The yellow yarn is waste yarn that is used to start the sock, the white yarn to the left is the division between the first and second sock, and you can see a heel at the center top of the picture. All that's left is to stitch down the top hem, and graft together the toe. (On my second pair of socks we were able to do the hem at the cuff in one step on the machine, eliminating the extra finishing step.)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Circular Sock Knitting.
Recently I have been learning to knit socks on a CSM (circular sock knitting machine) that a friend of mine is refurbishing for the owner. Circular sock knitting machines were originally manufactured in the late nineteenth century and continued to be produced up until the second world war. Sock knitting became a cottage industry early in the twentieth century as women began turning out socks from home, with the machine being purchase by an "employer". Some machines were purchased by a community and passed from house to house through the year as a housewife would produce socks for her family. A friend of mine recalls a CSM at home when she was a child, and remembers the fun of turning the crank. They are quite fun to use and almost magically produce socks, though I think I still prefer to knit them by hand.