Sock Knitting Machine, make your own!

Just when you’ve given up ever having a Sock knitter!

A 3D printer can be used to create this circular knitting machine.

3D-Sock knitting Machine

Well if you can make friends with someone with access to a 3D printer; here is an open source program to manufacture one, supply list and instructions included!

Here is a video showing it being made!

and How to cast on.

I call that awesome!

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5 tips for knitting without looking!

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Spotted a link to this artical and thought you might find it useful

5 Tips for Knitting Without Looking by Ashley Little

Yarn Crawling fun!

knitting with catWhat fun!

My friend Bonnie and I went on the 2nd Annual Durham Ontario Yarn Crawl. Visiting 5 Yarn shops in one afternoon.

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My Treasures! 

I was a little naughty ;0)

Yes, I was a little naughty ;0)

Here are the 5 yarn shops we visited.

Soper Creek Yarn (my LYS)
80 King Street West
Bowmanville, Ontario

1 of 4 balls that I think would make nice Winter tights

1 of 4 balls that I think would make nice Winter tights Totally awesome shop!

Wool Queen
182 Simcoe Street S.
Oshawa, Ontario

Cotton summer socks and colourful winter socks.

Cotton summer socks and colourful winter socks. Has changed management since I was there last. I like the selection at this shop.

I also found a chain counter

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Wool on William
5 William Street W.
Oshawa, Ontario

This is a new shop, small but interesting. Bought these to make Ducks for the church Bazaar

This is a new shop, small but interesting. Bought these to make Ducks for the church Bazaar

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Myrtle Station Wool
9585 Baldwin North
Brooklin, Ontario

This colour way has been dicontinued, I like is so much I picked up 4 - 50gm balls

This colour way has been dicontinued, I like is so much I picked up 4 – 50gm balls. This use to be my go to LYS, until Soper Creek opened.

Never Enough Wool
26 Water Street
Port Perry, Ontario

Never been to this shop before. Just love the colours of this sock yarn, comes with spool of stablizing thread in middle of ball. I would not make a special trip to this shop, but would stop if I was in the area.

Never been to this shop before. Just love the colours of this sock yarn, comes with spool of stablizing thread in middle of ball. I would not make a special trip to this shop, but would stop if I was in the area.

What am I working on?

Shazzas Bucket Hat for my June Kal group

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DS surprised me with a yarny Birthday present.

Lovely soft fingering that will become a shawlette, I think...

Lovely soft Purple fingering that will become a shawlette, I think…

He knows what Mom likes 🙂

My parents treated me to more Austenatious reading 

The Annotated Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James

The Annotated Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James

WIP List = 10

  1. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  2. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  3. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  5. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  6. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  7. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  8. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf  
  10. Shazzas Bucket Hat for my June Kal group

FO’s 2014 = 27

WIPS 2014 = 9 + 1 = 10

 Stash Used 2014 = 52

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 13

Thanks again cya Friday :0)

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Sea of Dreams KAL: Blocking with Blocking Wires

Really great artical. Blocking makes all the difference to many projects!

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So you have finished your Sea of Dreams Blanket, now what? Well, with lace, it is especially important to wash and block your knitting.

What is blocking anyway? When you block a knit object, you are shaping it out to specific dimensions or until it has the look you want in the finished object. Blocking is worked with a damp object. For lace, blocking is so important because it looks all rumpled and you can’t really see the pattern when you take it off the needle. When you stretch the lace out you can see the beautiful work. The way to do this is wet your work and then stretch and hold it in place until it dries. The result will be an object that looks like you imagined it to in your mind’s eye.

I talked about washing your knitting in this post. Washing your blanket will be…

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FO Friday: New Knitting & Notions

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Good morning all, hope the week has been treating you well, and you are recovering from the holiday festivities. This is not a resolution, but I am planning to lose 20 lbs. this year. My mother has the right idea, ask someone who has lost weight and kept it off. So I am taking advice and reducing my intake of white foods. Think about it, Bread, potato, rice, sugar, cream… kinda makes sense. I’ll let ya know, I’m a carboholic so this might not be so easy!

Meanwhile I have nothing finished yet. Started a sweater Jan 1.

However I did get some after Christmas fibre related treats from DH and that with some Christmas $$$ he got me this. I think he feels a little sorry about my delapidated state. I have physi-ow today, so things should start to improve soon.

I had been looking at this book for most of the year, a great reference for construction of almost every type of top-down sweater.

7 skeins, including the trade-in, I really hope I have enough.

7 skeins, including the trade-in, I really hope I have enough.

With Sweethearts permission I exchanged one ball of yarn and purchased the six remaining balls for my Pure and Simple Topdown swing pullover.

and exchanged the larger knitting pattern folder for the smaller one, it fits better in my knitting bag.

Oh, and for after Christmas leftovers a recipe.

It was even better the next day for lunch, must make extra food next time, or limit consumption by guests ;0)

It was even better the next day for lunch, must make extra food next time, or limit consumption by guests ;0)

Turkey Dinner Casserole by me:0)

Yes totally simple, using leftovers and adding in, if the guests ate some needed ingredients. Tasted as good as the original dinner! I wouldn’t use Turkey gravy, makes it too oily and heavy, hense the soup… Enjoy!

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup

1/4 cup of milk + 1/8 cup left over coffee cream (wanted to use it up)

1 1/2 cup Diced Cooked Baby Carrots

1 cup Cooked Mashed Turnips

1 can Diced Potatoes (none leftover from dinner)

Mix these ingredients together in large Casserole

1 can of Cranberrry sauce spread over top

and spread the remains of the turkey stuffing over top of that.

If you find yourself short of anything you can substitute eg. stove top stuffing or   whatever vegetables you have on hand.

Bake uncovered at 350F for 45 mins to 1hr.

This was a big hit around here!

The first audiobook for this year: Wuthering Height by Emily Bronte

read here

FO’s 2013 = 0

WIPS 2013 = 7 + 1 = 8

Stash Used 2013 = 0

Books 2013 = 1 + 2 = 3

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

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