Neon Project Bags

Having bought a second-hand copy of “The Harmony Guide to Machine Knitting Stitches”,  I was intrigued by one of it’s star-shaped patterns.  Unfortunately, the pattern was laid out for a 50-row punchcard.  So, using my knitter’s graph paper from Rowan Morrison Books, I adapted the pattern for my 60-row punchcards.

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After I had knitted up some sample swatches using the new punchcard, I designed a new fabric bag, one large enough to take a medium-sized knitting or crochet project.  I decided to complement this with a long tool case that could take DPNs.  Once these were fine-tuned, I decided to make a collection of neon coloured bags, with a grey contrast colour.  Trips to the Knit Rennie woollen mill in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire and to the fabric mill,  Scottish Linen in Fife were then needed to stock up on the right colours and fabrics.

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Once I had machine knitted the fabric, I  cut out and sewed the medium-sized project bags and long tool or pencil cases using complimentary lining fabrics.  These are now for sale in my Woolly Originals E-Shop. Next up, my Granite Star designs!

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At last I have got my E-Shop up and running!  I can now sell my unique project bags online. The small versions of these bags are currently available on the shop but I’ll be adding other products over the next few weeks.  A link to my shop can be found in the Menu bar at the top of the page, on the sidebar (if viewing on a desktop computer), or at the foot of the page (if viewing on a mobile device) in “Links”.

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My Vintage Knitmaster 326

Two weeks ago, I started a new machine knitting class on Fridays with the very knowledgeable and very helpful Jill Lothian of Scottish Machine Knitters.  She also very kindly sourced a vintage Knitmaster 326 for me!  I’m unbelievably excited to own a knitting machine at last.  I have wanted one for a very long time, but was unsure about how I would learn to use it and maintain it.

Jill’s course is great and concentrates on the technical aspects of machine knitting.  This is in contrast to Katy Birchall’s wonderful class I attended at Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts at Abbeyhill Techbase in Edinburgh from January to March this year, which focussed on the design and project planning aspects of machine knitting. 

This Bank Holiday Monday, I have knit up two squares: one with a stripe pattern allowing me to relearn how to switch between two colours; and the second using a colourwork pattern punchcard that Jill lent me.  I’ve used the same two colours for the squares, namely Charcoal and Marzipan from Knit Rennie. The wool is a 2/11 supersoft lambswool and washes beautifully.