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Ultimate Sweater Machine Diary

Hi peeps, if you missed my last video, I bought an Ultimate Sweater Machine. These can still be purchased new, but I understand that they are no longer being made. You might strike out and find them in a thrift store! Anyway, I decided to keep a diary since these machines were around for decades, but also notoriously cranky, hee hee!

I have made two projects on it so far. Stay tuned!



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KB Looms Rotating Double Knit Loom

I don't knit with needles--I have two Addi knitting machines and no shortage of knitting looms (sometimes called knitting rakes). It's very quick and easy and you can still do fun stitches.

I just learned about this contraption and I'm not sure if I'll be saying happy birthday to meeeeee with it :-D I saw that some people use cable ties to affix their other looms onto the top. Still, intriguing IMHO!



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Whatcha workin' on?

Hi peeps, I'd like to welcome new members and check to see what everyone is working on.

I have nothing at the moment, really, although one of my friends and I had a virtual crafternoon where we mostly talked.

Are you learning a new skill while self-isolating? Visiting an old one? What's on your mind?
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Zero Waste Design

Hi friends, I don't know when I'll get around to writing more about this project since I haven't finished writing about the first project. My art college class was abruptly cancelled. The school was locked down and my two projects are stuck there until further notice.

Anyway, our second project revolved around zero waste design. It was something that I was aware of, but I didn't always know how to put into practice. When it comes to fabric or paper, waste is created as soon as you introduce curves into the design. Historical clothing was often zero waste. Textiles were precious. Many historic and modern articles could start as a rectangle and through the use of pleats, tucks, draping and more be turned into something wow.

If you're a papercrafter, you already know this from One Sheet Wonder designs.

If you're a sewer, this may be a new concept! Think about how you lay patterns out on fabric. Modern patterns encourage you to pin once and cut twice. However, despite your best efforts to make the best use of your fabric, you will discover scraps. Natural fibre scraps can be composted in a commercial composting program (cut them up into bits first) but man-made fibres can't. So, in the interest of economy and the environment, zero waste design can come to the rescue!

Here are some links all y'all may find interesting: