Another post about the knitting machine has been a long time coming …
This is because she is still proving a difficult mistress. The skill-gathering is impossibly slow, and the child-free daylight hours (the light is too bad at night to be workable) are spent painting for the most part. When I try to have a go there are constant interruptions of necessity or next doors dog gets busy barking at passers-by, then the roadworks start up again…
I am still taking baby, baby, baby steps. There is not just the practical aspects of working her, there is the problem of different yarns working in different ways, necessitating tension adjustments, and faster or slower movement of the carriage.
There have been hot tears of frustration. There have been a few broken needles.
There has been a trip to the knitting machine expo (which was very exciting). There has been a purchasing of cones of yarn (which was very exciting). There has been a gatecrashing of sorts to a fashion parade where garments made my machines like mine were on display (which was very strange, and quite inspiring).
And there has been one scarf made.
Very plain – made of two 1ply threads of cotton. One indigo, one black, producing a knit of very fine and lightweight variegation. I finished it with a long rectangular patch of vintage Japanese fabric at the back of the neck, to make it a bit more interesting, and provide a bit of stiffness under a jacket. It has a matching crocheted brooch (same deep navy as the fabric patch) to hold the scarf in place.
As I said – the most expensive scarf in (recent) history, and who knows if anything else will ever leave the machine successfully, but in the meantime I am impossibly proud of myself, and ready to try again.
If you are in Brunswick tonight, and feel curious – there in an opening of the Brunswick Street Gallery’s Small works show. I have submitted 4 works. It’s a fascinating gallery over several floors in the middle of eclectic Brunswick Street, which is always so much fun. It’s an open invitation, and should be a good night.