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Ribbon Bow Sweater Finished April 11, 2019

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Here is my latest adventure in hand manipulated lace on the Bulky knitting machine, the Ribbon Bows Sweater. The green was my experiment which I posted earlier. I really loved the effect of ribbons with flowing tails, so I proceeded to create the sweater in my size (Large) and will wear to make sure it is a viable design. I used a double strand of Mary Lue’s “Solo” in a cream color (two cones needed) which made a light worsted weight yarn, Tension 8. For a different hem on the bottom, I did the wave stitch (I liked how it finished the ends of the bows in a curl). I will be demonstrating this wave stitch at my upcoming seminars. YES….I will be doing my final packing today to head up to San Francisco for a seminar with the Machine Knitting Guild of the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, 13 April. Although my studio is in the state of “Creative Chaos”, I still have a list of things an arm long to try out and I have to step over boxes and boxes of stuff that is awaiting the artist’s hand. I am living the dream…..

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Herringbone Trimmed Sweater Done! April 5, 2019

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All finished and ready to wear. The Herringbone trim was knit as hems for front, back and sleeves, then I knit a separate piece for a collar. I am happy with it and better yet, it fits me like a dream! Only one week until I head up to the San Francisco Bay Area Machine Knitting club to show them how to do it. My bags will be stuffed full of garment samples to demo my other techniques and I am getting really excited to do this road trip!!

Spa Sweater

I Have Been Busy…. April 2, 2019

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Hello knitting friends.  I have been busy lately and haven’t posted very much.  We are redoing our house from a Lodge Theme to a Mid-Century Modern theme.  Now you might think that would be easy, but NO!  We hired a building contractor and laid out our plan for what we wanted: a complete re-do of the existing house and then, adding a Granny Suite at the back of the house and over the top of that Suite and our current garage, a huge second floor which will become my studio.  Yes, a big project for sure and we have lived in Phase 1, the re-do of our current house with all the construction dust and debris of demo’ing the floors, repainting everything gray with white trim, porcelain tiling the entire house (we are still going to have some carpet in the bedrooms), and re-doing our woodburning fireplace from the “brick and Stag Head Taxidermy” of the old Lodge theme to the “fire through black glass” and stacked stone fireplace.  This has been about 8 weeks of step over that, can’t walk through here Caution tape, cook with a microwave and making coffee in the bathroom because that was the only place we could find a plug that wasn’t covered with paint tape.  Along the way, we discovered foundation problems and sewer problems, doors that wont open easily anymore, etc.  Plus the hammering, drilling, digging, dust everywhere, enough to drive me to my current studio in my garage and try to prepare for my THREE upcoming seminars:  San Francisco Area Machine Knitters, 13 April, Carolina’s Machine Knitting Guild, 3-4 May and Dallas/Ft Worth Knitting Guild, 28-29 Sep.

Phase 2 will be adding the Granny Suite and second story.  I am giddy about getting a nice, light, huge studio about 2 1/2 time the size I have now.  I will have space for my Bulky machine with it’s Power Drive, a Bulky for private machine knitting classes, a standard machine, probably my Singer 700 with Lace Carriage, my sewing machine, my serger, my embroidery machine and my weaving looms.  Plus, all the fabric, yarn, thread, and accessories that each of these requires.  Oh, if I could only fast forward to next year and have it all done.

Anyway, in the meantime, and to take my mind off all the hammering, etc., I have been working on my little experiments.  I finished the red sweater of course with the cabling, and then I knit and finished the “Raindrop” sweater, using Universal’s Non-Pilling worsted acrylic, Royal Blue color.  Really nice!  So nice, I ordered Premier’s Non-Pilling worsted (color is “Spa”, a light blue) to do another, this time using hems done with a surface weaving process that I found in an old Western Knitting Machine Guide (I am culling my entire collection of MK books and magazines) that looks like herringbone trim.  I changed it up from the magazines instructions (did you expect anything less?) and will demonstrate how to do this in my upcoming seminars, but here’s a quick picture of it:

Herringbone Trim

So as you would expect me to do, I continue to add new things to my seminar demo list that you can only get at my seminars.  When I put my classes together for the seminars, I have to nail down the class descriptions usually months ahead of time.  This does not fit my nature though, so you will just have to come to one of these seminars to find out how to do it.

See you there!

