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Old 04-02-2011, 05:42 AM   #1
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TOTALLY CLUELESS! Out of wool & stitching together
Hello to the experts out there! I would appreciate some help... I have just completed knitting the pieces for a newborn matinee jacket and LITERALLY I had just enough to knit the pieces.

I am in Christchurch where we have been affected by a major earthquake and the store where I got my wool from is in a cordon area that may or may not be opening anytime soon. In fact, I heard that they might be tearing the place down!

Anyhoo... I have stitched up one sleeve and stitched the front panels to the back piece but do not have enough wool to stitch the other sleeve up and actually join the sleeves to the torso piece.

Rather than buying a complete ball of wool for the job (not that I can find anyone local who will get me just one ball in from the supplier) what can I use instead?

Your friendly advice will be gratefully appreciated!

(Due to my newbie status it would not let me post links for the wool and design)
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:57 AM   #2
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You could use a similar yarn if you have some other leftovers in a complementary color. The join won't be visible anyway. Or in a pinch, I've even used doubled sewing thread. It doesn't show and holds very well over time. I don't think it would work for a mattress st join but it will work for a running back stitch seam. Congrats on finishing the baby sweater!
Hope things are back to normal soon for all of you in New Zealand.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:02 AM   #3
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Thank you for the response salmonmac

Doubled sewing thread? You mean cotton?

LOL please ignore my ignorance but... What is a running back stitch seam???

The wool is a bright rainbow merino wool, so changes colour very frequently!
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:04 AM   #4
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http://www.woolbaa.com.au/store/254-panda/2435- Design #6 is the jacket I've knitted

http://www.sewingdirect.co.nz/woolsh...products_id=17 is the wool I was using...
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See if this video helps. As the demo says it is strong and flexible.
The pattern looks adorable.
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:58 PM   #6
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Thank you salmonmac once again, I am trying one more source for some spare merino wool but if that fails I am going to follow your advice. I just hope that the baby I have knitted the jacket for never hears the words I have muttered while making it! lol
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:16 PM   #7
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Good idea to try for some of the yarn. I certainly know what you mean about the trials of finishing off a "simple" baby sweater. It'll be worth the trouble to see it beautifully finished.
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