I’m the first to admit that I have a lot to learn about my knitting machines. I got my standard-gauge machine in 2000 or so (can’t remember exactly) but have barely skimmed the surface. Color changer? Still sitting in its box, never been tested out. Garter carriage? Also never been used. I’ve used the ribber attachment extensively, though, and the lace carriage’s been taken for a test drive, too. So why haven’t I tried all these other things? It’s about time I did, right?
Then it hit me: I can’t be the only one in the boat. Why not issue a challenge to my fellow machine knitters?
Summer 2007 Machine Knitting Challenge!
What it is: challenge yourself to learn at least one new technique with your knitting machine(s) this summer (winter for our southern hemisphere friends). You decide what to challenge yourself to do. Have a lace carriage but never used it? Not sure how the weave punchcards work on your machine? Are the myriad of patterns on your electronic machine untapped? Never tried the cool (reversible!) patterns you can achieve with the racking handle on your ribber?
If you accept the challenge, post about what you’re doing on your blog or website so we can all share. Wouldn’t hurt to show that machine knitting is alive and well, either.
In my case, I’m challenging myself to make at least one item with each punchcard for my Brother KH-860. Until now, I’ve only ever used two of three of the punchcards. What have I been waiting for? Starting today, I’ll try to use each of the punchcards, including the lace ones.
So who’s with me?