Sunday, May 29, 2016

I Am Still Machine Knitting!

Admittedly, I don't craft as much since getting fit.  Staying active became my main focus in 2012.  I had a lot of weight to lose.  I got it off and I've kept it off!  What losing weight did was reinvigorate my desire to knit clothing.  I often felt nothing would fit or look good on me.  This steered me to making accessories and toys.  Don't get me wrong I really enjoy making hats, bags, shawls, scarves and toys.  I think they may get used more often than a garment, but I'm looking forward to making some clothing for myself.  I have a couple patterns planned this year.  Sometimes getting the pattern and yarn matched up takes some time.

Right now I'm working on something that I wonder if I could take to the machine.  First I have to figure out how to hand knit it.  You know I'm not very good at hand knitting that's why I machine knit!

This is a Dragon Scale Mitt.  My scales are already upside down and I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.  I have an email into the pattern maker.  Hoping she's seen this a million times and can get me straighten out.
This is a cocoon scarf again I knitted it by hand, but it made me think like the Sashay yarn I could do it on the machine.  Instead of 4 hours I could do it in maybe an hour.  It wouldn't run through the regular carriage and I can't think of what that other carriage is called?!  It will come to me as soon as I post this then I'll come back in an correct it.  What I want to do is put this on the standard gauge.  I would knit 2 stitches between each cocoon as I did by hand; then flip the whole thing using the garter bar.  When I did the Sashay yarn on the machine like this it worked like a charm.  I would get into a rhythm.  I often didn't even use the carriage of which I can't think of the name.  I am seeing the letter "I" though.  It's coming to me.... Intarsia!  I have two more skeins of the cocoon yarn in gray and would love a fluffy warm scarf to go with my long gray coat.

Well, I'm off to take another look at the scale maille knitting and see if I can figure out what I'm doing while I wait for Collette to email me back.  Things sometimes look easier in the light of day.

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