Designing collections

Designers are challenged to produce a collection of items. The criteria differs from project to project.

Sometimes, it is the yarn that is to be featured.

Sometimes, it is the pattern for a garment or accessory.

Sometimes, a skill set, perhaps stitches, be it for knitting, crochet etc.

Other times, it is a collection of techniques for a book

Or a specific theme. ie. Circus, cartoon characters, animals, single motifs.

Recently, I have been knitting with a specific yarn and a single stitch.
Single crochet stitch is used on all the items.

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The knitting this week is of a particular knitting pattern using a variety of different yarns. Wool……..Superwash wool, the variegated yarn is a wool/linen/acrylic mix.

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Even the cat wanted to participate in the photo shoot. She is a darling but has a mind of her own.

The pattern is a free pattern called “Gallatin” designed by Kris Basta, http://www.Kriscrafter.com

Tricks for Noro yarns

The 2014 Spring/summer NORO knitting magazine, Issue 4 has arrived on the new stands. I particularly enjoyed reading a very informative article about using the yarns colour ways.

Lots of eye candy in the issue as well as a contest giveaway on page 2.

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The article is written by Carol J. Sulcoski

Knitting up 100 gm yarns and 220 yd/200 metres

My misson at the moment is to knit up some of my random 100 gm balls/hanks of yarn. The colours are random, with no specific projects in mind.

Some hats have been handknitted. They were not particularly suitable for the knitting machine. I didn’t write up the pattern instructions. 100 gm of Paton Classic wool, makes up a nice adult hat, as does 50 to 60 gm of Lette Lopi.

Then, I ran across the following scarf pattern on Ravelry. Kris Basta is very generous and offers a number of patterns free of charge. I’m using a 100 gm ball of Cascade220 Superwash Wool. Hopefully, it will turn out as well as the pattern picture, but I may run out of yarn and need to revise.

Visit her site for more free patterns.

http://auntekristy.blogspot.ca/2013/08/free-pattern-gallatin-scarf.html

This is mine in progress.

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Rhubarb Season…..Sugar Free recipe for Diabetics

My rhubarb crop was super abundant this year. The rain, the cold, who knows why.

Look what I found……perfect way to eat rhubarb without the sugar.
I added a pkg of sugar free Jello to my Rhubarb/pineapple concoction. Now, it tastes REAL good. How simple……..I should have thought of it. A great dessert for Diabetics who enjoy rhubarb but cannot tolerate the amount of sugar that is required to sweeten it.

I substituted a can of pineapple instead of the strawberries.

RHUBARB DESSERT
4 c. cooked rhubarb
1 pkg. strawberry Jello (sugar-free)
2 c. fresh or frozen strawberries.
1 tsp. liquid sweetener
Add Jello to hot rhubarb; dissolve well. Add rest of ingredients.

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Show & Tell

Show & Tell is a very popular aspect of our local Machine Knitting Guilds meeting. All the items shown have been knit since the last meeting.
As you will see there is quite a variety of items. Anyone who submits get a ticket per item for a cash raffle. 3 prizes are awarded.

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