Heather is a Canadian with a passion for making things, and a desire to share those things with the world. (Whether the world wants her to or not.) Main mediums include knitting, sewing, polymer clay sculpture, baking, cooking, sketching, and probably things she hasn't tried yet.

  • MachineKnitting,  Pattern

    Mini Santa Hat Knitting Pattern for the Superba with GLTC

    Hello! It’s been a hot minute since I posted here, but I have a new pattern for you today, just in time for the holiday season. This pattern is for mini Santa hats, in two sizes, knit circular on the Superba double bed machine. It has garter stitch trim, so you’ll want the GLTC or regular transfer carriage to make it easier. Download the free PDF from here or my Ravelry store, (Username: HeatherMakesStuff) and give them a whirl! Cheers! Heather

  • MachineKnitting

    Adjusting Sensors and Cursor Timing if SuperbaKnit is Mispatterning

    Hello again everyone! I didn’t get much knitting done over the summer (funny how I don’t want to be locked away in a basement making winter clothes when the sun is shining, birds singing, etc.) but some of you may know from my Instagram that our basement overhaul was finally completed, and I moved my beloved Superba knitting machine back downstairs. Because I wasn’t using it very much, and hadn’t tried to knit fair isle at all, I didn’t realize that I was having a problem with SuperbaKnit mispatterning, until a month or two later when I went to knit a couple of hats. I took the first one off…

  • Clothing,  MachineKnitting,  Pattern

    Knitting with the Superba Forma

    If you saw my last post, about installing the Forma, this post is probably not coming as a shock to you 😉 This video is a bit longer than my others have been, and I swear it’s cursed, because it took me about ten tries to film each chunk. However, I think it covers most of what you need to know to start knitting using your Superba Forma. I will upload another video if I ever finish the garment – maybe I’ll cover how to knit the front and back, because I STILL can’t figure out how you’re meant to do it. As always with new equipment, the best place…

  • MachineKnitting

    The Superba Forma

    This green beauty is the Superba Forma. If you are not familiar with it, it is Superba’s version of a knitleader or knit radar, that is, a device that allows you to knit from a drawing of a garment instead of from written instructions. This particular unit is new to me, and I was THRILLED to find someone who had one for sale. I know there are computer programs that do this kind of thing, but I enjoy the simplicity of putting a piece of paper in the unit, setting it up, and knitting along. I had a knit radar on my Singer 360 (they are built into the machine),…

  • MachineKnitting,  Vintage/Retro

    “RetroBrite”: Lightening up Old, Yellowed Plastics

    If you follow me on Instagram (and you should!) you will have seen these photos already, but I thought I’d throw a post together with some more details. My basement knitting/sewing room has been recently renovated, and I am finally getting all my things back out that have been packed away for almost a year, including my Singer SK155 bulky/chunky machine and ribber combo. I bought that machine for a song, and it knits perfectly, but it was extremely yellowed from being exposed to sunlight. (This is normal, and due to a chemical added to these old plastics to enhance fire retardant abilities.) It doesn’t affect anything knitting-wise, but cosmetically…

  • MachineKnitting

    More Lace Knitting on the Superba

    I’m back at it again, this time showing you how to knit a different lace pattern. Instead of knitting two rows and then transferring stitches back to the front bed, this style tucks three rows on the back bed, then knits through the loops, before transferring back to the front bed. The result is a different looking lace, with larger holes: I think it’s quite beautiful, and it’s so simple to knit. All you need is your machine, the GLTC, and the instruction book for the GLTC, which can be found here if you don’t have a hard copy. You can apply the same instructions to a multitude of stitch…

  • MachineKnitting

    Lace Knitting

    Look at me with the multiple posts in a week. 😉 Well since I was already in the groove of making a video for garter stitch, I thought I’d add another video on knitting lace on your Superba machine. The process of knitting lace is really quite simple, it’s just a matter of getting to know your machine, and your transfer carriage, so it will play along. Firstly, you really don’t want to attempt this for the first time without the instruction manual for the GLTC (garter lace transfer carriage). There’s a lot of checking and re-checking things as you go. I don’t have a hard copy of it, but…

  • MachineKnitting

    Garter Stitch

    If you’ve been following along on my Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been working with the GLTC (garter lace transfer carriage) for a few weeks now, trying out various garter and lace patterns on the Superba. I’m happy to say that after some failures last year, I have now gotten it worked out, at least to a point where I feel comfortable that I can make it do what I want it to. The Garter Lace Transfer Carriage (GLTC) for Superba/Singer/White/Phildar double bed knitting machines I will post a longer, more detailed post about lace and various fancy garter stitches at some point, but today I will solely focus on…

  • Baking,  Desserts,  Food,  Keto

    Keto Mini Cupcakes

    If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I like to bake. I don’t like to cook quite as much, but I’m getting there. I do like to eat, and I decided toward the end of last year that enough is enough – I order way too much takeout, and I want to stop. Also, I have been following the keto diet on and off for … well technically for years, because I’ve done Atkins back in the day, but since last summer (with a few month break since Christmas, ahem) quite seriously. I don’t have a ton of weight to lose, but I’d like to find a…

  • Clothing,  MachineKnitting,  Sewing

    Kris Jenner Sweater

    I said some time ago I was going to put a reversible Kris Jenner image onto a sweater, and I finally got around to doing that in December. Sort of. I used a different image, and a different method of knitting, but it’s still mama Kris. The finished Kris Jenner sweater! Of course, when we’re talking of clothing, there are issues to consider besides, “Can I make this image look good,” such as, “Will this fabric be as stiff as cardboard,” etc.. I didn’t really like the feel of that particular yarn/knitting combo for a sweater, it was kinda stiffer than I would personally want to wear. This lead me…