WOYWW 663 – dear lord what a mess….


Happy WOYWW! As I mentioned I have a minor hospital thing going on this week so I can’t say my desk is tidy or inspiring. It’s all a bit of a mess really.

The Hubster bought me a large Addi knitting machine recently and I have been sneaking across the upstairs landing from my crafty space into my sewing space to play with it as it works best if clamped to a table. I have also been trying to use up some yarn that is ether leftover from old projects or or recovered from frogged (rip-it, rip-it) items. What is on my desk (over top of some of the debris from the pleated tag book still) is something I was experimenting with.

Weirdly, the colours show they go together nicely (I think) in the above photo, where in the next one, they seem a bit off. The teal just isn’t right here:

The machine creates either a tube or a flat panel, but making the panel can be challenging. In my attempts over the weekend (and there were many) I found that previously knitted yarn works less well than pristine yarn in the machine. But when it works? My goodness look at the precision of those stitches! Blimey. The plan is to make the majority of the sweater on the machine but finish it off with hand-knitting of the shoulders. I am not sure if the sleeves will work as a tube or not, as it is a defined number of stitches and shaping is a tricky process. Recovering stitches that tuck or drop when doing either a tube or a panel is a nightmare so you have to keep on your toes, you can’t just speed-crank with abandon.

The other desk is also a bit of a nightmare:

The little art journal is still sitting there, closed but otherwise ignored, and you can kinda see some little gnomes I cranked out a while a go. I didn’t elaborate on the pattern for them at the time so I may add that tomorrow, as I will be away at the hospital for the day. Back to the other desk for the If You HAD to…. cards:

Another clear choice! With time, perhaps I could win over an animal or two, but being a baby seal executioner, publicly or not, is a step too far, or should be, for anyone. Who comes up with these cards?

Oh well. Happy WOYWW again.

18 thoughts on “WOYWW 663 – dear lord what a mess….

  1. I sure am glad that the cards we have to choose from are not real. Can you imagine? I certainly would not choose killing baby seals for sport (though some people do I think), and of course, as happy as I would be to be able to talk to animals, it would be heartbreaking for them to hate me. You have two very busy desks today, the knitting machine sounds exciting, although I do know what you mean about the stripe not really matching the other colour, but having said that, I love all the colours! Have a wonderful week, Lindart #23

  2. Always wanted a knitting machine, then my friend bought one and showed me how to use it….. No.. No.. No
    You are producing good work there, love the colours.
    Batten down the hatches and stay safe
    Christine #16

  3. Speed crank with abandon…made me laugh out loud. The wools together do look fab, but the rest is talking in tongues early, picking up stitches, shaping arms…ergh, is there anything you can’t do? Hope today at the hospital is passing without incident. X

  4. Lovely to see your nightmare desks – mine are much worse – and the floor!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Stay safe and keep well!
    I am determined to call and comment on all of you this week!
    Susan #10
    Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

  5. Sounds like you would rather play with your knitting machine than be at your craft desk. New toys are always more fun. LOL Hugs. Sharon #21

  6. Oh no! Not baby seals! I’ll go with the animals. I can usually have a good conversation with the cat and the dogs I take out…well….they’re dogs, throw the ball and giv’us treats is all they say! Good luck at the hospital Stay Safe Happy WOYWW Keep up the craftung!((Lyn 19)

  7. Lol at your comment- If I knew how to copy and paste then yes but I don’t know how to !!

  8. Happy WOYWW. Hope everything goes smoothly at the hospital and you are home soon. I used to know a lady who was an expert with knitting machines. She made incredible jumpers with fabulous designs. My brain can’t sort out the technical side! Loving your finished tag album – and the cute gnomes. Ali x #17

  9. I love your knitted panels and your’cranked-out’ gnomes. It’s tricky to photograph colours, isn’t it? I struggle with my slipover.
    I hope your hospital procedure goes well. Take care and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 14

  10. As always I am staggered by your productivity!! The colours of that journal are very appealing. Fingers crossed for an OK day at hospital. Love n hugs, Cindy #15

  11. Love the centre panel. I used to have a knitting machine and used to have fun making up the patterns(colours not stitches!). Then my children decided black was the only acceptable colour! Hope the hospital visit goes well. Angel #9

  12. I had to look up a video of that machine as I had no idea how it would work. I still don’t understand how you could make different sized jumpers with the same size machine. Does it only make one size, I wonder? Either way, how cool that you can do it in a matter of minutes instead of days and weeks – and in my case years LOL. Hope it all goes well at the hospital – at least you’re being seen. All the contact I’ve had with doctors in the last few weeks was over the phone, except when I was sent to A&E. Arrgh, best not to be ill. Have a lovely week otherwise. xx zsuzsa #7

    • You have to join flat panels in strips unless you are super skinny or a child LOL! You can make a panel of any count between about 43 stitches to IDK, 10 or so? Never tried making thin ones! Or you can switch modes an knit a circular tube of a set size. How you creatively join a ix of those things to create a sweater pattern is the challenge. Google Addi knitting machine sweaters or jumpers and you will see a bunch of options. The challenge of getting all the right bits combined for your particular body is the fun/annoying part 😀

  13. I am a definite teal fan and I love the blue panel, what a gorgeous mix
    Don’t like the cards this week – culling baby seals – not on.
    I do like your journal though, that looks ever such a lovely cover and the gnomes are fabulous. Are they fully knitted or just the hats?
    Hugs, Neet 2 xx

  14. A great collection of stuff going on here today and can’t wait for a better look at the journal. The playing cards are definitely strange today. Enjoy the knitting, something I gave up long ago though I loved it at the time. Happy woyww, Angela x8x

  15. If anyone could master The Machine, it’s you! You’re right, the stitch definition is amazing and it would be so quick for knitting up garments. Have fun playing! Hope the hospital stuff goes well and smoothly.
    Hugs LLJ 3 xxx

  16. I’m very impressed with the results of your knitting machine. Hubby gets a big tick for buying you that
    Lynn xx 6

  17. good luck at the hospital! The knitting machine sounds a bit of a challenge but I know you’ll master it and the piece looks great so far! Those cards are weird!! quit a barbaric offering this week – deffo only one choice!! Helen #?

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