I finally got around to placing an order for a real mid gauge 7-prong adjustable tool and it's arrived! I'm so happy I could just knit!
explain...a few years ago, I was at a machine knitting seminar and a dealer
there had a 'mid gauge' adjustable tool. I asked her if it would work on my LK150
which is a 6.5mm gauge - the distance between the needles. She assured me it
would and I happily parted with cash, anticipating new, easier stitch patterns on
my LK150 once I returned home. It didn't take long to realize that it was
actually a 7mm tool - I was sorely disappointed. That half mm doesn't seem like
much but when you try to hang it on all 7 needles or every other needle, you can wiggle it and get it to finally fit but it takes so long it's just not worth it!
You might remember last fall, I was bragging about doing a mid gauge
version of the RTR cardi ('rash promises' Oct 28/16)...I did the sleeves and
the front/side panels and then kinda lost steam when it came to the more labour
intensive transfers for the back panel and the front shawl edges (I was
transferring 7 stitches and having to use the 3 prong tool twice and then 1 for each
operation) and the project had technically become a UFO (unfinished object).
recently found out that Mike Becker at dknits.com has a bona fide 6.5mm tool -
I placed my order with my fingers crossed. YES!! it is 6.5 mm!! It works perfectly!
Thanks Mike, you're wonderful! He has lots of other goodies too - make sure and order a new foam strip while you're at it!
That UFO is back on my to-do list!
know anyone who needs a 7mm...I've marked them so I know the difference!
I forgot to tell you - I'm going to Dallas! The DFW machine knitters guild has
invited me to do a two day seminar October 15 and 16, 2016. Hope to see you