Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Thing's I have felt !!!

Felting began a few years ago for me. I had lots of part cones of Shetland wool that needed using up and I was totally fed up with knitting garments with it. I decided to knit the yarn by casting on 180 sts and knitting until the yarn run out. It was then put in the washing machine and washed at 60% for 45 minutes, occasionally having to be run through machine twice.The resulting fabric is then heavily steam ironed until desired effect is achieved. The felted fabric has been in my stash for a long time until now when I decided to make some handbags with it.
 The bag above was cut to shape then embroidered with design .

The woven bag above, the felted flowers were cut to shape and then assembled.
The blue and white bag was knitted to shape from a pattern by Margaret Heck available from her website.
 This bag was also knitted to shape and then felted.I then knitted some flowers to decorate. The red and pink bags below were cut to shape and then sewn together and decorated. My first attempt at needle felt, think I need more practice!!!
The flowers at the bottom the petals and leaves were knitted, then felted and finally assembled into flower shapes. A pin was added at back so they can be worn as a brooch.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Seams I have known

I've been asked recently on how I go about joining shoulders after shaping them in Holding position. Below are my notes I did for my Machine Knitting Club one evening

Tuck stitch join
Fairisle and Tuck joins

My latest Machine knitting projects 

I made the shape using the Designaknit programme This garment was inspired by a crochet top I'd seen. I used a double strand of yarn and crocheted/chained cast on followed by a manual lace pattern. The centre lace pattern and top lace pattern are from Brother Stitchworld patterns.

Based on a Mary Anne Oger Pattern published in Knitwords magazine.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Feeling Inspired

Have just seen the most amazing Cardi/Jacket on Facebook. Knitted by a gentleman named Kamal Kumar. The group on Facebook is Machine Knitting Patterns should you want to take a look.  I  would love to knit this, so am off to knit some swatches shortly to see what I can come up with.

A few photo's of my knitting projects that I've made in the last few months. The Alphabet cat cushion and Edudog blanket are patterns by Margaret Heck, available from her Website.
The Nordic Jacket and Cream body basic sweater are my own designs. Jacket shape adapted from a Knitwords pattern using Designaknit.
The Christmas Baubles were from a Machine Knitting News magazine published a few years ago, and adjusted to my own liking.

Garter carriage pattern adapted from a fairisle design I have.

 Jacquard knitting (Original knitted in Fairisle) not turned out quite as I would have liked.

Knitted for charity from a Project Linus Pattern.

Nordic Jacket