Monday, 31 October 2011

Patience is a virtue, I suppose

Two years ago I bought a knitmaster 155 for £50 off eBay and since then I have been searching for the SR 155 ribber that goes along with it, I did bid on several ribbers for it in the past but unfortunately I had no luck.

Last week I found another SR 155 on eBay, it was the only one on, as those 155 chunky ribbers are very rare to come up on eBay. I watched the ribber intensely for the five days it was listed for, it was killing me, lol I am so inpatient.
I bidded on it as soon as I found the auction, amongst other mad eBayers wanting the blinding thing I won it with £2 to spare from my maximum bid, I felt like dancing around the living room when it said "you have won", it did go up a little more than I wanted to pay (TWICE THE PRICE) but I was determined I was having it.

Okay Alex don't get to excited just yet, this is going to sound terribly silly but all that is included is the ribber bed, racking handle, ribber carriage and ribber sinker plate, the main part's that make it work, in my opinion. The weights, Combs and ribber clamps are missing, I don't really mind to much they can come later and are fairly easy to get hold of, as long as I have the ribber I really don't mind.

I will be posting pictures when it arrives, and after I have cleaned it up because it has a lot of fluff build up which was easily shown in the picture. The ribber is in good condition also.

Happy Halloween
Alex

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Tuck stitch pullover

I wanted to make a sleeveless pullover with a V neck so I looked through the patterns I had for the mid gauge machine and there were a couple of sleeveless V neck pullovers but they were in stocking stitch and I wanted to do it in tuck stitch so I got out my lk 150 instruction book and looked for the how to make a tension swatch, I made a tension swatch in a tuck pattern that I just made up on the fly. I designed the pattern using knitware and so far I have knitted the back and the front, I have put the ribbing on the back but I still need to put the rib on the front so I will do that this afternoon.

So here is the completed back.


And here is the front, I thought the neck looked way to big but then I though, the the rib needs to be knitted around it so that will fill up some of the space but we'll see.

I almost forgot here is a close up of the tuck pattern, the advantage to hand manipulated tuck stitch is that you can position it where ever you want, meaning that you can choose not to have the tucks going all the way to the edge therefore it is easier to sew up. the disadvantage is it takes longer because you have to keep stopping to select the needles.

Talk to you later
Alex

Friday, 28 October 2011

Knitting for the holidays, already!

well yes, I like to start my Christmas knitting early to give me time to knit things for everybody, yes I know, I know we haven't even got Halloween out of the way yet but I love to get my Christmas knits started in late October lol, I don't know about you but I love to knit even more in the winter months, sat inside with the fire on keeping me nice and toasty warm, whipping up a few scarves on the machine while watching it snow outside, well when it does snow! or maybe it is just me, lol.

The other day I set the Bond up and knitted a scarf and mittens using Diana's USM Goldilocks challenge videos which by the way Diana, beautiful projects. I used a chenille yarn on keyplate 2.5 for the scarf but there wasn't enough to do the mittens as well, unfortunately, so I knitted the mittens using an acylic aran/worsted weight

Here they are, these are for my mum so I hope she doesn't read this post lol.

Talk to you later
Alex

Finished finally

So I have got it finished now even down to the little bobble for Santa's hat, what do you think?

Talk to you later
Alex

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Tuck Stitch Variation On Knitmaster/Studio/Silver Reed



Hope that some of you find this video helpful, I decided to film this today because yesterday I was looking through the knitmaster 321 instruction manual and saw that you could mess around with locking the punchcard to create different designs so I tried this today and it worked, I hope I don't sound confusing, I found it hard explaining it at times lol.

Talk to you later
Alex

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Santa pullover and another acquisition

I have sewn the jumper up and weaved in most of the ends however there are still a few left to hide, so be expecting a 'finished' post in a few days time.

Remember all that yarn I received from my mum's friends late mother-in-law, gosh that's a tongue twister, lol. Apparently she owned two knitting machines as well, somehow my name got mentioned again, and was asked if I was interested in one of them (somebody else wanted the other one) I said yes, of course, lol. I said to the lady, how much do you want for it? she replied oh don't worry about it you can have it. I was amazed that she wanted nothing for it because it would of been at least £400 at the time it was purchased.

