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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Using my Knitmaster 700

It has been in the loft for the past 3 years. Then I decided, hey, I might as well get it down and start using it. The 'getting down' bit was the most difficult part but with the help of my boys I finally managed to get it all set up. I remembered it would need a good clean and oil so I started on that, then I had to keep going up and getting all the accessories for it. The ribber nearly had me thrown face down the stairs when it caught in the corner of the banister but I finally made it.
There were many pieces that I could not recognize, small bits of metal and plastic. Sometime soon I will get them photographed and put on here, maybe someone could help me out with identifying them?

Here is the set up, the sewing machine was given to me by my daughter also about three years ago so I got that down and placed it near the knitting machine.

All set to go, maybe a blanket first just to get used to using this machine? The punch cards are all in a blue box under the sewing machine so I found one which is a tuck stitch (card No.4). Then I e-wrap cast-on 100 stitches and knit 5 rows st.st using the last row to unlock the punchcard. I then knit 500 rows in the tuck stitch pattern, then another 5 rows st.st. It took me about 45 mins to do that piece. I did a bind off, left the piece to settle while I made a second identical piece. These I will join together with a flat stitch after which I will find a suitable edging pattern to do all the edges with. Photographs to come in my next post.

2 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you're back to machine knitting. Diana's Circular baby blanket videos are great. You are going to enjoy that project.

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  2. I like especially the undertitle of your blog. couldn´t say it better.
    Did no machine knitting for years and now there´s a lot I have to learn anew.
    Admirable that you already knitted a whole blanket, at the moment I´m only struggling with swatches.
    maliz

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