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So far this month I have carded a few batts of Ramboulliet/Columbia cross and finished another pair of socks and working on a pair of gloves using the Legare CSM.  Nothing very special going on just cold with some snow, we have been very lucky so far this month.  New Years weekend we had to fix vehicles, the gas filter on the Escape decided it was full and needed changing, I was glad to get home from work before the filter just wouldn’t let anymore gas through, plus the gas cap was cracked so the idiot  lights came on and stayed on until it was fixed and finally went off after 5 or 6 startups once the brain was reset.

Carded with Petite

 This fiber is like working with  a cloud, except for the sand burrs that are throughout the whole fleece.  OUCH!!!

First 2011 Socks

Here is just a generalized pattern for this sock:

Machine:  LeGare 400, cylinder 72 needle   

 Yarn: Hand Spun    Fiber content: Columbia, Shetland, Scotch  Mule   

Dye:  Kool aid Lemon-Lime, Berry blue, Grape     (Only used in the Green section) the rest is natural color

Toe and Heal: scotch mule was used to strengthen areas

Top(Hem): 15 rows of plain knitting,hung a hem

Cuff: 20 rows of a 1:2 Mock rib

Leg: 20 rows of green continued mock rib, replaced needles and did 20 rows of the Columbia plyed with Shetland yarn. Changed to scoth mule for the heal.

Set up for  the heal: Knit  decreasing needles down to 16 needles then adding needles until they are all into play.  Put all needles into play and continue knitting the foot.  First 30 rows of foot Columbia was used,  changed to Columbia/Shetland and knit 30 more rows.

Set up for the toe section: same as for heal.

Total rows knit: Cuff and Leg 15+20+20 +20= 75        Foot: 60 rows

Size of sock should fit a mans 8-11 foot easily.


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I have been playing with my little 60 needle flatbed knitting machine this weekend.  I like to use it to learn or practice hand manipulated stitches.

Empisal Mini Schnell-Stricker knitting machine

Knitting Carriage


This is going to be a hat when I’m done, I was practicing increasing stitches and joining pieces together.  I’ve put it on circular needles to finish the ribbing.  I’ll post a picture of the completed hat when I get it done.

Here is the hat after completeing the headband, I worked two rows of K2tog then 6 row of K2,P2 ribbing and bound off.  The fiber content is Black: Alpaca, White:  a 50/50 blend of cormo and angora.  Hand spun to a sock weight yarn.

I have a couple of videos on YouTube demonstrating  the Empisal:



Up close of the tension knot and bed clamp.

Tension Knob


Adding a few pages of the manual, these are the main set-up pages for the machine:

I finally got some time to add the patterns from the second volume that came with the machine.  Hope these are helpful.

Pattern 1:

Pattern 2:

Pattern 3:

Pattern 4: Ladies Sweater 38-40

page 1



page 2


page 3


page 4


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