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..that the solution to inequality, pain, suffering, and lack in the world is ‘those that have’ sharing willingly from the heart with ‘those that have not’ who are sick and/or needy.

Warm clothing and bedding for babies, quilts for the aged or ill, books for the disadvantaged, essentials and household goods for those who have lost everything in floods, house fires, or due to job loss; these are just some of the need we assist with. You can help.
 

Jul
01

Tips for your knitting machine – its more fun when you know the ‘easy’ way!

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We hope everyone is headed for a wonderful 4th of July.  Our Relief Share holidays are always better when we know the sick and needy are taken care of first, so we are knitting up a storm on our Ultimate Sweater Machine today making baby cocoons!

For those of you who have a USM or another type of knitting machine, you know that it’s fun, quick and easy. For those of you considering getting an Ultimate Sweater Machine or one of the variations of it – they are available at JoAnn Fabric (be sure to use a 40% or 50% off coupon when you purchase, coupons are usually on their website).

Here are a few tips to make your knitting a lot easier, professional looking and fun!

Instead of just using the black hem that comes with the USM, do a row of double e-wrap so when you are ready to take your knitting off the machine, you don’t have to crochet it off.  This youtube video by Diane Sullivan is very good as she explains slowly and clearly how to do a double e-wrap.

This video shows how to make a cast on rag – very helpful if you are making smaller items, such as the braided ball for children in the hospital.

To make the baby cocoons for the hospital, it is a lot nicer and quicker to use the Kris Krafter garter bars to decrease and make a nice rounded end.  We made a couple of types of home made garter bars and they just aren’t effective and quick enough for us, when a donation of the KrisKrafter garter bars arrived, everyone was VERY excited and they are in constant use now. Expensive, but worth every penny (thank you to our sweet angel who donated them to us – we love you for it!)

So what can you make with your Sweater Machine (knitting machine)?  Anything you can imagine!  Send us your pictures for us to include on our blog ;-)

We make baby hats, baby cocoons, afghans, prayer shawls, braided balls, cancer patient hats and much more!

President Carol Green
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 6483-2225

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2 Comments

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I wonder if you have charity knitting pattern sthat you would be willing to share. I knit for local programs in my area but I can’t find knitting machine patterns for premmie baby hats and baby cocoons, wheel chair lap afghans, or easy prayer shawls.
Regards
Elizabeth
of
Christian Woman’s Guild of Oxford Country

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Thank you for asking – Relief Share patterns are always free and we are more than happy to share the patterns we have – they are posted on our blog and on our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ReliefShare We also recommend a wonderful facebook page with 1350 members that use the USM Bond knitting machine https://www.facebook.com/groups/usmclub/ The members there are wonderful about sharing their patterns as well.

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