Sunday, February 17, 2008

Oh No! Not Another Hobby!

Please do not read any further if you do not understand fiber or hobby-type addictions. You don't want to know, and I don't want to hear your response. Come back tomorrow and I'll post about some cute lambs.

Now, for the rest of you...

Yesterday late morning I got an email from a friend who is a matchmaker extraordinaire. I had mentioned once in passing that we were interested in circular sock knitting machines. She knew of someone who wanted to get rid of one, this weekend, due to financial hardship.

We contacted the person, plugged the address in mapquest, checked the ewes one last time, and were on our way.

This is an Auto Knitter brand hand-cranked circular sock knitting machine. We know almost nothing about them, but a great how-to video was included with all the goodies.

It works using the same concept as the small spool-knitters many of us played with as children (4 nails pounded into the top of a wooden spool). But with a crank.

The Farmer (who is endlessly amused with machinery with moving parts) has already successfully produced two socks.

The mint green scrap yarn will come off as I sew the toe closed. The sock knitting machine will be fun to take along to craft fairs, etc. for demonstrations. And hopefully it will work well with our wool yarns.


  1. Congrats on your new toy! Wish I had an auto knitter,there are a lot of them still around, so they were well made. Have fun.

  2. What fun! Can't quite picture how it turns the heel, but it'd be fun to try.

    Off topic, but I can't get this out of my head.... Have you thought about doing a booth at the INCH convention? There are other non-homeschooling booths each year (Carol's bread machines, Arbonne, etc.) and they keep coming back, so it must work out to be worth their time. It'd be a great way to get your name out to lots of people, as well as giving them a chance to see your products. Just a thought....


  3. What a great way to use your wool! That's a really cool gadget -- what fun!

  4. How fun!
    I can totally understand your addiction/new hobby.

  5. As I knit my 5th sock this this winter, I'm thinking your new little machine looks pretty enticing :-).

    I'm also curious how the heel is turned.

    Great 4H meeting last night; fibre arts meeting at our LYS -- 15 kids (boys and girls) knitting felted cell phone/ipod holders on circular needles ... enabling another generation :-).

    Enjoy the cool toy. I would love to try that!


  6. I am SO jealous!! I can't tell you how many times I've watched videos of those knitters on Youtube. They are so cool!


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