My cat with a hat.
First proper thing I've done with my knitting machine other than practice swatches.
Natalie Langkilde's reversible hat, with one of the punchcards that came with the machine (pattern is at nataliesknitting.com). Super easy and a nice way to use fair isle practice. ;)
Whee! I had been working through the book of my new-to-me 360 and I recognised that tuck lace as being one of the things that was in my book - it's lovely seeing it being used "in anger" on a really nice piece.
Will give it a go, thanks.
Have upgraded cranky rusty old 323 for a Knitmaster 360 with all the bells and whistles which I am very pleased with. All the bits are there, and it works fine... most of the time.
Every now and then going from right to left, the carriage just stops with a very abrupt "donk" with a very obvious stop point. Not a tension problem; the yarn is fine, and it's like it's coming up against a wall, so I suspect some kind of metallic issue. It tends to right itself, in as much as I have moved the carriage back if it hasn't engaged with the working needles yet, tried a couple more times and then it runs across fine.
Sponge bar is OK, have oiled it. It usually works perfectly- just perhaps one row in 50 you get this "donk" at a very clear stop point, and it won't move forwards, but will move back.
I wonder if one of the needles is perhaps slightly out of line or bent, and therefore gets in the way of the carriage. I can't see anything obvious. It's always in the same place - going from right to left, just when the carriage is about to meet the cam that trips the row counter (that moves freely also, so not that).
Any ideas on how to track down the culprit?
Must admit I've only used my normal carriage so I've learned something. I did wonder what the point of a lace carriage was, when you could do lace anyway... ;)
Do you mean the 24 st wide ones? AFAIK the only difference is that the Brother ones you have to go up 7 rows to start and the SK (assuming it's what's called Knitmaster here in the UK) you just click up 5. I certainly use both Knitmaster (red) and Brother (green) cards with no problems, but you just have to be a bit savvy about where to start. I usually just look for the first line of the pattern as if it were a chart, and then click down 5. Then I put the brake on to check that the pattern row looks right.
If it's an electronic machine I can't help you I'm afraid. Someone else will know though.
It's only really a problem if you have a mess-up and lose your place and have to find it again. But I think it's not a good idea to put blind faith in the numbers printed on the card, as I have some Knitmaster cards (5 up), some Brother (7 up) and some rolls where there are no numbers marked at all...
I've come from a hand knitting/charted background, and after a while you get used to reading the punchcard as if it were a chart. Find the place you want on the punchcard as your next line, and click up 5 with a Singer/Knitmaster or 7 with a Brother, I think it is. On mine at least, if you put the brake on it will show the "ones and zeroes" of the punchcard pattern for the row is is about to do, and you can just check to see if that looks right.
It does seem odd to me that you are allowed to bring GLASS duty free bottles on a plane. Much more suitable to use as weaponry than a knitting needle, I feel.
I seem to remember a friend of mine getting two pens out of a pencilcase and knitting with those on a plane. I think it's a lot to do with familiarity. Security officials are familiar with pens.
Also depends on the day that the customs person is having at the time. I think I'd go with bamboo circulars.
That said, I usually just bring friendship bracelets to do on the plane and put my precious knitting in the suitcase.
I'm the one who hasn't got the cams. :)
I would like the cams, if there are some available.
Yup - people liked to name their new town after home, I suppose. I grew up in Plymouth (the original one) and when we had the 400 years of Francis Drake anniversary thing, we had phone meetups with schools in all the Plymouths all round the world. That was good fun.
Ah, but Ellie above says that you don't need the cams. I was interested to know how that was done.
I've been managing to make a start at doing a single motif by just putting the needles into the correct positions by hand but it is very long-winded. Is there a quick way of telling it just to do the punchcard once, then? That would be handy to know.
Heh, moral to this story is don't trust Google Maps. :) Going somewhere nice?
I have relatives in Minnesota myself, so have been over there. Only in the summer though. Looks a bit cold in the winter.