Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Empty Nest, Pendant Bags and Lip Balm

The last of the chicks went off to college and we are left with an empty nest! What to do with all that TIME? I got right back to the knitting machine.

In previous blogs, I told how those cell bags were made with no seams. Now I made them smaller for use as pendant bags and lip balm bags. You can see how small the pendat bags are. Use them for treasures - or the tooth fairy!

Check out the bags at http://www.blazingneedles.etsy.com/

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Taking my time with personalized blankets

I guess we all try to do it - get the last mile out of a tank of gas before refilling, hoping there is enough milk for the cereal to save a trip to the store.

Now if you are a machine knitter, you know that the machine HAS to be kept clean. Gunk builds up on the rails and carriage from the oil used to keep the machine running. I usually clean mine every day ... but ... setting up for blankets takes a while and I wanted to squeeze the last blanket out before cleaning. Bad move. There right down the middle was an error.

Sigh. I lost my work and had to clean the machine and set up again anyway. I hope I remember this the next time I am tempted to extend my cleaning period. But I probably won't.

You can see my personalized blankets at http://www.blazingneedles.etsy.com