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HELLO 2017

Thank God 2016 is over!!!!! This last year was one of the most miserable, mind bending years I’ve had to endure for quite some time.  In January of 2016 I was still grieving from my mother’s passing in Aug. 2015 and dealing with the estate until it was closed out in March.  Also, in January I made up my mind to retire.  It was a hard decision because I generally liked my job, but age was catching up with me and I needed to be home to take care of my husband due to his failing health.  So, I retired on March 31st.

The spring was very busy getting the yard work, house work and husband taken care of, I was wondering how I had done it for so many years while working.  May rolled around and I ruptured the disk at L5-S1 mowing the yard.  The pain was unreal, unable to do anything but pace and cry, I wasn’t able to have surgery until July. So my summer was shot to hell too.  By the end of August I was feeling better and able to do a little more. Did some spinning and knitting, my back dictated the amount of time I could sit and work on things.  But, my husband was declining.  He needed to be admitted into the hospital in October for a few days due to coughing up blood.  Our worst fears had come to life, his lung cancer had returned after eight years from initial diagnosis and treatment.  He passed away two days after Thanksgiving.  He was ready, he was so tired of the shortness of breath and being unable to do anything. So we are learning how to keep on going without him.  I’m so thankful for his love, caring and time we had together and the great son we have.  We were married for 30 years, together for 32.

So, December rolled around and I found myself in a daze, Decided to focus on a couple sock machines that I hadn’t work with for a long time.  I got the 1892 Gearhart up and running. This machine took some deep concentration since the cylinder turns instead of the yarn guide. Had to think backwards from the stationary cylinders.  This machine knit a nice pair of socks, forgot to take a picture of the finished pair. I used Regia sock yarn.

1892-a 1892-b

Also, got the 1875 Bickford up and knitting, this is a nice machine. Love the way it knit, as long as I went slow and watched the needles carefully I had very little problem with it. Using the Regia sock yarn I was able to get a nice looking pair of socks made.

bickford-in-use bickford-sock

Well,that’s it for 2016.  Hoping 2017 is a much happier year.





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For me the Kitchner stitch has always been a challenge so as a reference for myself and maybe help someone else I’ve put together a little tutorial.  I have tried all sorts of ways to setup the live stitches so I could see them better. I have settled on putting the stitches on needles so I could  rid of the waste yarn, one less thing to get in my way when stitching.  After watching many videos and looking at lots of blog sites with instructions, it seems that everyone has their own little twist to the process. But not one could answer my question of “How are the stitches loaded onto the needles so the stitches don’t twist?” So here is my interpretation of the KITCHNER Stitch.

Stitch set-up on needles:

Pick up the leg of the stitch that has an X.

Kitchner Stitch Loading

Kitchner on Needles 2

Terms that I use:

Stitch side terms

Getting Started:

  1. With yarn that is to be used for the sewing, bring up through the first stitch on the lower needle as if to purl. (Purl on)
  2. Then put the yarn through the first stitch on the upper needle as if to knit. (Knit on)

Main sewing:

Lower Needle

1st stitch (Knit Off)

Knit Off lower

2nd stitch  (Purl On)

Kitchner Lower  Purl on

Upper Needle

1st stitch (Purl Off)

Purl Off

2nd stitch (Knit On)

Kitchner Upper  Knit on

Continue this way until last stitch on each needle. Then I usually do the first half of the stitch.  Knit Off and purl into the next  stitch, this stitch has already been knitted. Upper needle purl off and knit into the next stitch, again this stitch has already been knitted. Then push the needle through to the inside if it is a sock or through to the back of the work if it is a scarf or something flat. Weave off the end and trim the working yarn.

Finished seam:

Finished seam

The yarn for this pair of socks was spun from Jacob wool and knit on the LeGare 400 sock knitting machine.



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This machine has been a challenge to get up and knitting. I’ve been working on it now for about 6 months and finally succeeded. I just cleaned it up enough to be able to work with it, so there is still some work to be done. A previous owner had put lithium grease in the groove that the drive teeth run in,plus the grease had found it’s way into the cylinder needle grooves, finally got all of that stuff cleaned out. After taking every screw out and dismantling the whole thing and putting it back together again and again and again, I was able to get it to knit. The next trick was to get it to knit without dropping stitches. There is a brass ring clamp that fits into the cylinder groove that holds the needles in,so all the tension on the needles has to come from the weights pulling down on the knitting. The next challenge will be to get it to knit back and forth in order to do short rows for sock heals, at the moment I’m just happy to have it knitting.
Bickford 2A

Bickford 3

There wasn’t a yarn mast with the machine so I had to improvise.

Bickford 4A

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So far this month I have carded a few batts of Ramboulliet/Columbia cross and finished another pair of socks and working on a pair of gloves using the Legare CSM.  Nothing very special going on just cold with some snow, we have been very lucky so far this month.  New Years weekend we had to fix vehicles, the gas filter on the Escape decided it was full and needed changing, I was glad to get home from work before the filter just wouldn’t let anymore gas through, plus the gas cap was cracked so the idiot  lights came on and stayed on until it was fixed and finally went off after 5 or 6 startups once the brain was reset.

Carded with Petite

 This fiber is like working with  a cloud, except for the sand burrs that are throughout the whole fleece.  OUCH!!!

First 2011 Socks

Here is just a generalized pattern for this sock:

Machine:  LeGare 400, cylinder 72 needle   

 Yarn: Hand Spun    Fiber content: Columbia, Shetland, Scotch  Mule   

Dye:  Kool aid Lemon-Lime, Berry blue, Grape     (Only used in the Green section) the rest is natural color

Toe and Heal: scotch mule was used to strengthen areas

Top(Hem): 15 rows of plain knitting,hung a hem

Cuff: 20 rows of a 1:2 Mock rib

Leg: 20 rows of green continued mock rib, replaced needles and did 20 rows of the Columbia plyed with Shetland yarn. Changed to scoth mule for the heal.

Set up for  the heal: Knit  decreasing needles down to 16 needles then adding needles until they are all into play.  Put all needles into play and continue knitting the foot.  First 30 rows of foot Columbia was used,  changed to Columbia/Shetland and knit 30 more rows.

Set up for the toe section: same as for heal.

Total rows knit: Cuff and Leg 15+20+20 +20= 75        Foot: 60 rows

Size of sock should fit a mans 8-11 foot easily.

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From the book “The Hand-Cranked Knitter and Sock Machine” by Dr. Richard Candee, he references the Dundas or “The People’s H.S. Knitting Machine Improved”.  The Dundas Machine Co. acquired the rights to manufacture the Gearhart sock knitting machine in Canada.  This knitting machine has the cylinder traveling around catching the yarn under the needles at the yarn carrier,  whereas the newer machines the yarn carrier travels around the cylinder. 

Here are a few pictures of the Dundas Sock Knitting Machine that we have been working on.





Here is a picture of my first sock knit on the “Peoples H.S. Knitting Machine”  manufactured by the Dundas Machine Co. of Ontario, Canada.   The machine was made sometime after 1896.

First Dundas sock

This is a sample size sock, just to  see if I could get a sock knit on this machine.

Here is the YouTube Video I have up demonstrating the Dundas:


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