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

    Double Bed Jacquard, Superba Style

    As I mentioned in my very first post on this blog, reversible jacquard is the holy grail of jacquard knitting for a lot of machine knitters. And for good reason! If you are making, say, a blanket or a scarf, what could be more perfect than a fabric that, 1) doesn’t roll up like stockinette, 2) looks good on both sides, and 3) has the SAME DESIGN on both sides? Nothing, really. Oh, and of course, no floats. There are certainly some lovely jacquard methods that can be knit on almost any machine. My SK360 does a fine job, but your only option is stripes on the back: Here’s some…

  • Food,  Jewelry,  Polymer Clay,  Tiny Food

    Polymer Clay!

    Sorry, I know it’s been forever since I posted, but I have started 6 posts and not finished them. I will blog the other knitting things I’ve been up to, I promise. Just…not now. My newest obsession is polymer clay. I’ll spare you the long, drawn-out hoopla about why I wanted to try it, but it is a lot like working with fondant, which I miss about my cake-making days. Recently I decided I couldn’t wait anymore, I had to try it NOW! And I’m so glad I did! My first project was a pair of donut earrings. (Yes I know it’s doughnut, but my stupid phone doesn’t accept that,…

  • Clothing,  MachineKnitting,  Pattern

    Bulky Gauge Toddler and Child Hood Pattern

    I’m going to post this here, because Ravelry is giving me a hard time. It’s a basic hood/balaclava pattern for the bulky gauge machine (with ribber) that will fit from toddlers to older children. The finished item looks like this: It’s super simple to do, and would be easy to convert to standard gauge also. (I haven’t done that math, because you need your gauge swatch. I know you weren’t going to skip the gauge swatch, were you? Haha.) It’s a PDF pattern, which you can download here: BulkyGaugeToddlerandChildHood Happy knitting! Heather

  • MachineKnitting

    Christmas Knitting

    I started making Christmas gifts in September this year, thinking I’d be finished everything early. Well, I am not. I then thought I would knit a special stocking for my youngest, since he doesn’t have one like his big brothers do. (Not for lack of trying! The lady who made them doesn’t do the craft show she used to do.) Since I was doing that, I decided to see if anyone wanted them too. They did. Which is awesome! But…yeah. I’m going to be busy for the next little bit, lol. I love Christmas knitting projects though, they’re so timeless and fun. Although I suspect I will love it even…

  • Baking,  Food

    On Bagels

    Recently I decided I wanted to attempt to make bagels. I didn’t know much about bagels, if I’m being honest, just that we were going through a ton of them here. Two older kids who love them, plus a husband who eats them on the weekend, meant we were going through two packages from the store each week. Well, one day we ran out, and I thought, “This is madness, I’m finding a bread machine recipe and making my own.” Obviously I knew I would have to shape them, and bake them, and boil them. I didn’t know I was about to fall down a rabbit hole of “What makes…

  • MachineKnitting

    SuperbaKnit, my White 1602, and Old Electronics

    My most recent obsession became, like so many machine knitters, reversible double bed jacquard. I loved it. I needed it. I had to produce it. DBJ on my Singer 360 is nice, but stripes on the back are just…not as nice as reversible. I learned that maybe a Passap could do it, but I can’t afford a Passap at the moment, and I think I would need to learn another language to understand them. I somehow stumbled across the information that a Superba double bed machine could also do reversible jacquard, and having never heard of Superba before, set out to read everything I could about them like an insane…