Wednesday, 7 February 2018

I Should Have Listened...........

The Dratted Knitting Contraption
There comes a time when you make a decision and making it makes you feel loads better.

For me, writing up my Work Diary forced me to re-read my entry from the previous week about the second-hand knitting machine I had sourced locally.

I had given up then on it and it had been stored at the very back of the shed behind the old spinning wheel....that means it was just too heavy to store up in the rafters.

I had been warned, but did I listen?....did I heck as like.

Thought I could manage it....thought I could conquer it. Thought I could "whip-up" squares of hand-spun and then edge them by hand all nice and evenly.....thought I had a new product for a new market. What a total eejit!

I had been warned.

"Best of luck" a neighbour said, "one wrong move and it gets ruined..."

"Rather you than me", said another, "....never got the hang of them myself."

It even came with a stand....
I really did try to like it.

I gave it new needles and a new sponge bar.

I cleaned and cleaned it.

I read the manual.

I joined a Facebook group.

Still could not get the Dratted Thing to even get past a cast-on.

I re-set the sponge bar.

I watched video tutorials.

It was obvious the machine was just a bit too old and had been out of use for too long.

I think there is a support-group out there for Failed Knitting Machine Users.

Four rows...and a dropped stitch....
This was the best I could do. Fishing out dropped stitches was worse that managing them by hand.

Not sure what the thinking was behind all this technology.....totally inflexible.

Did I listen?......nope.

Fiona MacBride

Tin Shed Yarns

p.s. If you are in the Helensville district and you especially want this then it is yours.