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Check out MadCityMike’s blog

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on March 29, 2010

http://madcitymike.blogspot.com/2010/03/monthly-gathering-of-crankers.html

My friend, Jean, and I went to the Madison monthly crank-in this Saturday and Mike was there.  Mike’s a blogger and took photos of the event that he posted in his blog (the link is above).  He has a beautiful machine, it’s a NZAK and had also made some gorgeous tubies (sock blanks made on a CSM).  It’s so nice to have photos of the places you go and the people you meet, Mike’s a dedicated blogger and I’ve got lots to learn from him about this blogging thing.  He also took a photo of me and the blanks I brought to show everyone there, so go check out his blog and say hello.

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2009 Wisconsin CSM Crank-In

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on August 6, 2009

Here is the registration form to attend a sock machine weekend in October, 2009

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Wisconsin Crank-In Registration Form
Crankers of Wonderful Socks

Date: October 16-18, 2009 Arrival 9AM Friday through noon on Sunday
Place: Columbus Super 8 Motel, 219 Industrial Drive, Columbus, Wisconsin, 53925
Phone # (920) 623-8800 Toll-free reservations: 1-800-800-8000
Ask for special room rate for CSM Crank-in group. Those reservations must be
made by September 17, 2009 to qualify for our special group rate.

The motel has a pool, offers a complimentary breakfast and has a refrigerator and
microwave in each room.

Cost: $45 Please pay by September 15, 2009. First 25 to respond will be confirmed by e-mail. Our meeting room limits the # of participants! Email bgrettie@hughes.net for more info on where to send in registration and check.

Bonnie Smola and her sister, Donna will be with us. Bonnie is an officer of CSMSA and puts out a lovely newsletter with patterns and CSM information. She and her sister teach at local CSM groups regularly. Her patterned heel socks are gorgeous!!

Diane Bass will be selling her sock yarn.

Susan Forbes will be showing her dyed sock blanks and have some to sell. Susan will present info on the dying process. http://www.fairyyarnmother.com/

Return bottom portion to register .

Name______________________________Address:_____________________________
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e-mail address:___________________________________________________________

Deb and Pete Oswald will be teaching and helping get machines in working order. Please check the classes you’d like to have Deb teach.
__hem top socks
__mittens
__lace
__cord knitting
__fingerless gloves
__color knitting
__mock cable socks
__ribber cast ons
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Socks made with a circular sock machine

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on April 21, 2009

csm_red-purple-green-bank-socks-details1Here’s the finished socks that I made on my LeGare sock machine. I couldn’t get the colors to show up well in the photographs, the red sock has deep reds and burnt oranges in it and the blue sock had brilliant purples and golden browns in it.

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My Circular Sock Knitting Machine

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on April 11, 2009

I love knitting machines. They come in all sizes and types and it is so interesting to watch them work. Ok, not to you…. but they’re interesting to me. I bought a CSM, circular sock machine, years ago. Some of the parts were missing so my husband and I have slowly found new parts for it. It’s been mostly working from the start and I’d been able to make socks on it but I wanted to make pretty socks on it using the ribber.  Well, Jim found the last piece needed to make the ribber work a few months ago! It was a funny little piece that needed to be bent to fit my machine and some friends from Madison helped me bend the little bugger.  (it was dramatic, let me tell you).  There’s lots of ways to make socks, some with a hemmed cuff, some ribbed all the way to the toe, some just plain knit, but I think I like a mix of rib and stockenet stitch.
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Don’t be concerned with all the messy waste yarn, that all cleans up soon. This is how the socks look right off the machine. You crank the handle of the machine to make a circular knit then use short rows to make the heel on half of the needles, put all of the needles in work again, crank away until you get to the toe and then short row in the same direction as the heel and pull the sock off on waste yarn and WhaaaaaLa! You have a sock when you kitchner stitch up the seam at the toe. Oh…… don’t give me that “you have to seam up the sock? that’s too much work” gunk. Even when you hand knit a sock you’ve got to do something similar for the toe, it’s either kitchner stitch or a magic cast on. I did this pair in a few hours while drinking coffee and playing with the cat, how long does it take you to knit your pair of socks? This is the process for every commerical sock you buy. :)

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2 Month Blogiversery

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on December 3, 2008

Tomorrow is my 2 Month Blog aniversery. Can’t believe I’ve gotten 350 views so far. I’m so grateful to everyone for stopping by and hope that I’ve entertained you. Please keep looking. :)

I’ve been busy getting some work done before the Holidays so I haven’t had time to post anything. I’d like to post more regularly. I took some photos of my dog, Hans, out in the snow. Yesterday I let him out and he stuck his whole face into a snow bank and came up looking like Santa with a white beard. I didn’t have a camera, so today I was prepared.

Here’s Hans playing in the snow:
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Running in the yard:
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and coming back with snow on his nose to check on me. Click on the photo to better see his brown/green eyes. He’s the sweetest dog in the world:
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Here’s some projects that I’ve been working on but haven’t posted.
socks made with both ends of a sock blank. each sock is a reverse of the other. I’m planning on making the stripe until it gets close to the heel and then a intricate fairisle pattern around the cafe.
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These socks were made from one of my patterned sock blank. They have a short rowed heel and I’ve made a cable pattern for the back cafe portion of the sock.
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These are the socks I just made for my husband on my circular sock machine.
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