Flag for Snowplough operator

My yard does not have a cement curb and thus the Snow machine operator doesn’t know where the edge of the road is located under all the snow. I place a flag on a post to give them a heads up.

I knit a flag on my Chunky knitting machine, 9 mm, and added fringe to give it some weight. It’s Xmas, so why not make it a seasonal colour?In hindsight, I should have spaced out the fringe a bit better.

8” wide and 10” long before the fringe.
50 gm of cotton chunky yarn. Tension 8, until I ran out of yarn.

Fingerless mittens

These are useful for a variety of reasons. Wool ones keep arthritic joints nice and warm.

They are yarn STASH busters as they use smaller amounts of yarn. I made 2 pairs from a 100 gm ball of Superwash Wool.

Sizing is 7 1/2” wide, then folded with a side seam.
Length 9” for one pair and 6” for the other.

I used a Superwash Wool on a 4.5 mm needle, knitting flat, and a side seam.

Caston 32 stitches. A 10 stitch repeat plus 2 edge stitches for seaming. The patterned one is a variation of the “butterfly” stitch.
These small projects are a great opportunity to try out your own combination of stitch patterning.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan 2020

A lesson learned…..

Ugh, dratts and humbug………

Disappointed knitting. A lovely mohair yarn on a cone. It must have been a mill end. It looked as though it was enough for a sweater or minimally a vest. Weight wise, it should be enough.

I Swatched and designed the garment. A handknitted circular yoke sweater, the body to be finished on the knitting machine. All went well for the handknitting. Next, the circle divided for the body and sleeves and the body hung up on the machine. Short rowing was calculated and determined for the neckline, (so that it doesn’t choke my throat). Executed and proceeded to the body, no issues. I took it off on waste and proceeded to hangup the front. Knitting away nicely and ……….Then, the Yarn RAN OUT. Much earlier, than it should have.

After, I removed the knitting from the machine and inspected, I found a DYE CHANGE. No apparent join of yarns to my eye, but it may have been so subtle that I missed it.

My lesson, is that Mill ENDS are just that. Rejects from quality controls for one reason or another. Generally, priced very right, but occassionally a surprise.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan, 2020

Butterfly chill chaser for hikers

Is it an earwarmer or a neck chill chaser? It was meant to be a hat for outdoors people who may be hiking, hunting, or foraging in the woods. The yarn is a cotton chenille sample yarn from an Italian mill, approx 50 gm.
The Size is approx 18 to 19 in in circumference

The pattern is a free one offered at the following link or Ravelry. It is called Butterfly Hat.


This item can be altered for the knitting machine users, but keep in mind the butterflies will be on the purl side facing the operator, otherwise it would be very labour intensive.

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,