Saturday, December 29, 2018

Machine Knitting Podcast

I just happened upon this podcast through things I like on Instagram.  I really enjoyed listening to it.  It felt like an afternoon with machine knitting friends. 

It is geared for Britain, but there is still a lot of good info for anyone starting out.  Mica has a lot of good tips on how to get started machine knitting.  Where to find a machine.  What machine is good to start with.  How to find like minded friends. Where to find classes. I found it inspiring to do more machine knitting in the new year.

Mica's webpage Joy of Thread also has links to info in the podcast.

And FYI... I met Susan Guagliumi at a MK class and I asked her how to pronounce her name.  I wrote it down on the notepad in my phone, so I wouldn't forget.

Susan Guagliumi pronounciation: Susan "Guaw U Me"

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Img2track Cable is in the House

I've been wanting to play around with hooking my computer to my Brother 930 for years.  I finally have an up to date computer and I bought a cord to do this.  I have 60 stitches to play around with and see if I can get it working.  When I get it working I can buy a key from the makers of the cord DaviWorks to increase the width to 200 needles.

I've added a link section to the blog for "img2track" useful sites and info.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Micro Blogging is a Wonderful Thing

You don't see me much here.  It's not that I'm not doing anything or not on the internet.  I've fallen in love with Instagram.  Send a quick picture with a quick thought and one is done.

This love began when my iPhone quit sending photos to my computer.  Randomly out of the blue that lovely feature stop working.  I use to go to my computer and all the photos I had taken were available on my computer making it easy to blog.  Without the photos I find blogs boring.

Come check out my Instagram account.  Lots of beautiful pictures and fun stuff going on.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sacramento Area Machine Knitters - Meeting Time Update

Time has been moved to 11-1pm, which actually works really well for our group.  Improves the parking situation.  Now we can park right by the door, which makes carrying a heavy knitting machine better.

Sacramento Area Machine Knitters

Welcome Sacramento Area Machine Knitters Just a reminder...

This blog entry is here to assist the Sacramento Area Machine Knitter's Guild in advertising their meetings on the Internet. I hope you will stop by one of our meetings and share your latest project with us!

Meet with local Machine Knitters. Chat and discuss the art of machine knitting. All machines brands users are welcome, from the Studio, Brother, Bond to the Electronic Passap.

We welcome everyone to bring a knitting machine.  Learn how to use, work on a project or learn how to maintenance a knitting machine and get it up and running.

Sacramento Machine Knitters Guild, meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays 11am-1pm (we meet throughout the summer at our normal days and times if there is enough interest).  We also meet the 3rd Tuesday 10am - 2pm.

We meet at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 6201 Spruce Avenue, Sacramento, CA (off I-80 at Greenback exit, turn right at first street, up about 2 blocks, bear right at the curve and the church is straight ahead).

Contact info has changed as Marilynn (pronounced Mary Lynn) has moved to Colorado.  We wish her all the best.  For more information about the Guild and call Hugh Hall at 916-332-5190.

Hugh's Sacramento Machine Knitter Guild website... http://smkg.nzfreeservers.com/

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sacramento Area Machine Knitters

Welcome Sacramento Area Machine Knitters Just a reminder...

This blog entry is here to assist the Sacramento Area Machine Knitter's Guild in advertising their meetings on the Internet. I hope you will stop by one of our meetings and share your latest project with us!

Meet with local Machine Knitters. Chat and discuss the art of machine knitting. All machines brands users are welcome, from the Studio, Brother, Bond to the Electronic Passap.

We welcome everyone to bring a knitting machine.  Learn how to use, work on a project or learn how to maintenance a knitting machine and get it up and running.

Sacramento Machine Knitters Guild, meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays 10am-noon (we meet throughout the summer at our normal days and times if there is enough interest).  We also meet the 3rd Tuesday 10am - 2pm.

We meet at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 6201 Spruce Avenue, Sacramento, CA (off I-80 at Greenback exit, turn right at first street, up about 2 blocks, bear right at the curve and the church is straight ahead).

Contact info has changed as Marilynn (pronounced Mary Lynn) has moved to Colorado.  We wish her all the best.  For more information about the Guild and upcoming training topics call Hugh Hall at 916-332-5190.

Hugh's Sacramento Machine Knitter Guild website... http://smkg.nzfreeservers.com/

Iris Bishop Kaleidescope Project

I was really pleased how this turned out.  The pattern look complicated, but it was easier to figure out than I thought.  I thought it should be made on a standard gauge machine.  It turned out kind of small, so I think I'll do another one on my bulky machine.
I made only one swatch.  It has purple scrap yarn on each end since I had a lot of it.  I had used a little for the smaller stripes.  I decided that I didn't like the purple stripes.  After talking to a machine knitting friend she said she didn't like the purple edging.  Since its the scrap this gave me the idea to to fold it under and look at just wedge.  It took the purple out of the "definitely no" zone. 



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Working With Charts

This skill hasn't been one I've put a lot of time in on as it really confuses me.  Working today with my machine knitting friends we figured out how to read a chart in Mary Anne Oger's new book "The Handbook For Manual Machine Knitters" for the leaf pattern.

The very first symbol made no sense to me, but Ellen knew exactly what to do.  She showed me and I was off.  Following the chart and the list for the symbols.  Next it was Ellen's turn to get stuck and I knew what to do.  I told her we needed to work the bottom of the chart from the outside in and the top of the chart from the inside out.  I hope I've got this figured out.

Our swatches looked wonderful.  Ellen did a one leaf swatch and I did a 3 leaf swatch.  When practicing something I like to do it more than once to get it locked into my brain.

It was a fun day knitting.  I look forward to putting this leaf pattern on a project.