When you open a knitting machine it does look like Spock's brain at first. Don't be discourage. Read the instruction manual, join a guild, check out support groups on Ravelry. There is help starting here.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Machine Knitting Disaster
(Amy gave a lesson with her garter carriage)
Last Thursday was our regular June meeting of the Sacramento Area Machine Knitter's Guild. Last months meeting our leader Marilynn said she wasn't going to bring her machine any more. That it's too heavy for her and she's having issues with her leg. Well, one of the reasons I'm a reliable member is because I felt like if a 70 plus year old woman took the trouble of bringing her heavy knitting machine to the meeting each time I should show up. I have a bad neck and don't want to lift it and I'm at least 20 years younger.
(counter clockwise Hugh, Marilynn, Celeste and Amy)
Upon arriving to the meeting I find we are in a different room. Marilynn only said she wasn't bringing a machine I really had no idea what we would do at the meetings now. No plan is set. So, I decided that bring a machine. I hadn't thought it through though. I decided to bring my machine I had just bought. I could give it a good look over and decide what needed to be done to get it up and running. Since we were in a different room there were no tables set up. I'm minorly annoyed. Our other room is all tables and perfect for us. Anyhow thank goodness for our only male member Hugh. He set up some folded tables that were in the corner.
As I'm setting up my machine I hear Kathleen talking from the other side to the table. She's always so fun and up beat. What I'm hearing though is a story that is not happy, but she's still sounding as up beat as ever. I tune into her conversation and hear that she had dropped her electronic machine and broke it.
What I didn't quite get til much later was she dropped it in the parking lot right before the meeting! She did finally have a bit of disappointment in her voice when she said she had just got the thing and had never used it. She said she probably paid too much for it to begin with and now she had to get it fixed if it could be fixed. Then the upbeat Kathleen was back. She had the attitude that what was done was done now let's move on. Great way to think. Hugh from our group is quite the handy man and saying that is not giving him his due. He said he'd tinker with it and see what he could do to fix it.
It got Kathleen and I talking about how heavy these machines are. I said, "What we should do is when we get here is come into the room and ask someone to help us lift the machine out of the car." She thought that was a great idea. That is my main problem. Getting it in and out of the car. Once out and on my golf cart I'm good to go. Even lifting it to a table doesn't seem as much trouble as the car. I have my son or husband or even my daughter for that matter put it in my car. I just need help getting it out.
UPDATE 06/24/10: Hugh was able to glue this machine back together and get it up and running again in 2 short weeks. We were all shocked at how quickly he fixed this machine. Kathleen was flabbergasted when she saw machine fixed and at today's meeting.