Thursday, 1 November 2012

Differences Of The Three Sets Of Bond Keyplates



Hopefully some of you find this helpful, Susan did make a video a while ago talking about the dot keyplates and the original keyplates, but there is another set she maybe did not know or forgot to mention.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween, everything is so spooky and haunted. I hope you have got up your Halloween decorations?
I have been carving a small pumpkin today, with my nephew, Oskar, he really enjoyed it, he couldn't really do much, I had to do the cutting, but he scooped out the horrible mushy stuff and helped me draw the face.
I also bought a bigger one for me to do, I always have to carv a pumpkin, I don't think I will ever will stop buying one to every year, even when I am much older, lol, always a kid at heart.

Hope you all get lot's of little trick or treaters, I know I will never sit down with keep getting up and answering the door!

Happy Halloween!
Alex.

My "New" BOND Incredible Sweater Machine!

Yesterday evening I went to collect this Incredible Sweater Machine from a wonderful seller on eBay.
I from looking at the picture on the eBay listing of the machine, it made the whole thing look a bit mediocre, so was not sure what to expect when I received it.
She opened the box and told me everything was there on the parts list, so I paid her the money and off I went.
When I got it hope and had a real good look at the machine it was like brand new, very little signs of use, in fact, the tools in the accessories box were still in there little plastic packets!

Well, I won't keep ranting about it, I will show you the pictures as I am sure you are looking forward to seeing what it looks like, so here they are.

As you can see here is the front of the box.

Here is inside the box, by the way, I had cleaned it and put it all back how it should of been, as it was not in the box correctly when I first opened it.

Inside the accessories box, again, I rearranged this box to how it should be, notice the original plastic bags for the keyplates and tools!

 Here is the machine set up.

 I show it a bit closer up, here you see the left.

                                                    Now the right side.

 Here is all the original paper work, I will make this picture bigger than the others so you can see what they are a little better. Notice the original warranty card!!


Well there it is anyway, Hope to do a few projects on it very soon, well, when I have finished Oskars hooded jacket.

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Left Front Finished And Some News

I have got the left front finished, it took me a bit longer to knit this than it did the back as I had not been as motivated last week.
I left it a week with just the rib and 8 rows of the pattern complete then yesterday and the day before I knitted like mad and got it finished so here it is.


In other news, I have bought another Bond (I do really love the Bond Machines!) It is an Incredible Sweater Machine and I go and pick it up today, from Blackpool, about an hour from me so is not too far, so that is something to look forward too.
I also finally found some ribber clamps for my Knitmaster 155 chunky ribber.
I was browsing eBay as I normally do and saw a listing that read "Knitmaster Knitting Machine Chunky SR155 Ribber Clamps" I did not believe what I was seeing.
The clamps were on for buy it now £20 and I did not wait a second longer to buy them.
I have been searching for these clamps for nearly a year now, so I can finally use my chucky ribber, set up correctly, I can now get ribbing!!!

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Back Is Finished

The back is now done after a week, I have started on the left front now so should have that finished soon.

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Friday, 12 October 2012

A Hand Knit Project

Hello everyone, I guss I should start by telling you were I have been hiding again, I actually have not been any where, just have not had time to post on the blog, but I have been checking updates.

I went yarn shopping today at Hobby Craft and I was looking threw the childrens patterns, because I decided I wanted to hand knit something, but nothing too big that I would get bored with quickly.
I found this cute pattern that was knitted in two types of cable stitches, for either a V neck, shawl collar or hooded jacket that ranged in size from birth to six years.

I picked  up the pattern and then went searching for the yarn to complete the project. The pattern asked for Sirdar Snuggly double knitting, I found it in an eray of colours and I picked it in a lovely pale lime green colour (shade 0403).
When I looked at the price per ball, it said £3.29 which I thought was a bit pricey for a 50 gram ball, then I looked again and it said 3 for 2 so I thought, oh that's good. I bought six balls plus the pattern and it came to £16.15 which is a bargin I think, well from Hooby Craft at least...

