Sunday, 26 October 2008

The kindness of strangers

And a stranger's just a friend you haven't met!

Yesterday I received a gift of a Brother KH-710 knitting machine from a Londoner on Ravelry who unfortunately is moving out of the country. She wanted it to go to someone who would get use out of it. I am really grateful to her, because I've been intensely curious about knitting machines for a long time but had no idea where to start or what kind of investment would be needed.

Here's a photo of my first properly-cast-on project, the details of which I can't go into detail until after Christmas:

Shortly after taking this photo, unfortunately, I was merrily knitting along when disaster struck. I'm not sure how, but it appears that an entire row of stitches didn't take, and just left a string of yarn in *front* of the machine. When I started moving back the other way, the stitches promptly knitted onto thin air and the entire thing began to curl off the machine! I caught it about a third of the way across and eventually managed to restore order (triage with a lifeline and then painstaking work with various hooks and needles). Fortunately I was close enough to the end of the project that I was able to improvise and repair things. It was really weird though, and didn't happen until I was several hundred rows in!

You know what this machine really means though? I can try knitting up sock blanks for dyeing! I probably won't get to really go into that till after my craft fair, but I'm looking forward to it!

Sunday, 19 October 2008


My pile of animals for the craft fair is growing...

Four bunnies, three sheep, two cats, one mouse, a bear in a jumper and a really big bear in the middle.

All of them are handknit, nearly all of them are from handspun yarn, and several of them are hand-dyed as well. The bunnies at top right and bottom left glow in the dark.

Some of these guys are available (or will be available) on my Etsy shops - links on the right. Anything that doesn't sell by the end of the craft fair will go up on the shops too.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

My sheep is famous.

A very nice person convo'd me on Etsy to tell me that my knitted sheep has been featured in someone's Treasury collection. Here's the link to the collection, which is called "Wanna Snuggle???":

How fun!

I'm still busily crafting away for the fair. I have about a dozen stuffed animals finished, not including the glow in the dark one that sold on Etsy last month.