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Posted 01 October 2007 - 01:08 PM
Link to last thread
Posted 01 October 2007 - 02:01 PM
Knitting help links
online knitting video helpline
needle conversion chart http://www.yarnforward.com/needleconv.html
Susannes House Of Wool
Bendigo Woollen Mills
This website explains all the different plys, spinning techniques, etc. - it's interesting reading & has good explanations:http://www.knit-o-rama.com/yarn.html
How to wind a centre pull ball
Baby Bell Bottoms http://alison.knitsmiths.us/pattern_baby_bell_bottoms.html
free patterns - everything http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory.php
More Free Patterns
Alice's Soaker http://grapevine.net.au/~bluegum/freesoaker.html
Aubrey Doodlepants Longies http://www.aubreydoodlepants.com/
Hannahmania longies/capris/shorties/soaker pattern
Here are some new ones:
knitting with circs help
Crochet - free patterns
Somewhere to buy koolaid:
How to dye with Landscape dyes:
CROCHET HOOKS =
USA / Metric
14 / 0.60mm )
12 / 0.75 )
10 / 1.00 )
7 / 1.50 )
4 / 1.75 ) US Boyce brand
1 / 2.00 }
0 [D] / 2.50 } US Boyce or [Bernat] brand
[F] / 3.00 )
[G] / 3.50 )
[H] / 4.00 )
[i] / 4.50 )
[J] / 5.00 ) US Bernat brand
[i] / 5.50 )
[J] / 6.00 )
[k] / 7.00 ) US Boyce brand
KNITTING NEEDLES =
[The English = UK = used the same sizings for their crochet hooks as well as their knitting needles ... eg. size 9 is the same size as 3.75mm]
English / Metric
14 / 2mm
13 / 2.25
12 / 2.75
11 / 3.00
10 / 3.25
9 / 3.75
8 / 4.00
7 / 4.50
6 / 5.00
5 / 5.50
4 / 6.00
3 / 6.50
2 / 7.00
1 / 7.50
0 / 8.00
00 / 9.00
000 / 10.00
Edited by bmansmum, 01 October 2007 - 02:03 PM.
Posted 01 October 2007 - 02:42 PM
see ................. what happens?????????
I'm only home for 2 days and we get re-threaded!!!
You girls have got to chat more when I'm away
The duckin' f*** is almost finished.
Posted 01 October 2007 - 02:55 PM
ROFL @ duckin f***
Well, I haven't sewn up the pink soaker I did for DD yet, because I am still debating to embellish or not to embellish. And meanwhile back at the ranch have started something else lol. Have a wee bit of tiger cub left over, enough for a beanie for DS I am thinking, if I add some black to the mix. So it's off to the woollen mills for me this afternoon.
(Mac is currently walking around the house looking for wallet and stuff - he is unaware of my plans to go to the mills as yet, and will roll his eyes when he finds out but as I'll be driving, I'm not seeing how he has any choice in the matter at all. lol!)
Will take some eyecandy pics this afternoon when I get home from down the street, and you can all tell me wether or not you think the pink soaker needs embellishing and if you think it does, what to reccomend. My brain is totally on the blink you see.
(excuse constant and blatant ramble, I have a feeling my blood sugar levels have just gone through the roof and as a result I resemble a squirrel on speed.. best go do something about that! lol)
Posted 01 October 2007 - 03:56 PM
*drum roll please*
Tara, did you post pics of the Tiger Cub finished??? I didn't see if you did.
Can you again please
Edited by mamasue, 01 October 2007 - 04:13 PM.
Posted 01 October 2007 - 04:37 PM
very cute pluckin f**k duck Sue
I am thinking i'll get back into the vest and flirty skirty tonight after some more shirring
we're having fish for dinner tonight- DH caught it today- mmmmm yuuuuuummmm
Posted 01 October 2007 - 04:45 PM
yum, fresh fish.
Speaking of which - Plucka looks like he's got botoxed trout lips for a bill
they don't look like that IRL ... honest!
Posted 01 October 2007 - 05:00 PM
It's fish here tonight as well, except it's Basa from woolies I've done one leg of crochet, will get the other one done this arvo
ROFL at the trout lips comment Sue! I didn't even notice until you pointed it out I'm sure he's just gorgeous IRL!
Edited by ~*Dana*~, 01 October 2007 - 05:01 PM.
