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Old 07-21-2008, 11:15 AM   #291
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Artlady I know you love the Unicorn wash but I cannot find it anywhere in town, do you know anything about the Euclan Wool Wash? I guess there's no rinsing required.
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:06 PM   #292
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UNICORN FIBRE WASH is available online only.

I don't know too much about Eucalan. However, the LYS's carry it, so it can't be a bad thing. It just cleans.

I don't know if it also conditions, provides an anti-itch fiber shield, restores luster and sheen, removes all contaminants and embedded dirt, etc. and contains no phosphates, enzymes, fillers, bleaching or stripping agents.

Visit the UNICORN link above, and put your cursor over "Five Reasons"...and a box will display the 5 reasons that UNICORN fiber wash is superior to other products.

I bought the 16 oz bottles of both the wash and rinse...3 drops in a dishpan of water is all you use. It goes a lonnng ways. The UNICORN people provide quick, accurate, and 'safe' order fulfillment. I have purchased from them twice now. No problems with order total on my cc or speed of delivery.
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:08 PM   #293
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I purchased (in Jan.) the kookabura (sp?) wash. The thing I liked about the Eucalan is that you dont have to rinse it, so I was thinking less friction, But I have teh kookabura so that's probably what I'll use for now, I bought it for mom to wash the vest I made her & I am sorry to say that now I look at that vest and think, "boy do I owe her a better piece of knitting" that thing looks terrible, but she loves it-it was the first garment I knit, besides socks, hats, mittens, scarves, washcloths etc. My LYS is having a 15% off sale the last 2 weeks in Aug so I will go and buy some yarn to make her a nice vest.
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I can get the Eucalan wash here in the UK. say it contains Lanolin and Eucalyptus a natural moth repellent.

The Unicorn Fiber Wash and Rinse I can get sent to me including post for $44 approx for 16oz bottle of each. I think I will get both and compare the two and see what I like best. If I only use the Unicorn for special hand knits then it should last me a at least 6-12 months. which isn't to bad.

Julie I am sure the vest is not as bad as you think it is. I think we all tend to be our own worst critic. But it is funny how we look at things I bet when you gave the vest to your mum you were pleased as punch with your effort, then we go back and look at something a year or two later and think OMG what was I thinking.
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exactly Karina, what was I thinking? Thanks though, but she does deserve a better vest. And I know with practice (as with socks) each piece will get better.
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sleeves are done & blocking!!! photo taken about 15 min ago!
OK question that needs an answer! I'm not doing a hood, they bug me & I don't wear them anyway, so I'm going to do a collar that lays over maybe 4-6" so my question is do I do the button band first & then pu sts from the edge of it at the neck & do the collar, or visa versa?
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Originally Posted by jberry16 View Post

sleeves are done & blocking!!! photo taken about 15 min ago!
OK question that needs an answer! I'm not doing a hood, they bug me & I don't wear them anyway, so I'm going to do a collar that lays over maybe 4-6" so my question is do I *do the button band first & then pu sts from the edge of it at the neck & do the collar, or visa versa?
*That is what I would do. Although, either way will work.
Depends on the look you prefer.

Start picking up the collar stitches about 1/2" from the edge of each buttonband.

BTW: Your sleeves look FANTASTIC!

I have been struggling with yet another nerve-wracking Elsebeth Lavold pattern today. Have completed the swatch phase...but her directions are very challenging. (you know I write up a notebook first...to get the pattern directions cemented into usable terms!) She makes the simplest mistakes in wording. Like for the armhole decreases for the BACK: she says BO 1 st each side EOR 8 times. (90 st remain out of original 106 st...so that is 16 st decreased total...2 per decrease row). Well, you can't BIND OFF at the end of a row, only the beginning of a row...so I think she meant to say DEC 1 st each side EOR 8 times. That works out over 16 rows (or, 8 RS rows). She drives me just batty. I feel like scrapping the design, and tossing her books out the window.
The pattern already has 3 declared errors...and I think I have found 2 more. Aaaargh.
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BTW: Your sleeves look FANTASTIC!

I have been struggling with yet another nerve-wracking Elsebeth Lavold pattern today. Have completed the swatch phase...but her directions are very challenging. (you know I write up a notebook first...to get the pattern directions cemented into usable terms!) She makes the simplest mistakes in wording. Like for the armhole decreases for the BACK: she says BO 1 st each side EOR 8 times. (90 st remain out of original 106 st...so that is 16 st decreased total...2 per decrease row). Well, you can't BIND OFF at the end of a row, only the beginning of a row...so I think she meant to say DEC 1 st each side EOR 8 times. That works out over 16 rows (or, 8 RS rows). She drives me just batty. I feel like scrapping the design, and tossing her books out the window.
The pattern already has 3 declared errors...and I think I have found 2 more. Aaaargh.
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Julie your sleeves do look amazing.

thinking about it I think I would do it like Artlady said and do the button band after so you can have a button or zipper going all the way up. So if it did get cold you could have the collar buttoned up around your neck
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Thanks ArtLady & Karina I hadn't thought about that yet, being able to button it all the way up.
I found my Knitting Book of Finishing Techniques last night, it was hiding in my bookshelf & I hope to seam the shoulders tonight, but no promises.

Karina how's yours comming?

ArtLady, good grief & this lady/designer has books? You're smart to 're-write' the pattern in your notebook first; could you immagine if you didn't, what a mess! & there'd probably be more of happening than was necessary.
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