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South Bay Machine Knitting Meetup Group, August

Let's cover more than one topic:

 - ribbers and DBJ (double bed jacquard) 

 - electronic patterning and the various hacks available

 - and on a less geeky note, let's not forget that there's so much you can do with the most basic of tools, a plastic-bed mid-gauge machine. Mike will do a demonstration of lace and cables. 

Bring your machine and knit. Beginners are always welcome, there'll be a machine available for newcomers to try out, and advice on what to buy. If you have a knitting machine that you don't know how to use, bring it along and we'll help you get started.

There's usually time for questions unrelated to the official topic of the day.

A $3 donation is requested towards the room and Meetup fees. Guests and first-time attendees are free.

Bring a lunch for yourself, or there are restaurants within walking distance. There's a sink in the room, but no fridge or microwave.

Approximate agenda:

10:00 Setup and questions.
Show up whenever you can, exact punctuality is not required. The first hour or so is for setup, socializing and beginner help.

11:00 Announcements, followed by Show & Tell and Demo.

Demo: As we have all day, a good time to bring a ribber and show what it can do. First we'll cover set up, casting on and doing simple rib. There's lots more you can do with a ribber than that, such as racking, plating, and floatless color work, known as Double Bed Jacquard.  We may get to combining DBJ with computer-downloadable images via a hacked cable.

12:30 Lunch. Eat in the room or go out.

Afternoon: Mike will demonstrate some hand-manipulated techniques for lace and cables on a mid-gauge machine, such as the difference between simple transfers vs multi step transfers. He will also cover the use of life lines.

Freeform. Bring your machine, some yarn, and your questions.

5:00 Pack up

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  • Sharon C.

    A fun day!

    September 8, 2014

  • lorna w.

    Thanks for a great meeting! I was sorry to miss most of it but glad to see such a great turnout!

    September 2, 2014

  • Adrienne

    Thanks everyone for coming, our biggest attendance ever! Thanks again to our special guest star Mike and his great demo!

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Mike H.

    thank you for having me do a presentation. I had a great time doing so! A HUGE thank you to Adrienne for her tutorial on 2x2 Rib. I am now inspired to get out my SK860 and give the ribber a whirl! What a great group of people. I was so inspired to be in a room with all those machine knitters (new and experienced. I am going to try to come to more meetings!

    August 31, 2014

  • Mike H.


    August 31, 2014

  • Margaret

    I really, REALLY, enjoyed today's session. Mike's presentation was brilliant and Adrienne's tutorial was educational, as always. And I got inspired to try socks ....

    August 30, 2014

  • Mike H.

    Margaret, you are too kind. I look forward to sharing what I know, and hope to learn a few things along the way! Never too old to learn new tricks

    August 20, 2014

  • Miu

    I have a used Toyota KS901, I don't know it works or not, but hope some one can give me some subjection. I am a beginer and never operated any knitting machine before.

    August 20, 2014

    • Adrienne

      Bring the machine along to the meeting, we'll be happy to help. I'll bring a sponge bar that should fit it. Welcome to the group!

      August 20, 2014

  • Margaret

    I have seen Mike's work online and would urge anyone who is interested in the freedom and creativity that hand manipulation brings to machine knitting to come and see his demonstration.

    August 19, 2014

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