Welcome to Project Knitway or should I say Project Renottaway? It's my cyberspace place to post my favorite things...thoughts about family and creativity and design. One of my favorite things is making stuff, specifically clothing and accessories from fiber and metal. So you'll see a lot about that here. I also love spending time with my family, so there will be a bit about that too. When I'm not with my family or in my studio, I am most likely at nextdoor, my store. I have always had a store ever since I was a young woman. I started with a weaving store called the niddy noddy in Waukesha eons ago. I ended with nextdoor in Brookfield. It's my dream store filled with great clothing, especially denim. Really nice women work and shop there, it's a fun place to be. You can find us there every day and online at www.shopatnextdoor.com So come for a visit here and there.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

To the Mattress...Literally and Figuratively

Yesterday I flew through the air with the greatest of ease for what seemed like an eternity but was probably a nanosecond. Landing flat on my back with a thud, I had time to ponder such things as invisible (ice) and the mattress I was no doubt going to. Perhaps I knocked some sense into my head as here I am blogging about the invisible mattress stitch. I've been linking and machine sewing my knit pieces together because:

     a. I have the equipment to do so
     b. I'm always in a hurry
     c. I like to

But lets face it, there's nothing like good old hand work to bring you back to square one. All you need is a needle and your fingers, no machinery, no electricity, just some time on your hands! The mattress stitch is one of the best for creating an invisible seam and is very easy as you can see. I'll let the diagram speak for itself. You just simply sew two knit pieces together using a blunt tapestry needle and yarn. Of course you'll be snugging the yarn up as you stitch to create the seam. I thought about a video but then found this one on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0e88AlHJfI, so onto other things. I'll be using the mattress stitch in my next blog entitled "You'll Flip Over This" Stay tuned and stick to your knitting.