Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hat #2

Better, not perfect. This was knit using T10, 140 stitches and 220 rows. I like the longer brim for our frigid winters so I'll use 250 rows for these. The narrower width provided a better fit. This one took 2 hours. The yarn was a pip to work with. It knotted and tangled something awful, but this is the end of it.  Finishing still took longer than it did to knit, but better. Now on to #3.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Result #1

Ill fated first tries:

The swatch. I thought I had one that was flat. You can see from this pic why you can't measure on the machine. The white bar and clips at the bottom are weights. Also see how the sides curl:

The first result:

         It fits, but it's a little too big. With the next one, I'll go down a size. Knitting a hat this way may be quicker, but not quick. I can crochet a hat in just about an hour. It takes me 3 -4 hours to knit a hat, but I'm a slow knitter.  This took about 3 hours, but it's the first one in a while. It's not so much the knitting, but it's the finishing. With a hand knit hat, once I'm finished, I weave a couple of ends and that's it. Here, I knit flat panels which need to be seamed. When I knit the original hats, I did the mattress stitch. This one I seamed on the machine. It leaves a visible seam, but it's wearable and will be warm. I've got enough yarn for two more and they will go in the charity basket.



Friday, August 31, 2018

Sock No More

I hate knitting socks. It's really ironic as knitting socks is what brought me back to knitting. I saw a woman knitting two socks at one time and I thought, "I can do this". And I can, but I hate it. My first pair of socks: Diamante by Deb Barnhill, available on Ravelry. Two at a time, toe up.


My second pair, no pattern Two by two rib, Sweet Tomato heel:

My third pair. I knit these to prove, I really hated knitting socks.

A glutton for punishment.  Tracy of the Grocery Girls podcast knit these and I fell hard. My sister liked them too, and asked for a pair. I knew I would never knit them again and gave them to her without a second thought. Fair Isle Flower socks:

Friends kept telling to try another pair, surely I'd get over my antipathy. I knit these for Harold. Nope, antipathy still intact.

But idiot that I am, I thought I'd knit a pair for my daughter. I hate everything about these socks. I've come to admit, I'm never going to finish them. But for some reason, I can't bring myself to frog them.

I have several sock knitting books and my Ravelry library has loads of sock patterns. They are destined to remain unknit forever. Life's too short to knit what you hate.



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Adventures in Machine Knitting

Several years ago, I bought 2 knitting machines with the idea that I could use them to knit my stash quicker. Wrong. There is a huge learning curve with machines and I am not the most patient person anyone knows. Knitting machines are geared to the weight of yarn. And while there is some wiggle room, my machines are standard machines and they use fingering weight yarns best. A lot of my stash is worsted. I played with them some made a couple of hats. Anything more complicated was beyond me. l then tried to ignore them. Classes are not readily available and few people machine knit, but that is changing.

For several years I played around with the idea of putting a she shed or a used RV in the yard and moving all my various crafts out there.  Realization set in when the estimates came in. One of the bloggers I read, wrote about having a second craft room in her home.  I have empty bedrooms, It made no sense to put another room outside when I had empties inside. The Yarn Cozy was born. I took the smallest room and moved all yarn and related items into in.One of those was this knitting machine.  I swear, that machine mocked me each time I came into the room. It just sat there and smirked.

Another blogger wrote about her machines and I thought, it's time. I took a deep breath, and started again. The first attempts did not go well. I thought I would try a towel,but the cotton I used is not appropriate for this machine. Also, the samples indicated that I needed to change a couple of needles. I have extras, so no problem.

The next step was to knit a swatch. In machine knitting, swatches are not optional. There is no way to get an accurate measurement once you start knitting.  I decided to do this the right way. I swatched, got my numbers and pulled out Ann Budd's book, "The knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. Stay tuned for the result.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman of 'Sewing With Nancy' dies at 64 after battle with cancer

Nancy Zieman, longtime host of Wisconsin Public Television's "Sewing With Nancy," died Tuesday at her home in Beaver Dam after a long battle with cancer. She was 64. 
According to Wisconsin Public Television, "Sewing With Nancy" was the longest-running sewing series on TV, going on the air in 1982. Hundreds of hours of episodes are still available online at 
Zieman also was the founder of Nancy's Notions, a business that sold sewing books, DVDs, fabrics and more, and she helped develop Quilt Expo, an annual Madison event that drew more than 20,000 people. 
"Nancy was an entrepreneur, a talented television host, a dear friend to so many people at Wisconsin Public Television and a true Wisconsin treasure," Jon Miskowski, Wisconsin Public Television's director of television, said in a statement.
Zieman announced she was retiring in September, more than two years after she was diagnosed with osteoscaroma, a form of bone cancer. She continued doing the show, with help, for more than two years after the initial diagnosis.  
According to her retirement message on the Wisconsin Public Television website, the last episode she recorded was called "I Sew for Fun." 
Zieman is survived by her husband, Richard, their two sons, Ted and Tom, and her grandchildren. A private funeral service will be held.

Melodye's Needle Notes