Saturday, January 19, 2019

Going in Circles!

 So, I thought I would try to convert this common dishcloth pattern to a machine knit one!
And it worked!
Now usually this is knit in all garter stitch but that is not so easily achieved on a knitting machine.
I hand manipulated the 3 stitches on the edges so it wouldn't curl--
it was fun to grab a few minutes to knit a wedge!!!!
 The work took place over a small number of needles-17-20 throughout the knit
 since you work on only half of the diameter at a time. 
 I did have to work out how many rows per wedge (8) 
would equal what percentage of 360 degrees so I would knot how many wedges!  
It works out each wedge was about 25.7 degrees 
so 14 of them were needed to make a circle!
I kept bringing the finished wedges up to see where I was for closing in on the complete circle!
All in all, a good exercise in a 'what if' train of thought.....!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Cause and Affect

 When the morning looks like this...
 ...you know that last night looked like this-
 and this-
 and this!
And finishing the dickey means I can start on these!  

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Two Accomplishments

 The vintage dickey is finished!
It is knit in Baby Bee DK yarn from Hobby Lobby on #6 needles.
I grafted the shoulders after knitting the turtleneck
 from the live stitches from the center of the front and back.
which were both knit the same 10" high and 12" wide in 1 x 1 rib.
 So no matter which way you grab chest warmer, it will go on the right way!
Because when it is cold enough to need it, you don't want to have to figure out which way it goes on!
And laying out my two blocks a day paid off-I pieced the last two blocks 
and hope to conquer cutting out all of the sashing strips next!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Taking a Rib

We took a trip to Daytona Beach to stock up on supplies-me to JoAnn Fabric's and DH to Sam's!
I bought the yarn to finish the dickey--I am cruising up the turtle neck with k1p1 
but couldn't quite hit the bind off before it was time to fall asleep.  
Soon though.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Bingo!

We have a match!
It took a bit of tinking to get them to measure the same
when I ran out of yarn without making it to the height of the first sock
but I did it!

Stroll Fingering
Poppy Field Tonal
#1 needle
Cookie A's Monkey Socks pattern
knit from the toe up,
k1p1 begun as soon as the heel was turned

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Now to Make a Pair!

Sock one of the shorty pair of Cookie A's monkey socks is finished....
now to start the second one and have enough yarn!
Who says sock knitting isn't exciting?!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

To Work!

I applied the new ribbing techniques on the knitting machine and am making an AG doll hoodie.
I need to make the hood yet but this Saturday is interrupted with a funeral.
Am I complaining....no, a friend's dad died.  I had the privilege of Skyping with my parents yesterday.  They were getting a snowstorm and I wanted to be able to see them;  since they won't be coming down this winter like they usually do (getting older complicates everything, you know!)
so we had a lesson on how to download the Skype app on a Kindle and sign in-my Mom is amazing at doing the new technological challenges!
So anyway, after a quiet morning of piecing a few blocks and knitting on the doll cardigan,
I will go and sit quietly and be very grateful.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Most Evenings...

 I usually end the day with Lena on my lap, my feet on the footstool and some knitting in my hands.
In spite of a busy day (annual appt with my neurologist) and plenty of boy action,
I did zip off the two samples for today.
I think I have found my new favorite cast on but it is good to learn a variety of ways.
There are still several more samples ahead!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Student at Work!

 Two samples accomplished!
I know that I am an instruction manual reader but when something is so diverse from anything else you've ever done, it is hard to make sense of so much of it!
Having someone break down the steps and then have you practice it-
this is so good for me on every level!
I want to keep good notes and good records of my samples!
And in my spare time, I was able to make two more blocks.
When I put them up on the design wall, I noticed a problem with the block on the bottom left corner!
It's a good thing I saved my mistake for this medium and not on the new frontier!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Taking an OnLine Class

I signed up for a knit-a-long class to learn how to better use my double bed knitting machine.
It is a live class for one hour each week 
with homework and exercises to familiarize us in particular
with the ribbing choices on our machines.
I have mostly played around with the single bed LK150 machine which is very user friendly.
I am ready to increase my skills!
Here is the front and back side of two samples of single Fisherman's rib. 
 (It knits each stitch on the public side and slips the purl or 'rib' on the private side.)
I wish you could feel how squishy this sample is without being dense at all!

