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Thu 16-Jan-14
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Toffeeapple
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Thank you Hattie! I was thinking about your knitting earlier, wondering what you are making at the moment and now you have answered my question.  You are prolific with your socks aren't you?  I have managed two pairs in my life but having spotted a tutorial on toe up socks on dpns, I have a hankering to start again.

I'll try that again!

Thu 16-Jan-14
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wave I knitted a bootee once!!!   big_laugh

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Thu 16-Jan-14
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Snigger!  I used to knit lots of those but never got around to making them  large enough for myself...

I'll try that again!

Fri 17-Jan-14
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big_laugh...........more sniggers from me........poor baby, with only one warm foot!!

So far I have knitted the back & one front, the second front is nearly finished. Then I have to decide on what weight of sleeves I want as I think ones made up of the little squares would be too bulky & awkward looking. I am designing this garment as I go along, as you can see !!  surprised I like this process.  I pinch ideas from lots of other patterns as I progress.  I try to keep notes on all this as I go along; I keep a project note-book for this process, otherwise I loose track of it.  I have nearly used up all the odds & ends of sock yarn I had left over....these little squares take a long time to knit but at least I have now conquered the method of knitting them together as I go (for the blanket I had to sew them all together....boy, was that tedious.....aargh). Being a knitting beginner I had (& still have) a lot to learn.  Luckily their are so many great videos on YouTube along with all the knitting blogs etc. My pile of knitting books has grown too & I seem to visit Ravelry every day for more ideas.

Soon I have to start on a pair of socks for my friend Andy who lives in Hawaii, they will be the first pair I have knitted for someone else. I feel rather nervous about it but I got him to send me a drawing round his foot & various measurements so I have a template to work to.  what_the_heck

 

 

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Fri 17-Jan-14
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Dear Hattie, you are so refreshing.  You start as an almost total novice and in a few short months, look at you - all gung-ho and devil-may-care!  Good for you, nothing ventured, nothing gained. big_hug

I apologise for the clichés.

I'll try that again!

Mon 20-Jan-14
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Val, you had a go a while ago at making bags out of old pairs of jeans, I've rescued a load of pairs that Dave was about to chuck out, what do I do now?

Tue 21-Jan-14
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Jan, have a look at 'Images' on Google - search "denim bags to make". I was looking at one last night that I would like to make it takes 22 little squares, and 18.5 inches of 3 plaited seams for each handle - it is a design called rag quilting (I think).

Rag quilts look good, too. (Search "denim rag quilts"). 

This one is not denim, but looks fairly easy to make, is very pretty, and gives a good tutorial on how to assemble them.

 

Coming back to the subject of bags - the bags that I made were easy-ish to make, but complicated to explain.

It uses 4 strips of denim - I used the longest part of the legs, only 2 lengths**, and then cut them in half vertically, so there are 4 strips. Square off the top and bottom, and then position one end of all of them together like a child's plastic windmill - or even a Danish pastry - not sure if I'm making sense here(!). Sew these 4 ends together, and then sew up the sides of three seams, leaving one open. Now sew the other end - again, like the windmill. At this point you will see that the tube will form a 'spiral'.

**Don't be tempted to use all four lengths - the bag will be too wide and not tall enough!!

Finally, sew most of the last seam, allowing sufficient opening to bring the bag to the 'right way out'. Handsew the opening to close it. Now push one end of the denim tube into the other, so forming a double thickness of denim - a very strong bag. Attach chosen handle(s), and any embellishments.

You may find it easier to do a mini version in a thinner cotton fabric to see how it works.

 

Jan, I think you may wish you hadn't asked the question now!  big_laugh  big_laugh  brightsparklystuff

Any questions, e-mail me!

 

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Tue 21-Jan-14
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This one is not denim -no, indeed it is almond cheesecake...

I'll try that again!

Tue 21-Jan-14
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Ah, Toni, Kara has changed her pages about ...... Try this one!

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Tue 21-Jan-14
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That's more like it!  Thank you.

I'll try that again!

Wed 22-Jan-14
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Thanks val! I'd been thinking of using the 'body' bit and chopping off the legs and making handles from them, but you've given me school for thought, understand your explanation though, will maybe try both ways.

Thu 23-Jan-14
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Hi Jan, I came across this bag, made from a pretty charity shop denim skirt plus a pocket and handles from another pair of jeans.

It implies it can be made in half an hour (whistle) ..... well, maybe!  laugh

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Fri 24-Jan-14
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Beautiful Val but I wouldn't want to come across her on a dark night with a pair of scissors in her hands...and as for the pocket...we're talking UK here...it would probably safer on the inside...winkwink

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Fri 24-Jan-14
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laugh You're probably right, Elsa - I would prefer a pocket on the inside.

I see what you mean about the scissors, too - frightening !!  big_laugh   big_laugh

What I'd like to know is why I never see anything like this in the charity shops! smile

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Sun 26-Jan-14
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My thoughts entirely, what a lovely pattern on the skirt. Well as the weather is so appalling today, it may the day to start on the jeans project.

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