Garter carriages, hotwater bottles and Viber

This week at NEPHRA we had a new knitter, May, who came with some great ideas, including alternative methods to hanging a casting on comb (reverse) and also a pattern for a hotwater bottle cover. We did intend to knit an owl design on the front of the cover but I accidentally knocked the carriage for the KH950i off the table, resulting in an uncooperative KC dial. One to be serviced….


I had better luck with another carriage – The KG88II Garter carriage, which I set going on the Brother KH836 punchcard machine. Over the course of 2 hours it knitted about 40 rows – not a great deal, but actually there was something fascinating about it’s slow steady machinations. We also experimented with the punchcard, creating different stitch patterns.


Meanwhile, Kath continued with the knitted doll project, finishing the body and leaving just a head. It has been suggested that we knit Frank Sidebottom’s head as a small tribute.


Finally, we discussed mobile phones and messaging apps, as May showed us Viber, an instant text messaging app (like WhatsApp), and had a play with the ipad version. Question is – can we knit a text conversation?

If you’re interested in coming along to the machine knitting group, we meet 3pmĀ  – 6pm, Thursdays at NEPRHA, New Moston. Contact me for more info: