Any knitters out there?

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  1. Dawnbreak

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    Any knitters out there, just picked up the sticks again in the last two years after a ten year hibernation. Knitting went out of fashion don't you know...but:Smile: its back in a big big way...beautiful yarns, lots of independant retailers/dyers and the like and of course there is this place. A knitters heaven, honestly if your into this you could just sit and drool all day...go check it out.:thumb:



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    Dont know about making ME drool but the wife used to do it lot when she was younger. Then there were shops just selling knitting wool. Dont see them any more.
     
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    Mum was a knitter, you should have seen some of the eyless balaclavas and 3 sleeved jumpers i went to school in:Rofl1:
    A good freind of ours now living in France took knitting to the extream buying sheeps fleeces and spinning her own yarn, investing later in computerised knitting machines she is now able to produce some quality garments for only 40 times the price available in ASDA:Eeek:
    I dont see the point in it these days
    is it really a labour of love, it cant be viable financialy any more, but when mum did it, it was to save money, a bit like darning socks, who does that nowadays:Doh:
    interstingly two replys to a knitting post,both by blokes
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:No its not at all viable..........:Eeek:Oh dear giggling my head off here...bothblokes replying eh! £10 to knit a pair of socks...£1 Primark...there you go but your forgetting its a HOBBYYYYYYY!.....now of course mens toys...trains, and that includes darling hubby. Hes after a mini grandfather clock kit to make...goggled the price of those £600 eeekkkkkk!....me thinks he can dream on that one. Oh and out of interest I too have done the fleece thingy and have my own spinning wheel. The experience with the fleece was by far too messy but an experience non the less.
     
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    :Laughing: Hi Dawnbreak. I think you could say that SANDY does a little knitting. Some to special order one offs:-

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    Recently I was looking for a hand knitted pure new wool Aran sweater .. now scarcer than hens teeth, found a couple of internet shops, prices starting at £160.

    Got talking to an assistant in The Edinburgh Mill shop and she said they had stopped selling as no one wanted to pay the premium for hand knitted goods.. they only had machine made in acrylic.. yuk ..

    According to her, the average jumper takes about 90 hours to knit.. so even at £160. how much was the knitter paid per hour .. about 50p .. ?

    So I'm still searching for a shop that sells them or someone who makes them to order .. any takers ?

    Jim
     
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    :RollEyes: Sandy does it as an hobby and enjoyment. Then again, I've now bought her an Acer Aspire One and she is hooked on that now. Maybe the knitting will take a back seat? :Eeek:
     
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    Do you have grandchildren Amber and Lilly ?

    We have Amber and Lily.
     
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    :Smile: No, they were done for a friends family on Camping Almafra. :thumb:
     
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    I have two knitting machines and hundreds of cones of yarn which I brought with me when we moved to France in Dec 2000. I have to admit that I haven't used them much but would hate to part with them. My Husband has been trying to get me to get rid of them for the past 5 years - no chance.

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    That's a posh site. €600 for a month isn't bad for that quality.
     
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    :Cool: It could have been 13,000 Euros a year. But now I pay 2,800 Euros for 8 months. It is ONLY 11.98 cents a night plus IVA (VAT) for long stays. I pay 50 Euros a months for storage while we are not there. :thumb:
     
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    You do a full 8 months at a time ? Do you get any flying in down there ?

    ( Hint: hold down ctrl alt then $ = € )
     
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    :Laughing: Thanks for the tip on €. But my keyboard is Finnish.

    BTW. SORRY TO GO OFF THE TOPIC OF KNITTING. But while SANDY is KNITTING, I am usually flying my helicopters and Aeroplanes. There has been several flying sites around Benidorm over the years. But they have disappeared via new BUILDINGS. They KNIT buildings just about everywhere nowadays. Have also flown aeroplanes at the beaches while Sandy has Sunbathed or KNITTED. :thumb:
     
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    Hi Dawnbreak,
    Yes I love to knit, and I have packed me needles to go with us in our MH.
    I find it relaxes me and I would rather be doing something than just watching tv.
    When my mum got parkinsons a few years back I tought her how to do continental knitting as one of her hands was weaker. Since she tought me to knit as a child, it was a kind gift to give back to her.
    I found the instructions for it on you tube.
    Its a great skill and I have tought my Grandkids how to knit too.
    I also crochet a little and sew.
    Years ago I was in a queue at a supermarket and was amazed to see a lady deftly knitting, with one needle tucked under her arm. I asked what she was knitting and she said that she was knitting socks on 2needles, for her husband. She scribbled the pattern name down for me but by the time I got home I had lost it:Sad: I have spent ages off and on the web, and asking at wool shops but havent been able to find the pattern.
    Awww johnsandywhite, they are so cute!
     
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    Jonel...... off you go and create an account here....... https://www.ravelry.com/account/login

    its easy, its free, and you will certainly find lots of patterns for socks, lots of them free downloads....also some tutorials.....also lots of forums. Also when googling knitting socks try "knitting socks on circular needles".....there are tutorials there as well (forgive me if am wrong but am assuming not done socks before.....if wrong apologies). Then of course one can do 2 socks at a time on circular needles. Oh in the world of knitting the worlds our oyster.:thumb: Get back to me if you don't have any joy and will track down my instructions and pattern and find them online
     
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    Mine's getting on a bit, maybe I should learn to knit a new one.
     
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    My daughters are into knitting in a big way. But not the wool we used to use.
    No, today it is hand dyed, specialist alpaca,lama,cashmere wool - huge prices!!
    Debbie Bliss, Noro, beautiful but expensive...

    But as the girls say, if you are going to invest so much time in making a jumper,blanket,socks etc., you want it to be something you cannot buy in the shops.

    I've started again and am making socks in 2 ply very fine merino and cashmere wool. Great for doing in a motor home as they are small to carry round.:thumb: I've thought about a craft weekend rally, (knitting,sewing,scrapbooking,wood carving etc etc ) but probably there would not be enough interest?
    Lucille
     
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    Sounds about right for a quick knitter - takes me weeks. :Laughing:

    I used to do loads before the kids were born - haven't had the time since (nearly 20 years ago!)

    I did some arans for friends, (after they admired the one I had done myself), and they just paid me for the wool - but it was acrylic, not real wool, as they wanted to be able to wash them in a machine - and bought me a pint.
     
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    :BigGrin: We created rather a stir wherever we went on our USA tour. Eveyone was asking where they could buy our (Sandy) knitted jumpers:-

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