{Machine} Knit All The Things

Friends!! I (along with the help of my hubby who spoils me, I’m SO lucky) made a dream come true!!

I am the proud, infatuated, new owner of a

KNITTING MACHINE!!

(seller’s image)

Not only did I get the machine locally from a Craig’s List seller (so no $100 shipping charge) she accepted $75 less than she initially offered it for AND the machine came along with a crap load of extras! Lace, intarsia and ribber attachments along with a slew of hand tools, cones of yarn to practice on (more than enough to make an actual test garment!) and the seller’s notes and materials from a machine knitting class she took at FIT.

This deal was an absolute SCORE!! I feel even better about it because I missed out on another, not nearly as good (or even in the same universe), local CL offer just last week. Best thing that could have happened!! I was able to get what appears to be a lifetime of collected materials with only two (related: aunt and niece) previous owners who held onto everything and took great care of it all. I could have spent double (and nearly triple if you think of the shipping charges) collecting the same over time. I feel so lucky!!

Even more so because LOOK at what I made after only one week of intense machine knitting related pinning and research & one day of struggling and YouTube-ing and Google-ing (this post in particular was a God send) like a maniac!

A totally excellent swatch!!

Untitled

This is 70 rows wide x 100 high and measures 10×7 inches. Shall we ponder how long it would have taken me to hand knit the same at this gauge? lol

And I only have one not-s0-serious-injury to show for it! Though, my back might not be so happy with me in the morning. I need to make some space for my new toy, so my much loved, though little used, vanity table will make its way to Craig’s List and into the life of some one new.

Check out my Pinterest board if you’re in the market for a machine and want to read up!

Knitting Machine

And expect more, MUCH more, knitting content in the future!

Machine deets for the curious:

- Singer Knitting Machine & Carriage Model 360K
– Singer Ribbing Attachment SRP 60N
– YC6 Single & Double Bed Yarn Changer
– Model LC-2 Lace Carriage
– Model AG-20 Intarsia Carriage
– Model SC-3 Automatic Linker

That’s the Queen?

1.10.11 Princess in the making
I am determined to show my daughters (well the boys too) that all women (and dolls) do NOT have long hair. If you judge by most dolls in the store this is a foreign concept. Maybe it’s because my hair is short now that I’m noticing more. The whole princess with long flowing hair thing is starting to irk me….

I showed my oldest daughter what Queen Elizabeth looked like. It was quite a shock to her, lol. That should prove once and for all that princesses and queens do not always look like they do in story books.

I’m happy with this experiment in making this style of hair, which could essentially be used as a wig cap in the future to make my afro hair come to life. I have two more styles to try, but first I need to finish this doll!

Wood

My creation

1. 1.8.11 Mr. Boozenwax, 2. Mr. Boozenwax, 3. Mr. Boozenwax

He’s balding and gray, but still dead sexy!

This is a practice run. These tiny things are more difficult to work with than you’d think….
I am not daunted.
I will likely start a new version tonight.

Wooden Brooch

 

I also ordered a bag of these wooden ovals when I bought the little people. I have plans for cameo like pins and a few other things.

Miss Pom says Happy New Year!

I bid you goodbye 2010 with the last finished object of the year (unless I am really bored and manage to finish something else tonight…but I doubt it)

Miss Pom

Miss Pom1. Miss Pom, 2. Miss Pom’s feet, 3. Miss Pom’s hand, 4. Miss Pom in repose

Knit doll, about 10 inches tall, with I-cord arms and legs. Her feet, hands and nose were shaped with strands of yarn
Body: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Hair: TLC Cotton
Dress and hat: Moda Dea Bamboo Wool                                                                                         Needles: size 3   More pics here.

I wanted to make a much smaller version of the doll that I wrote the pattern for.  I’ve tried before and it never worked out for some reason. In fact I had two failed versions just last week. I think I was trying to re-invent the wheel too much. A doll is a doll, right?

I think I prefer this size of doll. From the kid point of view, it’s easier to grip with one hand. And from the parent one, it’s easier to shove in a purse when they’re tired of lugging it around.

Miss Pom and I plan to oversee the making of some noisemakers to shake into 2011. Let’s see how many of the kids actually make it to midnight. They have new toys to open and play with so that should help some. Though, I myself feel like I need a nap, so I’m thinking someone is going to crash before then either way ;o)

Happy New Year Everyone!!

A veritable feast of photos!

Ashima

I made patterns for everything you see here so that I could use them if they were successful. I am happy to say they were!

