Happy Monday

Welcome back

LoveKnittingHope you all had a nice relaxing weekend.

There wasn’t much knitting done at Grammazoo’s during the weekend because it was hot, very hot. With clear blue skies and the sun beating down, the temperature reached 44 degrees on Saturday and 42 degrees on Sunday. Some relief came on Sunday afternoon when a change came through and believe me, it was more than welcome.

Precious Pi and I got up early for our walk as usual this morning and it was almost cold, I say almost, but it was definitely a lot cooler than it’s been for some time. Phew!!

With a new week coming Grammazoo has many more goodies just for you, but first, I am curious as to how your Valentine Day’s project went. Did you have a go at the rose or the little heart?

Having never felted before, I opted for the rose as a chance to try something new. Knitting the rose was easy but the suggestion I put it in the washing machine in hot, soapy water, all on its own, didn’t do much for me.

Instead, I put some very hot water and detergent in the kitchen sink, and then

Grammazoo’s felted rose for Valentine’s Day. I hope the ‘Major’ appreciates the hard work I have put in.

mashed my poor little sampler until it started to look as though it had been washed a million times before.

This took about 10 minutes (I was pretty rough with it), after which I rang it out as much as I could before molding it back into shape. The end result looked kind of like the pattern so I called it a success.

Please share your project with the community so we can all see what you have been up to.

Quote of the week

I love deadlines. I especially love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Douglas Adams

It is a peculiarity of knitters that they chronically underestimate the amount of time that it takes to knit something. Birthday on Saturday? No problem. Socks are small. Never mind that the average sock knit out of sock-weight yarn contains about 17,000 stitches. Never mind that you need two of them. (That’s 34,000 stitches, for anybody keeping track.) Socks are only physically small. By stitch count, they are immense.

When confronted with a birthday in a week I will remember that a book can be a really good present, too.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Did you know?

The knitting machine was invented in 1589 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I) by William Lee, a clergyman. After the invention of the knitting machine, knitting was gradually taken over by guild-organised cottage industries in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Gardner, Sue, ed. A to Z of Knitting: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Knitter. Woodinville, WA: Martingale & Company, 2007.

According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica

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“Lee, a clergyman at Claverton is said to have developed the machine because a woman whom he was courting showed more interest in knitting than in him”.

Says something about Lee methinks.

He was refused a patent for his machine by Queen Elizabeth I on several occasions because she was concerned “for the security of the kingdom’s many hand knitters”.

Not to be outdone, Lee took his machine to France where King Henry IV helped him to establish stocking manufacturing in Rouen. He remained in France until Henry’s assassination in 1610 and was quite prosperous.

Interestingly the principle of operation of Lee’s knitting machine is still used in today’s knitting machines.

Do you like cushions?

Are you looking for some interesting cushion designs in both knitting and crochet? Grammazoo has been on the lookout for you, so look no further.

Below are just a couple of the amazing designs you will find when you visit loveknitting.com

There are formal cushions, quirky cushions, cushions for kids, pretty cushions, plain cushions, cushions for every mood and loads more. It is worth a look for sure.