1) I managed to successfully get the thing knitting some plain wool
*fairly* easily again.
2) I then moved on to attaching the ribber to it. 30 minutes were
spent locating the appropriate parts and deciphering the relevant
manuals. The resulting, highly improbable-looking, contraption appears
(Yes, I realise now that I got the tensioner backwards. I don't think
it compromises the following results.)
Although mechanically sound, the thing would not knit anything in a
ribbed configuration. It would either seize up on the ribber side of
things, or the yarn would snap. Or both. Despite trying to move the
carriage fairly robustly I don't believe any of the needles were
damaged on the ribber.
One thing I did note is that the ribber does not have a sponge as
such, it has a silicone pad which doesn't have as much "give" as the
sponge on the knitter.
3) I packed the stuff away fucking meticulously. There are now 5
separate items sitting under the light table, as follows:
a) The knitting machine, in its proper case. This now contains
everything you need to use the knitter, in its proper places in the
box. Next time you open the box, take note of how stuff is attached to
the lid, because it took me 20mins to get it in properly.
b) The ribber, its accessories (plus a couple of large spares for the
knitting machine), in a cardboard box. Some of these accessories might
be useful for using the knitter alone but they are not essential for
c) A plastic box with the yarn, elastic, and misc additional knitter
d) The "Knit-Leader" and its tube of supplies, loose.
e) The Waitrose bag of knitting books, which now includes the manuals
for all the devices.
4) We have a big bag of what on quick inspection seem to be new
needles for the knitter, as well as at least 10 needles in the knitter
accessories box which are definitely new.
I labelled the boxes with do-not-hack stickers. Ideally we need to
point people towards the wiki first, before they try to fiddle with
> Did you have a play with the document scanner? we've had a fair bit of
> success with it :)
Didn't try it - my main goal was trying to get the ribber working, and
that wasn't massively successful.