and, boy, am I cranky! Or, to be accurate, boy, am I cranking……
Meet my “new” Legare 400 Circular Sock Machine. Although there is no way to determine it’s exact age, the circular sock machine was manufactured from around the end of the Civil War until 1924. My machine is an older style, so in the 90 to 100 year old range. Amazing!
There is a somewhat steep learning curve on these machines. Weight is very critical and during various operations (such as shortrowing for the heel), there will be as much as 8 lbs of weight hanging from the sock. Coupled with the 30 lb weight of this cast iron machine, you want to be sure everything is bolted down securely and keep your feet under your bench. The first few days, I made tubes and tubes and tubes – miles of tubes.
And then I made socks!!! Plain gray socks…….
And bright stripey socks….. (toes still to be grafted – they are kinda airy as they are 🙂 )
When I am not turning my sock machine in circles, I am usually spinning my spinning wheel in circles or spinning the circular drums on my drum carder. Other times I am simply spinning my wheels and wandering around aimlessly in circles.:-D