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blanket/throw dilemma
Sun 24-Apr-11
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Right, I need some tips, hints, suggestions.

A few months ago I was inspired by something - which I can't remember what. (but it's likely it originated from something on this site) - the inspiration got me thinking about knitting or crocheting a blanket/throw type thing from (but not exclusively from) eyelash yarn. I'm sure I saw some pictures somewhere...

Anyway I got loads of wool bargains, and then I've lost the plot, I've been browsing a few sites and can't find anything to interest me. Had a go at crocheting the eyelash yarn and found it pretty difficult (I'm only a beginner in the crochet world), so decided it's got to be knitting, quite like the idea of small squares or similar that then get sown together so that I can do bits while out and about.

Any ideas, I'm itching to get started but can't find inspiration. Help please

Sun 24-Apr-11
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Janet, under the thread 'crochet' - post 196, you said you fancy making a blanket, and in the previous post to that I had linked you to a crocheted animal (croc or summat) on the garnstudio.co.uk site.

Have a look at this site, there's over 3000 things in English terminology, not just clothes and hats, but also bags, slippers and other accessories, and of course the animals.

The eyelash yarn I crocheted with was for round the edge only " found it quite difficult to find the previous row's stitches when I tried to do a second row! See here.

What sort of yarn did you manage to get in the end?

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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What is eyelash yarn?  It sounds odd.

I'll try that again!

Mon 25-Apr-11
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I looked at that picture earlier Val, and thought it looked like eyelash round the edge.

what wool did I get, well it was all a bit random, some is the really fluffy stuff (is it called fun fur) some proper eyelash (sirdar Fizz), some felted yarn, much of it was stuff that was going cheap and that I liked the look/colour. I've ideas for some of it, but still fancy using the bulk in some sort of blanket, might be safest to go with a patchwork type thing.

Got a load more on friday from a craft stall, the lady made hats and was selling off bags of oddments for £1.50 for 400g.

Right, off to bed now, night night

Mon 25-Apr-11
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TA, eyelash yarn is what you might imagine if you think about those false eyelashes in the sixties !!!

This picture gives quite a good close-up, it is one thread with 'eyelashes' on one side of the thread....... and it isn't that easy to unpick either!!! laugh

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wave Thanks Val.  I, too, wondered what it was like.  big_hug

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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You're welcome, Danuta, ok though I'm still struggling with a strange yarn that has 'bobbles' at regular intervals - I've seen things knitted with it, but it just doesn't work for me!

See this scarf knitted with it.

I was given 3 balls of this, but the bobbles on mine are not all the same and it just doesn't work ........

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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Good grief, they both look like nightmares to unravel.  I have enough trouble with Mohair.

I'll try that again!

Mon 25-Apr-11
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Toffeeapple said:

Good grief, they both look like nightmares to unravel.  I have enough trouble with Mohair.

My very thought, TA big_laugh

Ackshully, the eyelash one looks a bit like our Kiwi vine.

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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Prove it then Danny - post a picture of it please?

I'll try that again!

Mon 25-Apr-11
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Come on kids, keep to the topic, I'm itching to get started on this and you've not really given me any ideas yet. (which is most unlike you all)

Mon 25-Apr-11
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I'd go for the squares idea myself. then you can play around and do them differently and have fun with the colour and putting it together when you have enough squares.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Mon 25-Apr-11
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I can't get to grips with eyelash yarn, seems to me that you'd have to be very precise with hook/needle size and tension to get the effect intended by using that kind of yarn? Perhaps I'm just too old and have lost my spontaneity.

I'll try that again!

Mon 25-Apr-11
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Not sure if this will work, but I was looking at some different stitches for squares, etc in crochet, and came across this one - quite unusual design, I thought.

This one doesn't look much in a single square, but scroll down, and all squares together looks quite special.

However, none of them use eyelash yarn.

Perhaps use the eyelash as an edging - although some friends knitted the eyelash yarn into scarves, and they were beautifully soft.

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Right...I've started - found a site that can give me all the needle sizes, stitch and row numbers to give me similar size squares (hopefully) so I've made a start, it will be a random patterned patchwork throw/blanketty thing...as it starts to grow I will post some pics. Love knitting with this Sirdar Fizz, it's so cute, might get sidetracked into a scarf or something at this rate.. focus woman - blanket, blanket blanket

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