I am hoping that this blog will help you and me experience the craft of crochet as well as knitting. During times of silence or turmoil, crochet and knitting continuously help me quiet my mind at my own pace, enabling me to find my center. I have patterns for sale in PDF Format, you can find them at their own Pages at the top menu. The posts are classified By labels which are at the far right, all the way down. We are the Borg! I think it will bring Order into Chaos!

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

addi Express KINGSIZE Knitting Machine Circular Knitting mode Review

So what do you know I am writing a review for a knitting machine.  I have seen these machines and I have been curious about how they work.  I have read reviews and critiques, I have read the expectations of frustrated users and very satisfied users.  I have been able to create so many items in a short time.  You can use different yarns, buT you have to remember that the needle size does not change.  You can become very creative wether you want to or not lol.  This is a lovely mach8ne that will give your creative spirit hours of entertainment once you understand how to use with the least of frustration.

1.  You need to see the videos from Skacel and then the videos from YouTube.

2. Realize the potential and limitations of this machine.

3. I would strongly suggest using the weights that are used for machine knitting or something to weight your proyect down while you are working.  This will help you with the fact that stitches drop if you go too fast or if the yarn is not grabby enough. These are inexpensive I have used the knitters Pride knit blockers pins as weights with great success.  

4.  This machine is amazing and I am just starting to work with it on circular knitting.  I will definitely do another review on flat knitting.  Circular knitting is amazing and you do not need a special table.

5. Get this machine from a USA authorized retailer. I got this one from LionBrand. It had a great price and I am guaranteed that Skacel will honor the warranty if something is not right.  I can tell you this much Skacel is one of the best companies out there when it comes to their warranty on their products. They stand 100% behind their products.

6. As a knitter you will use a lot of your knitting experience to get the best out of this machine. Make a 2 by 2 ribbing then transfer it to the loom to make a hat. Cast one using waste yar to have live stitches at the bottom. 


There is a lot more I can show and tell, but that is going to be another day. I definitely recommend this machine for those creative minds and there will be some YouTube videos coming soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

"Oberon" a Lace Scarf

 "Oberon" a Lace Scarf


Oberon_Collage
  Lace 

12 stitches and 14 rows = 2 inches
in Plain stockinette

US 6 - 4.0 mm

650 - 1300 yards (594 - 1189 m)

Various sizes you decide
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Oberon is the king of all of the fairies in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream who is feuding with his wife Titania, the queen of the fairies.

Materials:
Yarn: Wollemeise Lace Garn (110 gms), 640 yds.
Needles: US 6 - 4.0 mm
Gauge: 12 sts and 14 Rows = 2 “

Gauge is not really that important, you will make this scarf longer or wider, or shorter and more slender. The most important part of all this pattern is that you like the gauge and the way it looks.

This pattern makes a beautiful stole and as a scarf it is stunning.

Miscellaneous:
Stitch markers (recommended)
Blocking (stainless) wires, boards and pins.

Blocked to 54 “ by 27 “ when wet. At 14 repetitions of main pattern. Once dry the dimensions are 52 “ by 25 “ dry.

This pattern has a border on the left and right side of the repetitions. Each border is comprised of 7 sts. The main pattern repeats between the left and right borders of this pattern are in multiples of 14 sts, plus 1.

Using the Estonian lace cast on, cast on the appropriate amount of sts. There are 7 sts for the left border, multiples of 14 sts main repeat (5 times), Plus 1 stitch, then 7 sts for the right side border. Main picture has 85 sts.

Blocking the pattern is easy and you can decide how to best block it.
Only   $ 6.00 

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Triton Lepides Scarf 2018


Triton’s Lepides

Lepides_Collage1

 Triton (/ˈtraɪtən/; Greek: Τρίτων Tritōn) is a mythological Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea respectively, and is herald for his father. He is usually represented as a merman with his lower body cover in Lepides or animal scales.
A playful scarf like Lepides. This scarf is meant to be done without having to block it much. It is one in my series of attire for men, but it is unisex with a timeless look. It has a wonderful flow that will allow you to embrace the divine spark within you and wear it with pride.

Materials:

Yarn: Encore Tweed Worsted

Contents:
75% Acrylic, 22% Wool, 3% Rayon / Machine Wash, Machine Dry Low

Gauge: 5 sts=1”/US 8 Needle

Yardage: 200 yards Weight(s): Worsted 100 grams (2 skeins for the scarf shown above)

Needles: US9 5.50 mm

Gauge: Not really important, still I got 26 sts and 24 Rows to 4 square inches in Pattern meaning 16 sts + 5 as per the pattern.

Miscellaneous:
Stitch markers (recommended)

Unblocked to 54 inches by 8 inches. There were 3 Repetitions of the main Pattern plus 5 Sts.
multiples of 16 stitches, plus 5.

Use your preferred cast on method, just remember to use a similar method to bind off.
This pattern is available for $6.00 USD

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Two Pockets no waiting

Pockets we have pockets 
I thought that this was going to be more difficult.  It wasn't, because I thought about it.  I wanted to cut into the fabric and then pick up stitches.  That was a good idea, but not the best idea.  I was afraid that there was going to be a lot of unraveling and I was not going to put myself through that.

You see, the main issue and challenge is where to put the pocket.  Given the fact that I had to select three rows, I had a very hard time trying to decide which 3.  The fact that the ones I wanted were not the best ones got me to decide that it would be better to create another strategy.  I guess the easiest one was to pick part of the pattern in smaller needles and create a swatch that I would be using as the pocket cover.  

I picked 36 sts, and 6 of those were kind of as selvedge.  I have to say that I am very proud of myself.  I can make afterthought pockets anytime without fear of failure.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 06, 2017

After thought pockets indeed

Pocket afterthought 
This is my right side after thought pocket.  I am working on the other side as we speak.  The decision to make a pocket after the fact was kind of difficult.  This pattern has a cable on every other row.  It is extremely difficult to just cut and pick up the stitches.  Honestly too difficult for me to think about the fact that I could lose the whole sweater pattern if I make a mistake.

I decided to use the same yarn and create a duplicate of the pattern, but in smaller needles.  I allowed for 3 stitches on each side of the pattern to be on reverse stockinette, like the pattern.  I slipped the first and the last stitch of every right side row.  I left a long enough tail to do a duplicate stitch at the bottom.  It was a job well done.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bythos a Lace Cowl

Bythos_Collage

Bythos is one of the Ichthyocentaurs. He is a god of sea-depths. He along with his his brother Aphros were called the Ichthyocentaurs.  Aphros and Bythos were present at the birth of Aphrodite.  They pulled in the shell she rose from the ocean.

This cowl was inspired by the pattern drooping Elm Leaf, page 217 Treasury of Knitting Patterns Barbara walker. The cowls above are done in bold colors.  The blue cowl is extra-long in dk weight.  The Orange  one is smaller and wider in fingering weight, the border was done twice at the beginning and at the end.  This pattern can be modified in many ways, be creative and do a different edge border at the beginning and at the end, make it wider, skip it. 

Here you have a cowl in my series of Men lace attire. It is easily a unisex item and a timeless piece. Embrace the divine spark within you and wear it with pride.


Materials:

Yarn:      1)  Blend by Rohrspatz & Wollmeise| All Inclusive Colorway |  Sport / 5 ply| 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere goat, 10% Nylon | 546 yards / 150 grams| Blue Cowl at 208 sts , 80 grams, 294 yards, blocked to 26.5” flat,  57” round.
2)  Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin by Rohrspatz & Wollmeise   Morchen Colorway | Fingering / 4 ply| 80% Merino, 20% Nylon | 510 yards / 150 grams| Orange Cowl 160 sts, 60 grams, 205 yards, blocked to 16” flat , 32” round. 

Needles:
     
US 7  or 4.5  mm, circulars or dpns for Sport/DK weight 
Gauge:  about 11 sts and 12 Rows = 2 inches in stockinette .  

US 6  or 4  mm, circulars or dpns for fingering weight
Gauge:  about 12.5  sts and 14 Rows = 2 inches in stockinette.;           

              
Stitch markers (recommended). Stitch markers help with your stitch count and repetitions.  Blocking boards and (stainless) pins.



 Pattern Notes
This Cowl comes in different sizes for two types of yarn.  You may make the top and bottom edges wider, or you may make one between the suggested sizes; multiples of 16.
For Fingering weight yarn (S)mall at 160 sts, (M)edium at 192 sts, (L)arge at 224 sts These are just suggested lengths you may make one that is smaller or bigger.
For Dk yarn (S)mall at 176 sts, (M)edium at 192 sts, (L)arge  at 208 sts These are just suggested lengths you may make one that is smaller or bigger.
These are just suggested lengths you may make one that is smaller or larger.  This pattern has negative ease of about 4 to 6 inches before blocking, depending on the yarn.
Bythos Lace Cowl (33)
For Sale for $6.00

Sunday, October 23, 2016

October 2016 Crafty is being crafty

WIP Oct2016 
Just in case you were wondering, I have been very busy.  I have also taken my Facebook account offline.  It gives me more time to do more of what I really want to do.

I have been very creative this month and have published one pattern and I am on the way of publishing a second pattern  and maybe a third, before the year ends.  Facebook has taken a lot of my valuable time, or rather I have given Facebook a lot of my time willingly.

One of the thing that I want to do is get back my blogging and get back more of my creativity.  I have been back to the main workforce for about 1.5 years and life has to be modified to accomplish things.

I have made new friends and truly love my job.     In the end I will be happier and enjoying the company of the people I really love and enjoy around me.   Well I finished organizing my yarn cabinet and that was a big deal.  Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by!