Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Update on Machines for sale in or near Raleigh

The 930 which I had listed for sale in November has been sold, but its ribber is still available. Carmen is the owner of this ribber for sale.

My friend Donna has an 860 Studio midgauge machine for sale.

As sometimes happens, one of my knitting friends has died. Her machines will be up for auction (silent auction) with the proceeds to benefit Ovarian Cancer Research. Here is the info.

 The silent auction will be at 7 PM on April 16, at the Craft Center in the basement of the Thompson Theater on the NCSU campus. This is in Raleigh, NC.  We would welcome you and anyone else from TMK who would care to come.  Though we (Marilyn  and other hand knitters) have not yet inventoried all the yarn, I know there are a number of cones of fine yarn and some fine yarn that has been wound into balls, all of which would be suitable for standard gauge machines.  There is also a great deal of heavier commercial and handspun yarn that would be suitable for handknitting or for use on a mid gauge or bulky machine.

Brother knitting machine model 4.3.  (Vintage)

Brother 940 knitting machine with manuals

Brother 850 ribber  with cover and manuals

Brother stand for 940 machine and ribber

Brother KRC-900 color changer with manual

Garter bar

Brother knitleader KL116 in case with manual

Studio linker model DL 1000 with manual

This announcement gives you plenty of time to research what these machines or accessories would sell for, so that you can make an informed bid for them. Remember, the proceeds will go for Ovarian Cancer Research. My friend, Carol, had not even reached the age for retirement. 

Charity Knitting

I belong to an online charity group called All Crafts 4 Charity. In February we sent sweater sets to Bundles of Love, a hospital related charity group in Minnesota, which gives going home outfits to needy newborns.  They especially needed complete sweater sets, meaning a sweater with a hat, mittens, and booties.

I opened my mouth online and put my foot in it by promising to make 8 sets for newborns. Hey, Christmas was over and I had plenty of time for machine knitting these easy outfits, didn't I?

It was a challenge to me (and to others on the list) to promise, and really make and send, these items. We all came through and sent over 100 of these sets, plus many parts of sets, to help these newborns.

I "cheated" a bit by finding sweaters which were almost finished but put in the back of drawers in my house.

Most of my sweaters were from the basic raglan cardigan pattern in Bramwell Baby Book (available for free download from machineknittingetc.com). The socks were from Ricki Mundstock's free pattern (with mock ribbing) or were sort of "created" by me as basic ribbed top socks. The mittens were just socks with only one set of shortrowing. Hats were either ribbing or Ione's hat pattern from Northtipton.

Here are photos of my outfits and a few spares which I sent too.

Whoops, I also see I had knit a double bed white sweater on the Passap, and a Surprise Baby sweater ( pink variegated) and a couple of All in One cardigans (one is yellow and green, and the other is variegated with a blue band),

I was using us a variety of pastel baby yarns, until I got tired of that and switched to bright colors. Not everyone has the same tastes!

I have since knitted two more sets for gifts locally.

I am now trying out more baby sweaters, these with hoods. Some are on the standard brother machine and others are on the bulky. Possibly I will even dig out the midgauge to see if that is the best fit for the yarn I have.