Wednesday, 31 August 2011

setting up the Lk150 knitting machine



I am still waiting for that bloody spongebar for my knitmaster 360 which apparently should be hear by the end of the week, huuurrr I just want to get knitting on it straight away lol anyway I decided I would drag out my lk150 and do some knitting on that, then I thought why not video tape my self setting up the machine just incase people who own one, maybe have not used it and just not sure how to get the machine ready for knitting, here is a video showing how.
I hope some of you find this helpful.

Talk to you later
Alex

Saturday, 27 August 2011

It's my 'new' knitmaster 360k

Today as you probably know I have picked up the Knitmaster 360 that I won on eBay yesterday and I have to say I am really pleased with it, I took these pictures prior to cleaning it which I spent most of the afternoon doing as well as traveling for it lol. I had taken the end caps and casing of the machine and gave it a good vacuum out inside but anyway what do you think?

As you can see from the pictures the UV discolouration like described on the listing is only slight but it doesn't bother me as long as it isn't nicotine yellow.
I took out the sponge bar and as you can see it's like a week old bottle of coke, flat as anything you can see at the right hand end what it should be like and what it is like, so that will need to be replaced but apart from that the machine works great, I only tested knitting over a few needles while I had it on the floor but I don't want to risk damaging it until I have a new sponge bar.

I also bought some 4ply yarn from my local yarn shop, I got a 400 gram cone of classic gold 100% acrylic yarn in royal blue and I also bought two bags of the same yarn, elle family knit, it is just in different colours one is in a beige shade and the other is in a navy blue shade, there is 500 grams in the beige and there is 350 grams in the navy, it is 100% courtelle which I think is some type of acrylic yarn? they were on sale and hey who doesn't look in the sale basket when there is one lol.

Talk to you later
Alex

Friday, 26 August 2011

A standard at last

Today I won an auction on eBay for a Knitmaster 360 after I sold my knitmaster 700 last year for a brother 891 standard gauge machine but the more I thought about it I had never used a brother machine before, yeah sure I could learn but I like to stay familiar lol, I was going to purchase another knitmaster 700 however I remebered that I never really liked the kr7 knit radar that was built in I don't know why But I just preferred the kr6 so that is the reason I bought the 360 but another factor is that I have a lot of kr6 patterns that I can therefore use with the 360 an wouldn't of been able to with the 700.

If you are not familiar with the knitmaster 360 it is very similar to the knitmaster 700 apart from like I said the knitradar, the 700 has a built in kr7 and the 360 has the built in kr6, the 700 has a "mastergulide" carriage unlike the 360 which I never really saw a point to because the knitmaster 321 I had a few years back, the carriage always seamed as easy to push on that machine as it was on the 700 and the "mastergulide" carriage doesn't seam any quieter than the normal one either, they both have a built in accessorie box and a row counter however the 360 has an extra addition of a tool storage section for you to stand your hand tools in while you are temporarily not using them, the 700 and 360 both do single motif with the"magic cams".
so to sum up the only thing that is different about the 360 to the 700 is that it has a built in kr6 and not a kr7 and it doesn't have the mastergulide carriage like the 700 does.

I won this machine on it's own without a ribber for £27.60 so obviously I am now on the look out for an srp50 ribber because, yes I sold that with my 700 at the time, grrr more money to have to spend but no way am I fighting with the latch tool or messing about with mock ribs lol.
I am colleting it at some point tommorow so I will post pictures ASAP

Talk to you later

Alex

Two colour fair isle sweater finished

I have finally got this jumper finished and I am so glad it is done, the reason it has taken me so long to finish is because after knitting the whole jumper once then start sewing it up to find out that it was very difficult and then ripping it out and re knitting the jumper again I was so annoyed that I was getting bored of finishing it but i told myself I will get this jumper finished and I did, I think it looks quite nice I would of preferred the original fair isle pattern but ahh well, never mind.

Someone asked me I can't remember who it was? to show a picture of one of the finished seams because I had sewn this whole sweater on the machine, which is something I had never done before.
I think it looks ok it is pretty much invisible but if you pull it apart you can see where it was but I think it looks good, here is a picture of one of the finished seams and as you can see it is hard to see, if you look where my thumb is at the bottom of the ribbing and you follow it straight up that is the seam.

Talk to you later

Alex


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Extending an older Bond knitting machine



Today I made a video for phil and others that may find this video useful on how to attach an extension kit to an older Bond knitting machine as it is different compared to the newer incredible sweater machines and ultimate sweater machines, on the older Bond models you have to remove the metal rod before you can snap the bed sections together, the older machines came in one peice unlike the newer ones that come in two 50 needle bed sections, with the newer machines you just snap the extension kit in the middle and no need to removeany rods.

you can also utilise this video if you need to replace any damaged bed sections on your Bond, if bed section(s) need(s) to be replaced you will need to remove the whole rod rather than just pulling it out slightly for adding extensions, when the rod is removed completely you will be able to access all eigh sections easily.

So I hope some Bond owners out there who have an older machine like my self will find this video useful.

Talk to you later
Alex

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Sweater almost finished

This two colour fair isle sweater is almost done it just needs the sleeve seams sewing up and then all the ends weaving in, the pattern was for a double band collar but I decided I would do a polo/turtle neck because I have only done one sweater with a polo neck before so I wanted another.

After the nightmare last time of sewing it up in mattress stitch, the entire sweater is being sewn up on the machine so I just hung the end loops on the needles knitted a row and cast off, I am really pleased with the seams this time around than on the raglan jumper last time.

There was a slight problem with one of the yarn ends hanging from one of the sleeves, some how it got sucked in a desk fan and snapped it off, I felt like screaming at the time but I managed to Catch it straight away with a separate strand of yarn, fewww.

I will post a picture when the sweater is complete.



Talk to you later
Alex