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    Littlebean
    The Knitters Thread
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    • 1st Oct 07, 5:55 AM
    The Knitters Thread 1st Oct 07 at 5:55 AM
    Following on from the recent thread about handknitting it is apparent that many of us OS'ers are also keen knitters. The idea of this thread is to give us a place to post comments/suggestions, to be able to chat about our current work in progress (WIP), share patterns/tips/tricks, and post pictures of our completed work (I'm nosy and love seeing piccies ).

    I'll get the ball rolling: I've now finished knitting the sweater that sparked the original post. Now I've remembered just how much I disliked making up the finished garment -definately the worst part of knitting. I've managed to pick up and knit around the neck and I've done the collar, but now I have to work out how to set in the sleeves - hmmmmmm. Any suggestions/tips would be gratefully received. I've never knitted a sweater with shaped armholes before - having stuck to straight seams - but having splurged on the yarn I really want the finished product to look nice.
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    • Seakay
    • By Seakay 12th Feb 18, 12:42 PM
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    Seakay
    Hello SIRENS, welcome to the thread, hope you managed to get your ds' cowl finished in time.
    I haven't done much recently but I have been using up small bits of leftover yarn to make simple Innocent Smoothie hats ready for the next collection
    • kittie
    • By kittie 13th Feb 18, 7:19 AM
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    kittie
    Has anyone ever made any alan dart patterns? Fantastic quirky things like dickensian mice and knitting sheep. I loved his designs and collected over 60 patterns over the years, now many are out of print. I keep them all in a file but only ever made one. I am quietly trying to downsize. Should I get rid of them? Advise me please
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 13th Feb 18, 11:00 AM
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    JackieO
    No ,I hang on the good patterns especially of toys etc as there are always charities that welcome things made with oddments of wool. I have a Jean Greenhowe pattern for a set of tiny dressed mice which I have made for lots of charities There is a mouse for every season.I am making some already for the Christmas 'Making Miracles' charity. Great way to use up odds and ends of wool and children love them
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    • babs 103
    • By babs 103 13th Feb 18, 11:40 AM
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    babs 103
    I have made a few Alan Dart patterns, am currently doing the Owl and the !!!!!cat as It's my favourite poem. I have them on my laptop and dropbox but a few years ago I lost all my files and emailed Alan, he was kind enough to send them to me again so you will never really lose them if you did rehome them, not sure if you can sell them tho because of copyright. x
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Feb 18, 9:04 PM
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    kittie
    some of his patterns will never be available again because the copyright is owned by other companies. This is the one I made
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alan-Darts-Simply-Knitting-Knitting-Sheep-Doll-Toy-KNITTING-PATTERN-/122755438125

    Tbh, it really is nice. I am so glad I still have all those patterns, I think I will sit and make a list of them in front of the file. I wonder how many I actually do have? I too have jean greenhowe patterns, could never bear to get rid of them

    About 30 years ago I made a lovely thing, it was a tinker woman with a tray held from her neck of miniature things like little balls of wool and needles and specs. I wish I had kept it
    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Feb 18, 9:11 PM
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    kittie
    Babs are you making night owl? It is lovely. I have two full and heavy files, just taken them out to look at
    • babs 103
    • By babs 103 17th Feb 18, 11:20 AM
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    Actually I am doing the owl and the cat one but forgot that the actual word would not work on this site as it could be rude! it rhymes with wossy. They are sitting in a pea green boat but I'm having trouble getting the right colour at the moment.

    I love that poem xx
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    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 18th Feb 18, 5:52 PM
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    I'll try and explain this as well as I can, hopefully someone will know what I mean.

    When you knit in the round do you knit your stiches away from you or against you i.e. the needles you're working on are in front of you or are the needles you're not working on in front of you?

    I hope you know what I mean. Just didn't know if there was a proper way of holding your work.

