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!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Child's Raglan Sleeve with Pouch Pocket

I found this little pattern in one of Irene Wood's books "LK 150 Classics - 19 Patterns for Men, Women and Children" and thought I would give it a try.  This pattern works up very quickly so I decided instead of having a lot of hand manipulating of a centre panel on the front I would put my garter bar to use and do a simple pouch pocket. 

Great granddaughter has hinted she would like a sweater with this pocket feature so this will be my trial run until I get her measurements from her mom (my oldest granddaughter).  I followed the instructions for a size 6.

I used a single strand of Bramwell Roselan on my LK150 at T3 and it was just like knitting through air!  I love that yarn and so did my machine!  I have enough left to make a pair of socks or slippers to go with the sweater.  I didn't start with a full cone so I really don't know how much yarn I actually used.

Here a couple of photos of the final product.  I am rather pleased and hopefully it will fit.  If not it will go into my Charity Box and a larger size made for Evalynne.  These little ones grow so fast it is hard to keep up with them!

 
Just a simple sweater with raglan sleeves (my favorite) and a pouch pocket

 
Closer look at the pouch pocket without the sleeves inserted.

Here is a photo of the book cover from which I found this cute pattern.  If you need a good starter book this would be a good one to add to your collection if you can find one.  I've had this book for a very long time and not sure if it is still available.



Irene Woods can be contacted on her website http://clearwaterknits.com.  Take a look at her blog.  There are lots of great inspirations there to get those knitting juices going.  On her blog there is a section to contact her if you require more information. 

I personally own many of her books and find them very easy to follow as I work through one of her patterns.

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 ~ ~ ~ ~

 
 




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A year full of wonderful machine knitting adventures!