Monday, April 10, 2017

TMK Spring Knit In at Camp Agape

Our local mk group, TMK, held a 5 day knit-in last week/weekend. I knit hats, but I also spent a lot of time helping others with their knitting machines, talking (what do you expect from me??), eating (again, what do you expect from me??) and generally being immersed in machine knitting. Most of us even stayed overnight at the camp facilities (inside a heated building with separate bedrooms....what a treat) 
We brought our machines and had a great time seeing other machines in work. I took my brother 260 and ribber. I learned/relearned to adjust the ribber and knit a variety of hats with and without the ribber. 
 The first photo is of the hats knitted (including the one in front that needs to be rehung and finished) but not sewn up. The second photo is of the hats I finished.

Of course, others knitted other things such as scarves, lacy jackets, tuck shawls, etc. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

YES this seminar will go on!!

CMKG is hosting a seminar in Raleigh on May 5-6. Many have registered already. Seminar will be held come h*** or high matter how many or how fewregister.

Check here for registration info:

Mary Ann Oger, Mike Becker, and April Mills will be demonstrating there. It is deluxe in a hotel!!

Rita in Raleigh

Monday, March 20, 2017

More info on our Seminar in Raleigh

The Carolinas Machine Knitters is having a seminar in Raleigh (near the airport) on May 5-6. 

It is super cheap....whoops I should not use that word, .....even if it is!

For only $70 for one day (INCLUDING LUNCH) or.....even cheaper, whoops I did it again is 
Two days for $125 (INCLUDING LUNCH) Also we are having an optional banquet on Friday evening. 

Our demonstrators are well skilled in using brother machines, silver reed machines and even Passap machines!! So they can answer your questions!!

Who are these people? 
Mary Ann Oger has been writing machine knitting patterns for at least 25 years, that I know of, perhaps longer (I forgot to dig deeper). She used to publish her own magazine, KNITWORDS, for years and the back issues are still full of useful learning information, besides useful patterns...good for daily living, not that fru-fru stuff of some magazines. 
Check her out at:

Mike Becker has also been involved in machine knitting for 25 years, but I believe it has been a lot longer for him too!
He is the owner of DKNITS a machine knitting (and handknitting) store in Aurora, Indiana.....near Cincinnati. He has written many books of patterns for brother and for Passap machines. He has written The Passap Paramedic. Mike will be bringing us various supplies for our knitting machines. Check his website for what he has...if you don't see what you want/need, then phone or email him to see if he can bring it to you at the seminar. He has also written books on cut and sew, and on using sewing patterns for knitting! He knows DAK very well also. 
here is his website: 

Our third, yes third, demonstrator is April Mills, another longtime machine knitter...also familiar with many brands of km's. I have watched and enjoyed her demos on Scandinavian type machine knitting (you know, those snowflakes and dots, etc.) She also has written patterns/books on doll clothes, knitted flowers, etc. 
Her website just told me that she has been machine knitting since 1969......Almost 50 years....and she is only 27....okay I made up the last part!!
Check her website too: 

I love all these demonstrators. Please think hard about coming to this seminar. Please register soon. We will hold the seminar with or without you, but you could learn a lot and have a lot of fun here. 

Registration information here 

Pay with a check or the easy way through Paypal!!

Please come

Monday, March 6, 2017

Seminar in Raleigh NC USA

Finally!! A machine knitting seminar has been planned for Raleigh/Durham on May 5-6, 2017. Info can be found at the CMKG website

We are so happy to be moving up to a hotel for our seminar. Besides that, we are having great demonstrators: Mary Ann Oger, Mike Becker, and April Mills.

We don't know exactly what they will be teaching, but they are always entertaining and informative!!

Mike is also bringing the various machine knitting supplies that we always need.

Prices and registration form can be found at the link above.

Hope to see many of you there!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mermaid tail afghan and Shark afghan

I have been intrigued by the Mermaid's tail blanket (bag) for some time and finally decided to try it. First I purchased the pattern from theanswerlady. It is in her book Kid Stuff for Girls.

I checked out all the patterns on Ravelry for ideas also. Then I really tried to closely follow the instructions in the book. I did a tension swatch. Hey, that is something I usually skip!! I had to substitute the tuck stitch design I used for the body, because I could not find the punch card for the specific tuck stitch shown in the book among the huge amount of punch cards I have scattered around my house (Embarassed look on my face!!)

The card I substituted tucked the stitches for 4 rows instead of the 3 called for in the book. But it looked good.

I checked into DAK to slightly revise the design for my 8 year old granddaughter....I THOUGHT it should be a bit longer than called for...who knows? She won't get it until Christmas!

I knit the design and used a variation for sewing the back seam....I crocheted it together by doing a double crochet on one side, chain one, then double crochet on the other side......sort of a hairpin lace style which I usually use to join afghan panels. I don't know if it is best, probably not, but it is a mostly flat seam in the tuck area and I am happy with it. The seam goes from left to right in the photos

Here is the compete mermaid. It looks lumpy and crooked just from the way it is placed on the couch. 

Here you can sort of see the tucks that look like fish scales. 

My Shark blanket is still a work in progress. I adapted it from Kathryn's pattern to use as a smooth not-tucked design. I changed the top area to make the mouth, added blood and teeth like I had seen on various blankets on Ravelry, changed the direction the tail fits onto the body, and added a fin on the back. I still plan to put fins on the side. I designed the fins and the shape of the head in DAK. I had to learn to crochet to do the teeth and eyes! Not the greatest, but perhaps it will please my 5 year old grandson!

The shark has hairpin lace for the seam on his tummy. You know that method...unravel 2 stitches on one side and use the latch tool to pull them through 2 stitches on the other side. (I could not do that on the mermaid because I forgot to not bind off the last stitch on each side so I could ravel it down.) 

I also still need to press the shark!

Hope the kids like these.....and hope they fit into them!! 

Christine's shawl

In October the Carolinas Machine Knitters Guild held a Knit-a-long for Christine's Shawl, famous on Ravelry and various facebook groups. I, along with some others, finished the challenge and knit the shawl, which was an easy to do item!

I love my shawl. It travels well, is useful on airplanes and in restaurants in Florida. My version is done with 2 strands of 2/24 acrylic yarn and a basic stockinette (with a needle out of work every 4th needle) and using the holding position. I like this shawl because it stays on my shoulders and is cozy. I also find the point in back to be flattering.....please don't burst my bubble!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Protect your electronic knitting machines

I have always unplugged my knitting machines and other hobby stuff (sewing machine, embroidery machine, fancy vacuum ironing board, etc.) as soon as I am finished using them.

While browsing the net this morning I came across Diana Sullivan's old posting April 2011 about the danger lightning can do!

Her friend Barbara had lightning strike her home and it really fried her Passap, so badly that it could not be repaired!!!

I know of the dangers of lightning as a corner of our home was struck close to 20 years ago. It struck  our gutter, traveled down the downspout, dug a hole to a tree and zapped the tree.  It fried our brand new whole house air conditioner, It killed a tv, which was not turned on. It played havoc with various electronics near that corner of the house.

Because of this minor damage to our house I never leave my electronic "toys" plugged in. Even surge protectors are not strong enough to stop the massive power that lightning has.

I also do not use my electronic toys, including the garter carriage, during a lightning storm. We have lots of lightning storms in NC.

Please protect your toys. They are not easy to replace!!