JUSTINA KNITS

My adventures in learning to machine knit and whatever comes to mind

I feel awful, but I couldn’t stay in bed…

it was driving me up the wall, so got up and decided to test out the Singer SK360, and do some fairisle.
This machine hates me, that is all there is to it, it just hates me! Oh well, I will make it behave whether it wants to or not. It has some bad needles, so had to order new ones, as I don’t have any spares for it. I should have just left it alone until I got the needles, but I wanted to do something, and it was just setting there.
I have this eagle card from the Knittery, and I wanted to try it out, so I knitted up a swatch with 3 repeats, but I had all kinds of trouble with it, plus I couldn’t get my mind to working, and I kept forgetting to change dials, etc., then I don’t know what happened, but right at the end of the first complete eagle, my background yarn broke, and I ended up with a big mess.
I got disgusted and went back to bed, but my back is hurting so bad, I couldn’t lie there, it hurts worse lying in bed, than it does being up, and as long as I don’t do anything strenuous, or stand on my feet, its not so bad.
So, I decided to jump in and do another one. The first one had the three repeats, but I didn’t want to do that much and have it mess up again, so I ended up doing 48 stitches, which gave me an eagle centered, and a half one on each side! Oh well, it was just a practice piece to see how it was going to work out.
I did the first one at TD6, so I did this one at TD9, and it turned out much better. In fact, I’m going to try another one with the TD 9 for the border, and TD10 for the fairisle and see how it does. I’m trying to get as much width as I can, so I’ll see what happens with the highest TD setting.
I did two repeats of the pattern for the second swatch, and I have to say, it doesn’t look bad at all! Hopefully, this is going to turn into an afghan, but boy, I hate having to sew all those separate sections together! I may try SAYG, I’ve never done it before, but this might be a good time to learn!
I’ve got to figure out this dratted punchcard business too, as the USA at the beginning was cut in half, so I’m doing something wrong for sure! It is a Brother card, and I was thinking you had to go up two numbers for Singer/Studio, but maybe it is the other way around, and I should have gone backwards instead…some of this stuff is so confusing.
YES, another swatch!I promise, one of these days I will knit something more than a swatch sized piece of knitting!  LOL

See where the bottom is cut off the US…so, maybe it wasn’t all the machine, maybe it was the idiot setting in front of it???

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Tuck stitch on the LK-100

I carried the crochet thread theme a little further, and I did tuck stitch with it!  Ok, I know this has become an obsession, but I like to see what a machine can do, and what can happen with certain threads and yarns.  Here is the results of the crochet thread tuck stitch.


and last night, I did tuck with some RH worsted yarn.  I really like this.

Hey, what can I say, it keeps grandma out of the bingo parlours!

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Playing around some more…

Ok, a friend was laughing over my knitting crochet thread on the LK-100, and my brain started kicking in, and here is what I came up with!

Size 30 crochet thread, and for the weaving, knitting worsted!

If I hadn’t put that eyelash yarn away, I bet it would have been great, but I was too lazy to run back down the stairs to get it!

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Playing around…

I’ve been fighting with my LK-150, trying to get it to behave, and this morning, I found my weaving attachment (LW1)that I had bought last year, and never used, so decided I would try it out before I put the machine in time out!

Here is the little swatch I did to see how it all worked.  I didn’t use a pattern, just played around with my needle pusher, changing back and forth between them in a random fashion.

My first try at knitweave

My first try at knitweave

Playing around with my LW1.  I used Bernat Berella 4 for the background, and the weaving yarn was some odd ball I bought at Big Lots called Knitting Fuzzy Fur!  As it was a very fine yarn, it gave a nice subdued look to the swatch.

It was a lot of fun, and I would like to do a whole garment that way, but first I’ve got to find  a new carriage for my machine, as mine is broken and hard to use.

If you’ve not tried knitweave yet, you really should!

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Some swatches I knitted for a sweet friend…

She has been wanting an LK-100 for sometime, and I found one that was a good deal on eBay for her, but she was wondering how it would knit Caron Simply soft, so I decided to dig mine out and play with it.  I knitted some Paton’s Astra, then the Simply Soft, and finally, some Red Heart Super Saver yarn, so I am going to post the pics here.

First the Paton’s Astra, which is a DK/sport weight yarn.

Patons Astra Yarn

Swatch knitted on LK-100 of Paton's Astra yarn. DK/sport weight

Swatch showing back view

Here is the Caron Simply Soft swatch, color is Sage.  I had some trouble knitting it at first, but my sponge is in need of being replaced, so it didn’t turn out as well it should have.  After I get the sponge replaced, I’ll knit up a new swatch.

Caron Simply Soft swatch in Sage

Caron Simply Soft swatch showing the back

Here are the swatches I knitted from the Red Heart Super Saver

Showing the front, I think I knitted it at TD3, TD5, and TD9?

Showing the back of the swatch

I was knitting from the skein on all three of these, so had some mishaps because I kept forgetting to pull the yarn out!  If I were actually doing a project, I would wind it into a ball first.

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