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Machine Knitting Day, focus on the ribber.

We have the room at Campbell Library on November 3rd from 10am to 3pm. [Update: we can stay till 5:30 if we want.]

Let's expand the theme to include charity knitting. If you have yarn and/or a pattern ready for a charity project, bring it along and work on it. Or bring your patterns and ideas for discussion.

The other theme is still about the ribber. If you have a ribber and are willing to pack it up and bring it along as well as your machine, please do. Or just watch some ribber demos. We'll cover basics like setting up and casting on, and I'll demonstrate a fisherman's rib hat which works well for charity projects. We can cover some other ribber patterns too.

Or if you aren't ready to use a ribber yet, we can do some single-bed techniques too, such as how to get a nice cast-on edge with hand-manipulated ribbing, and some stockinette-only hats. We can also continue the discussion from last time about making neat seams, which we'll need for charity hats. Bring a tapestry needle if you want to practice sewing seams on knitwear.

You can still bring whatever project you want. Or just your machine, its manuals, tools and some yarn. And any questions; ribber based questions or demos are encouraged today, but anything goes.


10:00 Setup, beginner questions.

10:45 Show and Tell

11:00 Announcements

11:15 Demo: Ribber part 1: Adrienne

setting up the ribber

1x1 cast on, knit some rib, transfer to main bed.

11:45 Demo: Charity items: Margaret

preemie hats, adult scarves, mittens, paneled blankets.

12:30 Lunch break. Bring a sandwich for yourself, or we're very close to the coffee shop and restaurants on Campbell Avenue.

1:30 Demo: Ribber part 2: Adrienne

making the fisherman's rib hat, as suggested by Diana Sullivan here:

5:15 Pack up.  Apparently the group that booked the room after us has cancelled, so we can stay after 3 if we want.

If you don't already own a machine, let me know and we'll see about bringing a loaner machine for you to try out for the day.

A donation of $5 per person is requested to cover the cost of the room and meetup fees.


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  • Yulia C.

    Yes. But I cannot understand Schedule of Meetings to join you.

    November 19, 2012

  • Lois

    Great turnout.

    November 3, 2012

  • barbara


    November 3, 2012

  • Adrienne

    I made a few edits yesterday to the announcement page for Saturday's meeting. I added Margaret's demo to the agenda, and it seems that the group that had booked the room after us has cancelled, so we can stay till 5:30 if we want.

    November 1, 2012

  • Margaret

    I will bring a variety of hats to illustrate different hand manipulated ribs and finishes. I also have three hats that can be worn straight off the machine - NO SEAMING ! For those people who don't have a ribber, I can show how to get the best ribbing/hemming results from the simplest flat bed machine. So whether you are an advanced knitter with a ribber or a beginner with a Bond (or anything in between), there should be something for everyone.

    November 1, 2012

  • Adrienne

    Thanks Margaret for stepping up to demo the section about charity items.

    October 30, 2012

  • Don C.

    Can't wait to check out ribbers. Looks like there are many interesting things that can be done with them. They seem very daunting, though, so I'm glad somebody will be walking us through it.

    October 29, 2012

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