I’m now the proud owner of Passap Duomatic 80! (Well, a complete one, that is. The spare needle bed I got this summer hardly counts since it’s missing too many parts to work.) Plus, the seller threw in lots of extras, an entire box of machine knitting books, and yarn, too, so I had quite a carload. Even a cone of Denys Brunton Magicolor – what a find! Besides the machine, with all its transfer tools and such, there’s a color changer, a Forma, a transfer carriage, and a punchcard device. I guess the Forma is to Passap what a knitleader is to a Brother? Obviously I’m going to have to find the manual and start from page one.
Unfortunately, I broke the shutter release button off my camera while traveling this summer, and I still haven’t fixed it. So no pictures yet. Maybe if I can jerryrig a new button tomorrow I’ll take a picture of the new beast.
I’m sure it’ll be years before I’m able to do beautiful work like Knittsings – have you seen her latest reversible cable pattern? – but I’m very eager to get started. (There’s another reversible cable pattern here.) All the machines I’ve tried before this are Japanese machines, so the Passap method is completely alien to me. A challenge, but alien just the same.