Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Seam planning

When you knit a patterned garment it's a good idea to think how the seam might look when sewn... On this occasion my lack of thought only adds to the amusement - so my second happy knitting mistake in two days has worked out well. < crying with laughter> I know the recipient will appreciate this in good humour!

A few recent hats I've knitted...

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Spiderman Hat Punchcard Design.

I had an idea to make a Spiderman hat, but couldn't find a punch card design already made, so I did a web search for a spider man knitting chart and found something I thought I could adapt to my needs here: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/johanna-asgrims
This is my version made for 24 stitch repeat:

I was part way through knitting, feeling happy that everything was going so well, the colours were vibrant, the design was pleasing, and than I realised... The punch card had been put into the machine upside down! Arrggh!
Well, I had started - so feeling determined, I would finish and assess the situation once the work was off the machine.

I was surprised to see it actually looked alright. More than alright. I actually preferred the design inverted once I had seen it.  That was a surprise!
I'm very happy with the finished hat now.

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!