Saturday, January 21, 2012
Using the ribber cast on comb can be such a hassle sometimes. Either the comb is too big or too small for the job. This problem annoyed me for many years. Then I decided to buy some extra cast on combs & have them cut to the size that I wanted. I tried to buy them from the dealer & have him cut them to size, but they are not really equipped to do that, so wound up with a less than satisfactory result. I did a little research & found out there are machine shops out there that do things like that all the time. (Who knew!!)
I decided to do my mid gauge combs first. I bought a long ribber comb for the mid gauge machine & marked on it where I wanted it cut & where the holes should be. I took it down to a small machine shop & explained to them what I wanted. It cost me $20 to have the comb cut & the holes drilled. Now I have combs for my mid gauge in sizes 150 sts, 100 sts, 80 sts , & 50 sts. The perfect size is always available.
This works equally well for any size ribber comb.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
How did you do with last years resolutions?? I didn't do too bad. I finished a big box of children's sweaters for the Women's Shelter. As for my resolution to lose weight, I lost the same 10 lbs several times!! LOL I sent 2 wool sweaters to the Afghans for Afghans program. I have 5 pair of socks that I will send this week. (Better late than never) Used up one whole bin of worsted & sport weight yarns. (Still have lots to go.) I managed to keep from buying boxes of new yarn, so I didn't do too bad. This is the first year in I can't tell you how long, my stash has actually been reduced rather than gotten bigger.
My goal for this year is to make a box of children's sweaters for the Clothing Bank. Maybe lose that 10lbs a few more times + more.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that my store with do better. Since the economy went south my store has been limping along. I am only doing about half of what I did the first 6 years that I was open.
Here's a sweater that I made for my granddaughter. I made a pair of long pants to go with it. It is a size 2 (she is 5 months right now) so she won't be wearing it for a while. The yarn is a sport weight & embroidered very nicely on my Brother 750D. I am looking for more yarn like this in my stash as my DIL liked it & would like a couple more outfits made from it.