If you’ve taken a class with me or talked to me for more than 5 minutes you know I am a scientist at heart. I love to experiment. I did work in a laboratory for a while doing cell research and I loved it so much. But that’s for another time.
Today I want to talk about my sock knitting machine. I bought it at least 2 years ago from Julia Farwell Clay who is the designer of one of my favorite sweaters – Hiro. The machine is still in the box that I got it in. It didn’t come with needles so I bought some of those too but I have misplaced them….I’m sure they are on the desk under a pile.
So, the plan was to spin a whole bunch of sock yarns. Wool from different breeds of sheep and then different methods with each breed. I have a whole outline. I was curious about durability since I seem to wear my socks out rather quickly. but I’m a pretty slow knitter – especially socks. So a knitting machine was the key to the whole thing. I mean I can make 400 yards of 3 ply yarn in a day or two but then I take 6 months to knit the darn things.
I did go online and try to figure out how to work it but I became overwhelmed with the information and also so much terminology that I didn’t yet know. I joined the CSM group on Facebook but again, the things they talk about are mostly over my head. I found a nice little spot on the shelf where the box fit perfectly and that’s where it has been. I have taken it out 2 or three times and then back it went. The thing is a mystery to me.
Anyway, yesterday I saw a post on Instagram from my friend Bex who lives in England. She had a stack of 5 pairs of socks that she had knit and finished in 3 days! The box of knitting machine is in the living room this morning. I wonder where the needles are. And I wonder if Bex can help me even though she is so far away. I really think I may need an in person lesson. Oh my.
All advice is appreciated and thank you in advance.
Also, by the way I’ve got the next spin along almost planned and it will be for all of my patrons. I’d love for you to be a part of it. It’s going to be loads of fun and I have some videos and live feeds and lots of how to instruction. The spin along will run from February 1 through September and hopefully at the end we will all have a new sweater. Check out my Patreon page and join in!