Saturday, February 25, 2017

Well, the results are in.  I have Diverticulitis.  Isn't that a mouthfull to say. 😐  But it's treatable with plenty of rest and LOTS of pills.  BIG pills. LOL.

Did manage to work for a few minutes on the Brother KX390 knitter with both the 390 and 400 carriages.  Tried some chenille yarns and some knitweave.  Not particularly thrilled at the outcome.  It's a very lightweight fabric and soft but I had the wrong color combinations and yarn weights.  

One was an 800 YPP in Balsam Green, another was Placid Blue 1195 YPP.  They knit beautifully.  It was the secondary  weights / colors that just didn't work.   One was Tawny Oak at 2100 YPP another was a red-ish at about the same YPP.  They were too thin for the bulky mode to really show up much when doing EOR knitweave.  Perhaps SLIP / SKIP would have been better on every row.  Or tuck ... love doing tuck!!

Ah well, will try some different things next time I can sit at the machine for any length of time.

Keep on knittin' ...



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hi everyone.  I've been bedridden the past 4 days, but should be up and about soon.  Anxious to get back knitting!!!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

So devastated about the Oroville Dam (Butte County, Oroville, California) and the flooding.  The Butte County Sheriff issued a mandatory evacuation and he was right to have done that.  He cares so much about that community. 

It's affected not only Butte County, but all the cities, towns, farms to the south.  For a LONG way.  Marysville is under evacuation orders as is Gridley and so many more.  It wil impact even to Sacramento and beyond.  

Have been watching all the news shows.  Have heard back from family and friends that they are either living on high ground above the flood plain or have evacuated safely.  Whew!!  Thank the good Lord that all who evacuate are safe tonight.  The crisis, so they say, should be over by tomorrow afternoon.  I have high hopes.  They plan to drop rocks into the areas of erosion.  They need to do something ... more rain coming Wednesday. 

I used to live in Oroville, was married there.  I have lots of fond memories of the area. Pray, my friends, for all those affected by this disaster.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Here are a couple more wash/dish cloths.

The first one is done on the 390 with the 400 carriage, using the Plating feature.  You'll see that there seem to be two plain rows of the baby cotton white ... not too sure where the medium pink Ticaro flake went to on those rows but it showed up a couple of rows later.  Go figure!  :-)

The second is from a new cone I unearthed last night, Peaches & Creme Ocean Stripes.  Nice and thick, love the color blending.  I'll see how many I can get out of this one cone.  I think they're about $7 or $8 now at WalMart stores.  I remember $6 ones.  Ah, the good old days.  Maybe.

I used to get about 10-12 out of a cone, but that was hand crocheted, the 32 chain ones with a "G" or "H" hook.  But this pattern from Roberta Rose Kelley's video on, is soooo much easier and quicker.  As she says in the video, "it's not square-square nor a rectangle"
.  I think it's more of a diamond shape.  At least mine are.

A BIG THANK YOU,  Roberta Rose Kelley for all the informative videos you provide.  And your website, is a wealth of information for anything machine knit.  She has numerous brands of machines!!

Keep on knittin' ...
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Besides playing with two carriages on my 390 knitting machine, I've been doing a lot of household type chores.  Knitting dishcloths.  Was doing some mending and realized that several of the dish cloths were stained.  Can't put those out again!  So they went to the car/garage/workshop rag bag.  Here's a few that I've made. 100% cotton in a cream color.  Need to get some more Sugar & Creme on cones next time I'm at WalMart. But hopefully they'll have some darker or maybe variegated colors.  That would be nice.

I got very bored knitting dish cloths with white, cream, beige, etc. So decided that since I had a lot of a thinner baby weight cotton white yarn, I would add another color. Didn't work well with the thicker white or cream yarn. So I dug out several balls of left-over Ticaro Flake cotton 8/2. This one is Coral. I have LOTS of Ticaro. Might try plating with 2 strands of Ticaro along with the baby white. Knitting went very easily. No real problems. Except when I sneezed just as I was transferring stitches. Sigh.  Amazing how quickly it laddered down.

I have about a dozen 3-4 ounce balls of Rayon and Acrylic chenille's at the machine right now.  I'm hoping to do some 2-carriage knitting with them today.  Masts on these plastic bed machines all seem to be a bit 'short' and not sure yet how the coned chenille would do.  They're kinda tall.  So testing with the balls first. 

Stay happy, folks and keep on knittin' !!