Roll up the scarf……….

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When knitting a scarf, I found that as the scarf grew, it was getting heavy and in the way of efficient knitting.

I decided to roll up the scarf and secure it with the safety pin type stitch markers. One on each side. This kept the scarf in my lap as I knit and easy to turn for the next the row.

Machine knitters can also do this to keep the length from getting tangled in our feet as we work.

 

Knitted Mastectomy Prosthesis

Our local Knit Out In Public Day, hosted by the Burlington Public Library, Burlington, ON, Canada brought out many knitters and crocheters. Among them, was a lady who brought to our attention about the need and and want of knitted breast prosthesis. The item was very soft, naturally contoured and attractive. Colour co-ordinate with undergarments or natural.

The following is a site with info about obtaining them, Pattern for knitting them, the donation of them for free distribution to others who have the need. Hand knitters version.

http://www.dfwmachineknitters.com/Patterns/ArleneTitBits.html   (For machine knitters)

http://www.Knittedknockers.org

http://www.knittedknockerscanada.com/index.html

Knitted Knocker Pattern

1 set of 6″ double pointed size 4.5 mm . ( tight knitters are using size 5mm) Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima

PATTERN # STS

Outer P

CO 3 sts-knit 6 rows I-cord –this will be knotted for nipple. Leave about 6” tail 3
Next row –kfb every stitch 6
Divide on 3 needles – start knitting in a round 6 (2 each needle)
Round 1 –kfb, k1 (each needle) 9 ( 3 each needle)

 

Next round-K to last st on each needle, m1, k1 12 ( 4 each needle)
A cup-repeat 18 times or amount to equal 5” across 66 (22 each needle)
B cup-repeat 20 times 51/2” diameter 72 (24 each needle)
C cup-repeat 24 times 6” diameter 84 (28 each needle)
D cup-repeat 26 times 61/2” diameter 90 (30 each needle)
E cup-repeat 28 times 7” diameter 96 (32 each needle)
P 2 rounds
Inner Piece
Round 1-K to last 2 sts, k2tog (each needle)
Round 2-ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (each needle)
Repeat 2 rounds until 12 sts total (4 each needle)
Cut yarn (long tail) –thread tail through 12 sts. Do not tie off to allow for stuffing
Knot I-cord very tightly and stitch down for small nipple

Fill with soft high quality FiberFil used for pillows-we will stuff for you if you wantJ
While Knitted Knockers are a great “stash buster” taking only about 50 yards of yarn, we recommend Cascade Yarns’ Ultra Pima Yarn because it is 100% cotton; washable, soft and affordable. A skein of Ultra Pima sells for about $11 and will make up to 51/2 knockers and the Ultra Pima Fine sells for about $6 a skein and makes up to 3 knockers depending on the sizes you are making. If using Ultra Pima Fine, we recommend using a size 4 needle and making two sizes larger (meaning using a size D pattern you will end up with a size B knocker).
The most requested colors are the “nude” and pastel colors. If you don’t have enough of one color to finish a knocker feel free to finish the inner piece with a complimentary color using the same type of yarn. If you get bored with the flesh tones by all means make a creative, bright pair if you want. We do get requests for those tooJ. Don’t stress too much about the sizing. The most important thing is to make sure all pairs are the same size (same number of stitches). About 75% of the requests are for sizes B and C and the rest size A and D.
We realize this is not the easiest pattern being knit on double point needles but they are beautifully contoured and hold up really well. Getting past the first few rounds is the most challenging but once mastered it becomes easy, fun and a portable project taking most people about 2-3 hours to make one. If you do not want to knit the nipple just CO 3 sts and go to next row!
Abbreviations:
CO-Cast On m1-make a stitch
kfb-knit in front and back ssk-slip, slip, knit

Please mail your completed knocker to:

Knitted Knockers of Canada

115 Fiddlehead Cres.

Waterdown, Ontario L0R 2H8

Pattern courtesy of KnittedKnockers.org

More patterns such as the crochet pattern and magic loop pattern available for download at Knitted knockers.org of the USA

Crochet cast on For Hand and Machine knitters.

I ran across this BING picture which shows clearly how to start a knitting project with a ” provisional cast on”. That is a cast on that leaves “open” stitches when the contrast coloured chain is pulled out. 

I often use it as a permenant cast on and continue knitting. For a bit more weighting on the edge, use the yarn double or triple thickness on the crochet chain. 

It can also be used on a knitting machine by hanging the “bumps” onto the knitting machine needles. 

  
As an added extra, it is useful when both ends of a piece of knitting are desired to look the same. Cast off with a chain style cast off.

I apologize, in that I am unable to give credit to the original photographer.

Noro Kirara Scarf

This is a yarn that I purchased as a 2 ball kit (100 gm) and decided to make it.

a different project. I think it lends itself nicely for this scarf. It is called Kirara and is a 51% wool, 29% cotton, 10% silk, 10% angora., 50 gm=150 m.http://northeastfiberarts.com/free%20patterns/triangles.php

http://northeastfiberarts.com/free%20patterns/free_patterns.php

It is a multidirectional garter stitch. It was fun to knit and watch the colour changes sneak up.
I find that this yarn loosens up and wet blocks beautifully. I used a 4mm needle.

I so loved the colouring that I bought 3 different colourways. Blues, Greens and a Red version.

  

Blocking wool ……before and after

Knitting wool items look so…so…much better when they have been blocked. The samples show unblocked section and then after the blocking process. I use the wet block method exclusively and sometimes an additional blast of steam in selected sections.

Wet blocking consists of submersing the item in lukewarm water. I add a mild soap and gently hand wash, rinsing out the soap completely. Towel dry to absorb most of the water and then lay out and pin onto a blocking surface. Let air dry. Most often, nothing else is needed to produce a fine looking item.

 My blocking surface is a styrofoam insulation board readily available, very reasonably priced from Home Improvement Centres.

Pattern: Cats Paw scarf. A free pattern from Kris Basta.

http://auntekristy.blogspot.ca/2014/11/cats-paw-scarf-free-knitting-pattern.html

  

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The after:

   

 

FS: Hinged ribber comb for Knitting Machine

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For Sale: A hinged weighted ribber style comb.

Most useful for even weighting across the knitted work. Especially useful on long pieces, when moving the weighting upward nearer to the machine bed and not wishing to snag the knitting.

The wire and tynes are calibrated for the Standard gauge 4.5 mm machines. It can be used on all knitting machines. Most users do not bother with inserting the wire. The flipped weight holds the work in position.

$50.00 US plus shipping. (Estimated @ 20.00)

Location: near Toronto

Cutlermac@yahoo.com

 

Felted Pin Cushion in an Artisan Bowl



  • A felted Dryer ball in a handcrafted bowl and being used as a Pin Cushion

The dryer ball is handmade by winding random pieces of wool over a wool core. Soak in the wash mashine and wash with clothes to activate the felting process.  When you are satisfied that it has felted adaequately, tumble dry in the dryer. This process may need to repeated a few times to felt the ball.

On this particular ball, I liked how it showed the strands of yarn. On other balls that I have made, the yarn strands disappear. Some people will needle felt the ball, others will knit a jacket for the ball.

I must mention that wool or another animal fibre is needed, not acrylic.

  • What are dryer balls? They are felted balls that put into the clothes dryer to enable better and shorter drying time along with the reduction of use of fabric softeners.