Sunday, January 1, 2017

Smocking from Knits for Joy 101 Experiments

I go to Fay Butcher’s Passap club meeting for Duo 80s. and she had a wonderful adaptation of the Silver/Studio SK machines pamphlets 101 Knits for Joy. These pamphlets are all well out of print and so I can cite the source, not me, not my work, I can share the document with you.
Here is a scan of the whole pamphlet, a resource no longer available and I know I certainly haven’t seen a live one of any of the Purls of Joy, never knew they existed.

For smocking on a Passap, here are Fay’s ideas:
Use one end rayon and 2 ends boucle, or similar thin yarn.
Working on the back bed, use the cast on comb on your waste yarn, black strippers and drop the bed when forming the pulled up smoking.
Using the adjustable selector ruler (WMK61) set at 5:1 as there will be five spaces between, pushing up the pushers to identify the correct needles.
Being clever Passap knitters, the rest is easy to follow along with. And here is what I was experimenting with on my SK280 and intarsia AG20 carriage.

The instructions are fairly simple – although I did come unstuck in the beginning. Oops.
Start with waste yarn, ravel thread
6 rows Col 1 (red) and then 4 rows Col 2 (white)
That’s the start only.
Next bit is the repeat:
6 rows Col 1 (red)
2 TWO rows Col 2 (white)
Then pick up the loops on the previous white on needle 2, then 8, 14, 20, 26 and so on –
2 TWO rows Col 2 (white)
6 rows Col 1 (red)
2 TWO rows Col 2 (white)
Then pick up the loops on the previous white on needle 5, then 11, 17, 23, 29 and so on –
2 TWO rows Col 2 (white

I did two ruler’s worth, that’s easiest for me.

I used a thinner red and slightly thicker white. I used the main carriage with the white, T6.1 and the intarsia carriage for the red, T4.1. Starts with 6 R red, 4R white, then begin the repeats 6R red, but only 2 TWO rows white.

Per the Purls of Joy pamphlet, start on the right hand side on needle 2, then every 6th. I used the 7 prong tool to make it easy to mark out every 6th.

I liked the top two white only ones, you might like a different set, but only one loop

Here are the two loops I mean.

Knit two more rows.

Then repeat with start on the RH side on needle 5 then every 6th.

 And here are some using the intaria carriage notes

I moved all the needles out to hold them pushed them back so the latches are near the gate pages, make sure all the latches are open then do the 6 rows of red. It was easier to have the white on the main carriage, however if the fluffy yarn is going to be used, then the intarsia will have to be used and it's a bit more work to set up the needles for the smock threads.

And here's what the other side looks like:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ravellenics 2016

Had another excellent time knitting while the Olympics were on TV. And over at Ravelry, another Ravellenics were underway to celebrate that other sport - Craft, knitting- machine and hand, crochet, loom and that other activity that never appears in the real Olympics - that chance to undo something that has done terribly, horribly wrong - the Frogging event - where it's possible to undo the entire project so it can be made into something else. Now how many athletes at the Olympics wouldn't like a rerun?

So for this year, I did a pair of felted slippers, a pair of socks and two baby blankets. Here are the medals for them:

and Laurels

and we made our own machine medals:

And this year I wanted to punch out some new tuck stitch cards. which doesn't come into any category, but I managed to have five new ones to use.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Trip to Silver Needles, Hamilton, North Is, NZ

My kind of souvenirs.

I bought the Kathleen Kinder book and the two fair isle punchcard packs.

The Seminar notes has contributions from all of the NZ regions, some are revisiting of past notes and some new ideas. The Workshop Notes is what you take into the classes. The tutors got a "Tutor" ribbon and a nice knitted garland to wear. The organisers, judge, and committee etc, all had ribbons so it was easy to see an organiser if there was a problem, for instance.Also in the mix was a lovely hand made Thank You card for the two classes I gave on my felted slippers from MKMOct15..

I had the most wonderful time. I took seven classes along with the two I presented. There was something new to learn in every classes. All tutors are members of NZMKers, The attendees seemed to be interested in my tutorial and the 7-prong Bulky tool was inspected by everyone (so I couldn't use it!!) Both classes.

On the way back to the airport, we stopped at the Merino Story shop in Huntley.  We has mornos overlooking the thermal power station, and had the most wonderful time inspecting all the knitwear therein. We decided we could make most of the stuff and I did actually BUY something (a stuffed sheep for the boyo arriving next December) Found an excellent way to use up some beads on gloves and we went away inspired!!

