Wednesday, November 11, 2009

First socks off the machine

I am extraordinarily pleased with myself this evening! Awhile ago, I bought a circular sock knitting machine off of Ebay. It is a Creelman Brothers Money Maker A, and is approximately 100 years old. Mind you, I'd never used one of these before. And I don't know how to knit. And it arrived with missing pieces, slightly rusty and gunky, without directions. Needless to say, there has been a bit of a learning curve.

But tonight, it finally all came together, and I am currently wearing my first pair of socks. They are made of Lion Brand Sock-Ease yarn, which is 75% wool/25% nylon, and is supposedly machine washable. They're comfortable!

They're not ribbed anywhere--that is a learning opportunity for another day. This is what I did though: 10 rows, then hang the hem. 65 rows for the leg of the sock, then the heel. 50 rows for the foot of the sock, then the toe. I used the 54 cylinder. They are maybe a smidge short in the foot, so for the next pair I'll add around 5 more rows there.

I foresee many pairs of custom socks in my future!!


  1. Looks like you done a great job for your first!! At that rate it already looks professional!

  2. Thanks, all! I'm having entirely too much fun with this, now. :)

  3. I am so impressed and a little jealous too. Great Socks!!!!!!

  4. Thanks! I've made a couple more pairs since this post. I may never go back to store bought again!