Tale of the Pinkie
In late summer, Bill found a vintage Passap Duomatic, or Pinkie, disassembled and dumped in a battered shopping cart at the local St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store.
Being a husband always on the look out for a wifely present, he promptly pushed it to the pricing dock and crammed it into his Honda Civic.
His timing was perfect.
Not a week before I had responded to a Craigslist ad and was generously given a more recent Passap Duomatic 80. It was in great condition. All it needed was a thorough deep cleaning to remove the sticky old oil. I was too nervous to take it apart because I wasn’t convinced I could put it back together.
Then the Pinkie arrived and became our guinea pig.
Bill and I worked together reviving the machine. He disassembled. When we got stuck, I searched the internet for solutions.
It was time consuming. I cleaned and oiled over 1,100 needles, pushers, needle channels, nut, bolts, washers, and various plastic pieces. Towards the end I got smart and made an assembly line so the whole family could spend "quality" time together, rubbing an oil cloth on each metal piece.
Now that the Pinkie is back together, I really should sell it and use the Duomatic 80.
But it’s pink.
And Bill found it all by himself.
And it was born in 1961, a very good year.
Maybe I’ll keep it a little bit longer, just to be sure.
I learned more about a Passap from taking it apart than I ever would have from knitting a beginning pattern. Going through the process gave me the opportunity to see the machine up close on my terms and get over being intimidated by it. It was well worth the time.
We wouldn’t have attempted the project without the Be Your Own Passap Paramedic book by Michael Becker. When we got stuck, the members of Yahoo Groups PassapKnits site were wonderful. A big thanks to Pat at PassapKnits for guiding us through the lock which was rusted shut and out of alignment. We would not have been successful without her.
October 30, 2006