Some of you may recall a few months ago I posted that I was in search of a Sock Knitting Machine.
I have not found one to purchase yet, it is still on my wish list. However, I have had a chance to use one.
A few weeks back I heard from a friend of mine (MB) who knew someone (JE) with a Sock Machine who wanted some help with her tatting. I was willing to help and JE was willing to bring her Sock machine and let me play a bit.
We got together and spent an afternoon swapping knowledge.
She helped me learn to do some straight knitting, make a heel and a picot edge turned hem that became a set up basket ~ one of the ways to cast on when starting a project.
|Heel knitted under the tutelage of JE|
|Set up basket, the loops in the spaces on the right are put over the needles to make the beginning stitches, the ring on the left is where you hang a lot of weight - several pounds.|
She has several and was showing me the differences in them. Near the end of my visit she asked if I would like to borrow her machine from the early 1920's and work with it for a bit. Well, I nearly jumped out of the chair I was sitting in YES!!
I didn't take any pictures of my work on the machine, but I have a few more pictures of things I have been doing.
This is what I accomplished this weekend. Actually I did have another one up to about the middle of the heel and then didn't pay close attention to moving the weights to keep the stitches down on the needles where they needed to be and made a mess of things so took that one off and started again.
This sock took me a couple of hours all told. I did it in between laundry, housecleaning and attending a wedding reception for a niece last night.
I finished it today after Mass
There were a few dropped stitches during the whole process, but I have "mastered" the technique for fixing dropped stitches. The heel turned out pretty good. The toe on the other hand, while you can't really see them in these pictures, I didn't do as well, and there are some holes along the mid line. But I Kitchenered the toe seam and that looks pretty good.
But I am rather "chuffed", as a well known tatter UK would say, in what I have accomplished.