Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Another knitting sample

OK. Another sample done with tan baby yarn from JA and some very light rust colored cone yarn.  At top you can see the bind off stitches, done using crochet hook after using cord and waste yarn.  Small steps with new skills!  Nice weights, eh?

Monday, February 17, 2014

More Machine Knitting

Here are a couple of recent "accomplishments" in my machine knitting saga.  I am not able to find all of the original punch cards but there are downloadable cards online.  I printed out the downloads and with a blank punch card and a punch, I made my own!  Not without some errors, but again I'm learning!  To prove it works, I did put it in the Brother KH836e machine and created my first sample of faire isle/two color knitting!  Whoopee!  This post is just to document small steps in forward progress ������

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Machine knit hat

It is a hat!  I am still learning technique more than producing garments, but this time there is a product��. Made with my Brother KH 836 machine.  I used two types of cream color yarn remnants--acrylic.  The pink/purple is hand dyed sock yarn from an Etsy Shop called Lazer Sheep.  Nothing special about the hat.  Cast on 160 stitches and knit a total of 210 rows.  I knit 70 cream, 70 pink, and another 70 cream.  Seems like it would be easy, but I had to rip out and start over when about 3/4 done.  I'm learning to use transfer tools, yarn winder, and ripping skills.  All good!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas!  We had a traditional breakfast of Praline French Toast casserole, opened gifts, spoke via FaceTime with the Reno kids and are enjoying a quiet day with DS2 and a couple of energetic dogs.  Nice day!

I got nice gifts but especially enjoy time with family ;-)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Machine Knitting

I am finally playing with my Brother 386e knitting machine.  I bought it when/before I retired and did not bond with it.  Frankly, I was intimidated and was never even able to cast on or form stitches on it.  Into the cupboard it went.  Years later we moved and the machine found itself once again on a high shelf in the sewing studio.  That was almost two years ago.

Recently, there have been a few enthusiastic machine knitters posting on Stitchers Guild.  Knitters from novices to the very experienced have piqued my interest again.  So, while reading the posts I gained a little confidence and the support of a local friend who had done a lot of machine knitting in the past.  Knee surgery, machine maintenance, a little fear of failure, etc., kept me from getting started.  

BUT, I have finally had a few successful experiences with my machine!  No garments no real projects,  but a few sample attempts!  Whoppee!  With much time and practice, I think I can do this!  I'm hoping for a simple hat or scarf in the near future.

Here is my first attempt:  I can't move text and photos, so first photo is my first time being Balt to cast on and knit a bit.  Last photo shows I finally got to hang the comb and weights.  The middle two show the progress and the weights moving up the yarn.  I'm hoping to make more progress!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mix and Match

Quick post on my way out the door!  I once took a sewing course with Patti Palmer who suggested making a holiday outfit from TNT patterns.  The fabric you choose makes it an everyday outfit or a special occasion one.  I am pleased with my easy-to-make and comfortable suit!  Pants are Style Arc Willows and the jacket is Loes Hinse Princess (seminar) jacket.  Fabric is from my stash--a flocked black twill.  I'm off to lunch with a sewing friend!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Recovery, Projects, and a Knitting Machine

Just checking in.  I'm rapidly recovering from a little arthroscopic knee surgery.  I was doing GREAT until I developed an allergy to either steristrips or the adhesive they used to attach said steristrips.   Ugly red rash, blisters, etc.  Just a little bump in the road.

While first recovering I made a few items--a long Loes Hinse cardigan, a Vogue 8854 vest with collar and front pocket, and a Vogue 8669 cowl neck tunic.  The first two were cut before surgery at home and the tUnic cut out and sewed at condo before surgery   

I'm also in the midst of getting my unused knitting machine up and working.  It's a Brother 836e which I purchased prior to retirement.  So, seven years later it needs cleaning and oiling.  First, I am waiting for a manual and a sponge bar to arrive in the mail.

I also looked at the newest The Look of Loes Hinse ideas.  I don't need more clothes, but I enjoy making up her new tweaks on old patterns!  I want to trace a few Burda patterns and a couple of Ottobre ones too.  My DGD decided to grow a bit and needs some new clothes!

I'll be back soon with photos!