Working on another collection.

This yarn is an acrylic mix. It is quite a soft spun, but tough. It was purchased at the Bernat/Spinrite Tent sale in Listowel, ON a few years ago.

I’m knitting it on a Studio Chunky 9 mm knitting machine at Dial tension 3 to 4. Both hats, using 80 needles and approx 70 rows.

I rather like the hat using the Knit Weave technique. The weaving yarn is 72% lama and some wool and a shiny thread like fibre. The yarn was a small demo sample.

The other hat is a very basic, lightweight, loose, hair saving style.

I have lots of this yarn and more pieces are in the works.
Yet Another Canadian Artisan, 2020


Knitting/crocheting within a Collection has always drawn me in. I like to purchase at least 500 gm of a yarn and then challenge myself as to what can be made. If my aim is garments, I often purchase 2 to 3 lb. (1500 gm) or more. Not necessarily the same colour, but often the same yarn.
These photos are a variety of items from 500 gm acrylic/wool mix.

The last photo is a TIP, the use of markers that indicate the increase rows until the centre of the earwarmer which is the Blue Marker, and then the reverse decreases.

Knitted mask, machine knit pattern


This mask does NOT filter a virus. 

It protects YOU from me, and contains any germs/bacteria/virus that I may have to transmit.

Washable COTTON, in a yarn weight that can be knit at Tension 7 dial setting on a standard gauge knitting machine.

Cast on 44 stitches (22-0-22)

Knit 4 rows,

Increase on carriage side 1 stitch, every row.

Continue to 56 Stitches. 

Continue until it measures 6” from beginning.

Decrease, 1 stitch, every row on carriage side, until 44 stitches remain on the bed.

Knit 4 rows.



Ties……3 stitch I cord. (Knit 1 row, slip 1 row) x 120 rows or so for EACH tie.

Wrong side facing the operator, 

Over the centre portion, I hung up every 2nd stitch to gather the side edge of the mask. Overall design is, knit a length of tie, continue over side edge of mask and then continue for the other tie.

There are a variety of methods than can be used to secure the mask on the face. Elastic, ribbon ties, a wide head band. 

The photo is prewash. 

Post wash, it shrunk a bit, but fits nicely and secure side edge. I’m pleased with it.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan, 2020

Mary Anne Cutler,

Back to swatching…….choices

imageDFF5AF86-F7C0-4A33-A10A-3B75C10CE36BAlways tempted by a different yarn, I ran across this self striping yarn. The colour changes are lovely. With a scarf in mind, I began swatching. 3 stitches came to mind as in the sample. Garter, a slip stitch, and a rib.(a 2×2, and a 4×4,). The swatch was gently steamed and the fabric softened radically. Very drapey, nice if that was what was intended.

I picked the 4×4 rib, but after 6” of knitting, although I liked how the stripe was developing, I wasn’t happy with it.

Back to the swatches. Which would you pick?

Me, I’m still thinking about it, but leaning toward slip stitch.

In the end, I went with the first picture, the diagonal knit scarf. 8 Rows of garter stitch and 6 rows of stockinette.

The yarn is acrylic 70%/30% wool. Bernat Sheep(ish) Stripes, Vickie Howell. 295CD3F5-91BA-419E-A3DF-BA7B2938CCE0

Knitted Mask shape

Cascade Yarns has published a free pattern for a knitted mask.
NOT Suitable for full Covid protection use.



I knit it using a cotton from my stash. It has 98.3% cotton and 1.7% elastic. Circulo Yarns, Obsession. I have no idea of its Country of origin. 3.75 mm needle.

The Pattern: There must be a better pattern to download from the Cascade Yarns.

I can’t find and supply the link.

Caution: Fabric or knitted masks should be laundered between wearings.



Mohair……..a very warm scarf


Handknitting is meditative for me. During these self isolating times. Our Canadian Prime Minister says, stay home! And, so we did.

The scarf is called Eden, pattern from the Lace Yarn Studio book.

I purchased this book awhile ago and thought that I would knit one of the scarves. I love the book and definitely recommend it, even if no intention of knitting the other projects. There is a nice range of 1 skein, 2 skein, 3 skein etc projects from which to  choose.

My project, somewhat successful.

The red mohair and particular sock yarn was garish to my eye. I abandoned it for now. I need to wait for our stores to reopen to buy a better colour combination. I moved on, and then used the same ball of sock yarn with a white mohair yarn. The weight of the white mohair was different ( thicker) and needed a needle size adjustment. The finished scarf was then joined, end to end for a double circular scarf. I tested it out on our 5 C weather. It was warm!

Update on the circular top down sweater

The garment worked out well. The yoke was handknit, then hung up on the knitting machine. I short rowed a section on the back, just below the curved yoke section, so that the back neckline was higher.

I used a Studio Chunky 9mm knitting machine for the body and sleeves. The calculations for the yoke were done using Knitwares Sweater Design software. The cuff and neckline edging was knit by hand.

I’m pleased with the result and am now working on a similar technique using a mohair yarn.




Time to try something new………

Good morning,
It looks like we are social distancing for awhile. Soap and water, soap and water, soap and water is becoming our meditation.

Knitting wise, I have decided to work a top down circular yoke sweater. That should keep me busy for awhile. I hadn’t made one since a couple of decades ago. I couldn’t find a suitable pattern that I liked, so I decided to make my own. I calculated the numbers by pencil and then went to my Knitting software and low and behold is was the same within a couple of stitches.

The software that I use is called Knitwares Sweater Design and is now available free but a bit awkward to install. It has been abandoned by the owners. If of interest, Google the name for more info about it. The demo version is a full working version, but does not allow “saving”.F6B85403-BCC4-4E50-B697-B45B1F6970E1