I am posting an update on the cardigan I am knitting. It is the Ruffled Cardigan from Knit it Now. This is a great pattern. The directions are well written and easy to read. I have finished knitting all the pieces, blocked them, and am sewing them together. The photo is the long ruffled band that will be knit around the edges of the cardigan. I just love the way the tuck stitch pattern has turned out on the band. I should have my cardigan finished this weekend, so keep an eye out for some pictures!
I am participating in a knit along on the Knit it Now Ravelry group. The pattern for the knit along is the Ruffled Cardigan from Knit it Now. After making several swatches on my SK860 mid-gauge machine, I finally broke down and ordered some yarn. I was trying to knit from my stash, but none of the yarns seemed to work well for the pattern. The ruffled lace border on cardigan is knit in tuck stitch. The tuck stitch is knit at a higher tension than the stockinette stitch. Most of the yarns I swatched from my stash did not make a nice soft tuck stitch. The yarns were worsted and towards the higher end of the tension dial just when knit in stockinette stitch, so I could not knit the tuck at +2 tension. The yarn I ordered is a 100% wool from the Yarn Barn. So far I have knit the back and one of the fronts of the cardigan. I hope to have most of the knitting done by Friday and can work on blocking and sewing the pieces together over the weekend.
I spun some more yarn today from one of my textured batts. The fibers include: merino, Wensleydale locks, bamboo rayon, firestar, and mulberry silk.
The shop has been updated with some new batts!! They are fresh off the carder and ready to spin or felt!!
The other day, I was going through a bag of very old knitting stuff (I acquired from a knitter who had passed away) and came across this little gadget. It is called a Daisy Knitter. It was in a small baggie with a pattern and instruction leaflet. It is used to make a type of knit flowers. I guess it is similar to the plastic flower knitters you can buy at the local craft store. The Daisy Knitter is metal and was made in the USA between 1930 and around 1950. It makes a rather stringy little flower. I think it would work for some type of embellishment on a cardigan or a bag of some sort. It is a pretty neat little gadget. I am sure I will find a use for it.
This yarn was spun from one of my textured art batts. The batt was full of alpaca, merino, mulberry silk, silk noil, Firestar, and Wensleydale locks. It is really next to skin soft.
This was spun on my Matchless with the bulky flyer. I am still working on the bulky flyer. I ended up getting rid of the cotton drive band that came with the flyer. It just wasn’t “grippy” enough and as the bobbin filled, it seems to slip. I have a cone of 2 ply linen cotton. The linen is one single and the cotton is another. It is a unique yarn… I am hoping this will solve the drive band issue…
Finally, I had a chance to skein up some of my new yarns. I have a cone of fingering weight longwool that I have been really wanting to dye. This wool is spun from a blend of luster longwool sheep. It has a nice sheen to it. I also skeined up some super soft chunky merino.
The merino will be used as warp/weft for some scarves on my Flip rigid heddle. I have been wanting to make a few more scarves and knit some hats. This yarn is going to be just perfect!
I dyed the longwool in semisolid colors and the chunky wool in a blend of purple/mauves. I mixed up some more dyes tonight and plan to do some more skeining and dyeing. I have a couple of cones of sock yarn that I will be skeining for dyeing also.
I bet you saw the title of this post and was expecting to see a photo of a spiffy new loom. Well, here is the story…I ordered an SX60H Saori loom from Saori Santa Cruz. The Saori loom arrived a week or so ago and it is still waiting patiently in the box. I purchased this for my son for Christmas. I have only had a chance to sneak and inspect it. It has been really hard for me to keep it in the box! Weaving will have to wait until after Christmas. I am sure my son will love his new loom.
I made a bunch of art batts and am spinning them into a worsted/chunky weight singles yarn. The fibers in the batts are hand dyed merino, bamboo, alpaca, Wensleydale locks, firestar, mulberry silk, and Angelina. I have been spinning them on my Schacht Matchless with my bulky flyer.
I finally have the bulky flyer figured out. I have only had my Matchless for a couple of months. I ordered the bulky flyer with the wheel. I did not even have the wheel figured out before putting the bulky flyer on it. I love the Matchless. It is an awesome wheel. I can spin anything on it with ease. I did have to a bit of fiddling around with it at first. It is quite a bit different from my other wheels.
I plan on using the hand spun to make another scarf on my Flip rigid heddle loom. The cold weather is here. I am outside most of the time, so scarves (and hats!) are on the top of my list of items to make.
There is a new machine knitting website called Knit it Now. I recently attended a webinar for Design a Knit (DAK) knitting software. I was so impressed with the Webinar. I plan on signing up for all their webinars. Some of them cover topics I already know, but I know I can always learn from someone else.
The website is very easy to navigate and it up do date technology wise. I am really happy that someone has taken the time to make a site like Knit it Now. It is run by the owner of BT Yarns, Sue Jalowiec and her partner Matt. I have bought yarn from Sue before and she has always been a pleasure to work with. The person behind the website design, Matt, has done a wonderful job making the site very user friendly while integrating the latest website technology.
Knit is Now has really nice dynamic patterns for sale. The dynamic patterns can be resized to work with any type machine and yarn. They also have a learning library you can subscribe too. The learning library has tons and tons of tutorials on machine knitting. To top it all off, Knit it Now offers live webinars which cover an array of topics. You can connect to the instructor in the “live” classroom.
I could go on….but I really think you will want to check the site out for yourself. www.knititnow.com