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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:00 pm 
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I'm near the end of crocheting a minion hat - only 4 more & 2 tablet covers to go!

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I'm nearing the end of a ripple wave drop stitch scarf for my m-i-l's Christmas present. It's in Drops cotton viscose, which is the most gorgeous silky and shiny yarn. I'm making one for my mum too, as well as an Indian Vine stitch scarf for my f-i-l and a raisin waffle scarf for his partner. Then just a couple of Celtic beanies for my dad and brother and that's my Christmas knitting done. *phew*


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:23 pm 
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Drafted a pattern for a 18th C caraco jacket. I'm attending one of the final shows of Vampires Rock and want to be suitably attired for the event.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your WIP?
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That sounds amazing, would love to see it when it's done.

I'm now on minion hat #6 & have more orders after I posted pics of the last one on FB...

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Jaelle wrote:
That sounds amazing, would love to see it when it's done.

Seconded. It sounds wonderful, Fonque!


I've finished the drop stitch scarf, although it still needs to be blocked to bring out the waves. This is how it looks so far:

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I'm really delighted with it. I was terrified of the stitch, but it's actually pretty simple; you have to be careful when dropping and then knitting into the dropped stitches, but the entire thing is basically garter stitch.

I've started the scarf for Mr M's dad, in a light brown bamboo/cotton blend. It is SO soft. It glides through your fingers like a dream. Definitely want to use this yarn again. The Indian Pillar (not vine) stitch is quite fiddly (you have to p3tog, k3tog then p3tog the same stitches to create the wee doughnut shapes), but it gives such a lush effect:

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After a couple of months of knitting kids' hats in acrylic, it's lovely to knit arty stitches in gorgeous yarn.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your WIP?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:58 pm 
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I do appreciate people who have the ability and patience to knit. I've tried it a few times but unless you want a string vest I'm not the best person to ask.


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That used to be me. My mum's a knitter, but I could never get on with it. I never got beyond a bit of garter stitch and then getting bored. Then this February I decided I wanted a snood and just started again on a whim. This time I got the bug, and I can't stop. I love it beyond reason. I'm not sure what was different this time, but I'm a knitter now.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your WIP?
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Those are so pretty JJ :bigsmile:

I kind of get what you mean, once I'd figured out the crochet thing last year, it felt like I'd done it before, even though I'm sure I haven't.

Anyway - minion hats, in order of making, clockwise from top left.

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I love your minion hats so much - they have such personality! I have visions of a terrifying troupe of minion headed children in the Greater Manchester area <3

BTW, where did you get your dummy head from? I've considered getting one for blocking hats.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your WIP?
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Awww, thank you - they are from a Rav pattern, but am now at a point where I don't need to refer to it except for measurements. Actually, only 3 are local currently , 2 have gone to South Africa, then current in Gtr Mcr, 2 for London, 1 for Scotland with tablet covers, then I think I have another local & the Selby.

The head is a polystyrene one from Amazon and lives in a box in my wardrobe mwahahahahaha http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002 ... UTF8&psc=1

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I have slowly and steadily since last year been working on a replica costume. I love playing Assassin's Creed and for some reason thought it would be a great idea to make the outfit that a character called Sofia Sartor wears in AC:Revelations.

I've posted my progress on the RPF forums here, so you can see how it all goes together.

I've been making up the belt and thought I might as well chuck the whole get on and see what it looks like in a dodgy mirror picture. For your viewing pleasure...
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I really made this for my own pleasure and see if I could replicate a costume but I had no real intention of wearing it. However as events conspire I have manged to secure some tickets to the SCI-FI weekender next year (WIN!) and I may just bust it for the Saturday night if I'm brave enough.


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 Post subject: Re: What's your WIP?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:50 pm 
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WOW. That's so amazing. I'm not familiar with the game so I did a quick google of her and oh my goodness. You've done such an amazing job. Trust me, definitely bust that out for the Weekender. It's so beautiful. How did you make the belt pieces? Was it ready embossed fabric or did you do that yourself? (I'm also a paper crafter and love a bit of embossing). I'm so deeply in awe.


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That is a truly amazing piece of work - I find sewing quite arduous, it's very stop start, so am totally in awe. :holyshit:

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That really is amazing! :bigsmile:

I've recently finished my first corset. Although I realise I have no photos of it. I'll see if I can find someone to do it up so I can take some! I've also just started stitching a bag and hope to make a dress (when I can afford the fabric!) all before my mum and me embark upon making the bridesmaid dresses for my sisters wedding. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: What's your WIP?
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I've started knitting again after almost two years. The only thing I've knitted up to now is a couple of small cat blankets in plain old knit stitch, but after picking up some cheap yarn I've decided I want to knit myself some socks, which means learning to purl. So I'm knitting a small scarf for one of Tanja's soft toys as a practice, doing knit one purl one on a pair of circular needles. It's tricky, but not as tricky as I feared!

Of course, the socks are gonna be hella tricky as Tanja knits socks with five needles!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:19 pm 
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Thank you all. I'm very happy with all the things I learned with sewing my outfit.

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How did you make the belt pieces? Was it ready embossed fabric or did you do that yourself? (I'm also a paper crafter and love a bit of embossing). I'm so deeply in awe.


The belt pieces are actually made out of craft foam!

