Are you sick of socks yet? I kind of am! I should say, I am kind of sick of writing about them. I still find it enjoyable to make them.
I took a picture this morning of another custom order going out. These monsters are another pair of size 16. The last pair was reported to be slightly short and an additional inch was requested.
I also dyed these as well. Dyeing seems to be a little hit and miss for me. These are brown, sort of. They’re supposed to be chocolate brown but in person, they look almost purple. I also dyed some yarn “true black” the other day and they came out almost navy – dark, but not black. Maybe I’m not using enough dye.
But, aside from those issues, I seem to be getting better at some of the dyeing methods. This is one of many skeins I did last weekend.
You may see some strange out of place threads in there, but those are just extra ties I hadn’t cut off yet, so ignore those. But pretty decent, right? I was at least encouraged to keep trying, so you may see some more skeins pop up if there is anything worth showing. At least it wouldn’t be socks, right?
Every year I usually buy myself some crazy expensive gift for my birthday. Some years I go a little crazier than others and this year I think I kept it pretty tame.
I have been looking at sock machines for years on eBay. But the price point for something like a 70-year-old machine with no support (especially if you have no idea how to use one) is pretty high.
A few weeks ago I came across a post the Erlbacher Gearhart has started reproducing their old machines. So I jumped on it and got their new speedster model with a bunch of goodies to go with. I was emailing back and forth with them for a while before purchasing making sure I would have everything I needed to hit the ground running when it arrived.
Two days before my birthday, a small wood box arrived with everything screwed down inside. I was surprised that it actually came with tools (like, real tools, not cheap things you’ll throw away), a spool of scrap yarn, a picture of the box (which I assume is there to help you put it all back in if you decide to put it away), a starting bonnet and a bunch of other stuff.
I had already done some yarn shopping before it arrived and watched a bunch of YouTube videos so I pretty much instantly started pumping out socks as soon as I put it all together.
There are still some manual and tedious things to do in sock making even with a fancy machine like this. Hanging yarn on the little hooks isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but now that I’ve done it a few times I am getting pretty quick at it. And I find sewing up toes with the dreaded Kitchener stitch actually pretty relaxing.
But ask yourself how long would it take you to knit a sock? Hours? Several evenings? As a beginner it’s probably taking me about 45 minutes with this machine and that is taking my sweet time and learning as I go. There are videos of people easily making a sock in 8 minutes. Isn’t that crazy!?
And watching it work is pretty mesmerizing even if you’re making a boring grey sock…
And here’s a sock I just cranked out that I’ll be wearing tomorrow.