|Posted by M Starr on October 8, 2015 at 11:40 AM||comments (2)|
I know it has been a while but I have been super busy getting ready for the fall craft shows in my area. I did however do some searching online for help with my addi machine. I came across a video that tells us to grease your addi machine. Now I have put another post earlier about the silicone spray (jigaloo) for it but I was not happy with the performance of it so I took my machine apart again and washed every needle and casing. That was a royal pain in the butt but I figured.. hey why not try this next fix. She had a video saying what she used but not how to do it so as I was greasing my machine this morning I decided to take some pictures as I was going along.
I went to the local hardware store and bouth some white lithium grease by Permatex. I read on the label that it was safe for just about anything so I figured.. yup.. good to go.
I started by removing the outer black ring that was holding the red plastic ring in place. I gently removed the red ring that holds the needles securely in place.. phew.. ok that was easy
Once I got the black inner ring off ever so gently I then started putting the white grease on each side of every needle. Just a squirt (there is no need to put a lot as this little dab goes a long way.
After I finished with all of the needles on the bottom it was suggested that a bit of grease be put at the top of the needle as well. At this point why not! I was fully committed to greasing this machine as I was tired of all the noise it was making when I knit.
At this point I was done greasing the inside of the machine and was ready to put it back together.
Again , carefully fit the black inner ring back over the needles making sure you line up the indent for the counter rows. You will understand that part as seriously it will not screw down until you line everything up the way it should be. At this point look to see if any seepage is happening around the joins and carefully wipe it off with a soft cloth so the grease does not get on your yarn.
Now carefully line up the red ring so the #1 slot fits over the first black needle. This takes a bit of gentle movement as you slip the red ring over the needles. Be careful not to force anything because after all the needles are plastic and will break if treated roughly.
crank the handle and let it go around a couple of times without any yarn on the needles. At this point look for any splatter of grease and wipe it off. I used a Qtip and a soft cloth from this point on.
Now is the time to put some yarn on the machine but only scrap yarn! Knit around 30 rows. You will notice that the grease is coming out on the yarn. hence that is why you use the scrap yarn that you can toss away when you are done.
keep working to remove the excess grease as you knit the 30 rows.
Now remove the scrap work off your machine and toss it away. Once it is off you will see some excess grease. Don’t worry, just wipe it off and you are DONE!…
Now the lady said that sometimes she uses Bond Knit easy spray for the top of the needles for extra lubrication, but I cannot find it here in Canada so at this point my machine is done and ready to work.
Thanks to Suzy Notting and Jack for giving us the video explaining how she greased her machine
you can find her on youtube "theanswerladyknits"
So I am off to make a few more hats for the upcoming shows.
|Posted by M Starr on March 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
I have become a big fan of Margaret Olander on youtube and have decided to do what she has done. I am NOT opening a new skein of yarn until I purge myself of all my bits and pieces of yarns. I saw this design on facebook today and thought.. hmmm.. what a great way to make character hats and use up my yarn. So I made this double knit hat on my Addi Express this morning
I used a single strand of beige Impeccable yarn from michaels for the inside part of the tube and a single strand of blue tweed or is it heather.. not sure. doesn’t really matter I guess. It is the #4 worsted yarn.
I used 65 rows of the beige for the inside and for what looks like the band and then the second part of the tube I used 45 rows (multiple of 5 for each stripe).
It makes a good fitting hat for me and you don’t have to roll it up, the band looks like it is rolled already
Then I crocheted two neon yellow eyes, added black buttons for the eyes and then an orange button for the nose. I then decided it needed to be funkified a little more and added the yellow sprigs of hair.
It turned out great and it is a super warm hat since it is doubled.
here is a picture of the two other hats. I tried making them single knit and added the crochet bands on the bottom. I am not as happy with those. they seem too thin and don’t hold their shape as well as the first double knit hat. So I have decided.. Use up my stash faster by making double knit hats. After all I am in the great white north here.. hahahaha. I am enjoying doing up the faces and making them weird and funky.
Oh my mind is going nuts with so many possibilites right now and I am envisioning my stash of yarn being slowly depleted . How cool would that be?
