Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Perfect Mitered Neckband

I have done this many times when I make V-Neck Pullover Vests for myself.  My reason for wearing  knitted vests is a result of our mild winters here in Las Vegas, it's perfect!

Take a look at Diana Sullivan's clear and precise video tutorial on how to achieve a nice looking and neat mitered neckband.

I like to have a nice garter row along the neck opening, here is how.  I knit the neck band off the garment then attach.  Take the sweater against the machine and decide how many needles you will use.  On the same number of needles, start with a at least 10 rows of waste yarn and one row of ravel cord. Knit the neckband as in Diana's video.  Pick up the first row of stitches above the ravel cord and hang on needles, knit one row at garment tension, remove on waste yarn (or remove on garter bar).

Hang the garment on the same number of needles with public side facing you and push behind the latches.  Next, hang the neckband in the hooks of the needles with garter row facing the garment.  Pull the neckband stitches through the garment stitches.  Pull all needles out to hold and with neckband yarn knit one very loose row.  Chain cast off.

This creates a nice finish with a garter row in-between the garment neckline and neckband.

Monday, October 2, 2017

I'm Okay...

To those of of you who had reached out to me today, I am fine and thank you.

Horrific thing that happened here in Las Vegas last evening, the entire Las Vegas valley is trying to come to grips with this.

I was so relieved to hear all of our 620 employees are fine as are their families.  My prayers and sympathy to those that are not as fortunate.

To give my mind a rest and do something I find comforting I am heading to the studio to make something...

May you all be safe, always.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Do You Have A Mid-Gauge Knitting Machine?

Take a look at Diana's new book and DVD set - "Mid-Gauge Mastery."  Looks like another masterpiece!

She created a progressive project book along with two DVD's packed with great information.  Baby blankets, shawl, scarf, kitchen scrubbie's, baby sets, mittens, socks, ear flap hats and etc.

Diana's courses are fantastic for beginners and seasoned machine knitters.  Machine knitters can always learn from other knitters even if just the way "others do things."  The cost is nominal at $25!

Just click  - Diana's Mid-Gauge Mastery

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Joining Yarn

There are many times as we knit a manufactures knot is buried deep in a cone of yarn and only discovered as you are knitting along (usually in the middle of a row).  If I am knitting stockinette stitch I can easily rip back stitches to the end of a row, and start the yarn after the knot.

If knitting a stitch pattern or in the middle of some short row shaping it can be a bit messy to get back to the beginning of a row and maintain the integrity of the pattern or short rows.  This is when I turn to the "Russian Join" method.

This is a strong join and when knit is usually never visible without tails to weave in, it slips right through the machine smoothly.  Simply cut out the knot and create the join as shown in the video below.  This is also very helpful with yarn broken during repurposing or winding mishaps.

Take a look, you will like this as much as I do!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Great Whitening Info


Yes I am still here and still knitting.  Have been so very busy in all aspects of normal life.  Hoping you are all doing well too.  I have been teaching locally here in Las Vegas and just received another request from a new machine knitter for some starter classes.  It's great to meet enthusiastic and eager knitters and see them get on their way.  Last year I was invited to teach at several seminars, it was unfortunate I could not make it, hoping the organizers didn't get annoyed with my having to cancel.  It's so hard to commit so far in advance especially when things pop up work wise which prevented me from being away.

I do get quite a bit of questions and comments sent via the blog to my email.  When a reader asks  questions via a reply to a post it is very difficult for the blogger to answer and when we do the answers are buried in the comments under the blog entry.

Better to email me direct, just click on the button on the right side of the blog.

I have recently been asked (many times) about how I whiten the yellow plastic and received this information from Mandy in New Zealand today:

This process is a chemical reaction rather than just a bleach, and thus the UV rays are an important part of the process. It is so that the Bromine that leeches out of the plastic and settles on the outer layers, yellowing the plastic is catalysed to the H202. I did this with a Singer 323's carriage that was so damaged by sun exposure that the whole machine was yellowed to brown! You could even see a brown liquid come off the plastic after the process was done. I found the 40Vol (12% H2O2) at my local pharmacy. I also used a UV lamp at night (as it has been winter here in New Zealand) in conjunction with the sunlight to speed the process up a bit. 

