Have I mentioned that I really don’t like the Passap Duomatic 80 manual? It’s horrid! It doesn’t cover how to cast on, a technique I would think most new Passap owners would need to know. It covers how to thread the tension mast but not how to get the yarn from the eyelet to actually producing knitted fabric. Very frustrating! It goes from telling you how to thread to telling you to start a mitten but apparently the yarn is supposed to cast on magically by itself, because Passap sure didn’t waste time explaining how to do that.
I have another manual, not put out by Passap but intended to teach beginning Passap skills, and it’s just as bad. The first page says to “do the tubular cast on as usual.” Anyone see a flaw in the logic of that? Page one of the beginning level manual, and it assumes you already know how to use the machine. D’oh!
I’m going to have to watch the video that came with it, but I have to find a VCR somewhere first. No one I know owns one anymore, so my attempts to borrow one have panned out. I think the library has a VHS to DVD conversion setup, so one of these days I’ll see if they’ll let me convert it (or if that would violate copyright). If only skills for the Japanese machines transferred to the Passap machines!
On the good side, though, I have lots of Passap patterns. The machine came with a box of old Passap pattern books, and while lots of the styles are outdated, many of them are classics that I can still use (assuming I ever find instructions for casting on, that is). I had a good laugh at the 80s shoulder pads and pastel sweater coats, but also found some pretty nice basic patterns like a sleeveless wrap dress.
Turns out that the orange strippers are missing from my machine – I just have the black ones – so I’ve ordered a pair from an online store. Either the woman I bought the machine from lied about all the parts being there or just wasn’t aware that they were missing (I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt and assuming the latter). Hope they get here soon!