Last Saturday my knitting machine guru came to visit. We spent two hours going through the basics of how the Passap makes stitches and looking at all the bits that came with the basic machine. I'm so grateful for the confidence this has given me. I'm giving some thought to an appropriate reward - John Lewis vouchers seem a bit lame.
Having practiced some plain rib and fisherman's rib in basic Shetland yarns, I decided to try out some of the more exotic yarns in the stash. In the picture you'll see 4-ply baby alpaca in grey and a fine lace weight silk merino mix in cream. Both are knitted in plain rib - the only change to the settings is the stitch size. The alpaca was a struggle to knit and dropped a couple of stitches. I think it might be at the limit of what the machine can handle. The lace weight yarn knitted much more easily and I only stopped because the yarn caught in the tension wire and broke - otherwise I might be wearing as a scarf now.
More practice this afternoon - with Shetland, Exmoor and Bluefaced Leicester 4-ply.