I love to get into my PJ’s and slipper socks for evening TV viewing or reading. I have purchased a lot of pairs of “fat slipper socks”, as I called them, over the years, but they always end up feeling too tight and I constantly pull at them to make them more comfortable. So, I decided to make me some that were a bit looser and that would feel better. I think I inherited that trait from my mother – she was always having me hunt for loose socks for evening wear in her later years. So, I went to the bulky machine so they would be thick and warm. They looked huge off the machine, but when I got the toe stitched up with Kitchener stitch, they fit perfectly! Not too loose and more importantly – not too tight. No more pulling and adjusting my slipper socks all evening. 🙂 The pattern is above if you would like to try a pair. I used Red Heart 4 ply yarn and knit them in the round with the ribber. Ahhhh…comfy AND warm toes. 🙂
I have not done any work with Img2track Knitting Software for a while, so I decided to make a couple baby blankets for charity. I generally make much larger afghans, but these are both about 500 rows. They are double bed jacquard with 2 stands of 2/24 yarn and measure about 29 X 34. They are lightweight, soft and fun! 🙂 You can click on photos to get a close up look.
As we begin a new year, many are not sad to see the old one end, as this has been a traumatic year for some in a variety of ways. And, I like new beginnings – although I am not one to make new year’s resolutions. I think lots of folk avoid them for fear of risking failure – again. But, I did begin a project in the last couple weeks to clean out drawers and closets that sorely needed attention. Where does all that stuff come from, anyway?? 🙂 So, I thought if I would resolve anything, it would be to continue that project until they all have been cleaned – again. A new beginning – to be able to find things I need and to just live a less cluttered and simpler life. Another new beginning God loves to give is to those that wonder what their future will hold. None of us know the length of days on this earth and we all need to be prepared for when the number of our days are up. The most important new beginning we can ever have is one with Jesus Christ as our Savior – to know that when we put our trust in Him, our future is secure. A new beginning that is a less cluttered and a simpler life to live – one resting in His work on the cross for us instead of striving to be good enough to make it to heaven. I wish you all a joyful and secure new year! 🙂
I have been on a doll/toy making adventure. Our Knit Club charity has said they like toys and it is not something I have ever knit before, so I have thoroughly enjoyed it – something different than my usual knitting. I came across the pattern for my little Nordic skiers in the machine knitting book “A Time to Save Time” by Sande Baas and Marty Godlewski. I could not resist it because the Fair Isle sweater was so cute – so I made two. I punched a card and dug out my standard gauge punch card machine. They are about a foot tall. Although one looks a tad happier than the other one – I so need lessons on faces! 🙂 Then I was in the Fair Isle mood so made some chemo hats. The burgundy one is definitely a winter weight hat, but the pastel ones are lighter for indoor wear. The pattern for those 2 are above. I think I will move on to some Img2track baby blankets. 🙂
I had cancer surgery on my nose last March and this winter has been hard on my nose – it is cold in the evenings when I am in my house! For some reason I guess the circulation is different or something. And even though we keep our furnace set at a comfortable temperature, I sit around all evening holding my nose because it hurts. A side of effect of surgery I did not anticipate. I kept saying in jest that I was going to make me a nose mitten, but on our quiet Christmas afternoon with all the festivities over, I sat at the knitting machine to try to come up with something. The first try looked like a bird beak and I laughed at myself as I looked in the mirror. The second attempt was still too long and beak-like. My third attempt turned out well. I made 2 I-cords to loop over my ears and attached them in just the right places along the side to enable holding it all in place without obstructing my view. I won’t win any beauty contest with this contraption on and do not intend for anyone to see me in it but my loving husband – but I am looking forward to my evenings in my recliner a tad more comfy! 🙂 If you or anyone you love suffers from a cold nose you might try my pattern above as a starting place – since all noses are not the same size. Not the usual knitted piece – but hey…you never know! 🙂
I did not do a lot of gift knitting this year. But I did make a friend a scarf and some mittens to match. The mittens are on the bulky machine and the scarf is on the standard gauge and the patterns are above if you would like to try either of them. The scarf is Tuck Lace, which I really like in order to get a lacy effect without the work of the lace carriage – plus the yarn had a bit of a shiny thread in it.
