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.

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