Friday, January 21, 2011

Holiday Projects

This last holiday I have made a ton of hats. It seemed every time I turned around somebody wanted a hat. I was more than happy to make them. Here are a couple hats I made this holiday season.

I also did make a purse this holiday. I thought it turned out really good for going off the top of my head.

Bond Yarn Mast

A while ago I made a yarn mast for my Bond. It has been very helpful with my center pull yarns.

I took two scrap pieces of wood made sure they were cut to the same size and screwed them with four screws together. I used duck tape wrapped around the wood for less of a slip on the table and it also covered the screws so it would not scratch my table. On the top of the wood, I drilled two holes the size the the wood dowels I got. On the dowels, I screwed in closed hooks. Then I slipped the dowels into the holes in the wood and there it was a complete yarn mast.

I do wax the closed hooks to make it easier for the yarn to move through the hooks. It will change the tension on the yarn and make a tighter stitch. Make sure you make a swatch for each project and adjust the keyplates for the tension you need. I also hold my finger over the slot on the carriage where the yarn slips though so my yarn does not get away.

This is a great way to use the center pull yarns and saves you from pulling the yarn every few stitches to complete a row.

Where I have Been

I have been knitting but not as much lately. I seem to have been real tired and just could not keep up with everything that I had done in the past. I have been feeling better with a few doctor visits and have made sure that I made time for updating my blog. So, look for more posts to come.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ideas and What I have been learning

This last week I have set aside my knitting carriage and went to my key board. Last week there were so many people asking about how to import Knitware into Pattern Maker. Mind you I am not a guru on the subject but knew the basics on how to get what I wanted. Lucky me, I was talking to a woman (Karen)who was extreamly knowledgable about Pattern Maker. I must have changed my instructions 100 times and each time making it easier and more clear. Thanks Karen.

Karen, my Pattern Maker Godess, has schooled me on the finer points of Pattern Maker. Karen seeing a need for a place where the knitting software could be discussed has opened a yahoo group Pattern Maker 4 Knitting (Group now closed) . What is really nice it is not just to talk about Pattern Maker but other software as well. It just makes me think knitting is really getting high tech. This is not my Grandmas knitting.

Over the Christmas holiday, my Father (wonderful man) bought me a yarn winder. This is a wonderful tool. I so hate every other row pulling yarn. This got me to thinking, a yarn mast would be great. I believe this would futher improve my knitting. I don't think that the wire part of a yarn mast will needed but just a solid piece. I went over to the local hardware store (which always worries my husband (insert evil laugh here))and picked up many items. I think I got what is needed to make a yarn mast for my Bond and some things to make the yarn hook to my carriage. I am excited about this project. I get to use my favorite crafting tool duct tape. My husband is not so excited. I have no idea why.

As I was at the hardware store, I found some small plastic saw horses. I picked those up as well. I would like to have a something I can put my Brother KX 350 on when I use it and be able to break it down and put it away. So hubby will be figuring out how to attach a board to it so it does not move. Again he is not excited with this. I just don't know what is wrong with him.

I will soon get back to my knitting just taking a break right now. I was thinking of sewing a few things as well. Joanns has patterns on sale and well I had to pick some up. My daughter has showed interest in sewing. She is growing up to be a crafter. I am so proud.

I will post pictures of my finished mast if it turns out.

Happy Knitting

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Transfer Knitware to Pattern Maker Part 2

For an example I change the pattern piece from Dropped shoulder to Raglan. I used same gauge and number of stitches.

Transfer Knitware to Pattern Maker Part 1

Tranfering a pattern from Knitware ver. 2.50.2 to Pattern Maker standard 4.06 can be done with a few simple steps.