Introducing…

Let’s all give a warm welcome to Clayre Sophie, my newest knitting gadget. (Not the cat.)

Upon Arrival

The stand

Main Guts

All together, including a sock that was already attached
All together, including a sock that was already attached

Tho I don’t know if you can call something that’s been around since the 1920’s (at least) a “gadget”.

A brand, spanking new, New Zealand Auto Knitter. For the non-knitters – she’s a Circular Sock Knitting Machine.

A mad splurge, using some beneficiary money, she’s probably the last big thing I’m going to buy in a long while. And once I “oil the crap out of her”, under the advice of Jess, I’m going to watch the tutorial videos until they’re burned into my teensy, tiny brain.

No one be surprised if they get socks for the holidays.  Also, no one be surprised if there’s a lot of cursing heard from my neck of the woods.

10 thoughts on “Introducing…

  1. Whoa — does it run on steam? Does it clang or whistle or whirr when it’s in use? And how freakin’ big are the socks it makes???

  2. Wowza! I want one, I want one, I want one:) Can I settle for sending you yarn for a fresh pair of sockies:)

    I am so jealous:) Good for you! Bring on the socks!

  3. WHoa.

    Step aside Terminator. You are so 1985.

    The Labotomiser. Coming to a theater near you.

    Scares me a wee bit. But this is the girl who has a knitting loom for 2 years and yet to take it out of the box.

    Cannot wait to see you make this baby work!!

  4. I have had a NZAK for three years now, and am still struggling to make the ribber work properly. I have 4 antique machines, and they work perfectly, two of which I put together out of various parts that come in to the Museum where I work. I make about 40 pair of socks every year for charity, but the NZAK has yet to produce a pair of socks. The problem seems to be all in the ribber, have tried everything, and so far each time I go back to the old machines and it works great. Bugs me that I cant get this one going.

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