NEW Singer Knitting Machine

Guess what?! Singer appears to have used the Addi Professional as a model and revamped their children’s knitting machine. The first one (that has been out for years) was less than adequate. Click here for the link to that review.  But on a happier note, the new machine has promise for those who want to try their hand at circular machine knitting before they invest in a quality machine. HOWEVER, be aware that the old one is still on the market so be sure NOT to waste your money on that one! See what I’m talking about here:

Crochet Super Bulky Scrap Hat

I’ve been showing these a lot in my videos recently and have had many questions about how to do them. Basically, it’s a single crochet hat with 3-4 strands of yarn held together. Use a hook you’re comfortable with. (I use a “P” 12mm with 4 strands of worsted weight and adjust my hook size based on the overall weight/feel of all the strands held together.)

Not enough information for you? Maybe this video will help:

Here’s a written pattern to use as a guide:

Round 1: ch 2, 6sc in the 2nd ch from hook, do not join, work in continuous/spiral (6sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Round 3: *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around. (18 sc)
Round 4: *sc in the next 2 sc, 2sc in the next sc* repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Round 5: *sc in the next 3 sc, 2sc in the next sc* repeat from * to * around. (30 sc)

STOP and measure your Flat Circle Diameter and refer to the chart below for sizing! If you need it larger, continue your increase rounds (increasing by 1 sc in each *repeat group* as you did above).

Subsequent Rounds: 1 sc in each stitch until you are approximately .5″ from the desired Hat Height.

Slip Stitch about 6 stitches to even out the bottom edge of the hat.

Last Round: sc blo ; fasten off; sew in ends.

Note that the chart I refer to in this video is not available in its original form. (Looks like her website was redesigned and the chart lost it’s formatting.) Just for your convenience, I put it back into an easy-to-read table below but please know that I got the information from Slugs On The Refrigerator Blog. If I see that she’s corrected the problem, I’ll edit my page. In the meantime:

Age Head Size Hat Size Hat Height Flat Circle Diameter
0-6 months 13 – 15 inches 12 -14  inches 4.5 – 5 inches 4 inches
6-12 months 16 – 19 inches 14 – 18 inches 5.5 inches 4.5 inches
1 – 3 Years 18 – 21 inches 17 – 20 inches 6.5 inches 5.5 inches
4+ years 20 – 22 inches 19 – 21 inches 7.5 inches 6 inches
Women 22 inches 20 inches 8.5 inches 6.5 inches
Men 23 inches 21 inches 9.5 inches 6.75 inches

Addi Express Fingerless Mitts

I get requests for fingerless mitts all the time and I didn’t have a clue how to do it! I’ve finally come up with something to give you but be aware that there are TWO versions: Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced.  I strongly suggest watching the videos as sometimes it’s difficult to accurately describe specific actions in words!

BEGINNER VERSION
1. Download the written pattern here: Addi fingerless mitts Beginner

2. Watch the video here:

INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED VERSION
1. Download the written pattern here: Addi fingerless mitts Advanced

2. Watch the video here:

Have you joined the Facebook group Addi King, Loomers and Knits?

“Reviving” a Dead Internet Link

Have you ever been excited about a pattern only to click on the link and find it inoperable? Disappointing, isn’t it? Well, all hope is not lost until you’ve tried the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. See a demo here:

2015 Crafting Goals

Usually I don’t make goals for my crafting. Why would I want to put pressure on myself regarding the very thing that I do to relive pressure?! Well, I took a different approach this year and made a list of things I want to learn or accomplish. When phrased like that, the pressure is alleviated and I’m left with a plan of focus. That much different that measurable goals that are either met or marked FAIL!

Basically they are:

1. Reduce the scraps/open skeins collection.

2. Use some currently-owned paid patterns (and books, magazines) rather than just running to Ravelry when I need a new project.

3. Improve general knitting skills. (Ex: I’m currently practicing a flat-knit mitten pattern where I’m improving my edges, learned the mattress stitch and can now manage 2 mittens at the same time!)

4. Practice working with tiny needles and yarn. (Maybe one day I can try to knit socks!)

5. Improve knitting color work!

6. NO YARN Purchases (Exception: Great sale + coupon OR to meet a specific need.)

There’s more to say on the subject so if you want to hear more, click the video below then share some of your goals! I’m willing to bet we have a few of the same!

Christmas Crafting

Yarn crafting is my first love but I have to admit that I’ve fallen in love with my new Silhouette Portrait Die Cutting Machine. So far, I’ve made Christmas tags, small gift bags, gift card holders, and I’ve learned to etch glass yet there’s so much more I want to do with this thing! Take a peek at this video to see what I’ve been up to in addition to the normal excitement and preparation of the Holiday Season!

No Christmas baking at our house this year. The doctor put down her foot about sugar and carbs so I’m trying to wean myself off. However, I wanted to have a baking-type experience so I tried my hand at salt dough ornaments. There are tons of recipes and instructions out there for this age-old craft. (Just take a look at Pinterest!) Click the video below to watch over my shoulder as I figure this out!

Merry Christmas 2014!

Crochet Pot Holder Tutorial

In a Sheepishly Sharing video (#99) I showed my favorite pot holder made by my mother-in-law. While she’s an excellent knitter and crocheter, she can’t read a pattern and I had difficulty understanding her verbal directions to me. After going on a long hunt, I found a couple (imho, poorly written) patterns and had to figure it out myself! While there IS a great video for this particular pot holder done by Teresa, The Crochet Geek, it was a little different from my version. Plus, I didn’t care for the whip stitch method of closure. Commenters on my video said they would like to see how I did it so… here it is!