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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Knitomat bed
Last week while wandering around Perth (ON) we checked out the local charity shop (Salvation Army I believe) … you never know what you are going to find. When I found my husband in the window looking at something in a silent auction ... an old knitting machine...called a Knitomat. I think it as from the 1950's.

You can see in this photo that the needles heels are right back at the rear of the bed but the needles are sticking out front. The needle 'heels' are really the levers that come out as the carriage passes, like levers that push the stitches off the needles.

I thought someone had attached it to a wooden board but on looking at the manual that came with it it  came on that hinged board. The other interesting thing was that it didn't have 'sinker posts' per se but strange angular rods that came moved and came forward as the carriage moved across the bed....the needles were fixed and stationary!

Instruction book.

My DH did encourage me to leave a bid, but I already have machines in storage and one vintage machine which I haven't figured out I left it....however, not before taking some snaps with my   phone.

Took a photo of the cast on rag that came with the machine, commercially made strip!

Cast on strip that came with the machine!

I'll list it on the Yahoo Historic Knitting Machines list and see if anyone has ever heard of this! If I thought I would have any spare time in the foreseeable future I might have bid on it and hoped to win ..... but, as I said, I haven't even worked out the other vintage machine I have!

Rather blurry snap of the carriage.

Any ideas?...anyone...anyone?

At the Thousand Islands Art Tour I was in last weekend I had a reasonably good time but though the weather was ok and  even quite warm a couple of days, the temperature inside the hall of the Eagle Point Winery was very cold!  We were near a room full of barrels so I guess that is why....we did have easy access to a glass of wine if we wanted though! ($1 per small glass).                                                                                       This picture is off a visitor from Virginia who decided that my sweater pins would also work in pony tails! Who knew?!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Stuff Craft Show Shoppers Say!

I was passed this by a fellow artisan and having sat in my show booth now for 31 years I've heard these comments a million times!!!!!!! This is a 'cuuuute' video.

The women in this video must be seasoned artisans and have done lots of craft shows themselves.

Having been on the scene a long time I find I am part of an education of the public about hand made works of art and craft. I explain what I do and also explain how crafts shows work and get gaping mouths when folk 'get it'. I think then our visitors develop a better understanding of what we do and how we make our livings doing it.

 At the Chicago One of a Kind I happened to have a video of my process (got it down to 12 minutes from, what, three days!)..anyway, when I woman asked if I just got the knit fabric and cut out my sweater pieces I showed her the video and after five minutes she said she would never again assume!

       Anyway, enjoy. It's new so there are not many comments on you tube but the ones that are there are definitely from artisans!!