I am still working on the Rheinlust for a coworker of mine, it is going rather slowly since my knitting time is mainly relegated to the mornings before work or on my days off. I am about a fifth of the way through the main portion of the pattern and it’s looking great. Though this morning when I was patterning away I noticied something was off in one of the sections. The numbers were not lining up and I stared at it for a good minute, then I saw it. I think I dropped or missed completely a yarn over about 6 rows back. I decided to just omit the decrease for that row and be right on track, so I pressed on. After I did that, I looked at the whole thing and could see it, that little bit of non-directional stitches stuck out like a sore thumb. Being only one cup of coffee in, I had to stop and put it down and consider my options. So I did what any sane knitter would do that needs coffee, I made another cup and looked at it. It was fairly obvious, it was mocking me, and I had to think of what to do. All of the knitting I had done this morning would need to be ripped back, which is not a big deal, but the time would be lost. Then I should to just keep going and let it bug me and haunt for me for the rest of the time I would be knitting on it, not a great option either. So now I am at an impasse, either to continue or rip it back. I don’t like either of these options right now, I think I am going to decide that in a little bit, after the feeling of being an idiot wears off.
The socks have not changed, since I have not knit on them since the last post, I brought them out to show a friend of mine who knits. Other then that, it has not seen the light of day, which is sad since these are so cheerful and pretty. But I will press on and get some good knitting done on the Rhinelust, maybe. Besides that I have pulled something out again that I have not in an long time, my electronic knitting machine. I know some of you may think machine knitting is cheating, but a sweater that would take me 2-6 months to knit myself, can be knit on that machine in maybe a total of 8 hours, I’ll take it. The problem was when I put it away was that some of the needles needed replacing and the automatic knitting and purling piece was not powering anymore. When my parents talked about sewing, my mom sewed before but hasn’t in many years because of working, and my father was getting interested in it. Side note, he does a lot of research for her and myself for big items and she asked him to look into a new machine, after she pulled out hers to do some hems for my pants (I’m very short, no pants fit me right out of the store). Her machine is an old Kenmore, she has had longer then I have been alive, so it’s time for it to retire. Because of them talking about machines, sewing, and discussing maybe them selling things on Etsy, I thought of my knitting machines. This machine I pulled out just needed some TLC and possibly expensive repairs. So my father looked at the automatic knit and purl piece (it’s called a Garter Carriage) and found the power supply had failed. I looked into it and the fuse inside was completely dead, so I needed a new fuse. The problem is that this machine is from the 1980s and parts like this are not readily available. So I scoured eBay and found a whole set, just like mine with spare fuse and power supply. I checked my garter carriage when it arrived and sure enough, it ran like a dream, a loud, fiber filled dream. Then I got the needles and replaced all broken, bent, and otherwise abused needles (all my fault, I was not very kind to them when I first started using this machine) and then realized one more piece needed to be replaced. This piece has a lifespan of 2-5 years, depending on use, and mine was completely gone. This piece, known as a sponge bar has only one job, but it’s important. It keeps the needles down so they don’t jam or break when using the machine. So I purchased one (well 2 for good measure) and installed it.
With all of that done, it was time to test the machine. I pulled out some scarp yarn, set up the machine, and started to knit. That went very smoothly, up until I tried using the older computer and the garter carriage. It was not reading the pattern at all, it would just go back and forth knitting stockinette. I was worried that the computer had died and I would have a useless computer and there were no parts for this computer, so I turned to a knitting form on Ravelry. They gave me advice and told me about this great new company making boards for this machine that connect it to a computer. It was an option in the even I had no other choices. I tried some of the tips first and wouldn’t you know it, the machine was happy again. So I decided to test it with a sweater for myself, the ribbing done by the garter carriage and me watching it with anticipation. The ribbing went well and the whole back went by in a flash. It took about 2.5-3 hours to make that one piece, the front the same, (but my math was off so I needed to redo the neck, no big deal). Thinking about it, I wanted to get the most life out of the electronics as I could, so I bought a new piece for this machine, well used of course. It’s called a ribber, which does what you think it does, it makes ribbing. Though it does so much more then that, I can do traveling stitches really easily, cables (with manual manipulation of the cable twists) and a lot more. Then another piece to make the transferring from that to the main machine easier, which that piece was never used, sealed in the box. That should be coming tomorrow hopefully and then I can really get going.
Oh and I bought yarn yesterday, I know I said multiple times that I did not need anymore yarn, but when I saw this new shop I had to go visit. That shop is Avenue Yarns and it was much bigger then I thought, granted when I saw it they were closed and it was late at night. The employees/owner were really nice and they had some unique yarns I have not seen before. Most of it has a pattern picked out, there’s one skein for a just because it was pretty and spoke to me.
These are two skeins each of Tussah Tweed in TT08 (left) and TT05 (right).
Then a skein that just had to come home with me, Hedgehog Fibers Skinny Singles in Vengeance.
Then I could not resist getting a sweater quantity of Hedgehog Fibers Sock Yarn in Cinder and Purple Reign for a yoke sweater (going to make this one up as I go I think).
Then I was close by A Verb for Keeping Warm, so I couldn’t resist not going. That and they were open until 6pm yesterday, so it worked out just right. I picked up a sweater quantity of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Barn Owl and Wool Socks. Trust me I think they will work up quite nicely.