In the intervening time, the one machine has grown to two machines of different gauges. Do I want both? Of course? Two treasures are even better than one!
So last night, dear Kathleen brought the machines to class and we transferred them to my car. But wait! Not just two machines, but also a cardboard box of punch cards, a tub of tools, and a box containing a mystery wood tool (called a Needle Easel, which I later figure out has nothing to do with machine knitting).
(Side note: I have the TV tuned to "How It's Made" and they have just finished sorting sardines by size and are stuffing them into cans. Disgusting! Please excuse me while I change the channel.)
Had to take a sick day for a minor but inconvenient complaint, so I have been getting to know the machines and all the goodies Kathleen gave me, and wondering what I did to deserve such a generous friend. These knitters are way above and beyond my little LK-150 and have gadgets that naturally appeal to the geek in me. And I feel so honored to be entrusted with something that belonged to her aunt. I just hope I can learn the skills needed to really make good use of these machines.
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As of this morning, I now have two favorite knitting machines -- for different reasons. The first is a Studio 360K. This is a standard gauge machine (4.5 mm) and it takes 24 stitch punch cards. It also has a built-in knit radar accessory that allows you to feed a pattern (looks like a scaled-down version of a sewing pattern) into the machine, and tells you when to increase or decrease stitches to match the shape of the pattern.
My other new favorite (and probably most favorite) is a Studio MK-70. It's a mid-gauge (6 mm) machine, slightly smaller in gauge than the LK-150, which is 6.5 mm. So now I feel entirely justified in having three knitting machines. It also takes 18 stitch punch cards. And the form factor is the coolest -- at first glance you would assume it's a portable sewing machine.
Then you take the lid off the case and see that it has two "wings" that fold down to make the needle bed. Here it is with the sides still up. In the center, a plastic case for holding yarn sits on the carriage, with an accessory tray on top.
The tension arm folds in half -- that's the silver thingy with the white doohickey at the bottom -- just to the left of carriage. Major cool factor - plus it will be so easy to take along anywhere.
Inventoried all the accessories... If Kathleen hadn't told me how much her aunt had loved these machines, I would have known by what I found. All of the original accessories, including the manuals (!) were included. Plus two dozen assorted weights, dozens of punch cards (many hand-punched), graph paper and unpunched cards, a tool to punch the cards, a set of knit radar patterns, and several extra transfer tools and tappets.
I don't like to use 'previously loved' items without cleaning and making sure there are no missing or broken parts -- it's so easy to cause damage. So I've already contacted Newton's Yarn Country about servicing them. And hopefully will be able to schedule some classes with them for next month. I can't wait to start knitting on them!
Tonight I will be studying information on the Rocking Horse Farms site. Looks like they have quite a bit of information geared toward people who don't know a lot about machine knitting. That would be me!.
In unrelated news, I finished the "Burning Bright" merino yarn. Here it is as roving, being spun, and the finished yarn. The roving came from Edgewood Garden Studio on etsy. I found it very easy to spin and the photos don't really show how warm and beautiful the colors are. You see quite a few string ties in the finished yarn because there are actually four pieces. I Navajo plied my singles and had several oops moments when I hit underspun big spots. So there are actually four skeins totaling 140 yards in (mostly) worsted weight. Now trying to find a knitting pattern to do it justice.