Mandy is correct the UV light is important in removing yellow from the plastic.  I have also tried only using 40 vol creme peroxide (found in a beauty supply) and have had excellent results.  It works a bit slower than the more involved formula I have posted.  You simply coat the plastic (liberally) with the creme peroxide then wrap it in plastic (clear) so it does not dry and place in the sun.

A note off topic, I just completed a gift of 2 pairs of black socks using a solid black wool sock yarn.  I was quickly reminded why I do not favor knitting with any black yarn.  I need a spot light or bright daylight when working with black.

Have you checked out the Butterfly Stitch Diana demonstrated this month?

Diana's August Video

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

The knitting is done and in the hands of those you love, time to relax and celebrate.

Wishing you peace, warmth, and love.

Merry Christmas

Friday, September 23, 2016

A New Machine Knitting Book!

Great news!  Mary Anne Oger has just published a new book for machine knitters, "The Handbook for Manual Machine Knitters" (120 pages!).  Mary Anne is a great teacher and wonderful machine knitter, such talent.  When she was working on her "Manfriend Hoodie" last year she asked me to test knit for her.  I love to test knit so I jumped at the chance.  Since, I have knit several of the hoodies not only because it's a great design and technique but it's a perfect winter thing for me here in Las Vegas.  Ok I am getting off the subject...

You can run over to Amazon.com and pick one for yourself (mine is arriving tomorrow) it's only $29.95 and if you are a Prime member free shipping!  Details on Mary Anne and her book can be found at Amazon by clicking on the link below it will take you directly there: 

Click here: The Handbook for Manual Machine Knitters 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Check Out This Beautiful & Easy Buttonhole

My buddy Diana has just posted her August video.  The video is clear and very up close.  This is an easy and beautiful buttonhole we need to keep in our arsenal and use over and over.

Take look:


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Diana's Twist On Intarsia Cables

Diana Sullivan's July Video of The Month - Intarsia Cables!  Nicely done Diana.

If you have not done intarsia knitting you should.  Diana's video shows you the basics from start to finish even if you do not knit the cable.

Many of the Brother machines have an intarsia slide button on the main carriage which eliminates the Intarsia Carriage and tension differences.

Take a look then give it a try, you will be surprised at how easy it is and the design possibilities are endless.  Pay close attention how to cross the yarns on each row as you do not want holes, ever.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thumbs Up To...Feel Good Yarn Company & Silverpsun!

Month and months ago Laurie Gonyea Founder of Feel Good Yarn Company sent me a skein of sock yarn.  The yarn is "Silverspun" and I promised to make a a pair of machine knit socks (no other  she was aware of had used this yarn on a knitting machine).  Silverspun is available in sport and sock (fingering) weight.

The unique thing about her yarn is it contains silver.  If you are knitting mittens or gloves the wearer will still be able use phones and tablets with having to remove them.  There are also claims by others (not Feel Good Yarn Company) stating the silver helps with arthritis, good for diabetics and etc.

As soon as I received the yarn I ran to wind the skein into a center pull ball...maybe I should have taken my time.  As I was doing two things at once I did not pay attention to the yarn swift and ended up with a tangled mess.  So, as we often do, I decided to put the yarn in a cabinet drawer in my studio to untangle another day.  There is sat for months!  Only the other day when looking for a yarn (mind you I have hundreds of cones and skeins) I opened up the drawer and there it was.  No time like the present...I sat down, took my time to untangle and wind.  Ran to my studio and started the socks.

A fingering weight yarn that knits up at 27-32 stitches per 4 inches using US 1-3 (2.25-3.25mm) needles. 87g/400 yards per skein. Knitting machine suggested T5 to T8. 400 yds, 87% combed cotton / 5% silver / 5% nylon / 3% spandex

Wow, this yarn is a dream to knit, with a hand just like cashmere.  My standard gauge machine loved it too!  It was smooth and easy to knit.  The socks have a bit of stretch which is wonderful, feel great on the feet, fit perfectly and wash beautifully.  I used my normal (for socks) tension also did not adjust my usual number of stitches and rows.

The yarn is not a bargain yarn but if you want to invest in a wonderful yarn then visit: Feel Good Yarn Company!

You can also watch Laurie's video and read their story here: Laurie Gonyea & Company Story