I have never knit a garter carriage blanket before. I make hats and borders, but I knew it would take quite a while for a GC to get through a blanket because it is so much slower than knitting with a motor and my regular carriage. A friend shared this pattern http://www.knitwords.com/linus/hearts.pdf by Evelyn McNabb. I have had it a while but finally decided to try it. I moved my machine to another room since it normally sits in my family room because I knew that many hours of noise would not be conducive to either TV watching or conversation. I like how it turned out, but it did take quite a few hours and I am used to finishing a blanket in a short amount of time. It is knit on the standard gauge with Bramwell 4 ply – sunflower yellow. That sounds cheerful for a baby! It is lightweight and soft and only took a light steaming to make it look the best. But I’m not sure I will do that again. Even though I did not have to push a carriage, I think I will stick with my motor and a much quicker result. 😊
We are surely living in an unusual time in this world of ours, aren’t we? A virus that has folks panicking, making unusual purchases fueled by their angst and fear. It is agreed that one must make wise choices in exposing ourselves to this virus, but we either have forgotten or choose to ignore the fact that there is a God who is in control in this world and He will use even these times for His purposes. Our response does not have to be fear or relying on the comfort of the amount of stuff we can buy. God knew all about this way before we did, and it is an excellent time to take spiritual inventory of our lives. This Easter will definitely be much different than the ones of the past. No gathering together to commemorate the rising of Jesus Christ from the dead. But gathering together is not necessary for us to individually stop and remember why we celebrate Easter. Jesus Christ came to this earth and willingly died a horrendous death on the cross for you and me. But the truly good news is that He arose from that grave and lives forever and we have one lifetime to trust in Him. Don’t let these few short days on this earth pass without choosing your eternity. No one chooses your eternity but you. No one weighs your good and bad works in this life and then decides for you – not even God. You choose your eternity by trusting in Christ’s finished work on the cross or by rejecting Him openly or by being passive and not making any decision and hoping for the best. Choosing an eternity of life means you say yes to Him, acknowledge you need Him and ask Him to save you from your own sin. Seems too simple. That is what God does – makes it simple. He already paid the price and the choice is yours. May this Easter be one of tremendous joy and peace in the God of hope – whether we are speaking of getting through a virus or choosing our eternal home!
I made this Hoodie this winter but wanted to share the pattern with you. You know… winter weather is not over yet. They are predicting more snow this weekend for the Colorado plains…in spite of the fact we have been gardening in the 70 degree weather today! 😊 This pullover hoodie pattern is written for the bulky machine in 3 plus sizes and is sure to keep you warm for the rest of the season. Pattern in drop down menus above.
Dear Readers, May I offer you an alternative way to think about the Corona Virus than what we are seeing all around us? I firmly believe we should use common sense in deciding if we should stay out of the public for a time. Especially those that are immunosuppressed or are older. Of which I am both. Millions do not fall into either category and folks are recovering from this virus. Reacting out of fear is not helping our state of mind – but fear is growing. I humbly ask you to read this short piece – it is approximately 8 minutes in length. May God give you His peace through this time. All my love, Ann 😊
I saw a really cute crocheted Bento bag (a Japanese style of bag) and wanted to make a machine knit one. After making a tension swatch, I knew how many stitches to cast on and how many rows to make it the size I desired. It took some experimenting to figure out how to sew it together, but I decided it was super cute and I want to make more of different sizes. I know longer handles might be nice to make it a shoulder bag, but with the stretchy knitting the handles would probably need lined – although the ribbed handles are better than just stockinette for stretching. Of course, the whole bag could be lined to make it sturdy, but this one is perfect for me. I used a slip stitch pattern which gave it thickness and strength. It is made on the standard gauge machine and knits up quickly! A fun gift! Perhaps you need an interesting new pattern while you shelter in place during this virus. The pattern is in the Misc section in the files above.
