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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.
csm-ribber-socks
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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Here’s some more leg warmers

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on November 5, 2008

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Had to put this pretty picture in first, so as not to blind you with the next photo.  :)

Here’s another pair of leg warmers for you to look at.  Don’t let the colors fool you.  I’ve got to admit that I didn’t like this  yarn blank at first.  That’s the reason I picked it for a project, because I didn’t think people would buy it straight of and wanted to show them what it would do.  It didn’t dye the way I had intended, the red dyed too harsh.  Dyes are funny, different colors attach themselves to the wool differently.   Now that its knit it up….. it works!  now I like how the colors lay out together.  Well, you decide for yourself.  This is at the Knitch right now.

Here was the sock blank: 

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Here the same blank knitted up as leg warmers:

leg-warmers-for-knitch-1

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How I spend my evenings…..

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on October 29, 2008

I bought this on Ebay last night.  Stayed up late to put in my bid and see if anyone else was going to bid on it too.  I know, you’re saying…. “what the heck is that?”  But it’s really, REALLY cool knitting machine stuff.  It’s a motor drive KE-100 for knitting machines.  Below is the stand, the knitting machine is clamped to the bottom rack and the motor drives a belt that makes the handle of the carriage move with out human assistance (except where there is a pattern change, or when to hang the weights up higher, or when it needs to stop or start, or when you need to hand manipulate the stitches….. etc….)

Brother Knitting Motor Drive KE-100 Production knitting

Here’s a video on how it works, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuiudDNqdvw, hope thewoolendiva doesn’t mind my posting her file here.  I don’t think so because she’s in the same business as I am.  I’ve got garter carriages, but that’s a separate little cutie that does something special (it makes 2 types of stitches in the same row without a ribber) and the motors wear out after awhile, so it’s not a good use of “Gussie” to make big pieces of fabric.  also Gussie is slow, turtle-like slow.  Here’s an example of a Garter Carriage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbrhxGb1Wgk.  Something done with a Gussie would take the whole day, while something made with a motor drive would take an hour.  Now you can start to see the difference.  They’re both marvels of engineering, but in their own separate ways.  I’ll have to come up with a good nickname for the motor, don’t want the motor to be jealous it’s not Gussie

Well, back to work!

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