Thursday, 9 April 2020

Veronica - Show & Tell

Veronica tells us of her renewed relationship with her garter carriage. She says:

There is always a silver lining and I’ve been using the confined time to make friends with my knitting machine again. Me and the machine were inseparable in the early 90’s but children, jobs and, that wonderful thing, the man made fleece came along and it was confined to under the bed. It’s been sitting there silently just waiting and now, hurrah, it’s time has come.

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.

Rainbow for the NHS

Helen has sent a rainbow in support of the NHS. She said:

Another one for the picture gallery please. I know it is predominantly kids that are doing the rainbows to show support for the NHS. Didn’t see why we couldn’t partake. It is crochet in 2 strands of 4 ply machine knitting yarn using a 5.5 mm hook. Crochet as a circle and then just folded in half. Should have had cardboard between the layers but as I had originally planned to put it outside as I thought it would be too big for our windows I omitted the cardboard.

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

Norwegian mittens

Strictly speaking, did these before the lockdown, not sure if I brought them to the Club. Knitted in the round on five double pointed needles. This pair of traditional Norwegian mittens are man size. Knitted to free pattern from https://osterdalsbrura.blogspot.com/2018/12/how-to- knit-selbu-mittens.html.
Watched the video a thousand times before I finished. Hopefully we will meet again before we need them.

Sue M. 'Show & Tell'

Sue M. sent the following:

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.

Helen - Show & Tell

Helen sent this in a her contribution to 'Show & Tell'. She said:
Made in 2 strands of 2/30s so it’s very light.   The first thing I have made for myself in a while.


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Jean - Show & Tell

Jean has sent in a few photos for her own 'Show & Tell'.

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.

Congratulations, Jean.


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.

Alison - Show & Tell

I keep meaning to hold on to the jumpers I make to bring them to the Club - the trouble is, I've often given them to the recipients between finishing them and the next meeting. To set the ball rolling with my own "Show & Tell", I offer a jumper made for one of my grandchildren.

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.