So, bits and pieces later I forgot to say what those bits and pieces were, in my 12/26 post!
It’s a “Legare 47” antique circular sock knitting machine. Tom bought it in….um….maybe July(?) and it’s been “acclimating” in the house. We decided to unpack it on Christmas and see what’s what. Everything looks like it’s in good shape but we needed to order new needles – there were a lot of broken or bent ones in the box. Needles should arrive next week and then we’ll try doing something other than using it as a door stop.
This wasn’t a Laurie purchase. I told Tom about Jess‘s and he got a real bug in his bonnet to get one. (No, he doesn’t wear a bonnet. They just don’t make them in his size. LOL.) He found the machine on e-bay and I decided that I’d wait to get a spinning wheel and let him have his fun. I’ve got so much sock yarn that a little crankin’ isn’t going to put much of a dent in it, anyway. I might even have to get MORE yarn because we’ll have to have a machine stash and a handknitting stash. Oh, the horror.
Speaking of horror. I ordered some beautiful sock yarn from an Etsy shop. Don’t roll your eyes at me! I used MY Etsy shop money so it really doesn’t count as MY purchase, right?
Anywho, I got the yarn today and it smells…no…REEKS of stale cigarette smoke. I was very upset and thought of returning the yarn right away. I wrote to the owner of the shop and will see what she says. In the meantime it’s outside on the deck, airing out. If I take the yarn, in it’s tied-up-in-a-skein form and soak it in Eucalan or SOAK, will that get rid of the odor?
I’ve never pre-washed yarn and don’t want to have it bleed or anything. It’s multi-colored hand-dyed.
Suggestions from the dyers out there?