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Public Art sculpture in Hamilton, ON

Hamilton, ON, Canada has a retail textile district on Ottawa Street. Luckily, I  had found a parking space near this small parkette in the middle of this area. It was so nice to see the installation of the granite sculpture of the draped maniquin. Sit among the shade trees and sip a latte with the granite lady.

The area has numerous retail stores, every thing textile. Fabrics for weddings, for upholstery, notions, sewing machines, draperies, hardware etc. One parking space shopping. If you can’t find street parking, there is a parking lot behind the stores.

There are also some Antique stores and a couple of cafes? in the area. I believe there is also a local Farmers Market on Saturdays.

If a task is worth doing, it is worth doing it right.

When knitting, I’ve always thought my work should reflect that concept. Recently, I was working on a vest, all that needed doing was to sew up the side seams, when I noticed an error in patterning. Maybe, no one else would notice, but I know its there.

Then the rework started. Undo, unravel the armhole edges, unravel the neck edge, undo the shoulder seams, unravel the whole back of the garment including the bottom edge/trim.

Start the back again, and reknit. Fortunately, the yarn itself didn’t seem to mind and was no worse for its reuse. While everything was in pieces, I decided to use a different trim and alter the initial design. It took alot more time, but I’m happy with the result.

Another project for the self-patterning yarns……..

This is a scarf starting with 3 stitches and then INCREASING, 1 stitch on 1 side only,  on every 4th row…….this produces a straight edge on one side. Join the 2nd ball and on the same side,  (the increased edge)  DECREASE 1 stitch, every 4th row until 3 stitches remain. Cast off.

PATTERN is *knit 3 rows, purl 1 row* and repeat until one ball (50gm) is used.

TOOLS: 2 balls of 4 ply Kroy Sock yarn, 3.25 mm needles.
BLOCKING: Handwash and lay out to air dry. Slight steam to edge to finish.

A Knitting machine could  be used with the use of a “garter bar” flipping to achieve the purl row. This is a good project to become familiar with the use of a garter bar.

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.