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Here's a few photos of what I have been doing the past couple of years.

I knit quite a lot of hats on the Studio SK580 this year in Bramwell Fine 4 ply - here's an example of one of them.

Size 18 month sweaters knit in Bramwell Fine 4 ply knit on the Studio SK580. Using the quick crew neck instructions that I have on my web site these are knit up quickly. I do a few of these each year, so just a photo of two of them.

Just a few of the baby hats I made this last year (2014) on the Studio SK580 - I did 20 of these in diffent designs and colours.

For those of you who subscribe to Machine Kniting Monthly you will recognize this as a Bill King pattern. It's about 2,000 rows of short-rowing but very interesting when finished. Made on the Brother CK35 with motor (so much easier).

Finally this year I finished this. It's one hundred percent Irish Wool and since I gained weight since I started it - it won't fit me any more. Hand knit and took ages but was very enjoyable to knit. I don't like to handknit plain stocking stitch I like a challenge.

Now onto some weaving - I do a bit of this each year. I wove up a 15 yard warp of tea towels this year (2015) as they are really enjoyable to weave.

I weave a few scarves every year, some mixed warp like the one on the left which is made mostly of knitting yarns and then I also do a few chenille ones on a cotton warp because people love the softness of the chenille.

Three more scarves of mixed warp kniting yarns.

Every now and then I get the desire to make hot pads - they are so much fun to do and they are quick. So if you don't have time to make a large quilt you can always make these. In case you haven't figured it out I knit for a while, weave for a while and sew for a while and the then the cycle starts again.

I made this for my mum who is in her 90's. It's a Cross-over Pinny (pinafore - also know as an apron) - the kind she wore in the 1950's in England. You might spot one on some of the British Shows set in the 40's or 50's. They were very popular. Couldn't find a pattern so just made it up using the back of a blouse and recutting the neckline lower and of course lengthening the whole thing. I made it more A line than straight. Then once I had that I redrew it with the cross- over front and guestimated where I should put the ties. The ties turned out to be about 2 1/2 inches too low on her and the V neck a little high, I might just reshape the front cross-over. I did do a search on the internet to see if I could buy a pattern but I couldn't find a one. But I did find that you can have a pinny made for you but it costs 50 British Pounds. Quicker and cheaper to make it myself.

Close up of the pinny front. Took 3 packages of extra wide bias binding. About 4 metres of material need to make the pinny.

Just made this a few weeks ago and am very happy with it - I love purses with lots of pockets.

Every January for the past few years I have made Christmas bags - reversible ones - in an effort to avoid using paper for wrapping. These are reusable year after year and make wrapping presents super quick.

Made these placemats a couple or so of years ago - simple but nice.

This one is called (I think) Half Log Cabin and is fairly quick to piece but is in the queue to be quilted on the quilting machine as it's queen size.

This is Boxy Stars from the great website by Bonnie K. Hunter. It's a free pattern and there are lots more free patterns on her web site and loads and loads of great info on quilting. I haven't quilted it yet, just the top is pieced, since I will have to extend the quilting frame to quilt it I want to get two other quilts finished first. I love blue so I end up with a lot of material in blue so decided to use up some of the old prints on this quilt.

Another simple baby quilt done with squares. I found doing the quilting on my regular sewing machine was giving me shoulder problems so I bought a quilting frame and machine - so now it's easier and quicker.

Ohio Star, made as a wedding present for a friend's son and wife. (That's a light just poking into the photo at the top right.)


I had lots of scraps left so decided to make a quick scrappy quilt.


A thrift shop find. These triangles were already cut out and so I made them into a quilt to give to charity.


I was at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop when I saw these squares for sale. They were partly done altho' not very well done, each one a slightly different size which is why I guess the quilter threw them out. I liked the colours and so I bought them, brought them home, took apart most of them and put them back together so that they were the right size and this is how it turned out. I gave this baby quilt to my son's specialist as he and his wife were new to Canada having just arrived from England and they were expecting their first baby. Kind of a welcome to Canada to them both.

Just finished three afghans. This one was made from Red Heart Super Econo (variegated) yarn, Bernat 4 (cherry red yarn) and Bernat Super Value in beige, on the chunky machine. Colours are not exactly as shown - the light green is more sage. This afghan was done in Red Heart Comfort. Centre section to left is done with a lace pattern, light green sections have a cable and Tami Noboyuki's crochet cable technique is used on the other dk green stripe. This is a tuck stitch afghan done on the chunky machine with three colours of Red Heart Comfort and Bernat Super Value. I did the stripes horizontally, 100 rows of each colour, but I wish I had done vertical stripes of colour. Next time....

Cardigan knit on the chunky machine in Bernat Mosaic yarn which is self patterning - tried to match up as close as possible for the two fronts but as you can see it's not possible to have it perfect and that's the fun of it. Frilly short row scarves - fun and easy to make. Slippers to match the afghan above (colour has washed out when photographed. Original pattern was in Carriage Trade #13 but I have no idea of the author. I've changed the pattern a bit.

These helmet hats were all done on the chunky machine. The two photos on the left are of the same hat, just different views and show how striking multi-coloured yarn can be when used as the contrast in a fairisle pattern. The hat to the right of them is made of Bernat Mosaic and is self patterning.

Handknit from Fons and Porter's "Love of Knitting" magazine, Summer 2009 using Red Heart Designer Sport, 100% acrylic on size 4mm and 4.5 mm needles. I did try to knit the border slip stitch pattern on my chunky machine but wasn't successful so I decided to handknit the border and knit the rest on the machine. However, I was at a Farmer's Market when I finished the border so I just kept going and in the end I knit the whole thing by hand except for the part above the border on the hat - I did that on the chunky machine. Enjoyable pattern to knit; I especially liked the treatment of the neckband and button bands.
Once I finished the cardigan and hat I realized that I had enough to do a little sweater and hat if I didn't make the sweater too long. This was knit on the LK150 at T5. The border is worked in multiple rows of latch tool cast on (in other words, latch tool cast on in yellow, knit one row in blue, bring work forward and latch tool cast on in yellow again behind the knitting, knit one row in blue...continue this sequence changing colours according to what you fancy...I did two rows yellow, one blue, one yellow, one green and one final yellow RC6).

This cardigan and hat was knit on the Brother CK35 and the inspiration for it came from Patons Bright! Baby Brights done in Fairytale fingering. I used 4 ply on cone in cerise, turquoise and black and I made a one year size.
My mum needed a baby gift for a little baby boy and this is what I came up with. I liked the black ribbing on the cardigan above but I wanted something boyish so this is what I designed. Knit on the Brother CK35 with the smoke from the train being put in by hand afterwards. My only regret is that I didn't use the ribber to catch the floats as I spent quite a bit of time after the sweater was done catching down the floats on the inside.

Just a few photos of hats .....  ...all knit on the standard machine    

I seem to have collected quite a few 6 inch squares so I decided to make some baby quilts with them. This is the most colourful one I have done - it's actually finished and for sale - and I have two more tops yet to sandwich and quilt, another fairly bright one and one whimsical one. When I go to the Farmer's Market in the summer time I usually take a few quilts and since quite a few babies have been born this past year in the family that has inspired me to make baby quilts.

This shawl was a special order done in one strand of Bramwell's Silky in white on a Studio SK 580 electronic machine. It looks best in a tuck stitch design that is not heavily tucked. After it is taken off the machine it is blocked with wires and pressed to "kill" the yarn. If you have been knitting awhile then you would have no trouble figuring out how to knit this shawl. If you are a beginner start out with waste yarn. 75-0-75 sts. Do a weaving cast on and knit 6 rows. Take your comb from your ribber and push it into (from the front - don't try to push it through from the back) the knitting a few rows down from the 6th row. Hold it in place while you pull the knitting towards you right along the width of the shawl. Insert the wire. Hang two large weights.
I arranged the machine to knit the tuck pattern over 73-0-73 so that two stitches on each side would not tuck. Knit a few more rows and then knit one row at T10 with ravel cord. Change to main yarn. Knit two rows at T3. Make eyelets across the row, starting with R3 and L4 and then every 6th stitch out to each edge leaving the empty needles in working position. Knit 2 rows. Start your tuck pattern on the next row. I used pattern 5:32 from the 890 series cards but any tuck pattern that is not heavily tucked will be fine. I did 960 rows of pattern in my shawl, then I finished with 2 rows of stocking stitch, eyelets as before and 2 rows of stocking stitch and then latch tool cast off.

It comes off the machine looking a mess but don't worry, insert blocking wires into the sides and bottom take it to the ironing board and iron it with steam. I found that I had to make marks on the ironing board with chalk for the width and then iron the shawl section by section out to that width. Because I didn't have enough blocking wires and I didn't have a large enough area to iron it on full-length I had to press it on the ironing board. I did fringes 17 inches long x 8 strands for each eyelet hole. Once you have the fringe in place lay the shawl flat and trim with a rotary cutter to even up the ends. As you can see from this photo it's fine enough to pull through my wedding ring.

The pink shawl was done in Bramwell Silky too but on a Superba Knitting Machine.
I knit this on the Passap Duo 80 with two strands of white acrylic 2/24 and two strands of green acrylic 2/24 using a motor. Width on bed was L90 to R89. I did 768 rows of pattern (my design). Size when finished and washed was 25 inches wide by 39 1/4 inches long.

A relative in England had a baby girl so I handknit this little jacket and hat in Paton's yarn (I've forgotten the name of it already!). It was lovely and soft to knit but it was a pain to see the stitches (no knitting while watching TV) it's so fuzzy.
Once in a blue moon I actually make something for me. These are my bed socks made with looser than normal ribbing. I really enjoyed hand knitting these (one of my take along projects). They were made with DGB Confetti Superwash yarn (75% wool and 25% nylon) which is a yarn that makes it's own pattern as you knit stocking stitch. 32 sts and 42 rows to a 10cm x 10 cm swatch.

Another little baby set. This one was knit on the Passap Duo 80 using two strands of 2/30 in white and two strands of 2/30 in pale blue. The pattern is from Passap Book No. 59 (5929). I made the hat bigger than called for as I thought it was too small - they suggested 40-0-40 and I used 50-0-50. Booties are from Mary Weaver's book, pg 230.
I particularly like making socks on the Passap Duo 80. On the left is a pair made with Patons Kroy Jacquards 4 ply (75% wool and 25% nylon). In the middle is a pair in 60%acrylic/40% nylon, Bernat Sox (Jazzy Hot is the colour mix) and to the right is a pair made out of wool that I've had for ages (I think it's Scheepjes Invicta Extra [75% wool/25% nylon] ) with a brown contrast edging of Lady Galt Kroy 3 ply (85% wool/15% nylon) also an old yarn.


October 2019 revised

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