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Norwegian look sweater
Donnerstag, 23. Juni 2011 06:07:40
The sweater is finally done and the yarn was wonderful to work with, well worth the 5 weeks it spent in 'interrogation?!' at Homeland Security!!!
50% Cashmere 50% Cotton DK yarn
Sonntag, 19. Juni 2011 11:40:42
I've recently finished two garments in this yarn. This is a Sirdar pattern.
I absolutely HATE sewing up, although I am good at it, so I store knitting until I'm in the mood to sew; recently managed to get 7 garments finally finished, four of these were knitted with Colourmart yarn.
I've added a note regarding my experience in laundering, if you are interested in the "Knowledge Base".
I'm delighted with the yarns I use and spend ages looking for new colours rathe rthan sewing up what I've done
You can never have enough yarn!
cashmere heavy dk wt 18/46NM maybe "foundation"
Sonntag, 19. Juni 2011 11:35:43
As with the other two hoodie's I've recently knitted this is wonderful and soft.
This time I didn't trust the cone [or scales] and knitted a small size only now to have enough for a helmet forthe winter, when the mood takes me to knit.
I managed to match the buttons exactly for colour and they really finish it off.
cashmere heavy dk wt 18/46NM Spearmint
Sonntag, 19. Juni 2011 11:32:19
Finally finished this hoodie with Sue's help as I ran out of yarn with only the bands to complete!
Cones can be deceiving lasting forever, then when you think you have enough for one last item - it's gone
Another wonderful soft hoodie using a Paton's pattern
cashmere heavy dk wt 18/46NM med blue
Sonntag, 19. Juni 2011 11:29:07
Using the left over cone of Medium Blue 100% Cashmere I knitted this child's hoodie using a Patons pattern.
Really delighted with the outcome and so much so I have two more kilo's of the yarn to knit up.
I knit this as my entry into the Japanese pattern contest and the Spring/Summer contest on Ravelry. Although I didn't win a prize I SO won anyways
This cashmere linen blend is fantastic and I couldn't recommend it any higher! (Found here, http://colourmart.com/eng/content/view/full/18125 ) I ordered some of the white as well and it seems to be a little crisper than the Sky colour but still a lovely yarn. I am certain it WILL soften with washing and wear. (Just so you know...)
I would like to share my project here as it's been one of the winning project in Colourmart contest on Raverly.
I have to say it was a great fun to knit within a time frame; all the project are great, so different and so unique and its really nice to see knittoholics' progress (since the cast on till the finished item).
I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our great sponsor and I'm looking forward to another contest!!
I knitted a shawl for the contest using silk/wool 1ply yarn in grey, the pattern is called Rock Island and it's just awesome. I felt in love with it the first time I saw it. Hope you like it,too.
My little model is my 4 year old niece, Hannah, and we were having such a great fun taking pictures. I must say she was a great little helper when blocking the shawl
I am a machine knitter, but I have MUCH older technology than you (though I suspect rather alot more of it).
My standard gauge is a silver reed /singer 260. I have used the 2/28 cashmere, and once washed, I think it looks fine. My instinct is that the 3/28 would probably be better though. The heaviest I have used on the standard machine is the dk merino 10/28 and the dk cashmere 18/46. I cant use the ribber in the DK yarns, because as the ribber needs to be set 2 tensions higher, I think the dk weight works at tension 10, but i find its too stiff at tension 8. I find the dk weight knits up to about 28 stitches / 4 inch and say 36 rows. (at tension 10)
Keep in mind that Richard is a softie, and if you ask him, he will send you out a sample of the yarns you are considering and you can try them on your machine. (Just wind them out of the skein and onto a cone.) Get a feel for what you like. (I know lots of people who like a much firmer tension than I do)
I cant think off the top of my head what the 2/28 knits up to - its not on my needles right now. Having said that, the kicker for knitting at the superfine end of the spectrum, is that unlike with hand knitting, you only have so many needles. So, the problem I always have is that 200 needles at such a fine gauge is not enough to make the whole back of a sweater. (Keep in mind I'm a 44 inch bust, which may not be an issue for you.) So unless you want to do lots of (a) unattractive, (b) bulky and (c) tedious seaming, you will have natural limits of how fine you can knit, with 200 needles.
