I haven’t done much with my Brother KH 800 knitting machine in a while, because having out a delicate machine with fiddly and dangling bits doesn’t seem particularly compatible with having a curious toddler underfoot. And the craft-room door doesn’t actually click closed, so I can’t keep him out of there mid-project. But I’m planning some time off for a mitten-knittin’ marathon, and I am considering bringing out the big guns for it.
Thinking of my future knitting machine adventures, I’m probably not going to get around to it soon, but I think a ribber might be a valuable addition to the machine. How do I find out what ribber is compatible? There are a couple of really good sites that I like to refer to that have charts about knitting machine abilities and accessory compatibility.
Angelika’s Yarn Store: http://www.yarn-store.com/knitting-machine-chart.html
Daisy Knits: http://www.daisyknits.com/bcompatibility.htm
I have used both of these sites to help identify and assess the usefulness of many ebay knitting machine items, and that’s probably how I’m going to find a ribber, if I eventually go for it. My experience is that most of the time when knitting machines and accessories that show up on ebay, the seller found it at an estate sale or grandma’s attic and has no clue what they are selling. If they did a little research, the item is better described and the auction goes well (perhaps too well for my cheap tastes!). If the seller didn’t do their homework, then good deals can be found for the savvy knitting machine shopper.
Until next time, keep those needle beds purring!