Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 Sweater/Jacket for Grand-daughter "Maddy"

I finally finished this basic crew neck cardigan/jacket with set in sleeves.  Maddy didn't want buttons/buttonholes (which was great as far as I was concerned).  She prefers to wear these sweaters loosely or wrapped around her therefore no need for buttons/buttonholes...

I used my old Knitware program size 38 (as she likes her sweaters kind of roomy) which should be fine for her slim trim figure.  My knitware program still works on an old laptop I have with Windows 7 and I would be most upset if I ever lost it as it is such a great program.

Here is a quick photo of the final cardigan/jacket.  Colour is a lot lighter than the actual but close enough.

Made with my LK 150 - Bernat Baby Sport Yarn
Hope she likes it!

I think she likes it - look at that beautiful smile!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Intarsia is fun!

Our knit club asked me to do a demo on intarsia or picture knitting.  So I got to work and came up with a simple block pattern that would teach them how to move from color to color and a how to create and read/follow a graph.   It was a fun day and I think a few were inspired to go home and give it a try.  Hopefully we will see some of their endeavours at our March meeting/knit-in.

Here is a small sweater I did as a sampler:

Made using my LK150 and AG10 Intarsia Carriage

This little project also gave a lesson on seaming which can always be a challenge.  We looked at how to deal with all the ends that needed to be dealt with when the project was finished and also how to deal with the yarn color changes as they occur so we wouldn't have any unsightly holes!
I think it was a great learning session and I sure enjoyed "playing" with intarsia myself.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Roly-Poly Clown:

I have had several requests for this pattern so I'm making it available here for anyone that wishes to give it a try.  Have fun with it.  A lot are making them up to give to the fire and police departments to hand out to small children when under stress after an accident or fire etc.  Great idea.

Here is the link:     Roly Poly Clown Pattern

Monday, March 7, 2016

Getting Ready for Easter~

Our Knit Club put out a challenge for each of us to come up with something we could make using an Easter theme.

I found an adorable sweater with a bunny on the front which was a hand knit pattern (you can see it here Easter Rabbit Sweater ). There was a bunny graph for the back which I didn't do for this project.

I decided to use my LK150 for this little project and after doing my swatch, I rounded up the yarn and used my Knitware program for a basic child's 26" chest sweater.  The graph was great and gave me the opportunity to use my Intarsia Carriage which has been sadly neglected for a long time.  I really enjoyed this little project.

I will be donating this sweater to our local Women's Resource Centre and hopefully some little person will have fun wearing this on Easter. 

Here is a photo of my little project.  

I just completed a little bunny rabbit to go with this sweater.  He/she is wearing a little toque/hat to match the sweater.  Here's a photo of this little addition.

The bunny turned out to be about 10" tall and was hand knit but the pattern could easily be done on a knitting machine as it was knit flat and seamed.  There was a couple of sections that would have to be done in reverse such as the arms to get the proper gathering.  Also the bottom of the legs I would cast on every other needle then immediately bring all needles into work to get the proper gathering there.  Around the neck there is decreasing and increasing of stitches which could be done using waste yarn or a garter bar.  The little hat is made in such a way it has a slit to accommodate the bunny ears!

This is a free pattern called "Juicy Fruit" by Aine Marriott on Ravelry.
Here is the link:- Juicy Fruit Bunny Rabbit Pattern  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Christmas Stockings - 2015

Every year our Knit Club makes Christmas stockings and gives them to the Women's Resource Centre for mothers and children that may be there over the Christmas season.  Local stores donate lots of goodies to stuff the stockings.  We make enough that there will be one for each bed and a few extras "just in case".  Some of the pretty ones are for the mothers and some are more for the children of all ages. 

So far this month I have done three.  Two are pictured below and the third is a work in progress which I will post when completed.

All the socks are made from the same basic pattern.  They can be done on a standard, mid-gauge or chunky/bulky machine.  Fairisle can be used, intarsia, beads or whatever strikes your fancy. 

This year I seemed to be fair isle inspired at least for the first two but the third one is completely different.  You will see soon.

The pattern if you wish to give it a try is here: Christmas Stocking Pattern

You can enlarge the photos when you click on them

This one was done on my LK 150 mid-gauge using my fair isle carriage.

This one was done on my Singer 360 Standard gauge machine using a punchcard.  I also did a tuck pattern on the cuff which had to be turned so the texture would show properly on the public side. 

The third sock is completed now so here it is!

A "Minion" sock for some little person who loves these silly critters!  I followed the basic sock with a black bar and blue foot.  The bib and straps were knit on later.  The eyes were crocheted and sewn on with a black round button in the centre.  The mouth was just embroidered on.  This was really a fun project.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spiral Hats

Some time ago I saw a TV program with a charming knitter showing how she made hand knit spiral hats.  I thought I bet this could be done on a knitting machine.  So I got out my trusty LK 150 mid-gauge and played around with it.

Because there was a lot of turning of the fabric I chose my garter bar to make things easier.  That said, one could easily do the same with a circular needle or waste yarn. 

Here are a couple of hats I made when practicing the pattern
 Here is one by a fellow machine knitter (Roz Porter) made along with a matching scarf - So pretty.
I can't remember who made this one but isn't it pretty - Love the top
A new knitting buddy, Taina from California, tried out my pattern and look how cute this one turned out.  Way to go Taina.  You can see more of her work on Ravelry under the name of honbun
If you would like to give this little hat a try here is the pattern I came up with  Spiral Hat Pattern

Monday, June 8, 2015

Socks & Slippers!

I had a fair bit of the Roselan yarn leftover from my little pouch pocket sweater project so I decided to use it up on a couple of small projects.

First I made my favorite slippers (Diane Sullivan's pattern from "Footnotes") using my LK 150 once again.  I found some cream Roselan to use for the inside lining.  Just love these slippers - so easy to make and no sewing!!!  Another great Sew As You Go project

Then I still had yarn left so went ahead and made a pair of bed socks for me - again Sew As You Go project.  Got a little fanciful with a little cream stripe or two in the cuffs.  

The Roselan isn't a really soft cushy yarn so I washed the socks and that did the trick - much better.

I still have some Roselan left - mmmmm I wonder what I'll use that for?  I'm sure something will come to mind soon.

While in "Sock Mode" I made a couple of pair using odds and ends of yarn just to use it up.

This pair was knit flat and has a side seam and the yarn was left over from my shawl project.

This pair are Sew As You Go - Unsure of the yarn used.

Next on my agenda is 10 pairs of mittens for the Red Cross Winter Program that will be handed in to them in September.  These are done on my Studio 155 with ribber (bulky 9.0 mm).  May incorporate some nice fair isle designs this time.

Also have some beautiful blue yarn I want to use for a cardigan for myself. 

Stay tuned!