Sunday I impulsively set up my SK280. I wanted to see if I could reproduce this top I have purchased from Cabi that I really like. I'm using Cascade Heritage Sock in Jade, and the bands are Chocolate. I'm into a real "brown" stage. Have been for quite a while now! So my wardrobe is really building up a nice selection of this natural shade. I say impulsively because I have no business starting ANOTHER project. To really test my limits, my band test was a 1x1 and a full needle rib test. I'm a born Brother knitter, and I was concerned that everything would go wrong doing this test on my Silver Reed machine. The machine knitting guardian angel was looking over my shoulder. I found my ribber manual, cast on and the original test was a success.
The thing about machine knitting is that once you know your machine, you can easily pump out one piece per day in less than 1 hour and, if nothing goes hay-wire, you can have a new sweater by the end of the week. One thing that I've learned is that to not expect more than 1 piece per day if your day is a busy one. If you happen to have an easy day, then consider it a bonus that you might be able to knit up another piece. Sunday was my back. Monday was my rib test, and one of the fronts. But if you are pressed for time, everything will go wrong. Machine knitting takes time, concentration and as few interruptions as possible. Mondays are always super busy. Monday's shipments out consist of orders from late Saturday, Sunday and 1/2 of Monday. Not a big pile of orders as compared to some of the more well known on-line stores. But for a 1-woman show, this took me a long time to process. Many duties to do in a single day, but it keeps me from getting bored!
On my "list-to-do" I decided to get my head out of the clouds and get back to getting information up to date. My Figheadh Patternworks Hat Page is now UP TO DATE! I get to cross that small item off my list!
Stay tuned! Lorna's Laces Newest colors are due to arrive in a few days!!