Since I finished writing the manuscript for my book, I’ve been trying to use my extra time to expand my skills. I’ve had a lot of fun doing so many different things like video production, web design, and even exercise (I’ve been working up to doing a push-up, and somehow discovered that I like running- nobody saw that coming, especially me!).
I’ve been all over the place doing things that have very little to do with knitting, but last weekend I brought it home (a little) by taking a two-day intensive machine knitting class at the Textile Arts Center.
The class was taught by Mandy Kordal, who has her very own beautiful independent knitwear line. She taught us 3 cast-on techniques, how to make eyelets, some simple shaping techniques, and a few different ways to bind-off. By the end of the class, everyone had made a simple slouchy beanie. Here’s mine:
I used two strands of yarn knitted together to get a marled effect. Here’s what it looked like right before I “casted-off”:
Of course knitting by machine is very different from hand knitting, but I was definitely able to apply my design skills. I have to admit, sailing through a 100 stitch row of stockinette in about 2 seconds was pretty exhilarating. I couldn’t help myself when I saw we had some extra time at the end of class, and I whipped up this simple top.
I think owning a knitting machine would be pretty useful because I could quickly test out unusual shapes for my knitting patterns. But the machines are pretty expensive, so unless I find time to produce and sell my knitted items, I’m not sure it makes sense to buy one. If I ever saw one for cheap at a garage sale though, I would snatch it up in a heartbeat!
Have you ever owned a knitting machine? Did you use it much?