So by some wacky twist of fate there is a knitting machine in my home.
A knitting machine.
In my home.
On the dining table.
I decided it is cool.
It is missing a few tools, which I have found are not difficult to replace. I also managed to find its users manual online.
Once I got it figured out I knit a successful swatch very quickly:
Then I thought maybe I should try a simple garment? A skirt perhaps. I did a little measuring and a little math and started feeding it my sock yarns. Two balls of a kettle dyed brown and two balls of a tweedy burgundy. I ended up with four square-ish pieces. One of which looks like this:
I am seaming them together by handknitting using the three needle bind off method. I am seaming about halfway down the length, leaving the rest unseamed for gussets. It’s going to be a color block type of thing, possibly reversible, using as much of my different colored sock yarns as I can. I am attaching the pieces sideways.
I really do like the decorative braid the bind off creates on the “right” side.
This is the reverse side of the bind off. I think it is neat enough for a reversible garment.
The loose plan is to pick up stitches and handknit a ribbed waistband; handknit (maybe lace) triangular panels for the gussets and pick up stitches for a hemline.
On the hand knitting front, here is my tank top:
From here on I will use the light-colored yarn to finish it to the end, which means as least another forty-three rows for the lace repeat.
Thanks for reading this far.