I have been doing a fair bit of knitting lately, but no posts. 😊 For the most part I am making charity blankets – baby blankets and chemo lap robes. My sudden interest in so many blankets is due to my new toy…a KE100 Brother motor that I have attached to the standard gauge. I avoided blankets on the standard since it takes so many rows and it just took a toll on my body. So, I only made a very few on the bulky gauge because it took so many less rows to make a decent sized baby blanket. And I made no lap robes that are even bigger. But this motor has allowed me to avoid the major, physical part of machine knitting so…lots of blankets. I want a variety of designs, so I also purchased a disk drive and some disks. I have a new, sudden interest in Charlene Shafer’s disks. 😊 I have a friend that has written some designs and put them on disk and she graciously shared with me. I even took Eileen Montgomery’s punch card design and input it into my electronic so the vertical lines in the design come out on the edge -making it curl minimally when finished and steamed. Made a lovely blanket! I saved that to disk for future use. http://www.eileenmontgomery.com/Freebies/Patterns/tuckpunchcardafg.html
I wanted to see if any of the designs in the Stitch World 1 book would knit up in a similar manner so decided to try design 259 in the Stitch World 1 book. If I choose 85 at the yellow light, then the vertical lines in the design end up on the edges – again, making it look good and reduces the curl – especially after steaming. It is a lovely, soft blanket. I used tension 8 with 2 strands of matching 2/24. The pattern notes are in the drop-down menus above.
I might get back to garments, but I am having too much fun now! 😊
I hope your Christmas was wonderful – mine certainly was! I have a little down time this week so thought I’d try a new technique I learned – vertical striped ribbing or 2-color brioche. I made this hat for my husband today. He’s a Denver Bronco fan, but even though they have not done so well this year, he agreed to wear it. 😊 I combined several things into this hat. The vertical striped ribbing, fair isle for the Bronco name section and then regular ribbing to make the top of the hat fit snugly. It fits great! If I did it over again, I would make the striped ribbing longer so the brim was deeper and the last color, at the top of the hat, shorter – but it was an experiment and I came out with a usable hat. I entered the name into the electronic machine – it is about 60 sts by 11 rows. Since the vertical ribbing is full fisherman’s rib, made with tucking alternately on both beds, it came out wider than usual ribbing so I began with less stitches than I usually do for an adult hat. It does not have quite as much give and stretch as regular ribbing either, so I am not sure I would use this technique a lot. Although the vertical stripe is interesting and unusual. Because I was using a tighter tension due to it being a band, I found I needed the fine knit bar for it to knit off. If you are unfamiliar with the Brioche or Vertical Striped Ribbing, see the Technique Section for some instructions. I wish you happy knitting in the new year!
I enjoy making ornaments each year for our Knitting Club Ornament Exchange. This year, I thought I’d try my hand at beading on the knitting machine. It is a very simple process and I had fun doing it! I have a great little beading tool for this purpose. It looks like a latch hook tool but the end and hook are miniscule – so they will fit through a tiny bead. It can be done with a thin wire, as well and the instructions are on the blog for that. I prefer the glass beads and the ones on this ball are about 6 mm. But there are all different sizes of holes in beads so it has to be large enough for the doubled yarn loop. The pattern for the ball is above in the drop-down menu. It is knit on the bulky machine with Vanna’s Glamour Yarn that has a silver sparkle thread in it and the beads are clear that look silver through the side. I purchased the yarn at Joann’s. Try your hand at this Christmas Ball – so pretty on the tree! 😊
We strive to be comfortable, don’t we? When I first thought of what it means to be comfortable I thought of my bed that calls my name every night or the comfy slippers I put on my tired feet or perhaps watching my cat curled up in her favorite chair. We all desire to be comfortable. But comfort has a much deeper meaning than just physical. In my bible reading time this morning I was in 2 Corinthians, the first chapter and Paul is writing instructions to a local church. But what jumped out at me was the use of the word Comfort. He used it 9 times in the first 7 verses alone. God must have felt this was a very important word that He wants us to understand and apply in our lives. When one wants to understand what God is truly trying to relay to us, it is very helpful to go to the original langue that the Bible was written in – which in this New Testament book was the Greek language. In these verses God is talking about relationships not physical comfort. To comfort someone or to receive comfort means to call near to help, or to summon help, console, exhort or instruct, admonish or to encourage and strengthen. It is all about how God deals with us as he comforts us and how we are then, in turn, to comfort others in our lives with that same help we received. That is so much more meaningful than just thinking of our physical comfort alone and draws us into closer relationships with others. And in all reality, when we are comforted in our emotions and spirit, then we are certainly more physically comfortable, aren’t we? As we near this upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving, let us remember to bring comfort to those around us – as we are reminded of how we have received comfort. It might be someone in your home or in your social or work realm or the homeless person on the corner. May we all display God’s love and comfort.
