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Charts and Barbara Walker

Hello Gentlemen;
I enjoy the challenge of knitting lace. I much much prefer to do it from charts. I find written instruction not to be my thing. I also love many of the lace patterns collected by Barabara Walker, especially in her first two collections. Does anyone know if there is a collection of these patterns that have been charted -- a book, a site, a group, a DVD?

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Cro-Needle

Hi Guys. I have just been dipping into June Hiatt's exhaustive (and exhausting) tome "The Principles of Knitting" and in a section where she is talking about picking up stitches she mentions a 'cro-needle'. I had never heard of such a thing before and I looked it up. It seemed like such an obvious and brilliant idea that I immediately wanted one (some?). Any of you folks got one?

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Lace Casting Off

Hi guys. I am finishing up a lace shawl and am wondering what is the best, 'stretchy' cast off method.

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Casting on Choice

Hi guys. I am showing a fairly new knitter how to do a scarf 'sideways' in order to show off a couple of great homespun yarns he has.

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Any experience with Hempwol:Hemp for Knitting

Hello guys. I have a stash of a worsted weight “Hempwol : hemp for knitting”. Does anyone have any experience with this yarn, or with hemp in general?

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Boxing Day

Having a nice quiet Boxing Day, although we did take a short trip to our LYS and I spent almost $300 bucks on yarn. Nice stuff on sale.

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Small Handspun Project

OK guys, here's the thing. I am working on the Ontario Handweaver's and Spinner's Guild certificate in spinning over the next 6 years.

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Still Thrilling

You guys might think I am mad, but there is a thrill for me in turning a sock heel.

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Fair Isle on stage

I live in the Niagara Region of Ontario, quite close to where the "Shaw Festival", a large theatre festival is located.

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'Reversible' Lace Stole or Scarf Pattern wanted

OK guys. I have recently finished my first lace scarf. It turned out well, in a fairly simple pattern, about 6.5 inches wide and 60" long. I did it in a fingering weight 100% camel yarn.

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