Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Date Change, Yet Again 12 Dec 09 1 pm

I had to change the date AGAIN of the sock along. With all of those date changes, I may be the only one connected.

If I end up changing the date again, I will cancel and try to do something after the holidays.

Passap Sock-Along 5 Dec 09 1pm

I had to change the date of my "Sock-along" because of the Thansgiving holiday. I won't even be home on the 29th.

I have the pattern written and want to finish knitting one so that I can put the picture up for all to see.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Passap E6000 Group Sock Knit

I am considering doing a live video feed to demonstrate and discuss how to knit a sock on the Passap E6000 (without electronics). My plan would be for a toe down ribbed sock.

I have an internet camera with an IP address that everyone (in theory) would be able to connect to and I have set-up a conference number for everyone to call in .

Does this sound interesting to anyone for Saturday 29 Nov 09 at 1pm EST? It is not often that I get to talk about my Passap E6000. The discussion I think would be lively especially if we could get everyone knitting at the same time.

I am not sure how many people will be able to connect to my camera but I'd like to try.

If I get at least a few interested, I will send out the telephone number and IP address for the teleconference and camera after Thanksgiving.

If you are interested, please send an email to lcoknits@aol.com or reply to my Ravelry post at http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/passap-machine-knitters/891324/1-25.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Scarf with many firsts

I mostly finished a scarf that I have been working on.

In making this scarf, it was the first time that I used Stitch Painter to do the design. I then downloaded it to my Passap E6000 console.

The red wool in this scarf is the first time that I have ever tried to make a variegated yarn using natural dye methods. I used cochineal (about 2 ounces of the dried bugs ground to a fine powder). The purple resulted from adding acid to the dye bath. I kept changing from an acidic bath to a basic bath amazed at the colors that resulted. If you are a Ravelry member, you can see the yarn before knitting at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lcoknits/striped-lace-wool-yarn-cochineal-dyed.

Two yarns were used, the fingering red wool already described and a dark grey lace-weight alpaca single-stranded (I should have doubled it).

I knit the scarf using Stitch Pattern 183 (double bed knitting with both yarns being knit on back bed). It turned out to be 22” inches wide with 130 needles (-65 to 65). I am folding the completed knitting so the front bed design can be seen on both sides of the scarf, making it 11” wide.