Margaret suggested that I name my first hat.. hmm.. when I look at it all I can think about is Beaker from the muppets.. right? do you see it? what do you think?.. then the blue one is looking at me like.. “Whatever! you like the first hat better than me” .. and the last is the “Night Owl” jst doesn’t want to give up and sleep.
I am going to make a racoon hat for my youngest grandson this weekend. He is 8 months old and only has one of my hats,, that actually is too small for him now. I have two hats made for my grand daughter. I made one for her I think 2 years ago now and she will not let her mother put it away even though it is too small for her.
I made these for her last week. Double knit with sport yarn on the inside and Bernat baby jaquards . It is wonderful yarn to work with but you have to make sure you add extra rows because of the thickness of the yarn. So these new hats as well as the raccoon one will go to their new homes next week. I will take a picture of the raccoon hat when it is done.
|Posted by M Starr on February 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
As I was sitting the other day watching the Olympics I came across some information for cleaning your Addi express machine.. Cleaning???? huh??? what??? no one told me I should be doing this!!!.. Although it makes perfect sense now that someone mentioned it. My machine has been giving me fits and my counter stopped working, (yes I put a new battery in) So I made it my mission today to be brave and take my machine apart. I have added the link below for the video that helps you figure out taking the machine apart. It is the same as if you were doing it to change a needle. So…. I did it. but I went one step farther than the person suggested. I took the top off, like he said, making sure I put the screws aside for the top. Then I took the screws out of the bottom, like he shows and then pulled the top off. Now some people say spray the needles lightly with silicone spray (NOT WD40) It has to be a spray that will not damage your plastic and WD40 will eat the crap out of your plastic and then your machine will be ruined. DO NOT USE WE40 ON THIS MACHINE!!! I cannot stress this enough.
So.. anyway, instead of spraying lightly I decided I was going to take each needle out while I had the machine apart and check them for defects. I took a paper towel and sprayed some silicone spray on it and wiped down each needle. good grief my needles were horribly dirty!. while I was wiping them down I noticed that on the bottom of each needle I had a bit of a rough spot and a couple actually had very visible picks on them. So.. hmmm.. what to do?
Then I had the light bulb moment.. an emery board. I had one right beside me on the desk.. so.. there I sat,, gently filing each needle until I could not feel any rough spots, then gave it one more wipe with the paper towel. So 46 needles later I was quite happy with myself. I followed the youtube video for putting the machine back in working order but.. DUHHHHHHHHHHHH… I wasn’t paying attention to the red part of the machine that had the needle numbers marked on it.. All I can say..make sure you line up the #1 with the first black needle so you don’t half to go back and redo it..hahahaha…. I put the machine back together and gave the crank a go round and I still had a couple of needles that were giving me fits. So I took a pencil and marked the top of the needles that were catching a bit, pulled it apart again and took the two needles out. Sure enough I had a rough spot on one of the sides that was catching on the sliding grooves. I gently filed it smooth, ran my fingers over it again and was happy with it so I gave it another wipe with the paper towel to remove any residue and dropped it back in place.
The machine is back together, running more smoothly than when I actually bought it. You know.. when you get stuff in a machine that were mass produced you are bound to have rough edges. Don’t panic or complain… trust me,,, it is an easy fix! If you find your needles grab a bit or make a noise when they work, just go in and give your machine some tender loving care. You can do it!!!!!
I have added the youtube video link from Paradise Fibers to help you with taking the machine apart. If you have any questions just contact me and I will help all I can. When I do my smaller machine I will do some video or pictures to show you more clearly what I have done.
Now I am off to watch some Olympic hockey GO CANADA!
|Posted by M Starr on December 27, 2013 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Over the past little while I have received a lot of requests for any information that I can supply for working with the Addi Express Machines. From what I can see, there is not a lot of information out there for the newbie trying to get used to the Addi Express Machine.
A lot of my hats have been test runs and I find that even if I copy down the rows I use for each hat I have found that they are not all coming out a standard size for youth/teen and adult hats. This makes it really difficult especially if someone orders a hat and I go to my shelf and take out a yarn that is marked as #4 worsted. It is truly frustrating to say the least. Another thing that changes your hat size is whether or not you have a center pull yarn or a regular wrapped skein. The center pull yarns basically have no tension as the yarn comes out of the ball. This causes the tension for the hat to be very loose and the hat will be bigger and longer if you use the same amount of rows from a hat that had a regular skein of yarn. Even though you pull from the center of these skeins, the tension will be much tighter so the hat will have less stretch and will be shorter.