 

Experiment #3 March 8, 2019

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Hello again. I did Experiment #3, Raindrops, Tension 8, Brother Bulky machine. I think you can easily see what I did, transfer a stitch to the adjacent needle leaving the transferred stitch out of work, knit 10 rows and then put that stitch back into work. I think that would knit up in a garment really fast and add a little character to a boring pullover. The sample was knit with 4-ply worsted acrylic, but I think it would look nice also knitted with a lace or sport weight yarn too. Also, I finished the Red Sweater and wanted to post a picture of it. It fits beautifully and I wore it last night to my Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild meeting where I am the Historian.

Rainy Days Are Experimentation Days March 7, 2019

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Another rainy day in California, time to experiment on my Brother Bulky 260 using hand manipulation and needles out of work. Photos of Experiment #1 (tagged it at Tension 8). I liked it. Onto knitting up a sweater. When it came to actually using the design, I used Tension 7. I had this big Lion’s Brand Pound Of Love yarn in Cherry, so I rewound it into two cakes. I did the 2X2 ribbing using the latch up method and proceeded with the front design which I will call Cross Cables. I did the sleeves and back plain. Tomorrow I will stitch it up and put a small neckband on it. It has a nice delicate texture.

I liked that so much, I did more experimentation since it was still raining. See second swatch. I will call that one Ribbon Bow Cables. I think I have another Pound of Love in Gray…hummm….if it is still raining tomorrow, I will attempt another pullover, after I finish the red one that is.

Seminars Coming Up – Register To Attend February 20, 2019

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I will be demonstrating at these Machine Knitting Seminars this year:

13 April            MK Guild of San Francisco Bay Area : contact http://mkgsfba.org directly

This is a one day seminar. I will demo from the list below

3-4 May            Carolina’s Machine Knitting Guild : click the link below

http://www.carolinasmkg.com/CMKGseminar2019

28-29 Sep         Dallas/Ft Worth Machine Knitters Guild

http://www.dfwmachineknitters.com/2019Seminar

Here are my lesson plans:

Braided Cables – Short rowed loops are knit first and then braided together forming an interesting garment detail.  At first glance, the garment piece looks huge and amorphous, but braiding the loops adds to the overall ease, structure and design.  This class will go through all the steps to make braided cables and how they can be used on garments and accessories.

Stranded Weaving – Take your knitting to a new level.  Here we will knit the garment and then weave the “strands” later to bring the garment into shape.  You can turn your beginner sample into a fun T-Shirt detail.  This feature turns your so-so knitting into WOW knitting that will even please your teenager.

Surface Weaving – Are you just going to knit yet another pullover?  Stop!  Use the technique of surface weaving to make it POP!! This is not only fun, it is impossible to do by hand knitting.  Make your hand knitting friends jealous and see what surface weaving can do for your next project.

Freestyle Knitting – Learn to knit separate motifs and connect them all together for a show-stopping garment.  Although these garments look crocheted, they are actually knitted using methods demonstrated in this class.  One is the Rick-Rack trim which is demonstrated as an unusual knit trim which is nice to use as a connector between motifs.  I will actually demonstrate how to do three unusual trims: Rick-Rack that looks like broomstick lace, an elongated stitch that looks like a dropped stitch and fun twisty fringe.  You probably haven’t seen these before, but I will show you how to use them in your knitting.

The Single Layer Plaid Technique, Part 1 – Not Fairisle, not jacquard, not intarsia, no ribber required.  How do you knit a one-layer plaid on the machine?  I will show you how.  In this first part, we will cover machine set-up, preparation and knitting of a rectangle.

The Single Layer Plaid Technique, Part 2 – Part of making a garment are the increases and decreases needed for shaping.  It will be complicated, but I will take you through step-by-step and putting Parts 1 and 2 together to give you the know-how to create your masterpiece – a single layer plaid jacket through machine knitting.

Short Rows on Steroids, Part 1 – I will help you through the maze of several styles of knitting short rows (at least 5 methods  and more if I have time).  There are so many uses for this technique: curving hems, ear flaps, shaping shoulders, making facings, knitting circles, corners, triangles, ruffles, “eye candy”, toes and heels for socks and slippers, and more!

