Sunday, January 13, 2019

Update on Raleigh/Durham Seminar May 3-4

Check the Carolinas mkg website as Cindy has now posted the info and registration forms already!! Hotel contact info is there also.

I'm so exicited....I just can't hide it....I'm about to lose control and I think I like it.......!!!

(Showing my age !!)

Seminar near Raleigh May 3-4 2019

Hooray! Yes it is happening again...a CMKG seminar near Raleigh. On May 3-4 the Carolinas Machine Knitters Guild is sponsoring another great seminar at the DoubleTree by Hilton,
4810 Page Creek Road, Durham, NC 27703.

We will have 3 demonstrators; Diana Sullivan, Billie Hall, and Linda Jensen.

Of course everyone recognizes Diana Sullivan of youtube fame as a prolific maker of machine knitting videos...221 videos so far!!! She has lots and lots of those videos for beginners and more advanced knitters. I love watching the videos.....sometimes I even do the technique or knit the item I have even won prizes at the NC State fair using her patterns!!  Check her blog for listings of patterns for free and patterns for sale and inspiration written throughout the years.

Billie Hall is our surprise demonstrator, a treat for PASSAP knitters. Anyone who has attended Pat Groves Pacifically Passap seminar in recent, and not so recent, years will have seen Billie. Yes she will knit on a Passap. She has a variety of patterns and books she has written throughout the years. Her book which is most often recommended is "Knitting with the Lights Off" which is a manual to get you started on the electronic Passap (e6000) without turning on the console! It is amazing how much you can do with just the machine and no electronics. Her internet profile is so low that I cannot find it.....but she is a fun and informative person to meet. I have knit various items from her Knitting with the Lights off and got prizes on them too!

Linda Jensen is a West Coast person who has been writing machine knitting patterns for years. She has a Facebook account so she is reachable.
She is also on Ravelry..
And her website is   Linda also has an etsy shop   AND I have also bought and used some of her patterns. My favorite of her patterns is Ear Flaps and Animal Hats.  Need I mention that this got me another prize?!

What a great lineup of demonstrators!!

Besides what we will be able to buy from the demonstrators, we plan to have another vendor selling knitting machine related items....more info later.

Special hotel rates for those attending. Be sure to mention that you will be attending our seminar!

For Registration form and more info, check the CMKG website later this week. Look for this seminar under Events.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

someone tried to steal this blog

I don't know what to call it, but I find when I dig around this blog that someone has tried to get into this blog. I found drafts of links over the past few months. These are mostly blank messages with only a link in them.

You know me...I talk a lot.....I would never post a message with just a link and not a lot of chat also!  If you get those odd postings, just ignore them.

Thank you.

Our great local Triangle Machine Knitters

We are so lucky to have a group of machine knitters who meet monthly and keep each other inspired. I have written in the past about our Knit-Ins and some of our activities.

We also have a website where we post a calendar of our meetings and upcoming events. Our website is

We also have a Facebook group, but it is a Secret Group, shhhh. That means you cannot find us or join except by one of us asking you or putting you on the group. Nothing bad goes on there.....except for maybe a couple of us ribbing each other about whose sweater is best or who is going to get a better ribbon at the state fair!  It is an easy way for us to share photos of our work or to remind each other of sales. 

Some of our local knitters do not like Facebook so that is why I am posting the link to our website, which is open to all. 

Some of our local knitters don't like much technology, but we do try to send out emails about our upcoming meetings. This adds a lot of work trying to keep up with 35-40 addresses, and who is a current member, and who has changed her/his email. 

It is also an effort to keep the Facebook group, the website, and the emails up to date. There are some who just do not use the internet. I do not phone people about the meetings. If they come to a meeting and join the group, they need to write down our scheduled events. 

We do demonstrations for the public, such as at Fiber Fest and the Craft Day in Selma recently where Leslie did a demo of knitting machines. 

Well, that is just a bit of rambling on a Saturday morning before I go to our November meeting of TMK. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lace yoke sweater

I needed a break from hats, so I joined the Knitalong on Plastic Midgauge Machines KAL on Facebook. Irene Woods created the pattern and suggested the yarn to use (Alara by Ice Yarns, which is 50%cotton and 50% acrylic for lightness but coolness).
I dug out the measuring tape and really measured myself....what a shock!! Okay, since there will be no size tag in the back I can just knit this to really fit me

I found that my size required more than one package of yarn (8 balls per package) but I hate running out so I bought 2 packages. I am glad I did because it took part of the second package!! Only part of a ball, but even though, it was great to not really run out of yarn.

