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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Preemie Hat Donation 208 hats


April 16, 2015:

I made a donation of 208 little preemie hats to Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.    The nurse was glad to receive these.
They are mostly loom and machine knitted and I have a few crochet ones I gave them as well.   I am sticking mostly with the knitted since they have the best stretch to the fabric.  

The smaller hats are double-layered and I knitted these on my Addi Express Professional 22-needle machine.   Using one strand of soft yarn, I cranked out about 55 to 57 rounds (or until the tube was resting on the table.   Then I did a needle cast-off.   At this point I had knitted a tube. I then pulled both ends separately into a gather and secured the threads.   I put one side into the other and tied the ends together.    Then simply fold up the brim and there is the hat/beanie!

For the slightly larger preemie hats, I used my blue Knifty Knitter loom which has 24 pegs and measures 5 inches across. Using two strands of soft yarn held together throughout pattern, I did E-wrap stitches and knitted them off with the pick tool.   I knitted the hats until they were the length of the Knifty Knitter pick tool (around 28 rounds depending on your yarn).    I did a needle cast-off and then pulled a gather for the top of the hat. I secured this with two true square knots.
I also did two true square knots for the cast on side (brim).   The curl of the brim hid where I cut off the loose ends which I square-knotted, so that worked out great hiding loose ends.
My mom went with me and it was a great experience!    There is another NICU at Baton Rouge General Mid-City.   I plan on doing a donation to them too.   


And to make it easier, this knitted rubber grip helped tremendously!   See my previous post!


These little crochet hats below with the two colors, are Margaret Olander's pattern from the Sheepishly Sharing website:


Below are just some other photos I took over the last few weeks as I was making these little preemie hats.




These little hats are made on the Addi Express Professional (22-needle) knitting machine.  I make a long tube (using one strand of yarn in the machine), and I knit for about 55-57 rounds, depending on the yarn.  Or, I just knit when the cast-on edge touches the counter top which I have my machine anchored to.

Then, I do a needle cast-off (with a large-eyed sewing needle), pull both ends of the tube into a gather.  Then, place one end of this gathered tube into the hat and sew it into place against the opposite gathered end.  Secure your loose ends well and cut off the excess yarn.
Next step is to just roll up a brim and it is done!


This is a little hat I made on the Knifty Knitter Flower Loom.  This loom has only 12 pegs.



Regarding the preemie hats I make on the blue Knifty Knitter handheld loom, this is what I mean when I say that I make the hat the length of the Knifty Knitter pick tool. I knit the hat about 7 inches or 28 rounds with 2 strands yarn held together:



Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Loom Knit a Rubber Band Grip!

April 7, 2015:

I saw the neatest youtube video the other day on how to use a handheld loom and knit a grip using small rubber bands.    It looked so easy and seemed to be a useful creation.

I found the Rainbow Loom rubber bands at Michaels and I already had bought a long rectangle loom but it was still new in the package.

Here is the video link to follow along to make this!

http://youtu.be/P762Ai88p8s

This is such a neat project. I already had a rectangle loom but I had never used it before.    This rubber band grip is my first project on this long loom.   :)
The directions in the video are terrific and it was easy to follow.   I love my colorful grip for my Knifty Knitter tool!   :)

Below are my progression photos!  This worked up really quickly and it is very easy to do and above all, it made holding the slippery Knifty Knitter pick tool a breeze!

Please leave me a comment and thank you for visiting!  :)






Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quick loading method for a Knifty Knitter or other handheld loom

Quick loading method for a Knifty Knitter or other handheld loom, March 25, 2015

I find it extremely awkward to load a handheld knitting loom the traditional way, that is, wrapping each peg by holding the yarn with your fingers.   It was slow - going and my tension always turns out too tight!   Examples of these handheld looms include The Knifty Knitter brand.    There are other brands too in which this method would work.



All you need is a pair of scissors, a narrow drinking straw and some scotch tape. I find the shiny tape works smoother with the yarn.

NOTE:   a straw from McDonald's is a little too big but it will work.    A coffee stirrer straw would be too thin to for your yarn.

I have a video below which explains and demonstrates this technique or method.   I cut my straw in half and then I reinforce the straw by wrapping it in tape.    This makes the straw less prone to bend and adds a little rigidity to it.

Then, thread your yarn through the straw and fasten the yarn with a slip knot to the outside peg to secure it to the loom.

Then doing E-Wrap stitches, simply go around the pegs by holding the straw!    It will be easier to understand if you view the video.

This straw method cuts the time it takes to load the loom by more than half...if not more.     This makes it so fast to get the yarn on so you can get back to knitting that row!     Basically, it speeds up your project time so you can make more!

Enjoy the video and thank you for watching!

Please leave me a comment as I would love to hear from you!