Ashima is named for a character from Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. She was intended to BE Jhumpa Lahiri, but she asserted her own personality while being made ;0)

Her hair has an under layer of wool felt, with cotton yarn attached to the perimeter. It was trimmed and styled in a french twist (which is hard to photograph). I hand stitched her little undies from a cotton blend jersey, the leg openings are blanket stitched with white sewing thread. Her dress is made out of the same material. It’s a variation of the T shaped shirts I make for myself, except REALLY TINY. The overskirt is actually from a black skirt of mine that I previously used to make this hat. I didn’t get much use out of it as a skirt but I’ve used it plenty now. Her little obi is made from some poly jersey and strip of denim. The jacket is also from the T shaped pattern, but altered. The boots were a happy accident. I only cut one leg and had to do some improvising. I thought the little leather embellishment was a nice touch. I completely winged the knitwear, but obviously used the Felicity hat pattern as a model ;o)

I am SO happy with her!! I have another cut out. She will be a princess. I am having fun planning her outfit!

Spirale de Cuir Earrings

Here is the tutorial I promised for those earring!

NOTE: The head pins in the pair in this pic are larger and thicker than the ones in the tutorial. I didn’t have more of these for the photos. The larger base allows the bottom of the spiral to sit on the edge and prevents it from sliding through.

Done

I hope some of you enjoy making and wearing them! They are comfy and light. Wearable and quite effortlessly stylish. I think they’d make a great addition to any wardrobe.

Enjoy!

Edited to add: I bought the leather I used to make these on etsy from Double J Journals. Great customer service. She showed concern that I get my package in a timely manner and was pleased with the quality. The leather pieces were in great condition and large enough to make many different kinds of items from.

Answer: A seamstresses granddaughter*

Though the blog has been quiet, the crafter has not. Since our last discourse, the one celebrating my entry into a new decade I thank you for the well wishes, I have been sewing up a (mini) storm.

For the blog

For the blog

This sewing frenzy led me to do two things.

1. Re aquiant myself with the Burda Style community. I uploaded the above projects there (along with my first home, Flickr) and was surprised by the lovely, positive feedback my work received.

And

2. Realize that I needed to invest in a new sewing machine. I threw myself into investigating machines like someone was paying me for it.

Thing one resulted in Burda Style asking me to be a featured member! As If I’d say no!

And thing two resulted in this!!!

MY NEW MACHINE!!!!

I am now the proud owner of a proper sewing machine!! I am absolutely fascinated by the automatic buttonhole and will immediately commence to sewing many projects with buttons!

Dudes, this machine means that a plan I have been mulling over may actually come to pass. That is always a good thing.

A very good thing.

*Me ;o)

Crafting with kids/using kid art to craft

To combat the bad news blues, I popped over to Pearl Paint (aka the most awesome craft store evah) on Friday. I spent $30 in the blink of an eye and walked away with 5 sets of watercolors, brushes, water color pencils and a canvas. 

 
These:

 Paint
 

Combined with Bristol paper, resulted in these:

Kid Art
 
 
I also got the chance to work on two things I’ve had in mind for a while. Dolls and transforming Missy’s art into other projects.

Mer-People

I combined the two :D
I have another, nearly finished, doll to show off, too. My own design, therefore not nearly as interesting or cute as those based on Missy’s work :D
Right now, her hair is wrong. Very, very wrong. Once she’s been back in the salon chair she can be debuted.

Finished in 2008

It would appear that I was quite busy this year! I’ll be reviewing last years resolution as I prepare to make next years(!!!). And I’ll have a little news to share, too. I think 2008 was pretty great for my family! I hope you all can say the same :)

FO 2008

1. Affro Girls outdoors, 2. Not available, 3. Affro Girl Doll, 4. Another Baby Sis Beret, 5. New sweater!, 6. Lush and Lacy , 7. Tilted Duster Front, 8. Baby Sis in Wicked, Back, 9. Lauri Dress,Swirl, 10. Purple Crochet Cozies, 11. Mini Sweater, Stockinette side, 12. Liesl in blue, 13. Brooklyn Piksi

FO 2008

1. KISS Beanie, 2. Feather and Fan Cowl, 3. Black Beak the Bird, 4. Amber Moon’s baby sweater, 5. Amber Moon’s baby sweater, 6. Mini-Earflap Hat, 7. Felicity the 2nd, 8. Noro Hat, top, 9. Pea Green Earflap, back, 10. Simply Red Beret, 11. Shibu Mini Shawl, 12. Petal front, 13. 40/365: Bingley-ish Ruffles

 
FO 2008

1. 43/365: I just wanna love ya Noro, 2. 45/365: I like YA books, 3. Son#2’s hat and scarf set, 4. Hubby Hood, 5. Wonder Twin Mittens, 6. Petite Ruffles, Front