Archive for the ‘circular sock knitting machine’ Category

On the sock knitting front

April 16, 2011

For those people who believe I will never figure the sock machine out πŸ™‚ I give this evidence. I chose to remove it from the machine so we could adjust the stitch length but am starting again and expect to have this reknit shortly……..


Try to work on creative projects to keep my spirits up

April 15, 2011

So, I went to a job fair on Wednesday night.Β  I got there a little early and there were already 20 people in the waiting room. Some looked desperate, some looked devastated. Some had come hundreds of miles in search of a career. I think I did all right on the interview but I am not sure that is enough or that this is the right spot for me. I will work on more applications this weekend. I am thankful for the prayers that people are sending my way.

I have made some progress with my sock machine. The cuff is nicely ribbed and I am half done with the heel. Unfortunately, there is a jam up and I am not sure what the problem is. I hope it is just more operator error.

Here is a short video from the crank in we went to in Cape Girardeau, Mo in April. Jim is ready to go to another one so he can play with machines πŸ™‚

What will the future hold?

April 1, 2011

I decided to take a couple of personal days from work. Just before I was to leave, I got a call from the secretary of the cooperative I work for, want to set up a meeting with the director and the assistant director. When I reminded them I was leaving, they rescheduled it for Tuesday. Will my job be eliminated? Will I be moved to another school? Will we have to call 911 again this next week? My job is so stressful sometimes. I hope God has something good in store for me.

Jim and I went to Cape Girardeau for a crank in. A family business there is re-engineering the Gearhart Sock Knitting Machine and we are going to look at it. I test drove one and it runs very smoothly. πŸ™‚ I haven’t knit a sock yet on mine but did knit a baby hat today and experimented with some lace knitting.

My NZAK machine

The baby hat I knit on the Gearhart

New Erlbacher Gearhart Sock Knitting Machines

View of the Mississippi in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

What have I been up to?

June 25, 2010

You haven’t heard from me for a while as I was on vacation. First we went to Baker University for the Kaw Valley Woodcarvers seminar. Then we got home for a day then it was off to Marion, Indiana for Crank Indiana. I am getting so I can knit ribbing on my csm but now I am having problems doing the heels and toes. The stitches either wont knit or will break. It is so frustrating. Down the road, we are taking it to Verona, WI where the maker will be coming and I hope she will adjust it so I can get the rest of this going. Then it was off to Wisconsin to visit my relatives. Mom, Jim and I went to Door County for the day. We got as far as Fish Creek. There was a neat rubber stamp store in Sturgeon Bay where I got several of my favorite Northwood Designs stamps. I found a neat cardinal tile in Egg Harbor where we had lunch. Jim and Mom had brats with dried cherries in them.Β  Fish Creek had some neat shops there and I bought some flower prints.

Ignore the years on these pictures. Mom’s camera is set wrong.

Cranking away

June 15, 2010

Jim and I are attending a circular sock knitting machine crank in in Indiana. I got the ribbing and part of the heel done. It was too longΒ  so I unraveled it so I am going to start again. It is real progress though.

Hopefully in another day, I will have a whole sock to show you πŸ™‚

I am also showing a clip of how to use this yarn winder.

Almost time to go to the woodcarving seminar at Baker University

June 8, 2010

This will be the second year we are going to go to this. Jim and I signed up to learn how to do chip carving. That actually is the real reason I signed up for the group anyway. I love how this looks. I imagine it won’t be too easy though. Stay tuned to see how that goes.

This morning involved making lists of chores to do and paying bills. Progress sure is slow.I sold another book and got that sent out along with a college graduation present and a baby present.

I got a USB drive today from the Circular Sock Machine Society of America. It contains all the patterns and little movies of techniques. It would have been nice to go to the convention but it was just too far away. We will be going to Marion, Indiana soon for several days to learn more about this and to Verona, WI later in the summer for another lesson. This should be the year we get this all figured out.

I narrowed down my search on sewing machines. I planned up through yesterday toΒ  buy a Janome that didn’t do embroidery but you could do quilting on it. Then wouldn’t you know it. I got an e-mail from the Bernina people saying I could get a machine with 36 months, interest free. It embroiders, sews and quilts so it came home with me yesterday. Jim and I are going in for a lesson later in the month so we learn all the intricasies of the machine. Talk about going off the deep end πŸ™‚

Yesterday, I went to the technology center for a class. It was during this class that I read the e-mail about the sewing machine. Anyway, it was interesting. It was how to use Glogster but the edu version. I have a class again tomorrow and Thursday too. I am thinking about taking some information technology or computer programming classes down the road as I have had trouble helping one of my students who had to write a program in Scratch and having never written any kind of program, it was difficult until I got a printed page of steps to follow.

On to the next thing, I guess………….

Knit, knit, knit

January 8, 2010

What better thing to do on a snow/cold day than sit in front of the pellet stove and knit, unless of course it would be to rug hook πŸ™‚ I had planned to spend part of Christmas vacation learning how to make the circular sock knitter work but since that didn’t happen, I decided to do that again today. I knit three tubes that I plan on making into scarves. The next step is to learn how to make the heels and toes so I can make a sock. I ordered a CD from Barry Travis on how to do that so I hope to figure that out in the next month.

Tomorrow I think I will dedicate to rughooking. The wind chills are supposed to be dangerous through tomorrow so who wants to go out anyway.

This is the dishcloth I finished last night. I am trying a variety of different patterns I found on Ravelry.

The one of the left is a different pattern I finished earlier this week. It is hard to tell but it is a different pattern but the same yarn.

Snow day

January 7, 2010

I woke up to no school and sunshine. It actually was cancelled last night. It snowed a couple of inches here and now the wind is blowing and it supposed to be bitterly cold outside. I currently am sitting in front of the pellet stove with my NZAK machine trying to remember how to thread it. Hopefully by the end of the day, I will have at least knitted a scarf on it.

CSM in Springfield

July 1, 2009

I finally made something with my NZAK. I made three tubular scarves.

Three tubular scarves.

Three tubular scarves.

The first one is made of a commerical sock yarn. The second scarf is merino and was handpainted by a lady at the conference. The third scarf is wool and bamboo and was also handpainted by the same lady.

Jim getting his circular sock knitter going for the first time.

Jim getting his circular sock knitter going for the first time.

When Jim got this machine, it came with a broken crank and was very stiff. With a replacement handle and elbow grease, it runs beautifully.

How I am spending my summer vacation…

July 1, 2009

Some people go to Hawaii, some people go to Europe. Jim and I went to Springfield, Illinois to a circular sock knitting conference. It turned out well. The people were so friendly and helpful. I got my NZAK working finally and knit 3 scarves. Jim worked on his antique Gearhart and got it cleaned up and running. Now we have to learn how to knit socks.

This was the first stop on the yarn crawl in Springfield, Illinois.

This was the first stop on the yarn crawl in Springfield, Illinois.

This place was bright and airy. The staff was friendly and I came out with yarn for a shawl and some socks. Be sure to stop in if you are in the areas.

This is a photo of some of their samples and yarn.

Our next stop was filled to the brim with yarn.


Just some of the walls of yarn this place has.

Just some of the walls of yarn this place has.

After the yarn crawl we went to for lunch in an excellent restaurant in an unlikely place.


The staff and owner display some of their delicious pastries.

The staff and owner display some of their delicious pastries.

The food is made fresh and is relatively inexpensive. I had the chicken salad croissant and a raspberry turnover. I got Jim a frosted sugar cookie for the road and a piece of gooey butter cake that was so good.