My preference for a hat is the double knit hat. You knit a long tube and fold in half inside itself and gather the two ends. You can do one side in a solid colour and one side in a different or patterned colour. They turn out wonderfully warm and any joined yarns can just be left inside the hat.
for a good example on how to make a double knit hat, you can check out this link
I also have been following a lady on Youtube that has done a lot of research for the worsted weight yarn and how they interact with this machine. She has a great video explaining the different textures and widths of what is listed as #4 worsted weight yarn.
(yellow) Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
(purple) Caron Simply Soft
(grey) Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn!
(beige) Patons Canadiana
(brown) Red Heart Soft
(red) KnitPicks Brava
(green) Loops & Threads Impeccable – Michaels’ store brand
(lime) Bernat Satin
So basically you are not as dumb as you think,,hehehe.. it is all about the yarn! As you can see, there are definitely differences in the yarns and to read more about the comparisons there is a great blog called PlanetJune
Below is a chart that I now use to gauge an adult sized double knit hat.
Vanna's Choice 60 rows x2 =120 rows for the entire hat
Red Heart 65 rows x 2 = 130 rows for the entire hat
Deborah Norville 55 rows x 2 =110 rows for the entire hat
Big Lots 75 row x 2 =150 rows double strand for the entire hat
In order to size your hats you have to take into consideration. you can double the yarn, yes the machine should take it. Have fun and don't be afraid to pull out your yarn and redo a hat if you are unsure of the #4 yarn thickness's. Pretty soon you will know the tensions of your favourite yarns and making hats will be a lot of fun.
|Posted by M Starr on May 1, 2013 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Well I have finally found a table that will work for my knitting machines. I love the machines but I find they slip and slide even when you put the brackets on the legs. I knew what I wanted and the last 6 months I have been on the search for just the right table. Last weekend we were out scouting yard sales. It was almost noon and I knew we were getting down to most of them packing up their wares. Well low and behold we came across two neighbors doing the sale together. I spotted the table and went up to see how much they were selling it for.. $10.. ok that is a great price for the condition of the table.
Magazine table.. The table has a lamp!! bonus and the magazine part will be great for catching the work as you knit along. I then drew out the template for cutting the holes for both the addi king and the addi regular machine.
Once the parts were cut out, they were sanded thoroughly so none of the yarn will catch on any ragged parts. I then put painters tape along the edge. Completely sanded the top to smooth out and make it ready for painting. I then put a coat of primer and let it dry
DSC00562 I then did a coat of yellow paint (why the yellow you say?) Well I had it in my studio left over from doing bird feeders and I am all about using what I have.
After the first coat of yellow I had gone out and purchased closet rod holders at Home Depot to use as holders for the addi machine legs. I drew where I wanted them placed and then predrilled holes for the screws before the second coat was applied.
Now I had to put the closet braces on the other side of the table to hold the regular addi express. Again predrilling holes for the screws. You need to do this so you don’t split your wood and then all your hard work would be ruined.
Ah.. just what I wanted. This is turning out so Great I suprise myself. I reinforced the table top with new bolts just to be sure.
Looks pretty good HUH?
You can see from the pictures that you can still put the included addi brackets on your legs, Now you have the extra comfort in knowing that your legs will not slide or slip. That was my biggest pet peeve with the brackets.
So there you have it!! I checked somewhere for a table with a notch cut out for the machines and I think it sold for $180 . Now grant it , it was cast iron but honestly who needs the cast iron for this machine. I didn’t check into the shipping for this table but lets say $40 for shipping.. The total cost for it would have been $220 before taxes and let’s not forget what the customs charge would be. Probably around another $50. I was not about to spending that much money but I really needed to get something besides my folding table for this machine
Now here is the kicker.. The table was listed for $10, closet brackets were $1.78 a package and I bought 4 packages. Extra bolts for the table legs $2.00 for the 4 bolts for a total cost of ~~~~ drum roll please~~~~$21.00