to her (I have spoken to her many, many times, and is always happy to have a chat) I asked her about the needle retaining bar mainly as I think my one - I have a Knitmaster 560 Electronic - may need replacing and she said the Silver place in Northampton is the best place to go. 

So I also asked about the needle retaining bar for Brother and also about needles for the Brother, and here is the interesting part for any machine knitters who have a Brother machine.  There are no spares of genuine Brother parts anywhere in this country, any parts offered are a poor substitute and are made in China, their steel is not as good as the Japanese Steel.  However if you are needing a needle retaining bar, you can apparently use a Silver (Knitmaster) one on some models, only the length of these means that the ends are likely to stick out a little each end, therefore you could not put its lid on.  The Chinese type needles do work on the Brother machines, but it is best to keep an eye on them.  Apparently many e-bay people are trying to sell spare parts for the Brother machines and there are a lot of dodgy parts - so it is best to try and find a dealer who knows what he is doing with regards to the imported Chinese parts.  The last snippet I had about the Brother parts is the needle for the Garter Carriage, these are so difficult to find they  are like hen's teeth, so it pays to try and be careful and make sure there are no damaged/bent needles on the main machine.

Another useful snippet of information is that the Bedford Sewing and Knitting place in Bedford have stopped doing knitting machines altogether, and Metropolitan Knitting from Nantwich in Cheshire has also gone.

Right let me get back to patterns, Anne Smith was very friendly with the late Carl Boyd, and before his untimely passing, he gave Anne all his patterns that he had produced for her to use in the magazine, which she has been doing.  Carl designed some beautiful patterns, so if you know of him and his patterns, and suddenly think you would have liked that or that, then get in touch with Anne and I am sure she will be able to tell you if the magazine it was published in is still available.  Carl was excellent on designing some beautiful but different necklines.

If I can help you any more with regards to patterns or refreshing your knitting skills, please feel free to ask.  Back in the day I acquired many, many books on machine knitting, and I still have them.  Back then Kathleen Kinder's books were so difficult to get hold of, I bet now there are many on e-bay and the likes, the same goes for Mary Weaver books.  I was a member of Chiltern Machine Knitting Club for many years, sadly the club folded a long time ago, but we used to have people come to give us a talk or demonstration.  One of these people was Pam Turbett and she was a dressmaker not a knitter, but she got someone else to knit her really long lengths of knitting and then treated this as dressmaking fabric - she used, plain, lace or patterned lengths and the results were excellent, and she published a few books on the techniques she used.  You may remember from your days as a demonstrator the technique of Knit Weave, and Knitmaster brought out a special weaving arm or  carriage (again I cannot get at mine that easily) - this was  to make the process of knit weaving a lot easier.  Then a lady in South Africa - Audrey Palmer - produced a few books on Knit Weaving - and they are quite something.  As machine knitting seems to have gone out of favour, I bet there are hundreds and hundreds of books on this subject available on the internet and e-bay - I have only mentioned a few, but I have an enormous shelf full of all things machine knitting, so if you are looking for a something specific , I may well have it and can give you the correct title.

Now go and have fun, shall watch with interest as to what you are going to knit.

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A Good Yarn / Re: Anyone got a Knitmaster 600/700?
« on: September 09, 2020, 11:03:22 AM »
Greybird so pleased that you have sorted this and got the machine running smoothly.  Now all you have to do is re familiarize yourself with the machine and away you go - enjoy your time in the knitting department.

Oh a good few years ago now a lady in the USA produced some beautiful patterns that are a bit different, she is Ricki Mundstock, I wonder whether you can find any of these on the internet.

I really must get back on to my machines - most are in a cupboard together with their ribbers, and my cabinet housing my main machine is covered with loads of files, in order to get to it I would have to stop sewing altogether and move things around big time - but I cannot see that happening any time soon.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 8th September
« on: September 08, 2020, 14:57:42 PM »
BrendaP and Ohsewsimple, I too have been having these odd very uncomfortable cramp like sessions in the calves and because of this I am very twitchy.  I have one of those  'Revive your Circulation boosters', and I am also going weekly to hydrotherapy in order to try a free what ever it is that is causing all of this discomfort.  The physio had me laying on what they call a sling over the pool which I have to lay on, bottom half is in the water and the top half is not, I have to do cycling with my legs to churn the water up, and one of the exercises is with the legs straight opening and closing but with the toes up and pulled towards me - not very comfortable at all, as I prefer it when I point the toes downwards.  At the moment they are only allowing one person in the pool for half an hour at a time, so during this time there is a lot of walking up and down, walking sideways on, so you are sliding your feet one way as you go down the pool and  then the other way back up, then doing the same sideways walk but putting one foot behind the other, and then change over to the other foot behind on the way back up.  I also have to do what I call 'my ballet exercises', so holding on to the rail, and standing sideways on to the rail and pointing and stretching your foot out in a sort of star shape  - all so elegant!  There is also a step so I do a fair amount of stepping on and off this step - something that needs doing as I have just one step indoors (I live in a bungalow) and have trouble negotiating this step.  Of course I come home like this morning shattered and I just feel I want to go to sleep.

May I add that my physio is a privately owned sports injury centre here in my village and so very close to where I live so very handy for me.  After you have been assessed by a physio who supervises you in the pool, sometimes they come in with you as well, we are then put on something called DIY - yes do it yourself and this is without a physio in attendance and I just pay £15 for the session.  If I had the physio in attendance then I would be paying £55 per session which is half an hour.  Before lockdown, we could have more in the pool, ideally two is good, three is doable, but any more then it gets a bit crowded.  There is one person who comes to use this pool as part of his regular keep fit regime, and oh my goodness I used to have to make sure he was not going to be in the pool when I was as this man actually danced and had the water thrashing around hitting one end of the pool and then the other - that would have me over in the water in a trice, and I am actually terrified of going over  and I have a major balance problem - so I do a fair amount of wobbling!

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 8th September
« on: September 08, 2020, 13:00:54 PM »
Just pottering, so sorry to read about your Dad, what a chapter of accidents, and to have kept him waiting for so long was just not right and certainly not kind.  I do hope he is a lot more comfortable now, and is being well looked after.  My apologies for not coming in on this before, yesterday I had someone 'take control of my laptop remotely' in order to try and sort out why it was running so slow, freezing, and also not responding.  Seemed to take ages and ages to get it sorted, bet I will have a large bill now, but certainly better than having to take it in somewhere and leave for a few days.  Now I am just back from Hydrotherapy and am shattered, so a chance to sit down and come on TSP and have a read.  I also hope JP that you get somewhere with the Care Home, how they treated your Father was just not acceptable.  Also I have heard on the news that Caerphilly was going to be lockdown - now that doesn't help matters at all as far as you are concerned.

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