Caron Cakes…..what is all the fuss? Key Lime Wall Hanging.

I succumbed. I bought a Caron Cake of yarn. For those who are not familiar with them, it is yarn presented as centre pull ball of yarn. It is also generally 4 shades or colours that abruptly change, no gradient. 200 gm in the ball. Most knitter/crocheters are using it for hats and scarves. The product is flying off of the store shelves. It is hard to pick which cake to buy.

Key Lime Wall Hanging

I used the Studio/Silver Reed Chunky SK890 knitting machine.


Cast-on, (crochet cast-on) 54-0-54 needles. Dial Tension 3, Slip stitch from the OEM Mylar.( pattern 3 or 4, I don’t rember which one)

The Striping was a pure accident. I started with the centre strand of yarn and knit until the Yellow/lime colour ended. It looked long enough, so I cast off. Turned it on its side and fringed. On the other end, I needed a pocket to contain a dowel to hang it.

Lastly, it needed decor. A length of I-cord was Knit and sewn on bridging the 2 colour changes.

40″ long x 11″ wide. and have yarn left over from 1 Caron Cake.



A Guideline on How to SELL a KNITTING MACHINE for NON Knitters

A knitting machine is a complex item. There are various levels of complexity and are priced accordingly. Most of the machines in the Used Marketplace are 20 to 30 years old, some with electronics that are also 30 years old. Some are metal, some are plastic, some are mechanical. It all matters.

1. Find the MANUALS. They should be nearby the knitting machines, but often have been placed on a bookshelf.

2. There is a page near the front of the manual that shows a PICTURE of all the pieces that came with the machine and should be sold with the machine. The manuals, the punchcards, the mylar pattern reader cards.

3. GATHER the pieces together. Clean them if necessary. A Dirty, dusty machine will not bring in the best dollar.

4. DETERMINE the Brand and Model name and number. This is necessary for advertising and fielding questions from buyers. This will also indicate the complexity of the machine.

5. PHOTOS. Take pictures of the pkg and closeups of the main pieces. Take photos of the covers of the manuals and any other books or yarns that you are including in your sale.

6. ADVERTISE locally first. A local pickup is best. Do mention Your CITY. Some buyers will take a roadtrip to you or meet in the middle. If, there is a Knitting Machine dealer nearby, the owner may take it in on consignment or purchase it.

7. SHIPPED knitting machines often arrive at their destination DAMAGED due to insufficient packing. The goods travel on conveyor belts and drop into large sized bins and drop 4 ft or so. The machines, being heavy on one end, flip and fall on their ends, damaging the machine. The plastic parts on the machine are becoming brittle with age and cracks and break. Replacement plastics are very difficult to locate for repair. When shipping, be prepared to spend time and materials for safe transit. Solid styrofoam on the ends of the machines for cushioning during transit. Peanuts are NOT adequate. Double boxing is best.

8. PRICING is probably the most difficult aspect. 1/2 price of the original price is fair and a good start. If, the electronics are questionable, then the value becomes much less to almost $0.00 as some Brands no longer have replacement parts. It would then be considered a PARTS MACHINE. Most manufacturers have ceased production, 10 to 15 years ago.

Although, you may not be familiar with knitting machines, following the above suggestions, should result in a win/win sale.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan 2015
Mary Anne Cutler,


Spring inspiration……… etc.

One of many interesting projects for the Wire/Bead artisan.

This book is a delight and is for sale. Pre-owned by me 🙂

Price: $10.00 US for the book, plus $11.00 for shipping to most everywhere. Our Cdn shipping rates are high, the book is heavy and we have just had a price increase by Canada Post. I am guessing that the shipping could be more, but not likely less. I will accept $21.00 US. Paypal is OK.

Wonder cleaner for copper.

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Wonder cleaner is a quick dip into a mixture of WHITE VINEGAR & SALT.

In the picture you can see the murky, cloudy liquid; that displays the oxides that have been removed from the copper during the cleaning process. This dip takes less than 1 minute.

Follow with a rinse of clear water and dry the pieces.

Hindsight, I should have taken a picture of the discoloured item. 😦

This item is available for purchase. Copper and beads. Hand cut rings for the chain portion, copper wire wrap beads. 9 in.


4 x 4 chain maille bracelet.  7 1/2 ” Copper, hand cut rings.


Vintage Patons knitting pattern book For Sale

This is a vintage (1940-50) Patons Glove and Mitten book that I am offering for purchase. $10.00 US plus $7.00 shipping. Paypal accepted.

The instructions are in a written method and graphing for the fairisle patterns. As you can see, this book has been used and has had wear and tear. The patterns must have been popular. Adult and childrens’ sizing are included in the book.