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Big Accomplishments

Posted by M Starr on September 12, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It took some time and some fenangling with the web site provider and ICANNS domain provider but I think all the glitches are worked out and my new site is fully functional. I am darn near crosseyed but in the end I am happy with how it looks so far. Now knowing me I will go to bed tonight and when I open my eyes there will be some new idea that has popped into my head and I will have to come back and redo some things. 

With all this web work taking place I haven't had much time to knit or crochet (some surfing done for ideas for new projects) but now that the site is running smoothly (I hope) I will be able to start making some stock to list and sell. With all the heat we have had over the past couple of months it has been extremely difficult to even think of picking up the needles and yarn. 

Well today we are having a good old fashioned rainy day (much needed) ...YAY  The day started with me getting on the kitchen stool and cleaning my living room windows (outside) before the rain really hit, cleaning the inside of the windows, coralling dust bunnies in the living room and this was all before 9am. There is a crock pot full of beef stew cooking away in the kitchen, animals are settled in for a quiet relaxing day, so I hope to make use of the rest of the day by gathering up what yarns I need for my next project and getting at it. Time to search through Netflix and put on a non thinker or maybe just Tune-In and listen to some relaxing music. The sky is the limit now!..hehehehe

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New Pattern

Posted by M Starr on August 16, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Here it is,,,,, the middle of August, I have sort of survived the heat wave without melting into the pavement. This has been by far the hottest summer that I can remember. What the heck is with that????.. My A/C died last year and I decided.. heck.. we are on the east coast.. I am sure we won’t actually need it.. HA! By the time we got back from a vacation we were soggy towel deep in the heat wave here. No problem I will go out and get a new A/C. Well,, NOPE.. no A/C’s available either locally or online!.. had I known that I would have picked one up in the states and brought it home. So the panic set in. Phone calls.. internet searches,,, no luck. but I was not giving up. I found on on our local kijiji and got so excited that I bought it that evening without actually measuring the window.. big mistake… it was too high for our bedroom window. oh dang.. oh dang.. I just paid for something that I could not use.. so.. back to kijiji to relist it …. guess what.. it sold in 1/2 hour and was picked up shortly after that!.. yup that is how bad the situation is here. After about a week of searching I found another one at Bed bath and beyond,, and had it shipped in. (Yes I measured to make sure it fit).. So now I am a happy camper.. I have had a cool sleep every night and now my brain is starting to function again.

Anyway. It is time to get back to business with my patterns. I have come up with a new pattern in my head and started writing it down last week. Anyone that does patterns knows this is a long process as we have to write them down then do the prototype for it, knit, rip out,, fix,, knit.. rip it out again.. measure,, remeasure,, rewrite.. you get it right?

Well here is a sneak peek at my next design that will be found on http://www.truenorthknitting.net when it is completed

Any guesses?. huh?.. ok off I go to finish knitting up this prototype, work on getting my pattern into my template for sale and then list it for sale. Thank heavens that it is cooling off a bit so I can at least function around the house.

On that note. I am going to refill my water and get back at it again


Big Changes Coming

Posted by M Starr on July 14, 2018 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

After a full spring of reflection I have decided to not do any more local craft shows, either organizing or participating. This is a decision that was difficult for me but I am OK with it now. It had become a true effort for me and it just didn't seem like fun anymore. I spent the last 6 months going through my studio cleaning and purging. How the heck do we accumulate so much STUFF! Always looking for the next big trend, buying the stuff, making it and then trying to get it sold. I had spent way too much money and time in those ventures, and as we crafter/artisans know, you can't make money on doing crafts. Well, I am about 85% done with the whole process and feeling pretty good about it. I have sold machines and craft supplies that I would never use again, gave away yarns to a local charity and trashed a whole lot more than I expected. I am embarassed to say that I had containers in my studio that hadn't been touched in at least 10 years so I knew the stuff was not going to be used in the future. OMG I had become a "CRAFT HOARDER"!  It started out feeling like I was tossing/selling a little piece of myself but then slowly realized, it is Just STUFF!.. and STUFF does not make a person. 

