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If You Have A Brother Electronic Knitting Machine, This Is So Cool

Our machines have happily been hacked to allow a computer, including a Mac, to act as the external floppy drive. You can then use Photoshop or other paint program to make stitch patterns and download them to your machine.

There is a detailed tutorial available if you want to hack too, complete with a photo tutorial on how to make a USB cable to connect your computer to the knitting machine.


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November 7, 2010   16 Comments

Is This A Yarn Swift For Small Skeins?

Found this today at my local thrift shop. The only markings are “Made In Canada” stamped in green ink on the bottom.

Any thoughts on what it is? I’m guessing it’s either for yarn winding or noodle making. A neat contraption regardless.

The bottom photo shows it collapsed.
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May 18, 2010   9 Comments

How To Take Apart A Brother Punch Card Knitting Machine

brother-knitting-machine-disassemble-3Whenever I find a used knitting machine, I like to take a peek inside to make sure its clean and able to function as best as possible.

Below is a detailed photo tutorial on how to disassemble a Brother Knitking KH840 punch card knitting machine.

You’ll find that the steps are fairly similar to other makes and models as well.

     

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May 12, 2010   42 Comments

Who Needs Satin and Lace When Superwash Merino Will Do

wedding-dress-yarn-skeinsIt’s December, the engagement month.

Tell your wool newbie fiance:

“Honey, you know how the recession has you nervous.

Especially all those pink slips at work.

And you spied my stash in the back closet?

Don’t worry.

It’s an investment!

And very frugal.

Think of how much we will save by not buying a wedding dress.

Or a Bride’s Maid dress.

And if by some horrible accident, any of it should stain.

You can always make it better by closing your eyes when I buy replacement skeins.”

     

bridesmaid-yarn-skirt

     

December 7, 2009   4 Comments

How To Attach Pusher Rail To Passap Duomatic 80

The Passap Duomatic (pinkie) and Duomatic 80 are almost identical when you need to tear them down, deep clean, and reassemble. The difference is in how their pusher rails are attached.

Here is how it’s done on the Duomatic 80. The pinkie and all other aspects of cleaning Duomatics, including the 80, is covered in my Passap Duomatic Deep Cleaning tutorial Continue reading…

November 28, 2009   4 Comments

100+ Free Knitting Machine Videos

Here are over 100 free knitting machine video links from around the web. Below you will find movies on set up, cast on’s, cast off’s, garter carriage, lace knitting, miscellaneous techniques and equipment and much more.

This list is just the beginning. If you know of a great knitting machine video you’d like to add, please leave a note in the comments.
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November 22, 2009   47 Comments

Bidets Get Chilly Too

It’s starting to get nippy here in the northern states.

Don’t despair, the Machine Knitting Guild of Minnesota has the knitted cover needed to warm that special home appliance.

     

November 16, 2009   No Comments - Be the First!

Machine Knit Hand Knit Sock With Gusset Heel

machine-knit-hand-knit-sock-with-gusset-heel.jpgI’ve read your comments, really I have.

I’ve debated for a long time whether to sell the pattern, given how much effort it will take to set up and process the step by step photos.

The written portion has been done for quite awhile. I’ve even demonstrated the heel flap and turn at my local machine knitting group several years ago. Continue reading…

July 29, 2009   9 Comments