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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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September

Here it is the end of September already, spent the weekend cleaning carpets and doing some outside work to get ready for the dreaded winter months.  Earlier this month I went with my sister and brother -in-law to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival.  My sister is getting into spinning with intentions of weaving her own yarns.  I have been to the festival several times and enjoy it every time, this was their  first visit and they were pretty overwhelmed with all the vendors and activities that were going on. On the way home BIL wanted to stop at Mt Horab and look for trolls.  He found them:

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The shop these were in front of had a lot of fun stuff:

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This past week Son was driving past a rummage sale and spotted a spinning wheel, they had just opened the sale and he was the first one in and he grabbed this little wheel:

Spinning wheel EG 4

Here she is all cleaned up:

Spinning wheel EG

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From the looks and feel of the wheel it had never been spun on, probably just used as a decorator piece.  The wheel was made by an Erwin Griesbach, there is a date of ’84 under the table along with his signature.

Spinning wheel

That’s all for now.

Happy Easter 2014

Spring is finally here, hope everyone has a good Easter!!!!

Bunny 2014

My sister and I went to the Shepard’s Market on Saturday, this was a great wool market to attend. The event was organized and put on at the Vinton, Ia high school by Sue H. from SunRise Suris Alpaca ranch.  The location was really nice to be able to have enough room to roam around in and be able to visit with vendors and to shop.  I would like to “THANK”  Sue and all the vendors for having such a nice show.  Here are a few of the vendors that I had a chance to visit with.

Yarn Geek 1

Yarn Geek 2Yarn Geek Card

Crazy Boy

Crazy Boy Card

Homespun Family 1

Homespun 2

Homespun Card

FaeRidge 2

FaeRidge 1 Janette

Fae Ridge Card

My sister and I took a little break from shopping and we sat down for awhile.  So I decided to pull out my little Indian book charka and spin some cotton for a few minutes.

Me charka

All in all it was a great day, looking forward to next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweater-Cable

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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Thanksgiving 2013

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.

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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!!

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