No cheerleader uniform but that title…
The evil sock machine has been conquered – mostly.
The wonderful Stephanie from Plum Cottage Crafts had knowledge, patience, a dremel and three cats. The first three meant that after 6 hours she taught me how to use the ribber attachment, got the heel hook to stop grabbing the yarn guide, slogged with me thru a heel and a sample sock and made me feel much better about not having tossed Clayre Sophie out a window.
I had a problem with the cats, as I’m pretty darned allergic when there’s more than one cat in a household. The allergies made it impossible for me to return the next day for a Crank-In (a gathering of sock machine folk) but I had confidence that I’d be ok on my own.
The next day, after the wheezing stopped, I was able to crank out a tester sock.
The toe looks funky but that’s because hand cranked socks are the same as store bought, where the toe seam goes across the top of the foot. I didn’t bother to sew this one up.
However, I made another sock, closed up the toe and had Tom model it.
That beauty took me just shy of 3 hours worth of cranking!
You’ll see more orange socks (Opal yarn was on sale at WEBS) over the next few days/weeks. I hope you’ll bear with me while I try to improve my technique and speed.
Here’s a little video that I took from the hotel window. When I arrived I had just missed a thunderstorm that knocked out power in the area. I had just enough time to get some Starbucks and bring dinner back from Cracker Barrel before another storm hit. Every TV channel was yelling about tornado warnings and I thought I’d be eating my grits in the bathtub – literally and figuratively. The twisters stayed away but it still made for an exciting evening.