Saturday, August 4, 2012

bare fingernails before cutting short in March 2012

Those two photos were from March 2012.  It took me from Jan 01, 2012 to get them that long.  In April I cut them dead short for a temporary job in the food industry.  I started growing them out again at the end of June when the assignment ended.  This is where I am at now Aug 4...

This was July 2, 2012

Comparing July 2 to Aug 2 they actually grow pretty quickly in a month.  I regularly manicure to offset my clumsiness - and so the knitting yarn doesn't snag on my nails. I tend to rush around and break my nails on things like drawers, doors, handles and reaching for pots and pans or the worst is when the bread board slips from my fingers snagging a nail corner on the way down (((ouch))). Biotin pills from Costco daily helps to keep them nourished and to withstand some of the rough and tumble things I get myself into.

I'm just a girl that likes girly girl things.
Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Hello fellow owners of the Juki Hi-Memory Singer KE-2400 Memo Matic knitting machine...
Here is the manual (10.1mb file) on pdf:

Look for the accompanying Learn as you knit book in a week or so after I scan it.

toodles & God bless - Suz

Monday, August 15, 2011

standard bed MK socks flat bed tip: instep stitch protector when doing short row heels

Use a piece of spare punch card as a damage blocker when knitting short row heels. This will protect the instep stitches held in "F" or "H" position from being felted by repeated passes of the carriage brushes.

I sliced off a couple inches of punch card from the roll and punched a hole row. Yes that is a pun and a twisted use of the word whole. Then I inverse curved the sides and hung on the needles I needed to protect against felting after pulling them into holding position. You can either cut the sides or fold. I've done both in the photo for your benefit.

The punch card stitch protector works better than tape, file folders, or whatever else for ease and speed because the pre-drilled guide holes help you punch each hole to line up directly with the needles. It beats removing the stitches to a holder or WY and rehanging. Each punch card protector can last at least one pair. I base this on my very thin, almost velum, roll of punch card material.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

FLOSS YOUR SOCKS! tutorial link youtube no sew flat seam machine knit socks
no sew flat sock seams single bed machine knit.wmv

This is a 12 minute tutorial of an idea that came to me after stitching up side seams on socks that I knitted on my single bed (I don't have a ribber) standard knitting machine. Titled "no sew flat sock seams single bed machine knit"

I concluded a few improvements after completion:
1. that it would be better to come from the bottom with the dental floss bobbin instead of over the top and down.

2. it is not necessary to knot the main yarn being pulled through the edge stitches - just be sure to have enough length to make sure it doesn't come un-threaded from the dental floss leader. This way there won't be a yarn knot to hang up while coming through the edge stitches.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Samantha Socks

this is a medley of hand knit and machine knit techniques

I goofed up on the lace pattern on the machine. However, it turned out easier to replicate in the hand knit section on the foot. So it worked out easier.

Now that I know what NOT to do on lace knitting on the machine I think I've got it a ok going forward.

I made my own punch card for the slip stich heel, and worked out the methodology for it. ODD no. sts (so each end is slip stitch) watch the side tension - DONT pull the side stitches tight.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

youtube link for a short tutorial: speeding up your dutch-heel slip/knit work

Saturday, June 11, 2011