Saturday, May 9, 2015

Knit Club Project for April was a Shawl

In April our knit club decided we would take a basic shawl pattern and attempt to make it using a punch card or hand manipulating stitches to create something pretty but serviceable.  Members were encouraged to make changes to the basic pattern - no holds barred on this project.

Our member Krys did a great presentation offering a pattern well in advance of our knit-in to encourage our members to try something on their own.  Work with punch cards or hand manipulation patterns that weren't being used normally.  In other words "something different" that was also a bit of a challenge.  They could either start it at home to complete at our knit-in or start from scratch at the knit-in and possibly finish at home.

Krys showed many samples of her shawls using tuck and fairisle.  Photos hopefully will be made available for me to put up on my blog.

I decided to work with my LK 150 for this project.  The yarn I chose was James C. Brett's Baby Marble Double Knit color BM5 (produced by Monarch Mills In England - his website is www.jamescbrett.co.uk if you are interested in this yarn now available here in Canada and probably in the U.S.A. as well).  

The yarn has a grading of color from cream through shades of beige to brown then pale to dark blue.  This was a beautiful yarn to work with as it seems to love tension 4.  The carriage slid back and forth easily throughout the project.

Now bearing in mind that lately it seems I can't have too many things going on at the same time throughout a project I'm knitting I decided to keep it simple and utilize some tools I should be using more often.  One of which will transfer every other stitch over nine stitches at the same time and also my garter bar was an option as well.

On the left side of the shawl I followed Diana Sullivan's "Decorative No Roll Edge" that she showed  to us in April and it really works - go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XztMJV4ERBo and you will see for yourself.  Thank you Diana for this great gem of a technique.  I will most certainly be using it I the future.

I worked on an eight row pattern.  Starting with 8 rows of stockinet stitch then transferring every other stitch but leaving 6 stitches on the left to do the Decorative No Roll Edge and increasing and or decreasing on the right keeping five stitches unworked in pattern throughout.  It really turned out quite nice - I have blocked it but still think I'll do a crochet edging along the ends and bottom of the shawl just for added length and weight.  I used almost all of two 100 gram balls on this project so far so any additional edging will get the third ball involved for sure.

Here are a couple of photos of the shawl so far.  Updates to come with hopefully more photos of what our members have come up with at our May meeting!   Click on the photos if you wish to enlarge them.


Front folded

Diana Sullivan's Decorative No Roll Edge!

Back Folded
 
Shawl folded in half
 
Finished the soft scalloped edge

Close up view of scallop edging (crochet)
 

 

The only way I could figure to show the whole shawl was to drape it over the back of my sofa.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tea Cozy

Recently I saw a cute toque in one of my knitting newsletters.  I was in need of a new tea cozy and thought this would be a very cute project for a wintery afternoon.  So I wound up some yarn, settled down to my Singer 155 and decided to try 2 x 2 rib for the main sections of the cozy.  The pattern indicated casting on 38 sts and knitting about 7 inches (this was for the hat).  So I set up for the tea cozy over 35 needles and knit a length of 40 rows for about 8.5 inches.  Transferred the sts from the ribber to the main bed and knit one row of stockinette.  Took the stitches off on garter bar but you could take them off with waste yarn.  Made another exactly the same.

The next step was to hang both sections side by side on the machine over the 70 stitches.  I knit 4 rows then I transferred every third stitch to make eyelets.  Put all emptied needles back in work and knit 4 rows ending with COR.

Now this is the fun part!  Put all stitches except 4 on the carriage side to hold - and set carriage to hold as well.  Now knit 20 rows or whatever length you want.  Keep weight on the i-cord you are making and just knit in plain stockinette.    Hang a claw weight under the long i-cord you just made (beneath the needle bed) put next four needles to the left in work position. and then transfer the four with the I-cord on them to those needles and knit another 20 or so rows.  Continue with this all the way across. When you come to the last four do the transfer as usual and knit one row at a higher tension and then crochet cast off last 4 sts.

Finally I made another I-cord over 3 needles for 80 rows and used this to weave in and out of the eyelets I made earlier.  Pulled it tight making sure all the loops are out and on top.  Tie the i-cord securely and make a nice little bow.

Then I seamed the sides to accommodate the spout and handle on my teapot.  Got all the ends sewn in and voila a cute little tea cozy.  I think I have fallen in love with 2 x 2 rib now!  Love it!

Here it is:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hand Knitting for a Change!

I found this adorable little hoodie pattern and as I wasn't able to do much with my machine knitting due to feeling a lot under the weather so I decided to amuse myself and knit this little gem.

I used Paton's Canadiana yarn which made up a lovely warm hoodie that I think might fit my great granddaughter Evalynne.   If not I can always make it again in a larger size.  She is very petite and I'm hoping this one will do.  Needles used were 4.5 mm and 4.0 mm. 

The pattern can be located here if you want to give it a try.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toddler-raglan-hoodie  - it is a free pattern.



Here is the front view
 
Here is the back view

 
I really liked the garter stitch around the neck area and hood shaping

 
The button and buttonhole band and hood trim was all done at the same time

 
 
This sweater is knit from the top down so only seaming was under the arm and sleeve seams.  I especially liked the shaping of the hood section and the button/buttonhole band.  I actually enjoyed the increase sections creating the raglan effect - really quite attractive and somewhat different from the others I have done that leave a hole (which is fine) but this was interesting.
 
