Since I have been communicating primarily on the Facebook Group, Plastic Midgauge Knitting Machines for the past couple of years, there hasn't been too much new information posted here. And by the way, if you own a plastic flatbed machine, or are thinking of getting one, we'd love to have you join. Just a note, though. Facebook has been hit by some pretty bad people who join groups to cause trouble. This is nothing new; it has been going on in online groups and chat rooms for years. In order to better protect the group, unless we know you from another group, we are now sending a short confirmation message which you should accept and answer in order to be added. So please check your messages; you should receive it within 24 hours, and usually much sooner.

That gets the necessary disclaimer out of the way. Really, we'd love to have you. It's a very friendly group, with lots of discussion, and a wealth of information in our files section that will help you learn your machine and make some new friends. Please go to Plastic Midgauge Knitting Machines and request to join. I think you will be pleased with what you find there.

I'm going to try something new. This site really isn't a blog, but here's a new tip. It will stay on the home page for a while, then will be moved into the Tips and Techniques Section.

We all know how to take them and use them. And it goes well until we are suddenly confronted with a pattern written in (gasp!) the wrong system. Imperial vs metric. That debate should have been settled 50 years ago, but it still goes on, with the USA still using inches, feet, and yards, while most of the world has moved to centimeters and meters.

Since machine knitting patterns are written using both the metric and imperial systems, sometimes we struggle a little converting inches to centimeters or centimeters to inches. Several years ago I found a website that has a large collection of calculators for construction/builders. One of them is an excellent dynamic conversion tool, as well as a section you could copy and paste with the common inch to cm measurements. I know there are apps that also do conversions, but there is so much on this site it is really worth taking a look. http://www.inchcalculator.com/inch-fraction-calculator/

Until next time
Irene Woods