I am so excited!
Ruth kindly came all the way up to the house and gave me my first KnitKing knitting machine lesson. She helped me set up the older machine so I could learn on it. Remember the yellow knit “worms” I made on my first solo attempt? NO MORE WORMS!
Here is what I learned: First, the spongebars on these knitting machines get used up, so I had ordered new ones. Ruth helped me replace the sponge bar, and that was a large part of the problem that made the machine jam during my first solo attempt, I think. I also learned more about setting the right tension for the yarn you are using. Apparently the yellow yarn I was initially using was a bit too thick for the machine setting I chose (i.e., I had the tension set to too low a number – I was using a 4, it should have been maybe an 8!). Ruth also brought me a casting comb that was a little easier to use – she kindly let me buy it from her as they don’t make these anymore. (I do worry about falling in love with a hobby that might die due to lack of parts!). After Ruth left, I cast on all by myself (smiles) and started playing with the pre-programmed patterns, tried four different patterns. By 1:30am (yes, after midnight!), I was zonked, but look at what I made! It’s still hanging on the machine, I want to try some more patterns and maybe even try changing colors. It was so fun! Ruth was a patient teacher, and I am so appreciative of my Aunt for believing in me and giving me such wonderful machines, yarns and supplies – WOW. A new lifetime hobby!
I still have ooodles to learn, about the ribber and color changers and winding yarn and programming my own designs! -Oh, and I better learn to follow a pre-existing pattern and increase and decrease stitches for necklines and sleeves and such first! SUCH FUN! I love learning new things. At least I can make monotone textured scarves now!