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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Teens Love Craft night and much more

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Don't the girlies look like they are really having fun. They have taken to it like a duck to water. On Thursday night to make things interesting we got the wool winder and a load of odd balls of yarn and got the girls to design their own multicoloured and multistranded yarn. Here is one of them

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They each picked between 4 and 6 strands of yarn to make a chunky (bulky) weight yarn.
We have used the unshaped shrug

as our starting point with each of the girls knitting a rectangle to reach from midway down the upper arm, across their back, and to the same point on the other arm.
There are a mixture of garter stitch and stocking stitch garments being made. Before we commence the next step of ribbing, the girls will learn to purl and then rib.

They really concentrated for over three hours -

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with one of the girls on her third ball of yarn since Thursday night.

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Moving on, Phyllo is progressing slowly but steadily.

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I do love how Rowan Calmer knits up, particularly in stocking stitch.

I bought this lovely 1940's stylie dress in a sale a few weeks ago

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The fabric is really lovely

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I love floral prints and this is a particularly lovely one. However I have a problem and can't decide what to do. I think the hem really spoils the dress.

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What do you think? I think it should be a nice straight hem. I have to be honest I didn't even notice the hem when I bought the dress (guess who didn't bother to try it on) but would have bought it anyway.

I've pinned the 'hangy' bits up on this picture

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and I think it looks better, and more appropriate for the style of the dress. However the skirt is created by a number of gores which just have a raw edge which has been overlocked and the 'hangy' pieces are cut on the bias, which is going to make it very difficult to create a perfectly straight hem. I'm worried about hemming by overlocking the raw edge as it might look horrid. Any suggestions?

And one other very annoying little thing which I come across again and again. Have a look at this photo and see where the belt sits around the waist, and see where the side belt loops are positioned

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They're going to have to go. I don't know how many times I have had to remove belt loops in silly places. I'ld far rather they didn't bother with them in the first place.

And finally, back to knitting, I have been asked to create a design using this beautiful yarn from the Bowmont Project, called Bowmont Braf, and the colour is called Periwinkle, and guess what dress it goes with perfectly?

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I've actually got 8 balls I think but a neat little fitted cardigan is suggesting itself to me at the moment.

But, for now

Ruby xx


Aruba Blue said...

Hi Rubes,

Love the forties dress and agree that the hem needs to be straight. What a great idea TLC is, the photos are lovely. The blog just gets better!! Catch u soon

love AB xx

Queen of the froggers said...

The concentration on the girls faces is a great picture! I love that dress too. Thank you for commenting on my blog, yours is fab and has been put on my bloglines!x

robin said...

Love the dress, and I for one also love the hemline. The teen crafting night looks like it was so much fun!

Gudrun Johnston said...

Hi Ruby,
I was trying to find an email contact for you but couldn't so I'm leaving a comment instead. Just wanted to say thanks for the connection you made for me recently re my Little Black Dress!

modelwidow said...

Lovely dress, and yes I think a straight hem would be best too - hope it doesn`t turn out too tricky with the gores.

Great picture capturing the concentration.

Anonymous said...

straighten out that hem already!