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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2004 06:55:42 PM »

Okay, I'm just so excited about this machine.  Once I switched from my crappy eBay mistake chenille and used some good old worsted weight aran, everything worked so well.  I did a swatch in the time between my last post and now, so like within an hour.  I did cables and eyelets on this one as you can see in the pic.  I've never even done cables in hand knitting.  I seriously love this thing.  Anyone else have machine knitted examples?  I'd love to see them.
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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2004 06:38:16 AM »

Hi i love your swatch...how on earth do you post pictures? I can't figure it out? what Knitting machine books are you useing? thanks amylou Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2004 09:29:17 AM »

I have a vintage Better Homes and Gardens book that shows how to make your own knitting machine. It's basically a board with a bunch of evenly spaced nails. You run your yarn across and then "knit" those stitches with a crochet hook. I haven't tried this and don't know how well it would work, but it kinda looks like one of those pot holder weaving sets from when I was a kid.

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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2004 09:47:01 AM »

Okay, now I am jealous and just might have to ask my husband to buy one for Arbor Day (or whatever other 'holiday' I can think of). Can't wait to see what you make . . . if they look as half as good as the swatch I will be even more jealous - WOW!
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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2004 10:48:30 AM »

Beppy cat--I love your swatch.

How hard do you think it would be for a non-hand-knitter to learn to use the knitting machine? I've always been interested in getting a knitting machine, but I thought it might be hard to use since I'm not a hand knitter.
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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2004 07:10:24 AM »

Sorry this post is all one block of text, my return key broke this morning, so I can't really paragraph.   Roll Eyes  Thanks for the comments, I'm glad the swatches are so inspiring.   Grin   I'm a super slow handknitter and have never made anything other than a couple of dishcloths, so I hardly would say that I know how to knit, and even though I love to crochet, I hate knitting, I just can't get a handle on two sticks, lol.  Czarina, the knitting board you're talking about is the same basic idea of a knitting machine like my bond, but with the knitting machine, you slide a carriage across the board to form the stiches instead of doing it one at a time across the row with a hook like you would with that board.  So, similar concept, much slower, but that only matters if it's a problem for you.  What you describe is alot like the round knitting looms that are available.  Actually, just like them, but straight instead of round.    Monkeyrocker, I don't think it would really be hard for you to learn a knitting machine at all.  Like I said, I can barely handknit.  You might want to read some knitting books to understand the nature of the fabric you're making, and I'd suggest learning a little crochet to put a finishing edge on your project, but I think that you'd be able to learn it.  It does take patience at first, and you have to work at it a little, but after you get the hang of it, it's easy and really fun.   Greenchick, I've done a sweater for my neice, I got all the pieces knitted in about five hours, if that, and I'm in the process of sewing it together and edging it with crochet right now.  I'll post a new topic with pictures when I finish that project.  Amy Lou, posting pictures: http://www.craftster.org/faq.html?PHPSESSID=f2e3288e1dc512d576777dd89d2d80d6  Leah describes the picture post process here, in the FAQ.  I haven't found any machine knitting books that are very helpful to me, the few I got from my library are for the electronic machines, which mine isn't.  I have found some good sites about machine knitting, and you could always join a machine knitting yahoo group.  Yahoo groups are great resources.  Here are a couple of sites that might inspire you:  http://bond-america.com/      http://www.knittingtoday.com/      http://www.machknitter.com/      Hope that helps everyone, I'll be sure to post when I get the sweater finished so you can see.  I'm thinking it's super ironic that it's taking me longer to sew it together than it did to knit it.
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2004 05:33:50 AM »

Hi!  Just wanted to let you guys know that my finished sweater is posted here:  http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=22;action=display;threadid=4154    Hope you like seeing what can be knit on the machine in just a few hours!   Grin
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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2004 09:56:05 AM »

I can't believe I missed this thread!

http://www.yarn-store.com/knitting-machines.html is a good site I found for finding info on knitting machines. I was interested them awhile back when I learned that the sweaters on freshbakedgoods.com were machine knitted.  But since then, I realized that I don't have the money for one and that despite what everyone else says, it would be too hard.  Now if I could rent or borrow one to just to try it out and see if I like it and could use it, that's a different story.   Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2005 01:14:48 PM »

Hi,

I just bought a Singer LK100 knitting machine for $20.00 at an antique shop.  It's a cool little machine.  I'm just learning how to use it as I've never owned a knitting machine before. 

Here is the address to the thread I started about it a couple of days ago.  There is a picture of the machine and a baby blanket we made with it.

I really can't tell you much about knitting machines at this point since I'm just starting to learn.

David

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=39030.0
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« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2005 04:08:04 AM »

I can't believe I missed this thread back in March.  This is the reason I joined Craftster in the first place.  Last summer my old computer crashed for good, and I was searching for all my old knitting machine sites, when I came across a couple of threads here.  But for some reason, I was really put down by some fellow craftsters (and I remember who)
Uh-oh, I guess the reason I didn't see the before is because it's from March 04.
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