I am not one to wear scarves much, but I like cowls. Truthfully, I have never worn them much either because I have had reading glasses hanging around my neck for years. And years. But I have finally decided I need to get some progressive bifocal glasses I leave on all the time. How many times do you think I will subconsciously take off those glasses and let them drop to the floor? Ha-ha… But back to the cowls. Even though I love them, I could not wear a scarf or a cowl that would interfere with the glasses because it snagged them. But since the glasses are on order my thoughts turned to cowls. Now, I am rather particular about my cowl. I do not want it too heavy in weight so that it makes me hot. It can’t be too wide or hang too low. I know…so picky. So, I set about coming up with a pattern on the standard machine that would suit me. I used 1 strand of 2/24…I did say lightweight. And I wanted it to lie flat off the machine, so I decided on a tuck stitch in Full Needle Rib. I came up with a pattern and I had so much fun knitting them I did 3 in just a few minutes. They are super quick to knit so if you are looking for something quick and pretty for a gift or for a craft show this might be a good seller. The pattern is above in the drop-down menus – titled Speedy Cowl. I think winter is finally coming to Colorado since it is almost November – but the weather man did say mid 70’s for the upcoming weekend. My cowl wearing may have to wait. 😊
I was kindly gifted a cone of baby yarn by a friend at our Machine Knit Club. It is Mary Lue’s 4 ply Symphony in a mix of pastel baby colors. I have been wanting to get a baby set started for the charity our club supports, but the month is slipping away from me. Finally I had a little time this evening and quickly made a baby blanket. It is made on the bulky with a ribber. I love to make baby blankets using the ribber because there are no problems with the sides rolling and it lays flat off the machine with no more work required to finish it – other than weaving in the 2 ends. It is soft and squishy and just begs for a baby to be wrapped inside! If you would like the pattern it is above in the drop down menus. I have enough yarn left for a cardigan and a hat, so I must stay on task. ♥
I wanted to do some knitting for our Knit Club charity today. Shawls were requested for the chemo center for patients to wrap around their arms during chemo. I preferred to make it on the bulky machine and I used Diana Sullivan’s pattern for a Herringbone pattern in full needle rib. Her directions are for a standard scarf, but I easily adapted it to the whole bed for a shawl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaAK6cOscgk It used a change in the racking position every row on the ribber, which sounds tedious, but it worked up very quickly and it was easy to get into a rhythm! It only took 240 rows to make the width of the shawl because with the whole bed used, the width on the machine actually becomes the length of the shawl. It worked up to be 50 inches long by 27 inches wide – the perfect size for a bit of cuddly warmth. The ribber tucks in one direction and then a different set of racking settings were used every 20 rows giving the herringbone pattern. Because of the change in racking positions, it creates the ripple effect on each end and I think it is a great addition to the shawl! It was completed in just a few minutes (even with stopping to write my lovely sister a letter in the middle! 😊 ). I used Nomis 3/15 yarn set on tension 4 and it has a light, soft feel. A few more are on my to-do list!
It has been a busy summer without much knitting going on! I look forward to the coming fall weather and getting back to some serious knitting! 😊
But I did make time for a little charity knitting. I like to make a lot of chemo hats for a charity our Knitting Club supports. I have gobs (and I mean gobs) of acrylic yarn in my stash with very little cotton, so I usually make them in acrylic. But, recently I did a swap with a friend from Knit Club. She needed an accessory I had, that I was not using, and I needed some cotton yarn. 😊 Since summer is a good time for cotton, I got busy with my new yarn. It is a nice, soft cotton but very thin – a 16/2. It takes 4 strands together to make a good-sized yarn for the standard gauge. She even graciously wound a couple balls for me, combining some lovely colors together. And she shared her pattern! Lovely friend, indeed! 😊 Since they are a cotton yarn, they are made a little over-sized, then washed and dried to come out the perfect size. May they bless someone going through a rough time in their life!
We are part of a wonderful church – with loving folks. They have become a family to us. And as in any church, or, as a matter of fact, in any organization we are a part of, there are always plenty of ways to offer our services. Any time things are worth doing, it requires people with willing hearts to make things work well and efficiently. And so, at some time in our attendance of a church or organization we are usually called upon to serve. That might sound like a degrading thing to do – to serve others. Sounds a lot like being a servant – which does not have a good connotation. But it really is a privilege and an honor to serve others. I am reminded of our Machine Knitting Club Seminar that we had last month. That seminar takes lots of willing hands to pull off well. So many details and jobs that need filled and I was so blessed to see so many unselfishly and willingly volunteer for the many jobs. You know… as our mothers used to say…many hands make light work… 🙂
Now, as my husband and I are being asked to serve in our local church we might think we are too busy, getting too old or a bunch of other excuses. We love to have lots of time for ourselves – and I admit there comes a time when circumstances keep folks from being involved. But we want to recall the Lord’s reminder of what serving is truly all about. It is purely and simply serving Jesus Christ. As much as we love our fellow church attenders and do not mind serving them, it is really about serving our gracious, loving and merciful Savior who gave His very life for us and set the perfect example of being a servant. It is a debt we could never repay, but we show our gratitude, obedience and love to Him by serving where we are asked, as we are capable. We all have ways we can help in our own sphere of life and may we all give generously of our gifts, time and talents. 🙂
I am a big fan of the Img2track software for the Brother electronic machine. I think it makes a unique baby blanket to give to our knit club charity. The bunny friends on the one just had to be blue. 🙂 Both blankets are about 500 rows, using the whole machine bed, knit in full needle rib and double bed jacquard with a 2-row striped back. I used 2 strands of 2/24 yarn on tension 2. They measure approximately 30 X 33” – a nice baby size. The pink one is Stitch World pattern #31 in DBJ. It is supposed to be a tumbling block pattern, but the dark side of the block is in the wrong place – meaning I should have used the pink as color number 1 and white for the second color. So…it does not really look like tumbling blocks, but it is pink and it will keep a baby girl warm! 🙂 Now to make some cardi’s and hats to match!