|This is a circular knitting machine - generic photo|
But the mechanics are the bits that fascinate me - how does it work, why does this bit move and this not.............. In reality they are really quite simple - it is the latch hook that does the work, without this fabulous little needle none of the knitting machines we have today would exist.
Now on to the new toys.......... No I haven't bought one of the circular type, but I did get a fleabay bargain of a Knitmaster 323 knitting machine. Yes I know I have a machine, but Mr S broke the carriage handle and as yet hasn't made the promised replacement! But it was a very basic machine and that was it, no way of making any more than the flat-bed machine it is.
Here is where my love of mechanical things come in, it needed a new sponge, needles and good clean. Plus the spools that make the punchcards function weren't going round. I was directed to this resource on YouTube, with the wonderful title of 'Help! my machine was working when I put it away'. With the help of this and Mr S's tools I took the carriage apart, removed lots and lots of fibre and put it back together again
So I did say toys, well inspired by this video, in which the sweater is knit and then sewn I have finally bought an overlocker! This is my birthday present from Mr S who understands me perfectly.
It is rather scary and much noisier than my sewing machine, but I have my first lesson booked in March so should overcome the fear of breaking a thread and not being able to re-thread........... there are four threads and each have a particular threading, so until then I am being extra careful!