Category Archives: machine knitting

dedicated to tom baker

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I’ve always wanted my own Doctor Who-type scarf and when I received that big basket of yarn recently I just knew I had to make one. I started this yesterday, and finished the knitting part today. As you’ve probably guessed, I made it with my Bond knitting machine.

It’s 70 stitches wide so I can fold it and sew it into a tube. This solves the curling problem and neatly hides the yarn tails. There are two shades of blue, three of green, two of brown, two reds, an orange, and off-white.

Once I’ve sewn it up, I’m going to run it through the washer and dryer to soften it up, then add the fringe, which will be white. I think it’s about 12 feet long, though I’ll know better when it’s done.

 

 

hat-bag-cowl

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This is a multi-purpose item which I dreamed up while drifting off one night. It’s a machine-knitted tube, so it was really quick to make, and the eyelets near both ends are for threading I-cord through. The I-cord was made with my knitting mill, so the only handwork I did on this was the bind off with a darning needle.

You see, it can be worn as a hat with the top I-cord cinched…

or a neckwarmer or open-topped hat (for a ponytail) with both ends open…

or used as a bag with both ends closed.

Well, I thought it was neat!

recovery buddy

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This is a Recovery Buddy. That link will take you to the Ravelry group which explains what these are. There’s a blog too.

Here’s the blurb from the Ravelry group:

The Recovery Buddies Project is a team of people from around the world who hand knits “recovery buddies” to help people through a variety of addictions including eating disorders, self-injury as well as others. We strive to remind people that they are not alone in their addictions, and that they don’t have to be alone in their recovery.

This is a group for those who help/would like to help make this cuddly reminders for people that they are loved and cared for.

There is a suggested pattern, but these are so simple that you can make it up. The idea is that they resemble pillows with character, as stuffed toys are often not allowed in the homes where the recipients live, but pillows are.

This was an ultra-quick project, as I knitted the two rectangles on my Bond knitting machine, then handknitted the icord arms and legs on 5.5mm dpns. The bow is just a small piece of garter stitch. The trickiest bit is getting the face to look good, and reasonably symmetrical.

It’s optional to name your buddy and give them a bit of a backstory. I will be putting a card in with this one when I send it off.

the results of the yarn blitz

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The last of the random hats – it doesn’t look very random but there are in fact four different navy blues in there!

The scarf that I showed you before – now finished. The sewing up and adding fringe were good jobs to do while watching 24 on DVD last night. And the knot tying of course, with all those colour changes. Rather an ostentatious fringe, isn’t it!

And finally….the tally for the last couple of months. Seven scarves, one handknitted, 6 machine-knitted. Six hats, one handknitted, 5 machine-knitted. I’m going to call the local Food Bank and see if they would like these. I know it’s been a mild winter but I’m sure someone will be able to use them.

Those of you who are frugal will have cringed to see me toss away the odds and ends of the yarn balls, but I wanted them all GONE. All I have left now are 6 balls of elann esprit for socks, all the odds and sods from previous socks (so that I can use them for darning later), a little bit of Lion Brand Homespun, a garish shade of dishcloth cotton and a small amount of chunky yarn. The red chunky is Phentex, I think, and may well be disposed of – some yarns are just too horrible to use!

nearly there…

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This is the knitting I completed this morning while the house was quiet. With Tai Chi Man leaving for work shortly after 7, and the kids sleeping in until at least 11 most days, I have a window of peace. I have almost reached the end of my leftover yarns – one salad container (those ones you buy organic spinach or salad greens in) has a few oddments in it, some of which I’ll use for a fringe for this scarf.

You can see why I have to knit scarves on the Bond twice as wide as I want them, then fold them and sew them up. They are very curly. I wish stockinette didn’t have this propensity for curling.  I couldn’t be bothered to take the time to fiddle about with the stitches on the machine to create a flat scarf – it’s quicker just to sew the long ends together.

A close-up of the colours. I know it’s a mismatched riot, but with only narrow stripes of five rows each it’s not TOO ugly! One of the yarns really doesn’t fit, and that’s the Berroco Comfort – it’s the bright periwinkle blue in there, and it’s considerably thinner than the other yarns.

When I have cleared out all my leftover yarns, I’ll look forward to buying some fresh new yarn for my next project…whatever that might be.

more hats

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The boys had a PE class at lunchtime today, so that’s usually when I sit and knit and chat to the other mums at the Boys and Girls Club. Before I went out, I machine-knitted the centre sections of three more hats, and when I was out, I finished one of them off. This evening I finished the second.

This is the inside of the first hat – using up the last of the greys. The outside looks like this…

just plain green. Of course the recipient might prefer the random effect and want to wear it the other way around.

The second hat is this one – teal tweed on the outside and baby blue on the inside. Hey, this would match my Sunrise Circle Jacket, maybe I should keep it!

i’m a knitting machine

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I asked Tai Chi Man to take the above photo because it was such a colourful dinner. This was our meal last night – a huge mixed salad (lettuce, red cabbage, onion, cucumber, tomato, black olives) with an olive oil/lime juice/Herbamare salt dressing, plus raw “pasta”. The “pasta” is actually raw zucchini, cut into thin strips with a vegetable peeler, and tossed with a tomato sauce made with fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, Braggs, garlic and olive oil. The flavours were intense and it was a very satisfying meal, not just for the stomach but for the eyes and the tastebuds too.

Tonight we had nori rollups. I made a pate from soaked sunflower seeds, the pulp of carrots that had been juiced, red pepper, garlic, Braggs, basil and lemon juice. Rolled up in sheets of nori with lettuce leaves, broccoli stems, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and red cabbage, it was another good dinner recipe.

My efforts to get up earlier are paying off with more time to do the things I enjoy. I have swum at the pool twice this week and intend to go again Friday. I am not particularly motivated by the handknitted socks right now, so I started a scarf last night on the Bond, finished it today, and then made two hats as well. The straight parts of the hats are knitted on the Bond, with a provisional cast on and bind off with waste yarn, and the crowns are handknitted. These hats are double-thick and reversible.

This scarf was knitted with some yarn I was given by a friend a couple of years ago – it’s Hayfield Ibiza DK which is an acrylic/cotton/linen blend and has a thick ‘n thin texture to it.

And I still haven’t run out of leftovers so I expect to make some more hats soon.

random scarf 3

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This is today’s machine-knitted scarf – The Browns. I still have some brown yarn left, unfortunately. I prefer this one to the green one I made last week, though I think I will be passing these random scarves to the Drop-In Centre for the homeless people rather than keeping them for myself.

Raw Diary:

I made another batch of those date/almond/coconut/lime bars today. They were so good and I kept to my plan of eating one every day, but they ran out on Saturday. I bought more dates and now I have another stash in the fridge.

The photo above is of something called Living Fudge! The boys thought that was kind of weird, to be eating something with “living” in the title, but it was a recipe from a rawfood book (can’t remember which one) which has coconut, carob powder, agave, vanilla and alfalfa sprouts in it, hence the name. I sprouted the alfalfa seeds myself and was able to make these little snacks today. I only made one third of the recipe to try it out – they were OK, but not the best “raw fudge” I’ve had.

I had a good walk with Tai Chi Man this afternoon and am feeling motivated to start jogging again in March. I feel that training for a short race would inspire me to work harder, so now I just have to keep my eyes and ears open for events happening in my city in the Spring.