The direct link to my video is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARksqzkC03M

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My first Addi King projects!





I found this wonderful pattern at Nerdgasm Knits on Ravelry.com.

I tried it for my first project ever on the Addi Professional King size machine with 46 needles. It is a ‎truly terrific hat and it's a double layer for extra warmth.

You just knit a long tube and gather the two ends and sew them together.

Here is Nerdgasm 's pattern:

‎http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seattle-seahawks-machine-knit-hat

Saturday, March 7, 2015

My First Addi Item!


March 7, 2016:

Been a while since I have posted to my blog and I have a terrific hat pattern I tried by Nerdgasm Knits on Ravelry.com .     Here is the link:
‎http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seattle-seahawks-machine-knit-hat

This is one of the few written patterns for the Addi knitting machine ‎which I have found.    This is a free pattern too.

It is 40 rounds of the first color (blue), 40 rounds of White and another 40 rounds of blue.  

At the end of the last color (blue), I casted off by threading a large-eyed sewing needle and picking up each stitch as I slowly got if off the machine, one stitch at a time.   Then, I gathered and pulled each side tight‎, stuffed one end of the hat into the other and sewed that secure.

Then I made a big pompom and attached it to the outside of the hat.

VOILA!      I love my Addi machine.     I used the King sized (46-needle) Addi for this.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fans Shirt!

October 8, 2013:




Hi everyone,

I just completed a "sampler style" shirt last night (actually it was done in 2013 and I forgot to publish it to my blog).  I only have to go back and weave in the little ends soon, since that remains to be done.

This is my first attempt at making this type of garment from the neckline towards the bottom hem of the shirt and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!    I especially like the way that the armholes could be formed by simply joining at the appropriate place near the bust.  I was surprised at how easy this was!    I don't know why I haven't done this sooner.

First, the basics:  I used two different size crochet hooks for this tunic.  I chose my Hamakana hooks to make this and for the yoke (neck to bottom of bust and after the point where the armholes are formed), I used the size 3/0.

For the body of the garment (armholes to bottom hem), I switched to the size 6/0 hook.

I measured myself and decided that since I wanted to do several rounds of decrease stitches at the top of the yoke, I wanted to make a foundation chain of around 40 inches (101.6 cm).

I decided to use two strands of size 10 thread held together through this project and this shirt used nearly 4 balls of Aunt Lydia's crochet cotton size 10 thread (400 yards on each ball).




The pictures with the pink crochet hook are actually the pieces I ripped out, since I wanted more fans per row in my shirt project.  This just didn't give me the look I was trying to achieve.






This picture shows both startings of this shirt; the top sample in this picture is the piece I ripped out and the bottom one is the one I went with and continued to make.  The bottom sample in this picture has the amount of fans I wanted:  5 each for the armholes, 6 on the front and 6 on the back for a total of 22 fans in each round.



Here is how I expanded the armhole opening; I made an extra chain-10 length at the bottom of each armhole.   I plan on wearing this over a turtleneck shirt and I wanted the extra room there.









Here is the sc, ch-1 in each stitch around edging I have on the bottom hem and on the neckline.
















Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Long Pink V-neck Crochet Shirt


February 18, 2015:



This is a beautiful crochet shirt!    I found this at this website:

http://blog.163.com/leeyun26@126/blog/static/1423490962012212102010833/?suggestedreading&wumii






I have these charted garments planned out in my head before I start to make them, and then I seem to freak out a third of the way through and it will then be put aside or ripped out entirely.  I need to change my approach, I think.

I'm going to try to make this just as the measurements indicate on the chart, instead of trying to fit the garment.  I don't have any type of mannequin or dressmaker's dummy to fit it on and I lose confidence in my ability to continue the garment to the final end.   Trying to fit a garment always seems to be my stumbling block on clothing, especially anything with sleeves and armholes.

Have you made this before?   Please leave me a comment below.  I always love hearing from my readers and followers!   :)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Here is a handy little chart I saw today for converting American to Metric crochet hook conversion sizes‎.


Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dragon fruit 3rd try!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014:

This is my third attempt to sprout dragon fruit cactus from seeds.    I didn't blog about the other two attempts and today, they still have not sprouted.   I am just glad I didn't use up all of my limited supply of seeds in the first two attempts. 

At 8:00 PM Tuesday evening‎, I put two cotton pads in the bottom of a couple of coffee cups and placed the seeds on the cotton pads.

Then I put enough water on these to saturate the cotton pads.

I have watched a lot of youtube videos on the subject of sprouting dragon fruit cactus from seeds but those methods of putting the seeds in a cup of cactus soil just weren't  working for me on my first two tries.

Well, this morning, Wednesday, (see the photo), ‎it looks as if some of the black seed casings are starting to crack open....yeehaw!   I certainly hope these will sprout! 







Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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