Tuesday, July 21, 2020

New Video - Playing with a Sister Wonder Knit Knitting Machine

I saw one of these at our knitting club, and I just had to go find one.  Here's my video:

Wow, when I was a little girl, I'd have been crazy for a toy like this.

Now that some people have seen this video, I'm told that I should take it apart, then clean and oil everything and install a sponge bar. It actually was very clean, but I do want to take it apart.  One lady said that there is probably an old rotten bit of felt inside that I could replace, and then the needles wouldn't flop around.  Maybe when the dust settles from the virtual seminar I'm doing, I'll play with my Sister some more.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Favorite Lace Videos

Today I'm putting the finishing touches on this weekend's seminar session, which is about making lace.  I can't put in half of what I'd like to include, but I want to share videos of some of the other cool techniques.

I've always been crazy about Brother knitting machine lace.  Here are some of my very best YouTube videos about lace:

Slant Lace Circle Scarf:  Let's start with the ridiculously easy slant lace technique!

Did you realize that you can make mirror-image lace on Brother machines, and when you have a design that is asymmetrical, the effect is fantastic?  This one is easy, too!

Now, how about a video showing exactly how to do short-row shaping in lace?

In the next video, I teach exactly how my automatic scalloped lace edging designs work on an electronic Brother machine, and I also teach how you can do something similar with certain Stitch World patterns.  Enchanted Edgings, which is my book of automatic lace edges, are just for Brother and Knitking.  They do not work on Silver Reed/Studio/Knitmaster machines.

You can also do Enchanted Edges on a punch card Brother, but you do have to use the charts for punch cards in the back of the book:

How about a lace ornament made with an unusual, extra holey lace?

And finally, a super cute lace to do on Studio/Silver Reed machines:

Friday, July 10, 2020

Wow - I made a Top 5 Blog List

My little blog is in the top 5 for machine knitting:  https://blog.feedspot.com/machine_knitting_blogs/

This really went to my head.  (Nah, it's marketing.  It's like being in "Who's Who Among High School Students," which gets your parents to buy the book.)

You should see Dear John making fun of me.  First he said, "You mean? There are five?"  Well, I am sure there are a few more than five...I follow quite a few, but most of us don't post often.

I certainly don't have such a good blog now that I haven't had much time to post.  At least I'm getting my monthly video posted. 

I might have picked some different blogs, and I knew some of these, but the best thing about this is I checked out a couple blogs I didn't know about, and they are awesome!

I especially like these:



Thursday, July 9, 2020

New Video - Studio 150 Chunky Overview

I like to film different machines.  I think new knitters can benefit from seeing various machines demonstrated and getting ideas of what they could do, even with a non-patterning machine. 

Here's a nice Studio 150 Chunky with a ribber, and I made a rather long video.  I showed how the built-in Intarsia works, did a little tuck and slip and hand-picked a little fair isle.  Then I did a very brief ribber demo.