If you want more help, come and find me on Ravelry. I'm called Kalindriel and I'm lurking around there most days.
Message for Gavin ref: Silver Reed SK-840 standard knitting machine
Mittwoch, 13. April 2011 20:14:31
Hi Gavin - I'm no machine knitter and I note that you've not, as yet, received a response to your message re: the above. Not sure if you're a member of Ravelry (there is a Colourmart Lovers Group who's just about to start a competition - wef 15th April) Anyway - you could always pose the question on that forum - I'm sure you'll be inundated with responses. If my memory serves me right for last year's competition - Spring/Summer, I am sure there was a Machine Knitting category - so you could always start there. Good luck. Beverley - 'Snazzyb' on Ravelry
Help with selecting right yarns for machine knitting
Dienstag, 29. März 2011 19:59:57
I just bought Silver Reed SK-840 standard knitting machine that has 4.5mm needle spacing. What is the thinnest yarn I can use without looking flimsy? What is the thickest yarn I can use without looking like rugs?. I want to make a nice cashmere/silk sweater. Also I want to make a nice jersy matte dress and more importantly a nice woman's suit/sport jacket similar to Chanel/ St. John designs. There's going to be alot of mixing with novelty yarns. Please help.
100% Cashmere lace weight
Sonntag, 27. März 2011 16:28:22
Knit this wrap from 100% Cashmere lace weight 1/14NM. Lovely yarn - washed finished product by hand adding a touch of hair conditioner to rinse water. The result was an exquisite feel and drape to the wrap.
Elsa K Black
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Wished to share the latest finished project using a ColourMart UK yarn purchase. 60" square Baptismal Shawl was knit on 2.5 mm needles using one 150 gm cone of white, 100% cashmere 1/28nm yarn. It is with the greatest pleasure that one realizes the beauty of the yarn once it 'blooms' after washing. It was a treat to work with as there were no knots, not twisting back on itself.
Will shop again.
Wishing all a very happy, healthy 2009.
Elsa K. Black
Alpaca and Chinese Silk Wrap by Amber
Montag, 14. Februar 2011 16:07:49
Hi Colour Mart community! Happy Valentine's Day! I just finished this pretty silk and alpaca summer shrug and wanted you to see it The silk is sold by a US company called Claudia & Co. It is Chinese, hand dyed mix of greens and blues called Eat Your Veggies, 1100 yards approx 100 grams. I mixed it with one skein of Colour Mart's greenish gray called Medium Gray alpaca. The alpaca is 2/28. I used a free patten I found online. http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer08/PATTshetlandshorty.html The patten is called Shetland Shorty Wrap. I found the Birds Eye Lace pattern to be frustrating but pretty when finished. (This is not one to lay down every ten minutes.) The pattern was challenging for me. I learned how to make short rows on the tie and how to make a garment in one piece. The alpaca makes the wrap, it tones down the bright silk and makes it unbelievably soft.
Amber's Baby Girl
Montag, 14. Februar 2011 15:42:13
Thank you for the kind well wishes. I have a beautiful little girl. Her name is Moira November. She is a healthy baby, just under 5 lbs at birth. The chemotherapy during my pregnancy did not affect her. She was pretty small at first but is thriving now. See attached photo of Moira 2 days old.
Amber's 5 Sided Shawl: Belated photo detail
Montag, 14. Februar 2011 15:28:54
I have photographed my cashmere 2(2/28) shawl laid out so you can see the patten. Sorry it has taken me an age to respond. Chemo has made me forgetful.
Pinecone Stitch merino wrap
Montag, 07. Februar 2011 13:13:10
Knit on US size 6 needles with ColourMart 100% Baby Merino 3/15NM Fingering Weight in Bottle Green. The stitch was adapted from an antique chair cover and called Sheild. I think it looks like pinecones. I added a crochet beaded edge to give the wrap a nice drape. Loved the yarn. It bloomed after a wash and blocking, never split, had a lovely hand and stayed color true. Wonderfully light and warm.
Montag, 31. Januar 2011 16:01:37
Knitted this shrug with 4 plies of 2/17NM 70/15/15 cotton/cashmere/silk slub heavy lace wt sandstone , and used an entire cone.