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What’s your craft and why do you like it? Comments here please…

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Well, you can see from my quasi-manifesto in my ‘about’ page the reasons why I love knitting.  You can also see I dabble in other crafts, but knitting is my main one.  What is your craft and why do you like it?

More Socks

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Artichoke Socks on the needles at the moment:

I think they’re turning out quite nicely.  The yarn is Wendy Happy, I’m hoping this time that they won’t grow as much as the last ones I did in that yarn, the patterns seems to be a bit tighter so we will have to see.

Unfortunately, since I took these photos my knitting needle has snapped, so these are going to be on the back burner until I can sort it out!  I’m hoping it can be a repair job with superglue and I won’t have to buy a new needle as these ones aren’t the cheapest.  However, they are brilliant needles, they’re Knit-Pros and there is no snagging over the join so I would fork out for another set if I had to!  I think these are the 2.25mm ones, but I also have a 2.5mm set for socks.  Oh well, wish me luck!

Sewing Machine Repairs

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My Grandparents gave me my Great-Grandmother’s sewing machine a couple of years ago.  After a handful of disastrous sewing machine lessons at school I wanted, with some trepidation, to try again.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity… except it didn’t work.  Knowing nothing about sewing machines AT ALL, I scoured the internet looking for a manual, and how to solve the problem I was having, which was that a) it wasn’t sewing and b) when it was sewing the top looked really pretty but when you looked underneath the fabric it looked the sewing-thread-eater-of-doom had come along and mangled all the top threads, and the bobbin thread was nowhere to be seen.  Experienced machinists will know that I was experiencing tension problems, and after several weeks of not being able to sort it out the tension problem was by no means just in the machine anymore.  Anyway, it turned out that the thread on the tension disk screw had gone, and so the discs were no longer being pulled against the side of the machine, instead stopping just short of it.  So after much deep thought and a repair job later we came up with this: (we being me, my boyfriend, Dad, flatmate and just about everybody else who was fed up with hearing about how my sewing machine didn’t work)

Apologies for the poor photo quality, I took these ones on my iPod today and it turns out the grainy quality isn’t just due to the anti-glare thing I have on the screen.  As you can see there is now a piece of cardboard in place to essentially extend the side of the machine.  Tada, it works perfectly again!  Here is another picture of my pride and joy:

I don’t know that much about it apart from that it is a Frister and Rossmann (obviously), and is a K model with red lily decals, so hails from about the 1920s.  It also takes needles that went obsolete about 50 years ago, which are now very hard to come by and very expensive.  So I have bought myself a new machine.  New being a slightly questionable word as it is a 1902 Singer.  But it takes modern needles.  And it was only £15, so a bargain!  I will take photos of that when I have set it up – I need to get more bobbins for it and a new bobbin-winding -rubber-wheel-thingy.

Anyway, so why am I posting about this today?  I had to do repairs on my Frister again.  Somehow in the course of my Christmas sewing I knocked a nut off it that helps to hold the bar in place that holds the handle in place when the machine is in use.  I have looked high and low for this nut and can’t find it anywhere, I’m afraid it might have gone up the hoover.  So, today I decided to remedy the situation with some superglue and a bone bead a friend gave me.

It doesn’t look quite the same but I think it goes with the porcelain handle quite well, don’t you?