Monday, February 5, 2018

Entrelac on a Knitting Machine:

One of our very talented machine club member gave us a demo on Entrelac.  Thank you Mary Beadle!

It is a bit challenging at first but once you get the turn ends sorted out the rest moves along nicely.  

I am making a pet blanket for our cat "Miss Jenny".  She is always in my knitting room while I'm working on it sleeping on my bulky machine.  I think she is just making sure I'm doing everything properly!

This project is very time consuming as you are only working with 10 needles at a time for this project using a lot of waste yarn and picking up of stitches as you move across.  It is progressing just not as quickly as I would like but I'm trying to be patient.  

Here is Miss Jenny keeping eye on me and catching a few z's

Here is the pet blanket in progress

Lots of waste yarn 

Here is where I am so far!

The pet blanket is almost done - will continue until I run out or yarn.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

October means Pumpkins!

Just made a little pumpkin toque to be given out before Halloween
Just left every 6 stitch out of work after doing the 2 x 1 ribbing.  Decreased for the crown then continued in green for the stem.  Did the little leaves separately and sewed them on - Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Also knit up another pair of bed socks for me!  

Next on my "To Do List" is some toddler sweaters for my nephew's little girl and her little brother as discussed below.  Working up the patterns and they should get done soon.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Here is a little hoodie sweater I hand knit and gave to our nephew's sweet little girl in Fall of 2015.

Here is tiny Mabel modeling her new sweater which was a little big for her.  But we knew she would grow into it eventually.

Here she is in October 2017 still wearing the sweater and apparently it is her favorite according to her grandmother Bev who sent me this delightful email.

Hi Marg, I was at Stephen and Robyn’s yesterday and I told Mabel that she needed to wear a jacket to go outside and she said, no she was going to wear a sweater, and here she is with her choice of outerwear!!  Thought you might like to see that it is a favourite and has been worn and worn!  She even used the hood when it got cooler!
After her bedtime bath I changed her into her p.j.’s and we went downstairs for a snack, but she was cold, so I asked her to go up and get her cozy housecoat, but once again, she came down with your sweater on over her pyjamas :-)  
You knitted a winner!
Love, Bev

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

 Great granddaughter has arrived!

Ivy Florence Rayne Daley has arrived!  She was born August 23rd, 2017 at 3:48 p.m weighing in at 6 lbs. 12 oz and measuring 20 inches.  Both her mom and Ivy are doing just great.

Here she is wearing the little sweater I made her and also being held by my daughter (Ivy's grandmother) in the blanket I made.  Ivy is coming to visit later this week and we can hardly wait.  So precious!

Just 3 days old!

With her Grandmother!

Friday, July 21, 2017

New Great Grand-daughter arriving in August!

I am working on several little items for this new little person that will be entering our lives very soon.

Out came my trusty knitting needles and of course my most favorite machine, my LK 150 plastic bed and some Bernat Baby yarn.  Worked from a pattern on the internet for the sweater which can be found at:

First, I hand knit a little sweater for her

Then I decided to do a blanket which turned out to be a very good project to work with a graph and reversing stitches.  Even more surprising this little blanket looks great either side so that was just a bonus and a very delightful discovery when I was blocking it.

I folded one third of the blanket to show the public and private sides of the blanket - either one works for me

I just completed a circular blanket that maybe our little bundle could come home in ~ wouldn't that be delightful.

Both blankets were made on my LK 150 using Bernat Baby Sport #3 at tension 5 which turned out quite nice.  I think the round one needs a little more steam as it is not laying as flat as I would like it.  Will get that done before I gift it to my Grand-daughter when the new little one arrives.  

Sunday, July 2, 2017


Hubby asked me to knit him a vest with pockets and buttons down the front.
That was okay until he said "Could you knit that up in black yarn?" - WELL, as we get older I think the dark colors are hard for us to see and I for one do have a big problem with them.

I decided to give it a go and for this project I used my Singer SK 155 with ribber and it went quite well - the knitting part that is.  When it came to seaming I did have a little trouble there but got it done!

I crocheted the button/buttonhole band but otherwise the rest was done on my machine.

Here is the final result.

Looks like he likes it but maybe next time I'll convince him to try a grey or light charcoal.  LOL

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Canada's 150th Birthday - July 1, 2017

Our knitting group has put out a challenge to make something to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.  I decided to knit a flag which when blocked, sewn and lined will become my sunglass case in the car.

I downloaded a pattern and did the whole thing using my Intarsia Carriage on my SK 360 Standard Machine.

What a fun project!  I'm anxious to see what others in our club have come up with to celebrate as well.

I am thinking of a sweater with the maple leaf on the back and maybe CANADA printed somewhere... Have to use red and white of course but I may do the bulk of the sweater in grey with black outlines or interesting bars.....  Still working on that one!

Here is the first photo of my little sunglass case as it has come off the machine.

More to come when I get it blocked, sewn and lined!

Blocked & Measuring the lining.

Lining Sewn up

Glass Case completed

I didn't like the white edge of the lining showing at the opening.  I got some red binding and put it on that outer opening of the lining. Then I sewed it together with the outer knitted part and it looks great.  Happy with this little project.