Wednesday, January 18, 2017

More experiments with double carriages on the Brother 390 Convertible.  I'm using the original 390 carriage and also the 400 carriage.  Here is the one I did last week.  I've got Red Heart worsted weight in both carriages.  Green is in the 400, Gold in the 390.  Top one is knit side, bottom one is purl side.  I really liked the gold with the mock seed stitch.  Carriage set to knit both ways -- pull out EON to "E", knit across, now pull out the opposite needles to "E" and knit.  Repeat.  And if you have the 1x1 needle  pusher for your machine, it goes very quickly.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Finally, folks .... I think I'm getting my act together.  After lots of medical issues, a move 2 1/2 years and lots of adjustments to my life, I'm ready to get back into blogging!  About knitting, of course.

I have a "new-to-me" technique I'm trying out. Dual carriages knitting. My Brother 390, which I use in 9mm mode, has two carriages. The 390 that came with the machine and also the 400 carriage which I have used since I got the machine. It has Intarsia and plating, my two fav things.
Alas, the 390 carriage wasn't functioning for many years. I don't even rember if I ever used the 390 carriage, since the 400 came at the same time. The Carriage Release lever didn't have any 'spring' to it, so it wouldn't get onto the bed. And there was also one lever on the left side that didn't 'click' into place.
they say 'where there's a will, there's a way'. And if there's a Wade Parker around (my son) there's a fix in the future. So he took both apart and found both problems ... and he fix 'em. That's my boy!!!
Thoroughly enjoying myself. Stripes are super easy and quick to do with two carriages. This took literally a very few minutes.

I have a huge amount of odd and end yarns on partial cones and in balls. Another nice thing about the 390 ... it has 4.5mm as well as the 9mm. I see lots of scarves in the future.  More examples soon.