Easy Chair Stash busting

I gather yarn leftovers from other projects. Mixing , matching, blending, combining together to form a new colour and textured yarn. Machine knitting type yarn on cones can be set on the floor near my Easy Chair and then just knit up together. I especially like to mix together and produce a heavier weight yarn that is too annoying to knit on the knitting machine, but works well for handknitting. 

The yarns are a mix of acrylic and cotton. The finished item can be machine washed readily.

Stitches……I tend to knit a mindless type stitch. Garter stitch which produces a heavier fabric is nice for a floor mat, bathmat, rug type item.

The Needle size that I seem like, is a 7 or 8 mm with a LONG cord. The longer the better. 40″ or plus, if it can be found.

I Cast on as wide as I like and then knit straight up to the length as desired or run out of yarn. Adding an additional unusual colour can often give the project some pizzaz.

Often overlooked maintenance……the knitting arm

This device on a domestic knitting machine is often overlooked. We hear of cleaning the needles, cleaning the bottom of the carriage and other bits.

The brushes on the knitting arm also collect lint and dust. It seems to build under the brush wheels, more so than the rubber ones. These brush wheels can be replaced if the bristles are too worn. The picture is of a Silver-Reed/Singer/Studio chunky machine.

Unscrew the the brush assembly, careful to not lose the screw. Lift of and inspect the buildup of felted lint.

Lift off the lint and give the actual brush a careful look. You will more than likely see yarn strands caught up in the bristles. I use needlenose plyers to gently pull out the strands and not pull out the bristles. Of course, you can order new brushes if they are too distorted. They can be purchased from you Silver-Reed dealer and are very inexpensive. The rubber wheels tend to become brittle over time and perhaps should also be replaced while they are available.

Which is the right side or the wrong side?

Sometimes, we have a particular look in mind and the yarn plays tricks. Initially, I thought the woven side would be the Public side, but when I was doing my finishing blocking, I realized that I rather liked the reverse. 

Placing it on my coffee table, and trying on both sides for looks, I decided to use the backing side. It seemed to suit the location with a more conservative feel.

Suri Silk Knit Weave……..knitting machine pattern

HOW TO……..machine knit on a Chunky Silver Reed SK890 or SK155

Suri Silk yarn, 100gm

Wool solid colour, 100gm
Electronic Pattern #1, Punchcard #1 (1×1)



Dial tension 4

Cast-on 48 stitches. (24-0-24)

Knit weave technique, wool background yarn, the Suri Silk is the woven portion.

Size: 13″ x 36″ long

NOTE:  I was told that this Suri silk yarn is handspun by women in India; that they gather the sweepings off the floor in the textile factory, take it home, spin it and sell it through a co-op.

Set up patterning device. Program it as per your machine manual instructions.

K2 row stockinette.

Begin to Knit weave, pull out needle to “D” position closest to carriage on “Every” Row.

Continue to knit weave using up all Suri Silk yarn.

K2 rows, Cast off.

Soak in a mild soap/shampoo solution. Rinse well. ( mine bled blue dye).

Wrap in a towel and squeeze to absorb some of the moisture. 

Pin out to shape and Air dry. Project softens beautifully.


To fringe or not to fringe………

This yardage would also look nice as a Wall hanging or cut it in half, pick up open stitches on the cut ends and finish.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan

Mary Anne Cutler, 2016


Noro Taiyo Lace yarn………

Some yarns are troublesome from the “get go”. I was gifted a couple of balls of Noros’Taiyo Lace yarn. It is very thin and a mixture of cotton, wool and silk. It was a troublesome one for her.

The colourings are typical Noro and vibrant.  I attempted to knit is as is, but was not happy with the results. Then, I moved on to double stranding. A Random colouring starting point, not trying to match colours, not wanting to deal with a multitipude of ends.

The gifter was knitting a scarf called “Therapy” which is posted on Ravelry. I thought I would knit something similar. An asymetrical scarf with picots every 4 rows. I don’t know how close to the original it ended up. It was knit on 2.25 mm needles, the lace portion was the very common “yo, k2tog”, next row “k”.

The camera seems to have picked up the blues and yet my eyes find the greens. Another trick of Mother Nature.

I’m pleased with it.

Eye candy from India

I am sure many of you who are textile afficionatoes have run across this yarn. This is the first time I have seen it in the “real”.

It was in a most unlikely location, not a yarn store or yarn expo, but in a General Trade show that focused on vendors selling things like jewellery, jams and jellies. Mary Kay cosmetics, Tupperware, gourmet pkgd sauces, glassworks, chainsaw scuptors and other fine artisans. The vendor was selling scarves that she had recently purchased on a vaction in India. 

There they were, a few hanks of yarn; which appear to be the re-cycled Sari hand spun yarn. She had purchased them from a womens co-op. Could I resist?………….. No! 

The testing and swatching will begin. 

So far, I’ve swatched using a knit weave technique on the Chunky knitting machine, washed and air dried it. I am plesantly surprised. It softens beautifully when compared to the feel on the hank.