My adventures in learning to machine knit and whatever comes to mind

I feel awful, but I couldn’t stay in bed…

on May 30, 2010

it was driving me up the wall, so got up and decided to test out the Singer SK360, and do some fairisle.
This machine hates me, that is all there is to it, it just hates me! Oh well, I will make it behave whether it wants to or not. It has some bad needles, so had to order new ones, as I don’t have any spares for it. I should have just left it alone until I got the needles, but I wanted to do something, and it was just setting there.
I have this eagle card from the Knittery, and I wanted to try it out, so I knitted up a swatch with 3 repeats, but I had all kinds of trouble with it, plus I couldn’t get my mind to working, and I kept forgetting to change dials, etc., then I don’t know what happened, but right at the end of the first complete eagle, my background yarn broke, and I ended up with a big mess.
I got disgusted and went back to bed, but my back is hurting so bad, I couldn’t lie there, it hurts worse lying in bed, than it does being up, and as long as I don’t do anything strenuous, or stand on my feet, its not so bad.
So, I decided to jump in and do another one. The first one had the three repeats, but I didn’t want to do that much and have it mess up again, so I ended up doing 48 stitches, which gave me an eagle centered, and a half one on each side! Oh well, it was just a practice piece to see how it was going to work out.
I did the first one at TD6, so I did this one at TD9, and it turned out much better. In fact, I’m going to try another one with the TD 9 for the border, and TD10 for the fairisle and see how it does. I’m trying to get as much width as I can, so I’ll see what happens with the highest TD setting.
I did two repeats of the pattern for the second swatch, and I have to say, it doesn’t look bad at all! Hopefully, this is going to turn into an afghan, but boy, I hate having to sew all those separate sections together! I may try SAYG, I’ve never done it before, but this might be a good time to learn!
I’ve got to figure out this dratted punchcard business too, as the USA at the beginning was cut in half, so I’m doing something wrong for sure! It is a Brother card, and I was thinking you had to go up two numbers for Singer/Studio, but maybe it is the other way around, and I should have gone backwards instead…some of this stuff is so confusing.
YES, another swatch!I promise, one of these days I will knit something more than a swatch sized piece of knitting!  LOL

See where the bottom is cut off the US…so, maybe it wasn’t all the machine, maybe it was the idiot setting in front of it???

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