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Another New Paid Pattern In Works July 2, 2018

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I am working on this new machine knit pattern with ribbon trim.  Here is the Small Size.

Fringe Benefits

So this week, I will be doing a Medium, Large and an X-Large so that there will be a span of sizes for busts measuring from 30″ to 50″.  It features an asymmetrical collar for fringing and two sleeve lengths. Busy week!!!

 

 

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Project – The Waterfall Bolero July 1, 2018

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The Waterfall Bolero

By Linda Jensen of My Blue Heaven Knits

Waterfall Bolero

Description: Open front bolero with textured lapels and angel wing sleeves.  This fun bolero was knit on the Bulky machine at T=8, has minimal finishing and is one size. It uses the diamond pattern tuck stitch (#7p) in the basic pack of cards that come with the machine and the technique of short rows.  Suggested yarns are #3 or 4 Weight or Wraps Per Inch of 9 or 10 (DK, Sport or light worsted) and works well with rayon type yarns that have a drape.  I spin my own yarns for these to make them unique.  If you are petite, use a slightly heavier yarn and it won’t drape as much in front.  It will take about 560 yards.

 

Directions:

E-Wrap cast on 50 sts

K 1 rw and with COL, engage the tuck stitch.

K 60 rws in tuck, then cancel tuck stitch.

K 4 rws

COR, COH

*Short row 4 ndls at a time farthest from the carriage, K 2 rws

Continue short rowing until you have only 2 sts left, K 2 rws, then push 4 ndls back into work and short row back until all ndls are in work.

K 4 rws over all ndls**

Repeat * to ** 10X more for a total of 11 short row sections (“holes”), except only knit 3 rws instead of 4 rws on last section.

COL, engage the tuck stitch.

K 60 rws, COL, cancel tuck, K 1 rw

Crochet cast off loosely, using the double gate peg method.

Finishing: Weave in ends.  Steam out work.  Tack the sleeves at the bottom points of the #2 and #4 and #8 and #10 set of “holes” where you short rowed to make the sleeves.  The fronts have one set of “holes” and the back has 3 sets of “holes”, just for your reference.  It is now ready to wear!

 

Abbreviations:

 

10X – ten times

COH – Carriage On Hold

COL – Carriage On Left

COR – Carriage On Right

K – Knit

Ndl(s) – needle(s)

Rw(s) – Row(s)

S/R – Short Row

St(s) – Stitch(es)

T – Main Tension on knitting carriage

WPI – Wraps Per Inch

 

The Waterfall Bolero June 24, 2018

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I am working on this new design, The Waterfall Bolero. It has cute angel wing sleeves, a nice textured lapel that drapes gracefully in front and a smooth back that dips to the waist. I have been playing with it for a couple of weeks, knitting and unraveling until I got what I liked. Now to simplify it and draft out the pattern. But I have a yarn sale today in my backyard, so it will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday, or Wednesday….

Waterfall Bolero

Project – Machine Knit Ruched Scarf May 29, 2018

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Ruched Scarf

Ruched Scarf

By Linda Jensen of

My Blue Heaven Knits

 

Bulky Machine T=8

Yarn: Newlon 2/12 or any light weight yarn (lace, sport, 2/14, etc.)

 

Directions:

Crochet Cast over 35 sts with 3 center sts Out Of Work

K 400 rws

Crochet Cast off, leaving a long tail.

Steam out.

You should have about 110-120” long by 11” wide of steamed scarf, which will end up being about 65-70” long and 10” wide when finished.

To finish, with wrong side facing you, and starting from the cast on edge, use a Size “H” crochet hook to twist 2 OOW strands under the cast on edge, to create a loop.  Next, pick up 3 OOW strands and pull through the loop.  Continue crocheting the 3 OOW strands up the center of the scarf to the top.  With the long cast off tail, weave it over to the last loop and secure it, then weave in the rest of the tail.

Here’s the Before picture after steaming out in Red, and the After picture in Blue.

