Hello fellow knitters
I have been given a Knitmaster 700 and the needles all seem to have a deposit on them from the ancient ‘manky’ sponge bar. It doesn’t seem like rust and is only where they touched the sponge bar. I’ve tried the surgical spirit and oil soak and spraying them with Gunk degreaser (seen on Xena’s website). If I had many hours and patience I might be able to scrape it off all 200 needles, but would rather use a solvent if possible. Any ideas? Thanks for any help, Lyn
I have an old second hand Knitmaster Chunky 155, which I am just trying out. It has been cleaned up so is running quite smoothly for stocking stitch, tuck stitch and even weaving. However when I tried out Punch Lace using a very fine crepe yarn and both a double knitting and an aran weight yarn, I get lots of random floats on the back like Fair Isle. I checked the bottom of the carriage and all the levers seem to be moving okay. As none came with the machine, I punched a special card for this – as recommended for this type of stitch. It is totally inconsistent about where the floats appear and they seem to occur more on the left to right pass than the right to left. I tried various tensions and also double wrapping the thin yarn round the tension rings so it didn’t slip.
Can anyone help please?
Bookham Knitting Club will be meeting at a new venue from January 2013. Our new (temporary) home will be the Harrison Room in the Old Barn Hall in Bookham. The room is the small room with kitchen at the back of the building and the parking for this room is at the back. The address is Church Road, Bookham, Surrey KT23 3PQ.
Meetings will continue to be the second Wednesday in the month at 8.00 pm. Details and map are on the website at http://www.bookhamknitclub.org.uk/ There’s a contact form there for anyone who wishes to get in touch and we always welcome new members and general enquiries.
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.