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Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – October 2020

Dreaming Robots Newsletter

October 01, 2020

The hot days of summer are over here in Massachusetts, and the cool nights of fall are here.  It's an excellent time of the year for spinning, knitting, or your fiber craft of choice. Yippy!

I started posting a daily fiber related image to Instagram. If you are on Instagram, consider subscribing to my Instagram account to see some great EEW photos.

EEW 6.0 Review

The first public review of the EEW 6.0 has been posted here by Tanya one of my beta testers. Go check it out if you want to see what another person thinks about the EEW 6.0.

Spin Anywhere Contest Winners

Last month there was a photo competition. Joyo was the overall winning with the photo below.  Congrats Joyo!

I'd also like to congratulate all the daily winners.

  1. Joyo
  2. Gwyn Krause
  3. Joyo
  4. Amanda Hannaford
  5. Linda Samuelson
  6. Erica Campbell
  7. Lisa Sawyer

EEW Yarn Counter Update

I released a new video of my latest Yarn Counter prototype. I'm pretty happy with how it's functioning at this point and I've given out prototypes to a few beta testers to get more feedback at this point to find out what I else I can improve.  A community poll helped me see what software behavior most people in the community want and have already updated the software to match the winning votes.  That poll also showed the community overwhelmingly wants me to do another Kickstarter so I will do that when this product is ready.  I still need to do a bunch more work refining the design and starting to get it ready for manufacturing so it will still be awhile, but I will keep you all updated. 

There was another yarn counter video about how yarn size causes error in all the yarn counters that I know about and a possible solution I'm proposing.  Based on the feedback from that video I have added the WPI solution I mentioned in the video and am seeing what my testers thing of it.

Here are the results to some of the yarn counter poll questions I sent to the community.

Antique Circular Sock Machine First Stitches

As I've mentioned before I'm restoring an antique knitting machine to learn more about these machines so I can decide if I want to make one for the community.  I am still undecided on that question, but I made a lot of progress with my antique machine this past month.  You can see a video here where I made a 3D printed cylinder and then started knitting with it.

– Maurice Ribble
(Inventor of the Electric Eel Wheel)
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1 thought on “Electric Eel Wheel Newsletter – October 2020

  1. I just found in Scotland who makes 3-d printed real circular sock machines. Was thinking you guys should partner! It’s rare to find a real sock machine that will do fingering weight yarn and is also light weight and not $2000. Was looking for like the lk-150 equivalent of sock machines, and that seems to be it, but I’m sure it could be made even more affordable / available if you guys partner and figure out how to mass produce.

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