which has recently come up with what it calls a (moebius) snood, a lacy scarf with a single twist before stitching the cast-on to the cast-off edge, making a circle with a twist. When you put it over your head, it hangs in a neat fold in front.
that this is not a real snood. Snoods, as we made and wore them in the 1940s, were constructed from a single knitted or crocheted square. The row ends were gathered up at each side and fine elastic was threaded right round, through the cast-on and cast-off edges, so they looked like decorative hair-nets. The big joke was that if you made a larger double square, stitched the sides and put handles on the cast-on and cast-off edges, you’d made yourself a shopping bag for the groceries. That’s not as daft as it sounds and useful too because it was difficult to find shopping bags to buy during the war, when all materials went into ‘the war effort’. I’ll try to do a sketch on the laptop (the iMac doesn’t ‘do’ drawing!) and send it by snail mail!
Edna Cahill, Sandown, Isle of Wight
I have a silver reed 840 and when I do the first line everything is ok, but when I put the carriage back all the stitches fall off. it works fine if I cast on by hand.
Thanks for any responses.
I am wishing to give my brother KH891 a spruce up – it just dropped a load of stitches off some fine lace I was trying to knit (using bramwell fine 4ply on tension 8) so I’m guessing the machine is asking for a clean.
2 of the needles are bent – so I know how to get those out – and I have ordered some new ones – and also a new sponge bar for good measure (I wouldn’t know how to tell if the old sponge bar was okay or not!)
I know the good needles need to be soaked in something – what? (methelayted spirits or surgical spirit?)
Then I guess they have to be carefully polished with a rag.
I think I’m to try to hoover out any fluff from the main needle bed if I can – and give the machine a wipe over (just a cloth – or something on the cloth?)
I know I need to sparingly rub some silicone oil over the machine (that’s on order too – but order is being delayed by snow and ice!)…
Any concise help in exactly how to complete the maintenance would be gratefully received. The machine has been in storage for a year or so. It has been little used by me – and came to me in good condition – so I don’t suppose there’s much wrong with it really.
I’m really wanting to get knitting again – and take good care of this old machine!
I used a white shiny thin yarn, with some red and dark green.
Cast on over 190 needles, on a standard gauge machine, k 16 rows, a fold row, 32 rows, a fold row, 16 rows.
Hang cast on sts onto needles and cast off.
Join two ends together, and lightly press. it fitted perfectly around a 7 square cake, and looked really good.
The pattern happens over the middle 32 rows, which show; I used a holly and berries punchcard pattern sandwiched between a pair of narrow dark green stripes.
I’m new to this technology but I will include a picture if i can work out how.
I have just taken out a subscription to this magazine and look forward to receiving my first issue soon
Happy new Year to knitters everywhere.
The belt on my Electra 3000A Motor for my Passap E6000 has broken. Does anyone know of a Passap mechanic in Scotland who could repair this for me?