Knitting machines galore since one is never enough, photo tutorials, and knits gone wild

Lace Circular Doily Dish Rag

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This doily was demonstrated at my local knitting machine group last fall. We were having some trouble understanding the vintage handout directions. Here’s a photo tutorial to hopefully make it clearer.
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January 2, 2012   4 Comments

20-Somethings Embracing Knitting Machines

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Whipup.net just highlighted two 20-Something knitters in Australia as they enthusiastically begin embracing all things knitting machine.

We know how great these machines are. It is so encouraging to read on a larger trafficked site that a new generation is feeling the love.

There are so many Studio and Silver Reed and Singer and Knitmaster and Empisal and Toyota and Corona and Juki and White and Superba and Brother and Knitking and Passap and countless other machines languishing unused all over the world.

Here’s hoping a new generation breathes fresh artistic air into our beloved craft.

November 5, 2011   11 Comments

Rick Owens Mock Neck Sweater

New this fall for Barneys New York is a wonderfully crafted, long waisted, Mock Neck Sweater by Rick Owens.
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October 12, 2011   2 Comments

DesignaKnit 8 Exists!

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I spent part of Labor Day catching up on some knitting machine groups and found a lot of posts about DesignaKnit 8.

Yes, you read that right, DAK 8 exists and is currently being beta tested!
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September 5, 2011   6 Comments

DROPS 86-10 Headband With Spider Flower

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Here in the Pacific Northwest we rarely get cold enough for full on winter gear. DROPS free headband pattern is perfect for protecting the ears from bitter winds without messing up your hair too much. Continue reading…

August 17, 2011   3 Comments

Karen Allen Machine Knits With Two Electronic Carriages In Same Sweater

When I first heard about this, I figured someone meant the main carriage and lace carriage in the same garment. Or, maybe the main carriage and the ribber carriage.

Nope.

Karen Allen uses two electronic carriages with many separate strands of cashmere, alternating the carriages to produce a subtle, color blending effect.

Click on over to the segment at MarthaStewart.com to see the process in action.

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January 23, 2011   7 Comments

Alma Mater Socks

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Most of my sock knitting is for my husband. He likes them thick, a tightly knit gauge, and undeniably manly. This means worsted weight wool on 3.25mm (US 3) needles.

A few years ago, the only way I could convince him to wear two tones was if the second color was hidden in his shoe, preferably at the toe. He’s more flexible now.

Alma Mater Socks are great for using up odds and ends of wool. They also give you the chance to try out jogless joins where the stripes change on the upper part of the leg.
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November 16, 2010   2 Comments

If You Have A Brother Electronic Knitting Machine, This Is So Cool

Our machines have happily been hacked to allow a computer, including a Mac, to act as the external floppy drive. You can then use Photoshop or other paint program to make stitch patterns and download them to your machine.

There is a detailed tutorial available if you want to hack too, complete with a photo tutorial on how to make a USB cable to connect your computer to the knitting machine.


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November 7, 2010   11 Comments