Each piece was cut out, using a mix of glue and water (a thick double cream consistency) each piece was covered and allowed to dry, before applying the next layer. I did about 4 layers.
To help stiffen the piece there's some fabric glued on the back.
I painted the panels with a pale gold base paint.
The outer edge is fabric trim glued on and painted with the pale gold.
The design was drawn with a metallic lead liner (the stuff used for glass painting). x15 You could use puff paint. I then drybrushed on some antique gold, bright gold and copper in random spots to add some depth to the pieces.

You can see the progress of the complete outfit and belt by clicking this link>>>here


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 Post subject: Re: What's your WIP?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:59 am 
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That was a fascinating read. And I'm even more impressed now!


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 Post subject: Re: What's your WIP?
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Seriously, seriously impressed - to do that out of your own head & so beautifully too - am in awe!!!

I'm currently learning chainless foundation - normally when you start a crochet piece (not amigumuri) you do a chain, kind of like casting on, but because crochet (apart from Tunisian, which I really want to have a go at) only has one stitch at a time on the hook it hangs down & I'm forever twisting it round - so it screws up the first row.
But I'm a member of a huge FB crochet group & people posted about chainless foundation, and I'm loving it, can't imagine doing a starting chain again!!!

Rob - would love to see some of your knits :smallsmile:

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Here's some pics of what I've done so far this time around!

My first go at knit one purl one:
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My second go at it:
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And my first go at knit two purl two:
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Awesome ribbing (fnarr) :) Are you on Ravelry, Rob? I found it much more enjoyable to learn stitches with a goal in mind. This pattern is basically all in garter, so it's nice and easy, but has some yo and k2tog to make it interesting, and help you get used to those techniques. It was the third (?) thing I knitted and I was so excited to see an actual complex looking pattern emerge even with my very limited skills.


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I do indeed! I signed up years ago when I started crocheting and then forgot about it. Just checked now and my PC still remembers my password! Aces! And that pattern looks pretty too. I'm wanting to knit a scarf for Mum as she's coming over for a vist in December, so this is definitely going on the possibilities pile!

I'm gonna badger Cylon Mistress to get on here with some pics of her WIPs when she gets home from work :)


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 Post subject: Re: What's your WIP?
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Good work Rob - I make me tension to tight & it curls when I knit :(


Ravelry is awesome - this is me - must remember to update my projects!
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/TabithaJean

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It's really bugging me that I'm knitting too loosely! The first stich in every row is always hella loose. Tanja's said that I just need to keep practicing and I know that she's right, but still. The first stitch, it tasks me!


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Just finished these cabled knee high socks for a friend. Now I really want to make these for myself! :)

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And here's a moss stitch tube scarf I made for myself :)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:21 pm 
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Those socks are so pretty! Lovely and snuggly too, I bet.

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It's really bugging me that I'm knitting too loosely! The first stich in every row is always hella loose. Tanja's said that I just need to keep practicing and I know that she's right, but still. The first stitch, it tasks me!


That's what blocking's for :longwink: Blocking is actual magic.

ETA Ooh! There's also a little trick you can try. After knitting your first stitch, when you insert the needle into the next stitch, but before you wrap the working yarn, give the working yarn a wee tug. Only ever do it on the first stitch, but it does neaten up your edges a treat.


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Getting tension right is an art on it's own - I crochet fairly tight & it does slow me down, as it makes it harder to get the hook through, but the effect it can give is amazing - amigumuri (the stuffed items) needs to have a tight stitch so the stuffing stays in, so it makes it hard switching styles at times.

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For anyone not on my FB, this is my first no pattern piece :D http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Tabitha ... blet-cover

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Cylon Mistress, that cowl is gorgeous :smoth:

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jumpin' jellybean wrote:
That's what blocking's for :longwink: Blocking is actual magic.

ETA Ooh! There's also a little trick you can try. After knitting your first stitch, when you insert the needle into the next stitch, but before you wrap the working yarn, give the working yarn a wee tug. Only ever do it on the first stitch, but it does neaten up your edges a treat.


The stitches don't look too bad once I've finished something, in the two yarns I've used so far anyway (dunno what they are, I forgot to ask Cylon Mistress!), but I've been told I will be blocking something soon enough when I get some lacy pattern practice!

Oh, cool! I'll try and remeber that!

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Getting tension right is an art on it's own - I crochet fairly tight & it does slow me down, as it makes it harder to get the hook through, but the effect it can give is amazing - amigumuri (the stuffed items) needs to have a tight stitch so the stuffing stays in, so it makes it hard switching styles at times.


Yeah, I tend to crochet pretty tightly, too, especially on the first few rows. I kinda fancy having a go at amigumuri - Cylon Mistress has a book with loads of wee patterns in, so maybe there's something there I'll have a crack at on the side of the knitting learning!


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So, I started making those socks for myself last night. They are just too delicious to resist! :)

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Many moons ago I decided to draft a pattern for an 18th C inspired caraco jacket. Unfortunately being the world's slowest seamstress I have only recently got round to finishing it.
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The flash has washed it out slightly as its a very dark green. There's also the joy of 15m of black pleated ribbon with 5m of trim handsewn over the top. Lacy sleeves and a removable stomacher complete it.
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Now I just need an excuse to wear it somewhere.


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