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Help needed: installing the ribber comb with trembling arthritic hands
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Jul 11, 2017 23:56:02   #
wgornick
 
Installing a long ribber comb up between the beds can be tricky at the best of times. My mom is really having difficulty now, because of weakness in her hands, arthritis and diminishing vision. However, she loves to make baby blankets for her favorite charity. She can manage single bed blankets, but doesn't like having to put an edging on them and then steam them flat and square. Double bed tuck blankets just need to have the 2 tails woven in, then a run thru the washer and dryer.
I'm visiting her now for the next 2 days, and won't be back until next summer. I'm wondering what ideas you have? Is there a way that I could make a cast on rag that would include a pre-hung comb?
Thanks for any suggestions.
 
Jul 12, 2017 04:15:29   #
susanjoy (a regular here)
 
Never tried this but would it be possible to push up one end of the comb and attach a clothes peg, then position the rest of the comb and put a clothes peg on the other end to hold it in place, then push the wire through, remove the clothes pegs and push the comb down into place?

Just a thought...
Jul 12, 2017 04:50:01   #
susieknitter
 
I make the following cast on rag the full length of the needle bed. It has large loops at the top that are easy to pick up to put on the needles. In the past I have pushed a ribber comb through the bottom of it so that I could hang ribber weights on to it so it's possible one of these might help your mum.
http://www.eileenmontgomery.com/Freebies/Hints%20%26%20Tips/cast-onstrip.html
Jul 12, 2017 06:47:49   #
JillKay
 
You can get ribber combs which are self weighted which might help. I have also seen an idea to poke the comb up and then put a couple of bulldog clips on it to hold it up while you put the wire through. You can knit a waste rag which looks like a hem and which you can thread a metal bar through. However it is more suitable for single bed work - PM me if you would like the instructions for this. It is a pity your mother does not have a Passap as they can knit double bed tuck without using combs and weights. Good luck.

quote=wgornick]Installing a long ribber comb up between the beds can be tricky at the best of times. My mom is really having difficulty now, because of weakness in her hands, arthritis and diminishing vision. However, she loves to make baby blankets for her favorite charity. She can manage single bed blankets, but doesn't like having to put an edging on them and then steam them flat and square. Double bed tuck blankets just need to have the 2 tails woven in, then a run thru the washer and dryer.
I'm visiting her now for the next 2 days, and won't be back until next summer. I'm wondering what ideas you have? Is there a way that I could make a cast on rag that would include a pre-hung comb?
Thanks for any suggestions.[/quote]
Jul 12, 2017 06:48:50   #
rainbird
 
I have heard of people using clothes pegs but am not sure how they do it. If your mother doesn't take the wire all the way out, it is easier to push it through. Make sure that the loops on the comb are all straight and aligned and that the wire isn't kinked. You might be able to do this for her before you leave. Good luck 😀
Jul 12, 2017 07:17:50   #
Smarty
 
Just hold the ribber comb up and then pull the wire out as far as you wont it i have the same problem as your Mom and this works for me.
 
Jul 12, 2017 09:28:26   #
hobbyknitter
 
Not sure how your mother would be with starting out with the ribber comb but only on the knitter only. I do that allot when I have to start out with WY. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI_6SONTbbw Hope this will help her.
Jul 12, 2017 19:42:27   #
randiejg (a regular here)
 
I sometimes have problems as well. I don't try to push up the comb level, and instead pull out the wire about halfway (to the left), then push up the right corner through the knitting. Once that's in I hold it in place from underneath and start to push up to level the comb, stopping to pull the wire out on the left side as far as I can without pulling it out all the way. Then I finish pushing up the comb until it's level, and slide the wire in across. For me, it works better to get one corner in, then try to level it out, instead of trying to push it in level all across at once.
Jul 14, 2017 05:33:31   #
Hobbiknits
 
I use bulldog clips to hold comb while threading wire through.
Jul 14, 2017 23:46:07   #
Kadie
 
I use card 1 (every other stitch, every other row) elongated tuck for about 12 rows at the beginning and end of baby blankets. There are only 2 tails to work in and it is quite flat after a light steaming. Is this possible on her machine?
 
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