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« on: June 20, 2010 02:29:29 PM »

I just wondered what the general consensus is on knitting machines? If I mentioned them to my Nan she'd probably spit at me like a llama because she's an old hand at knitting and has a very strong appreciation for all the hours she's put in.

I can see why they annoy old timers but still...I am intrueged and slightly excited by the prospect of a quick knit if they work well.

What do you all think?
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2010 12:08:16 PM »

I just wondered what the general consensus is on knitting machines? If I mentioned them to my Nan she'd probably spit at me like a llama because she's an old hand at knitting and has a very strong appreciation for all the hours she's put in.

Well, they've been around a lot longer than your mom, so they're not new-fangled inventions or anything. It takes a lot of time to learn machine knitting, too - a quite high learning curve compared to hand knitting. I don't see why the ability to try difference techniques with different tools should upset your mom (or anyone).
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2010 02:02:28 PM »

(I've tried very few machines, so take this with a grain (or more) of salt Wink )

I don't like using the knitting machines. I don't like the manual kind where you slide the yarn feeder(?) back & forth, because they really bother my shoulder (obviously not a concern for everybody Smiley ) and the noise is well...noise.

And the (mostly) fully automated machines - you set it up, hit the 'go' button and walk away to do something else. For me, that's not knitting. And they're noisy too.

I *know* people can make gorgeous things with both kinds of knitting machines, I'm just not one of those people.

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2010 01:29:26 AM »

My DH has one. It is really nice. They have been around forever. Loom knitting has been around since the days of Cleopatra. I do agree that machine knitting has a huge learning curve. You can't beat making an afghan in a few hours and being able to give it as a gift or cuddle up in that night after it's made. I also agree the biggest downside to them is the drop stitches. You have to go really slow. Yes, it's worth it for the time save.
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