>When I ordered the new Silver Reed machine I packed away the Knitmaster 700 that I had been using. Before I packed it away I decided to give the lace carriage one last try on it. Unfortunately I got the same results as I had the times before when I’d tried it. It would drop stitches or transfer them onto the sinker posts. It was never any better than when I tried it on the 321.
I never expected it to work properly on the 321 but it should have worked on the 700. I thought maybe I’d damaged it when I used it on the 321 so I decided just to chuck it away.
I was going to get rid of it last week but I didn’t. I kept looking at it and wondering if I should try it on the new machine. But what if it damaged the needles? I didn’t want to be replacing needles when I’d only had the machine a couple of weeks.
Should I or shouldn’t I? What if I throw away a perfectly good lace carriage? But what if I damage the new machine?
Well, this afternoon I decided to give it a go.
I set it all up, did about 30 rows in plain stocking stitch as the instructions told me to do. Then I released the punchcard. I was very nervous. If it sounded as if it was struggling I would stop straight away. I pushed the carriage across. There was no resistance. I did another row and another and another. Row after row, no mistakes, no dropped stitches, no stitches transferred onto the sinker posts.
I could hardly believe it! I went all the way through the punchcard with no problems.
So I tried all of the lace punchcards;
Well, what do you think of that then? There was nothing wrong with the lace carriage.
I then tried the fashion lace. This is where you do so many rows without the yarn threaded then a couple of rows with it threaded. That’s where it went wrong. It was my fault, though. When I put the yarn back into the carriage and re-set it to knit I hadn’t got the yarn in the feeder properly and all the work just came straight off the needles. Before that happened I had managed to knit this much of punchcard 9:
As you can see it had been doing the transfers alright, it was just my mistake that spoilt it.
I left it at that – I couldn’t be bothered to cast on again and do any more.
Now that I know the lace carriage works I’m so glad I never threw it away last week. But why wouldn’t it work on the 700? I can’t understand it.
Talk to you later,