Often overlooked maintenance……the knitting arm

This device on a domestic knitting machine is often overlooked. We hear of cleaning the needles, cleaning the bottom of the carriage and other bits.

The brushes on the knitting arm also collect lint and dust. It seems to build under the brush wheels, more so than the rubber ones. These brush wheels can be replaced if the bristles are too worn. The picture is of a Silver-Reed/Singer/Studio chunky machine.


Unscrew the the brush assembly, careful to not lose the screw. Lift of and inspect the buildup of felted lint.

Lift off the lint and give the actual brush a careful look. You will more than likely see yarn strands caught up in the bristles. I use needlenose plyers to gently pull out the strands and not pull out the bristles. Of course, you can order new brushes if they are too distorted. They can be purchased from you Silver-Reed dealer and are very inexpensive. The rubber wheels tend to become brittle over time and perhaps should also be replaced while they are available.

Which is the right side or the wrong side?

Sometimes, we have a particular look in mind and the yarn plays tricks. Initially, I thought the woven side would be the Public side, but when I was doing my finishing blocking, I realized that I rather liked the reverse. 

Placing it on my coffee table, and trying on both sides for looks, I decided to use the backing side. It seemed to suit the location with a more conservative feel.

Suri Silk Knit Weave……..knitting machine pattern

HOW TO……..machine knit on a Chunky Silver Reed SK890 or SK155
Material

Suri Silk yarn, 100gm

Wool solid colour, 100gm
Electronic Pattern #1, Punchcard #1 (1×1)

ox

xo

Dial tension 4

Cast-on 48 stitches. (24-0-24)

Knit weave technique, wool background yarn, the Suri Silk is the woven portion.

Size: 13″ x 36″ long

NOTE:  I was told that this Suri silk yarn is handspun by women in India; that they gather the sweepings off the floor in the textile factory, take it home, spin it and sell it through a co-op.
Method:

Set up patterning device. Program it as per your machine manual instructions.

K2 row stockinette.

Begin to Knit weave, pull out needle to “D” position closest to carriage on “Every” Row.

Continue to knit weave using up all Suri Silk yarn.

K2 rows, Cast off.


Blocking:
Soak in a mild soap/shampoo solution. Rinse well. ( mine bled blue dye).

Wrap in a towel and squeeze to absorb some of the moisture. 

Pin out to shape and Air dry. Project softens beautifully.

Finished


To fringe or not to fringe………

This yardage would also look nice as a Wall hanging or cut it in half, pick up open stitches on the cut ends and finish.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan

Mary Anne Cutler, 2016

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Noro Taiyo Lace yarn………

Some yarns are troublesome from the “get go”. I was gifted a couple of balls of Noros’Taiyo Lace yarn. It is very thin and a mixture of cotton, wool and silk. It was a troublesome one for her.

The colourings are typical Noro and vibrant.  I attempted to knit is as is, but was not happy with the results. Then, I moved on to double stranding. A Random colouring starting point, not trying to match colours, not wanting to deal with a multitipude of ends.

The gifter was knitting a scarf called “Therapy” which is posted on Ravelry. I thought I would knit something similar. An asymetrical scarf with picots every 4 rows. I don’t know how close to the original it ended up. It was knit on 2.25 mm needles, the lace portion was the very common “yo, k2tog”, next row “k”.

The camera seems to have picked up the blues and yet my eyes find the greens. Another trick of Mother Nature.

I’m pleased with it.

Eye candy from India

I am sure many of you who are textile afficionatoes have run across this yarn. This is the first time I have seen it in the “real”.

It was in a most unlikely location, not a yarn store or yarn expo, but in a General Trade show that focused on vendors selling things like jewellery, jams and jellies. Mary Kay cosmetics, Tupperware, gourmet pkgd sauces, glassworks, chainsaw scuptors and other fine artisans. The vendor was selling scarves that she had recently purchased on a vaction in India. 

There they were, a few hanks of yarn; which appear to be the re-cycled Sari hand spun yarn. She had purchased them from a womens co-op. Could I resist?………….. No! 

The testing and swatching will begin. 

So far, I’ve swatched using a knit weave technique on the Chunky knitting machine, washed and air dried it. I am plesantly surprised. It softens beautifully when compared to the feel on the hank.