We like to get comfy and watch a little TV in the evenings and I am one that likes to get into my jammies. But then my lower legs were getting cold even though I have a throw over them. So, I made a swatch, took my lower leg measurements and knit up some leg warmers. I love them! No more cold legs! I knit them on the standard machine with Tamm 3 ply yarn. I don’t care for anything tight on my legs, but the jammies help them stay in place. No more uncomfortable legs as I offer my advice and wonder if they will “Love It or List it”. Hee Hee
I bought this sweater at the thrift store because as I looked at it, I knew I could improve it. Just as the sleeves have a rolled hem, (that I left alone) the front edges and the bottom had the same rolled edge but it made it hang improperly. It was not designed that way. They had a crocheted edge on it, but it was too narrow, and the edges rolled anyway. I was surprised it was designed so poorly – it was a well-known label that is not cheap to buy new. I knew I would never match the white yarn – there are gobs of shades of white yarns out there, so I began searching for ideas on a hand knitting site. I ran across a white cardigan with pink bands and I thought I would do that. The cardigan is a cotton/acrylic mixed yarn. I only had acrylic in the pink, so I went with that and used my standard gauge machine. I think it did improve the jacket considerably. I did not want to have the ribbing pulled in at the bottom, so I steamed it out to lie flat so it was the same width as the cardigan. I added a rolled edge to the neck and front edges. So, for my $5 (and an afternoon ) I have a new (to me) jacket. 🙂
My inspiration for this long jacket came from a photo of another herringbone knit jacket that I loved. My electronic machine did not have exactly the stitch pattern I was looking for, but I found a punch card design in an old machine knitting book. So, I put just enough of the design – 10 rows and 12 stitches – to make one repeat into the PPD and I knit the jacket. I wanted a hung hem – with no solid colored ribbing but the fabric is heavy, and a doubled hung hem was way too heavy and thick. To fix that problem, I knit a facing in stockinette first, then began the fair isle design. When I finished the jacket, I tacked that facing up so there was about a ¼ inch of the fair isle showing inside. It made a lighter, nicer hem. (The photo actually looks like I have a black ribbed hem but it is just a shadow.) Then I wanted just a simple, skinny rolled edge along the front edges because I really did not want a black or a white band. But after I applied it, the band was not heavy enough to stand up to the heavier fabric and it only wanted to roll to the inside. So off it came, and I applied a full needle rib band and it hangs well in front. I had also planned to line the fair isle since I expected floats that would be too long – but the floats were short, and no lining is needed. If you would like to try it, the pattern and the stitch pattern are in the files above in S/M, L and XL sizes, with more photos.
On one of the Knitting Machine Facebook groups, Kris Basta posted how she had made these hats on the bulky machine. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bulkyandmidgaugemachineknitting/search/?query=Kris%20Basta&epa= I loved them! They are made without a ribber and have a rolled edge. I am not usually so fond of rolled edges on hats because the bottom just tends to flare out. But these are made with an elongated tuck stitch for the body, so the hat comes out much wider in the body – thus making the rolled edge, that was knit in stockinette, pull in instead of flare out. I thought they were so cute I did them on the standard machine. I prefer my standard because I have the motor attached to it. I used about 20% less stitches than the normal charity hats I knit for adults and babies and about 60% longer – since the tuck stitch knits up wider and shorter. I did adult and baby sizes using #256 elongated on the electronic patterning. They are thick for warmth because of the elongated tuck stitch and are a whiz to knit up a bunch! My new fav! 😊
Last year I made Christmas stockings for each grandchild. Now, I am thrilled to say our family is expanding as they marry and becoming engaged – so I am making more stockings! This latest one I had to get a little creative with the stitch design. I had made Ali’s first – pre boyfriend – and it had an angel. Well…now that I needed the male one for Garey to go with it, the angel seemed too feminine. So, I redesigned it on the PPD to make it angel wings with a sword. Seemed a tad more masculine – but still matched Ali’s. The yarn was acrylic but the yarn size was not marked on the cone. It seemed the same as the 3 ply I had used for Ali’s, but this one came out a tad longer. No worries …more room for “stuff”. (even though we only put 2 things in them) 😊 The pattern is in Misc patterns above. I also have put several more patterns on there this morning, too. A new cardi pattern, a beach cover up and a yoga mat cover. You might want to go check out those free patterns. I am working through my knitting list for Christmas – only a few more things to make! Merry Christmas! 😊