The photo shows the first complete row of knitting – no dropped stitches, no jammed needles.
I have now cranked about 4 ft. of tubing. The machine still needs a little work as it is not running along as smoothly as I think it is supposed to, but I do have it working! Yesterday morning I was feeling a little dubious about it. I had lots of help from knitting machine owners on Ravelry – one reminding me about uplift cams. I was so sure I had put them in correctly! But even with a photograph in the manual right in front of me I put them in upside down! No wonder the needles didn’t go up far enough. Then I did a lot of reading of various blogs and websites and found a photo that explained what was meant by “timing”. Learning the lingo is a big part of the process!
I began with half the needles in place on an 80 slot cylinder and cranked about 3 ft. until it was all running smoothly and I had an idea of what to be watching for. Was the yarn feeding in at the correct angle, how was the yarn tension, was there enough weight pulling down the knitting and was it evenly distributed and did I have the cam tension set correctly? There are a lot of little things to watch and keep in mind as one turns. It looks so easy! And now it is working it feels quite simple !
I then changed yarn and began adding the remainder of the needles. Of course as I was doing this I realized I ought to be changing only one variable at a time, but both worked and I now have all 80 needles in operation and am using a slightly heavier yarn.
So now it is on to the next step – either learning to do a heel or maybe I will begin with a picot edge. 😉
The loom waits patiently for this obsession to be over.