Here is a picture of the pattern and yarn, I will be knitting the hodded jacket.
I will post updates of it as and when I knit the garment pieces.

Talk to you later,
Alex.



Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Oskars Pram Blanket, Hat And Scarf, Finished

So I have them pictured as promised, I actually finished the blanket a while ago, just never got it on the blog. Oh, and I knitted the blanket on the 360 with ribber.l
I made the scarf last week on the LK 150 and the hat this evening on the Bond, I used some of that Fun Fur fancy yarn, and it was a pain in the neck to sew with! Lol. I think I should of knitted the scarf on the Bond too, as the hat came out nicer.

Here are the pictures. I will get these laundered and wrapped up for his birthday ASAP.

A close up of the stitch pattern, it is 13 rows of half fisherman's rib, then, 13 rows of full fisherman's rib. It makes kind of a stripey look, it is also makes a nice thick fabric, being a tucked ribbing.

Here is the hat and scarf, I am pleased with the way they have turned out. The hat was hard to sew up as I couldn't see the stitches to sew it together. I did do a folded hem for the brim of the hat, but you can't really see it, because of all the fur, haha.

A quick tip to anyone who has not knitted with fancy, furry yarns on the knitting machine before - When you take your work off the machine, you will need to gently brush the purl side of the knitting with a soft brush (preferably a baby brush as it has nice soft bristles and will not snag the stitches) to bring out the fluffy effect. On the knitting machine, all the little hairy pieces wound onto the yarn gets knitted in, unlike when knitting this sort of yarn by hand.

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

How Should I Store Them?

For a couple of years now, I have been collecting the machine knitting monthly magazines.
I have from August 2009 to November 2011, I did miss a couple of issues in 2011 which are July, August and December. Unfortunately, I have missed all of the magazines from this year, they just got shoved in a box, which was then put away in a cupboard and me being quite busy this year I had forgot all about them.

I may buy back issues, but they charge more for them as they have to be re printed, or, I may just browse eBay for them.
I think I will get the latest issue now, when I next go into town.

Anyway, I just wanted to put this post up asking for advice on how I could store these magazines?
I thought of a lever Arch file and plastic wallets, however it may be too heavy, as I have 26 issues up to now.

Anyone else got any ideas?

Oh, before I sign off, tommorow I will get a picture of the blanket and scarf that I knitted for my nephew for his birthday.

That's all for now.

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Trying Out A New Tuck Stitch Pattern

I was just having a browse threw Toms blog (Tom The Knitting Machine Guy) and I found this lovely tuck stitch pattern, he also posted a picture of the chart for the design, so I was able to punch out a card, however, since I didn't have any 24 stitch cards, and that is how wide the pattern was, (24 stitch and 12 row repeat) I looked at the chart and counted 12 stiches accross, if the pattern was the same on the other half of 12 stitches, I would be able to punch it out on a 12 stitch punch card to use on my Knitmaste 155 chunky machine, luckily, it was.

I punched the card out immediately, because it is such a beautiful tuck pattern, like Tom said, it really is the perfect tuck stitch.
I knitted a sample of the pattern on the 155 and here is how it looks, it is quite pretty, I think.

Thanks Tom, for the chart!

Talk to you later,
Alex

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Updates

Hi everyone, I have not posted on here for a couple of months, simply because I haven’t had much time too, however I do have some updates.
The fisherman’s rib baby blanket that I said I was making about a month ago, I have now finished and just needs to be pictured for the blog.

It is my nephew’s 2nd birthday on August 13th so I am going to wrap the blanket up for him along with some other things I have been making him also.
I found some of that hairy, fury yarn in my stash, there are about four balls of it, and it is a nice cream colour. I have made him a scarf with that yarn up to now, I do plan on making some mittens and a hat to go with it, which will be nice because the colder months will be coming up again soon, thank god!!

