"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see." -- John Burroughs
Yesterday I hauled out my knitting machine, gave her a good cleaning, replaced the sponge bar and got to work. No, i didn't knit this hat on it, I just thought you would like to see it, but I did take the time to make a series of swatches for my upcoming scarf line.
I was so happy sitting there puttering with my machine. It reminded me of the long nights I spent in college at the loom and then later at the sewing machine. I admit it. I am addicted to textile gadgets.
I have a 16 harness dobby loom and a rigid heddle loom which is gorgeous. A former student designed it and had it custom carved while living in India. This number is down from the all time high of 6 looms total. I recently gave away 4 of them to fellow artists who I knew would put them to good use, including the aforementioned former student.
Now shall we consider my sewing machine collection? It includes a pre WWII industrial Singer for which parts are increasingly hard to come by, two computerized machines (a Bernina and a Pfaff) and of course, my good ol' basic Bernina. (There is nothing like a Bernina, really, there isn't. It is the Rolls Royce of sewing machines.) I gave away my original sewing machine, a Singer operated by knee treadle rather than foot and turned down a recent offer for a foot powered antique treadle Singer. If I had more studio space, i wouldn't have been able to resist. I'm still looking for an affordable Cornelly.
I used to have two fine bed knitting machines, but gave one to my friend Elaine. She was also the happy recipient of my spinning wheel. Spinning is the one textile activity that hasn't grabbed my attention, though I still have several drop spindles with lovely whorls.
I use all of these various machines though I admit my dobby is getting a bit dusty. I shudder to think, but yes, I am considering the possibility of selling it. I want to purchase an industrial Bernina, let alone a bulky bed knitting machine, plus one Cornelly.
Yeah, I'm a textile gadget junkie. I come by it honestly. My great grandmother's crochet hook collection included some amazing hand carved wood and bone hooks, plus some engraved metal ones. I still use them.