Two weeks ago, I started a new machine knitting class on Fridays with the very knowledgeable and very helpful Jill Lothian of Scottish Machine Knitters. She also very kindly sourced a vintage Knitmaster 326 for me! I’m unbelievably excited to own a knitting machine at last. I have wanted one for a very long time, but was unsure about how I would learn to use it and maintain it.
Jill’s course is great and concentrates on the technical aspects of machine knitting. This is in contrast to Katy Birchall’s wonderful class I attended at Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts at Abbeyhill Techbase in Edinburgh from January to March this year, which focussed on the design and project planning aspects of machine knitting.
This Bank Holiday Monday, I have knit up two squares: one with a stripe pattern allowing me to relearn how to switch between two colours; and the second using a colourwork pattern punchcard that Jill lent me. I’ve used the same two colours for the squares, namely Charcoal and Marzipan from Knit Rennie. The wool is a 2/11 supersoft lambswool and washes beautifully.