I’ve started my next knitting project! A pair of socks – these are called “Clark Socks” on Ravelry. They knit up beautifully, and I could not be more in love with the pattern.
I recently acquired a Brother KH-930 electronic knitting machine from EBay, that was in really good condition, owned by an older lady who very obviously loved it. It has all of the components for it (and then some) and also came with an 850 ribber (which I will learn to use one of these days).
I’ve been waiting for parts for it for a few months, mail is incredibly slow with covid and who knows when things will get here. The first thing I ordered was a USB to port cord so I can plug it into my laptop. This means I can use patterns that I design in programs like GIMP and then knit them up. I’m INCREDIBLY excited about this.
I’ve also ordered a new sponge bar, but that hasn’t arrived yet. It’s an important part that needs replacing with use and time. The ones that came in the box are absolutely disintegrated. It won’t ruin the needles if I don’t replace it – but knitting is much more difficult, and stitches tend to fall off the needles.
Since I’ve been waiting for these things I haven’t done anything more than a test knit. That, and I’m still trying to make my way through the phone book sized manuals that have come with the machine. It’s quite a learning curve, but I’m pretty excited about the whole process!
Progress on this is so hard to picture because I’m only getting a row or two (or three) done each day, so instead I’ve been measuring it by how much yarn is left in the ball that I’m knitting from…
I feel like this is the shawl that just wouldn’t end – the ball of yarn doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller, but the lace section of this shawl is growing at least. I’m ready to move on to a new project but I really want to get it finished, first. I’m trying to use up all of the yarn on this instead of just the suggested 18 rows.
Pattern is Dragonstone found on Ravelry
I love getting mail – it has always left me with a really happy feeling inside, but I ESPECIALLY like getting soft squishy yarn mail. I’m expecting quite a few packages and since our mail is very slow, it’s taking a long time to get here. So far I have received the amazing squishy sparkle yarn pictured above – a prize from my recent participation in a knit in public day. I didn’t do it in “public” so much as my back yard because hey, covid, but I still managed to have RNG in my favour this one time.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to turn this into socks, but I’m not sure if I want to hand knit them or machine knit them. Speaking of – I’m expecting a Brother KH-930 to show up (along with an 830 ribber) in the near future. I can’t WAIT to try it out. I hope it all arrives in good condition.
I’m also expecting a few fiber bats, and more yarn. BRING ON THE MAIL!
I’ve made two previous attempts at socks – the first one was a disaster, the second one less of a disaster and this is the results of the third one! An actual sock, that I can wear. Not perfect, I dropped a lot of stitches from the toe, and I didn’t knit it long enough so I hand-stitched a toe onto it, but it’s a functional awesome sock, and I’m really quite proud of it.
Now I need to knit up the second one. This is done in knitpicks felici yarn, so it’s nice and soft, and I just love it.
It’s a muddled mess of silk lace and merino garter, but my shawl is coming along, and it’s starting to get a little heavy when I pick it up! I like the added weight, and I hope it hangs nice once it’s done. For now it’s hard to tell anything, lace doesn’t look nice on the needles, it needs blocking, but it is a nice relaxing knit. I still have many more rows to go, knitting this many stitches in lace is a slow process.
I’m on the last part of my shawl, which is two alternating rows of a 4 stitch lace repeat. It’s easy enough to memorize, but the stitches are tricky to pick up with my wooden needles, and there’s over 400 stitches so it takes quite a bit of time to get a single row done. Right now I’ve just started row 4/30. I’m also working with silk which has its own issues (like being even more slippery, being thick and thin, and some splitting). I’m hoping it will add a long luxurious ruffle to this shawl once it’s completed.
The thing with lace is that it’s always difficult to see how it’s going and what the pattern will look like until you’ve actually finished the piece and blocked it. Before that point it just looks like a mushed up collection of yarn. I’m liking the two colours together more now than before, and I can actually pick out the mosaic pattern better. Here’s hoping the rest of this shawl doesn’t take too long. Saturday is the start of Tour de Fleece, and I’m hoping to get a sweaters worth of spinning done – we’ll just have to see.
A hung hem! Completed, and it looks fantastic. I’m so proud of myself! If only the heel had of turned out. Thankfully I looked into it, and I’m pretty sure I know exactly what I did wrong. Here’s hoping attempt #3 goes better.
New needles and a good cleaning – and my Creelman Money Maker ‘A’ from 1893 is cranking out tubes like it’s brand new. Unfortunately the fabric is itchy and not really great for socks, so I decided not to make this into anything at all, and I’ll just use it as a practice run. I can’t wait to start up an actual sock next! I am learning how to do cuffs / heels / toes all on the machine, with nothing afterthought. We’ll see how it goes!