Sunday, 10 April 2011
It's been a bit of a frustrating week in terms of my new quilt frame. The machine appears to be working fine, which is good news. The poles on the frame, however, are so floppy and saggy that I haven't actually been able to get quilting. I was also having trouble with the rachets (the plastic bits on the ends that hold the poles up) but I've sprayed those with silicone to loosen them up. Both these problems are apparently known issues with the Next Generation frame, as I have found out on the Homequiltingsystems Yahoo group. The mystifying thing is that many people swear by their Next Generation frame and how great it is. I have tightened the join as much as I can, and it doesn't seem to have that much play in it, so I really don't understand why they are so bendy. In the USA, they can strengthen their poles by sheathing them in metal conduit, but despite visiting several DIY places and a few metal places, and extensive googling, I haven't found a source in the UK yet.
The rest of my time this week was spent in the knitting shed, cleaning the remaining 600 or so needles on the knitting machines, replacing them, and following the rest of the instructions on the maintenance video for checking brushes, tension masts etc. So the machines are all clean and ready for use - apart from I discovered that my Brother 260 Chunky actually has a sponge bar in the ribber (which is now long dead). I must have known that at one point, but I had been thinking that it was just a plain plastic bar like in my 881 and 950i ribbers. I don't even know if you can still buy those, so I may need to recondition it myself like I did last year for the main bar.
I've signed for the I-Knit Sock Club so I am looking forward to getting some nice treats in the post starting in May. I've never been in a yarn club before but I've always been attracted by the idea - just been put off by the price, especially for the overseas clubs. This one provides two patterns as well as the yarn, one sock and one non-sock, so it sounds like it will have a lot of potential and won't just feel like a sock treadmill. Also the yarn sounds nice, with some big names like Cherry Tree Hill.
Hope you are enjoying some good weather where you are!
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