Posted 01 October 2007 - 05:40 PM
I have decided to try the knitty blu jeans. I have some sean sheep in a Denim colour so thought that might work. The pattern is a little scary especially re: sewing up but I think I know someone that is familiar with that pattern if I get stuck
I am just doing a gauge square as the yarn says knit on 7mm needles but that seems way too large. I am going to use 4mm and see what size it comes to.
I am soooooo impatient. I hate knitting gauge squares
Posted 01 October 2007 - 05:50 PM
I think Sean Sheep is knitted on 4.5-5mm isn't it? Good luck, can't wait to see some progress shots
Posted 01 October 2007 - 05:52 PM
I hope you all enjoy your fish. Trust me, I'll be leaving plenty in the sea for you lol. Not a huge fish fan here. (Doesn't help that I am allergic to shellfish, so prefer to avoid the whole deal really lol)
My plan was thwarted!! Mac got wind of the mills trip when I turned left instead instead of right and decreed we get everything else we needed to get done first. And then dawdled. As a result we just got home and the mills are shut. Grrrr.
Sue, nope hadn't posted a pic of finished Tigers yet, will do so tonight. It's on what we around here call Mam's list, which seems to get longer as they day wears on rather than shorter. Currently sitting on the list (in no particular order) is:
Ring up and order dinner, go down and pick up.
Give kids baths, bottles and put in bed.
Throw on another one or two lods of washing.
Do the dishes.
Write out email with invites to a BBQ for DS's birthday.
Make up list of people to be asked and send the email.
Post pics of finished objects and things in here.
Post pics of remaining clothes for sale in photobucket and update trading room listing.
Package up and address items I put up for freebie thingie.
Sew up and / or embellish DD's soaker.
Get cracking on DS's beanie.
So - please please people - tell me I am not alone in my obsessive list making in my head. What does your list look like? (Now I have typed it out it's way scarier than I thought lol)
Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:00 PM
my list for tonight is:
*get through dinner without anyone choking on fish bones
*clean up kitchen
*make Kayla's bed
*get Kayla off to bed
*do some sewing- currenty have a shirred dress for each of the girls waiting for the shirring
*do some of vest and or flirty skirty
*organise items to be posted
*make our bed
I am sure there is more, and I am sure it wont all get done tonight
Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:26 PM
I think Sean Sheep is knitted on 4.5-5mm isn't it?yep, the recom'd needle size on the band is waaaaaaaay out we all decided!
* instruct DH to bring washing in
* instruct DH to feed animules
* instruct DH to put bins out
* instruct DH to forage for his own dinner
* sit on own butt and knit MK 'Volcano' shorties
God, I kill myself sometimes
Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:38 PM
Hey Sue, you haven't said what MK colourways you've got yet - your volcano post is the first mention.
Dammit I'm witholding tiger cub pics until you say. lol (I haven't taken them yet, can you tell )
lol @ instruct DH - I already instructed mine to throw on a load of washing while I went down and got dinner lol.
So glad I'm not the only one with this constant mental list happenning!
And Tanya - I am 100% sure I won't get all of my list done tonight either. What I don't get done will just wind up tacked onto tomorrows list lol.
Posted 01 October 2007 - 07:07 PM
Turkish Delight ('cos it's my fave) BBR
Blue Bamboo 4BF
... and I want some Tiger Cub (wonder why????)
... and some Spring Zing
I've decided to treat myself recently.
Posted 01 October 2007 - 08:55 PM
Ooohh lovely Sue, so where's the pics?
Well here she is, all finished and ready to be lanolised! I thought it would be huge on Abbey but it fits perfectly, could have been a little longer in the rise at the back but pretty darn good I didn't have enough wool left to crochet the legs though
Posted 01 October 2007 - 09:17 PM
oooh, nice haul Sue. I personally am in love with the Merman, and also love the Mont Martre.
Given you shared I suppose I had better. lol
Front of what, for whatever reason, I am calling the 'John Butler Tree-o' shorties lol.
And my pinkypopple soaker - what do you think everyone, does it need embellishing? What do you suggest if it does?
Have gotten a few things from the list done, so that's a bonus!
Posted 01 October 2007 - 09:44 PM
didn't have enough wool left to crochet the legs thoughIt doesn't matter - I loooooooooove the contrast coloured leg cuffs. Good job!
Boy, you've been busy Tara.
So will you be keeping the John Butler Tree-o now????
Yeah it does need embellishing I reckon.
Hmmmm - French Knot bunches of grapes in a dark poiple? Beaded flowers?? something in soft yellow? Fairies/elves?? Black spiders?? Celtic design??
