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My Hobby - Knitting
« on: January 13, 2018, 01:49:49 PM »
I have two knitters that are set up and at least four in their boxes. I have only ever bought three while the rest were donated. I have sold a couple of items on e-Bay

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This the second one of these and I bought it in August 2016. The first one wore out after 25 years. It's my main knitter and is plastic and 150 needles.



This one isn't mine and I just needed a picture to show what my other one looks like. It's mainly metal with 200 needles in each bed. I inherited this one from mother in law via sis in law who couldn't work it. I did buy an early version nearly 30 years go but this one is better.




At the moment I'm playing around with hats - made a pink one for Heather

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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 01:56:17 PM »
My Father had one of the second one, we never worked out how to make it go, it was faster for Mum to break out the needles...
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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 02:52:24 PM »
When I started work, one of the other teenage blokes I was working/training with was a hand knitter.   He would sit knitting at lunch time, and turned out beautiful cable knit jumpers, and other fantastic items.   I hardly know anyone that knits these days, but my daughter and daughter-in-law both crotchet all kinds of stuff.
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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 05:13:36 PM »
Growing up with four sisters I was taught to knit but did not have the patience to finish anything
My first mother in law ( I was lucky enough to have two) had knitting machines and turned out some  great jumpers for me
 

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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 05:31:50 PM »
My mum had the second type and made some wonderful jumpers, one of which I still have and wear sometimes.
 

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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 05:33:18 PM »
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I have one of the 2nd pics plus 2 others in my garage, in their boxes, they are Mums. My Mum and sister both knit with needles making baby stuff for Liverpool Hospital and I think Westmead.
I could knit when I was younger, much younger, but don't think I ever finished anything.
I have been asked by mum to try and sell the knitting machines but have no idea of their value.
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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 07:52:07 PM »
I can knit by hand and made two blankets for my grand daughter.

Mum used to have a knitting machine.

It's fascinating watching garment pieces "grow" from the machine. 


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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 07:54:26 PM »
Is the second one a Singer? The punch card pattern looks familiar.

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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 08:11:47 PM »
Is the second one a Singer? The punch card pattern looks familiar.

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It's branded Studio and in Australia it would been sold under Singer. Actually made by Silver Reed in Japan and sold in different markets with different names.
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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 08:14:11 PM »
I can knit by hand and made two blankets for my grand daughter.

Mum used to have a knitting machine.
Mum taught us but would never let us use the knitter.

I gave up two sticks needles nearly 30 years ago
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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2018, 11:50:47 AM »
The technology is brilliant.
I bought my wife one back in the 70s thinking she'd use it, being a Textiles teacher.  But it wasn't her "thing" so it was sold on.
I was intrigued by its mechanism, so in retrospect, I probably bought it for myself.   :whistle
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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2021, 05:42:43 PM »
My recent hand knitted projects.

This blanket was for a friend's baby who was very premmie.





Some of the detail in the pattern.


I've recently learned of, and how to use, the continental style of knitting.

The beanies took an afternoon/evening each.





This blanket took 8 afternoon/evenings, and is for my youngest granddaughter. It is just under 1.2 metres long.



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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2021, 10:19:19 AM »
That's very fine work, Gary.  You obviously have very nimble fingers to do so much in that length of time.
Very clever patterns too!
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Re: My Hobby - Knitting
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2021, 02:18:46 PM »
The continental knitting style is much faster. I can knit around 3 to 4 stitches every 2 seconds, and purl between 2 to 3 stitches every 2 seconds.

Changing between knitting and purling, is just a small change of position of the left index finger, so rib knitting is also quicker.

My next challenge is brioche stitch and brioche in 2 colours.

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