Sunday, September 10, 2006

Various updates...

This is what is left of my grandfather's knitting sock machine. Yes, sock knitting is a family obsession.
My sister and I were so excited when our dad told us that the elusive machine had been found in my uncle's attic, and was ours if we still wanted it. He warned us we'd have a lot of work to do in order to get it back into working shape, but we didn't expect it was in such bad condition. However, we'll do our best to restore it, and hopefully be able to use it. Any advices are welcome at this point!






Since my last post, I had a chance to complete two projects: a scarf, and yet another pair of socks. Both will be Christmas gifts. The stitches are not showing that well on this picture, but I think it's recipient will be happy to wear it in cold Ottawa, while walking the dogs. Hey, maybe I should knit matching ones for the dogs too!


The sock looks a bit weird at the toes because I rolled whatever was too long underneath (and with a size 5 shoe, that's a lot). It really looks like it's finished square at the toes, but it's not ( I was just too lazy to take another picture). I have started another pair of cabled socks, but the cable is a bit longer.

So that's what I've been up to, in case you were wondering. That and lots of sleeping. I feel like my body is fighting a cold or something.

5 comments:

RoadSide said...

The sock machine looks so interesting, it would be great if you can get it restored. You might want to try using a stiff wire brush to get as much rust off as you can, then maybe soak in or apply some chemical rust remover. Once you've removed as much as you possibly can, shoot it with some kind of rust-protection spray paint. There are some paints used for car-parts that you could use, but you'd have to bake the pieces afterwards to harden. It does'nt seem like the rust has penetrated the metal too much, so it looks like it might be saved. You might want to check with some metalworking shops in your area for ideas. Hope that helps a little :)

Charles said...

I never seen socks machine before!!! I wish i have one~~~ P.S>
I need one!!!ugh!!!

Charles said...

I never seen socks machine before!!! I wish i have one~~~ P.S>
I need one!!!ugh!!!

Charles said...

I never seen socks machine before!!! I wish i have one~~~ P.S>
I need one!!!ugh!!!

sean (kb) said...

what a treasure, that sock machine! hope the restoration goes well.