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    • kittie
    • By kittie 18th Feb 18, 6:11 PM
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    kittie
    knit stitches are on the outside of the circle all the time, so you knit in the round and the 2 needles in use are always nearest to you
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 18th Feb 18, 6:52 PM
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    lynseydee
    knit stitches are on the outside of the circle all the time, so you knit in the round and the 2 needles in use are always nearest to you
    Originally posted by kittie
    Thanks Kittie

    That is one thing I like about knitting in the round is that it's all knit stitch, just wasn't sure whereabouts the needles should be. As I don't do lots of knitting in the round sometimes I end up knitting with the needles away from me and vice versa. Didn't know if there was actually a "right" way.
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 19th Feb 18, 7:29 AM
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    kittie
    Actually I am doing the owl and the cat one but forgot that the actual word would not work on this site as it could be rude! it rhymes with wossy. They are sitting in a pea green boat but I'm having trouble getting the right colour at the moment.

    I love that poem xx
    Originally posted by babs 103
    I found it, I have that one I also have shaun the sheep and friends and muffin the mule amongst lots of others. I`ll definitely go back to making these toys in the future
    • Seakay
    • By Seakay 19th Feb 18, 11:15 AM
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    Alan Dart has a site where you can buy his patterns as pdfs http://www.alandart.co.uk/products-page/
    Kittie, I'm sure that if you wanted to you could sell your paper patterns on ebay or etsy etc - I think it's if you photocopied and sold the photocopies that the copyright becomes a problem. Any charity shop would be glad of them if you just wanted to give them away, especially if they already sold wool.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 19th Feb 18, 12:51 PM
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    Thanks seakay, yes I would not be allowed to copy any but some, as I have just discovered, have a rarity value but besides that, they are lovely. So I am keeping all of them. Small knits interspaced with stuffing, sewing and stiffening, what`s not to like
    • kittie
    • By kittie 4th Mar 18, 8:52 AM
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    having cabin fever was a good thing, I have been re-thinking my wardrobe and am going to be going back to MK later. Today, for the very first time, I am wearing a jumper I made 3 years ago. Hand spun merino wool and it is in shades of browns with rainbow all over. I made peasbody and remember how much I enjoyed making it. The back is plain stocking stitch and the garment has a slight shape, certainly female shaped. I made the sleeves and body shorter and it sits on top hip and tbh looks lovely. I was worried about it being too warm but being wool it is adapting to my body temperature. I am wearing it with a `just below knee` brown cord skirt and black school lighter legs. Well this has to be the new me
    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/peabody

    Being lightly spun and 2 ply, It won`t be rugged so anything I do today will be with an apron on and that includes knitting, or I will get a fluffy patch
    • Vixstar
    • By Vixstar 4th Mar 18, 11:28 AM
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    First time I've ever read this thread and I wandered into the Alan Dart pattern discussion. I've never heard of him before but the knitted items look amazing. Are his patterns easy to follow? I'm quite a competent knitter so don't mind if they're a bit tricky it's more whether the patterns are clear and understandable.
    • babs 103
    • By babs 103 4th Mar 18, 11:48 AM
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    babs 103
    Hello Vixstar, his patterns are very easy to follow in my humble opinion, he walks you through every stage and as a competent knitter you should have no problems x
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 4th Mar 18, 11:50 AM
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    oh yes vixstar, very easy and very satisfying. An Alan Dart pattern would have helped cabin fever. I made my shaum knitting sheep so that she could sit on the edge of a shelf, heavier beads in the bottom. I made a nativity scene once, all in shades of beige grey and browns, was gorgeous and a dd has it, now an heirloom
    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 4th Mar 18, 7:28 PM
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    lynseydee
    First time I've ever read this thread and I wandered into the Alan Dart pattern discussion. I've never heard of him before but the knitted items look amazing. Are his patterns easy to follow? I'm quite a competent knitter so don't mind if they're a bit tricky it's more whether the patterns are clear and understandable.
    Originally posted by Vixstar
    I made a couple of his dolls when I was about 6-8 so they can't be too difficult
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 11th Mar 18, 2:34 PM
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    I finished my overtop and am wearing it, didn`t press it afterwards. The yarn is spun so the wool is very lightly held and I just washed it, said to dry clean but it is ok to soak, squeeze and use a spin dryer for a few seconds and dried it flat on a towel. It is nice and warm with the extra layering, back is nice and warm and so are the cuffs. I can see me easily wearing this many times but I cannot see it lasting that long, any pulls on it will break the yarn. I have some balls left

    Do you like this? I wanted to make a hat next
    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nola-cloche
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    • By kittie 13th Mar 18, 7:18 AM
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