Passap Christmas Gnome


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I was at a craft fair and saw a gnome made with old sweaters. I thought it was so cute. I have tons of swatches and went to work this morning to make my own.

This design was knitted in a circle on the passap  where the design is knitted on the front bed and you get a vertical stripe on the back bed.  This can be opened up and you can see all the floats inside. I was going to do a scarf this way but it was time consuming and I wasn’t sure I liked the stripe on the back for a scarf. It was probably technique 243.

Of course, you don’t have to have this type of swatch to make this little guy. Any machine tension swatch will work.

I just cut pieces for the arms and legs and sewed a tube and turned inside out. I used the front fairisle for the hat and arms and the back side of the fabric for the legs. I sewed a piece for the hat starting wider at the beginning and narrowing it down  to a point.  I turned it inside out. When I folded up the brim I have the stripe from the back side that looks like I ribbed it.

I inserted a pipe cleaner bent in half into the hat to make it so I could bend the shape. I used a styrofoam base and hot glued the red felt to the main part for the body. I hot glued the arms on next. I hot glued the legs to the bottom. I used wool roving for the beard(Thank you Tina!) and just pulled the hat down onto the top of the styrofoam pyramid.( I cut the top point off and shortened the height from the bottom because it was a tall one.) I hot glued the nose on that is just a stuffed piece of stocking.  I added the wreath because it gives stability for sitting.

So what I would do if I make it again? I would use up the  cardboard knitting cones that I have stacked in a corner. lol   It would have been easier. All you would have to do is stuff the ends of the leg up into the tube and hot glue and it will sit nicely. You won’t have bulk on the bottom. I just used felt for the hands and feet and just guessed at the shape. If you don’t have felt for his body, use another tension swatch instead.

So you have plenty of time to do this ladies. Get out your tension swatches that I KNOW all of you make. 🙂

Passap Afghans


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I had a chance to make two more afghans to donate to this school for their craft show. You have seen these patterns before but I  just wanted to show you that I am knitting. :). The top one is really a bright pink and not red

Passap E6000 Afghan Lovely


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Well, I can still knit. lol

A school near me that has a craft bazaar has a raffle table that is run by the students. They sell tickets for items that people make. I donated a number of items I made (sewing….oops) and decided that the afghan lovely might bring in some money for them.
So I have told you I don’t like the room I have my machine in and still haven’t moved it, but I forced myself in there. And when I confronted my E6000 I was scared and felt intimidated!  Hahaha, I told my machine that I was afraid I could not remember anything and I was right.
So at 12:30 a.m. (really good time to start things wouldn’t you say?) I cleared everything out around the machine, got the yarn ready and decided to try to download. I did remember the procedure but I have a switch on my download cable that is on download. Then when the pattern is downloaded I have to switch to knit before putting in the technique and other stuff. Well, the machine screamed error at me! Can you imagine that?
I figured it out and started again. I did remember how to cast on and got everything ready to go in the morning. I even left the laptop and knitting machine on.
After having coffee, I got up my nerve. I had 500 rows knitted in 20 minutes(no motor and my arms will hurt tomorrow 🙂 ). Then the machine screams at me with a 206 error. Oh shoot, don’t know what the error is but it is something I have to deal with….again. So I WROTE DOWN THE ROW ON THE ROW COUNTER. And it is a good thing to do and hope you all do it. Of course, if anyone has made this afghan it is the row where it looks like 10 strands of yarn are on each needle! So I took my time and unraveled the row, reprogrammed and the machine was so mad at me, it sent me back to the wrong row!!!!! My counter said 674 and the machine returned me to row 670. Oh no , now what do I do? I know I only ripped out one row and it should have gone to 672. So I left the G/X buttons on and knitted two rows to 672 and then set the locks to KX/N. I hung a marker thread on the end of the row to see if I had to start again. And of course, I had to knit about 50 rows so I could see where it happened. In the picture you can see a string in the lower right on the edge. That is the row and it is perfect. So I think it was just the machine trying to fool this old lady for ignoring her for so long.

Now going to make another in a heather green color before my luck runs out.