The possibilities are endless really!
Posted 01 October 2007 - 10:23 PM
Sue - naw, not keeping them. They were originally for someone else anyways, that hasn't changed.
Getting cracking on DS's beanie for this evening, just finished watching californication. Will sit on the soaker for a bit. Well, not literally, but you know what I mean. Have a think about what I might want. It needs *something* I just don't know *what*.
Dana - I also think the contrast colour looks better than a matching colour would
Posted 01 October 2007 - 11:24 PM
Wow, great work girls! Very clever, and inspiring
I am going to spotlight tomorrow to get some microfleece to make into liners, and I'm going to buy some wool.
I have a few questions (sorry):
Where can I get a basic pattern?
Are shorties easier to make than a soaker?
What size wool do I need for some shorties? What ply? :S
How much do I need?
If I am going to dye the wool, do I just buy white? Or if I want them pink and purple, do I buy pink and just dye some of it purple?
How do I get it multicoloured (like Dana's)? Stupid question alert (aren't they all ) : do I dye the one lot of wool all different colours, or do you use different bits of wool (is that even possible??)?
What needles should I get?
Edited by jax2boys, 01 October 2007 - 11:25 PM.
Posted 02 October 2007 - 07:51 AM
ok i am sooooooooooooo close to being caught up its great, my needles are screaming for daylight
answer emails (tick)
email kirrily to tell her how wonderful my nappy bag is (tick)
put dh chq book through computer (tick)
reconcile westpac 2 account (tick)
put accounts payable paid through computer (tick)
put accounts recievable paid through computer (tick)
scroll eb and nc (tick)
answer more emails and pm's (tick)
checvk floorstock and pay floor plan bikes (tick)
scroll eb again
collate remainder of accounts payable to be paid tomoz (tick)
dreamfeed baby, beeeeeeeeeeeeed
BORING but gets me closer to being up to date which equals free me time
love your work Tara
will bbl to answer your questions jax2boys
Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:50 AM
Where can I get a basic pattern? There are heaps of links to free and commercial patterns on the first page of this thread
Are shorties easier to make than a soaker? Not really all that much difference, depends on the pattern you decide to use; but shorties are basically a soaker with longer legs
What size wool do I need for some shorties? What ply? The amount of wool will depend on how big you need to make them. Usually 120 - 150grams for 9 to approx 15 months. Obviously more if your baby is older/bigger. Most people use 8-ply wool for day wear. 12-ply is good for night wear, but 8-ply is OK unless you have a heavy wetter.How much do I need?
If I am going to dye the wool, do I just buy white? Or if I want them pink and purple, do I buy pink and just dye some of it purple? You can buy white/cream wool and dye it any colour you want. If you are going to over dye you need to make sure the colour you dye with will cover the colour of the wool you dye. There are some really good dyeing links on the first page too.
How do I get it multicoloured (like Dana's)? Stupid question alert do I dye the one lot of wool all different colours, or do you use different bits of wool (is that even possible??)? Rainbow dyeing explanation on first page, but you get that effect by using different colours at the same time, being careful not to mix them. I think if you read through the dyeing links your q's will be answered. You can use different colours of wool, but you'd have a zillion ends to weave in .... not recommended for a beginning knitter.
What needles should I get? That will depend on the ply wool you get. General rule of thumb is 8-ply on 4.0; 12-ply wool on 5.0 ..... but it will depend on your tension. You need to knit a swatch first to work out your individual tension. Ask Dana about that one!!!!!!!!!!!
No such thing as a silly question .... only silly answers (with aplogies to those of you who have read that comment a million times!!!!! )
That's what we're here for - to help - so ask away and feel safe to do so. We don't bite & we are all very helpful
Posted 02 October 2007 - 09:07 AM
back to answer questions,ohhhhhhhhhhh, I see it has been done......................................by miss chatterbox herself:tongue:
good to have you back on line ma
off to do some more work
Posted 02 October 2007 - 09:50 AM
well all I got to cross of my list last night was getting through dinner, getting Kayla off to bed, and a few rows on the vest
DH made the beds, the kitchen was negleted, and flirty skirty hasn't seen the light of day for over 2 weeks now
I just cleaned up last nights mess in the kitchen and took a leg of lamb off the bone. I ave it marinating in the fridge and will be cooking it on the BBQ tonight
Edited by Tanya82, 02 October 2007 - 09:51 AM.
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