Friday, 31 July 2020
While the pandemic is forcing us all to stay at home, it's the perfect opportunity to progress your knitting.
Good, bad or ugly, send your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org (or to Alison) and we will post them here so we can continue to enjoy our craft together.
Monday, 20 July 2020
I’ve still not knitted an actual garment on a knitting machine, but I have bought another machine.
I bought a complete heap of a Brother 710. After much scrubbing I managed to knit a few rows, but it was still misbehaving. I took it to bits a bit further, and have now got the push buttons working properly - it was selecting the needles almost randomly. There was a screw out of place in the module of the pattern selecting which was a pig to remove and almost as bad to replace.
The machine was sold as almost a pile of parts ,but I have sourced most things I needed for it, but I still need a couple of bits. I need a top cover/lid for it as the one it came with was for a KH864. If anyone needs a lid for a KH864 they are welcome to it.
I would also like to source a ribber for the 710 as I have the connector carriage thingy, some ribber weights and the screws to attach the ribber. If anyone has any 710 bits they would like to sell I would be interested. Here are a couple of photos of the state it was in and the fluff that came out of it !
Friday, 3 July 2020
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
I used a Marion Nelson pattern and a punchcard I found in my stash. The yarn is 2/30s acrylic also in my stash. I like the turquoise mix which has ‘bright’ acrylic giving it a sheen.
The body is a bit long, it’ll keep her kidneys warm. It’s difficult to get a proper fitting at present with not seeing her as much and then not been able to get close enough to measure the bits I need. Of course I didn’t do a tension square.
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
Hope to see you all soon.
Monday, 25 May 2020
For an interesting read, take a look at Fleet Knitting Club - ex-GMK members will know of Liz Holness, who was our Chairman for many years.
If I find any others with recent updates, I'll let you know.
Monday, 18 May 2020
Well I’ve finally finished my husband's jumper and I have also made a jumper for my grandson.
I have been busy setting up a second machine (my mum's knit master 323) it’s a lovely machine but so different to the Brother, such fun. I’m going to use the punch card patterns for my next project, I’m so excited.
I miss you all and can’t wait till we can meet again.
Stay safe and see you soon.
Monday, 11 May 2020
I have knitted two cushions inspired by Bill King’s article in last month’s Machine Knitting Monthly. Punching out the card nearly drove me mad but I am pleased with the result. I’m going to try more colours next.
Thursday, 7 May 2020
Hello, just to say I have done some knitting but haven't got any garments made up they're all need putting together. This is one that I have started to press it's knitted on garter carriage. Hope to see you all soon.
Love all the knitting that is being shown.
Sunday, 3 May 2020
Saturday, 2 May 2020
I cleaned it thoroughly, and knitted a lot of swatches followed by scarves and cot blankets with no real difficulties. However, I didn't manage to knit a garment. Even if I got it all going OK, it all went horribly wrong as soon as I needed to do any shaping. I dropped stitches or - even if I was sure I hadn't - they seemed to bounce off the needles. There was just so much to remember, too. I know it would have been the same when I first started with my Brother, but that's so long ago now that it's all second-nature.
The March 2020 edition of Machine Knitting Monthly contained a very straightforward jumper in crepe, with step-by-step instructions. Normally I wouldn't follow a pattern for something this straightforward, using my Knitleader instead. But I decided to have one more attempt. It worked, and I attach the evidence!
Not having to think about anything other than the action of the machine meant I could concentrate on that. I discovered a few things that will make my next attempt more straightforward.
- It's true you don't need weights for the majority of the knitting, but a light weight at the edge once you're into decreasing helps keep the stitches in the needles - I think mine were tending to bounce out.
- It is quite a labour-intensive machine. Knitting over a few stitches (such as for a tension square) is relatively easy work - and I've tried knitting on different blocks of stitches to check that some aren't just a bit 'sticky', so it isn't that. But as soon as I'm using most of the needle-bed, I have to put quite a bit of "Oomph" into pushing the carriage.
- The yarn mast isn't as forgiving as the Brother one of knots and lumps in the yarn. Obviously, these are not a good thing at any time, but I find small kinks tend to straighten out on my Brother whereas they get stuck on the Passap - leading to tight stitches and breaking yarn. I'm also not sure that the tension discs on the mast are doing their job properly - something to investigate.
Friday, 1 May 2020
|The raglan woven jacket.|
The second garment is knitted in 1 strand of Uppinghams Lambswool on Tension 8. I followed a 4 ply pattern and achieved the same tension. I washed and pressed the tension square before measuring. I knitted the garment and finished it completely. (At this stage it looks only fit for the dustbin!). I hand washed it and gave it a 600 spin then I placed it nicely in shape on a towel to dry. This only weighs 8 ozs but is lovely and warm. I believe this yarn is the same as the Lambswool sold at the club but always make sure your tension is correct and you are happy with your tension square before knitting your garment.
|The lambswool cardigan.|
I am sending the instructions for the front band on the Lambswool cardigan.
The neckband was knitted the same but I started on the main tension and reduced the tension by one whole number every 4 rows, i.e. 1st band: T8 knit 4 rows, T7 knit 4 rows, T10 knit 1 row, T7 knit 4 rows, T8 knit 4 rows, pick up first row and knit 1 row. WS facing pick up the garment, knit 1 row and cast off behind the sinkers. 2nd band: T6 knit 4 rows, T5 knit 4 rows, T10 knit 1 row, T5 knit 4 rows, T6 knit 4 rows, pick up first row and knit 1 row. WS facing pick up fold row of first band, knit 1 row and cast off behind the sinkers.
I’ve also been doing a bit of crocheting whilst watching telly at night time. I found these slippers on YouTube. I asked for easy crocheted slippers and it came up with several. I thoroughly enjoyed making them and they can go in the Mapperley charity basket.
I found a sealed pack of 10 balls of Wendy Frizzante - 'sealed' was good, it meant they were 10 full balls - complete with a pattern for a waterfall-style cardigan.
I'd never knitted an 'eyelash' yarn before, so decided one new thing at a time, and I'd follow the pattern. Problem was, the pattern came in three sizes, I needed the largest, and it took 11 balls. I couldn't get any more anywhere, so I had to adapt.
I'm not very tall, so I took a few stitches out of the length (the body is knitted sideways in one piece from right-front to left-front), but I could tell that hadn't saved me enough. So I knitted both sleeves at the same time, from the top down, reversing the shaping - the only way I could be sure they would end up the same length.
Because I knew they'd end up as 3/4 sleeves (at best), I didn't decrease as much down the arms so they stayed a little looser. On balance, I think I prefer it to longer sleeves with this slightly fluffy yarn. It looks OK with a short-sleeve T-shirt and bare lower arms, and I think it will also look OK with a long-sleeved top.
Thursday, 9 April 2020
I have been making dishcloths on my Brother punchcard using the garter carriage. The garter carriage wiring was damaged in an attack of gerbils, Brenda’s Martin has done a great job of repairing it, and it is chugging away merrily again.
It has taken several attempts to make a dishcloth, each one takes about 4hrs for the GC to knit. I think I have finally got a good balance of tension for 2x2ply cotton yarn.
Of course they come off the machine looking and feeling like one thing and when washed the cotton changes density and feel to something else.
Here they are a sample. The pink on the top is the best yet but needs washing.
Happy lockdown to everyone, keep safe and well.
However, it does fit so it is inside away from the weather. That is the largest pane of glass we have so you can understand my concern that it might have been too large for our windows.
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Watched the video a thousand times before I finished. Hopefully we will meet again before we need them.
It’s a good idea to have a virtual knit and natter.
I have actually completed a garment for the first time in years. Unfortunately, it was hand knitted due to its garter stitch borders. I also had to translate the pattern from Danish – I don’t speak Danish but there’s a lot of Danish words in English and there some great websites on the internet. It kept me out of mischief for a good few days.
It was knitted with 3 strands of some nice fluffy pinky-blue French yarn that I got from a car-boot ages ago because I liked the colour.
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Some of you may have seen from Jean's email that she has been knitting baby things as her first great-granddaughter is due in 3 weeks.
The white and pink baby cardigan has a neat cable down the front, and you can see just how little was left on the cone at the end. A close thing!
The hoodie and the cardigan in the photo on the left are machine knitted, and the booties are a hand-knit.
It is hand-knitted from the neck down, in the round; no seams, but still a lot of ends to sew in because of the stripes. This was a special request from my 3-year-old grandson. I'd made his sister a tunic in self-striping yarn from my stash, and he wanted a "stripes jumper" too. I managed to stop him after he'd chosen purple, blue and white (fortunately all acrylic and all double-knitting!). Grandad is modelling it. I took the photo to prove to my grandson that I'd finished it, as every time he spoke to me the question was "Granny, done my jumper yet?" The only images I have of him wearing it are videos.
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
We are also aware that many of our members fall into the 'vulnerable' groups regarding the Corona virus - we are thinking of you.
Monday, 16 March 2020
We are disappointed but understand the reason why. For more information, see Machine Knitting Monthly's post about the cancellation.
Monday, 2 March 2020
- March - Sue Booth is demonstrating 'all things tuck', both on the single bed and the ribber. Sue's talks are always inspirational, and I always learn something useful.
- April - our AGM, where we review our finances (including deciding how we're going to distribute the funds we've raised for charity) vote for the committee members, and decide on some of the things we'd like to do over the coming months. It's a great 'knit and natter' evening, too.
- May - Amy Twigger-Holroyd is coming to give us a talk. Amy is a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, and has published two books: Folk fashion - understanding homemade clothes and Fashion knitwear design. She is a very experienced designer, maker and teaching of knitting, and has done a lot of work around reworking textiles.
Tuesday, 4 February 2020
February saw us back to a more normal meeting, and we had a great external speaker. Erica Thomson came to talk to us about knitting with wire. I don't know about you, but it's not the first material that comes to mind when I think about knitting - and we were all needing reassurance that you wouldn't damage our machines.
It was a very interesting talk, and Erica bought wire and other bits and pieces with her that many of us bought to try out the techniques. The big thing I took away is that you're knitting a flat piece of 'ribbon' over about 4 needles. Any more than that, and you probably *would* risk damaging your machine. You then do a bit of pulling, tugging and 'easing' with a pointed tool (a knitting needle, for example) to get the bit of knitting look exactly as you want it. From then on, the options are braiding, twisting or simply keeping the 'ribbon' flat.
For anyone who is interested in finding out more, visit Erica's website. She has some examples and some patterns.