Just over a week and a half ago, the day I got back to London after moving all of my stuff into the flat, I bought a new knitting toy. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+, you’ve probably already seen it. But just in case…here you go!
That’s right, my new toy is a knitting machine. I have wanted one for so long, and I was just browsing Gumtree one night when I saw it going cheap. I was so excited that I messaged straightaway without really learning anything about it, except that it was ‘compact’. This appealed to me, as I have heard that knitting machines are absolutely huge.
JS took me to pick it up, and I brought it back to the flat with incredible excitement. The machine is a Singer SB 100, made in 1984 and completely manual. It really is compact – it fits in a relatively small box, is easy to set up, gloriously retro and perfect for a flat where my housemates may not want huge machinery lying around. It clamps to our kitchen counter and can be packed up easily.
I’m pretty pleased with it so far. My first stocking stitch samples were amazingly hard to get done. It took me two individual sessions of three hours each to learn to cast on, because I only had the manual to go from. This particular model of knitting machines has no tutorials online…
Once I’d mastered that and completed as much stocking stitch as I could knit in a month by hand in about an hour, I set about learning the more complex techniques and trying out different stitches. I produced this lovely thing.
Now that I’ve made it, I don’t know what to do with it – I may frame it and keep it for future reference! The knitting machine is going to revolutionise the way I make projects that are primarily stocking stitch. It is also making me love hand-knitting even more, because getting the needles in my hands again after a session of machine knitting makes me feel so comfortable and happy.
Knitting with the machine will never take over ‘the better kind’. But I’m so pleased I finally have a machine and can try my hand at a new set of crafting techniques.
Have you ever wanted one? Do you have one? Can anybody recommend any good patterns for me?
Also quick reminder – the latest giveaway (for London people) will close on Sunday the 14th, so go enter now if you want to go on the Great London Yarn Crawl.