When I’ve heard in the year of 2000 that Passap knitting machines won’t be made any more I thought the world of machine knitting is over… Back than I just bought a brand new Passap E6000 knitting machine with my lifetime savings and was so-o-o exited to learn everything this machine has to offer!
Machine knitting lessons I’ve signed for came into a full stop after several intro sessions, and our beginners circle has crumbled apart almost instantly. Internet of those days was of some help like Yahoo groups for machine knitters, and some videos on tapes were still floating around. Nevertheless, there were no experienced instructor near by willing to hold my hand in the learning process similar to a fitness coach, and answer all those stupid questions a beginner would have about her great acquisition.
Long and behold, throughout a lot of “bumps and bruises”, miles of lost yarn and tons of frustration, I’ve learned the basics of this mechanical marvel and was happily knitting afghans, pillow cases and scarfs. I would go online if I had a stumbling block and fellow knitters would get to my rescue from all over the net (thank you dear friends, you are so special). My experience grew and soon my interests expanded to more complicated pieces.
From that point on I was answering beginners questions and giving some valuable advice. Most of the questions and problems knitting machine owners had were surfacing often, and many knitters would get frustrated since there was no way to find answers quickly and no one could show them the solutions. It seemed like machine knitting was going away for good.
On the contrary, when I did my research on Ebay.com I could see much interest in knitting machines and accessories. Used machines would find new owners and start their new productive lives. Most of the time Ebay buyers did not have much experience and had their units delivered with manuals and parts missing, though. This kind of purchase would bring an avalanche of disappointing messages and cries for help to different machine knitting forums!
Since I had plenty of practical knowledge in knitting machine operation and maintenance, the next logical step was to start selling machines on Ebay. This was an immediate hit, because my units were in superb condition with all supported info attached. When Ebay has added new feature of linking YouTube videos to the listings, I have become among the first sellers cashing on this feature.
The success of YouTube channel has clarified for me that now more than ever machine knitters need guidance in their efforts to fall in love with this incredible craft. This is the reason why Machine Knit Today blog was created, and now The Coneheads – an online club for knitting machine owners.
Welcome fellow knitters and let’s make the machine knitting flourish as never before! Enjoy!