Random thoughts of a fiber enthusiast - mostly fiber related, sometimes coherent


Here she is.  I’ve been told that all sock machines should be named, but I haven’t yet named mine.  I’ll have to work with her a bit more, and learn her personality before I give her a name.  Isn’t she a beaut?

My first cranked item…a bonnet (seen mounted in the CSM above).

I’ve kitchenered the bottom around a D ring.  The ring is there to hang your weights from.  I had a devil of a time with the kitchener on this.  I originally tried kitchener the bottom with the waste yarn in place.  This is the same as kitchener the toe of a sock with a toe chimney.  Simple enough, follow the path of the existing stitches.  Except I didn’t.  The waste yarn was blue, which was hard to see in my already blue yarn.  And I was doing it late in the evening without my Ott light.  When I pulled out the waste yarn, the tip came wide open.  After a few nasty words, I picked up the stitches with some DPNs and tried again.  Much better.  I think I will be doing it using the DPN method from now on.  No need to do it twice.

So far, this is my only finished item on the sock machine, because the sock didn’t make it.

Here’s the sock to be.  Looks good, doesn’t it?  Well, here’s the close up…

See that nasty run at the corner of the turned toe?  There’s a matching run on the other side.  There is just no easy way to pick all those stitches up and ensure that you maintain the short row toe turn.  At least, not in my inexperienced hands.  I’ve decided that it would be much easier and faster to rewind this sock back on the cone and re-crank.

Or it would be, once I start cranking again.  This week is full of holiday parties.  I found that it isn’t a good idea to work on these things after a night of festivities and drink (see above paragraph on the kitchener attempt).  I’ll give it a go this weekend.


Cranky (in a happy sort of way)


Happy Solstice!


  1. Your machine reminded me of a device we used to make as kids from a spool and four nails. You could knit a long, thin tube with it. Here are some instructions:


    I would be interested to know, after you have made a few things and the newness of your machine has worn off, whether you find this method as satisfying as knitting a pair of socks by hand.

    • Ann

      Yes, it is just like a knitting spool — but on steroids. These machines were popularized during World War I to produce socks for the troops.

      I don’t know if it will ever be as satisfying as knitting a pair by hands. However, I have a lot of sock yarn that just aren’t as pleasant to knit with than some of the gorgeous merinos and merino blends. I bought them before I knew the difference. I hope to crank my way through the old sock yarn stash with this. Also, I found that making socks for anyone other than myself (women’s size 6) is extremely tedious. Martin was a men’s size 10 – 10.5. I was bored before I has half way through.

      I have plans for this machine that go beyond making socks. Stay tuned!

  2. Merry Christmas, Ann! I found your website by way of your comment on the Soxophone Player’s website – and thought – did I make that comment? Check out my blog for my new CSM. I spent Christmas Eve taking apart, cleaning, and oiling the ribber attachment – not my preferred way of spending Christmas eve, but alas! I enjoyed reading your postings and have bookmarked it for future readings. I am also on a work hiatus. Somehow it seems we are leading similar lives on opposite sides of the country! Wishing you much happiness during the holiday season.

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