Inspired By A Celestial Angel
Okay…she’s not technically a celestial angel, but her name (Celeste Angello) probably means that in some language somewhere.
Years ago, I purchased an antique, circular, sock-knitting machine (CSM) with all the bells and whistles. The craft shows I did last year and this year featured a vendor (Celeste) who used a modern version of the sock-knitting machine to make and sell hand-cranked socks. It made me really yearn to get my CSM back in working order.
So I took some inventory:
I seem to have the following:
- Gearhart Circular Sock-Knitting Machine (circa 1905??)
- 80 Needle Cylinder
- 100 Needle Cylinder
- Yarn guide
- Ribber Attachment (with 40 and 50 needle beds)
- Old and new 12 and 18 gauge cylinder needles
- Old and new 12 and 18 gauge ribber bed needles
- Floor Stand
- Original Crate it was shipped in
- Downloaded instruction manuals
- Metal/wire Cast-on Bonnet Basket
- Hanging weights
- Table clamp swift
- Table clamp cone winder with two regular size wooden cones and one small wooden cone
Ideally, I’d love to be able to get this back into working order so that I can knit standard ribbed-ankle socks using standard sock yarns.
We’ll see how it goes!
A friend asked if I’d make a pair of bulky slipper-socks, so I found a seemingly easy pattern design on Ravelry and got approval for the design and the yarn:
So I knit up the first one last night and started the second one.
One minor problem after I’ve sewn up and woven in the ends on the first one…when I printed the pattern, it did NOT print the toe shaping at the top of the foots….so I think I’m going back and re-doing it. So annoyed with myself.