Passap Knitted Pumpkin


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Wow, it has almost been a year since I posted anything. I have not been knitting because my machine is in a room that is not bright or large. I was contemplating getting rid of my machines but I think I will move the passap to a larger lighter room and see what transpires.

Anyway, I was looking at a quilting sight and in the picture was a knitted pumpkin and I thought it was cute.  It isn’t the traditional orange one. I decided to just do a small one and see what it would look like. I knew the passap machine had a similar pattern built in.  So I sat down at the passap and knitted a square and gathered it at the top and bottom. Then I took jute and used it to make the veins. I have papier-mache in the house so I made my own stem. Then I hot glued the stem onto the top of the pumpkin. Of course, now that I look at the original, I should have done two rows of jute for the veins and really tightened the tension up. Oh well it was just an experiment.

knitted pumpkin in tweed design

Here is the picture that I saw.

On the passap I used the pattern 1301 on page 63 and I used technique 183. I only used 60 needles and knitted about 100 rows. I used tension 5/5 but if you want to make one lower the tension so the stitches don’t separate while stuffing it. I think if I had made mine larger it might look similar to this one.

Now, it is not a good idea to stay away from this machine because everything you learn goes out the window. LOL. I wanted to cast on single bed so there would not be a lot of material to gather. I managed to cast on single bed and went into double bed work.  At the end I transferred all the back stitches to the front bed, knitted a row and then transferred every other stitch to the next needle. I knitted a row and did the same and then took the remaining stitches off on a bodkin. When I took the work off the machine I had open back bed stitches where I had cast on(tee hee) and gone from single bed to double bed! I was lucky and just took a needle with a piece of yarn and gathered all of them.

This would be the easiest to do on my Brother machine. I would do a weaving cast on and then start the fairisle design . I would end with one row knitted plain and then transfer stitches and then gather. You can make this pumpkin on any machine. It is just knitting a square or rectangle depending on how large you want the pumpkin.

Of course, you could get creative and knit a five by five rib in a solid color and it would probably look just as cute.

Machine Knitted Comfort Doll


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fullsizeoutput_879My friend Patty called me and told me about an idea she had to present to her knitting guild. It was her turn to do a demo and she came up with the idea of asking her club to make a collection of Comfort dolls to donate. How could anyone not like this idea!! Here is what she writes in her pattern.

“For those of you interested in knitting comfort dolls, they are great projects for using up yarn cone ends. I am going to donate them to our local police or deputy sheriffs.
Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs can carry them in their vehicles because
they’re very comforting to children who have just been through a traffic accident or whose parent has been taken into custody for various reasons and the child is waiting for Child Protective Services or other family members to arrive. However, they could also be a great asset to many other facilities such as hospitals, EMT’s, and Children Services.
There are many occasions when being able to hold a soft, loveable doll will bring a child great comfort.”

I went through my patterns and found one by Marty Godlewski. I made the girl and boy and they did take some time to do. The fair-isle slowed me up since I entered the pattern into my machine. The way the feet are done is also time consuming. You take all of the stitches off the machine, turn with a garter bar and then put the middle half of the stitches back on the machine and then hang half of each back set of stitches onto the front stitches and then bind off.  In the meantime, I had also made a Santa doll on my sock machine. When I got together with Patty, we discussed the pros and cons of the patterns. Patty wrote a pattern and it is knitted much quicker and just as cute. After all, she said ,it is your own doll and they all take on a character of their own.  She has all kinds of suggestions so you are not in your knitting room for hours working on one doll. She suggests self striping yarns, hand manipulated stitches, fine lace, stripes , just plain stockinette and the list goes on. It will take you no time at all to knit the body. She is willing to share her pattern if anyone is interested in doing this in your knitting guild or if you just want to make one for a grandchild or as a gift with an afghan. Just email me if you would like her pattern. Great idea Patty!!!  I hope other knitting guilds jump on board with the idea. And the guild does not have to be a machine knitting guild. Hand knitters can easily knit this rectangle .

