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
Material

Suri Silk yarn, 100gm

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

ox

xo

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.
Method:

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.


Blocking:
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.

Finished


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

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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.

Wild fire in Alberta, Canada…….donate points.

A heads up…………Reward card Points can be donated to the Red Cross Fire Relief. 90,000 people in Fort McMurry have been evacuated. The town is burning! Homes have burnt to the ground.

The Shoppers drug mart Optimum points, Best Western Hotel rewards, and others have a Donation section of a designated Red Cross Charity AB relief fund. Spare points will help fund basic needs of water, shelter, food. 

The link below has more info about the tragedy.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fort-mcmurry-wildfire-funding-1.3570772

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.

Links to Basic Machine Knitting youtube tutorials

Useful tutorial list as posted on http://www.knittingparadise.com

Lesson 1 – Open (Diana Sullivan’s MK Lesson 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS5cfOtxO6U
Lesson 2 – E-wrap Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvPi16ZLc6o
Lesson 3 – Diana’s Favorite Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uai2jQgA7RQ
Lesson 4 – Latch Tool Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH6XrWe4DLI
Lesson 5 – Plain Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SClhKnjRjsI
Lesson 6 – 2×1 Mock Rib Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDEeX26EN5A
Lesson 7 – Picot Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIP3XTaKGU4
Lesson 8 – Shortcut Picot Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1i_5uxk2uU
Lesson 9 – Latch Tool Bind-Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsNZIlT7zfw
Lesson 10 – Tapestry Needle Bind-Off #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKnObPxXHY
Lesson 11 – Tapestry Needle Bind-Off #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jgebTI2NyM
Lesson 12 – Loop-through-loop bind-off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpaC-yt9Iq0
Lesson 13 – Crocheting to cast off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAm9xhicUL0
Lesson 14 – Transfer bind-off – chain edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOkRrhbEKT0
Lesson 15 – Transfer bind-off – holey edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYahgDqAI0c
Lesson 16 – Increase & Decrease: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-7CoDvLj4k
Lesson 17 – Short Row – Toe shape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoGkr6XJCi4
Lesson 18 – Short Row – Shoulder #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtCTitNcT1A
Lesson 19 – Short Row – Shoulder #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV1eP_H14Pk
Lesson 20 – Short Rowing a Dart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scAfPi2Gc7U
Lesson 21 – Carriage Jams, Ripping Out, Dropped Stitches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBn2ptPjDtM
Lesson 22 – Kitchener Stitch Seams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuPG7Cv_uHY
Lesson 23 – Mattress Stitch Seams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0e88AlHJfI
Lesson 24 – Seams – Joining Shoulder – Method 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wcSnaC8QjE
Lesson 25 – Seams – Joining Shoulder – Method 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lekv8vUWb1U
Lesson 26 – I-Cord (she calls it “Idiot Cord”): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvZUY6Ur2NA
Lesson 28 – Gauge Swatch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsWQEVfsuaE
Lesson 29 – Darts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scAfPi2Gc7U
Lesson 29 – Divide and Knit Neckline (Part 1 of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16S-WFFwAKM
Lesson 29 – Divide and Knit Neckline (Part 2 of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDnuddLuoPc

Useful Machine knitting tutorial links for Ribber work.

Useful links as posted on http://www.knittingparadise.com 

 Diana Sullivan’s “Beginner” videos? Here are the ones pertaining to ribbing:

Lesson 1 – Open (Diana Sullivan’s MK Lesson 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS5cfOtxO6U

Lesson 2 – E-wrap Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvPi16ZLc6o

Lesson 3 – Diana’s Favorite Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uai2jQgA7RQ

Lesson 4 – Latch Tool Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH6XrWe4DLI

Lesson 5 – Plain Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SClhKnjRjsI

Lesson 6 – 2×1 Mock Rib Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDEeX26EN5A

Lesson 7 – Picot Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIP3XTaKGU4

Lesson 8 – Shortcut Picot Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1i_5uxk2uU

