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HELLO 2017

Thank God 2016 is over!!!!! This last year was one of the most miserable, mind bending years I’ve had to endure for quite some time.  In January of 2016 I was still grieving from my mother’s passing in Aug. 2015 and dealing with the estate until it was closed out in March.  Also, in January I made up my mind to retire.  It was a hard decision because I generally liked my job, but age was catching up with me and I needed to be home to take care of my husband due to his failing health.  So, I retired on March 31st.

The spring was very busy getting the yard work, house work and husband taken care of, I was wondering how I had done it for so many years while working.  May rolled around and I ruptured the disk at L5-S1 mowing the yard.  The pain was unreal, unable to do anything but pace and cry, I wasn’t able to have surgery until July. So my summer was shot to hell too.  By the end of August I was feeling better and able to do a little more. Did some spinning and knitting, my back dictated the amount of time I could sit and work on things.  But, my husband was declining.  He needed to be admitted into the hospital in October for a few days due to coughing up blood.  Our worst fears had come to life, his lung cancer had returned after eight years from initial diagnosis and treatment.  He passed away two days after Thanksgiving.  He was ready, he was so tired of the shortness of breath and being unable to do anything. So we are learning how to keep on going without him.  I’m so thankful for his love, caring and time we had together and the great son we have.  We were married for 30 years, together for 32.

So, December rolled around and I found myself in a daze, Decided to focus on a couple sock machines that I hadn’t work with for a long time.  I got the 1892 Gearhart up and running. This machine took some deep concentration since the cylinder turns instead of the yarn guide. Had to think backwards from the stationary cylinders.  This machine knit a nice pair of socks, forgot to take a picture of the finished pair. I used Regia sock yarn.

1892-a 1892-b

Also, got the 1875 Bickford up and knitting, this is a nice machine. Love the way it knit, as long as I went slow and watched the needles carefully I had very little problem with it. Using the Regia sock yarn I was able to get a nice looking pair of socks made.

bickford-in-use bickford-sock

Well,that’s it for 2016.  Hoping 2017 is a much happier year.

 

 

 

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Wave pattern

Wave pattern

I knit this up using my hand spun camel. I spun this to a sock weight yarn. This yarn has no elasticity. The pattern was hand manipulated and knit to 50 inches and then grafted the ends together to make an infinity scarf. I should have gone to 60 inches so it would have a little more give.

Camel Infinity Scarf

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I had some time to play with the Maruyama knitting machine. I don’t know very much about this machine, just that it was made in Japan.  I really like the feel of the  carriage as it glides over the needles. The machine is a standard gauge (4.5), 200 needle flat bed with the carriage and separate needle selector.

Maruyama KM

The needle selector: Set at 4 and with two passes I was able to get an every other needle placed into D position.

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Set at 4

There was  a very minimal manual pages that had been copied that came with the machine:

Maru Man pg 1

Maru Man pg 2

Maru Man pg 3

Maru Man pg 4

Maru Man pg 5

Maru Man pg 6

 

 

 

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This machine has been a challenge to get up and knitting. I’ve been working on it now for about 6 months and finally succeeded. I just cleaned it up enough to be able to work with it, so there is still some work to be done. A previous owner had put lithium grease in the groove that the drive teeth run in,plus the grease had found it’s way into the cylinder needle grooves, finally got all of that stuff cleaned out. After taking every screw out and dismantling the whole thing and putting it back together again and again and again, I was able to get it to knit. The next trick was to get it to knit without dropping stitches. There is a brass ring clamp that fits into the cylinder groove that holds the needles in,so all the tension on the needles has to come from the weights pulling down on the knitting. The next challenge will be to get it to knit back and forth in order to do short rows for sock heals, at the moment I’m just happy to have it knitting.
Bickford 2A

Bickford 3

There wasn’t a yarn mast with the machine so I had to improvise.

Bickford 4A

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Here it is almost Christmas and I just got done, except for the buttons, with son’s sweater.  This is only the second sweater that I have ever made and I think it turned out very nice.  When I asked son what he wanted for christmas he said he wanted me to knit him an Irish type sweater so I gulped and said sure why not, but only if he would  pick out the yarn he wanted it in and the style of sweater.  He went and picked out Lion Brand Fisheman’s  yarn in 100% wool and oatmeal color.  There was just noway I could get enough spun in the timeframe to make a sweater, this was just after Thanksgiving. The way it was it took me close to a month to machine knit the sweater.  I used the KX350 knitting machine.  So here are some pictures of the sweater.

Knitting Supervisor 2

Getting started, the supervisor needed to keep tabs on my work.

Knitting Supervisor

Yup, you made a mistake, you will need to fix it before I can approve it.

Bryce's Sweater 1 Progress

Bryce's Sweater 2

Toothpicks make a great button substitue.

Sweater Back

Underarm gusset

Sleeve

Finished with buttons

HE IS HAPPY WITH THE SWEATER!!!!!!

Now back to my comfort zone of knitting socks.

eta: more pictures

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My best friend suggested going this show, so we did. Hubby stayed home so we made a day of it. Tromped all over the grounds and all through the flea market.  While going through the museum building we got to meet a spinner and sock knitters.

Barb from Barnett Sheep and Wool was busy spinning away on her Majacraft “Rose”.  She raises purebred Karakul sheep and spins and weaves along with many other  things.

BarbB BarbB 2

As we continued through the museum we met a couple of sock knitters using their sock knitting machines.  Glenace Shank from “Blue Heron Knits” gave me some information about PIGS (People in Glorius Socks) the Iowa sock knitters group.  Hope to be able to attend the convention next spring.

Sock Knitters Sock Knitters 2

We were getting about whipped out so it was time we left.  So, we hit the cassino on the way home. No luck there!!

DN 2013 Me 2013

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This is my first attempt at knitting gloves on a knitting machine.  I used my KH588  using the patterning feature for the diamond design.  I used my handspun alpaca for the main color and a mixed breed wool for the contrast color.  The alpaca is a natural rose grey and the wool used for the contrast color was dyed with “Red, White and Blue” kool-aid.

I broke the glove down into sections: Cuff, Palm/Back(main body), thumb, fingers.  I was using a drawing of my BIL’s hand for basic dimensions.  Did a test swatch of my yarn for gauge and went from there hoping for the best.  I hope they fit.

MK Gloves

MK Gloves 3

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