Last year was particularly taxing for me, mentally and physically, so I have decided to put my time and effort into building my online presence. To be honest, that is how this all started many years ago..I worked when I wanted,...knit, listed and sold, I was making and selling dog sweaters on Ebay. I liked that, seriously, didn't have to deal with anyone face to face. I had a great customer following and people waited for me every weekend to list the sweaters of the week and sometimes the bidding was nuts. It was fun and was true validation of how much they appreciated my work. Actually I heard from a woman that had purchased many sweaters from me  over 15 years ago and she still wears them on her dogs. They held up extremely well. That was nice to hear. I am not sure how well the sales would go on Ebay anymore as the asian market has invaded it and are selling stuff so cheap that it is really not worth listing there anymore. So like I said.. I will be making and listing on this site. I will have in-stock and will probably be taking special orders (although very limited) 

With all that being said, this site will undergo a slight name change. The True North will remain but I will change the Knitting part to something that will reflect all I do. So watch for the new name change which will coming shortly.  I will be doing some more designing (which is what I love to do) as well as using up my yarns to produce hats, headbands, dog sweaters.... you name it. I just need to get back to what started all this for me. I love knitting and crochetting and I plan to spend the fall and winter doing what I love and taking care of ME. When I decided the patterns that I will concentrate on I will then work and sell what I have made. 

And on that note I will end today's blog and continue revamping and cleaning up my site. And of course some more searching through my patterns to decide what I am going to concentrate on. And YES I am a pattern hoarder as well. I have so many folders that it will take me forever to make up a favorite folder for me to work from. Seriously, quit laughing ,,,,, you know you do it as well.. haha 

 

Honeycomb Sock Monkey Mittens

Posted by M Starr on February 23, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Sock Monkey items have become a passion for me. I have dug out my mothers hand written pattern for making the Newfoundland or what we call Caper Mittens and have decided to make them in the sock monkey colours. So much fun!... The whole thing is to try to decifer the handwriting and her assumption that you can figure out the pattern.. hahahaha. She made then many moons ago and basically just wrote down the Readers digest condensed version for her own use. Now it is up to me to figure out what she is trying to say in the pattern.. I Spent a few days figuring it out and writing it down so I can make the pattern for resale. Done.. Now I am making a mitten to make sure that what I have written down is actually going to work out!. I am up to the thumb part now, so it is time to take a break and have some lunch and then settle back down to complete the pattern.

Here is a picture of what I have done so far 

  

The thumb will be solid grey as well as the top of the mitten

I will be putting the pattern up for sale as soon as it is tested


Addi Express Help

Posted by M Starr on October 8, 2015 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (2)

I know it has been a while but I have been super busy getting ready for the fall craft shows in my area. I did however do some searching online for help with my addi machine. I came across a video that tells us to grease your addi machine. Now I have put another post earlier about the silicone spray (jigaloo) for it but I was not happy with the performance of it so I took my machine apart again and washed every needle and casing. That was a royal pain in the butt but I figured.. hey why not try this next fix. She had a video saying what she used but not how to do it so as I was greasing my machine this morning I decided to take some pictures as I was going along.

I went to the local hardware store and bouth some white lithium grease by Permatex. I read on the label that it was safe for just about anything so I figured.. yup.. good to go.


I started by removing the outer black ring that was holding the red plastic ring in place. I gently removed the red ring that holds the needles securely in place.. phew.. ok that was easy



Once I got the black inner ring off ever so gently I then started putting the white grease on each side of every needle. Just a squirt (there is no need to put a lot as this little dab goes a long way.




After I finished with all of the needles on the bottom it was suggested that a bit of grease be put at the top of the needle as well. At this point why not! I was fully committed to greasing this machine as I was tired of all the noise it was making when I knit.


At this point I was done greasing the inside of the machine and was ready to put it back together.

Again , carefully fit the black inner ring back over the needles making sure you line up the indent for the counter rows. You will understand that part as seriously it will not screw down until you line everything up the way it should be. At this point look to see if any seepage is happening around the joins and carefully wipe it off with a soft cloth so the grease does not get on your yarn.





Now carefully line up the red ring so the #1 slot fits over the first black needle. This takes a bit of gentle movement as you slip the red ring over the needles. Be careful not to force anything because after all the needles are plastic and will break if treated roughly.


crank the handle and let it go around a couple of times without any yarn on the needles. At this point look for any splatter of grease and wipe it off. I used a Qtip and a soft cloth from this point on.




Now is the time to put some yarn on the machine but only scrap yarn! Knit around 30 rows. You will notice that the grease is coming out on the yarn. hence that is why you use the scrap yarn that you can toss away when you are done.

keep working to remove the excess grease as you knit the 30 rows.

 

Now remove the scrap work off your machine and toss it away. Once it is off you will see some excess grease. Don’t worry, just wipe it off and you are DONE!…

 

Now the lady said that sometimes she uses Bond Knit easy spray for the top of the needles for extra lubrication, but I cannot find it here in Canada so at this point my machine is done and ready to work.

 

Thanks to Suzy Notting and Jack for giving us the video explaining how she greased her machine

 

you can find her on youtube  "theanswerladyknits"


 

So I am off to make a few more hats for the upcoming shows.





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