I did lots of griping online about the fit of the garment, but when I finished it and washed it and dried it, it fits great. I will enjoy wearing this summer sweater. And we have lots of summer weather here in Raleigh, NC, USA!!

Irene has gotten so much feedback on her pattern that she has re-written it to fit on the more limited needles of the bulky. She is even in the process of adapting it for the standard gauge machine. It is all hand manipulated and needs no ribber!
She has written it for up to as many needles as the machines have so we larger ladies might even find our size! 

All right, I'll confess. I knit the size XXL or 52 inches (darn that tummy and bottom!!) I knit it just as written. I used my brother 350 knitting machine. Irene has written it for both the LK 150 and the brother 350, with the different tensions these two machines need. (6.5mm LK150 vs. the 7 mm Brother). 

After washing my sweater the tummy area measured 50 or 51 inches, but it is very stretchy. Maybe I could have worn the 48 inch sweater, but this size flows smoothly over the voluptiousness of my middle!!

I love this sweater. 

Friday, May 11, 2018


Yes, I am back to my favorite knitting. We went to Florida for a while this winter and I took my knitting machines (standard and midgauge) and knit hats. While Frank drove down and back I also hand knit hats.....but we won't talk of those
Because I took the ribber for the standard gauge km I did some hats with ribbing. For the midgauge 350 I started with waste yarn and handknit the ribbing afterwards, while sitting out in the sunshine.

At the April knit-in I also knit hats. Oh, I forgot to mention in that post that one of our TMK members had passed away over the winter and had left her yarn and magazines to our club. We got to look through these items at the knit in and choose which to take home with us. We did donate money to our TMK for the items we took home.

I had been trying to use up all the LionBrand Homespun that I had in my house by making hats. Well some of the yarn left to us included this yarn, so I got even more!! I did manage to knit 4 hats with the Homespun while at the knit in and I have knit 6 more since I have gotten home. These are just basic ribbed hats. I did write up the pattern and it was published in the May issue of the Carolinas Machine Knitters Guild newsletter.  I do like those ribbed hats in Homespun because the yarn usually varies in colors and I can mix up various leftovers to make even more interesting hats. Look out Warmth for Maine  as I plan to send these to you as part of my 100 donated hats this year!!

That is for the Country Knitting of Maine, News&Views magazine hat contest which has been held each fall for the last few years. I think that by now I have made hats for all the people in Maine Well maybe not. It is good to make things for charity. 

I have made other hats in worsted weight yarn and in the weight that knits on the standard machine. I keep trying different styles and hope to make some of those furry looking pompoms for some of this year's hats. I've got the material here right next to me.

Here are some of the Homespun hats. The second photo shows them before seaming.

April 2018 knit in

Yes, we do love our knit-in's! In April we met for 5 days, off and on for some people. We were in the same location as last fall, and as my last blog so I did not take photos. But I do have some photos of the bedrooms! 

There were 14 people signed up and of those 12 spent all or some of the nights. Those others just came to knit and eat, but slept at home. We had another 3 people who joined us briefly on Saturday for our regular monthly machine knitting meeting (Triangle Machine Knitters). One of our members did the demonstration for the meeting as we take turns doing this throughout the year. This time Shirley talked about lace and the various tools we could use for selecting the needles or transferring the stitches. She demonstrated making lace on the knitting machine. She passed around an unbelievable shawl which she had made on a km from such lightweight yarn that we could not believe it. As the shawl was passed from person to person you could see our hands rise up as the shawl was not nearly as heavy as we expected!! It was like a cloud of, what else?, laceweight woolen yarn! After the demo we each got to show and tell about what we have been knitting lately.

We did not do yarn dying this time, but 3 of us did take time to help a new machine knitter to make her machine work. There was a problem which took a while to figure out. Apparently a refurbished sponge bar was in the SR 860 machine and it did not work as it should. The ribbon on the foam came off and jammed in the needlebed. When the ribbon was removed the machine worked as it should....but a new sponge bar needed to be ordered as we were sure the sponge would quickly wear out.

This was also a time where I saw DAK being used to knit from screen on a brother machine and I got to help the new knitter use DAK to knit from screen with the SR 860....what fun since I have not knit from screen and do not have experience making this work with the SR machine.......Some expert I am!!??  As I mentioned above, we help each other out and learn a lot along the way.

This was a lot to accomplish with the new knitter and her machine. This was definitely not something she (or any of us) could have done on our own. By pooling our knowledge and building on what others said we worked through the problem!!

I love knit-in's!!