A nice surprise……….shawlette 

I purchased this yarn at a recent Knitters Fair. The acompanying pattern requested 12 mm needles. I didn’t have that size, but used 9mm. It was knit “Flat”. The stitch was “garter” stitch. (Knit every row). I knit until I ran out of yarn. Depth is approx 18-20 inches. Cast on 110-120 stitches.

The colours were as they came off the ball, even though it looks like 2 different colourways.

I receive many compliments while wearing it. It is Very comfortable in hot weather as it is cotton & acrylic mix.

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A Knitters’ Fair….sharing my day.

The KW Knitters Guild hosted a Knitters Fair. Complete with speakers and Yarn vendors. 118 vendors as mentioned in the handout.

Yarn everywhere…….for me, it was a visual overload. The yarns were of every fibre, every colour and every price. Many hand dyed, variagated, ombre colouring, fancies, hand spun with beads in the strand. I wish that I had taken more and better pictures.

I purchased a couple of kits, one for a scarf and another for a loose cape like coverup. The best was that my daughter bought me a wonderful knitting bag. It sits up nicely……I love the design. It is made by a Toronto area artisan, who can make custom ones on request.


The event was held in Kitchener, ON. Canada in a Sports Arena (think hockey). This was only one section and the promenade hallways were also filled with vendors.

I met a fun couple of Artisans, she a spinner, he a potter and their baby in the baby carriage. They appeared to thoroughly enjoy presenting their wares. The buttons are of a very thin clay that happens to co-ordinate with my other yarn purchase. The handspun, just because. 🙂

Shawl in a ball……..rectangular shawl

Most items that I have seen using this yarn, seemed too heavy to my eye. I experimented by using a Chunky knitting machine, its patterning capability and a very loose stitch gauge. This stich can be duplicated on a manual machine.




As seen, it doesn’t look at all like the one in a brochure. Gauge matters. The yarn itself is a cotton/mohair mix with a strand of lurex glitter. The mohair keeps the space open between the stitches.

For those knitters who wish to duplicate, it was 30-0-30 needles, Tension dial 7, 330 rows. I knit until I ran out of yarn.

Finished size: 18″ x 80″  

A goldy oldie…….machine knit baby sweater

While purusing my machine knitting books, I came across this one. SINGER knitting machines, Jumpers and Cardigans: Baby Book.


This one may already be in many Machine knitters’ collection of “might knit up someday”.

My someday arrived.


Hindsight, always a good thing. I used a 2 stitch decrease, a 3 stitch one would have been better. Or even still better, would have been a decorative cable type decrease. The hem was a mock rib, used by many who don’t have a “ribber” accessory.

I changed the neckband to a rolled one, considering that it might be easier for dressing the youngster.