We purchased our older daughter a toy knitting machine for Christmas, and when we went to unpack it, discovered that the instructions were all in Japanese. Not being clever enough to be able to read them, and not being able to find a translation; we had to return it. On my return to the store, I noticed the complete Barbie knitting kit – and it has instructions in english, with a circular knitting machine, knitting needles, and a french knitting tool. It also comes with 4 balls of super attractive pure acrylic yarn.
Older Daughter just turned 5, and she loves it! She has shown a lot of persistence, and she figured out very quickly that if she turned the handle too quickly, or forced it, that she would drop stitches. You will note that I said “she figured out” – one thing that the machine has taught me is that my older daughter is very resistant to being taught, as opposed to learning. Things were much happier around here once I stopped supervising her and “helping” her. One day after setting her up with it, she turned out this (in all its unblocked acrylic glory):
She wouldn’t let me bind off the ends because “it doesn’t need it”. Unfortunately, now the scarf has returned to the ball of yarn stage. Older daughter will now concede that binding off might have a role in the world of knitted goods.
While older daughter was busy with the machine, younger daughter was busy with the french knitter. Does anyone have a use for long tubes of acrylic yarn? We have developed some hair ties, but I’m struggling to think of other uses.
One more photo, which shows the flurry of activity as older daughter arranged the photo for the shoot. She was VERY keen to have photos of her knitting taken, both for the blog, and for her grandparents.
Its amazingly quick, and the tension is good, but the machine will be of limited utility unless I can figure out a way to increase, decrease, or do short rows. Does anyone have any ideas on increases or decreases, and short rows?
I am thinking that I might be able to “borrow” the machine and turn out some Christmas stockings for next year. As it is, I have not finished my Christmas knitting (yes, I know that it is the new year); and am thinking that the relatives who are freezing in Canada might really like some long, completely plain stockinette scarves – I could always use some of my left over Colourmart dark green cashmere, and add a fringe. Maybe if I overdye the yarn first for some variation ……
I’m also thinking that the knitting machine might have a use in dyeing – I’ve read somewhere about it (involving knitting, dyeing, then unravelling) but I can not seem to find a link anywhere (found it) – it could be very good for doing long colour changes…..