>I’ve change my mind about the fair isle sweater. I had decided that I would do the back and sleeves plain as there are so many colour changes in the fair isle pattern but I’ve decided to go ahead and do the rest in fair isle instead. I know it will take longer to knit but I think it will look better like that so that’s what I will do.
Tismeaaron asked where I got the fair isle pattern from, well it is in this book:
It’s quite an old one but it does show up on ebay from time to time – that’s where I found my copy.
Talking of ebay, last week I won an auction for another lace carriage. This one was described as unused and when it arrived I could see that the seller was telling the truth, I don’t think it had ever been on a machine. The pattern drums needed freeing off but I soon sorted them out and this afternoon I tried it out. It’s the LC2 and I was using it on the Knitmaster 700 so there shouldn’t have been any problems. Wrong. I can’t tell you how thoroughly pissed off I am with lace carriages at the moment. Try as I might I just couldn’t get it to do the one-pass lace. It was dropping stitches and bending latches so I had to change a few needles. I know the sponge bar is OK – heck, I took it out plenty of times today to know that.
I have to admit that at one point I was in tears of pure frustration. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do I just can’t get the thing to work properly – more weight, less weight, moving the carriage slower – what else can I do? In the end I gave up trying to do the one-pass lace.
I then had a go at the fashion lace and I just about got it to do what it’s supposed to do apart from the odd dropped stitch but I suspect that’s because there were still some needles there with slightly bent latches from when I was trying the other lace. I think in future I’ll stick to the fashion lace because at least I can see straight away if it’s dropped any stitches when it’s transferred them and can put them right before they’re knitted.
I wish I could get my lace carriage to work like this mans:
Why can’t mine do that?
Anyway, enough about the lace carriage, I’ve got something else to tell you – I’ve won an award! What do you think of that then? Wait ’til you see what it is:
This was presented to me by T at Fiber Babble who I’ve just realised I forgot to thank – thanks T, I’m glad somebody appreciates my ugly mug! I’m touched, really I am.
The creator of this award is The Bitchy Stitcher and she says:
“… I’ve decided to create a new award. Something to honor any blogger who crafts, sews, quilts – you know, makes stuff – no matter how crappy (or how good). A way to say – I like your blog, like your stuff, and I’m pretty sure you have a good sense of humor.”
So now I’m supposed to pass this on to three more crafty bloggers. That’s a tough one, there are so many of you to choose from.
Here are the three I picked:
I enjoy reading your blogs and always look forward to seeing what you’ve been making (and no, I definitely don’t think the things you make are crappy – they are all good). I hope you will display your awards with pride and pass them on to some of your favourites!
Talk to you later,