Next year is in Invercargill - southern end of the South Island - next stop South Pole.  In June. There will be snow. And I'm looking forward to it, well not the cold, but most definitely the company.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Things to do with making knee socks on a Bro Bulky

My brother wants some knee length thick socks. I have a borrowed Bulky KH230+ribber and some 12ply.

Pin Co 56 sts
cuff = 24 rows T6. Relatch
Leg: T5 RC60 -2 ev 4R to 40sts, RC116 → to 224RC
Rotate before 225 BACK to MB. (no hold on ribber)
Heel: wrap down to 6, then back. RC000
Feet: T5 to RC 66
Toe: every: 3rd round x 2; 2nd x 3; 1 x to 8 sts.

First pair I did I handknitted the cuff. I didn't want to have a seam down the back. This was OK, but I thought I'd try to see if I could knit circular and drop down relatch, how hard would that be?

First experiment was to knit them at T3, -2MT, which wasy way too tight, I tried T6, +1MT,  OK, but T5 on the last two pair worked the best.

CSM Working Notes

Bonnet on EON on cylinder.
WY for a couple of rows
TWO weights for Cyl only
AT LEAST THREE weights for ribber.

Bonnet and Buckle placement:
Pinch bonnet so the buckle goes sideways from front to back, in line with where the centre of the heel will go. This makes placement of the centre heel weight so much easier.

Ribber Weighting.
The ribber post interferes with the correct knitting off of all stitches on that side of the machine when the ribber is attached (NOT when using cylinder only), at least three weights is needed on the buckle to force the stitches to be correctly knitted off around the post. And as the buckle is lined up on the edge near the post - make sure it's FIRMLY in place so maximum benefit of the weight if placed, right where it's needed the most.

prefect toe up
8ply EON
"Scotch" heel

** INCOMPLETE** photos for me so I don't forget what worked best and more notes to follow

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Modern Victoria Automatic Knitter (aka CSM)

My friend and I went halvies in a Circular Sock Machine. It has been refurbished and it my turn to have at it. and here it is:

Owen has already made us a "bonnet" which is like a cast on rag.

So this afternoon, youtube and I will be exploring the possibilities... I'll come back later and put in some photos of how it went.

I've had a good much around with it. Tried out a few different experiments. I did try out the toe up version, but. I have to say I kitchener stitch a seam closed faster than I rehang the other side of the toe.

I did pick up one dropped stitch for the practice. it was not moving up the weights. I also did some 4.5 4 and 3.5 stitch sizes on the tube. I also tried putting the needles onto the ribber mechanism. Well that didn't work! so next experiment will be top down.

Photo includes dropped stitches not picked up.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

MKM Oct 15 Article on How I Make Felted Slippers

... has now been published in Machine Knitting Monthly, Oct 2015

Which is very thrilling for me and I'd like to thank my friend Bev for suggesting it and Anne Smith of MKM for publishing.

I hope anyone getting the mag likes the article. Here are my daughter Anthea and her friend April drinking hot chocolate and wearing their slippers.

Working on adding photos and explaining my working notes...

First edit 7 Jan 17.

Anthea’s Bloom Purple + some of April’s pinks 
April’s Murano 47 Pinks and Vine 
Kris’ Vine, Hydrangea and Shoal - that she sent.
Anth and Kris about the same size (Oz size 9 = Ladies Large), (Ash - 4 rows less in foot, Oz size 7 = Med) all widths the same. 
SK155 T6 
SK155 T8 - fair isle upper.
Punched the cards - 12st repeats. - from the Chunky pattern book - Kris’ is from book 4 with the lady in blue with the lace tie.
make the inner sole: Ev 4th row EON alternating slip stitch: 
C026 WY, 1 row MY working short row from the middle 8/12/8. 
K (56) 60 rows 
short rows to 12, take it off ready to graft onto outer sole.
CO 61 (1 for join) T8 - cuff 1:1 EON slip st 4th row once 
knit 2 rows, pick up loops from slip st EON 
T9 - join together 1 row. 
Divide up 13,4,26,4,14 (= +1 for join) 
take off 26 - for front 4 + 4 onto bobby pins put 13-1=13 24 
join inner sole and work short rows out. - joining loops from slip stitches ev 4th row EON. 
change to heel colour short row down to 7/12/7 or 6/14/6 depending on how pointy the toes are. 
Change to under sole colour 
knit (56) 60 rows, picking up both the stitches on bobby pins and the inner sole. (for the first 10 rows). 
short rows to 14 (Anth 12), attach the end of the inner sole, continue graduations back out to 26sts, 
T8 start fair isle, contrast in Feeder B 
join to both sole pieces SAYG to end. 
but leave the opposite end needle in hold and knit both threads manually. 
Graft (kitchener) to cuff. 
secure and weave in ends.