 

 

 

Stock and Stuffers Show – Brea, CA May 25, 2018

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I will be at this show with new kitchen craft items.  I will have my Farmhouse Aprons, embroidered kitchen towels along with my new Dressed-Up Towels.  Here’s the flyer:

S&S ShowMay18

I set up the table I am bringing in my front room.  Here’s some pictures of what I will have, for your consideration:

May 2018 Seminar In San Diego May 7, 2018

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Had a great time with some creative thinking knitters in San Diego this past weekend.  I hope everyone learn some tips along the way too.  Norman Koshak and crew from Newton’s Knits in Anaheim brought some great yarns and equipment to tempt even the most veteran knitters also – yeah, including myself.  Oh, such a beautiful display, we were kids in a candy store.

So, my husband was able to take some pictures on the second day while I was demonstrating the ins and outs of my new Perfect Plaid Jacket.  I didn’t notice the picture taking, I was too busy trying to keep my mind focused on the knitting.  I was so glad that they had a close up camera system set up so everyone could see my demos.  I am hoping that everyone who got my patterns will enjoy them.  I had 6 boxes of give-away magazines, books, video tapes and patterns for everyone to take with them.  My car was much lighter coming back home, so thank you San Diego Machine Knitting Guild for the wonderful weekend.  Keep knitting, keep creating and keep dreaming about all the beautiful knits you will be making.  See you next time!

The Perfect Plaid Jacket – Finished!! April 21, 2018

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Just finished writing my new machine knit pattern in preparation for demonstrating at the San Diego Machine Knitter’s Guild, 5-6 May. A really hard one to write, but the Perfect Plaid Jacket is now available on my Etsy site for immediate download.

Etsy: LindasCrafts.Etsy.com

Two sizes, Sm-Med and Lg-XLg in directions for a Two or Three color plaid.

Machine Knitting Seminar In San Diego, May 5&6 March 24, 2018

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I am teaching a two day machine knitting seminar in San Diego on May 5 & 6.  Here’s the link for additional info:

http://www.mkgsd.com/seminars.html
Anyone can come as a guest, so it would be a good start for any of you interested in exploring this art.  I know several have asked me about machine knitting wherever I go, so here is your chance to see what it is all about.
Newton’s Yarn Country will also come with a bunch of yarn and I will have my patterns for sale too.
I will be premiering my latest pattern, “Perfect Plaids”,  which wont be available for the general public until after this seminar.  So come see how the technique is done and get the pattern.
Plaid Front

Red Headed Barbet Found February 28, 2018

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One of the benefits of re-vegetating our hill from the old coffee plantation growth, is that creatures that once were here, are starting to come back.  We have seen many new varieties of birds this trip to Costa Rica.

Now, I was hand knitting away on my version of the Chloe Kim Olympic Hat (I will share later), when I heard a thump.  Now this is the kind of “thump” that means a bird hit one of our big windows, so I went out to check.  Usually it is a hummer who got knocked out or knocked the wind out of itself, so I cradle it for awhile, keeping it warm, until it gets it’s senses back – then promptly flies off, continuing its day.

This was a larger “thump”.  I didn’t expect to see this beauty:

red headed barbet in hands

He is a Red Headed Barbet.  He was gasping a bit (as you can see by the pic), but he eventually settled down.  I held him for a bit while Mark got his camera and he got this shot of him in my hands.

He was not that afraid of me, so I walked him over to one of our bushes by the pool and got him to grab one of the inner branches.  See him here in the bush:

red headed barbet

He tucked his head into his wing and took a quick nap, then fully recovered, he flew off straight and strong into the trees.

It is one thing to read a bird book and see the colors as printed there, and then there is the whole “much better than you can imagine” experience of holding something alive, safe and beautiful in your hands. All I can say is PEOPLE!  Go out and experience the wonders of Nature for yourself.  It will put all things in perspective for you.

Watch Out – Cannibal On The Loose! February 5, 2018

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This little girl was hanging out by our door. It probably thought that it really lucked out as we keep the light on over our door at night – bugs aplenty fly towards the light creating a feast for such creatures. This one has adapted to our Costa Rican foliage and at first glance, looks like a leaf, but it really hides the body of a super-predator. Here is the Costa Rican Leaf Praying Mantis for your delight. Oh, how do I know its a girl? She is predisposed to eat her kind, whether it be her mate or her younger siblings as they hatch, hence only one female will be left- HER!. Quite the cannibal.

Leaf Mantis