Machine Knitting Guild activities

Our local Machine Knitter Guild celebrated our Xmas Holiday meeting. We enjoyed a potluck meal and socializing.

Show and Tell, a bit of eye candy of the various stitches and yarns in the projects.

The group had a large project knitting challenge. Wonderful blanket type items were submitted. There was a random draw for cash prizes for those that submitted.

The Final entertainment was the Silent Auction of knitting related items. What a wonderful choice of items submitted by members of the group. The picture represents 1/2 of the items in the Auction. A small commission was donated to the Guild. It was great fun bidding up each other. Some of us seem to like the same goods. 😇

that wasn't enough, there was a draw for the Christmas cactus and poinsettia table setting plants.

Everyone went home happy. Even the weather co-operated as many members drive over 1 hour to attend.<<<<<


SPA Treatment for Knitting Machine Needles

Method as follows for VERY DIRTY NEEDLES

  1. Remove the retainer bar from the metal knitting bed, then remove the needles.
  2. Wash the needles in dish soap to remove oily residue, i.e Dawn. (Like the TV advertisement for the ducks/birds.)
  3. If “rust” is noted, a soak in a strong black TEA solution will assist in removing the rust. Yes, the kind of tea that you drink.
  4. Then, rinse and treat them to a Soak in isopropyl alchol and a bit of light oil in the solution. Gun oil is good. Hoppes is one brand. If purchasing the gun oil, buy the type that is suitable for plastics.
  5. DRY well; perhaps a bit of exposure to heat on a tray in your oven to enhance complete drying.

Before reinstalling……

  1. Inspect latches for free movement.
  2. Inspect for Straight alignment of shafts and butts.
  3. Replace as needed.

Further procedures may be needed before returning to the machine. Inspection of needlebed and perhaps more cleaning of the bed is required.

Please Note:

Storing any metal object in an atmospherically humid area will induce rust. Knitting machines should not be stored in non- climate controlled garages, humid basements, or leaky water prone sheds or attics. Known humid global locations are more conducive to “rust” formation. Breathable fabric covers go along way to contain dirt and dust buildup as well as a quick clean AFTER EVERY PROJECT.

DecoratingPlain Jane……

Some yarns are a very neutral colour and shade. On their own, some would call them a “Plain Jane”, no drama, no brilliance, nothing of any note to warrant attention. They are very useful when combined with patterning stitches, (think fairisle) using a more dominent colour or in the reverse, perking up a “Plain Jane” fabric.

Here is a sample that I worked up. It features the use of yarn and hand embroidery. I used yarn, but decorative threads, cords, satuche, cotton embroidary threads, silk ribbon, and beads can be used and would defintely have enhanced my “Plain Jane” hat.

Bits and pieces…..50 grams etc

I’m on a quest to knit up bits and pieces of yarns. Odd balls, that I have collected over the years.

Scarves can be produced using 50 gm of one yarn and 100 gm of another yarn. Pick a stitch sequence that is 2 row and alternate with a 4 row repeat.

This will produce a 150 gm scarf. The length and width will depend on the chosen yarn, needle size etc. In general this will work out well.

Hats too can be knit or crocheted in a similar manner. The hat was a 4 row colour change. I made a boo, boo. It wasn’t until I was blocking that I realized that I should have picked a better colour combination.

A nice surprise……….shawlette 

I purchased this yarn at a recent Knitters Fair. The acompanying pattern requested 12 mm needles. I didn’t have that size, but used 9mm. It was knit “Flat”. The stitch was “garter” stitch. (Knit every row). I knit until I ran out of yarn. Depth is approx 18-20 inches. Cast on 110-120 stitches.

The colours were as they came off the ball, even though it looks like 2 different colourways.

I receive many compliments while wearing it. It is Very comfortable in hot weather as it is cotton & acrylic mix.

A Knitters’ Fair….sharing my day.

The KW Knitters Guild hosted a Knitters Fair. Complete with speakers and Yarn vendors. 118 vendors as mentioned in the handout.

Yarn everywhere…….for me, it was a visual overload. The yarns were of every fibre, every colour and every price. Many hand dyed, variagated, ombre colouring, fancies, hand spun with beads in the strand. I wish that I had taken more and better pictures.

I purchased a couple of kits, one for a scarf and another for a loose cape like coverup. The best was that my daughter bought me a wonderful knitting bag. It sits up nicely……I love the design. It is made by a Toronto area artisan, who can make custom ones on request.

The event was held in Kitchener, ON. Canada in a Sports Arena (think hockey). This was only one section and the promenade hallways were also filled with vendors.

I met a fun couple of Artisans, she a spinner, he a potter and their baby in the baby carriage. They appeared to thoroughly enjoy presenting their wares. The buttons are of a very thin clay that happens to co-ordinate with my other yarn purchase. The handspun, just because. 🙂