Our club met yesterday. Since our president moved away (Sob! We miss you, Sylvia), none of us remembered to send a reminder to the list, but bless them, a bunch of people showed up anyway, and two ladies volunteered to start helping with the organizational things Sylvia used to do for us.
I was very excited about my demonstration, a lace circle scarf (coming to this blog later, thank you), but since we meet in a church, I had to take a tilt stand, machine and tools and set it all up. Barbara had prepared an amazing demonstration of a Passap flared skirt, and when I got to the church, she of course had her machine all set up and the room organized with the camera, television, chairs, tables, and her knitting gear.
I set up my stuff, and when Norma arrived she helped me program my 970 (which hadn't been out of the closet for a few months. I've been demoing on other stuff, and I have an older brother 965i that's my everyday standard gauge). The lace is quite an easy beep-in, and the demo went well until I realized I forgot my garter bar. Bless him, Barbara lives close to that church, and her husband Carl brought me one.
Barbara's demonstration was terrific; I want to make that skirt.
This had to be one of the best show-and-tell sessions in a while, with members bringing in lots of great projects.
The club has two Brother Profile 588s which were donated to either help a new knitter or sell for the club treasury. I brought them home to look at - they appear complete, but Carl showed me some broken buttons and rusted needles. The Profile 588 was a push button machine with a lace carriage, quite vintage, and you just don't see these often. One of them even has a ribber and a Knit Leader, but that's the one with some rust. As old as these machines are, parts can be found. With two machines, we ought to get one working quite well, not even having to purchase parts. Knitting machines seem to knit forever with just a little common-sense care. These might make good starter machines for a beginner.