I love vintage Japanese knitting machines and collect and repair them before using them to make knits. I also love interesting yarns and natural fibres. I hand knit, crochet and embroider too. I often dye my own yarns using Miyako ECO dyes.
Knitting Machines that I regularly use include:
Silver Reed SK700 with SRP-N ribber
Silver Reed SK250L (This was basically the 360 issued with a lace carriage as the main carriage, and the knit carriage sold separately. It came with a very good instruction manual that shows how to transfer lace hand knitting patterns to punchcards.)
Silver Reed SK155 with SR155 ribber
Knitting Machines I occasionally use include:
Ars Amoretto MK2 clutch selector type
Juki KE 1300 12 stitch punchcard and 12 stitch selector
Juki 8 button 871
Tajima Art intarsia machine
KB360 aka LK150 Silver Reed plastic mid-gauge
Knitting Machines waiting for overhaul:
Corona C110 super bulky 11mm pitch
Knitting Machines on my wishlist:
Ars Amoretto Super 8 Deluxe with ribber.
plating attatchment for Silver Reed pile rib knitter
Knitting Machines for sale:
2 x Riccar (Silver Reed) 324. 24 stitch punchcard
Juki KR13 ribber with spare bed for 2400/2600 model standard gauge
Juki 881 for spares
A word on the HAMANAKA NEEDLE.
Japanese craft company Hamanaka made a 50 needle purl knitter back in the day called Hamanaka Needle ハマナカニードル. This rare little machine is a boon for the vintage knitting machine enthusiast and occasionally comes up at auction. The instruction manual, however, is rarer still. I have made a photo tutorial on how to use the machine on Flickr, and I have also uploaded a short video of it in use on YouTube.