When that is all out the way, I think I will start on another sweater for my self, for when winter comes, I don't have much yarn in my stash for a big project like that, so may need to do some yarn shopping. I have no idea what the sweater will be like, so I am going to look through some pattern books tonight, or maybe I will design it on knitware, not sure though yet, but I think I will be knitting it on the standard machine.

Anyway that is pretty much it for now so I will leave it at that.

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

RT-1 Rib Transfer Carriage Demo



Hope some of you find this video helpful, couln't find the tripod so I apologise for the shakey camera.

Friday, 8 June 2012

The Knitmaster Is Up And Ready To Go!

I just saw Diana's video on the reversible fisherman's rib baby blanket, I adore it, it will be good to cover my legs in the winter when watching TV or maybe even for the little one.
I have a cone of pale green 4 ply that I am going to knit it with, there is more than enough.
Diana makes it on her chunky machine but it will work out fine on the standard, I am sure I am going to use all 200 needles for this and I may also put my own edging around it but I am not sure, does it really need it?
also because this pattern is half fisherman's rib and full fisherman's rib how am I supposed to knit it on my Knitmaster 155 if I came around to doing so? The knitmaster 155 will only allow you to tuck on the ribber? I think. would it still be doable?

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Time For A New Colour And Layout, Don't You Think?

I am going to be having a play around with different backgrounds and text colours here on my blog because I think it is about time for a new colour, I am getting bored of the constant blue, lol.
So if you click on my blog and you see different colours popping up then that is why.
I am also putting in some "gadgets" because I notice some of the other blogs I follow have some links and verious things in the side bar so I decided to give it a go and do that to mine.

Talk to you later,
Alex.

I Have Been Hiding Again, Haven't I?!

Sorry again I have not been posting for a while, other things have been taking up my time and machine knitting has been fading away and therefore me loosing interest a little bit. Has this ever happened to any of you? Maybe it is just my age, I don't know, but I have missed so much and have been signing on occasionally to check how everything is going and everything has gone so quick, I can't get chance to catch up, but I am trying. I will try and get back on track, because I would hate for my machine knitting hobby to slip away!!

I have also been lacking in inspiration, and yarn to knit big projects, as I like to do sweaters more than little items, lol. As for the UFO's, I have just shoved them back in the cupboard, (admittedly) because I honestly could not be bothered to finish them.
Actually, I think I have enough yarn to make something for my nephew, (I love knitting stuff for him) I might do something in fair isle on the 155 or 360 using knitware, I will have a look threw my stash and see what I have.
I hope I can stay at my blog regularly from now one, but we will see.... Fingers crossed.

Oh, before I leave you, do any of you like this new blogger layout? I am not liking it, it seems difficult to use, but then of course, I am not used to it, so maybe I will get used to it, well, I will have to! Lol.

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Monday, 9 April 2012

I Found Some UFO's

Today I was searching threw my cupboards, looking for bags of unfinished sweaters, I found a couple that need finishing. I have got them both out and took photos of them.

This is a two colour fairisle set in sleeve round neck sweater that I started at the begging of 2010, I used 4ply for the main colour (black) and a 3ply for the contrast (red) I used a slightly different thickness for the contrast because that was all I had available in my stash and it seamed to work ok. It was knitted on the knitmaster 700 and the ribs were done using the srp 60 ribber that I had with it at the time, I put this one away when I got into something else and it just got left from there. all that needs doing to it now is the other sleeve sewing in and the neck band seam sewing up.

Here is a close up of the stitch pattern, it was just card number three out of the basic set. As you can see the thinner yarn worked quite well, the stitches are a bit loose in some places but it is ok.

