Hi there, I've been machine hunting again and picked up a Cabo gauge 12 hand flat:) I found this beauty in Laval, Quebec and it was quite the drive. The owner was retiring and she spoke almost all Italian (as the machine and herself were originally from there), so the language barrier created an interesting exchange. Luckily her daughter helped translate. She had some fantastic samples on hand with just the tiniest of stitches and some beautiful racked details. She seemed really sad to see it go but so glad too to see the machine go to someone with the knowledge base to use it. The Cabo is not as complex as the Dubieds (it has no tuck cams), but it does create very fine fabrics using rib and tube cams. I am really excited to start some new accessory work on this machine and explore its capabilities ....and since I have never seen this brand before (but it is clearly made with high quality materials so the Cabo manufacturing business must have been a good one) I am sure there are others with this machine. I would love to hear from you!
This gauge 12 takes 2/48nm- 2/60nm yarns so those might be classified as lace weight to cobweb weight yarns. Places like Colourmart in the UK have some lovely cashmere and linen blends as well as cotton linen blends so I'll be starting with that:)
Also, I know its short notice but I will be here tomorrow (Sunday April 27th) to talk about and show my vintage machine knitting magazines. Pulling Strings is a great new event series here in Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) aimed at making textiles related subjects and knowledge more accessible to the community. I will also be busting out my machine manuals for anyone interested!
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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