The practical use for this will be for knitting the Dickey on the machine 
which will have this Fisherman's rib for the body
 and simple 1 x 1 ribbing for the turtleneck!

Here's to putting up the
'DO NOT DISTURB'
sign while class is in session!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Remember Wearing These?

 I had to search (slog!) through tons of patterns to find this!
I didn't want any modern versions that looked more like cowls
than the flat and hip dickey of 50 years ago!
I thought I would knit this for my dad 
who is staying in NY this winter 
instead of making the trek to warmer climes here in the south.
Since the temps have been in the teens, 
I think he could use the extra layer of love!
There were a few adjustments since my yarn is different, of course, 
but it didn't take long using their gauge info.
I might even try to do one side on the knitting machine!

Monday, January 7, 2019

First in Line

I had to put the Sand Cardigan in time-out.
Sadly, there is not enough yarn to finish it.  
One skein knits about 4" and I will need both to finish the body 
which
leaves both sleeves at shoulder level where they were placed on stitch holders!
The back-up yarn is a different color-one is burnt orange, the other a very pale yellow;
neither will do the job.
Now I have to think if I want to knit this again with a different yarn or toss the whole pile.

So I am knitting on the Swedish Lines shawl.  
A relaxing , entertaining knit with enough yarn to finish the job.
Just what I need right now.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Lessons

 I received this lesson book with patterns for Christmas and with the early morning uprightness,
I decided to try an easy pattern with my handspun cotton.
 It is a tuck stitch pattern and I could see right away I needed to make some adjustments for the
thicker than normal cotton yarn.  The knit side of the pattern for tuck stitch is the wrong side but it still has some interesting texture.
 The purl side is where the little 'blackberries' can be seen.
Though I did have some problem remembering which stitches to pull out for the alternating pattern.
I think I need flash cards to remember if it is ONE or TWO needles in to begin the row!
(talk about short term memory problems!)
Doesn't it look pretty posing with Araignee's soap!
But mistakes and all, I learned to do the pattern,
make adjustments for a different yarn
and to know when it is time to crawl back under the blankets....

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Under the Weather

I am down for the count!
Strep throat attacks so much more than just the back of your throat!
I am in bed, 
listening to a book, 
knitting and dozing
with Lena by my side.
Praying for my antibiotic to work efficiently.

(the Sand cardigan )

Friday, January 4, 2019

Lowly to Showy!

Under the bird feeder, are several of these hardy little sunflowers!
Along the driveway, the first of the azaleas are starting to bloom!
The hedges are full of beauty berry bushes waiting for the winter birds to come and refuel!
The lowquat trees are blooming and will be setting fruit in another month.
My neighbor's angel trumpet tree is glorious with blooms-
....that are so large and smell sweetly of perfume.
Look inside-these trumpets are about 10-12" long!  Isn't it beautiful?!

Everyone is off to the doctor's today-fevers, sniffles and sore throats abound.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Building Blocks

 I have been laying out two blocks a day to make throughout the day and it has been adding up!
 While I work a bit on a puzzle, the boys build castles!

 They like it to be tall!
And then the quiet is shattered as they take turns running and diving into the center of the pile!
To each their own....

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Building Snowmen!

 
And then there were two!  
My sense of symmetry needed a PAIR of pillows!
 The Swedish Lines  shawl is going well--I did mess up the first colored stripe 
but I am going to learn from my mistakes and just keep knitting!
Look what we saw today--it flew much faster than we expected so I almost missed the picture!
 And looking down, some lovely morning glories;
these used to grow at the base of the cedar tree that was removed last summer and even when the soil was moved around and smoothed out, it still managed to bloom where it now found itself.
I like that thought......

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

See the Birds?

 I received a pretty bird panel for Christmas
and some matching bird egg fabric I used for the border!
 I had to piece some strips into the backing fabric so it will be long enough to use.
So now I will load the up onto the frame and be able to make my first quilt of the year!

Happy New Year to all of us! 
 It is a clean slate;  
make the changes that will clear the way for good both personally and collectively in your life!

Going in Circles!

 So, I thought I would try to convert this common dishcloth pattern to a machine knit one! And it worked! Now usually this is knit in...