I live in Birmingham UK, I am finding it hard to get hold of cones of wool because all of the shops are now closed down. Is it possible to use hand kniting wool on a machine or is it not the same/
Hand knitting yarns can be used on the machine. Be sure that you are using a yarn size that is suitable for your machine. Most HK yarns will need to be rewound for center pull, eliminating any drag on the yarn as it feeds into the machine. Or, you can hand pull the yarn or pool the yarn like some Bond users do.
The only thing I have not been able to use on my Bond is the very very heavy type of yarns. Yes I pull and pool yarn so that there is no drag on the yarn.
I have to tell you that this is the only way I have been able to work with wool. It makes me itch when I have to handle it a lot. So my MK has given he a special type of treat. Now I can use all the gift yarns of wool that I have gotten... Is that not the best...
Also, HK yarns are not usually waxed, as are MK yarns. You may find that there is a great deal of "drag" when knitting them
on a machine.
I think there is spray that you can use on your HK yarns, if that is a problem, but, I can't remember the name.
okay, thanks for your help
ebay.....tons of stuff...
you can buy cones of yarn from Uppinghams or bsk or ebay as I do. Yeomans sell cones as well and on some you don't have to pay p/p.
I emailed Bond when I could not get bulky yarn to work. The lady said to use the #4 plate and SKIP EVERY OTHER ROW. That worked very well. The only thing I could not figure out was how to rib when every other row is skipped.
I have used hand knit wool on a machine but found it easier to wind it on a used old cone.
all i have ever used is HK yarn on my bulky machine. Good Luck.
Hand knitting yarns give excellent results so far as the knitting goes, but all those ends to be sewn in and all that yarn to be waxed! For we machine users Uppingham Yarns (wools.co.uk)have a really excellent range, and many of the best deals are for cones from industrial knitters' suppliers - the only down side is that you get more than enough for one garment. But we're used to building up a store, aren't we. I recently bought a cone of 50/50 cashmere-dacron, enough for a jacket, a jumper, some gloves and enough left for two more jumpers for well under £10!
Wind hand knitting yarn into balls and all will be fine. I also have knitted with Needlpoint Yarn (which I bought in pound skeins) on the machine.