Machine Translation

As I keep saying, I find plain stockinette tedious to hand knit, which is why I have a knitting machine. All the while I was handknitting my Kurt, a pattern by Japanese designer Junko Okamoto for an oversized pullover of modular patchwork squares, I laboriously handknitted one stockinette square after an other and daydreamed about … More Machine Translation

My Baby and Me

I wasn’t the kind of mother who knitted “Mommy and Me” matching sweaters when my daughters were little, but I seem to be making up for lost time now that my younger daughter is an adult. The way that generally happens is that I try out a new idea for myself that would work well … More My Baby and Me

Melissa’s Largesse

Being BFF’s with the owner of a thriving yarn store has tangible perks for a dedicated knitter. Many knitters, and I’m one of them, accumulate more yarn than they can ever knit during their time on earth. We call it SABLE, an acronym for “stash acquisition beyond life expectancy”, and it sounds like a joke, … More Melissa’s Largesse

More Panels

When I previously wrote about using the machine knitting method Diana Sullivan calls “sew as you go”, which joins a new piece of knitting to the edge stitch of a previously knitted piece, I had made three variations on a sweater formula I’d developed and a pair of socks with a wavy shape built into … More More Panels

A Panel Discussion

I’m not the first to have noticed that the limitations of my skills and equipment stimulate designs that get around those limitations or turn them into design features. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all. Or is it “mother is the invention of necessity”? Or “invention is the necessity of mother”? Whatever, last spring … More A Panel Discussion

On My Feet

I took an online machine knitting seminar in February with Diana Sullivan that she called “From String to Things.” One of those things was a recipe for machine-knitted mukluks, which I thought might be adaptable for use as socks. I really need new socks since my current wardrobe of socks is sprouting holes every which … More On My Feet

Chiaroscuro

I saw it once on Facebook in a machine-knitting group and then never saw it again, but it burned a hole in my imagination: a yoked all-over entrelac pullover in gradients of green and pink. It sparked my year of machine-knit entrelac, which occupied my knitting machine for a lot of 2020. I mentioned this … More Chiaroscuro