I've been a hand-knitter since I was a kid, but a few years ago,
I discovered another fun textile hobby -- circular sock knitting
My first one was a 1922 Home Profit Master Machine manufactured
in Rochester, NY. I found it in pieces in a wooden crate in an
antique barn on a trip to Maine. The original owner's manual was
with it so I was able to assemble it and get it cranking. Eventually,
I managed to produce a pair of socks!
I crank out socks for myself and my family and for gifts as well as
selling them occasionally at craft fairs and a local artisan's
gallery, Stoney Run in McGaheysville, in the fall and winter.
For several years now, I've organized a "crank-in" at Massanetta Springs Camp & Conference Center in May. We just had the 4th annual get-together there, and 52 crankers from 13 states showed up for three days of yarn-y fun with each other. It was a blast!
The conference room where everyone had a "cranking" space to work in.
If you're a knitter and think you might be interested in a sock machine, check out the CSM (circular sock machine) groups on Facebook or Ravelry.
I made some zippered accessory pouches for my helpers at the crank-in using my Baby Lock Verve. They are about 5" x 7" and turned out really well.
Stay tuned for a picture tutorial on how to make these quick and easy pouches -- you can embroider or applique them with your own design or just leave them plain. Each one takes about an hour to make, and can be made with leftover scraps of quilting cottons. They make great gifts as small jewelry or make-up bags!
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