 

Machine Knitted Christmas Ball Cover


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Hi, it has been awhile . I have been busy doing lots of different things. Recently I watched a  video on how to make this Christmas ball cover on a sock machine. It looked like it would be fun and easy to do and it was. I first tried sock yarn to get my tension and then I tried white diamonte yarn by Tamm. When I finished , I thought, this can be done on the knitting machine as well. So off to my 940 Brother and yep, you can make it. The only difference between the two is that there will be a seam up the back of the machine knitted one. The bottom picture shows the one made on the sock machine and under it, is the one made on the knitting machine.

Can you tell which one was knitted on the knitting machine and which is on the sock machine? The ball with the four rows of tucked stitches is the one I made on the knitting machine. (the one on the right)I can’t count because I was supposed to make five of the tuck rows. But it stretches and it fits and that is all that counts.

If you want to try it, here is how it was done.

Set up 72 stitches and then push every other needle out of work. You will be working on 36 needles. Do a weaving cast on to start. This way the stitches can be gathered at the top. Knit 7 rows of stockinette. *Pull every other needle out to hold and set the machine to hold. Knit 3 rows. Cancel hold and knit one row.** Repeat from * to **four more times. Then knit 7 rows . Leave a tail and with double eyed bodkin, take stitches off and these will be gathered also after sewing up the seam. I used tension 4 for Diamonte yarn.  I did have a couple of stitches not knit off after tucking the 3 rows. If this happens, you can knit the stitches back by hand on that row. If you drop the stitch it is hard to try to correct.

I also made a cover in the yarn flash and it is pretty but I don’t have the right color ball to put it over. On the white ones, a little bit of green glitter sprinkled on it might be pretty also.

Red Heart Scrubby on the Standard Machine


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My friend Patty gave me a scrubby (purple one) she made following Diane Sullivan’s video and using Red Heart scrubby sparkle yarn on a mid gauge machine. I love these scrubbys the best. I bought one at a craft show last year and they are my favorite. They are light, wash well in the washing machine and hold up in the dryer. And you don’t even have to put them in the dryer. Let them air dry.

Well, I don’t have a mid gauge machine so I bought some yarn and decided to try one. I used every needle on the Brother standard machine and it was too tight. Then I tried the Brother Bulky and it was too large. Then I tried every other needle and tension 8(her tension in video) on my standard machine and it would not go into a circle when I finished. I finally turned the tension up to the highest position and the mast tension to the loosest setting and it came out very close in size and weight.

Here is what I did .
Red Heart Scrubby made on the standard machine

Set tension dial at 10 and your mast tension the loosest setting (all the way to the negative sign)

Set up every other needle from 41 left to 40 right.

Push back to non working position every other needle. You will have 3 non working needles between each working needle. Put yarn in and knit one row to the left. Hang comb. Bring into work the middle needle from the NON WORKING needles. Your set up will now be every other needle. Knit across row. This is a weaving cast on so you can gather the stitches when finished.

Knit 30  rows . Carriage on the right. Cut yarn and take work off on a bodkin and gather stitches.
I was able to make six scrubbys from one ball of yarn. I paid $2.50 at Joannes for the yarn . It was $5.00 but I had a 50% coupon. So the cost was 42 cents a scrubby.
Suggestion: When you start and finish, do not leave a long tail of yarn because it gets longer when you gather stitches. Only leave about a six inch tail . It will then be long enough to sew up the side. I only had about 12 inches of yarn left after my last scrubby but I did some of them at 32 rows and some at 30 rows.

Watch Diane Sullivan’s video on how to make a scrubby on the mid gauge machine for more detail.

Oh, on a funny note, the power went off so I decided to knit since I could not run the sewing machine. I finished all six of the scrubbys and walked into the kitchen and the power came back on. Do you think it was an omen for me to get back to knitting? lol I am glad it brought me back since all I have been doing is sewing.

Here is my latest sewing/quilted Christmas wall hanging.

I will be knitting again since I saw a cute poncho I would wear in one of Charlene Schaeffer’s knitting books.

