An Enchanting Yarn Gift

An Enchanting Yarn Gift

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. ❤

Lessons in Img2track

Lessons in Img2track

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I made this scarf for my friend, Melanie, for her birthday with the Img2track software for my Brother 940. I had made a similar one earlier for myself and knew I needed to turn the second letter upside down so it would hang right when worn as a scarf. But, what I did not realize is that the second letter needed to be reversed, as well as turned upside down. I had no trouble when I knit the one for me, because the letter H for my last name is symmetrical – so when it knit backwards I did not know it. But when I knit a B for her last name, it was backwards. Only a few of the letters are symmetrical. So in reality, I knit 2 scarves – one rather unusable. 🙂  So, thanks to Tanya on the Img2track Facebook Group, I learned another important fact about how this software uses images. Img2track has amazing possibilities for owners of electronic Brother machines and I need to get back to using it more. The scarf is knit with 2 row striped double bed jacquard. I knit the center of the scarf with plain white DBJ so it matched the stitches of the letters – which required putting 3 separate patterns into the knitting machine. It is knit with 2 strands of 2/24 on tension 2 and after blocking it is soft and luscious. So…it’s not scarf weather as we head towards summer, but winter is coming! 🙂

Thread Lace Scarf

Thread Lace Scarf

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I wanted to make a quick gift this afternoon, so settled on a thread lace scarf on my Brother 894 standard gauge, punch card knitting machine. I unfortunately did not get the punch cards when I bought this machine, but borrowed a thread lace card from my bulky 260 machine. I did 80 stitches wide and 700 rows on tension 8 with double length on the punch card. The main yarn is 2/24 and the second yarn is barely heavier than sewing thread. It ended up 90 inches long and weighs just over 3 ounces – it feels light as air.  I pressed it with lots of steam and it made a soft, drapey, lacy looking scarf that can be doubled and worn a variety of ways. 🙂