Zippy 90 Sponge bar

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I just got my Knitmaster Zippy 90 back after some years in a friends loft. The sponge bar looks to be just the sponge part with no metal bar. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement. I am keen to start using it again now I have retired. The Zippy 90 is a light weight chunky machine with a plastic bed and not full size having fewer needles.

Hi I had this problem too. I was unable to find a supplier for the sponge bar but I did use foam insulation tape to replace the sponge. This was about 2 years ago and it’s still going strong!

Best wishes
Carole

Carole
2009-11-08 11:24:50
Thanks Carole I’ll remember that tip. I eventually managed to find one from UndyYarns.co.uk although it was not on their website they had them in stock.

regards
Lyn

Moogie1947
2009-11-14 09:10:34
Hi I had this problem too. I was unable to find a supplier for the sponge bar but I did use foam insulation tape to replace the sponge. This was about 2 years ago and it’s still going strong!

Best wishes
Carole

Carole
2009-11-08 11:24:50
Thanks Carole I’ll remember that tip. I eventually managed to find one from UndyYarns.co.uk although it was not on their website they had them in stock.

regards
Lyn

Moogie1947
2009-11-14 09:10:34

Holding Position

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Can someone please explain how I use the holding position on the Silver Reed. I thought I needed to bring the relevant needles all the way out, but when I did that the carriage knitted the stitches back in!

I am a SR knitter but not familiar with the 260 I use an 840. However I am sure that all SRs are similar.

You still have to put the required needles to UWP BUT then you have to set the Russel levers so that the KM does not knit them back. these are the 2 markers at the front of the carriage above the fabric presser. They are marked l and ll. l holds all UWP needles and ll knits all needles back.

ozmartian
2010-06-03 19:39:09
In addition to pulling all your needles forward into the “D” position you need to put your “Russell levers” to position 1. This stops your needles knitting back in. Position 11 is what I suspect your Russel Levers are set at now.

Your “Russel Levers” are on the carriage just above the arm at the front right and left.

Hope this helps

Glenys Elaine
2009-11-08 11:24:50
I am a SR knitter but not familiar with the 260 I use an 840. However I am sure that all SRs are similar.

You still have to put the required needles to UWP BUT then you have to set the Russel levers so that the KM does not knit them back. these are the 2 markers at the front of the carriage above the fabric presser. They are marked l and ll. l holds all UWP needles and ll knits all needles back.

ozmartian
2010-06-03 19:39:09
In addition to pulling all your needles forward into the “D” position you need to put your “Russell levers” to position 1. This stops your needles knitting back in. Position 11 is what I suspect your Russel Levers are set at now.

Your “Russel Levers” are on the carriage just above the arm at the front right and left.

Hope this helps

Glenys Elaine
2009-11-08 11:24:50

Getting ready for MKLive Rochdale

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I’ve included a lovely story from Irene Krieger in this month’s magazine. A friend of hers was inspired to create an amazing four-panel mosaic, by a tea set given to her parents. When she was small she’d been fascinated by the picture on it and wanted to preserve the spirit of her childhood memory. I remember when Carl Boyd was giving lectures a while ago that he talked along similar lines. To create something original for yourself, find something that you love for the colour and it may be some china, a birthday card or picture. Whatever it is, match as best you can the colours in the object and then use those colours for your knitting. You’ll find it really does work and next time you need some inspiration, why not take a leaf out of Irene’s friend’s book? On similar lines, do look at Ann Matthew’s Alpaca designs in Newsline. Ann is a Knitting Buddy and she worked with a breeder to develop the yarn. Ann loved the warm, natural colours as well as the texture and feel. That, in turn, inspired her to make some gorgeous garments. It wasn’t easy going and Ann had to switch between standard gauge and chunky machines, as well as fiddle around a lot with the tension. However, her hard work has paid off and she’s produced a fabulous collection.

Knit-Leader Kl-116

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Hi
I am fairly new to machine knitting and have been given a knitleader. Can anyone tell me where I can buy the replacement graph paper/? Mylar paper. Any suggestions would be very helpful.
Thanks
Steph

Hi steph I too am very new to all of this. Have you tried ebay.co.uk. On there is a company called Bedford Sewing and Kniting. they are very good and they may have the paper failing that try andee knits. Good luck Mary
scary007
2009-10-25 19:35:07

for sale

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All accessories and patterns and keyplates for different yarns. Would suit beginner or student. £35.00 ono. (Plymouth) email cosswoss@hotmail.com

Knitting Buddy

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If you’d like to become one of our Knitting Buddies, get in touch with Anne at the usual address and here are a few details. Our volunteers give help and advice to beginners or those returning to machine knitting after a long break. If travelling distances are not too great, they may even sit with you whilst you develop some basic knitting skills. Knitting Buddies are not trained professionals, so please don’t take advantage of their generosity by overloading them with your queries and remember also not to ask for or expect the impossible! It’s a free service for our readers and we ask you to keep your calls short. If you need comprehensive advice, simply make arrangements to call back at a time that’s convenient.

New Carl Boyd pattern

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The pattern is written in seven bust sizes from 32 to 44 inches and has one of Carl’s signature necklines and pretty sleeve detail. The instructions are written for punchcard or electronic machines with a ribber and lace carriage. It costs £5 including postage and will be available to download from www.carlboyd.com