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Passap Afghan by Michael Becker


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Oh my gosh, can you stand it? Hearing from me twice in one week? Oh my gosh, thank you to everyone that emailed me and welcomed me back. Good to hear from all of you and that you are all still knitting. Unfortunately, I have turned to quilting and my second block of the month arrived yesterday so I will be going off the grid again. lol

Well, I had to hurry and knit another afghan so you could see my favorite clematis vine in bloom. Just kidding. This is another Michael Becker afghan called Onion. It is in dark brown and beige . It is another fantasy fairisle technique 186. Funny thing is that I don’t like this technique. The afghans come out large but are too prone to snagging. Not good with a cat or a dog in the house. I do like how they look on the back .

I have to tell you that I mostly learn from trial and error. If I would go read a lot on the yahoo groups I could probably save myself a lot of time. In Michael Becker’s instructions he tells you to break the Carmen router rule and put one back bed pusher up on the back bed so you don’t drop a stitch. On my afghan mist I had the right end stitch on the front bed and the edge came out nicely. So in making this one I put both end stitches on the back bed and did not like the edge on the right. So I changed it to the end needle on the right side on the front bed and the back bed needle on the end for the left side. I like how it came out. So, you might want to experiment ….or not. I am sure when giving these afghans away, most people would not notice.

I used two strands of 2/24 tension 5/5. When setting up the needles I programmed left 87 and right 88 and it came out centered. I always forget which side to put the extra needle on when there is an odd number of stitches. But then that is why I cast on and then do the set up with gx /gx to check. I should do it before I cast on but that would be too easy. 🙂

Passap Afghan by Michael Becker


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My, it’s been such a long time since I have knitted on any of my machines. Since it  has been so hot I am staying inside. I decided to see if I hooked everything up right after moving my machine to another room and if I  remembered how to knit on the passap . lol

I have moved all my machines out of my knitting room and it is now a sewing room. My 940 and bulky are in another bedroom but set up so that I can knit. My passap is set up in a room by itself but that is the smallest of all the rooms. It has a wood floor. My passap has cardboard under the wheels so the floor does not get scratched. There is one window up high 😦 and my machine faces a wall. 😦  For this reason it is not fun knitting in there. To top it off, the machine was moving and I was sliding off my knitting stool as it moved back away from me. Also, it is the only room in the house without an overhead fan but when the air is on it is VERY NICE. That is about the only good thing about where the machine is.

I have another afghan set up to start and I think I will only knit about 250 rows and take a break. I was so used to sitting and looking out two windows and watching the birds when I needed a break. I miss that.

I have gotten into quilting and had a break between a block of the month quilt so I gave this afghan a try. My friend Patty made this afghan and sent me a picture of it and I loved it. Now to make you laugh, I have the pattern and never saw it in the book , or if I did , it did not strike me as something I wanted to do. This is from Michael Becker’s Passap Instant Afghans Book 3.  It is called Mist. I made mine in  hunter green and cream. I used 2 strands of 2/24 at tension 5. I used the fantasy fair-isle technique .

I am going to make afghans to donate to the high school in Mentor where I live. Every year they have a craft bazaar and they sell raffle tickets to raise money.

Passap Double Jacquard Diagonal Hearts Baby Blanket


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Okay, after I finished the little stroller blanket I remembered another pattern I had that had hearts in it. It was a pattern that was on a reader sheet that was with my machine when  I bought it so I don’t  know who the author was. Anyway , I took the blocks and made them larger and then arranged in the same configuration as the stroller blanket. I love it even more….or maybe it’s the color. lol I think it would be pretty in aqua and also one in yellow. Don’t know if I would do in blue for a boy but maybe change the design in the blocks. Maybe a teddy bear or a train.

The blocks are larger and so is the blanket. The finished measurement of this one is 29 inches in width and 30 inches in length. Feel free to make this even larger  if you want. I put this pattern file in the same folder as the stroller blanket and a small written pdf file telling you to cast on 156 stitches and 142 rows(568 knitted rows). I also put in a bmp, png and tif file. Check the design on the tif file since my computer said something about the file being larger the way I converted it.

I was in a hurry to get a good picture in the daylight so you can see I have waste yarn at the top and there is a strand of yarn across the left front . lol

Here are the directions and files in my drop box. The files are called Double Jacquard diagonal hearts blanket

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4p18eqxjw9fl2ab/AACGHkqu50ClSlNr_uoIq1Yja?dl=0

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