Archive for July, 2014

Christmas In July


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My hubby is home from the hospital so now I can play around. My friend in Maine sent me a cone of sock yarn that is cream in color and you can dye it. She had been talking about dyeing yarn so I asked her about it. I tried it with food coloring but I want to get to the real dyes now. Well, yesterday I looked at an email and their was a message for sock patterns on the circular sock machine. I went to this site

http://www.thespinsister.com/freepatterns.htm

and found this adorable wine bottle cover done on the sock machine. The problem was that I did not have sock yarn in red or green. Oh, I know, I can wind off the small amount of the yarn my friend bought me and dye it!! So last night I was up until 12:30 dyeing the red and green amounts of yarn. Today, it was dry and I knitted this wine bottle cover. I have to tell you a couple of things. First of all I would end the last two rows doubling up stitches and then knit two rows and take off on tail of yarn. Minor detail but it is easier gathering less stitches. Second, you can knit this much, much, much ,faster (lol) on the flat knitting machine but not doing the body of it circular. For machine knitters you can just do the ribbing , go right into the body. Change the colors for the bands and hang the hems  and continue to the end. Then you just have to sew the seam. Granted, I love this without the seam and it is finished when you take it off of the machine. It was so nice of this lady to give this pattern for free. She did all the hard work figuring length of rib and body on the 72 needle cylinder! I just had fun knitting it AND dyeing the yarn! And what are the odds of me having a bag of jingle bells since I have decluttered my knitting room. 🙂

 

My Cat and Mouse Get Along Fine


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Okay, so they aren’t real! I just finished the felted mouse using the machine pattern in one of the Machine Knitting News Inserts. I don’t think he is as cute as my last one. I hand knitted the jacket because I could not figure the instructions for the machine.  Well, I don’t know where my head was at the time but the jacket is knitted sideways and joined at the shoulder. I guess at the time I couldn’t think outside the box. I thought it was starting from the bottom. Duh! Oh and his whiskers are waxed dental floss.

I know I got off track so now back to the vest I started on the passap. 🙂

Sock Machine Water Bottle Sling-Just for the Fun of It


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I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to try a water bottle sling on the sock machine. Sock yarns are so colorful. Diamonte yarn I don’t think comes variegated. I could be wrong. However, if you don’t have a passap to use the other design you can just do ribbing like I did on this one. On the machine you can’t knit circular rib but sewing a seam up side is no big deal. Also, the fit it there because rib tends to pull in to snug up against the bottle.

This is thicker yarn than diamonte but on the sock machine it worked fine. I knitted 78 rows of 1×1 rib. Then I knitted 14 rows plain but should have only done 7 so the bottom would fit without the stockinette going up on the sides. No big deal there. Then I took out every other needle on the sock machine and knitted two rows. Then I took the work off on double pointed needles and did another row of decreases and 2 stockinette rows and took off with bodkin and gathered. Actually, the bottom looks nicer ….but who cares. lol

I did use the passap machine for the strap. I did a cord with 7 needles on the sock machine but I like the flat cord better.

Passap Water Bottle Slings


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I made three more of the water bottle slings for my Etsy store. I decided to do the strap full needle rib instead of circular and it took way less rows to knit. I knitted 300 rows for the strap full needle rib. It lays flat and it is easier to attach to the ribbing. If the handles stretch out, you can always make a knot where the loop is to shorten them. After all, we are not all the same height. :)I do have another laugh for you. I have all of my diamonte yarn in a bin. I reached in, grabbed red and made that first. I took it off the passap and thought “Gee this feels thinner, sort of like a dishrag.” Hmmmm…… looked inside the cone and no writing. Went back to the bin and found that diamonte was written inside another red cone. Knitted that and it is okay. I must have put a red Tepeyac cone in with the diamonte. So I do not recommend a thinner yarn. 🙂

Ooops! My Bad!


If anyone is going to make the water bottle sling, I made a mistake in my directions. I corrected it on the posting. The correction is “You will start out with 1by 1 rib on needle set Up 30L-30R on both beds. I had 30 stitches. Please forgive me if you tried this already.

Passap E6000 Water Bottle Sling


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Well, my husband is back in the hospital again so I have to put the vest that I am making on the passap  on hold. I do have both fronts of it done . I have the back to do and a collar so I did not want to rush it.

Anyway, awhile back I saw this pattern for a water bottle sling and thought how nice it would be since I am always carrying a bottle around. The pattern is by Nell Abshire, The Afghan Queens and it is in Machine Knitters Source  Sept/Oct of 1998 Vol 15, no. 86. This holds a 20 ounce bottle of water.

It is such a shame the picture is not in color in the book because it does not do the pattern justice. It knitted out to be the prettiest honeycomb design.  The pattern calls for Diamonte which I have up the gazoo..lol. I chose a bright pink for breast cancer awareness. This can be made on the DM80 and other machines that have the ability to tuck stitch.

It starts with 60, 30Land 30R on both beds. Set up in one by one rib. Rib for 20 rows tension 3. Transfer all stitches to the front bed . On the E6000 the pattern used is 1000 and technique 130 . You knit 120 rows of design at tension 5 and then two rows plain. Stitches are transferred to the back bed and 14 rows are knitted of stockinette. Then transfer every other stitch to the next needle to decrease to 30 stitches. Knit two rows and decrease again to 15 stitches and knit two rows. Take off on bodkin and gather stitches for the bottom. Sew up the side.

The band is just circular rows on 8 needles(4 on front bed and four on back bed) At tension five you knit circular for 400 rows  which is 800. Nice to have a motor for that. I used tension 4.. for my cord instead of five. Attach the cord and go put a bottle in and go for a walk. 🙂

Now I want to make a ribbed one on my sock machine!