Short Rows on Steroids, Part 2 – Here I will demonstrate the Wave Stitch.  So light and airy, this stitch creates holes which keep their shape.  I have used them as a design feature in many of my published patterns.  This can be used for lacy hems, hats, scarves, shawls, market bags, yokes for sweaters and airy bottoms of jackets.  Once you learn the technique, you have many ways to show it off.

I will be bringing lots of garment samples that show off these techniques.  These classes are good for a beginner to learn about the capabilities of your “new to you” knitting machine.  BUT, good for intermediate and advanced knitters who are stuck knitting boring garments and need some inspiration.  These techniques are the ones that I turn into fantastic garments that win me “Best In Show” at the Los Angeles County Fair.  Here is your chance to do a little travel, but gain a lot of knowledge and inspiration with like minded knitters.  Wherever you are, come and join us as we add new dimensions to your machine knitting skill set.

2019 Spring Shows January 14, 2019

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My Spring is lining up.  Here is where you can find me for the next few months:

9-10 Mar        Yorba Linda Woman’s Club Spring Show,                                                           4501 Casa Loma (Community Center), Yorba Linda, CA

13-17 Mar     Stock & Stuffers     220 S. Brea Blvd, Brea, CA

16 Mar           Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild Spring Show,                                                            Ken Miller Rec Center, Torrance, CA

31 Mar           Glitterfest, Event Center, 501 N. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA

 

13 Apr            Demonstrating Machine Knitting for Guild,                                                                                    San Francisco Bay Area

 

3-4 May          Demonstrating Machine Knitting for Carolina MK Guild,                                                            Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina

 

I will be bringing new felted hats and introducing my new weaving items to the craft shows.  I will also be demonstrating my LOVE of machine knitting in April and May.  Fiber Arts are really gaining popularity.  When you are knitting or weaving, you are in the Zen area of your entire existence.  It brings me total happiness.  A resolution I made for this year is learning something new and expanding my reach into the Fiber Arts.  So, I am taking some fun classes (Hat Making and Natural Dyeing with Local Plants).  The more you know, the more your universe opens to reveal its secrets.  Learn, explore and have fun.

 

Wallace Plaid Shawl – Yes, WEAVING!!! January 12, 2019

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Rainy day in Southern California. We really need the rain too. Just finished this Wallace Plaid Shawl, so am showing it off. I used a barrette (faux tortoise shell) as a shawl pin. The barrette (from Michael’s) has a nice blunt end, so as to not harm the yarn or weave and holds securely. Shawl done on my 20″ Ashford, using the 7.5 dent heddle, four yarns (all Impeccable worsted acrylic- nice and soft), 145 ends, 95″ shawl body with 11″ knotted fringe on both ends. I think it looks more “USC” than Wallace, but things don’t always turn out the way you planned. Sometimes happiness occurs on the detours, not at the end of the journey.

wallace plaid shawl

Weaving With Knitting Yarns December 13, 2018

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I am finally getting around to playing with my new toy: the Ashford RH SampleIt Loom AND using my Vari-Dents. I woke up today with visions in my head – of yarn of course. I had these three gorgeous yarns: 1) Black, silver, white Alp by Feza Yarns; 2) A black “Silky Wool” worsted from elsebeth lavold and 3) a white/gray super loopy “Kalinka” by schoeller + stahl.
Now these have been in my stash, the compartment known as “Do Not Touch – Too Good To Ever Use”. But, its Christmas, right? Ho,Ho,Ho. So I get to working up my heddle with the vari-dents. I used the super size 2.5 dpi for the center for the super loopy Kalinka, and edges are the worsted black Silky Wool. As you can see, it would have been impossible to do if I only had one RH. I used almost the entire skein of Feza Alp which included the fringing. So finished scarf is the ritz and I will wear it for the Nutcracker Ballet we are going to at the Segerstrom Theatre in Orange County (another of my Christmas treats). Here are the pictures. Oh, I didn’t do any wet finishing, just a nice steam from my Jiffy steamer. Now there are more visions popping in my head and I think I am going to have to dive into that Do Not Touch stash!!!

Two Shows This Weekend!! October 29, 2018

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I know this is just crazy, but I am in TWO shows this weekend.  First is the Stock & Stuffers in Fullerton.  Here’s the flyer:

S&S Oct18

Then, you can catch me LIVE at the Yorba Linda Women’s Club Show here:

Yorba Linda WC 2018 Fall Fair

You know I have been busy, so come by and see what I have up to!