Friday, 30 September 2011

A front and sleeve completed

Today since about 3pm I have been knitting away on this jumper almost non stop lol, I have knitted the front and one sleeve so I was quite pleased to make progress because I can't wait to see this jumper all finished. Just a quick question, does anyone think the knit radar is a bit temperamental? or is it me? the only problem I have with it and I don't know if anyone else has the same issue but it tends to give me different directions on the front pattern sheet, compared to what it told me to do on the back, I think the pattern sheets are not very accurate and I do have the scale pushed all the way in and the pattern sheet lined up with both the lines at the top of the paper and the zero on the scale. Does anyone know why sometimes it can give me such a job?
This is what I have knit today anyway.

Talk to you later
Alex

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Slight update on the sweater and my latest acquisition

Yesterday I knitted the back of the Icelandic jumper, I started the front later on this afternoon however I haven't made much progress on it so far as I had been at college for most of the day as well as opening birthday cards and presents, oh yeah today is my birthday, lol. As you can see all I have knitted today is the mock rib and a start on the fair isle pattern.

My mums friends Mother-in-law has recently died (god rest her soul) and while my mums friend and her husband were clearing out her house they found a huge and I mean huge bin bag of all different types if yarns some vintage and some new, in one of the bags of yarn I found a receipt for two balls of yarn that had been bought from little woods and it was dated 06/01/92 so she must of been collecting all this yarn for some time.

I was lucky to acquire this bundle of yarn so I am definitely going to utilise it as soon as I have finished my current project, we asked the lady who gave me all this if she wanted some money for it and she said don't worry about it, I probably would of only given it to the charity shop and I was instantly astonished, the amount this would probably cost if it was to be eBayed. Here is all the yarn and she also gave me all the complex hand knitting patterns that she used years back so they will be interesting to look threw, I almost feel like Susan with this huge yarn stash, it will keep me knitting though, won't it? lol.

Talk to you later
Alex

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Next project started

Yesterday I knitted a tension swatch for the sweater in that blue and beige yarn, I found the punchcard in a book some where and punched it out a while ago probably when I still had the knitmater 700, it was only yesterday I found it in my punchcard stash and decided to use it as I thought it would be a great Christmas sweater as the pattern it's self looks slightly Icelandic in my opinion. I was going to use knitware to knit this jumper but then went against that decision and used the knit radar instead. I have knitted the back so far, what do you think? I hope it doesn't appear too vintage looking or something an old man would ware but I like it anyway, lol.

Talk to you later
Alex

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Finished but what am I like!

I finally have this jumper finished, after what I said in my last post "I hope to get this sweater finished in the next couple of days" famous last words ayyy lol.
I had been sewing it up very slowly because I have been playing around with the knitmaster 360 for most of the week lol, it is wonderful, standard gauge machines are so much more versatile than mid gauge/chunky machines. Here is the sweater anyway.

I have been doing some more lace, I adore that Lc2 lace carriage as it produces wonderful lace without even looking, well always keep an eye out for those odd stitches that decide to jump off the needles, what do you think anyway? I knitted the plain and fashion lace, thanks to Susan's Video I knew I had it all set up correctly so thank you very much for that video Susan it was much appreciated. I wanted to do the motif lace but I don't have the motif punchcard out of the lace card set, mine is messing for some reason.

I had a go at knitting a sock in tuck stitch, it was the first time I knitted a sock in a pattern so I don't know if I was doing it right or not but I think it turned out ok.
I wasn't even going to attempt knitting the heal and toe in tuck stitch because of all the yarn strands across the needles, I just knitted them in plain stocking stitch, I couldn't of done the heal and toe in tuck stitch anyway because when you knit tuck stitch the pattern shows on the purl side so the strands from the short rowing would show on what would be the right side, the purl side, even if I did the heal and toe in stocking stitch it would still show the short row strands on the tuck stitch purl side.
What I did was, I took it off on waste yarn and turned it around so the knit side was facing and then I re hung it and knitted the heal, after knitting the heal I took it off on waste yarn again and flipped it over so the purl side was facing me and then re hung that and carried on with the tuck pattern. I did knit the 1x1 rib with the latch tool - grrrr lol. I won't be making the other sock because I didn't have enough yarn to do so but it is defiantly a warm sock for the winter months especially when it is knitted in double knit which by the way is what thickness of yarn I used for this sock.
I am sorry it is a long post but I have been naughty and havn't been updating you on what I have knit, haha.

Talk to you later
Alex

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Almost finished

I have nearly completed this sweater I have the neckband done it just needs to be sewn down to make the V shape, all the raglan seams are sewn and the sleeve seams are also sewn. I just need to sew up the two side seams and then sew in all the loose ends and it's finished. I will post a picture of the finished jumper.


