Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Minecraft Party?

Vogue Knitting posted this photo to their FB page along with a story that a farmer near Bathgate in Scotland was dyeing his sheep to entertain passing motorists. I'm not sure if the story has any truth to it or if this was a late April Fools prank but the photo is delightful and worth a share here anyway.

Happy Easter Folks!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Against the odds.

Today - against the odds, I have managed to complete two hats in time for the twins birthday tea party this afternoon. The twins are friends of Rowanne - aged 10. One twin is in penguins class and the other in polar bears class at school. Here are the hats I made them - modelled by Lily and Rowanne.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Zoom lolly punchcard design

I've been working on this zoom lolly punchcard design. I'm not sure if it will work on a hat but that's where I will be trying it first!

I added strips of correction tape within the lolly design to reduce the size of the floats at the rear of the knitting, as well as adding a little definition to the design. Obviously I'll be changing colours during knitting too.

I think the lolly will work best as a single motif rather than fair isle - unless I'm knitting a really large jumper and want a big fair isle design in keeping with the scale of the garment!

Writing and designs go into the machine in mirror image as to how they appear on the knitted fabric.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Punchcard making injury

So I've been making a few new cards for the machine to try out different designs. Enough cards that my fingers are now blistered!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Single motif knitting

Today I put my Lilyhammer inspired punchcard to use and knitted a hat using the single motif process for part of the design.
I was pleased with the knitted result however it doesn't fit well on a hat design due to the gathering at the crown of the hat not displaying the motif to its best viewpoint.
Single motif knitting is a little time consuming compared to overall fair isle knitting but it's useful to know and also still faster than intarsia knitting or hand knitting!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Lilyhammer inspiration

Another punchcard - designed by me this took a bit longer than the dragon earlier today. I had to figure out the lettering and how best to place it within the restriction of a 24st repeat punchcard. I hope it looks as good knitted as it does on the punchcard.
I <3 NY norsk

I just punched a dragon!

A good hours work for me. Copying and punching out this fabulous dragon from the book "Machine Knits for Little Rascals book 2 by Doreen Nelson" ready for my machine.

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