Lesson 9 – Latch Tool Bind-Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsNZIlT7zfw

Lesson 10 – Tapestry Needle Bind-Off #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKnObPxXHY

Lesson 11 – Tapestry Needle Bind-Off #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jgebTI2NyM

Lesson 12 – Loop-through-loop bind-off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpaC-yt9Iq0

Lesson 13 – Crocheting to cast off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAm9xhicUL0

Lesson 14 – Transfer bind-off – chain edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOkRrhbEKT0

Lesson 15 – Transfer bind-off – holey edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYahgDqAI0c

Lesson 16 – Increase & Decrease: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-7CoDvLj4k

Lesson 17 – Short Row – Toe shape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoGkr6XJCi4

Lesson 18 – Short Row – Shoulder #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtCTitNcT1A

Lesson 19 – Short Row – Shoulder #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV1eP_H14Pk

Lesson 20 – Short Rowing a Dart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scAfPi2Gc7U

Lesson 21 – Carriage Jams, Ripping Out, Dropped Stitches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBn2ptPjDtM

Lesson 22 – Kitchener Stitch Seams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuPG7Cv_uHY

Lesson 23 – Mattress Stitch Seams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0e88AlHJfI

Lesson 24 – Seams – Joining Shoulder – Method 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wcSnaC8QjE

Lesson 25 – Seams – Joining Shoulder – Method 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lekv8vUWb1U

Lesson 26 – I-Cord (she calls it “Idiot Cord”): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvZUY6Ur2NA

Lesson 28 – Gauge Swatch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsWQEVfsuaE

Lesson 29 – Darts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scAfPi2Gc7U

Lesson 29 – Divide and Knit Neckline (Part 1 of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16S-WFFwAKM

Lesson 29 – Divide and Knit Neckline (Part 2 of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDnuddLuoPc

Knitting Machine Seminar 2016

I have very recently attended a Machine knitters Seminar in the USA.

I came home very disappointed. I realize that the Host has worked hard to even present a seminar. We are all thankful. Many attendees drove hours to get to the location.

Where are the younger knitters? Where are the new to the knitting machine knitters?  I spoke with a few who were returning to the craft. No fashion show by the presenters or the attending knitters to show off their current work and fashion styles.

Very, very few people wearing  a knit. Are knitted garments out of style? No one wearing shawls and cowls like they do at a Handkniters event.

It appears to be a craft in decline and a dying skill. Perhaps, I hope that I am wrong and just venting my disappointments.

Here are a few photos that I was allowed to take of samples that one of the demo’rs. She has been using the popular self-striping sock yarns in her work.


  

The brown one appears fuzzy, it is a smooth yarn and one strand of chenille yarn.

Vintage yarns…….my experience

Working with Vintage yarns can be challenging. The yarns deriorate in a number of ways. Synthetics may become very brittle, unpleasant to work with on the hands and the project just doesn’t look or feel right when complete. Of course the dyed colours were popular at the time, but appear so garish to our eyes at this point in time.

Natuaral fibres are more forgiving, of which was mostly wool. The colours are more forgiving to the eye, but were/are subject to fading. Sometimes, this is a problem, other times not. Then, there are the critters. ……….The yarn breaks apart or strands are broken from an infestation of moths.

It has been recommended that whenever a vintage yarn is encountered, a treatment of a few hours in the freezer will kill any live bugs. Better to be safe than sorry, than spread the infestation among non-infected goods.

This yarn appears to have been sold in the 1980s and id’d by the style of labelling. Todays label information is far more complete for the user. Those were the times……no yardage/meterage.


The question to me was what to make with this yarn. I tried felted slippers. Success was not in the cards. They were felted over and over in the top loading washing machine, the dryer was brought into the mix, but they were very difficult to felt and sizing was difficult to attain.

Eventually, I cut them up for insoles for my “crocs” and the scraps wound for the start of a “dryer ” ball. Dogs also like these “dryer” balls.