antique Round Sock Knitting Machine class
- Hello group, just a quick reminder about the big day we have planned
tomorrow. Several times a year we host a gathering of Round Sock
Knitting Machine owners and enthusiasts for a day of knitting and
fellowship. These are the machines manufactured in North America in
the late 1800's and early 1900's (there are pictures in the "PHOTOS"
section of this yahoo group). Deb & Pete Oswald began hosting these
gatherings several years ago at our store, and since then we've had
attendees from several states and Canada.
Most of the Round Sock Machine owners will bring their machines so
they can ask Pete for repair/cleaning/maintenance help, or (if they
are past that point) will knit socks or other projects. Deb Oswald
teaches techniques and usually has a class prepared for a sock or
other project. The machines make more than socks, of course, and it's
fun to see what other types of creations can be made. One of the
projects Deb taught was a child's toy doll that looked like something
from an old fashioned homestead playroom.
If you are in the area and interested in attending, the day is free
and open to the public. We begin when the store opens at 10am and
continue until about 4pm, although the store is open until 6pm and
some people chose to stay until then. Lunch is "potluck" if people
wish to eat at the site.
Remember to look in the "PHOTOS" section of this yahoo group to see
pictures of the machines and pictures of the machine in history,
including views of World War I Red Cross nurses teaching wounded
soldiers to use the machines.