I am looking forward to my newest toy arriving– an SK270 fine gauge, 3.6 MM knitting machine. Ooohh…let the fun begin! I wish you all a merry Christmas! 🙂
The charity our machine knitting club knits for has asked for small toys, so I have knit a few. This is the last batch I knit up. They are so much fun to knit and to think about and pray for the child that will receive them. The one on the left, a Comfort Doll and the center gentleman have instructions on the Bulk and Mid-gauge Facebook page. Although the center one was originally made a bear, but I wanted a doll so made the face without the short row shaping for a bear nose. Then I thought he needed a hat but when I put it on his head, it looked like a bowler derby hat so then he needed a bow tie! Haha…. The one on the right has instructions in the toy section of http://www.needlesofsteel.org.uk/ I really wish my mother would have taught me her expert skills at embroidery, because my little faces could have used some help. 🙂 But hopefully they will be enjoyed. Maybe you would like to try one for a stocking stuffer for someone special in your life. Merry Christmas!
As I have been Christmas shopping in the major department stores I am seeing Ruana’s everywhere this year! They are just the thing for a quick cover up and as I looked them over I thought I could make one easily. I made it on the mid-gauge machine and used the plating technique – so easy on the LK150. Both yarns were 2/24 which is lightweight for the mid-gauge, but because of the plating it takes a thinner yarn. Some have fringe – but not all of them and I decided I was not really a fringe kind of person so opted for ribbing instead. But my little LK150 does not have a ribber and I am not one to do any hand tooled ribbing! So, I did the ribbing on my standard gauge machine and took it to the mid-gauge and hung on the same number of needles. It worked beautifully! I wanted the plating to show, so turned back the front edges and put a button in place to keep it turned out. I also put a button on the sides so the front and back would hang evenly off my shoulders. I did the no-roll edge on the stockinet and used 2 colors that harmonized well together. Both yarns have a subtle touch of pink, blue and purple when viewed up close. The pattern is above blog title. 🙂
As I age, it seems that things just change. This week, I had an issue with my eye. Bothersome, but the doc says it’s nothing serious, just a matter of getting used to a change I did not want – especially one that affects my sight. Even though I am very grateful for my gift of sight, that many do not enjoy, and as much as I want to continue to see my life around me, I really want to have eyes to see the most precious gift in my life. As I anticipate Christmas and commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, I want to celebrate “seeing” this truth and savoring the difference Jesus has made in my life every day! I have joy because my name is written in heaven and I have a future there because of my trust in the finished work Jesus was born to do – the gift of dying in our place in payment for the sins of all mankind. My prayer for you all is that you would accept the gift of Christmas personally, because it is only a gift if we receive it. Our lives are so short in the scope of time and may we all have seeing eyes before time runs out to perceive the true blessing of Christmas! 🙂
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I was so inspired by the Knit It Now site where Sue posted this video on her blog. http://kin.knititnow.com/2016/11/09/fearless-cut-n-sew/ scroll down to see the window for the video. The lady on the video had purchased an over-sized, but expensive sweater at Saks 5th Avenue on clearance and remade it to fit her. So, I decided to try it! Although, for my first try I went to the second-hand store and found a good quality (C J Banks) sweater for only $3 to try this technique on. It was a size 3X and I remade it into a size large. As in the video, I kept the original neckline, the ribbed hems on the sleeves and bottom of the sweater and the shoulder seams – which had a lapped over technique with a cute button trim. She did not remake the sleeves on the video, but I had to cut mine on the seamline and make them smaller. Although I would much prefer to sew a sleeve into the garment while the sleeves and the body are flat – so re-cutting the sleeve made that possible. Then, I only had the underarm and side seam to sew up. I used a size large paper pattern to cut around and a serger for the whole process! The sweater was made with a ribbed top on the front, and then a tuck stitch that they had sewn together with the purl side facing. I don’t think I will give up machine knitting sweaters myself, but this was a quick, fun project and I have a new-to-me sweater that fits! 🙂