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!
I had some beautiful yarn that was given to me by a friend that I have looked at periodically and wondered what to make with it. She gave it to be because when she saw it she knew I would love it. I mean…it’s pink. 🙂 I was looking for a project and after considering several ideas I decided on a scarf. I had 400 grams, but feared it was not enough for a sweater since it is pretty thick yarn and I knew it would only knit on the bulky machine. It is 60% baby suri and 40% merino by Blue Sky Alpacas. Did I say this was luscious yarn? It is a silky, itch-free combination of baby suri alpaca and the softest merino wool. It is made in Peru and I love that it has found me. Since a scarf was in order, I needed a pattern and as I perused one of my favorite blogs that I follow, cckittenknits, I saw this pattern and thought I’d try it. I knit it on tension 5 and the cables knit up quickly. It is half on the ribber so that it lays flat off the machine. I knit 281 rows and it is 60” X 5”. It is incredibly warm, so it is definitely a winter wear – although it is blizzarding in April at my Colorado home right now! 🙂 I have another 200 grams of it and I think it will make a lovely gift for someone. This is the link to the pattern. https://cckittenknits.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/cabled-scarf-made-on-the-brother-bulky/
Thank you, Melanie, for this enchanting yarn gift. ❤
I saw these really cute photos of the front and back of a hand knit cardigan and thought I would see if I could figure out how to make it by the photos. This has no shaping as I knit the pieces, but is just 2 rectangles with a band sewn on the front and around the neck. So simple and so much fun because the shaping is all done in how it is folded and sewn! I made this on the standard gauge machine because I wanted it to be as lightweight and Spring-like as possible, since it is short sleeved. Well…the sleeves come to the elbow, which is hard to see by the photo. I did a thread lace stitch pattern and used 2 ends of cone serger thread for the second yarn that was an identical match in color to the Tamm Estillo main yarn. I wrote the pattern from small to 2X, and since it is a loose-fitting shrug I only needed 3 sizes. The pattern is above in the drop-down menus. You can make this on any machine, using any yarn and any stitch pattern. How easy is that! But, it does require a carefully measured tension swatch, but you all are experts at that! 🙂 And if not, there is a tutorial for each gauge of machine in the drop down menu. I home-school my grandson for a history class and I need to write an end of year review. So…no more knitting until that is written! 🙂
There are so many unusual styles and mix of textiles for garments in the stores and online. They are cute with modern styling and just something out of the ordinary. I experimented by writing this pattern and this is the resulting garment. It has an asymmetrical hemline made with a 3 row hung hem, A-line shaping to give it the folds of fabric so common in today’s styles and has the raglan, lace sleeves. I did a cut and sew neckline and after thinking through how to finish it, I wished I had purchased enough lace to make a bias lace edge. But, I made a narrow band on the knitting machine. I sewed the whole project together on the sewing machine, but knit the body on the standard machine. I was not fond of the yarn – it is Tamm Spirit. When I ordered it, I did not realize it had all the bits of color in the yarn – my mistake for not being more observant. It was pink yarn – I mean…what more does one need to know?? 😊 It is knit in 4 pieces and the center front and back are joined in a sew-as-you-go method – meaning as I knit the first piece, I made eyelets along the center side. Then as I knit the second piece, I hung those eyelets on the left most needle every other row. The 2 pieces for the front (and later for the back) were finished when the second side was knit. The join gives an open, lacy-looking design feature and avoided the usual mattress stitch join. Now, onto a new technique I want to try. 😊
We all love Spring and Easter. It is so much fun to dress our families up in new clothes, have egg hunts and enjoy a fabulous spread of food at a meal to celebrate. And there is nothing wrong with any of those – they all make special family fun and give our kids great memories. But if that is our only focus, then we have sadly missed why we even have Easter. We must remember the cross – it is the very reason we have the holiday at all. Jesus was born to this earth and we celebrate that at Christmas, but at this season, we remember He was born to die on a cruel cross to pay for the sins of mankind – a debt we cannot pay ourselves no matter how good a life we live. What gives validity to this payment is the fact that Jesus did not stay dead but rose from the grave – victorious over death and that is the sweet celebration of Easter. Newness of life. If He lives, so shall we live forever with Him – when we put our trust in that work.
It seems like there are endless choices in life concerning religions or denominations or the choice of no religion at all. But there are really only 2 choices in life – what we will do…or not do… about Jesus. My prayer for you at this Easter season is that you will put your trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus – and then celebrate in all the fun, special ways with your families. Easter will never be the same for you, I promise. 😊