Holiday season is here! It's a busy time for knitting, spinning, embroidery...
- Hello everyone, hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Some are
already celebrating Kwanzaa and Hannukah and Christmas & New Year's
Day is right around the corner. I'm a little behind on updates, but I
would like to share what two of our readers have been up to lately.
Roxanne S. wrote and shared this story about felting with her son:
"Hello to all my fiber loving friends and anyone else who might
appreciate the time and effort put into this project. Eli and I made
a felt snake from his favorite sheep, Snowy. He helped skirt the
fleece, wash the wool, pick it and lay it out to felt it. He also
dyed the wool that we used for stripes with natural dyes. Then he
helped work the felt with his hands, his feet, and anything else I
would let him use. We wrapped it in sheets and put it in the washer
to work it some more. Then we cut it open and took the plastic
pattern out and stuffed it. Mom did some needle felting to patch a
few spots and then washed it again. It could still use some more "mom
work" time to fix a few things, but we are pretty happy with it and
proud of it! It measures over 6 feet long!"
Nancyrose shared this: Hi, I'm new to the forum, and was invited to
join after inquiring about finding a copy of the manual for the Silver
Ribber Attachment that goes with my antique Studio SK-303 knitting
machine. I have knitted a hat on the machine, using one of the stitch
patterns that came with the machine in two little packets of cards
that show pictures of swatches, and which knobs, buttons, levers, etc. to
manipulate to obtain the stitch pattern. I've knitted a few of the
swatches, and it knits nicely with sport weight yarns, but jambs up
using worsted weight, even when cast on EON. So I'll be knitting
with the lighter guage yarns. The bed to the machine is standard
guage 200 needle. Here's a photo of my hat that I knitted on it
using one of the patterns.
This machine doesn't use any punch cards or electronics, or any
intarsia or lace carriages that I know of. I'd like to do a real
project like sweaters now. Are there any books or patterns that
would pertain to my antique knitter? I don't know where to start."
Does anyone have suggestions? Send them in and I will share them in
the next post. In the meantime, I will suggest these:
"My First Pattern Book," by Charlene Shafer, $15.00 +s/h. Patterns for
nice items suitable for any beginner to intermediate knitter. Don't
let the title fool you! We've heard from many knowledgeable knitters
who like this book and find it very useful, too. This is a great book
for knitters who have a machine that doesn't do punchcard or
electronic patterning. Charlene describes the book this way: This book
is designed to cover the built in features of the knitting machine as
well as teach basic techniques through the use of patterns.
Features of the machine to be covered is fairisle, tuck, slip,
lace, weaving, and knitting every other needle with heavier yarns.
Ribbed cuffs will also be used. Beginners as well as accomplished
knitters will enjoy the patterns in this book.
Many of the basic techniques are in your manuals. Be sure to
read them. Many have good illustrations.
Remember that knitting is not rocket science. There is room
for variation, interpretation and personal preference. Just because I
use one method, it is not the only method to be used. Try my way; try
someone else's way. Now come up with your own way. If it works for
you, it must be right.
Techniques to be acquired are casting on, binding off, short
rowing, straight line shaping, latching panels, single motif etc.
There are four lessons to acquire these basic skills. Knitting
a stocking hat, a scarf, a Christmas Stocking, and a child's sweater.
Other patterns also included are slippers, place mats, mittens, baby
sweater, E-Z tuck afghan, and a table scarf.
The lesson patterns are lengthy, just to explain the "what and
why for" of each step. After the lessons, the patterns that follow are
written much like ones you will find in many knitting books.
Another collection of patterns for machines that don't require special
"Pretty and Practical: The Best of the Rocking Horse News," $20.00
+s/h. Includes all patterns printed from 1995-2003 in our quarterly
machine knitting publication. Some examples include Patriot's Pride
Sweater, Shrug, Cotton Afghan, Checkerboard Slippers, several types of
hats, several types of scarves, Easy Mittens, Ladies' Cotton
Nightgown, and much more. There is also a reprint section of all Tech
Tips, yarn hints, and a little bit of humor at the end of the book.
There isn't any particular punchcard or electronic design required for
the patterns in these book.
In other news, we have been busy at Rocking Horse Farm collecting
items for our charity projects. We have 5 Christmas trees up in the
store that are getting covered with hats, mittens, slippers, scarves,
prayer shawls and other knit and sewn items donated by readers and
customers. They will soon be distributed by two different charitable
organizations and the slippers will be shipped to servicepeople
serving in the Mid East. We will continue to accept all items until
January 5th, except for the Operation Toasty Toes slippers and
Sheila's Shawls items that we accept year-round.
Don't forget to make an extra item to donate to your favorite
charitable cause this holiday season! Take a look at the new photo
album at the Group Page to see pictures of our current Mitten Trees.
Happy knitting and sewing.