For the Love of Buttons

I have collected buttons for many years; Especially, the more unusual ones. Will I ever have a worthy project for them? Who knows. Today, I did.

Today, I finished knitting a pillow cover, but it needed something. A flower, some leaves, what? As I looked about my Studio, not the most tidy, I spotted a string of lonely buttons. A memory jerker……I had purchased them at a knitting/ textile show from a young couple. He a potter, she a spinner and their baby sleeping in the baby carriage, tucked away in their booth. There was no line up at their booth. Their work was very artistic, the sock knitters weren’t interested. She spins beads and other objects into her yarn.

I purchased some yarn and the green pottery clay buttons.

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Fun reading Vintage mags

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While tidying up my Studio, I ran across some “Threads ” Magazines from 1990. I had a great time reading them over again. It must have been a good year for articles that were of interest to me. It was a time, when every issue contained knitting articles.

Many of the styles and of course the knitting articles are very relevant today.

I think I will continue to hoard them 🙂

Let me introduce you to Craftsy.com

I really don’t know how to describe it to its fullest potential. I found the Tutorials of interest.

The tutorial section is quite unique in a number of ways. The tutorials are streamed to your Internet device and you can start and stop anywhere in the tut… View it over and over. Stop it where you want and resume wen you wish and where in the Tut that you choose.
There a few Tuts that are free, and others, are fee based. I’ve down loaded the free ones, watched them and like them.

There is one in particular that I thoroughly enjoyed. “About wool” called “Know your wool”, Deborah Robson instructing.

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Washing and blocking knits

http://www.berroco.com/knitbits/html/KB474.html

Berrocco yarns has a quick photo tutorial on how to wet block knitted pieces. Why re-invent the wheel? So, I have posted the link. I find that a total immersion of the knit into water evens out the stitches, gets rid of the dust and hand oils from the knitting and of course the chemicals used in the spinning process at the mill. I place my items on a styrofoam insulation board to air dry.

Pattern: Rough & Ready

I started with a ROUGH IDEA of what I wanted and ended up with a scarf that was interesting and READY to wear.

Knitting Machine Pattern ……….the following details are what I used, but other tuck stitches can be substituted.

MACHINE: Standard gauge, 4.5 mm or similar
PUNCHCARD #7, from the standard Silver Reed/Studio punch card set.
STITCH Dial setting, TUCK stitch for patterning, STOCKINETTE setting for plain knitting.
TENSION Dial setting #6, for any yarn that knits using that stitch setting.

Final row count approx 500 rows.

SIZE: 30 cm x 100 cm.

Method:
Cast on 40-0-40 needles, permanent cast on method. (I use the crochet cast on.)

Knit 6 rows,
PROGRAM the punchcard and carriage as per instructions for your machine . Check the operations manual for your Brand of knitting machine, if unsure.

*Part #1.
Change settings to TUCK stitch. Knit approx 50 rows,
Part #2.
Keep punch card rotating.
Change dial to STOCKINETTE, knit 6 rows. *

Repeat these two segments, BUT vary the number of TUCK stitch row count, MAINTAIN the 6 row repeats.

Example: 50 rows tuck, 6 rows stockinette, 20 rows tuck, 6 rows stockinette, 15 rows tuck, 6 rows stockinette etc.

Ending with 6 rows stockinette. Cast off.
Row count: approx 500 rows.
SECURE with a “Kilt” pin. No blocking. Let it be.

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FREE PATTERN……..Wild One……scarfette.

WILD ONE

64 “x 12”, 162cm x 30cm
100 gm of sock yarn. Superwash wool. Variegated yarn.
Knit flat.
Needles: 2.25 mm

Cast on 3 stitches.
*Knit 3 rows,
Purl one row. *
Increase 1 stitch on the same side of your work, every 4 rows until 1/2 the yarn is used up (50gm). I increase when the pul row is facing me. It’s a good reminder to increase the stitch.
Decrease 1 stitch very 4 rows to end.
Trim edges as desired. I used crochet.

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Take along projects….mine are socks

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Socks are one of those projects that I can put into my purse. Almost weightless, and for the most part, I’m not in a hurry to complete.

Many times, I will start them on hand knitting needles, then change to the knitting machine to complete them.

When my wrists start to act up, my knitting machine gives them a break. Knitting machines aren’t for everyone, but they certainly allow me to continue to knit, otherwise I probably would be in the fridge.

FREE PATTERN Flirty Ruffle Scarf- Lion Brand free pattern

http://cache.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/patternFinderLion Brand yarns has many, many free patterns. There is a sign up form that is easy to complete. Lion Brand, also, has  a newsletter, that one may op in or not, to be sent to your email address. I like it.

The above scarf was not their suggested yarn, nor sized hook as in the written pattern. I used a 9mm hook. If, your yarn is thinner than the suggested one, just add more chain on your initial row.

What I particularly like about the scarf is, that it fits flat around the neck and then, all that is needed to secure, is to twist the hanging ends around each other.