Talk to you later
Alex

Thursday, 15 September 2011

slip stich sweater update

Sorry it is taking a while but I have been so busy now I am at college, I have managed to get all The four garment pieces knitted and if I didn't say in my last post this is going to be a V neck. When I said I have been quite busy I am fibbing a little, the truth is I was lagging a bit when I first started the jumper because I felt the pattern wasn't showing up to well, I don't know if any of you thought the same?

I was going to use a different punch card but decide that I would just go ahead and carry on with the jumper, so Here is what I have knitted, I am sorry for the bad lighting but I think you can see the pattern a little. I am hoping to have this finished within the next few days so I can start my next project with that beige and navy yarn.

Talk to you later
Alex

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

A tention swatch

I have decided what I am going to make, I am making a raglan V neck sweater in slip stitch, just card number 18 out of the basic set. I have designed the knitware pattern for a 22 inch chest and I am going to make a start on it today, I have the rest of the week off so I should get it done, we hope lol I will post updates as and when they happen.

Talk to you later
Alex

Finished it, but could have been sooner

I was hoping to get this jumper finished by monday but at about 10:30 sunday night I had only got the one sleeve set in and two side seams sewn, and as I had college the following morning I didn't want to carry on sewing it up any later so I turned in and thought I will just carry on with it tommorow.

The next day I got home from college at around 5:45 it was because of those busses lol they take ages sometimes but ahh well, when I got home I wanted to carry on with the sewing but I was just to tired so I had my tea/dinner went on my laptop for a bit and then went to bed. It was only last night when I got home from college that I had the energy to finish it and I did I also washed and dried it before taking the picture so here is the sweater anyway and I think it looks so cute.

This is what I have got left on the cone after knitting the sweater, what do you think? do you reckon there will be enough to knit another sweater in a different tuck pattern or something? if i did make another I might do raglan sleeves, actually slip stitch might be nice also, I might use the knitradar again or I might use knitware not sure yet. I would be happy to listen to any ideas you might have.
Talk to you later
Alex

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Tuck sweater update

I have been knitting away today getting all the pieces for the sweater finished, which I have and I think it will look so cute when it is all sewn up, despite my little argument with the knit radar when I first started this project it has gone really fast, you seam to get the garment knitted so much faster when using a knit radar pattern because you don't have to keep reading a pattern you just watch the garment outline as you knit.
Here they are anyway, I hope I can get the jumper finished before I go to college on Monday but we'll see.



Talk to you later

Alex

Friday, 2 September 2011

It hasn't been that long for goodness sake

I am making progress on the tuck stitch sweater, all I got knitted today was the back Because I had to re knit it as the shaping wasn't the same on the front as it was for the back, I didn't think that I had forgotten how to use a knit radar before starting this sweater but it turns out I was a bit ruff around the edges, when it came to the shaping, I inserted the pattern paper and the scale, set the row dial no problem and knitted up to the armholes, however when I got into the decreases I had forgotten how to read the stitch scale properly hence why I re kitted the back, I pulled out the first back and got out my knit radar instructions to recap when I started reading about the decreases and increases it started to come back to me, I knitted a second back with no problems.

I mean it had only been 2 years since I used the built in kr7 on the knitmaster 700 I didn't think that you could forget something like that, I mean really, the radar isn't complicated!

Anyway after my little lesson of recapping on how to read the stitch scale properly here is the back I knitted today I hope to have the front done tomorrow along with either one or two sleeves completed.

Talk to you later
Alex

Thursday, 1 September 2011

The sponge bar at last

The sponge bar arrived today, I was quite excited so to speak I have had this 360 for four days without knitting on it lol or maybe it was just me being to impatient.
I fitted the new sponge bar straight away and got knitting on it, I tried some tuck stitch and stocking stitch I was going to try slip stitch and fair isle but then I thought let's see if I can get the LC2 lace carriage to work and what do you know it worked straight away I was so pleased, Susan was absolutely correct, she told me that the sponge bar has to be like brand new for the lace carriage to work properly and since I had just fitted a brand new one there was no reason why it shouldn't!

I started off with the normal lace (the knit and transfer lace) and that worked great no miss-patterning what's so ever, I then tried fashion lace (the yarn comes out of the carriage) it started dropping stitches but no miss-patterning so I thought hmmm maybe adding more weight will help, I hung a few more claw weights and tried it again, the fashion lace worked perfectly, so that is a tip for lace carriage owners - you need slightly more weight when using the lace carriage than normal stocking stitch.
Anyway here is the sample, the wholes in the middle are where the fashion lace went wrong just before I fixed the problem so just try and ignore that.

This is a tuck stitch sample I made as well I will be using this tuck pattern and the blue yarn to knit a round neck pullover for my nephew, I am going to use the knit radar so I will knit a tension swatch later and hope fully take the measurements and start on the sweater tomorrow.
I don't yet have a ribber so I am going to do a mock rib which I think will look just as nice.

Talk to you later
Alex