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Hand y Machine Knitting

Welcome to the Hand y Machine Knitting podcast.

Whether you knit fast or slow, you'll find a new episode each month to inspire and motivate you to get some knitting done!

Apr 25, 2017

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Rave - Flint Institute of Music and Flint Institute of Arts
Rant - Grinding up two of my hand knit dishcloths - the Melon dishcloth and the Chinese Waves dishcloth.

The Michigan Machine Knitting Guild has a group on Ravelry. Our next meeting is May 15, 2017

I went to a CSM crank-in at the Heritage Spinning and Weaving shop in Lake Orion, MI. Another is planned for June 10, 2017

I also went to the Erlbacher Gearhart Crank-In and Homecoming event in Cape Girardeau, MO. I saw a demonstration by Judy of making a felted slipper. Her project on Ravelry has all the details. I went to the yarn dyeing workshop where I got to use Dharma dyes. Next year it’s going to be April 4-8, 2018

This is the third year I went to the Spring Fling event in Peru, IN. I’d learn whatever Susan Guagliumi and/or Carol Scott wanted to teach. Next year it will be April 13-14, 2018. Contact Charlene Shafer, 765-985-3164,

Carolinas Machine Knitters Guild seminar May 5-6 in Raleigh, NC features Mary Anne Oger, Mike Becker, and April Mills.

The Techknitters Machine Knitting Club is bringing Helen Koshak to Burr Ridge, IL on May 6-7. Helen will be teaching various stitches and edges on Saturday and DAK on Sunday. Cost is $40/day or $75 for both days.

Susan G is also teaching a two day class called Machine Knitting Sweater Workshop on May 20-21 in CT.

My own knitting retreat is tentatively scheduled for June 9-10, 2017. You can email me at

July 21-22, 2017 is the Monroe Machine Knitting seminar in Monroe, MI. Contact Cathy Reaume at

July 29-30, 2017 is Founders’ Fest Seminar, Midwest Machine Knitters’ Collaborative, Plymouth MN.

Stitches Midwest is August 3-6 in Schaumburg, IL.

The Michigan Fiber Festival is August 18-20 in Allegan, MI.

If you know of any other events, near or far, let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

I bought a new V-hook and a double ended hook from Erlbacher. I forgot to mention that I bought the EON tool. I also picked up my 54 equal slot ribber dial.

I got a Strick Matador knitting machine from a friend. I can’t find a picture that isn’t on eBay or Knitting Paradise. Google it.

Roberta Rose Kelley has a series of videos on Youtube about using the KR-10. I bought new quarter and half scale mylars from Needle-Tek.

Hand Crafting
I finished Granny Stripes afghan in sock yarn scraps.

I finished the Midnight Sun Tam. I purchased the kit from Feral Knitter and it’s full of Jamieson’s Spindrift yarn in 11 colors.

I started the Dr. Owl hot water bottle cover.

Machine Knitting
I made several pairs of socks on my Legare CSM: Jackie’s purple socks, the socks for my friend from work, a pair for my daughter’s friend, a pair for me.

Here’s my little white cardi.

Legare chart  for knitting heels and toes.  

Susan G’s website (, different than her blog) has a downloadable copy of Linking Basics - Reference for the Singer DL1000 Linking Machine. You have to sign up to view her freebies.

Here’s the film about Lorna and her artistry. (Having trouble with actual links.)

VitaMeataVegeMin - How I make stock
Put ham bone in the vessel of the electric pressure cooker and cover with water. Add a bay leaf and three to five peppercorns. Bring up to high pressure and cook for 75 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. Strain stock and use for bean or split pea soup. Be sure to pick all the ham off the bones to add to the soup. It won’t have much flavor but will add a bit of chew and texture to the soup.