Addi Express help


I know it has been a while but I have been super busy getting ready for the fall craft shows in my area. I did however do some searching online for help with my addi machine. I came across a video that tells us to grease your addi machine. Now I have put another post earlier about the silicone spray (jigaloo) for it but I was not happy with the performance of it so I took my machine apart again and washed every needle and casing. That was a royal pain in the butt but I figured.. hey why not try this next fix. She had a video saying what she used but not how to do it so as I was greasing my machine this morning I decided to take some pictures as I was going along. 

I went to the local hardware store and bouth some white lithium grease by Permatex. I read on the label that it was safe for just about anything so I figured.. yup.. good to go.

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I started by removing the outer black ring that was holding the red plastic ring in place. I gently removed the red ring that holds the needles securely in place.. phew.. ok that was easy

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Once I got the black inner ring off ever so gently I then started putting the white grease on each side of every needle. Just a squirt (there is no need to put a lot as this little dab goes a long way.

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After I finished with all of the needles on the bottom it was suggested that a bit of grease be put at the top of the needle as well. At this point why not!  I was fully committed to greasing this machine as I was tired of all the noise it was making when I knit.

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At this point I was done greasing the inside of the machine and was ready to put it back together. 

Again , carefully fit the black inner ring back over the needles making sure you line up the indent for the counter rows. You will understand that part as seriously it will not screw down until you line everything up the way it should be. At this point look to see if any seepage is happening around the joins and carefully wipe it off with a soft cloth so the grease does not get on your yarn.

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Now carefully line up the red ring so the #1 slot fits over the first black needle. This takes a bit of gentle movement as you slip the red ring over the needles. Be careful not to force anything because after all the needles are plastic and will break if treated roughly. 

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crank the handle and let it go around a couple of times without any yarn on the needles. At this point look for any splatter of grease and wipe it off. I used a Qtip and a soft cloth from this point on. 

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Now is the time to put some yarn on the machine but only scrap yarn! Knit around 30 rows. You will notice that the grease is coming out on the yarn. hence that is why you use the scrap yarn that you can toss away when you are done.

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keep working to remove the excess grease as you knit the 30 rows. 

Now remove the scrap work off your machine and toss it away. Once it is off you will see some excess grease. Don’t worry, just wipe it off and you are DONE!…

Now the lady said that sometimes she uses Bond Knit easy spray  for the top of the needles for extra lubrication, but I cannot find it here in Canada so at this point my machine is done and ready to work. 

Thanks to Suzy Notting and Jack for giving us the video explaining how she greased her machine

Here is her link for her YOUTUBE video

greasing an addi machine

So I am off to make a few more hats for the upcoming shows.

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Getting my MOJO back


My Mother's Corner

As usual the winter knitting  the studio renovation and then the spring craft show has left me drained emotionally and mentally. I couldn’t even think of picking up the needles or hooks to do any kind of yarn work. I had totally turned myself off. Yesterday I came across a knitting bag full of green white and gold yarn and I said.. hmmm.. what is this?.. It turned out that I had started a pair of mittens to match  a hat I had made in the fall. Well true to form I took the back to the tv room and started working away. I couldn’t find the pattern that I had been using for the first mitten so I ended up counting stitches and rows and finished the first one last night and then today I made the matching mitten…..and.. I got the pattern written down now. I like the…

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Rainbow Pasta Salad


My Mother's Corner

Well I finally realized that if I don’t write this recipe down  that I might never find it again.

My cousin Jody is famous for her pasta salad. I made it today with a bit of a variation because I didn’t have everything on hand to make it identical. So here goes.

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Firstly it called for tri coloured pasta (didn’t have any so I just used the spiral type regular pasta)  cooked, drained and cooled. I then just put it back in the pot that I cooked it in while I chop the veggies and mix up the dressing.

Now I have seen many of these recipes but most call for italian dressing. I am not that particular for the italian dressing so here is the homemade version our family likes.

RECIPE:

a box of tri coloured pasta

cucumber, tomato and onion (chopped) and your choice of…

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Revamping my studio


As most of my friends know I am always looking for the next trend to come around the corner. Well. this winter has been particularly nasty (yes we still have titanium snow on the ground) so I have spent a lot of time surfing and looking for new ideas. I went through a studio renovation and could not work so my laptop became my friend. The studio is now done (not without those.. do you want the good news first or the bad news).. Yup.. the window I was having redone turned out to be a big mess. It apparently had been leaking from the top and running down to the framing below the window

this was the area I was having redone. Initially I wanted to leave the center two windows and the skylight windows and then have the corners walled in and painted.. seemed easy enough right?

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Well. as they were removing all the older windows to reframe the front for the new double sliders they realized just how bad it was

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It had rotted clear out to the siding which had rotted the insulation on the back of the siding. Any wonder this room was like the artic during the winter!

So a decision was made to take out the whole area and bring the wall back to match the interior walls. Now I can say I was completely heartbroken by this decision because I loved the light but let’s face it.. Sunlight or freezing room. As it was I could only work in there on sunny days so I guess, lets do this!

