Sunday, May 24, 2009

Stitching in Public

Wow, it is actually starting to feel like summer, and I, for one, am looking to take my knitting and crocheting outside.
In June, there are two weekends set aside as WWKIP days.
What a terrific way to take our skills to the public. Check your local yarn shop to see if they are participating. Currently, Knitter's Attic in Richmond Hill is participating, as well as Ewephoria, in Oak Ridges.
Let's all get out there, enjoy summer weather, and show our skills in public.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Socks for a Grandson!

Many times I have commented that I would rather spend time with my Grandchildren, than knit for them, but if one of them asks for something specific, Nonna just can't say no. So when my one grandson asked for socks, and then asked if he could have beads on them, I couldn't pass up the chance to knit them for his 5th birthday. Oh!!! to be 5.
The yarn is Garnstudio DROPS Fabel, in a fabulous colorway, and the beads were added on afterwards, with a nylon thread, so that they don't come off, unless of course I'm asked to take them off. I don't think that will happen any time soon, as he gasped in awe when he opened them up, and had to put them on immediately. They were still on his feet when we left the party in the evening. The pattern is "Most Basic Kid's Sock" by Evelyn Skae, and is available on Ravelry, as well as on her web site. Thank-you Evelyn.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Setting up the LK150

There is a discussion on Ravelry regarding setting up the tension mast for the LK150.

Here is a picture of what the back of the machine looks like, with the assembly in place, as well as a picture of the base for the mast and a good look at where it needs to be inserted.

Occasionally, the base needs a really good push to properly fit into the holder. Sometimes, I find it necessary to put a piece of craft foam under the holder, to hold it steady, when the table is not quite flat.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

WOW!!! What a great seminar!

I attended the Cardiknits Academy this past weekend, the guest instructor was Susan Guagliumi, author or Hand-Manipulated Stitches for the Machine Knitter. She is an amazing instructor, with GREAT ideas. My only regret was that I did not have my LK150 with me in the hotel room, to start practicing what we learned on the Friday. I'm making up for it now, and have started 2 projects already. I'll have pictures in a day or two. Thank-you Pat for once again hosting a fabulous Academy.