Being a total sci and tech nerd, I love to see excellent engineering in action. The inventiveness and engineering that goes into the idea of knitting by machine, and then getting this idea translated into a piece of technology suitable for a home environment footprint is pretty staggering. My hat off to the Swiss that made this toy, and, I found out once I got home, are STILL making it, now computerized as are so many of our everyday use items: sewing machines... sergers....
Kay's machine dates from the 1980s, so it's strictly manual, and not even electric. As I understand it, all stitch and tension changes are done by turning just four dials on the two green panels of the travelling head, and all knitting is done by pushing the head, using the handle on the front panel, back and forth across the bed.
In an eyeblink - a minute, no more - Kay knitted up a "little" example of about 40 x 4 cm for me, in a thick double stitch. Pretty amazing, I thought - but then she showed me this swatch:
This was done using two very thin yarns, but in all cases except the very top and bottom bands, the
Way to go, Kay - methinks it's time to rename yourself as the "Knitting and Sewing Lawyer"?