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Old 10-07-2007, 04:09 PM   #151
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I'm pretty sure it has to be 100% wool. I'm not sure if it is aran or not. I used Cascade 220 for one and Wool of the Andes for the other. I don't know what you have available to you, but I think acrylic won't work. If you wanted to test something in your stash, you could try doing a felted join (get the two ends wet and quickly rub them together in your palms for about a minute to join them together).
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:55 AM   #152
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Hi again!

I have just come back from my LYS. They had no pure wool just mixed stuff. So i have just ordered two balls of cascade yarn from the internet. I will still have to wait to knit my hedgie. I have got the needles and the funky fur.
All i have to do is wait.

One more question.. When you knit the back is it knit withe the colour that is used for the paws othe colour that is used for the front of the body?

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Old 10-08-2007, 11:08 AM   #153
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One hank of the Cascade 220 will be enough to make the front and back of your hedgie. I just used some scraps for my paws and face. If you want to use a different color you probably could. For example if you wanted to really different colors like PixiPurls' Spiderman Hedgie then the contrast color might be better for the back. If you decide to use a different color you will be able to see the change at the hair line.
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:14 AM   #154
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Thank you!

As i said i ordered two balls in different colours so i will be able to do two then.

After all that searching to find the pattern here in the uk i managed to obtain one from a friend in America.

Well someone has sent me a link today , that we can get it in the uk.

here it is.

http://www.getknitted.com/acatalog/Felting_.html

When i wash it to felt what temperature does it go on and is it for the whole cycle?
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Old 10-12-2007, 06:18 AM   #155
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I got my yarn in the post today. Hooorahhhhhhh

Can anyone of you lovely people talk me through the felting process.

I am in the uk and i have a front loading washer.

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Old 10-14-2007, 03:40 AM   #156
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Ok, it's much easier to felt in a top-load machine- so, you can check the 'felting process' often.. that said..

I did live in Italy w/ a front load washer and here is what I did.

IF you know which cycle uses the least amount of water- use that (small loads) and hot water only. *I just turned off the cold water on the faucet for the cold water and remembered to turn it back on for future loads.

To 'check' the felting process.. I actually just unplugged my washer.. and after a few minutes I was able to open the door to check to see how things were going. It's not the best method.. but, sometimes the felting process will happen within 5 minutes.

AND, you know how long those wash cycles are for the European washing machines! AND, you have much less 'agitation' in the European machines- so, make sure you put something else in there for the felting to toss about with.. jeans, cotton dish cloths, (no towels- the lint can get on the felted item)..

I also put my felted item in a pillowcase and tied a knot in the top.. so, I didn't get the felting fuzz/lint all inside the machine.

Truthfully, for the next felting projects.. I saved them until I went to the states and did felting at a friend's house.. but, it is possible to do it in your machine.
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Thank you for your kind advice I will be sure to follow it.

I have done the front and have done part of the back. I have to say that this is my first attempt at using circular needles and i hate it lol .
My fingers are killing me . am i doing something wrong or is this normal?
Anyway here is my hedgie as it is with an unfinished back.
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:54 PM   #158
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I am stuck, already. I am only 13 rows in and already confused.

Okay, so I have been knitting 5 and then w&t and then I think I got up to row 12 (sidenote: how do you keep track?, I have heard of 'stitch markers'? what are they and where can I get one?).

So now my hedgie looks like this:

http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/9994/picture098tq9.jpg

So now it says "LEGS" and I have to knit 4 stitches for 9 rows, which is fine, but am I doing this right? What the heck is the bit I just knitted?
(I am one of those people who needs to visualise it or see it as I go . So I knit 4 stitches from this bit?... or am I on the wrong row and need to go to the other end and start working on 4 stitches from that end?
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You are doing it right. The four stiches knit for 9 rows is the foot which later you will pick up stiches and attach the paws onto.

The begining bit you have just done is his bottom .

You can get stitchmarkers from your Lys . I found that if after every w&t i write down the number i am to do , i do not lose track. so if you havedone 5 w&t then write down the next nuber and start to knit.

I hope this helps. I am no expert as i have not finished mine yet but that is my advice so far.
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Ritaw: ooh, his bottom, he probably won't appreciate me saying "what the heck is this bit?" then, lol

Thank you, I am glad to know I am doing this right!! I will keep going then.
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