Here is a polo neck drop shoulder sweater that was knitted on the knitmaster 155 in a variegated aran yarn. This one was knitted up previously on the lk 150 but was way to big for me, the tension was out too much and after about a year of not wanting to wear it I pulled it all out and re knit it into what it is now, as you can see all the pieces are knitted but it has not been sewn up, again cause I probably got board of it and wanted to start something else. That polo neck was knitted on the machine, it is a two by two latched up ribbing, it took for ever to do, so tedious!!

Here is a close up of the stocking stitch, not sure how well you can see from the photo but because the previous sweater was left for so long knitted up, when I came to unravel it naturally the yarn was all messy and wavy. I was going to re knit this on the bond but because the tension was only produced by the keyplate I could not get the waviness of the re knitted yarn to look good so I knitted it on the 155 instead. The upper tension unit gave extra tension on the yarn meaning that the knitted up fabric didn't look as bad, and any waviness that is still there has some what been disguised by the variegated yarn.

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Where on gods earth have I been?!

I am sorry about not posting since the 25th January, I have been lacking in inspiration to knit unfortunately, but I feel I am ready to rock and roll again, so to speak.
I am also running low on yarn to make large projects with which I most enjoy, so it looks like I am going to have to knit up some quick fun items with yarn I have left and start some yarn shopping!
I do however have a cone and a few balls of UK 4ply that I could make into a cardigan or sweater for either my self or someone in the family.
I did start a intarsia striped blanket a couple of weeks ago but scraped it because I ran out of yarn, to my supprise, thinking I had enough to complete the project, lol, never mind.
I am thinking of knitting some vest tops for the summer or maybe a large knit woven blanket for the summer day pick nicks, not sure yet, if you have suggestions on what I could make for the summer months feel free to post in the comments.
I have been on blogger for a number of weeks so there are lots of my followers updates which I need to catch up on and fast!

well that is my update for now, I hope everyone is well and are getting on well with their knitting projects.

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Pile Knitting On The 360

Hello again every one, I believe it has been a number of weeks since I had posted, about three weeks I think, so I am sorry about that, I just hadn't been blogging much, busy with other things, never the less I am back and hopefully have a few posts to come.

When I got my ribber and had glued that auxiliary piece I set the it up the first chance I got, I made a few rib samples to get familiar again and then I went straight into a little project. I decided to make a bath mat in the pile knitting so I just pulled out a number of needles on both beds that I thought would be an appropriate size (didn't swatch at all as it was just a rectangle) then I set up as for the pile knitting and went straight into it and knitted the number of rows I felt was suitable.

I had only done a small swatch of pile knitting in the past on say about 60 needles and going from that to attempting it over 160 needles for a few hundred rows was kind of like watching paint dry, however I think it was worth the effort in the end.

Here was the finished result.

Here is a close up of the stitch pattern, as you can see the loops form on what is the purl side creating the "pile" texture. I was considering the cut pile knit fabric, but from reading the instructions on how to do it, it didn't seam like a very good idea to me.

This is a close up of the edging I put around it, it is called a rope edge crated by picking up three stitches from the side of the knitting then knitting twenty rows and then pick up the next edge three stitches and knitting a further twenty rows, you continue this until you get all the way around, then when it is off the machine you lay it on the floor and choose a place to start, then you pass the second loop threw the first, the third threw the second, the fourth threw the third and so on all the way around and then just tack it down at the end.

I didn't have to thin yarns the same colour for the bath mat so I just used two strand of two ply in red and green so as you can see it has a kind of grainy affect on the back of the two colours, however it didn't show as two colours on the pile side which I was very happy about, I was going to use a thicker yarn for the edging but I figured why not just use the two strands that I used for the mat it's self? so I just knitted the edging in the two colours and I like the sort of variegated look I gives. This bath mat is not totally usable yet, I need to put some silicone on the wrong side or some sort of rubber backing so it doesn't slip around on the bathroom floor.

