Deep cleaning my machines has gone really well. I special ordered new needles and a few parts from Scotland. As you can see from the photo below, the needles were well used and needed oiling and checking for wear. The needle beds also needed cleaning out so that the needles could run freely. Today after putting all the pieces back together I began swatching. It felt great to begin knitting and get a feel for the machines capabilities. I worked with 2/16nm Alpaca yarn creating some simple structures and hem edges. Tomorrow I'll try some Tuck structures and add some colour.
Short of taking an advanced knitting course, I wish there were better practical information for the knitter. There are quite a few older books for V-bed and Passap but language is inconsistent or incomplete. I feel sure that at the height of knitwears popularity that technical books were available in the industry. I would really like to get my hands on them!
Anna is a Hamilton based knitwear and textile practitioner blogging about her collection development as well as pre-1950's knitwear technology.
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