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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone know what this is for??? on: December 01, 2010 05:56:38 AM
They look like part of a hairpin lace loom to me. Like this, and the two plastic parts in the middle are missing.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting machines... 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).
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Translating Industrial Yarn Weights? on: April 24, 2010 12:15:02 PM
Hi, I am trying to figure out how to translate industrial yarn weights to have an approximation of whether an industrial yarn is a lace/heavy weight/bulky/dk, etc. For instance, what does NM 2.5 mean? And N.M. 2/7000?
Thanks to anyone who has advice about this.

I was able to find some explanations here after searching on the web, but the translation still is not clear to me.

Does this help?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: brother knitting machine-help help help on: January 30, 2010 04:47:27 AM
Try the machine knitting group on Ravelry. There are thousands of machine knitters in the group, and it's a very active group (not one where you go weeks without a response).
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Machines? on: January 30, 2010 04:43:29 AM
Passap Duomatics are really amazing machines. I'd check out the machine knitting group on Ravelry if I were you - thousands of machine knitters there. Passaps have a steep learning curve (like most knitting machines), but they're capable of some pretty awesome techniques.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting machines and illusion knitting on: October 22, 2009 01:50:46 PM
I'm thinking of investing in a knitting machine, mainly to make illusion knit scarves. I understand there are programmable knitting machines out there, but are they just for intarsia? Or can they cope with knits and purls needed for illusion knitting?

Knitting machines come in a wide variety of types, with vastly different capabilities. You can do illusion knitting on a knitting machine with what's called a garter carriage (something only Brother ever produced, so only Brother machines can do this).

It is possible to do illusion knitting on a single-bed knitting machine without a garter carriage (instructions here), but it basically involves knitting a bunch of stitches, undoing them, and manually reforming them. Very time-consuming! It would honestly be faster to knit by hand.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stitch questions from a non-knitter on: June 30, 2008 05:49:38 PM
A stitch that's knit on the front side is purl on the back side, so I don't think having "knit" and "purl" stitch markers would be useful. If not knitting in the round, the minute you turned the knitting to start another row, all your markers would be the exact opposite of what you wanted.

Granted, I don't use markers very often, but when I do, I find that it helps to have several colors. For example, I might mark the right and left edges of a pattern repeat with blue markers and then mark something inside the repeat section with red markers. Using different colors helps me to spot where I am in the row very quickly, especially if I have to put down my knitting and come back to it sometime later.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a Childs cardigan pattern size 6 - 8 on: June 13, 2008 08:29:03 PM
Have you looked at the DROPS/Garnstudio website? They have a lot of free patterns for kids.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Confused about yarn types on: June 12, 2008 10:22:52 AM
This chart may be helpful:

We (Canadians and Americans) don't use ply much to indicate weight because it's not always correlated. You can have a very thick 2-ply yarn or a very thin 4-ply yarn, so ply alone isn't very consistent.
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / free Japanese weaving patterns on: June 06, 2008 12:51:26 PM
Hi folks,

I don't know if anyone would be interested, but I stumbled across some gorgeous free Japanese weaving patterns while hunting for knitting patterns. They're by Pierrot, a Japanese yarn company. They're all charted, so they should be easy to figure out even if you don't know Japanese.

Click on any of the pictures to be taken to that pattern's page. To get the pattern itself, click on the link where it says 織り図 (next to the little pattern schematic icon) and the PDF will download.

Hope someone finds this useful! Smiley
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