So as the work progressed I started liking it more and more and now with a front wall with the R factor of 34 I am warm and cozy. It has been taxing on me as I realized I had to totally change the layout of my room to work with the new window configuration. huge storage cupboard had to be moved.. yup I did it by first dumping all my strategically arranged skeins of yarn into laundry baskets (shutter) and then moving the cupboard completely across the room over carpet. how did I do it you asked?  well I will tell you.. I went to the basement and pulled out a couple of crazy carpets (snow sliders) and tipped each side of the cupboard and placed a carpet under the edges.. hey it worked. Had to position the carpets for each few feet but made it easy to push this 6ft high double door cupboard. I decided that before I was going to start any work in my room I was going to make it my mission to purge by cupboard.. holy crud!.. what made me keep these pattern print outs and literally pieces of scrap papers.. shelves and shelves of them. Plus plastic containers of stuff I was sure I had need for and would use in the future.. NOPE… gone!!!   I gave a whole garbage bag full of yarn to a senior lady that spends her time knitting hats and mitts for churches (that made me feel pretty good) and now my cupboards are all done but one shelf!  YAY

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So I need to go into my studio to take the finished pictures, New blinds, new curtains and fully rearranged but right now I am running between appointments and the music festival in the area so by next week I will have updated pictures of the finished room.. the before and after

Needless to say I am now happy with the decision to get rid of the cold drafty window area and my cats are fighting over sitting on the new window sill which is 11″ deep. As they say it all works out for the best even though I had gone through tons of angst about losing the sitting area I had.

Now that I have the room done I will be in full production mode to get ready for this years fall craft shows (the spring one I already have 90% of the stuff ready to go) Yes I do two different themes for these shows

on that note have a great week and I will be back with more of the finished studio project and my new ideas for the fall shows

100’s of Patterns and Photos Stolen by DIYPatterns.com


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In the world of patterns, DIYPatterns.com has been accused of stealing patterns and photographs from websites such as ETSY and are selling them on their website. This action removes the authors and designers from being compensated for their work and completely benefiting DIYPatterns.com.

Though I have just received notice of this fraudulent act this morning, numerous complaints from many ETSY users have surfaced in The Crochet Crowd Inbox over night. Great people like Lianka Azulay, owner of BonitaPatterns.com has been directly affected as her designs and photographs were stolen. They are selling her patterns putting the money in their own pockets.

In several reports, the website was pulled offline yesterday but resurfaced by a new host today. This company is definitely in this for the cash bypassing any morals to play fair. This is the ugly face of fraud. In one complaint given to me, they are not delivering the…

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Addi Express DIY Table


Well I have finally found a table that will work for my knitting machines. I love the machines but I find they slip and slide even when you put the brackets on the legs. I knew what I wanted and the last 6 months I have been on the search for just the right table. Last weekend we were out scouting yard sales. It was almost noon and I knew we were getting down to most of them packing up their wares. Well low and behold we came across two neighbors doing the sale together. I spotted the table and went up to see how much they were selling it for.. $10.. ok  that is a great price for the condition of the table.

Magazine table.. The table has a lamp!! bonus and the magazine part will be great for catching the work as you knit along. I then drew out the template for cutting the holes for both the addi king and the addi regular machine.

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Once the parts were cut out, they were sanded thoroughly so none of the yarn will catch on any ragged parts. I then put painters tape along the edge. Completely sanded the top to smooth out and make it ready for painting.  I then put a coat of primer and let it dry.

DSC00562 I then did a coat of yellow paint  (why the yellow you say?)  Well I had it in my studio left over from doing bird feeders and I am all about using what I have.

After the first coat of yellow I had gone out and purchased closet rod holders at Home Depot to use as holders for the addi machine legs. I drew where I wanted them placed and then predrilled holes for the screws before the second coat was applied.

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Ah.. just what I wanted. This is turning out so Great I suprise myself. I reinforced the table top with new bolts just to be sure.

Looks pretty good HUH?

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Now I had to put the closet braces on the other side of the table to hold the regular addi express. Again predrilling holes for the screws. You need to do this so you don’t split your wood and then all your hard work would be ruined.

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You can see from the pictures that you can still put the included addi brackets on your legs, Now you have the extra comfort in knowing that your legs will not slide or slip. That was my biggest pet peeve with the brackets.

So there you have it!!  I checked somewhere for a table  with a notch cut out for the machines and I think it sold for $180 . Now grant it , it was cast iron but honestly who needs the cast iron for this machine. I didn’t check into the shipping for this table but lets say $40 for shipping.. The total cost for it would have been $220 before taxes and let’s not forget what the customs charge would be. Probably around another $50. I was not about to spending that much money but I really needed to get something besides my folding table for this machine

Now here is the kicker.. The table was listed for $10, closet brackets were $1.78 a package and I bought 4 packages. Extra bolts for the table legs $2.00 for the 4 bolts for a total cost of ~~~~ drum roll please~~~~$21.00

 

 

 

sliced baked taters


I have no idea who originally posted this particular recipe but I sure mean to try it

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SLICED BAKED POTATOES!!! YES!!!!!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (Can also do in Microwave for 6 plus minutes)
Brush both side of potato slices with butter; place them on a cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated 400 degrees F oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides, turning once.

When potatoes are ready, top with bacon, cheese, green onion; continue baking until the cheese has melted;

Add a dollop of sour cream when done and enjoy!! —

 

I made them for supper tonite. They were excellent

I melted a bit of margarine, mixed in some EVOO and brushed the slices on both sides with it. Then I seasoned with salt, pepper and natures seasoning. They were very filling and oh so yummy

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