Friday, January 27, 2012

what I did last Sunday


And I'm not talking about the blocking (I did that last night...) I'm talking about the actual knitting! Yep, I dusted off the ole LK-150 knitting machine, moved it out of the corner of our bedroom, where it has been languishing as a clothes holder, moved it into my nice bright basement, from which I recently removed about a metric tonne of out grown kiddie stuff, inserted a sorely needed new sponge strip, gave it a quick swipe with some mineral oil to get that carriage moving swiftly again...

...worked up a pattern for a raglan cardigan, using my Sweater Wizard software, and voila!
Thanks to Susan's generous donation of a bag of Knit Picks Shine Sport Cotton-Modal blend yarn, and a husband and son who left me alone, I cranked out the pieces of a sweater. (There are actually two sleeves up there - I block them on top of each other, to ensure the same size...)
I still need to sew it together, and pick up all the live stitches (yes, I know I can cast on and bind off on the machine, but I don't like doing that. I'd rather pick up and knit an edging by hand...)
Luckily, I like mattress stitch, and knitting an edging by hand lets me experiment with adding some interest to a very plain, but very useful sweater.
This machine will be seeing a lot of cotton run through it in the near future - I find cotton a bit hard on the hands to knit, so the machine is perfect for that.

7 comments:

Needles said...

You are giving me ideas again. That is a good thing.

Lucky Canuck said...

So great to see all that Knit Picks Shine go to a much better use than I could give it! I still can't believe how much of it I bought originally. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

KnitTech said...

Oh sure, knit a sweater in a night. Way to make me feel inadequate.

Seriously, nice job.

TracyKM said...

Yay! I knew you'd come back to it at some point! It's all your fault that I have four machines now!
Check out www.knitwords.com for great patterns and books for the LK150. THere are some awesome edges that you can do on the machine, Mary Anne Oger is SO talented. I do know that it's nice to have some handwork to do though.
If you're interested, in early May, there's going to be a seminar in Peterborough, focussing primarily on the LK150 :)

Sheryl Evans said...

I can't wait to see it on you!! It is beautiful!! I have never had very good luck with cotton. After I see the finished product I might be tempted to try it again. Sheryl

Acorn to Oak said...

Wow! That's so cool! Now, I want a knitting machine. The only experience I have with them is one my mom had when I was a kid and we could never get it to work for very long. It always got jammed. How exciting to see that they can work so well! That software sounds great too! Can't wait to see your finished sweater! :-)

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I wonder if that is the same sweater software that I downloaded. I have been wondering if it was any good.