It is a knitmaster 326, it has a punchcard mechanism, built in kr6 knit radar, built in row counter and built in accessory tray as well as an external accessory box with all it's accecories in it, this machine was probably the predecessor of the knitmaster 360 because the 326 can do everything the 360 can including single motif with the magic cams, not sure about the lace carriage though?

I have spent most of the afternoon cleaning this machine up because it was filthy! and I mean filthy, this 326 has probably not been used for a number of years as the memory drum's on the carriage where practically ceased up, I took all the plastic of the top of the carriage revealing the memory drum's and give them a few long zaps of WD-40 and then ran the carriage along the bed a few times and they are completely free and loose now thankfully.

The needles weren't much better, the latches were sticking and the needles were just dirty in general so I removed every single one from the bed, pooped them in a bucket and socked them with WD-40, shuck them about a bit then rinsed them off with clean water, I put the needles back in the machine and they are fully operational now.

That was about all that was wrong with it, the machine does have a bit of UV discolouration but that's nothing really, any way after I remedied those two problems I just gave the machine good clean and now it it ready to knit on, of course it needs a new sponge bar, I don't think I will buy a new one though, I am sure my knitmaster 360 will share it's sponge bar with the 326, lol. I will leave you with some pictures now.

Talk to you later
Alex

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Santa Claus sweater

I found a Santa Claus sweater in one of my machine knitting monthly magazines that I have been collecting, it is just a sleeveless pullover with a Santa Claus worked in intarsia on the front, I found all the relevant colours in my stash and so far I have knitted the front and back, I think it looks really good and I am very pleased with how it turned out, considering I only do intarsia once in a blue moon, it is worth the effort but it is so bloody booring lol.

This is what the sweater is supposed to look like. This is what mine looks like, only thing that is different is the colour of the rib, I did mine in navy blue because I didn't have enough red, it was a part used ball.

I could almost cry with all these strings hanging I will have to find places to weave them all in lol we'll get there hopefully, I have already closed up some of the holes form where I stared a new piece of yarn but I haven't done yet. I will carry on with this and hope to have it finihed sometime soon.

Talk to you later
Alex

They are finished

This week I pulled out the side seam that I had sewn on that Icelandic sweater, it looked pucked to me and I didn't really want to bother having another battle with mattress stitch in fair isle so I decided to get out the Hague linker, it blazed threw the sewing up. I weaved in all the ends yesterday and washed it, before putting it in the washer I tried it on and it was a tad bit short for my liking so what I thought I would do was turn the spin speed down to 600rpm, with the jumper being a little more damp this enabled me to stretch the body and leave it lieing flat to dry, surprisingly it worked, that small increase in length means that now it fits me perfectly, I am really pleased with how it turned out, what do you think?

I had a couple of people asking me what was the punchcard I used, well I found it in a book and punched it out, my printer doesn't copy or scan so what I had to do was just put the punchcard on a piece of coloured paper and take a picture of it so I hope this is sufficient.

I also got this sweater finished as well and I think this had turned out very nice as well, I washed this as well and it is nice and the fibres have relaxed a little so it isn't quite as stiff now.

Talk to you later
Alex

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Not much progress but it's something

At the beginning of this week I completed the neckband and then started on the sewing up, I have only sewn one side seam which I might end up undoing because it looks a little bit puckered to me. The main reason I haven't done much sewing of the sweater is because that huge stash of yarn was just staring at me and I couldn't resist not knitting anything with it lol, I put my 360 away and setup my lk150 and started knitting a little sweater for my nephew in this slub type yarn in a teal colour.

The machine did struggle knitting the yarn a few times, I had it set on tension 6 and was thinking of changing it to tension 7 but then it would of been a bit loose for my liking where the yarn went thinner in some places so I just turned the tension mast dial up by one number and it knitted a little better.
Here is the jumper, the neck band looks a little weird but never mind, I am not sure if it is because the back neck is shaped instead of the back neck just being straight, I will try and get this finished as soon as possible cause I really want to see it finished.

Talk to you later
Alex