All in all I enjoyed making this one and would probably make others.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Get Well Soon Present for my Granddaughter Maddy!

My granddaughter Maddy had her tonsils out on Tuesday December 16th.  She is one little trooper, no complaints just getting through the process day by day.  I was able to spend a few hours with her on Thursday the 18th and lo and behold she with her mom and dad came to visit us last evening.

I had just finished a little sweater she wanted so I was able to get a photo of her wearing it home!
It is just a basic set in sleeve, crew neck sweater with a shorter body length that she wanted.  Not sure of that but who am I to argue!

Here she is wearing her new sweater.  Looking a little solemn but understandably as her throat is still pretty sore but she is talking!


Got a smile from her with the next one!
 
Finally here is a shot of the sweater laying flat -
 



 
This little project was made on my Singer 360 with ribber.  Used Bramwell 4 ply and the color is a medium grey mix using a basic Knitware pattern for her size with minor adjustments.  The next one we will do for Maddy will be in blue - either blue denim or medium blue to wear with her jeans...  Iwant to try something with a little more texture to it.  Saw a couple of photos the other day and thought one of them might be just the ticket.  Stay tuned! 
 
Checking out my stash to see what I have on hand.  It only takes about 300 grams to knit this sweater so one cone is usually plenty for this petite young lady.  She is 15 and doing very well at school.  Even scheduled her surgery so she would only miss 4 days but had all her work done up beforehand.  Great work ethics for such a young person.  So proud of her!
 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

 Our Knit Club Christmas Luncheon 2014

On December 8th we got together for a Christmas Luncheon.  This is the hall we use provided by the Cambridge Street Baptist Church which gives us lots of room to "play" with full kitchen facilities and of course washrooms plus free parking area for our cars.  We love it here and feel so blessed to have this available to us for our monthly knit club meeting and knit-ins.

We ordered Swiss Chalet Festive dinners which were delivered so we didn't have to cook or bring anything (except a few brought some lovely dessert goodies)  We have been doing this for the past few luncheons (in June and December) and it really works well for us.

Here are some of the photos I took and as you can see we are having a very good time indeed.

 
This is Krys who made a whole pile of little dolls - one for each of us with the rest going to the Women's Resource Centre - see them in the following photos.  There was a huge bag of dolls in all sizes and shapes - a real labor of love by Krys.
 
 
She is holding another gift for each of us made  by Nancy which was a cute marshmallow with a candy cane in the centre then dipped in chocolate with crushed candy cane applied.  All done up in a bag with a lovely little Merry Christmas card attached. 
 
 
This is Betty holding one of the many dolls made by Krys


Betty brought her place mat made of Christmas cards and then laminated to keep them nice for many years.


Margaret is enjoying her little doll and note Nancy is hiding behind.  Nancy made some great cupcakes and the little marshmallow gifts for each of us.  We are so spoiled.


Here is Nancy's cupcakes and marshmallow treat - aren't they amazing!


Here are more of our members, Bernadette, Marian (hiding), Krys, Mary and Marion
See the little Christmas trees I made for our serviettes for the day.
I gave a little demo so everyone could make one too!


A few more members, Betty, Margaret, Nancy and Pat

So you can see our day was full of laughter, great food and the best group of ladies one could ever ask to be associated with in this world of machine knitting.
 
 

So from my house to yours ~ ~ ~ ~

 
 




&

A year full of wonderful machine knitting adventures!




 

A Little Boys Sweater

Finally have a photo of the little cardigan I made for Justin - the new baby boy that got the little elephant I hand knit.

This sweater was fun - even tried a buttonhole and button band vertically which worked out just great.  Had never done one of those before or if I did I had long forgotten how to do it.  Checked by ribber manual and followed the instructions which worked out without a hitch.

Here is the little guys sweater - I used Knitware for the pattern and Bernat Softee yarn.  The yarn does split easily but is so soft and cuddly for a wee baby that I thought it would do for this project.

 
This sweater was done on my Studio 155 with ribber in a size 3 months.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Elephant for a new little baby boy - Justin

My grandson Patrick has a new little nephew - namely Justin.  Patrick asked if I would knit a hoodie or sweater for Justin and I decided I would add a little elephant toy for him as well.  Sweaters are in the works and should be done shortly.

The elephant I did after seeing a course to make "Wee Ones" on Craftsy.  I bought the program and thoroughly enjoyed working along making this little elephant.  You can watch or follow the pattern on your own or both - whatever works for you.

I have done a few of the courses on www.craftsy.com and although it is hand knitting I have learned all kinds of things that I either had forgotten or never knew anything about!  Such fun to have a hand knit project on hand when just sitting watching TV or waiting around while hubby has a doctor's appointment... 

Here are some photos of this little fellow/gal - you can also make a hippo or a bunny with this same pattern - that's three different heads that fit on the same body - just the tails and heads are different but lots of fun to make and super fast.
 
Front
 Side

 Back
Side with eyes!
 
Ready for his/her new home!