Archive for July, 2008

Zen String, in Full Swing!

posted Thursday, July 31st, 2008

As our fundraiser to help get Angelina back on her feet is coming to a close, I just wanted to thank each and EVERY one of you out there who either donated items for the raffles and auctions, or has contributed by buying raffle tickets and bidding on auctions, as well as those who have supported Angelina privately – your generosity has vastly exceeded our wildest expectations.  We have surpassed our goal (and then some) for the entire event with just the raffle ticket sales alone.  I am just astounded by all involved.  Angelina is an amazing fiber artist – we definitely miss her tons, as I am sure most of you do too, and we cannot wait to have her back in action. :mrgreen:

Georgia’s generous donation of a 6 month subscription to her Booty Club that we have paired with 4 gorgeous colorways from Angelina on various yarns (below – they are awesome, aren’t they?) has without a doubt drawn in the most supporters (and raffle ticket sales) – I don’t think we can thank her enough for that.  I think Georgia herself might be a bit surprised at just how much she was able to help us earn (I think we are planning to annouce the final numbers when everything is finished – which should be Saturday sometime)


If you are just hearing about this now, don’t worry, there’s still time to buy raffle tickets!  Sales end tonight (Friday) at 9pm though, so don’t delay – winners will be announced Saturday.  Some of the auctions will continue into Saturday as well… such as this handspun and hand woven scarf that I donated (yeah, that isn’t a shameless plug for myself!).  It was probably one of my favorite FO’s of all time (next to my most awesome socks, of course)!


Things I’ve learned about ribbing on a CSM

posted Thursday, July 24th, 2008

  • If it doesn’t work, take it apart, clean everything (again) and keep trying
  • If the stitches don’t clear the latches (easily, on their own), and you’re using plenty of weight, your ribber dial is TOO HIGH.  It’s not a tension issue or a needle issue, it’s simply because the dial isn’t adjusted properly.  It seems counter intuitive to lower it, but it has to be lower for the needles to work correctly
  • Stitch tension adjustment is very touchy – a small adjustment makes a BIG difference!  It’s not like the v-cam tension at all
  • Ribber timing is tricky – just when you think you have it, you have to tweak it again.  Make TINY adjustments.  A quarter turn of that screw can make a big difference.  An entire turn might be WAY WAY WAY too much!
  • If you yarn carrier is not where it needs to be, that can cause all kinds of problems
    • You might break/bend latches (and possibly destroy needles entirely)
    • Latches won’t open
    • Your timing will seem off, when it really isn’t, the needle just can’t grab the yarn

When you get it all right, it sings 🙂  You can crank out an entire ribbed sock with no trouble at all… amazing!

Ribbed Sock

Ribber, ribbing!

posted Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Yay, I got it working (and I made a video of it – I’m not sure which was more of a challenge) 🙂

Ribber in Action (video)


I also finished the *pair* of Anne Carson socks, knit a pair for my sister, and a pair for me!

Anne Carson SocksPOG JuiceOlivine Beach

Legare sock, #1

posted Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

It’s glorious! I took the machine apart and spent the evening cleaning all the parts, including some sticky oil that was causing one of my uplift cams to stick when I changed directions doing a heel, and I cranked this beauty out with no trouble at all 🙂 Wow, if only my NZAK had been that easy to crank on right after it arrived (it is now, but it’s had some time to break in).

Legare 400 Sock #1!

I was so excited I just cranked it off the machine so I could marvel at it. Now to go do the other one…

I must just have some sort of insane good luck

posted Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

About a month or so ago I got the notion that I wanted to buy and restore an antique CSM to go along with my NZAK. I settled on a Legare 400 as the machine that I wanted, and I watched eBay for a while (which is likely the most risky place to shop for one, but hey, that’s part of the fun, right?) and finally found one I liked… and two weeks ago, bought it. I’ve been anxiously waiting since then for it to arrive (note: it was shipped right away, USPS has been doing who knows what with it for the past 13 days since it left Canada).

It arrived today!

Since everything looked like, well, really REALLY good, I decided that instead of taking it apart right away, I’d throw some needles in, and see what it could do.

Lets go..

Wow. That can’t be… it’s casting on perfectly.


Not only that, iIt isn’t dropping a SINGLE stitch. I’m almost disappointed – I wanted a challenge, right? I wanted a machine that needed a bit of work (and not just some minor cleaning). This isn’t challenging if it knits perfectly!


I swapped out the yarn carrier for a slotted one from Roxanne (which I’m not sure about quite yet – I need to get a washer or something to use as a spacer, if I leave it as is, it will hit the tension dial when knitting heels and toes), and just kept cranking away. I’d be tempted to say that this machine knits better than my NZAK… it’s very smooth.

Perfect :)

The only problem with it? A tiny chip off the 72 cylinder… which happened during shipping (it was packed very well though, so I’m not sure how it happened, other than USPS having it for 13 days, doing who knows what to the box it was in).

I have freakish good luck

So there it is.. my new to me, beautiful Legare 400. All I have to do is clean it, but it appears to be complete, it knits like a dream, and I’m quite pleased with my “gamble” on eBay. I’ve yet to try the ribber, but it seems to be fine as well.


Amazing 😀