I also decided to knit these circular socks, it is Diana's circular sock pattern, they turned out very nice in the lemon coloured yarn, and as you can see from the bottom picture I had sewn the cuff seam from the knit side or right side because I wanted the long cuff to keep my legs warm, I personally don't like to fold the cuff back, other might do but to be honest I think it is down to personal preference.

Talk to you later,
Alex

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A Ribber For The Standard Machines

The ribber came today, I was surprised it came so soon as I only won the auction on Monday, however it was only coming from york in Yorkshire. When the seller said "new" I think she meant used a couple of times because after looking at the ribber bed it has fluff in between the needle channels, despite the 'probably' little use it does look brand new, there are no jam marks on the needle bed and there are no chips, dents or scratches to the ribber it's self, so I am very pleased with it, here are some photos.
It even came with ribber covers which I really like and didn't want to have to purchase them separately, one of the covers did have a little cracked hole in it but I fixed that up with a piece of gaffer tape on each side, so that's why that's there.

I would of set this ribber up today but didn't because unfortunately the right auxiliary piece had a crack all the way threw one side of it, grrrr, just typical that, isn't it? any way I will ask my dad if he can glue it with some of that really Strong araldite glue, it drys almost instantly. Hopefully I will have it set up and be able to use it tomorrow, when the glue has totally hardened.
I quickly took a picture of the accessories page of the ribber instruction book, as you can see this is everything that should come with it. The things that were missing were: the hanger combs that you attach the small edge weights on, the pucnchcards, the close knit bar, double ended bodkin, spare needles, a ribber clamp, the P carriage and P presser, one side hanger, the screw driver thing and the picker tool, the seller said all that was missing was a side hanger and a clamp, hmmmmm, I beg to differ, don't you?

Fortunately, I have had an srp 50 and srp 60N ribber in the past when I had my 700, it came with two ribbers, don't know why, but I sold the srp50 with the 700 in 2010 and I stripped down the srp60N and kept most things for spares but threw the needle bed down the tip. Everything you see in the picture bellow came with the srp 60N, apart from the clamp, that came with my sr 155, however it is a standard gauge ribber clamp. It is amazing what fate tells you to keep, because you may need it at some point in the future, and I did! so I am really pleased I didn't either sell it or throw it away. The srp50 I had with the 700 didn't have the hanger combs in the set so I had to take those out of the srp60N kit and put it with the ribber so it was complete to sell. Obviously now I don't have a spare set, ahh well never mind, if I need them I will buy a pair, along with a close knit bar that came with non of the ribbers I had.

In addition, the seller must of noticed other things were missing and probably just thew these tools in to compensate for it, lol. There is a needle pusher, two transfer tools, a small crotchet hook, a latch tool, a brush wheel thing - probably off the bottom of a sinker plate and low and behold, the double claw weights, I have been looking out for some of these for ages but didn't want to pay the silly prices they go for on eBay, so I am really glad these are with it, I don't know if any of you have seen these before?

Talk to you later,
Alex.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Another ribber!

For the last four days I had been watching an srp50 ribber on eBay, to go along with my 360 and 326. I won the auction today for £77 with £10 postage, so it wasn't to bad, the seller said that the ribber was brand new and never used, however it was missing a clamp and a side hanger, not to worry though as I have a standard gauge ribber clamp that came with my sr 155 ribber, for whatever the reason. The missing side hanger, well, I never use those things anyway, in my experience I have never had problems on the ribber before with edge stitches, unless I am doing an unusual needle arrangement.

I am so glad I have got a ribber for the standard machine, I have heard other machine knitters say in the past that there are lots of things you can do just on the flatbed, without a ribber, although that may be true to a degree, when I don't have a ribber for my machine I feel so limited on what stitches to knit, that may just be me, I don't know if anyone else feels that there machines are a bit incomplete without a ribber?

Well I will post photos when it arrives, which should be Thursday according to the seller, It does have it's original packing box which is to be expected after the seller listing it as brand new, but we'll see anyway.

Talk to you later
Alex