Sponge bar alternative…

Thanks for the question!  Please let me know if you need more information. Step by step is below.  Did the pics tonight, hope they help!

In my Kantan Bulky original post I had replaced the sponge bar in my Kantan Bulky and Empisal ribber with 3/16 inch copper U channel (stained glass supply store) and bias tape folded in half. After a while the bias tape settled and I knew that wasn’t a permanent solution. So I searched you tube and after watching this video came up with a great alternative. You see, if the sponge material will fill the sponge bar cavity, you don’t need the metal bar anymore!! I got some 1/2 inch *20 foot backer rod insulation foam from Walmart, one bag is about $4.00. though 3/8 or smaller may have been easier, 1/2 inch worked fine, cut in half lengthwise.

You’ll find it in the hardware section by the weatherstripping.

How to do it.

Gather your tools and a roll of masking tape. The wrench or driver size is 5.5mm, you also need a small Phillips screwdriver, and a pair of scissors.

1. Tape all needle heads so the needles don’t move during this. You will save ALOT of grief.

2. Clamp machine bed to the edge of a table, then carefully remove the flat head Phillips screws, nut and washer from the needle retaining bar at the front of the machine, this is the metal piece the needles are secured with. Its best to hold the screw in place and loosen the nut from underneath, so you dont strip the screws. Don’t remove the outside edge (rounded machine screws) yet.

3. Measure out a piece of foam long enough to fill the channel from left to right, and cut lengthwise in half.

4. Remove all but the far left screw and gently slide the metal retaining bar (in the pic above with the colored ink) forward slightly, allowing access to the sponge bar channel from the top.

5. Carefully insert the sponge into the cavity, it should rest on top of the needles. Once you reach half way, carefully remove the left edge screw and replace the far right edge screw, continuing to fill the sponge bar cavity.

6. Carefully push the metal retaining bar back into place, inserting left edge screw first. Then replace the inside edge screws.

7. Insert the flathead screws across the retaing bar and fasten with washer and nut.

8. Remove masking tape, push needles back and forth a few times to settle the sponge in place. The needles should move with a little tension. They should not be loose or free sliding, and should not be difficult to move either.

9. Replace knitter carriage and Cast on!

Hope this helps. Please like if it does🤗

Best wishes!!

African Adventure 90 day stashbusting pattern

2848083108_d6e1e471fb_z1787414557.jpg   One of the coolest scrap yarn projects I’ve seen can be found in “An African Adventure” by Horst Schulz. I chose to start with an invisible cast on. Follow the pattern (see link on my pattern page) an make one bowtie every day.

This will take me 9 days for bowties and then a day for borders. Let’s see how it looks in 90 days!! Feel free to join me! I have too much yarn and need to destash! Picture at top is completed project from DOLLIEWOLLIE’S RAVELRY PROJECT PAGE.

RUBY…Where have I been?

New York, Texas, California, Florida, The British Isles, South America, St. Louis, Cleveland, Conneticut, Oklahoma, Kentucky. All places that are connected to Ruby and coincidentally, all places I have traveled to. Each time I travel, I keep her history in the back of my mind, should there be a nugget of proof I can locate.

Most recently, I took a chance on locating the place where ruby’s husband had been interred. I was searching for connections, names, relatives. I found myself walking through the Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis at 9AM. (sidenote…excellent website, interesting history, potentially dangerous area-Clark Griswald was right….roll up!) Over the years I have had but one short email from Rubys only surviving niece. With just a few sentences, she unlocked the story and all th pieces I had collected an conjectured, now began to l I no together, . Afterwards, I think, maybe my follow-up questions were a little too much, coming from a stranger. So I’ve been flowing the documents, the census, birth and death certificates, compiling a colorful story of triumph through lifelong adversity. By accident, becoming Ruby’s keeper of Records.

Mulberry, eggplant, lavender, lilac, ….it’s not purple rain.

So in the beginning of 2016, yes 2016! I started on this neckwarmer. I’ve finally picked it up for the last time.

It’s not quite purple ( though I thought purple rain was a clever name for the pattern) I think mulberry captures the name if the color best. This was a thrift store sweater, carefully un-seamed, unraveled and cleaned. In all this was the cowl neck and parts of the sleeves. The donor sweater was pilled and felted in places, I couldn’t use it all. Now tightly knit, it’s very supple, and my only regret is not re-spinning with the multicolored sulky thread, as I did in the original swatch…..maybe next time. I’m super pleased with results as they were worth the effort entirely!

I have a free pattern written up if you would like to try it. Always happy for feedback! You can message me, I can email it.

Just haven’t figured out how to post it here!

Ruby’s Vintage Patterns

Transcontinental Ruby’s Story begins.

What’s up with Ruby’s Vintage Patterns? Well, Ruby was a really hard working woman in her time. Her life has unfolded before my eyes over the past 12 years and I am truly interested in sharing her story. So in Project number 1, I am knitting the garment using the materials originally called for in her 1960s written pattern. As I do, I am also searching for that perfect 21st century yarn to work the design in parallel. I think Ruby deserves to have her patterns revived, as they are universal, practical designs, meant for us “normal knitters”.  We like Simple & Practical.  We know if we are going to spend X amount of time hand knitting the garment, then you need quality materials that will hold up to the XX wear and easy care you hope the intended user will give it!!  I truly like knitting things that people will actually use! So look forward to explaining more about Ruby, her patterns and her story.


Friday fluff


This bowl of Friday fluff brought to you by Buddy, a 2 year old French Angora house bunny.  Stay Warm!!

WHAT IS THIS PLANT?                                                                 Found on Minnesota shore of Lake Superior

Please comment if you know what this is!!!


Goldilocks originally though I should call this one goldilocks…But after sleeping on it I like Copprella…it’s the name this yarn will have. Copperella was made in China from polyester, cotton and 3% “unknown” materials (the sequins and tinsel-like gold) Maybe Rumplestiltskin would be more appropriate. After all he taught the girl to spin straw into gold.


Though I’m sure it didn’t start out as straw, the color caught my eye, it’s warm.  The texture is silky, not scratchy as  many metallic-look yarns can be.

Copperella will be processed and measured, the reused in an open-lace pattern. I might add a strands of teal, orange, or purple….follow me later in projects!