Hello, my name is Andrea from Northern Ireland. I am an enthusiastic machine knitter but am interested in all things woollen. I am an active member of the NI Machine Knitters Guild which has renewed my interest in machine knitting. I own a standard Brother 940 electronic knitting machine and a Brother Chunky. I also hand knit and love looking at new wools and patterns.
This is my last day of Christmas and I have shown you 12 of my best items which I have made in the past 12 months. This is the latest item which I have made and I am really pleased with it. It is hand knit in 2 different wools, a soft luxurious Artesano Alpaca and Louisa Harding Willow Tweed. The bag is therefore more versatile as it has 2 different sides. I lined it with dark orange which shows through the lace leaves. I hope you like it.
Artesano Alpaco side
Louisa Harding Willow Tweed
Thanks to my friend's sister Louise who supplied me with the wool from her stall in St George's Market, Belfast
This is a hat which was in a recent edition of Machine Knitting Monthly magazine. It is knit with a mix of 2 yarns - I think it was a 2ply and tibet. The inside of the hat is chenille and it is quite thick. You knit the crown and then a strip for the brim which is added separately. I had this felted flower which I pinned on later.
Here is a hat which was inspired by Iris Bishop. She visited our knitters guild and showed us how to knit a piece of material with long floats which are then cut up the middle and brushed down. I made this hat and then added on a knitted cord and pompoms. It is quite effective.
Happy New Year to everyone and happy knitting for 2012. My new year resolution is to lose weight, get fitter and make more time to knit, weave and sew. I got some new craft books for Christmas and hope to work through these.
Below is a cardigan which I knit a while back for my daughter. I used my brother chunky machine for the main body which is in aran wool. I then handknit the cuffs and band and added a furry collar with foxy fur. Then I embroidered the bottom.
Alas, she is now too big to fit it, but I am unable to part with it.