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