Craft club topic of the month - knitting!

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by RubyToogood, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Well since when we originally discussed the craft club, people were hoping there'd be an online side to it, so that those not in London could participate to an extent too, here's the relevant thread for this one. I guess we just use this thread to discuss what (if anything) we're working on, any problems or ideas we've got, anything relating to knitting really. Pictures of the stuff you're working on would be particularly ace.

    I'll post about what I'm up to later...
  2. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    I'm knitting up some hand-spun wool i bought in Skye last year - a mixture of lovely warm reds and purples, and natural undyed sheep colour. I'm kind of making the pattern up as I go along, using Noro patterns with a similar stitch count. Pics soon barring major cock-ups....

    I also have a pair of socks on the go, as I can carry them around in my bag. I'm going to knit this pair on the big side and felt them for extra warmth.

    After that, my wool stash is nearly exhausted, so I can go shopping again, probably at Colinette :)
  3. toggle

    toggle wobbly


    Well I've started knitting a whole heap of small squares that are going to be sown together into a patchwork something. So far i'm thinking either cushoins for my bed or a hanging to go on the wall above my bed.
  4. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    I'm having a real knitting frenzy at the moment, having not done any for ages.

    I had a frantic knit against time of the second baby cardigan for my sister's twins when they turned up early - that was a double knit fairisle pattern which is quite nice, except that it's annoyingly vague with the instructions for knitting up the button and buttonhole bands and I ended up with one about half the length of the other and had to unravel and start that bit again. I'm not sure I like knitting for babies, I felt like such a stereotype.

    I've also been knitting flower corsages with the pattern moose sent me - they're great because you can do one in an evening, but I do think there's a knack to getting them right. My second attempt keeps coming back to haunt me on my best friend's coat and I keep looking at it and wincing.

    And I'm in a bit of a quilt situation again with my mother's Xmas present (ie still not finished). This is a big stoley scarfey type thing in kidsilk haze and a lace stitch. It's my first go at lace knitting. The nice lady in the wool shop told me I didn't need to get a pattern for a rectangular scarf, just find a lace stitch I liked and multiply. I'm using a stitch called fir cone. I tried a few different stitches out of a book from the library and got very confused with some of them. This one I'm finding fairly easy, once I'd got the hang of "yarn forward" which I'd never come across before, and it's pleasingly repetitive after the baby jumper, which I had to look at the pattern for about twice a row. If anyone wants the stitch, I'll post it up.

    I'm having a bit of a love affair with kidsilk haze at the moment. To cheer myself up today I bought some in rose pink to make this shawl ("Birch" from Rowan) as my next major project, although I need to make myself a hat in between really. I'm not quite sure how to tackle that - I want to make a beret with this thick/thin wool a friend brought me back from China, but it's not a standard weight, so I'm not quite sure what pattern to use or how it'll work.
  5. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    When I was in London I went to this place
    Thye ahve an absolutely staggering array of really exotic wools and yarns. They had camel wool and all sorts ready for spinning. My mate was just after some bog standard wool so we didn't stay long but I could've spent hours in there. So if any of you are looking fro something out of the ordinary I'd recommend it :)
  6. fuBganger

    fuBganger anois, anois

    I am almost finished a cat that I began months and months ago. It all went on hold when uni work and general knackered-ness took over. I do love knitting toys but am hoping to get back into the crochet thing very soon. I've been thinking up a very nice chevron scarf in my head now for a long time and am looking forward to bringing it into existence.

    See if you knew how to crochet Rubes I could teach you how to do the easiest peasiest flower corsages!
  7. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    I've wanted to crochet corsages for ages - got any links? :)
  8. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    Looks like a wicked place :)

    I have brought some natural oiled wool from ebay .. I am going to make a blanket made up of different knitting stitches (if I can pick up some tips) and make it in creams and grays. :)
  9. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    I really really need to learn to spin. I've got 2 spining wheels but I just can't seem to get it right. I've got shitloads of fleeces just waiting and we've got 3 shetland/jacobs ewes with bloody lovely wool (I was gonna say fur :eek: )
    Moan moan grump grump. I'm going to get my wheel out today and have a look at it and see what's going wrong.

    In theory that is - in reality I'll probably end up pissing about on the internet all day - just for a change like
  10. aqua

    aqua made of cheese and gin

    I'm having a conflict between dressmaking and knitting

    its cheaper to make clothes than a scarf I want to knit so I'm afraid its taken a back burner atm

    however the eternal square knitting contines, I'm using mine to make a blanket to take to the festiavls in the summer :cool:

    thats the plan anyway :D :rolleyes:
  11. fuBganger

    fuBganger anois, anois

    I actually just make em up as I go along. Best way to start is make a ring, put 12 to 18 trebles in it and play!
  12. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    Do you do leaves and stuff?
  13. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    You can do wonders just with simple combinations of knit and purl stitches -doesn't have to be complicated :)
  14. fuBganger

    fuBganger anois, anois

    never bothered with a leaf but if I was to do one I'd just do a chevron type job, or perhaps begin with a few chains and then symetrically crochet [eg one on each side of chain] double treble, treble and then double crochet.
  15. easy g

    easy g Banned Banned

    knitting on This Morning...NOW!!!!
  16. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    Cheers moose I will give it a go.. The wool has arrived from ebay.. They are shades of brown not gray :(

    I can still use the cream though
  17. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    So what did they say?????? Is it the new big thing :D
  18. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    I saw a woman in the street the other day wearing a wicked knitted hat with woolen corsage on it. If the knitting goes well I might have a go at one myself.
  19. fuBganger

    fuBganger anois, anois

    Tell you what they were selling hats like that in Spitalfields for 20 quid a pop last crimble. Dead simple crocheted cap with a corsage, sort of thing you can do a load of in an evening.
  20. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    lol - sort of thing you can do a load of in an evening! :)
  21. fat hamster

    fat hamster Banned Banned


    What's a corsage? :oops:
  22. aurora green

    aurora green Tectonic

    loving this thread already! :) Blimey, its been so long since I knit anything, and if I'm honest, it wasn't entirely successful. I like the actual knitting but i'm crap at following a pattern.
  23. fuBganger

    fuBganger anois, anois

    The like of this, but generally less vile.

  24. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    After giving up on one cardigan I managed to complete another one and I love it. It's Noro wool and pattern and I found the Noro pattern much easier than the Rowan pattern for the first failed cardigan. I am now knitting Wolfie a jumper.
    I would also like to sew something, got any links to easy patterns Aqua?
  25. aqua

    aqua made of cheese and gin

    I make clothes and am going to a class to learn the tailoring side and its fab :D

    esy patterns, anything that doesn't have the word easy on it :D

    I love new look, they fit me fairly well without making too many adjustments :)

    have a look here and here

    they're american sites but its where I look for ideas etc before hitting the shops
  26. fat hamster

    fat hamster Banned Banned

    Err, thanks. I think I grow those in the back of my fridge...
  27. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    Thanks, I'll have a look on these.
  28. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    What pattern was the one that failed?
  29. Emma Herself

    Emma Herself let me be your office boy

    i'm knitting my first jumper ever at the moment - long sleeved mohair tunic in a really open guage, in this wool: look!

    I've just done the front panel which is cool cos I got the neckline right first time, and now I'm doing the back :)
  30. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    That wool looks lovely :)

    Good luck with the jumper :)

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