Links to Basic Machine Knitting youtube tutorials

Useful tutorial list as posted on http://www.knittingparadise.com

Lesson 1 – Open (Diana Sullivan’s MK Lesson 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS5cfOtxO6U
Lesson 2 – E-wrap Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvPi16ZLc6o
Lesson 3 – Diana’s Favorite Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uai2jQgA7RQ
Lesson 4 – Latch Tool Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH6XrWe4DLI
Lesson 5 – Plain Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SClhKnjRjsI
Lesson 6 – 2×1 Mock Rib Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDEeX26EN5A
Lesson 7 – Picot Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIP3XTaKGU4
Lesson 8 – Shortcut Picot Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1i_5uxk2uU
Lesson 9 – Latch Tool Bind-Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsNZIlT7zfw
Lesson 10 – Tapestry Needle Bind-Off #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKnObPxXHY
Lesson 11 – Tapestry Needle Bind-Off #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jgebTI2NyM
Lesson 12 – Loop-through-loop bind-off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpaC-yt9Iq0
Lesson 13 – Crocheting to cast off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAm9xhicUL0
Lesson 14 – Transfer bind-off – chain edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOkRrhbEKT0
Lesson 15 – Transfer bind-off – holey edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYahgDqAI0c
Lesson 16 – Increase & Decrease: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-7CoDvLj4k
Lesson 17 – Short Row – Toe shape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoGkr6XJCi4
Lesson 18 – Short Row – Shoulder #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtCTitNcT1A
Lesson 19 – Short Row – Shoulder #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV1eP_H14Pk
Lesson 20 – Short Rowing a Dart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scAfPi2Gc7U
Lesson 21 – Carriage Jams, Ripping Out, Dropped Stitches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBn2ptPjDtM
Lesson 22 – Kitchener Stitch Seams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuPG7Cv_uHY
Lesson 23 – Mattress Stitch Seams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0e88AlHJfI
Lesson 24 – Seams – Joining Shoulder – Method 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wcSnaC8QjE
Lesson 25 – Seams – Joining Shoulder – Method 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lekv8vUWb1U
Lesson 26 – I-Cord (she calls it “Idiot Cord”): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvZUY6Ur2NA
Lesson 28 – Gauge Swatch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsWQEVfsuaE
Lesson 29 – Darts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scAfPi2Gc7U
Lesson 29 – Divide and Knit Neckline (Part 1 of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16S-WFFwAKM
Lesson 29 – Divide and Knit Neckline (Part 2 of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDnuddLuoPc

Useful Machine knitting tutorial links for Ribber work.

Useful links as posted on http://www.knittingparadise.com 

 Diana Sullivan’s “Beginner” videos? Here are the ones pertaining to ribbing:

Lesson 1 – Open (Diana Sullivan’s MK Lesson 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS5cfOtxO6U

Lesson 2 – E-wrap Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvPi16ZLc6o

Lesson 3 – Diana’s Favorite Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uai2jQgA7RQ

Lesson 4 – Latch Tool Cast-On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH6XrWe4DLI

Lesson 5 – Plain Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SClhKnjRjsI

Lesson 6 – 2×1 Mock Rib Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDEeX26EN5A

Lesson 7 – Picot Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIP3XTaKGU4

Lesson 8 – Shortcut Picot Hem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1i_5uxk2uU

Lesson 9 – Latch Tool Bind-Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsNZIlT7zfw

Lesson 10 – Tapestry Needle Bind-Off #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBKnObPxXHY

Lesson 11 – Tapestry Needle Bind-Off #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jgebTI2NyM

Lesson 12 – Loop-through-loop bind-off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpaC-yt9Iq0

Lesson 13 – Crocheting to cast off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAm9xhicUL0

Lesson 14 – Transfer bind-off – chain edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOkRrhbEKT0

Lesson 15 – Transfer bind-off – holey edge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYahgDqAI0c

Lesson 16 – Increase & Decrease: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-7CoDvLj4k

Lesson 17 – Short Row – Toe shape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoGkr6XJCi4

Lesson 18 – Short Row – Shoulder #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtCTitNcT1A

Lesson 19 – Short Row – Shoulder #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV1eP_H14Pk

Lesson 20 – Short Rowing a Dart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scAfPi2Gc7U

Lesson 21 – Carriage Jams, Ripping Out, Dropped Stitches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBn2ptPjDtM

Lesson 22 – Kitchener Stitch Seams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuPG7Cv_uHY

Lesson 23 – Mattress Stitch Seams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0e88AlHJfI

Lesson 24 – Seams – Joining Shoulder – Method 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wcSnaC8QjE

Lesson 25 – Seams – Joining Shoulder – Method 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lekv8vUWb1U

Lesson 26 – I-Cord (she calls it “Idiot Cord”): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvZUY6Ur2NA

Lesson 28 – Gauge Swatch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsWQEVfsuaE

Lesson 29 – Darts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scAfPi2Gc7U

Lesson 29 – Divide and Knit Neckline (Part 1 of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16S-WFFwAKM

Lesson 29 – Divide and Knit Neckline (Part 2 of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDnuddLuoPc