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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

And now, back to our regularly scheduled blog...

Yeah, that's not really what things have been like around here.  Without any sort of posting schedule, I just have not posted anything.  So, taking a key suggested in a group in one of my favorite places on the entire world wide web, Ravelry, I've decided to adopt some regular posting days.  Welcome to the first NJMA weekly Work in Progress Wednesday!

Here goes:

So what is in the works at this moment?  Well my little boy wants me to knit him a sweater.  A green one, specifically.  But since he is on a Where the Wild Things Are kick, I think he'll forgive me when he sees a cream wolf suit sweater.  The pattern is from Splendor Knitting.  Major mod I'm making is sticking it on my Bond USM knitting machine.  It's slow going at the bottom of the ribbing, since there's a lot of hand converting purl stitches to knit stitches for several rows, but it should go more smoothly once I get past the bottom couple inches and only need to convert a few garter rows at each end every other row.  (The Bond USM feeds yarn through a carriage across a bed of latch hooks.  As the hooks catch the yarn, it creates rows of stockinette stitch, which are purled side facing the knitter.  Any thing other than straight stockinette requires manipulation with spare latch hooks and needles).

So that's what's going on in these parts at the moment.  Hopefully I'll have something that actually looks like a sweater to show soon!

P.S. There is a WIP Wednesday roundup is here!


  1. Welcome to WIP Wednesday! I'm very intrigued by your knitting machine - I had no idea that you have to manipulate stitches other than stockinette, but I bet it makes stockinette just fly by. The wolf suit sweater is a fabulous gift. These are the kinds of things kids remember about childhood, aren't they?

  2. Welcome to WIP wednesday! love the blog :)

  3. Welcome to WIPW! Wow, the knitting machine looks awesome! I can't wait to see the WTWTA sweater!

  4. ooh I'd be interested to see how this goes, I'm so tempted to get a knitting machine!

  5. I've never seen machine knitting on a blog. How interesting! I can't wait to see your progress.

  6. Really interesting! I know nothing about knitting machine's, but it looks intriguing. A wolf suit sweater sounds just exactly right for a little boy. He's going to love it!

  7. Your little boy is going to love that wolf suit sweater. I've seen pictures of knitting machines on the Internet, but I've never seen progress shots of how a sweater is knitted on them. Can't wait to see more! I like your About Me, btw.

  8. Your knitting machine is fascinating. I have a little boy who would love a wolf sweater too. I look forward to watching your progress : )

  9. Marushka, -Sam, Tami, Autumngeisha - Thanks!

    Marushka, Naomi, Affiknitty, Paula, nursenikkiknits - The higher end machines are less work but a lot more expensive. But stockinette is crazy fast on the Bond. There are some really impressive projects out there, if you're interested then check out the project gallery on the Bond Lovers group on Ravelry :>)

    The possibly unrealistic goal is to have the wolf sweater done in a week, so we'll see!